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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episodes 6 & 7 Review

Can I just say that the last two episodes of The Clone Wars were by far my favorite? Both episodes had great story lines, introduced us to some amazing new characters, and gave us a peek at  how padawans are trained. Both shows had plenty of action yet, balanced well between adult viewers and young viewers.

The first episode The Gathering shows us how young padawans acquire their lightsaber crystals. Before, writing this blog, I had to ask one of my friends  (an Expanded Universe expert) if the EU ever mentioned how lightsabers were constructed. According to him they had, and judging from what he said there are slight differences between the EU and the Clone Wars.  I also haven’t heard any complaints from EU fans, so the changes seemed to have been taken well.

As for me, it was fun to learn how young padawans had to find their personal crystal. Each one had to face their greatest fear or personal emotional handicap, and all had to trust the Force in the end. What really made the episode were the young padawans. My favorite so far is Byph. Byph reminds me of me, always chosen last in activities and scared of creepy dark places. I was cheering for him during the entire first episode! We also were introduced to a Wookie named Gungi, which is nice considering we often don’t see Wookie characters on the Clone Wars.

It  was also about time Ashoka had the role of teacher. She reminds me so much of Obi Wan Kenobi, that I always felt she could be an excellent teacher. Also, Yoda made an appearance. I have been frustrated for many seasons because Yoda played such small roles. This role for him still wasn’t a big role, but at least we saw him for the entire first episode.

In A Test of Strength, we meet David Tennant’s character Professor Huyang, who is a robot that builds the Jedi lightsabers. David Tennant’s role was small, but it was so nice to hear his voice. For me, I didn’t see any Dr. Who resemblance in the robot which was good since he is portraying a different character. What really frustrated me about this episode was the Harry Potterish feel to the first scene. Professor Huyang remembering every Jedi’s lightsaber and having a room filled with lightsaber parts reminded me of Harry walking into the wand shop.  I also felt that a Jedi choosing his or her lightsaber should be a serious and solemn event, not a childish walk through Diagon Alley.

A popular character that showed up on scene was Hondo. Please don’t take this the wrong way, I love Hondo’s character, but does he have to show up in every story arc? I don’t need to see him all the time. He is a great character, but let’s not abuse it. I suppose now that Disney has purchased Star Wars Hondo could sit besides Captain Hook and Jack Sparrow at a theme park. 😉

Returning to A Test of Strength, the best scene for me was when Ashoka accidentally was shoved off the ship – that was the point I choked on my coffee. There she was hanging for dear life, trying to kick the pirates off, and then suddenly she’s gone. My first thought, they’ve killed her off, I was wrong. My second thought, what a crappy way for her to die. However, we then see that she and Hondo were miraculously saved, and she is now his prisoner this means Hondo will show up in the next episode. UGH.

Overall I did enjoy these episodes and look forward to the next. I really can’t wait to see where they will take these young padawans. Sad to think that they will be executed by Anakin in Episode III, just a side note. Can’t wait to see more!

*By the way my EU friend is from An Elegant Weapon anelegantweapon.podbean.com Podcast. Follow him @jediras and his podcasting buddy @potatowast3 on the Twitters.  May the Force be with You!


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Star Wars Room

STATUES

Darth Maul Spider Statue

Company:  Gentle Giant

Price:  $399.00

Availability:  Pre-Order

Link:   http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/product_p/80287.htm

Sandtrooper on Dewback Animated Maquette

Company:  Gentle Giant

Price:  $798.00 Combo Price with Darth Maul Statue above.

Availability:  Pre-Order

Link:  http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/product_p/11111.htm

Jabba The Hutt Statue

Company:  Gentle Giant

Price:  $294.99

Availability:  Avalable

Link:  http://www.brianstoys.com/Product

ACTION FIGURES

 

 Vintage-Style Boxed Jocasta Nu 

Company:  Brian’s Toy

Price:  $24.99

Availability:  Pre-Order Available 1/31/2013

Link:  http://www.brianstoys.com/Product

JUST STUFF

 

C3-Tree-O Lights & A Fly Home This Is Lights

Company:  Modcloth
Price:  $34.99

Availability:  Available – Yoda Lights Pre-Order

Link:  http://www.modcloth.com/shop/lighting/c3-tree-o-lights  

               http://www.modcloth.com/shop/lighting/a-fly-home-this-is-lights

 Store Trooper USB Flash Drive in R2 – D2

Company:  Modcloth

Price:  $24.99

Availability:  Available

Link:  http://www.modcloth.com/shop

Okay, this is not Star Wars but, David Tennant was on The Clone Wars so…….

 Dr. Who Christmas Ornaments 

Company:  Think Geek

Price:  $11.99 – 14.99

Availability:  Available

Link:  http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ed9f/

CLOTHING

 Star Wars R2D2 Bathrobe 

Company:  Think Geek

Price:  $69.99

Availability:  Available

Link:  http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/eff6/?srp=18

*They also have Boba Fett Robes and Stormtroopers


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Star Wars Picks Of The Week

The whole internet has been a buzz with all the latest Star Wars news, rumors, and what nots. I’ve provided a few Star Wars Picks of The Week.

