Publisher’s Weekly looks into the busy world of The Clone Wars tie-ins. The pertinent bits:
Grosset & Dunlap will be the primary licensee for children’s formats including junior novelizations, 8x8s, readers, movie photo books and activity books, starting with movie tie-ins this summer—the on-sale date for all books and merchandise is July 26—followed by TV-based titles in the fall. Other juvenile licensees include DK for sticker books, Visual Guides and DK Readers and Dalmatian for coloring and activity books. For older readers, Random House’s Del Rey imprint will publish one movie and four TV novelizations, and Dark Horse will release monthly comics and digest-size graphic novels. An “Art Of” title is expected as well.
Meanwhile, classic Star Wars publishing will continue; Scholastic will introduce a new series next year.
Paul over at TFN speculates that the Traviss and Miller mystery books may be the first wave of novelizations.
We’ve never had much interest in the doings of the young kids books, but Paul over at TFN (via Once Upon a Galaxy) has an interesting find: The Clone Wars books for ‘young readers’ and ‘readers’ and published by Penguin’s Grosset & Dunlap imprint. I don’t think this would really effect the adult novels – clearly there are a variety of different contracts at work here. (Including the one with Dorling Kindersley, which is also an imprint of Penguin.) Still, an interesting development.
As for the books themselves, you can check out the lineup on their Star Wars sell sheet (Warning: PDF.) It lists six books with a July 26th release date, and even less plot details than TV Guide.
Not the most surprising comment in the world, but hey, at least it’s something:
I can’t comment on this yet because the contract (a different one than the “main” contract) has not yet been signed. And “first announcements” will appear on starwars.com first, so if you haven’t read it from the main site, I can’t comment on it here.
As for ongoing contract issue that she also addresses, it should be noted that both books are listed as Del Rey releases on Amazon and also appear on RandomHouse.com (with the Del Rey logo) just like all the currently announced upcoming books. Would LFL pursue a secondary contract with Del Rey if they weren’t planning on renewing the main one? (And for that matter, why is Del Rey adding them to the catalog if the contract isn’t signed? Solicitation requirements?)
We have had dual book contracts before (Del Rey/Bantam in the 90′s) but I’m not really inclined to believe that LFL would go back in that direction.
Museum Replicas’ Windlass Studios will make replica clothing and armor for Star Wars fans. They’ll have booths at the International Costume Show Las Vegas, San Diego Comic-Con and Dragon*Con. I’ll be interested to see how this is received by the costuming community…
Rebelscum has the Hasbro presentation. Comic pack details start at slide 16. There’s also some new figures of interest in the Evolutions line – X-Wing fans, you can finally have a Hobbie to hang out with your Wes and Fel.
- TOSblog has upcoming Mighty Muggs, along with a (slightly) closer look at Hasbro’s Clone Wars vehicles (including ‘the big one,’ a monster AT-TE,) comic packs and the Legacy Collection (nothing to do with either the comic or LOTF: they’re all OT figures. Genius.)
- Rebelscum goes a little nuts with Gentle Giant, with separate galleries of statues, Animated Maquettes, Classics busts, Mini-Busts, Kustomz and a video tour. Not to mention they’re teaming up with GG for an exclusive.
- A new licensee: Diamond Select Toys. They’ll make action figures, busts, and banks. How this makes them drastically different from Sideshow, Hasbro, Gentle Giant and the rest, I have no idea, but here are more details from the show.
- Yakface now has a LEGO gallery.
This time it’s the New York Times, checking out his new store in Chelsea. A brief paragraph addresses the Star Wars line:
He is also obsessed with “Star Wars” and somehow wrangled a licensing deal with the franchise. A white T-shirt has a storm trooper head rendered beautifully in little appliquéd crystals, while a likeness of Yoda in green dots on a brown T-shirt looks warty and nauseating. Mr. Ecko lovingly explains his fetish in a long paragraph printed on the back inside collar: “It’s no secret I am a fan of all things Star Wars,” it reads. “Just when I am getting pop culture fatigue, I watch Star Wars.”
In other merchandise news, StarWars.com features another line of t-shirts and a new Sideshow farmboy Luke.
Press release time! Hasbro is taking on the production of “collectible electronic lightsabers,” keeping the Force FX name, while newcomer eFX will handle the prop, vehicle and and helmet replicas. (Which will “…encompass the entire Star Wars universe.” Perhaps that means we might see some EU items? Master Replicas had made at least one step in that direction.)
Hasbro’s sabers will be out in the spring, while eFX will debut their products at SDCC.
ICv2 interviews Dark Horse CEO Mike Richardson. He touches a bit on Star Wars and handling franchises:
Media tie-ins seem to be the thing across all businesses these days. Before Dark Horse, I don’t think many companies had that much success with what we call licensed titles. I think the reason for that is that it was basically a financial move on those companies’ parts and I don’t know that the books were always good. They could have slapped a logo on the cover and expect that to sell, and often the work inside the cover wasn’t that great or inspiring. We didn’t approach it that way. Being fans ourselves as opposed to business people, we decided to find properties that we were enthusiastic about. In those early days, Randy [Stradley] and I would plot out stories and bring a writer in, and we’d basically create sequels to the movies and try to do it in an intelligent way. Obviously the fans responded because our licensed books sold huge numbers and still do years later.
The Star Wars stuff is in part one; part two focuses on manga and creators, and part three discusses webcomics, ratings, and plans for the future.
Rebelscum points towards a new magazine, License!, which is doing some features on Star Wars. Alas, they get off to not-so-great start on their publishing feature (warning: PDF download) with the above misspelling. Did their web staff bypass the copy editors, perhaps?
Elsewhere in the article, they do mention something I haven’t heard of before:
A collectible limited-edition, six volume set, entitled Star Wars; Frames will debut in fall 2008. Overseen personally by George Lucas, and available exclusively through Sideshow Collectibles and limited to 950 numbered copies, the suggested retail will be $1,999 for each mammoth set.
And in the final paragraph, a hint at continued relations with Random House, of which both Del Rey and Bantam are imprints:
What’s next for the Star Wars empire? Roeder says, “We’re looking at the ‘Legacy of the Forceful’ next year with the ninth book and we’re talking to Random House about what the next series will be.
Legacy of the Forceful? Umm….