From iTunes to streaming video and exclusive, online content, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS not only premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network, but also paves the way for the most extensive digital distribution effort in the history of Lucasfilm Ltd..
Beginning Saturday, Oct. 4, each week’s new episode will be available at the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com) for $1.99 an episode, or $39.99 for a season pass to all 22 episodes. Both "Ambush" and "Rising Malevolence," which air tonight, will be available starting Saturday. This pattern will continue throughout the season, with each new episode available at the iTunes Store the day after its Cartoon Network premiere.
Additionally, a half-hour, behind-the-scenes special about the making of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS will be available on the iTunes store as a free download, beginning today.
At the official Star Wars site, www.starwars.com, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS will be available for online, streamed viewing beginning Friday, Oct. 10. The episodes will also be seen at www.cartoonnetwork.com. Streaming episodes will be available exactly one week after airing on Cartoon Network. At any given time, two episodes will be available for free, online viewing.
And there’s even more original, digital content for CLONE WARS viewers.
Starting with "Rising Malevolence," the series’ second episode, StarWars.com will offer a regular podcast; one that combines news and information with the creativity of Lucasfilm. It will be available both at StarWars.com and at iTunes. At both locations, the podcast will be free for fans who want to learn more about the secrets of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS.
Moreover, StarWars.com will offer an exclusive, entirely new online graphic novel, with new insights into the CLONE WARS galaxy. Written by Star Wars expert Pablo Hidalgo, its weekly installments will feature four different artists, each of whom illustrates a new "chapter." Each of the 23 "chapters" will serve as an introduction to that week’s episode of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS.
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!!! Registration is over! But some states have same day registration (meaning you can register when you actually vote) so go check it out if you didn’t get registered in time.
UPDATE UPDATE!!! You only have 1 more day to register to vote in most states! You must mail your registration form by Oct. 4th to be registered for the upcoming Presidential election!
If you haven’t registered, do it now! Do it now!!!
Update! Ok, so we still really want you to go register if you haven’t already done so.
Now, I’m not sure if this video is actually effective at all, but it is kind of weird AND it’s also odd to see so many celebrities all crammed together. Makes you wonder where the rest of them were this day. Sleeping? Warning: does contain some profanity, so if you’re under 18, don’t watch! (you can’t register anyway, so just go to sleep and dream of the day you’re old enough to vote!)
We here at AFI firmly believe that if you are over 18 and a U.S. citizen that it is your civic duty to vote in the upcoming national elections. Regardless of who you vote for, voting is the best way to let your voice be heard in Washington, and locally.
But you can’t vote if you haven’t registered! Most states’ deadlines are in less than a week (October 4th) so click on the link below and fill out the form and mail it it before the 4th to get registered. It only costs a stamp, but is worth so much more.
And don’t let anyone tell you your vote doesn’t count. Statistically, if you decide to vote them so do 1000s of people. It’s crazy how that works.
Looks like Minimates are about to enter a War Zone of their very own! Based on this year’s Marvel sequel, the Punisher returns to the Marvel Minimates line with this Punisher: War Zone Minimates Box Set!
Due out on December 5, Punisher: War Zone reunites us with Frank Castle – this time played by Rome‘s Ray Stevenson – as he embarks on a war of his own against his new nemesis, Jigsaw. Up against the Punisher is mob boss Jigsaw and a literal army of hired goons, thugs and mercenaries dedicated to wiping out the Punisher once and for all!
This set contains Frank Castle, Jigsaw, Assault Punisher and a Mob Thug as well as a wide array of damage-dealing high-powered weaponry perfect for those pesky Minimate mob wars. Each of the two-inch Minimates were sculpted and designed by Art Asylum and feature 14 points of articulation as well as accessories from the upcoming film.
Look for this set in the October issue of Previews at your local comic book store!
NEW YORK, Oct 01, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Mattel, Inc. (NYSE: MAT) and its Fisher-Price(R) division made headlines today at the Time to Play(TM) press conference held in New York City, announcing Elmo Live, Laugh & Learn(TM) Smart Bounce & Spin Pony(TM) and Hot Wheels(R) Turbo Driver(TM) Controller to be some of this holiday season’s "Most Wanted" toys.
