Star Wars Memorabilia: Drool Here

Having just spent two weeks in the superb country of New Zealand, I was rather pleased to have Star Wars ‘intrude’ on my break in a rather large way.  On New Zealand’s South island, just outside the very picturesque town of Wanaka, lies the National Transport and Toy Museum.

It’s a ramshackle sort of place with masses of toys and sheds full of old vehicles. In the middle of it all is half a dozen or more cabinets full of Star Wars toys, books and records. It covers all the stuff from the original movies through to stuff released in recent years. Anyway, click on the thumbnails and have a look for yourself!

Apologies for the varying quality of pics – dark sheds with glass cabinets aren’t the best combination for ad-hoc photography.

Over to you: did you spot any sentimental favourites?

Bioware announce Founder title for early SWTOR players

If you’re already playing SWTOR you’ve probably received the email from Bioware, informing you that you can receive the Founder title for all your characters in-game. I’ve always been a sucker for a title or other virtual good, particularly when I’ve met the requirements without having to do anything extra!

All the steps are outlined below but essentially you just need to be a subscriber past your initial included game time, before the 19th March 2012:

As a ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped make Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ one of the most successful MMO launches in history, we are rewarding early members of The Old Republic with a unique Founder’s Medal and “Founder” Title!

To receive the Founder’s Medal…

* Purchase Star Wars: The Old Republic and redeem your official Game Product Registration Code at the Code Redemption Center.

* Complete one of the following transactions by March 19th, 2012 (12:01AM EST; Pacific: March 18th, 9:01PM PST; European: 4:01AM GMT, 5:01AM CET):

* Billed at least once for an active Star Wars: The Old Republic subscription

* Redeemed a Star Wars: The Old Republic Game Time Code

* Once you become eligible for the title and have surpassed your 30 days of game time included with your official Game Product Registration Code, you will be notified by email.

* Check your in-game mail for a message from “Star Wars: The Old Republic”. Your Founder’s Medal will be attached to this message.

* Place your Founder’s Medal in your Inventory and right-click the medal to unlock your “Founder” title. (TIP: You can choose to show the Founder’s title or any other title you’ve earned in-game by opening your character sheet and selecting a title from the character name drop down. Once applied, the title will show next to your character name on your nameplate.)

* This title is permanently bound to your account and will carry over to any character you make in the future.

(NOTE: It may take up to 7 days for the “Founder” title to be applied).

Over to you: does this mean anything to you at all, or is it just pap to curry favour?

The Tea-Sipping Jedi

Just a random plug for a t-shirt I stumbled across today. I like a more subtle Star Wars vibe and this t-shirt fits that bill nicely (click on the pic for the full-size version):

I still probably love my NZ Sith T-Shirt more though.

Feel free to link to other cool Star Wars T-Shirts you’ve seen. Any SWTOR ones on the market yet?

Sith and Jedi T-Shirts: NZ Style

I’m always after some new Star Wars-related attire, though I’m yet to save enough money for the proper leather Darth Vader outfit. In the meantime I think I’m going to shop ‘local’ after running across some cool stuff coming out of New Zealand. Wellington-based designer Barn Bocock has come up with a ‘Brand Wars’ range of Jedi and Sith hoodies and t-shirts.

Check them all out for yourself and if you like what you see, Barn has kindly offered (until the end of August 2011), a 10% discount for TOROZ readers. Just enter the code TOROZFTW at checkout and you’re good to go! Even though I’ll be rolling an Alliance toon as my primary, I’ve just purchased one of the Sith t-shirts you see pictured.

Over to you: do you like what you see?

Darth Vader Meets Alien

I love me a good Star Wars T-Shirt and here’s yet another one I’m going to be tempted to buy:

It’s aptly titled “Are You My Father” and if you’re up for a purchase yourself, here’s where to buy it.

Revan novel on the way

KotOR fans rejoice – as long as you like novels that is. The Friday update this week isn’t a game update or even a developer blog. This week we get info on the third novel set in the Old Republic time line. Titled  Revan, this novel is written by Drew Karpyshyn, Principal Writer at Bioware, and author of the Darth Bane series.  Though Revan is the main protagonist in this novel and will be based off of the Revan who was a Light-sided male Jedi as canon states, it will also reveal who the Sith Emperor is, where he is from, and how he’s held onto power for the length he has. Drew Karpyshyn also does a Q&A over his upcoming novel, I’ll just go through and quote a couple of the more interesting ones.

Q: How does it feel to finally reveal that the title of your latest Star Wars book is Revan?

A: I’d like to start by saying how gratifying it was to work on this book. Knights of the Old Republic™ (KOTOR) was my first creative foray into the Star Wars universe, so writing Revan felt a little bit like I was returning to my roots. I also know a lot of fans have been patiently waiting a long time to find out what happened to Revan after KOTOR — it’s probably the number one question I’m asked on my website. I’m glad the story is finally being told, and I’m ecstatic that I’m the one who gets to tell it.”

Now a lot of people are complaining about not getting game info, but what other game has given us an update every week? No one has. So I’m pretty excited about the book, being a huge Revan fan I’ve always been extremely curious of what happened to the KoTOR hero and this is our chance to learn all about it.

Q: In what ways will readers who have read Revan benefit when playing Star Wars: The Old Republic?

A: I think the novel will give them a much better understanding of the Sith Emperor and the Empire, for one thing. The Old Republic Sith Empire is very different from what people know from the movies, or even from the Great Hyperspace War comics that focus on characters like Naga Sadow and Ludo Kressh. The novel will also give them some very direct background and detailed information that ties in directly with key Flashpoints in the game. I can’t say too much, of course, but like any great prequel the books will give you the details of what came before to add an extra layer of depth to the experiences in the game.

If your a total lore hound and have to know all there is to know about the game then this novel might be worth buying, or if you’re just a KotOR fanboy, like myself.

Q: What other characters from Knights of the Old Republic and Knights of the Old Republic II might we expect to see?

A: You can’t tell a story about Revan without also exploring his companions; they were such a key element of the KOTOR experience that it wouldn’t feel right without bringing some of them back. Of course it would be impossible to include all of them in a novel in a way that would make a cohesive and fulfilling story, so I focused on those who felt most directly relevant to what happened to Revan after the KOTOR games. I don’t want to give too much away, but Canderous, T3-M4, the Exile and Bastila Shan all have significant roles to play in the novel (along with some significant characters who appear in Star Wars: The Old Republic).

This one really got me excited just because I’ve always wondered about the opening to KoTOR II why the Ebon Hawk was all banged up, barely still flying only being operated by the small, but determined astromech droid T3-M4.

I can’t wait for this novel. I haven’t read the other two, Deceived and Fatal Alliance, but I just can’t pass up Drew Karpyshyn’s Revan.

Picture courtesy of clarkspark



A christmas gift suggestion: Darth Toaster

I had a friend post a link to this on Facebook:

Unfortunately it’s only available in the US and Canada but aside from that, what’s not to like 😉

You can buy it here.

It’s also a great opportunity to wish all TOROZ readers a happy festive season if that’s your thing. A special call-out to the growing community on our forums!

We’ll be still posting over the entire time and expect to see a big ramp-up in 2011 from us.

Star Wars swimwear: R2 in a bikini (sort of)

Here’s a phrase that probably hasn’t been used that frequently in the English language until recent times: R2D2-inspired female swimwear.

For US$85.00 you can own a one-piece swimsuit titled Artoo, that provides a huge nod to the diminutive droid. According to the vendor there’s big demand for this product. Am I the only one who doubts any of the orders have come from females?