August 4, 2008


TV Guide’s Special Double Issue Featuring

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Hits Newsstands Thursday, August 7

July 28, 2008 (New York, NY) – On August 15, Star Wars returns to theaters as it’s never been seen before, in the first-ever animated adventure set in a galaxy far, far away: STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS from Lucasfilm Animation. TV Guide magazine is celebrating the excitement with four collectible covers and a multi-media CD-ROM which is presented exclusively by Toys“R”Us.

  The disc will be affixed to four collectible covers of the August 11 special double issue on newsstands Thursday, August 7.  The covers will feature favorite Star Wars characters as well as new additions to the galaxy: Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan learner Ashoka Tano; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Asajj Ventress; Yoda and Count Dooku; and R2-D2 and C-3PO.

  The special edition of TV Guide commemorates not only the first Star Wars animated theatrical release, but also the fall premiere of the weekly STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS animated television series on Cartoon Network.

  The special CD-ROM created by TV Guide and Lucasfilm Ltd. features never-before-seen material, including:


  • Sneak peeks at STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS
  • Behind-the-scenes video of the making of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS
  • On-camera commentary with executive producer George Lucas and Dave Filoni, director of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS
  • Photo gallery of characters featured in STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS


Extras on the disc include links to video games and a behind-the-scenes tour of Lucasfilm Animation’s production studio in Marin County, Calif.  Readers will also be able to link directly from the CD-ROM to for exclusive STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS merchandise, including the STAR WARS 3 ¾-inch B-Wing fighter from Hasbro.

  “We are excited to participate in the debut of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, and to partner with Toys”R”Us to provide a completely engaging experience for our readers,” said Pete Haeffner, Publisher of TV Guide. “THE CLONE WARS is a visually stunning addition to the movies and also introduces an incredible new TV series this fall.  It’s been a fantastic collaboration.”

  “For more than three decades, Toys“R”Us has been the ultimate destination for kids and collectors interested in bringing home the magic of their favorite STAR WARS films,” said Greg Ahearn, Senior Vice President, Marketing and e-commerce, Toys“R”Us, U.S.  “Sponsoring TV Guide’s enhanced CD-ROM reinforces Toys“R”Us as the ultimate Star Wars retail experience to 20 million consumers and offers fans new reasons to discover toys based on this all-new STAR WARS adventure.”

About TV Guide

TV Guide magazine, now a part of Macrovision Solutions Corporation, is one of the most popular weekly magazines in the country with more than 20 million weekly readers.  From behind-the-scenes looks at broadcast, cable and syndicated shows and their stars and characters to sneak peeks at television’s most intriguing plotlines, TV Guide magazine has every corner of the television medium covered.  TV Guide is the premier, comprehensive source for entertainment news, guidance, and information about America’s most popular leisure time activity.


About Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer. Currently it sells merchandise through more than 1,500 stores, including 584 Toys“R”Us stores and 262 Babies“R”Us stores in the U.S., more than 687 international stores in 33 countries, which includes licensed and franchise stores, and through its Internet site at


STAR WARS, THE CLONE WARS, Lucasfilm and related properties and character names are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd.  All rights reserved.  All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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