Disney Interactive announced its upcoming game Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, inviting fans to sign up for beta testing this coming New Year. Promotional materials including game art and a short trailer shows a glimpse at Slave I, which will appear in the game.
Attack Squadrons will be a free online game, which offers users to customize popular vessels and wage combat with as much as 16 players at a time. Lucasfilm officials said more details on ships, environments and more will be forthcoming the next few weeks.
Sign up for the beta testing at www.starwars.com/attacksquadrons.
There’s one more day to vote in Del Rey Books’ Crazy Duel poll – which wages Slave I against Millennium Falcon in a fantasy match-up. You can vote at Facebook.com/StarWarsBooks.
Del Rey posts character battles every Wednesday, but last week changed things up with their ship vs. ship contest. The poll emphasizes this isn’t about Boba Fett facing off against Han Solo – but your vote should only consider the vehicles themselves – imagine anonymous pilots with equal skill and knowledge of the vessels.
This is a battle we’ve seen a number of times in the comics, and my vote went to Slave I. Looking past my bias, I believe Slave I has the edge – with superior cloaking, tracking and weaponry. The Falcon is faster, though, but in a face-to-face dogfight – the Falcon would have its wings clipped.
Who would you vote for and why?
Note: The following blog entry contains SPOILERS to “Star Wars” #9.
We’re now nine issues deep into the first story arc of Dark Horse’s “Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin.” The story by Brian Wood is superb and continues to capture the spirit of the Original Trilogy, the art is stunning every issue and the book keeps a swift pace – however, I feel this is a story better read in trade paperback.
Having to wait a month between each issue is frustrating, because Wood checks in with each subplot every time. While it’s nice to provide face time to each fan favorite, it’s like watching three minutes of a movie each day – sure, we’ll get to the peak of drama eventually, but its sure taking a while to get there. Each week I keep hoping the next issue is where all the subplots will meet for a giant payoff.
In “Star Wars” #9, Luke Skywalker and Wedge Atilles escape custody and are maneuvering toward the data core to bug the communication system. We get a tie in to The Clone Wars, with Princess Leia receiving contact by the Audacity, a ship from the wartime era. The most staggered storyline, though, continues to be Boba Fett and Han Solo.
At the end of Issue #8, a long-awaiting gunfight was teased between the smuggler and bounty hunter. Promotional images further promised an engaging encounter, as we saw images of Boba Fett ejecting from Slave I to pursue Han Solo face-to-face.
The dialogue written for Boba Fett is great, stating that Jabba pays more for his bounties to be turned in whole, rather than blown to smithereens. However, we’re denied a decent gunfight, as Perla crashes a platform, quickly evading the bounty hunter. Also, we see Bossk hot on the tail of the Falcon, being piloted by Chewbacca.
In the previous issue, there was a passing comment about bounty hunters not usually crossing into Imperial compounds or stations. Unless we see it in the forthcoming issue, I think this was a missed opportunity. All the chaos and destruction and Imperial agents aren’t swarming onto scene?
Woods could have had Imperial Troopers arrive on scene, and that, in my opinion, could have been a better distraction to allow Perla and Solo to escape. Also, more chances to show Boba Fett in action. Once again, we continue to watch the cat-and-mouse game between the two men – which I continue to have faith will result in a payoff in the end.
"Star Wars" #10 will be available Oct. 9.
Note: The following blog entry contains SPOILERS to “Star Wars #8
In “Star Wars” #8 we finally get more than just a handful of panels dealing with the subplot of Han Solo on the run from Boba Fett and Bossk. The chase began in issue #2 and we’ve been building to a hopeful conflict – which writer Brian Wood delivers in this action packed issue.
While Luke Skywalker and Wedge sneak aboard a Star Destroyer, the real action takes place on Coruscant. We are treated to a massive dogfight, that highlights the cunning evasive skills of Chewbacca and Han Solo – as well as showcases the hunting skills of Boba Fett.
When we last left Han Solo and Chewbacca, they had hired garbage-barge pilot, Perla, to aid them in an escape from bounty hunters Boba Fett and Bossk, who tracked them to Coruscant. The smugglers are forced to split up as Slave I engages them – navigating the Falcon as Han Solo and Perla remain aboard the barge.
The tactic worked, as Boba Fett hadn’t planned on a firefight above the Imperial Center. With Chewbacca’s counterattacks on the Slave I, Fett is forced to allow the Garbage-barge to gain distance – the risk of killing Solo in the dogfight is too high, and he attends to capture him alive to collect on the dual bounty, one from the Hutt Cartel and the other the Empire.
Han Solo tells Perla he is surprised to see the bounty hunter in an Imperial Jurisdiction. Unfortunately for Perla and Solo, the space battle put them on the Imperial security radar, blowing their cover in the process. Once catching up, the Slave I continue to attack the garbage-barge, but aims for its cargo, resulting in Perla to lose large portions of her cargo and jeopardizing their ability to maneuver.
Meanwhile, Bossk chases down Chewbacca in the Falcon. The bounty is on Solo’s head, so Bossk is intent on destroying both, the Falcon and Chewbacca.
Han Solo crashes the barge into the Imperial Center. He believes it’s a calculated risk, which will payoff in their escape, but the plan comes up short as Slave I hones in one the smuggler and Perla, with them outgunned and without a ship on the ground floor of the Imperial Center.
There are several items of note in this issue: first, Wood emphasizes that it’s unusual for Boba Fett to engage his prey in Imperial borders. This must be foreshadowing for the next issue, why are these areas off limits to Boba Fett? Could his saving grace be Imperial Security Forces stepping in right as Slave I closes in on the marooned Perla and Solo?
Ryan Kelly’s art goes above and beyond in this issue. The most haunting image, in my opinion, are the skulls and bodily remains decorating Bossk’s cockpit seat.
We’ve still yet to be told how Boba Fett and Bossk became a team in this issue. Or are they building on the rebooted relationship between the two, which has already been expanded upon in The Clone Wars?
The confrontation will continue in “Star Wars” #9 will be released on Sept. 11
The new Black Series action figures aren’t the only new item hitting store shelves in numbers, but Hasbro has begun distributing its Telepods line. With Angry Birds Star Wars II launching next month, they surely want to get these toys in the hands of kids in plenty of time to capitalize on the apps release.
We got our first look at these figurines at San Diego Comic Con, when Hasbro’s panel elaborated on the line, almost to nauseam. I’ve seen sets pop up at some of my local retailers, like Meijers, but haven’t seen any of the figure packs – let alone, Boba Fett.
These items were originally announced as becoming available mid-September, but already started to hit stores early August.
I was disappointed at the size of the figurines, though. There basically the same scale as the mystery bag figurines already released last year when Angry Birds Star Wars was released. I expected the Telepods to be a little larger, at the very least, to differentiate between the two.
I’ve also noticed, though, that as the Telepods creep onto the pegs, that Hasbro’s Fighter Pods line are disappearing. Hasbro hasn’t announced a new wave of the Fighter Pods series, so I’m wondering if their abandoning the line to focus on Angry Birds.
The most recent wave of Fighter Pods debuted, Jango Fett’s Slave I. While many fans raise their nose at the Fighter Pod line, I was looking forward to getting a Slave I vehicle in Boba Fett’s colors. No news has been aired about Hasbro completely dropping the line, but it could go to the wayside until new films emerge.
What are your thoughts on these two toy lines? If forced to choose between one or another, would you prefer to see fresh characters and figurines released for Fighter Pods, or do you like the direction Telepods be going – as it’s obviously an experiment, that if proved successful, could lead to other types of companion toy lines and mobile applications.