Warm up those wallets…

Have you been saving your Republic credits? Because Lucasfilms’ licensees have a lot in store for you, this year:

The Celebration 3 Exclusive Figure

The Official Pix license awarded to C2 Ventures

The new line of stickers from Mello Smello (alas, not scratch’n’sniff)

The Hallmark Ornaments for 2005

The ROTS Topps Cards (Spoilers abound!)

This just adds to the list that includes the previously announced books, action figures and the rather nifty, yet oh-so-pricey, window blinds.

Must start playing the lottery, again.

Merchandise from Left Field

Not as bizarre as the Star Wars window blinds, but Lightsaber Pendants? For $200 a pop? Really? Ladies, can you honestly see yourself wearing these? Because I honestly can’t see dropping almost enough money to score an iPod on something nonfunctional that screams “I’m a huge geek.” People are going to know that the minute I open my mouth.

Insider #80

The next Insider, due in subscriber mailboxes somethime this week, features a cover article about the next round of Clone Wars cartoons, interviews with Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Lee, a history of the Mandalorians and a tour of Jango and Boba Fett’s apartment set, as well as the usual Prequel Update, and all new photos (including a pic that’s already setting Anakin fangirls around the off in high-pitched squees of lust.) Non subscribers can expect the issue in stores by the end of the month.

We Break for Nobody

SFX magazine conducted a poll to find the greatest ever special effect, and Star Wars comes out on top for the opening scene of A New Hope.

Only four of the effects in the top ten were created digitally. Other pre-CGI honorees include the climax of 1933’s King Kong (#2), the skeleton warriors from 1963’s Jason and the Argonauts (#4) and the chest buster from 1979’s Alien (#9.)