"Parents are looking for brands they trust and with play value. We deliver on both, in addition to designing toys that truly will create magical childhood memories this holiday. These toys, as well as many of our other must-have toys in our portfolio offer remarkable innovation that’s pure magic and fun for kids," said Neil Friedman, President, Mattel Brands.
In this truly life-like and engaging creation, Elmo seems to actually be speaking as his mouth opens and closes just like the real Muppet, Elmo, from Sesame Street. His mannerisms are right on target for life-like animation as his head moves back and forth as he speaks. He also waves his arms, sits and stands, even crosses his legs, all the while telling stories and jokes, singing songs and playing games. Children can activate the magic with a tickle or a squeeze of Elmo’s foot, tummy, back or nose.
Laugh & Learn(TM) Smart Bounce & Spin Pony(TM)
This classic playground-themed ride offers an animated, active way for infants to learn right in the living room. Parents simply connect the Pony to the TV via a wireless IR device and select one of three levels of play and five learning scenes. Baby can hop in the saddle and giddy-up to enjoy bouncing up and down, spinning around and rolling the roller ball on the handle bars. The more baby interacts, the more sound effects, sung songs and animations come to life, teaching baby letters, numbers, shapes, colors, opposites and more. Baby can also enjoy songs and sound effects right from the Pony itself when it is not connected to the TV.
Hot Wheels(R) Turbo Driver(TM) Controller
Turbo Driver(TM) from Hot Wheels(R) combines everything boys love about Hot Wheels(R) — competition, racing and vehicle play — with a controller that connects to your computer, allowing boys to access exclusive 3D racing games on HotWheels.com. Boys load one of eight different Car-tridge(TM) vehicles into the controller, allowing them to race online with the specific style and race attributes of the Car-tridge(TM). Each Car-tridge(TM) is a different car with its own style of racing and content, encouraging kids to find the car that works best in each racing environment.
Some of the most ground-breaking and innovative comic book characters in history will be coming to Diamond Select Toys in 2009! Based on the immortal works of Will Eisner, we are very excited to announce a new line of Minimates featuring none other than Denny Colt – more famously known as The Spirit!
Beginning in 1940, The Spirit introduced the world to the gritty noir adventures of a policeman turned vigilante, determined to fight for justice no matter the cost. Along the way he encounters fellow crusaders, duplicitous paramours and ruthless villains capable of terrifying even the heroes of today. Possessing no super powers per se, the Spirit instead relies on his athleticism and fighting style to punish the wicked and save the day.
Soon to be a major motion picture written and directed by comic book legend Frank Miller, Diamond Select Toys will release Minimates based on both the Eisner-penned comic and the modern retelling. The debut release will feature core characters as they appear in the big-screen Spirit feature opening this Christmas Day – including the Spirit (Gabriel Macht), former sweetheart Sand Saref (Eva Mendes), the twisted Silken Floss (Scarlett Johansson) and the maniacal Octopus (Samuel L Jackson)! A special Diamond Previews exclusive Minimates two-pack featuring the Spirit and Sand Saref will showcase some of the duo’s alternate looks.
Comic-based Minimates are currently in development and will showcase The Spirit’s rich 68 year history while more film-centric Minimates could also see release as the line continues. Look for the first Spirit Minimates sets in comic book and specialty stores in early January – just after The Spirit’s film premiere! Click on either image below to pre-order these fantastic sets!
Q1) Why was the Holiday Hal Jordan figure included in Mattel’s JLU showcase at SDCC? If he’s such a no-no(from DC/WB’s point of view), then why put him in there? Was this to determine fan interest? Was this to drum up fan support?
A1) To confess, we thought that the Mattel booth would act as a sort of “toy museum” and by displaying the figure in the booth it would give fans who can’t own this figure at least a chance to see him in person. Obviously from fan reaction we misjudged this and we won’t ever display him again. We are well aware of demand for this character and displaying Hal was meant to be fun for fans, not mud in your face. We are sorry if fans were upset by this.
