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.

A Half-Blood Princess…

A hearty congratulations to JK Rowling and her husband on the arrival of her new baby girl on Sunday.

We are greatly pleased that the little tyke timed it so that her mother could finish the next installment of Harry Potter, first. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be clocking in at 672 pages, with a special edition containing 32 pages of artwork. (Big thanks to The Leaky Cauldron for feeding us our Harry Potter tidbits.)

In the bookstores

She’s back from vacation and hitting the bookstores, again. Be afraid!

Next week, we get a new Star Wars book. If they keep up the quality of the recent releases, we should be in for a fun read. This is yet another lead-in to Episode III. So keep an eye out for Labyrinth of Evil on the 25th.

Then we have the magazines:
Dreamwatch – February 2005, US Issue #4 – Features a Sneak Preview of 2005. Episode III is the first movie mentioned with some positive buzz. Nothing to spoil, unless you haven’t seen the trailer.

Entertainment Weekly – January 28, 2005 – No big surprise, but Natalie Portman was taunted for both her speech and outfit at the Golden Globes. Ah…the perils of stardom!

Starburst – No. 319 – As always, the US is a month behind on the really cool UK film mags. Our current issue boasts a very pretty cover touting Star Wars Episode III. But there’s really nothing in there that goes beyond mentioning Episode III. Quite disappointing, but safe for the spoiler-phobes. There is an interview with Anthony Daniels about his upcoming radio series Space: 1889; based on the miniatures game that’s apparently a cross between Vernes and Wells. And there’s the first in a series about the history of Star Wars, covering ANH. Nothing new for the Star Wars nut. (Cool interviews with BSG and Serenity casts, though!)

Until next week. This is Paula. And I’m a bookstore-aholic…

The Slash Writes Itself

HoYay, a term that’s short for “Homoeroticism Yay!” makes the mainstream press. The term originated on Television Without Pity‘s Angel boards, and has spread far and wide across fandom, most notably Smallville, Lost and any program that regularly features sweaty, half-naked men having more UST with each other than the female leads.

Livejournal research (erm, my friendsfriends list) uncovers the reaction of the terms originator, Deeablo. Her entry describing the origin of the term reveals this hilarious graphic from the early days of Angel

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.