Thursday, February 10, 2005

Oodles and OODLES of Star Wars stuff to buy (AGAIN!)

Take Darth Vader to School
With new stuff from Accessory Network and Thermos®, you can bring the action and excitement of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith to school!

Carry your books in various styles of Darth Vader backpacks featuring the Dark Lord of the Sith surrounded in flames, new from Accessory Network.

Do your homework in style with pens, pencils, pencil cases, notepads, folders, rulers and erasers featuring your favorite Episode III characters like Darth Vader, Yoda, C-3PO, R2-D2, General Grievous, and Chewbacca as well as original trilogy characters Han Solo and Boba Fett, all from Accessory Network.

Be sure to look for the amazing light-up pen featuring a menacing Darth Vader image from Revenge of the Sith.

All homework and no food make for hungry Padawans. So don't forget to pack a healthy lunch in an assortment of new lunch carriers from Thermos®. Eat your sandwiches with Jedi Master Yoda or munch on celery sticks with Darth Vader.

All products are scheduled to be released in a store near you this April.

Souvenir Magazine for Revenge of the Sith
In April, IDG Entertainment, publisher of Star Wars Insider magazine, will carry on a tradition that began in movie theaters back in the summer of 1977. Star Wars souvenir guides, which began as theater concession stand items back in the days of the classic trilogy, are back for Episode III with the Revenge of the Sith Collector's Guide.

Inside this highly collectible program you'll find behind-the-scenes information you won't find anywhere else, including interviews with the cast and crew, and exclusive photos. You will also encounter detailed character biographies, descriptions of vehicles and aliens, sneak peeks of the new heroes and villains, and much more.

The Episode III Collector's Guide is a far cry from the first thin programs sold in 1977, which were a mix of color and black and white imagery scattered in with a few character bios and scene descriptions. In the wake of the film's huge success, a second printing was required which came bound in a new "pebble-tone" textured cover. The first version, which was printed on a slicker stock, is now hotly sought out by collectors.

For Empire, publisher Paradise Press recognized the need for extended coverage of the hotly anticipated sequel, so offered a much richer guide than what had been doled out for the first film. The Empire Strikes Back Official Collectors Edition swelled to over three times the size of the Star Wars version, with a great deal of focus on the magic and engineering that went into the making of the film.

For Jedi, Paradise Press was able to hit the ground running with their Return of the Jedi Official Collectors Edition, matching the size and scope of its predecessor. The Jedi souvenir guide was the first to be sold primarily through retail outlets outside the theater level.

For Episode I, Topps thickened the Official Souvenir Magazine to include extensive coverage of the film and its makers, including a peek at the licensing of the film and its soundtrack. The cover marked a diversion from previous editions with an all new chrome image of the release poster artwork.

A domestic souvenir guide for Episode II wasn't in the cards, but that didn't stop countries like Japan, France, England, and others from printing up lavish programs for international Star Wars fans. These typically are richly illustrated with art and stills, since the look of Star Wars films has become one of its most powerful international assets.

For Episode III, IDG has put together a fantastic souvenir guide that promises to surpass all others, and carry on a tradition that began 28 years ago. If you plan to get only ONE souvenir for Revenge of the Sith... this is the one! EDITOR'S NOTE: WELL ALRIGHTY, THEN!


Make Room for Giant PEZ
Collectors of PEZ dispensers might want to invest in bigger shelving.

Limited Edition Giant PEZ dispensers, standing over 12" tall, featuring Darth Vader, C-3PO and Yoda will hit the shelves this March (available for pre-order now at from Brand New Products.

The Standard series featuring Giant PEZ additional characters will be released in April.

The Limited Edition PEZ dispensers play authentic movie dialogue, music and are packaged in an acetate box with an individually-numbered holographic sticker.

The edition is limited to 20,000.

The Limited Edition Gold Metallic Electroplate C-3PO has light-up eyes and plays both authentic dialogue and the Star Wars theme song.