David Tennant knows his lightsabers.

Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas chat about the upcoming new movies. Notice she said, original stories and George stated, he was the “Keeper of the Flame”, which would be his job. I believe this means our beloved Star Wars is still somewhat in George’s control.

Star Wars: Angry Birds – Good reviews coming from fans!

NEWS CLIPS:

Hicks: Harrison Ford up for ‘Star Wars’ sequel?

By Tony Hicks,

Contra Costa Times

Posted:   11/06/2012 01:25:27 PM PST
Updated:   11/06/2012 01:43:25 PM PST

Disney unlikely to change ‘Star Wars’ brand

10:42 PM, Nov 6, 2012 Written by Ryan Nakashima Associated Press

Star Wars Episode 7 release date news, updates: Lucas plans to use deal proceeds for good cause

Posted: 8:49 AM
Last Updated: 26 minutes ago

 

David Tennant Guest-Stars On The Clone Wars

Posted By Eric on November 6, 2012 TheForce.Net

Does the new Star Wars already have a director?

Posted on November 7, 2012 – 00:02 by David Konow TG Daily


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Star Wars & Mickey Mouse

I think by now, we have all had time to process the news of Disney purchasing Star Wars. What I have witnessed is that most fans are excited and supportive of this move. I will honestly admit my first reaction was one of disgust, I mean Disney it seems has its hands into everything, and I’m very certain that Mickey Mouse will be running for president soon. However, after reading the articles and hearing what true Star Wars fans have to say, I realized that this only means good things for our beloved franchise.

George Lucas made a very smart business move here. The man isn’t going to live forever, and he does have to make sure that even after he is gone his business and his art will be well taken care of.  Any person who owns their own business, whether it be in entertainment or the local coffee shop, has to make sure that somebody besides themselves can run the business if something happens. The man also deserves to retire and do other things.

Despite the fact I think Disney has its hands in way too much, even I have to admit that Disney is a successful business. Trust me, I am not against the Disney Channel or their movies (they do make some amazing movies, and I did grow up watching the Disney Channel). They are very successful, and I believe they have done well with Marvel. Maybe the fact that they have their hands in everything means that they can see beyond one thing. What I mean is they have experience in making many different types of movies, TV shows, merchandise, etc. I don’t believe they will botch Star Wars; they didn’t with Marvel. George Lucas didn’t simply hand them the keys and walk off. I’m sure they made some kind of plan.

Let’s also keep in mind that we don’t want Star Wars to simply fade away. I’m not a Star Trek hater, but Star Trek isn’t growing either. We don’t see a younger generation of Star Trek fans, but we are with Star Wars. The Prequels and Clone Wars have done that. If you’re not evolving you’re dying. Say what you want about George Lucas, but his focus is to keep Star Wars alive for the next generation.

This is a good thing for us as Star Wars fans. I don’t know how they will handle the movies. I hope they introduce new characters.  Although I love new movies, I also hope that they stay true to what Star Wars is about. The Originals may be old, but they were the foundation of what we have today. Well Disney you now own my soul, and if I can get ahold of some Star Wars Mickey Mouse ears, well I’ll wear them.

May the Force be with you!

– Written By Kristy Trowbridge


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Star Wars Rooms – Collection Showcase

This week in Star Wars Room we take a look into my friend Mike Benson’s collection! He started collecting Star Wars toys in the early 80’s but, he really started collecting in the late 90’s. His favorite items in his collection is a Master Replica Boba Fett Helmet and his vintage Kenner Boba Fett from his childhood.

What he would really love to add to his collection is a prototype rocket Fett. Which in my opinion would be AWESOME! Put that on your list for Santa Mike. 😉

Mike also provided some tips for people who have just started collecting:

  • Set a budget. It’s easy to get carried away and want everything you see. Some ways to combat that are to find a focus, like a character, a theme, etc,
  • Learn to be selective. Whether you’re standing in the toy aisle of your local Walmart, or browsing Ebay, you don’t need to buy everything you see.
  • Make friends with other collectors and exchange want lists. Scoring at retail is so hard these days due to limited distribution, poor case assortments and other issues. Paying off Ebay scalpers gets you less for your dollar.
  • On that note, be patient on Ebay, Amazon and other sites. Don’t get caught up in the “have to have it now” mentality.
  • Follow collector sites like Yakface, Sandtroopers and Jedi Temple Archives on Facebook and Twitter. They regularly make posts about what stores are stocking, what websites have key items in stock, specials/coupons, and preview new products.
  • Plan ahead for storage and display strategies.
  • Remember to have fun!
I care for my collection in a variety of ways. I use acrylic round cases for my loose vintage Kenner figures, which keep the dust off. I use Star Cases for my carded figures. One important thing to remember with Star Cases is they come in five different sizes and its best to use the case appropriate for the figure. These supplies are all available online at places like Earth Collectible Toy Mall. In my star wars room, I have a black-out curtain. My storage closet is dark and cool. Also, I don’t smoke, but the health benefits of that far outweigh the benefit to my collectibles.
Earth Collectible Toy Mall

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You can follow Mike on the Twitters @r3dfive and you can find him and other Star Wars fans at TheForceBook.com.