Q2) Could you please give us the lowdown on the JLU Galatea head sculpt mix-up? Where is the near-perfect head sculpt that we were all told would be the version seen at retail.
A2) Ah, this one. Yes. Well the head that is shown on the back of package and in the print ads was the prototype. And much like Sinestro in the DCUC line, when the figure went from sculpt to mold it experienced some slight shrinkage of the tool. This is something we try to control as much as possible but in the end it does happen every so often. We wish two “mess ups” had not happened so close together, but with the sheer amount of figures we produce they are bound to happen.
The eye brows however were an honest mistake and we corrected it as quick as possible. We do not have plans to re-do her in the future because this would mean taking tooling away from another original head for a different new character. This will be the Galatea for the line.
Q3) Okay, so we’re getting JLU versions of Ultraman and Superwoman. Is Mattel considering filling out the rest of the Crime Syndicate team? Owlman, Power Ring, and Johnny Quick?
A3) Definitely something we are looking into if the line continues with fan support.
Q4) Speaking of alternate universe characters, we have the JLU Justice Lords Flash, who looks very similar to both the Reverse Flash and Zoom. Might we see a true version of either of these characters?
A4) A good possibility but not in the cards quite yet. Could be down the road.
Q5) I’ve been in contact with Mattel UK who have told me that they are not selling any DC figures. Are there any plans to start selling product through the international divisions? Comic shop prices are extortionate where I am?
A5) Much like any question about distribution, this is not something Mattel controls. It is up to local retailers anywhere in the world to place orders. Mattel will ship product to any retailer who orders it. If you are not seeing your favorite Mattel toy line at your local shops let them know to place orders!
Q6) Does the act of DC buying/licensing the characters of Milestone and Archie allow Mattel to make them, or would a new round of contract talks be required? In short, can you now make Static?
A6) Static we could do because he has appeared in the DC Universe (and on JLU) The other Archie characters are not part of the DC Universe and much like Vertigo characters are not part of our license.
Q7) lots of JLU fans are looking forward to the upcoming re-release of Volcana. What about Big Barda, Deadshot, and Obsidian? Many of us missed these 3 the first time around. Any chance you could re-release these figures in a 3-pack? You’d make some fans very happy! The figures are far too expensive on ebay and need re-releases. So, too, does the Lex Luthor in business suit with snap-on armor. We are going to get re-releases regardless, so it would be nice to have these four be amongst them.
A7) There is a very simple answer to this question. We are well aware of fan demand for these characters to be re-released, but we also want the line to last well into the future. We are purposely spacing out re-releases of hard to find characters to give the line more lifeblood down the road. Not to worry, we’ll get to them sooner then later! Volcana is coming in Spring 2009 as well as at least one other you mentioned.
Q8) With the recent move towards show accurate repaints, could we get a properly colored 5 POA Martian Manhunter? I think the shade of plastic used for Justice Lord Green Lantern’s Torso Would be a pretty accurate match.
A8) Not a bad suggestion. We will pass this on to our designers!
Vader over at our sister site AFHub has put together a great interview with Hot Toys’ chief sculptor Yulli. Yulli was responsivle for what may end up being the best figure of 2008- Hot Toy’s Bank Robber Joker from The Dark Knight. Check out this great Q&A with an amazing sculptor here!
Markham, ON, Canada – After much anticipation, Round 5 releases the name of their fourth character in their North American MMA collectible figure series. Rounding out the current roster of MMA Champions to be immortalized in plastic, Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva completes the collection scheduled to hit stores this Christmas season. Joining him in the second collectible series are, Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk, Anderson “The Spider” Silva, and Rich “Ace” Franklin.
President of Round 5 Damon Lau says of the fourth character announcement, ”After the successful release of our first series, we are thrilled to secure Wanderlei Silva as the fourth and final character to join our eagerly awaited Series 2."