The Limited Edition Crystal Yoda plays authentic dialogue, sound effects and the Star Wars theme song.

The Limited Edition Silver Metallic Electroplate Darth Vader has light-up eyes and plays sound effects as well as authentic dialogue. Unlike the C-3PO and Yoda dispensers, it features the ominous "Imperial March" theme instead.


Later in April, Brand New Products will release an Episode III Giant PEZ series featuring not only C-3PO, Darth Vader, and Yoda, but also R2-D2, Chewbacca, Emperor Palpatine, General Grievous and the Death Star. The dispensers in this series play the Star Wars theme.

All dispensers come packaged with packs of PEZ candy.EDITOR'S NOTE: WELL, I WOULD CERTAINLY HOPE SO!

Buttons and Key Chains Coming Soon!
In 1977, some of the first collectibles available for fans of the new Star Wars craze were buttons and key chains produced by charter licensee Factors, Etc.

For Revenge of the Sith, C&D Visionary is providing a new generation of Star Wars fans with a modern-day array of these pop-culture essentials.

Included are 12 new air fresheners (rear-view mirror danglers), 15 buttons, 20 stickers (rub-on, bumper, and regular), and 29 key chains.

Images and slogans range from the traditional "May the Force Be With You" to the edgier Vader "Who's Your Daddy". There's also a glow-in-the-dark retro logo lanyard as well as an embroidered X-wing Squadron wristband available


Party Star Wars-style with Hallmark
Hallmark Party Express has a great new line of Revenge of the Sith party-ware coming soon to a birthday near you!

Included among the festive array are Darth Vader plates, masks, streamers, and blowouts, or for young Padawans, Yoda cups, napkins, thank you cards, and more!

But why wait for a birthday to have a Star Wars celebration? Invite friends over in April for an episode of Clone Wars' second season--or why not screen that shiny new set of Original Trilogy DVDs you've been waiting to show off? Any excuse to have a Star Wars party is a good one, EDITOR'S NOTE: CAN'T ARGUE WITH THAT, HUH?! and Hallmark can theme it out for you Sith-style!

And here's one that can't lose--fill one of Hallmark's new saber-wielding Vader piñatas with Star Wars tchotchkes and candies and let guests go at it with a toy lightsaber. Your party will become Jedi legend EDITOR'S NOTE: YA GOTTA LOVE A DWEEBNEWS ITEM THAT HAS BOTH THE WORD 'TCHOTCHKES' AND THE WORD 'JEDI' IN THE SAME PARAGRAPH, HUH?!

Dine with the Dark Side
Why eat meals and drink your OJ with boring dishes and glasses when you can use dinnerware from Zak Designs? EDITOR'S NOTE: AN EXCELLENT QUESTION!

To celebrate the upcoming release of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, fans can expect to see plates, tumblers and more depicting Darth Vader at his finest, hit the shelves this April.

All plates and bowls are melamine and are dishwasher safe

First Look: New Hasbro Games
Arriving in stores this April, Hasbro will be releasing new games worthy of a Wookiee challenge!

Coming to a store near you -- Trivial Pursuit DVD Star Wars Saga Edition Game, Star Wars Lightsaber Battle Game, Monopoly Game Star Wars Saga Edition, Risk Star Wars Game, and Star Wars Saga Edition Chess Set.

Trivial Pursuit DVD Star Wars Saga Edition Game:Trivial Pursuit DVD Star Wars Saga Edition Game combines traditional game play, modern DVD technology, and 2,500 questions from all six Star Wars movies in six new categories: The Cantina; The Force; Heroes, Villains & Scoundrels; The Saga; A Galaxy Far, Far Away...; and Hyperspace. With 1,800 card questions, 600 interactive questions on two DVDs and 100 special cards on screen, this game is sure to bring Star Wars fans on a trip down memory lane. Special to this game will be up to 20 DVD questions that will feature selected Star Wars fans acting out various scenes from the saga. As previously reported, many fans who attended last year's San Diego International Comic-Con convention auditioned to be filmed for this edition. This game is recommended for ages 10 and older. EDITOR'S NOTE: MUSTHAVEMUSTHAVEMUSTHAVE!!!

