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Introducing… Ashley Eckstein

Ashley Eckstein | July 6, 2012

Editor’s Note: For fans of The Clone Wars, and a huge number of Star Wars fangirls, our newest contributor needs no introduction. But for the rest of you, we’re pleased to introduce Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano and the entrepreneur behind Her Universe, a company specializing in awesome sci-fi apparel and accessories designed just for women. Ashley has appeared in this blog in the past, but starting today, she’ll be joining us as a regular blogger!

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine #11 Out Now

StarWars.com Team | April 3, 2012

Issue #11 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine goes on sale today (April 3) and includes two all-new adventures. We’ve got all the details!

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Timeline: Ventress Collectibles

Pete Vilmur | February 24, 2012

With Asajj Ventress returning to The Clone Wars tonight, we thought we’d dust off and update this collectibles story from last year about the galaxy’s deadliest (and sultriest) Sith assassin…

With Ventress’s first televised appearance taking place on November 14, 2003 during an episode of the original Clone Wars animated micro-series, the character’s look and story have evolved considerably, culminating in some shocking events we’ll witness in tonight’s episode, “Massacre.”

Since her debut over eight years ago, there’s been quite the coven of Ventress collectibles produced, from her early appearance on the 2003 series posters to the many turns she’s had as a Hasbro action figure. For the intrepid Asajj aficionado, we’ve compiled a year-by-year list of all the Ventress collectibles our dark side sources could uncover:

2003

Late 2003 saw images of Clone Wars villainess Asajj Ventress used on the promotional poster and brochure for the series, as well as two action figures: one based on her animated appearance, and the other interpreted by Hasbro sculptors in a more “real-world” guise.

2004

For the original series’ second season debut in April, 2004, Ventress again appeared on the promotional poster, sold exclusively at StarWarsShop along with a postcard and pin set offered there as well. Acme Archives offered a limited sericel of Asajj vs. Anakin, while Wizards of the Coast served up the first gaming miniature of Dooku’s assassin. Gentle Giant’s stunning maquette of the animated Asajj is highly coveted by collectors of the original series.

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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.

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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The Clone Wars Crew Remembers Ian Ambercrombie

Pete Vilmur | January 30, 2012

Ian Ambercrombie, best known to Star Wars fans as the voice of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine in The Clone Wars, sadly passed away on Friday. He will be deeply missed by The Clone Wars crew and the many Star Wars fans who have enjoyed his Clone Wars characterization of Palpatine and his alter-ego, Darth Sidious.

The Clone Wars supervising director and producer relayed their regrets on Friday to the Lucasfilm Animation crew and the many fans of Ambercrombie’s work on The Clone Wars:

Supervising Director Dave Filoni:

“Today is a very sad day for Star Wars fans, as we lost a dear friend in Ian Abercrombie. I cannot express how thankful I am to have had the opportunity to work with Ian. He was extremely passionate about his role on the series and he was brilliant at it. I always called him ‘Chancellor’ no matter where we were, in the studio or out at a restaurant. I think he enjoyed that a great deal. I learned so much from him about directing actors, and working with dialog. His advice and mentoring will be sorely missed by all of us. Though he played a villain on our show, you would be hard pressed to meet a kinder person. He loved to laugh and his sense of humor always lightened our record sessions. I will miss his stories, I will miss his performances, and I will miss his contribution to our show.

“My friend, the Force will be with you, always, and you will never be forgotten.”

Producer Cary Silver:

“Today is a sad day in the Star Wars galaxy. We lost not only an incredible actor but also a very dear man. Ian Abercrombie was an integral part of Clone Wars from the beginning and we will deeply miss not only his portrayal of the Supreme Chancellor, but also his professionalism and especially, his stories. We owe a great debt of gratitude for the time we did get to spend with Ian. May the force be with him.”

You can read more about the work of Ian Ambercrombie (who is also well known to Seinfeld fans as Mr. Pitt) at imdb.com.

Lucas, Filoni and Others Sign Clone Wars Poster for Charity

StarWars.com Team | January 26, 2012

Clone Wars Supervising Director Dave Filoni

In an effort to support the Aids and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund of San Francisco, Lucasfilm Animation has just posted a 3-day auction at eBay for a rare Clone Wars artwork poster by Dave Filoni, supervising director of The Clone Wars. In addition to the striking artwork, what makes this poster exceptionally cool are the signatures that grace it — here’s the auction description:

This is an extremely rare poster that was only made available to select pass-holders at Star Wars Celebration V (2010). The artwork was done by Dave Filoni, Supervising Director of the hit series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and features fan-favorite characters – Cad Bane and Boba Fett.

The poster includes original signatures from George Lucas, Dave Filoni, Daniel Logan (“Boba Fett” in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Corey Burton (“Cad Bane,” “Count Dooku,” and “Ziro the Hutt” in Star Wars: The Clone Wars).

Opportunities to pick up any officially-sanctioned, multiple-signature posters from Lucasfilm don’t come up too often, and this one’s window will be closing in less than 3 days — head on over now and place your bid!

More images below:

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Inflatable R2-D2 Black Friday Offer

StarWars.com Team | November 22, 2011

For a limited time only Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine is offering a FREE inflatable R2-D2 with every subscription!

Pay just $24.99 and get 6 fantastic issues and an exclusive R2-D2 inflatable figure!

Offer includes:
• Pay just $24.99 for 6 issues – saving 17% off the cover price!
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Free Digital Sampler: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine

StarWars.com Team | October 26, 2011

Have you checked out the official Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine?

If not, here’s your chance! The magazine is packed full of incredible features about the hit animated show, as well as brand new and exclusive Star Wars: The Clone Wars comic strip stories!

You can see a fantastic selection of them in our free digital sampler edition. There’s no need to download anything – just click here and view the magazine straight away!

Subscribe to the print edition of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine and don’t miss out on sensational Star Wars coverage in 2012, including season 4 of The Clone Wars and the 3D release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

Plus, new subscribers receive a free Hasbro action toy*, as well as the following benefits:

- 6 issues a year for just $25.95, saving 15%!
- Get your copy before it hits the stores!
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To subscribe call 800-999-9718 or click here

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Get Your Lightsaber Moves Into The Clone Wars

StarWars.com Team | October 10, 2011

Got a cool lightsaber move you’ve been secretly rehearsing in front of the mirror? Well get those moves in front of a camera and submit it to JointheJedi.com for a chance to see your moves animated into a fifth season episode of The Clone Wars!

JointheJedi.com also includes some other cool interactive features as well as a chance to win one of 2000 Ultimate FX lightsabers from Hasbro:

  • Train Like a Jedi – Train with a master Jedi through a series of sessions to sharpen your lightsaber skills
  • Look Like a Jedi – Create a Jedi photo of you as Anakin, Yoda or other Clone Wars characters!
  • Act Like a Jedi – Show off your best lightsaber moves with the all new Ultimate FX Lightsaber. The best move will be animated into an episode of The Clone Wars TV series!

While the overall promotion — including the Ultimate FX lightsaber instant win game — ends December 31, 2011, the video submissions will close on October 31. So dust off those saber skills and get them uploaded for your chance at fame in an upcoming episode of The Clone Wars (be sure to read the official rules for video guidelines, content restrictions, judging, and more)!