The Official Star Wars Blog is now on temporary hiatus as the Lucas Online team continues to explore new directions for StarWars.com. New authors, new articles, and new points of view are in the works for the Blog that will cover the entire Star Wars experience. As with all changes undertaken on the website, we are closely examining feedback from past surveys and user actions on the site, and we want to hear from you. Feel free to let us know in the comments what you’d like to see the Official Star Wars Blog become.
Throughout the Great Galactic War, the ruthless Sith Lord Malgus spread chaos and destruction across the galaxy. With his hulking figure and piercing gaze, Darth Malgus struck fear in the hearts of even the most hardened of Republic troopers. Now you will have the chance to stand before the legendary Sith Lord within your very own home. We are proud to announce that Sideshow Collectibles, in partnership with BioWare and LucasArts, is giving away one seven-foot figure of Darth Malgus, to one lucky fan of Star Wars: The Old Republic!
HasbroToyShop.com sends a heads-up that 20% will be knocked off the retail price of all Star Wars toys listed at their site for US shoppers through April 1, 2012 (details). If you’ve been on the fence about that Republic Attack Shuttle or Luke FX Lightsaber, now’s the time to pounce!
Head on over to HasbroToyShop.com now.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
“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!