Star Wars Mini Retrospective: Clone Wars (2003)

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   Once upon a time, way back in 2003, a great adventure took place. It was a dark time in Star Wars. No, not for the lack of Star Wars content like we had in the late 80’s and early 90’s. This was far, far worse. It was the time of the prequels. OK, they were not all that bad. There were some cringeworthy moments for us all. As an adult who was seven in 1977, I’ve since made peace with the prequels, for the most part. Some things from that era are better than others. One such nugget of geek goodness is the original animated Clone Wars.

Clone Wars - Awesome designs and serious action

Wikipedia’s entry contains all the dry facts.

   Star Wars: Clone Wars is an American animated microseries created by Genndy Tartakovsky, set in the Star Wars universe. Chronologically, the series fills the three-year gap between prequel films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The show follows the actions of various characters from the Star Wars prequel trilogy; notably Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, Yoda, and other Jedi Knights during the conflict, leading the clone trooper forces of the Galactic Republic against the battle droid armies of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Sith.
   Clone Wars was produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with Lucasfilm Ltd., and was aired on Cartoon Network in 25 chapters from 2003 to 2005. The first two seasons, comprising Volume One, were produced in a two- to three-minute "micro" format, while season three was produced as fifteen-minute episodes making up Volume Two. Both volumes were later released on home video edited as feature-length films. Since release, it has received critical acclaim and won multiple awards.

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Now for the wet opinions.

   This method of serializing the story over two years in three minute (or so) increments was novel and refreshing. It left you wanting more! The series also bridged the gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The programing was one of my favorite things on the Cartoon Network and is still fun to watch from time to time. The style of story telling suites today’s tastes for clipped, short info bursts. When watched all together it makes for an action packed saga. If you have not seen this one then do yourself a favor and check out the video bellow. It runs a bit over two hours and is well worth the watch. You can probably still purchase the DVD on Amazon, but don’t quote me on that.

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@TheWookieeRoars (Peter Mayhew) Needs Our Help…

Standing in the Stars, the Peter Mayhew Story

   @TheWookieeRoars, Peter Mayhew (a.k.a. Chewbacca of Star Wars fame) requires our help. Mr. Mayhew needs new knees. Yes, you read that correctly, new knees. Both of them. They have been designed especially for him and it will take about four operations to complete the entire procedure. Even if you can only afford a donation of $1 that brings them $1 closer to their goal of $42k.

   I would like to wish Mr. Mayhew a speedy recovery after his surgeries. May the Force Be With You.

Star Wars Lot of 18 Vintage 5 Modern Action Figures + Case & More

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Star Wars Lot of 18 Vintage 5 Modern Kenner Action Figures Case More | eBay.

   Do you ever buy a few lots of action figures just to get one or two of them? What do you do with the rest? Well I am re-selling these guys.

   They come from multiple lots I’ve purchased over the years. They are of varying quality and eras. There are 18 vintage Kenner figures. 2 figures from the 1990’s Power of the Force line and three more modern figures from Hasbro. I have taken some close-up, detailed photos of the more damaged figures. The case, at first glance, is in good condition, but there are some damaged points around the creased areas which is normal on these things… I have 5 now. There is a booklet “wish book” from Empire Strikes Back that has been marked in. The accessories that are included come from the vintage through the modern eras as well. 

 
Some of the highlights of this lot:
1. While the Luke and Vader figures are pretty poor (Luke’s face & Vader’s “neck brace”) they do have their light-sabers even though they are both tip-less.
2. Skiff Guard Lando has NO COO and is in pretty nice condition.
3. The “Wish booklet” is an awesome stroll down memory lane.
4. Force Spirit Obi-Wan Kenobi is pretty cool.