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Archived News-March 2006


Week 3

Friday March 17, 2006
Coruscant Courier Issue #9

The ninth issue of Galactic Voyage's Coruscant Courier has arrived! In this latest fictional feature by Jedi Jin Su we have:

THE NEW IMPERIAL SERVICE CORPS-Not Just for Clones Anymore-Part II

INTERVIEW with BAIL ORGANA, SENATOR of ALDERAAN-Part II

EYES ON THE STARS

OH BABY

WHAT DOES THE FORCE HAVE IN MIND FOR YOU?

Jedi Jin Su has done an outstanding job with Issue #9, and I think you all will really enjoy it! So go have look at the latest Coruscant Courier Issue.


Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday March 17, 2006
Qui-Gon Jinn on Sale Today!

Don't forget that today is the day! Ever a wise Jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn constantly councils his doubting padawan, Obi-Wan, to focus on the moment and not allow anxiety to cloud his thinking and actions. Take a page from Qui-Gon's book todayand do not allow anxiety to cloud your actions! The Sideshow Exclusive version of the Qui-Gon Jinn 12-inch figure, featuring the exclusive moisture farmer poncho, will be available via our Priority Pre-Order service today March 17th at 10am (PST) - are you prepared? Don't forget to follow the link between 10-10:30AM PST to pick up your exclusive Qui-Gon Jinn 12-inch figure! Last time they sold out in less than 30 minutes, so be ready! Here is the outstanding figure!

Qui-Gon Jinn 12


Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday March 17, 2006
Path to the Force - Episode 63

Today we have Episode 63 of Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force which has been created by Nathan Ciprick. You will be able to access these stories through the Comics section. Check out the latest episode!

Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force-Episode 63

Be sure to join us next week for the sixty-fourth episode of Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force. Then join us every week as we continue to follow the adventures of the Wookiee E'nac from the Star Wars Galaxies videogame in the form of Gamics!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Thursday March 16, 2006
Homing Beacon #157

The latest Homing Beacon has arrived and today we get to talk about Darth Vader's mask. One of the most haunting images of Revenge of the Sith is the fearsome black mask that lowers over Anakin Skywalker's ravaged face, forever sealing him in an implacable armored shell, marking a seemingly irreversible transformation into Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith.

Though the Sydney-based Costume Props Department developed a full suit of armor for Hayden Christensen, the shot of the helmet lowering was achieved separately in postproduction by Industrial Light & Magic. The ILM Model Shop was tasked with building the separated helmet, and Practical Model Supervisor Brian Gernand assigned the task to Don Bies, for good reason.

"He knew of my affinity for movie history and Star Wars lore," says Bies. Years ago, Bies worked as the archivist for the Lucasfilm Archives, the repository of the props, costumes and models used in various Lucasfilm productions. In that role, Bies had actually rescued the original Vader helmet used in for the unmasking in Return of the Jedi.

"The original prop I found at the bottom of a crate with a bunch of junk on top of it -- shredded papers and stuff like that," recalls Bies. "The crate almost got tossed, but I decided to check it and pulled out this brown flannel bag, and inside were the pieces of the mask."

The mask became one of Bies' favorites pieces in the Archive, and he studied it extensively, unknowingly preparing himself years in advance for the assignment of recreating it for Revenge of the Sith. The original mask, on a museum tour in Japan at the time of Episode III production, did not have much inner detail, allowing considerable artistic freedom in designing the inside of the mask.

"Ryan Church had created a design that was very manufactured and more medical," says Bies. "I started making suggestions as to how to build it. His direction was that it's supposed to look painful; it goes easy but it doesn't come off easy. Having that freedom allowed me to start playing around with different materials. I used the readers from computer hard drives in there -- it made it look like if you slipped this thing on your face that it would cut into your cheeks."

Bies worked off of extensive photographs of the original prop, discovering that many of the "found" objects used to dress the original could not be found locally. "A lot of must have been from England surplus stores. I ended up having to laser cut almost all of it," says Bies.

Some of the material he did find included electronic molex connectors, stainless steel studs from punk rocker collars, and parts from a Tamiya tank model kit. The two silver knobs bracketing Vader's mouthpiece, nicknamed the "tusks," came from a surprising source. "We were running short on time, so I actually bought them from a fan."

Joining Bies on the project were John Duncan, who built the "harmonica" mouthpiece and Carol Bauman who helped paint the helmet. The helmet deviated from the original in that it used the Episode III mold which had a symmetrical face, and the new incarnation was solid black as opposed to the two-tone paint job seen in Episode VI.

"They had a heck of a time shooting the thing," explains Bies of the shot looking at the mask coming down. "Kim Marks, who shot it, tried to get the angle right. When you get it over the lens, it distorted crazily because of the wide angle. So they had to tilt it. It's really angled forward and looks more ominous."

For the side angle shot of the mask lowering onto Anakin face, it was actually a composite since Hayden Christensen had already been photographed in Sydney separately a year earlier.

Posted by: Jedi Power

Wednesday March 15, 2006
Skywalker Ranch T-Shirts Available

Ever wonder how you could get your hands on one of those cool Skywalker Ranch tees reserved for employees and guests of the Ranch? Well now, you can! For the first time ever, Lucasfilm is making officially-licensed Skywalker Ranch t-shirts available to StarWarsShop shoppers, so fans no longer need "a friend of a friend" to snag them one!

Ever since Skywalker Ranch opened to employees in the early 1980s, fans have longed to grab some of the exclusive apparel items bearing its name. Not an easy feat, since these were strictly available to employees and guests of Skywalker, Big Rock, or the new Presidio campus in San Francisco. While some may wear the Skywalker logo to intimate their "insider" status, most can dig it for its graphic appeal and strong association with Star Wars cool.

Offered directly from Lucasfilm, StarWarsShop has made an arrangement with the company store to offer this white logo on black tee directly to fans for the first time ever. These will not officially be available through any other retailer. Sizes available in Men's, Women's, and Child. Be sure to click here to purchase your T-shirt!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Tuesday March 14, 2006
Rick McCallum on Star Wars TV

EmpireOnline.com has a new article about the Star Wars TV show. First up, the Stars Wars TV series that weíve been hearing about since Sith came out. ďThatís not going to happen probably for another year and a half while we develop scripts and everything else. But itís fantastic; weíve got some incredible writers. Itís going to be much darker, much more character-based, and I think itís going to be everything the fans always wanted the prequels to be. Theyíll be one-hour episode. It takes place between Episodes III and IV. Itís going to be all-new characters, maybe a few bounty hunters in there to start the series off.Ē Be sure to read the full article for other Lucas works!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Tuesday March 14, 2006
Movies Section Update

Today I have updated the Movies Section with the newly added Return of the Jedi Figures and Vehicles section. The first TV Commercial features the Nein Nunb mail away action figure. In addition, it also features Darth Vader, Lando Calrissian, and 4-LOM. Enjoy!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Monday March 13, 2006
Path to the Force - Episode 62

Today we have Episode 62 of Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force which has been created by Nathan Ciprick. You will be able to access these stories through the Comics section. Check out the latest episode!

Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force-Episode 62

Be sure to check back later this week for the sixty-third episode of Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force. Then join us every week as we continue to follow the adventures of the Wookiee E'nac from the Star Wars Galaxies videogame in the form of Gamics!


Posted by: Jedi Power