Star Wars Weekends 2010 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World resort is slowly creeping upon us and the news is starting to seep in. So far we’ve learned about the extremely limited edition and extremely awesome Stitch as the Emperor’s Hologram action figure (buy us ten!), the celebrity guest list and little more.
Today, the tides have changed a bit (probably due to the Forest Moon of Endor) and we have news from the Disney Parks blog on upcoming SWW exclusive pins, including Annual Passholder and — for the very first time — DVC Member exclusive items as well as special pins and sets commemorating the 30th anniversary of Empire Strikes Back.
The blog entry also takes a peek at Star Wars influenced open-edition pins such as the R2-MK and a Muppet Star Wars pin series.
A little clone birdie also tells us that with the Weekends comes news of new meet & greet characters for the event. The beautiful but excessively deadly, not-quite-a-sith-but-as-close-as-one-can-get-without-actually-being-one Asajj Ventress will make her debut as will a certain member of the clone army. We haven’t been given confirmation yet but we hear he looks quite a bit like Commander Bly (but don’t hold us to that, otherwise we’ll look to hire Asajj).
UPDATE: According to a thread on Studios Central responding to this item, Asajj will be appearing only as part of the Jedi Training Academy during the event and it is in fact Commander Cody offering meet & greet opportunities, not Commander Bly.
Sold for $8.95 each, the series 4 of the popular Disney Star Wars action figures includes: Pete as Boba Fett (with accessory helmet, jetpack and blaster); Donald Duck as a Han Solo in Carbonite (with accessory staff and carbonite block); Mickey Mouse as Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (with accessory green lightsaber); Goofy as C-3PO; and Minnie Mouse as Princess Leia in Boushh disguise (with accessory helmet, staff and thermal detonator). The figures will be available at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts beginning in May.
Also being released in July at both resortsis the series 4 of the Disney Star Wars racers. These sell for $5.95 each and the series includes: Yoda, Clone Trooper, Battle Droid and Jedi Master Plo Koon
The theme park exclusive 2-figure pack featuring the R2-MK Droid action figure will become available at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts beginning April 1.
As previously reported, the 2 pack, which also includes a Jedi Mickey action figure, will retail for $18.95.
StarWars.com has now released the list of celebrity guests expected to appear each weekend during the popular event, beginning with SWW co-hosts Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tona of The Clone Wars).
The following is the list of celebrities scheduled to appear each weekend:
May 21-23 — Temuera Morrison, Daniel Logan and Dee Bradley Baker Send in the clones to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Empire. Morrison played Jango Fett as well as the clone troopers in the live action movies, while Daniel Logan played Boba Fett and all the clone cadets in Episode II. Baker is the voice of all the clone troopers in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, including the ever popular Captain Rex.
May 28-30 — Matthew Wood, Lorne Peterson and Tom Kane Some true Masters are in attendance. In addition to providing the rasping voice of General Grievous and his chatty battle droids, Matthew Wood is also a sound editor on the Star Wars prequels and The Clone Wars. Lorne Peterson is a veteran ILM model-maker who worked behind-the-scenes on all six Star Wars movies. Tom Kane is the voice of Yoda in The Clone Wars, and also the narrator who begins each show with a rousing introduction.
June 4-6 — Billy Dee Williams, Ray Park and Dave Filoni Hello, what have we here? Williams is of course famous for his role as Lando Calrissian, administrator of Cloud City and Rebel hero. Ray Park is the energetic, acrobatic villain Darth Maul from Episode I, and Dave Filoni is the supervising director of The Clone Wars
June 11-13 — Ray Park, Peter Mayhew and James Arnold Taylor Ray Park returns for a second weekend, and he is joined by Peter Mayhew, the gentle giant behind the walking carpet — Chewbacca the Wookiee. James Arnold Taylor provides the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Clone Wars, as well as Plo Koon.
Appearances are subject to change at any time. We will update as we become aware of any such changes.
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Holographic Stitch, Star Tours Cast Member Featured in New Limited Edition Disney-Star Wars Collectibles
Buried under extensive coverage of Star Wars at the International Toy Fair, StarWars.com recently brought us news of a couple of new exclusive limited edition releases coming soon to Disney Parks.
In honor of The Empire Strikes Back which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary during Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2010 comes this extremely limited edition action figure of Stitch as the hologram of Emperor Palpatine. Limited to a run of only 1980 (get it?), each piece is accompanied by an individually numbered card and branded as being specific to the 2010 Star Wars Weekends event, thus it will be available exclusively at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Also making its debut during the 2010 Star Wars Weekends will be a Star Tours Boarding Party action figure set, limited to a production run of 15,000 pieces. Making the set extra special will be a series of firsts which include a Star Tours Officer in a uniform inspired by the actual Cast Member costume as well as some rare Star Wars friends who are being produced as action figures for the first time ever. Limited quantities of the five-figure set (consisting of Kaink, Teek, Ree-Yees and Chewbacca in addition to the Star Tours Officer) will also be available at the Disneyland resort.
The official artwork for the 2010 Star Wars Weekends was released today on StarWars.com. Featuring Boba Fett taking on Jedi Mickey, the artwork does give credence to the speculation that the weekends’ festivities will be focused on bounty hunters.
What is known for certain about the special event, which takes place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Fridays – Sundays from May 21 – June 13, is that it will pay respect to The Empire Strikes Back which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
On its official blog, Disney Parks has announced the dates for the 2010 Star Wars Weekends event to take place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The dates are as follows: May 21 – 23, May 28 – 30, June 4 – 6 and June 11 – 13
This weekend’s guests include Jeremy Bulloch, David Prowse and Matt Lanter in addition to hosts Jay Laga’aia and Ashley Eckstein.
Lucasfilm’s Head of Fan Relations and owner of the world’s largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia, Steve Sansweet, will be appearing this weekend at Star Wars Weekends. Steve will be signing copies of his books, The Star Wars Vault and The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, both of which will be available for purchase for the signing. He’ll also be bringing along some special give-aways.
He’ll be signing at Wicket’s Warehouse on Friday, June 5 from 12:30 – 2:30 PM, on Saturday from 1:30 – 3:30 PM and on Sunday from 12:30 – 2:30 PM.
Better late than never, eh? This weekend’s guests include Peter Mayhew and Matthew Wood in addition to hosts Jay Laga’aia and Ashley Eckstein.
In addition, StarWars.com has prepared a video blog highlighting the events of the first weekend. Good introduction to SWW in general.