Star Wars Lightsaber Battle Game:The Star Wars saga comes to life in your living room with the Star Wars Lightsaber Battle Game. In the battle against the Dark Side, players are equipped with the power of the lightsaber as they advance through the game and practice their favorite Jedi moves all on their TV screen. Players can compete against their own score or that of an opponent. There's no need for an existing video game console, just plug directly into your TV and play! Recommended for kids ages 8 and older. EDITOR'S NOTE: AND OLDER! ME TOO?!

Monopoly Game Star Wars Saga Edition:Battle your opponents for control of the Star Wars galaxy with this winner-take-all adventure of galactic proportions, based on classic Monopoly gameplay. Become the most powerful player this side of the Force as you travel to distant galaxies and acquire strange new lands in your quest to rule the universe. Based on all six movies from the entire Star Wars saga, Monopoly Game Star Wars Saga Edition comes with eight collectible, sculpted tokens of your favorite Star Wars characters including Yoda, Luke, Princess Leia, the Emperor and Darth Vader. Recommended for kids ages 8 and older.

Risk Star Wars Game:Based on Star Wars Episodes I, II and III, this Risk game edition pits the Separatists against the Republic in a civil war to win domination of the entire galaxy! Choose your side and then play by classic Risk game rules or with special Clone Wars rules variations. Specially sculpted characters include Obi Wan Kenobi, Senator Amidala, the Emperor and Darth Vader. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Star Wars Saga Edition Chess Set:Enjoy the classic game of chess with collectible pieces from all six movies from the Star Wars saga. Will you command Yoda and the Jedi, or the Emperor and the Dark Side? Game board included. Recommended for ages 8 and older.

A Daily Dose of Darth
This summer, Cedco Publishing has two new calendars for fans of Revenge of the Sith and its featured man in black, Darth Vader.

Fans will get to start marking the days this July and keep the adventure going all the way through 2006 with these stunning new 18-month calendars.

The Revenge of the Sith Calendar showcases all the action and scope of Episode III by visually telling the story with lavish layouts and shots taken straight from the film. A full year and a half of Sith imagery ends with the portrait of an original trilogy character--can you guess who?

The Darth Vader Calendar is also superbly designed, with 18 vertical spreads of all new photography inset with imagery pulled from the entire Star Wars saga. All fans will agree that Vader never looked so good as a calendar boy!

A third calendar is also being readied for fans of Star Wars poster art. The 2006 Star Wars Poster Calendar represents a milestone of sorts--it will be the first calendar to showcase every film in the saga through its poster imagery.

Twelve saga posters will be featured prominently on large sheets with a narrow calendar band along the right edge, giving each monthly composition a decidedly sophisticated look. With several other famous Star Wars poster insets scattered throughout, even casual fans will appreciate the artwork that has graced EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS IS THE ONE I WANT!

Freeze Brings Some Cool to Star Wars Tees

Freeze, who produced a line of Star Wars tees way back in 1997 for the Special Editions, is back with a great new line of Revenge of the Sith and original trilogy apparel soon to be hitting clothes store racks. Naturally, Vader is the personality of choice for this new series, with a few other heroes, villains, and droids thrown in for good measure.

Freeze has characterized their new Sith line with tee features new to Star Wars fashion--chrome foil, super puff, chrystaline (gel with a hint of glitter), glow in the dark, metallic ink, etc. "We feel these processes work well with our Star Wars graphics," says Kim Cauley, VP of Licensing for Freeze. There can be no doubt that Star Wars will be setting the trend with this great new line of apparel from one of the tee industry's coolest customers, Freeze.



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