Watch This New Preview for ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions’

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A new video preview for the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars has been released! Looks like Yoda and Anakin are in on a secret….

The final season, known as The Lost Missions, airs exclusively on Netflix beginning March 7th.

(Source: The Official Star Wars YouTube Channel)

Check Out this Full-Length Video for the Star Wars/Santa Cruz Skateboard Collection

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Last week, we shared an official press release from Lucasfilm announcing its collaboration with Santa Cruz Skateboards on a limited edition collection of Star Wars skateboard decks and cruzers. A short teaser trailer was included with that release – but now the full-length video is available for your viewing pleasure.

Feast your eyes on it below:

For more information please visit http://santacruzskateboards.com/starwars.

Dan Z’s First Blog for StarWars.com Now Available

My Star Wars.com Blog on Teaching StormtrooperI am thrilled to announce that my first post for the Official Blog can now be found on Star Wars.com!  I talk about how I incorporate Star Wars into the High School curriculum, as well as why using the Saga is relevant (as well as pertinent) to advancing critical thinking and analyzing literature.  The support from our community has been fantastic, and I am grateful.

Getting to write a Blog for Star Wars has always been a dream of mine, and I am incredibly humbled by the experience.  Be on the lookout for some references to our show, and help us spread the word!  MTFBWY!

Check out Dan Z’s First Blog for Star Wars.com here

To Binge or To Savor: How Will You Watch Season Six of Star Wars: The Clone Wars?

 

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Finally, we get to witness the last season of a wonderful animated series that ended when it was in its prime, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  The Emmy winning series has chronicled that legendary moment in time first mentioned by Obi-Wan Kenobi in his hut on Tatooine.  Thanks to the Clone Wars, viewers get to experience the majesty, adventure, intrigue, and events that we have wondered about since 1977.  In fact, it could be argued that this groundbreaking series added much needed gravitas, characterization, and pathos to not only the relationship between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, but fleshed out the Prequel era in a way we all dreamed they would when we first learned that the story of Anakin Skywalker would be revealed.  This is in no way to demote the value of the Prequels (I love them, albeit in a different fashion than the Original Trilogy), but to laud the achievements in animation, storytelling, and character that George Lucas, Dave Filoni, and company accomplished through this Emmy award winning series.

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Official Press Release: Santa Cruz Skateboards and Star Wars Join Forces

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Santa Cruz Skateboards™ announces its collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd., featuring a limited edition collection of Star Wars™ skateboard decks and cruzers.

Known for its iconic graphics, Santa Cruz has now created original illustrated graphics of classic Star Wars characters available on both decks and complete cruzer skateboards.

(Full-length video coming March 3rd)

Four Star Wars skateboard decks are available in either “Collector’s Edition” or “Shred Ready” models so fans can set up one to ride or keep the other in its highly collectible packaging. The “Collector’s Edition” is packaged in a vintage toy inspired blister pack and includes a laser etched numbered deck, matching the laser cut Certificate of Authenticity, and a deck art poster. The “Shred Ready” model comes in standard shrink-wrapped packaging.

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The cruzer offering consists of five extremely functional shapes and sizes adorned with vintage-inspired, Santa Cruz illustrated portraits of classic Star Wars characters.

All Star Wars cruzers feature the same high quality components Santa Cruz is known for.

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A standout piece in the collection is the Darth Vader™ Wood Inlay deck. The entire graphic is constructed using laser cut maple, elm and walnut burl wood veneers that are then individually hand assembled. These unique decks are laser serial numbered with matching numbered Certificates of Authenticity and encased in its own custom foil printed and embossed display box – a must-have for both Star Wars and Santa Cruz Skateboards™ collectors.

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The Star Wars skateboard collection by Santa Cruz will be released on March 3rd at finer skateboard retailers around the world with additional offerings to follow in Summer and Holiday 2014. View the whole collection and purchase at www.scskate.com.

For more information please contact Lucas Musgrave, Santa Cruz Brand Manager, at l.musgrave@nhs-inc.com

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Rancho Obi-Wan Announces 2014 Fundraiser Events

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Official Press Release

Rancho Obi-Wan has revealed its fundraising plans for 2014, including an amazing eBay auction starting this week, and an annual gala at Rancho itself later this year.

First up is Rancho Obi-Thon, a seven-day eBay charity auction to raise funds for the ongoing cost of running Rancho. There are original artworks and prints, one-of-a-kind fan-made collectibles, autographs, posters, prototypes and many other items. Featured is a double-sided Revenge of the Sith theatrical poster autographed by George Lucas, Samuel Jackson, Ian McDiarmid, Hayden Christensen and others.

Donors include artists such as Dan Bergren, Katie Cook, Doug Cowan, Ingrid Hardy, Adam Hughes, Erik Maell, Eli Rutten, Allison Sohn, and Jerry VanderStelt. Other contributors include Tom Nelson, Prop Store, Paula Rosenberg, Walt Crowley, Gentle Giant, Highbridge Audio, Super7 and Funko. Rancho Obi-Thon starts on eBay on March 2, 2014 at 12 Noon Pacific Time. To get a preview of the auction, go to http://www.ranchoobiwan.org/?p=2471. To start bidding on March 2, see eBay at http://stores.ebay.com/ranchoobiwan/.

