Thursday, January 31, 2008

Padawan Ahsoka Joins the Star Wars Cast; file under, 'boring Star Wars news'


From starwars, In 2008, Star Wars: The Clone Wars expands the Star Wars universe with plenty of surprises. This week, Lucasfilm begins offering a glimpse at some of these surprises during the annual Toy Fair events around the world. As it unveiled many of its upcoming toys and collectibles, including those from the Clone Wars TV series, among the familiar characters like Obi-Wan, Anakin and Yoda is a mysterious new Padawan named Ahsoka Tano.

This young Togruta is eager to prove herself as a worthy Padawan to her bold Master, Anakin Skywalker. Able to wield a lightsaber and pilot a spacecraft with great talent, Ahsoka promises to become a worthy Jedi.

There is much more to learn about Ahsoka and the role she plays in the epic Clone Wars adventures and the Star Wars saga. Keep checking StarWars.com as more news comes to light about the series and this intriguing new Padawan.

11 comments:

Johnny Sweatpants said...

Yeah whatever young Padawan known as Ashoka. If you're so important, why weren't you in the trilogy? I thought as much. Drop dead, the rebellion isn't hiring for any new lame-ass characters.

Octopunk said...

But wait! She's "mysterious," and "there's much more to learn" about her!

Oh... because they just made her up. Right.

Johnny Sweatpants said...

Exellent. There's nothing quite like the fantasy of hurting a fictional character's feelings.

She probably met Yoda once for like 5 minutes and then never shut up about it.

Ashoka the Padawan. Pffft...

Johnny Sweatpants said...

Oh and for anyone else who's wondering "what the hell is a Togruta":

The Togruta were a humanoid species from the planet Shili. In order to protect themselves from dangerous predators, Togruta would band together in dense tribes and rely solely on their natural pigmentation to disrupt and confuse slow-witted beasts. Togruta work well in large groups, and individualism is seen as abnormal within their culture.

The entire race are distinguished by their three, sometimes (but rarely) four, lekku (similar to those of Twi'leks, and more commonly called 'head tails'), which are striped to help them blend in with their natural surroundings. Togruta possess a form of passive echolocation by means of their hollow montrals, which allows them to sense space and the proximity and movement of physical objects around them.

JPX said...

Wow, you're quite knowledgeable about the Togruta!

Jordan said...

The Star Wars Universe isn't detailed or coherent enough to support all this stuff.

Whenever you go "off the reservation" (the canonical movies) and into this "expanded universe" stuff it gets really boring really fast because it's obviously all just made-up crap (like that Togruta material above) and you can just picture the writer banging out the paragraph with complete arbitrariness.

Trek and Tolkien (and Lost and X-Men comics and a few other things) have rigorously worked-out worlds, races, characters etc. Star Wars (wonderful as it is) is much more impressionistic and painterly. It's a tall tale with ridiculously big numbers ("nearly a thousand generations" of Jedi peacekeeping; "thousands" of systems joining the separatists; dozens and dozens spaceships the size of cities and space stations the size of moons. Plus these English words that get in there somehow: "Mon Calimari," "Mustafar" etc. It's nearly edging into surrealism, but it all seems just cogent enough that you can follow the story and get into it.

But trying to fill in the detail of the surrounding universe (as compelling as that universe is) always bores me to tears. I always feel like I'm reading mediocre, arbitrary sci-fi that's been force-glued into the Star Wars lexicon just to make it worth my time.

Jordan said...

Trek EU stuff is much geekier and nerdlier etc. but you can read it. It makes sense; the Kitomer Accord and the Organian Peace Treaty and the Dominion War and the Q Continuum all make sense in the abstract, so when some hack writer bangs out 400 pages about some world you never heard of where the Romulans are doing something, it's rationally connected to the Trek mythos and you don't feel like the writer's just making up a bunch of arbitrary stuff.

Johnny Sweatpants said...

Well put Jordan. I've never been able stomach the extended universe crap for those very reasons (though I would have had a hard time verbalizing it like that.)

JPX said...

I agree, Jordan. Even at a collecting level I don't accept Star Wars EU and refuse to purchase anything associated with some random Star Wars novel. It got a bit tricky with General Grevious since he was introduced during the Clone Wars cartoon, and I suppose Boba Fett was first seen on the Holiday Special (I draw the line at purchasing a Bea Arthur action figure) but I suppose because Lucas had a hand in them they "count"?

JPX said...

Sorry, that the above post is terribly written but I'm trying to get this stuff out between patients and my next one's waiting for me!

Johnny Sweatpants said...

Wait I'm confused. Which side of the line is Bea Arthur on? Have they made a Bea Arthur figure or even discussed it? Because I would buy a Bea Arthur in Star Wars Holiday Special fatigues action figure so fast your head would spin!

They really need to make Golden Girls figures for that matter. I would proudly display a Sophia Petrillo figure on my desk.