Star Wars USB memory keys from Japan. No Han – a bit odd since both the Threepio and R2 versions look frozen in carbonite. Probably not going to make it over here, like most of the best wacky Japanese merchandise… But we can dream. (Via Gizmodo.)
DK Books is doing Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide. Looks like it’ll be pretty extensive. I doubt there will be as much as the Sansweet encyclopedia, but who really needs to know all that much about the second guy on the right in Jabba’s palace anyway?
But what every kid (and more than a few grown-ups) will want for Christmas is the Ultimate Build Your Own Lightsaber Kit. Preorder now and save yourself from the Tickle-Me-Elmoesque feeding frenzy.
And finally, for Hyperspace members, the Set Diaries are returning. Now that the movie is out, Pablo can let loose with all the really spoilery stuff. Today, it’s the cruel fate of Shaak Ti.
And have we mentioned that the Sci-Fi Channel is going to be rerunning Firefly on Fridays? In the proper order? If you haven’t bought or Netflixed the DVDs yet, I (and several other CJers) highly recommend you tune in.
George Lucas is fourth on Forbes magazine’s Celebrity 100 list. He’s beat out for the top spot by Oprah, Tiger Woods, and Mel Gibson.
Steven Spielberg and Johnny Depp also made the top 10.
Author Karen Traviss tells fans what we can expect – within limits – from the new Republic Commando book, Triple Zero.
Meanwhile, on starwars.com, Sue Rostoni confirms that Triple Zero is an add-on to the existing contract and there are still two books left unassigned in the current Lucasfilm/Del Rey contract. No plans for them yet: they don’t have to be assigned until mid-2006.
Sue does refrain from comment on the fate of the Skywalker-Solo clan meeting up with Padme’s family, which could warrant a hardcover. I’m betting they show up in Legacy; with a title like that…
And, of course, September comics. Dark Horse is actually doing something newsworthy: Star Wars: X-wing Rogue Leader #1. Huh.