Also starting March 2nd will be a continuing series of eBay listings under the title ROW Dupe Deals. These are duplicate Star Wars items that owner Steve Sansweet has amassed over the years, usually by forgetting he already had an item and buying it again! Steve is contributing all of the items for the auctions, and proceeds will go to Rancho Obi-Wan. Each purchase will be accompanied by a certificate attesting that the item is a duplicate from the world’s largest Star Wars collection.

Following the success of last November’s World Record Night party and auction at Rancho Obi-Wan, the evening of Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 has been set for this year’s gala. Save the date now; details will be revealed in coming months. To see what a great time last year’s event was, check out Steve’s blog on StarWars.com:

All of the funds raised for Rancho Obi-Wan are used for such things as maintenance, security, professional services, providing tours for other charities to raise money, and community outreach. None is used for buying collectibles.

About Rancho Obi-Wan

Rancho Obi-Wan, Inc. is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation whose specific purpose is to serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of Star Wars memorabilia and artifacts, using the collection to provide meaningful educational, aesthetic, intellectual and cultural experiences for a wide array of audiences and to carry out other charitable and educational activities associated with this goal. Rancho Obi-Wan was recognized by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2014 as the home of the World’s largest Star Wars memorabilia collection.

Contact Consetta Parker, Director of Publicity at pr@ranchoobiwan.org

Thanks to Consetta for the Press Release!

 

George Lucas and Mellody Hobson Donate $25 Million to the University of Chicago

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Star Wars creator George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, are donating $25 million to the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools to aid in the construction of an arts building. This is in addition to the $25 million donation they made last year to the charity program After School Matters – which was founded by late Chicago first lady, Maggie Daley.

The hall will named in honor of Gordon Parks. Parks was the first African-American photographer to work for Life Magazine, and he was the first African-American to direct a major Hollywood movie. He is best known for directing the 1971 film Shaft. He was also a novelist, a poet, and a composer.

Lucas and his wife issued these statements to the media:

“It was important to us that the University of Chicago campus have a building named for an African American, given the diverse community in which it sits, and the outstanding contributions to our society by people of color,” Hobson said.

And from Lucas: “We believe in the power of art to transform lives and communities. Gordon Parks’ work did just that.”

The fundraising campaign for the arts hall had hoped to raise $40 million, but this gift from the George Lucas Family Foundation helped to boost the total amount raised to $80 million.

The Laboratory Schools has an enrollment of 1,770 students, ranging from nursery school through 12th grade. The Gordon Parks Arts Hall will be a 3-story, 86,000 square foot facility that will feature a 700-seat auditorium, 250-seat theater, 150-seat drama studio, as well as four art studios. The construction cost is estimated at $43.7 million, and the plan is for the hall to open in 2015.

(Source: Chicago Tribune)

The Caffeinated Collector – Episode 1 – Getting To Know You, Getting To Know….Wait, WHAT?!?!

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Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste. Except for the wealth. And if you ask the right/wrong people, my taste is questionable, but I AM a man, despite what the rest of this blog will try to make you believe.

Rather than make this an origin story, I have chosen to tell you about myself through the most accurate and reliable format, the online character quiz. You may have seen these popping up lately on Facebook, courtesy of www.Zimbio.com. I resisted for a long time, assuming they were just silly and designed to give you the character you WANTED to be given, but when the Star Wars Character Quiz came out, I was powerless to resist. So I dove in headfirst. Now, let me begin by saying with all humility that I am a genius. I don’t have the papers to prove it, but it’s generally accepted by me and my dog, Marvin (depicted above, with art by Taylor Lymbery), so that’s really enough to make it legitimate, I think. If I so chose, I COULD manipulate this test to give me the answer that seems obvious: Han Solo. I’m sure you’d be surprised if I WASN’T classified as that handsome, charismatic scoundrel. BUT, I chose to answer the questions honestly, and it became clear early on that I am not as jaded as Chewbacca’s copilot, so I was prepared to accept my fate as a Luke Skywalker or even, if the prequels MUST be included, Anakin’s buddy Kitster, since my youthful optimism is readily apparent. So I answered question after question, saying I would rush to my friend’s defense in a fight, and resisting the urge to answer with “Quippy one-liners” when asked what I respond with when I need to come up with something to say. I got to the end of the test, and hit “Submit” and waited. My computer seemed to revel in keeping me in suspense. Was it going to give me Jar-Jar?? FINALLY the page loaded and….my results surprised even me. This hadn’t even dawned on me as an OPTION….

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Seriously? Amidala? Not only do I get a prequel character, but I get a FEMALE character (not that I have a problem with that!), AND I get the one who couldn’t even be bothered to stay alive for the sake of her kids? This had to be rigged.