Round 5’s line of collectable figures are made to celebrate milestone victories and respond to Mixed Martial Arts mass appeal. Similar to the Series 1 collectibles, these figurines are created with a fine attention to detail, and are fashioned in the fighter’s signature pose. The 6” MMA collectable figures will be available in stores across North America including Champ Sports, F.Y.E. (For Your Entertainment), KB Toys, Toys R Us Canada and distributed exclusively in the UK by Made For Fighters.
In "Ambush," the premiere of Lucasfilm Animation’s STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, episode director David Bullock ("Justice League: The New Frontier") and writer Steve Melching ("The Batman") recall the Yoda of The Empire Strikes Back. This first episode of the brand-new, CG-animated series airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT Friday, Oct. 3 on Cartoon Network.
In the episode, Jedi Master Yoda and three clone troopers must face off against Count Dooku’s dreaded assassin Asajj Ventress and her massive droid army to prove the Jedi are strong enough to protect a strategic planet and forge a treaty for the Republic.
"I wanted to bring back some of the impish fun of Yoda from Episode V (The Empire Strikes Back) and instill it into the Clone Wars era as he is leading these three clones in a desperate situation," Melching says. "Yoda became a very serious character in Episodes I, II and III, and I thought this was a great opportunity to show his clever, fun side as well as his inspirational and warrior side."
While Melching crafted the words, Bullock and supervising director Dave Filoni focused on elevating Yoda’s action; and ensuring that his diminutive scale alongside the other characters didn’t interfere with his intense battle scenes. Bullock offered kudos to fellow director Rob Coleman, who offered tips on keeping Yoda consistent with his legacy. Coleman served as an animation director on Star Wars Episodes I, II and III, and was responsible for Yoda’s famous lightsaber duel with Count Dooku.
"When I was storyboarding Yoda’s big fight scene in "Ambush," Rob (Coleman) told me that George (Lucas) liked to flip a switch so that Yoda would go from very reserved to ‘springy,’" Bullock says. "Overall, the episode is a good mix of the impish Yoda of The Empire Strikes Back, some serious, reflective moments, and Rob’s ‘ninja Yoda’ for the action bits. And Yoda kicks some serious butt in this episode."
The assignment to direct "Ambush" was taken with great reverence by Bullock.
"I’m really proud of the fact that this episode went to me to direct as I knew it was ‘the Yoda episode,’" Bullock says. "It wasn’t even titled "Ambush" until it was in layout for months it was just called "The Yoda Episode." Any chance to work with the main Star Wars characters is a thrill because we knew we were adding to their history, but it was also a bit unnerving because we knew that it had to be handled properly or the fans would not buy it."
Attached you’ll find a new image from "Ambush." Stay tuned for more information and images throughout the next week, leading to the series premiere of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS at 9 p.m. ET/PT Friday, Oct. 3 on Cartoon Network.
New York City, New York- It all began with two horror fans from New Jersey and a twisted vision. What started as Ed Long and Damien Glonek hand making dolls to sell at tri-state area conventions turned into a worldwide epidemic. Living Dead Dolls grew from one of the Garden State’s many curiosities to become one of the unstoppable juggernauts of the collectible doll industry. Now celebrating their “Tenth Year Of Terror”, Mezco’s Living Dead Dolls have an impressive legacy. Ed, Damien and Mez have co-created over 100 unique characters, and built a brand that has pioneered new terror-tory in the collectible doll industry.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Living Dead Dolls, Mezco Toyz is exhuming one of the original dolls that started it all, Eggzorcist. Eggy, as she is known to her devotees, has been redesigned and will be released in three exclusive versions. Each version will be limited to just 666 pieces, and each package will be individually numbered. Why three versions? 3 multiplied by 666 equals 1998, the year the dolls were created! Mezco Direct will be the exclusive distributor of the Tenth Anniversary Eggzorcist doll wearing her trademark bunny outfit in black and red. The dark requiem continues worldwide with exclusive versions available in the United Kingdom and Japan. The Japanese version is a yellow suited Eggy available through Mamegyoria, and the United Kingdom version will have a grey suited version available through Star Images. Each of the three editions are uniquely designed by one of the 3 curators of the LDD crypt and are extremely limited.