It was suggested I take the Myers-Briggs Personality Test, since there is a great Star Wars character chart posted online with each result. So, I took the test, and discovered I am an ENFJ (extraversion, intuition, feeling, judgment). Not TERRIBLY surprising, since that’s what most of our charismatic world leaders are classified as. So, to the chart I went….ENFJ, ENFJ, AH, here it is……huh. Amidala again. Well, there’s that. OH, here’s what it says about ENFJ’s on the chart, though:

The Giver – Warm, Empathetic, and charismatic with excellent people skills. Highly sensitive to the emotions and needs of others, likely to find hidden potential in others and strive to help them fulfill it. Take their obligations to others very seriously. Characterized by their ability to help develop others, and making a lasting difference in people’s lives.

Guilty as charged. I give til it hurts. And my people skills are off the charts, as long as constantly leaving people confused and angry counts.

Still, I wonder how the OTHER character quizzes would treat me. Back to the interwebs! First up, a Star Trek The Original Series quiz. Questions answered HONESTLY, and my result? No, not Kirk. Nope, not Spock. And no, not that loveable grump McCoy. No, I am Uhura. Apparently my feminine side is showing through.

Let’s see if the Star Trek: The Next Generation quiz is more gender-accurate. Questions, questions, questions, and “Submit.” And my result? Guinan. As played by Whoopi Goldberg. Anyone else seeing a pattern here?

A Firefly Character quiz! I’ve always fancied myself a Mal, but I know I’m probably closer to Wash. Well, I wasn’t far off. I AM close to Wash, but that’s because I’m Zoe. Zoe? Is the internet just messing with me, or am I really a strong African-American female trapped in a suburban white guy’s body?

Ok, let’s put this trend to the test with the “Which X-Men Character Are You?” quiz. If I get Storm, we’ll know something’s up. Hmmm. Well, it’s not Storm. No, not Storm. Nope, this one is even less likely. I got Mystique. I’m a naked hottie in blue body paint. Trust me, NOBODY wants that. This description isn’t even accurate! Are you for serious!?!?! At this point, everyone on my Facebook feed is pointing and laughing.

The Big Bang Theory. Again, I’ve always fancied myself a Leonard, but I fear I’m really more of a Wolowitz. Nope. Not even close. Penny. Yep, NOW I’m a hot blonde. This is getting silly now.

As a final grasp for some masculine credibility, I took a Saved By The Bell character quiz. I know, I know, it doesn’t make any sense to me, either, now that I’m typing it. Sigh. Let’s just get this over with. Am I going to be Lisa Turtle? Rich and picky? Will I be Jesse Spano? So excited and so…scared? Or will I be everyone’s childhood crush, Ms. Kelly Kapowski, always bubbly, but with real problems? At this point, I don’t even care, although I DID always have a thing for Jesse. Drumroll, please? Drumroll?

Wow. I’m not sure this is better:

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Well. He’s kinda male, right? Sad part is, it’s a pretty accurate description.

So, if this little exercise has taught me anything, it’s that…..actually, I’m not sure it taught me anything. And the worst part is, I don’t think it’s told you much about me, which was the original purpose. Imagine that, a free online pop-culture quiz doesn’t really reveal much.

Oh well, next time I’ll reveal another layer of the onion that is me as I discuss some of my favorite Star Wars toys from my youth. And from my recent adulthood. I may even have some thoughtful comments on the mentality of collectors. If you’re not careful, you just may learn something next month.

Thanks for reading, and thanks to Coffee With Kenobi for allowing me to spread my insanity.

Until we meet again (or Until we meet at all), Marvin says hi,

Jeff

You can email Jeff at jeffm@coffeewithkenobi.com

The Trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions’ is Here!

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The trailer for the upcoming sixth, and final, season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars has made its debut. Check it below!

Wow! That looks fantastic! Hearing the voice of Qui-Gon Jinn summoning Yoda from the great beyond is enough to give any fan a case of lingering goosebumps. 🙂

The final season, dubbed The Lost Missions, will be airing exclusively on Netflix starting on March 7.

(Source: IGN)

Coffee With Kenobi Show # 13: Star Wars Toys, featuring Jeff McGee (24)

Coffee With Kenobi : Now with the Bearded Trio!In today’s show we share a cup of coffee with Jeff McGee of the Assembly of Geeks and Marvin Dog media to discuss our topic for Show # 13, Star Wars toys.  We get to talk about the past, present, and future of Star Wars toys in today’s discussion (including the New York Toy Fair).  We also have the next offering of  “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio” with Rob Wainfur.  We will also look at news regarding The Clone Wars triumphant return, tons of Rebels news, possible Episode VII images, and much more.  This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!

Check out this episode!

Show Notes

News

Clone Wars Final Season

Rebels Reactions Show # 3

Lucasfilm Website Image of the Falcon

Coffee With Kenobi Mentioned on Star Wars.com

Collector News

The Inquisitor Maquette

Kenner Jumbo Bespin Luke

Discussion

Marvin Dog Media

Learn More About Jeff McGee

 

We will also look at news regarding The Clone Wars triumphant return, tons of Rebels news, possible Episode VII images, and much more.  We will introduce our topic for Show # 14.  And now, let’s see what’s brewing in the Star Wars universe this week.