Remembering Tony Dyson

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I was very saddened to read that a very old friend of the site, Tony Dyson, had passed away. Tony was the robot engineer who created the many R2-D2 units for The Empire Strikes Back. He also worked on other films like Moonraker, Superman II, and Dragonslayer.

It may be hard to believe now, but back when the internet was young, there weren’t many Star Wars websites out there. Lucasfilm itself didn’t even have a web presence. For a short time, fan sites like this one were the only source of Star Wars information out there. So when I started up this site in 1996, it wasn’t long before e-mails began to come in from all sorts of people. One of those people was Tony Dyson, a man I’d never heard of. He told me he was the guy who made the R2-D2 units for Lucasfilm when they made The Empire Strikes Back.  He had pictures and seemed genuinely happy to share them and his information. He said he’d be more than willing to do an interview for the site, which he enjoyed. His interview became my first “official” Star Wars related interview, which is why his passing hits home a bit for me. Read More

Interview with Steve Perry

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Originally published February 8, 1998

 

Steve Perry, author of Shadows of the Empire, was the first author to pen a Star Wars novel taking place between two original trilogy films: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Most of the books that have come out since Tim Zahn’s Heir to the Empire in 1991 were set after the theatrical trilogy’s finale.

Shadows of the Empire is a fantastic piece of work and accurately reflects the action, adventure, and excitement of the original trilogy. It was launched as part of a huge multimedia extravaganza including a CD soundtrack, video game, action figures and toys, comics, and more. Some of Steve’s work was even referenced in the Star Wars: A New Hope Special Edition. I had a quick chat with to Steve Perry resulting in some rapid-fire answers about his work. Enjoy! Read More

Dave Filoni of “The Clone Wars” Post-cancellation Interview

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By now you have heard that the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” is not returning for a 6th season.  RebelForce Radio posted the first post-cancellation interview with the driving force behind “The Clone Wars”, Dave Filoni, in which he reveals that he is still very much involved in Lucasfilm Animation and will be involved in future Star Wars projects.

Filoni couldn’t say much about that future, but did give some interesting insight into the show that he just finished working on and the mysterious bonus footage that exists from the show.

“When you look at Ahsoka and you see the evolution of her character from season one to season five, and you see the change in her, and in the attitude, and the performance by Ashley (Eckstein), it really symbolizes the kind of change and evolution of the entire series”, says Filoni.

“I’ve seen some fans say, ‘is there going to be a proper ending?’, and I don’t quite understand what they mean by a proper ending…  the ending for her is that she has survived … and that there are more stories to tell.”

Whether you were a fan of the show or not, you have to respect the fact that 100+ episodes later, we have much greater insight into that time period and what was happening with many familiar characters including everyone’s favorite good guy/bad guy Anakin Skywalker.  And more Star Wars is on the way!

One more interesting little tidbit from the interview:  The cast and crew had a little wrap party meal at the local In & Out Burger.  Their order number… 66!

Dave Filoni has the receipt to prove it.

Make sure to check out the entire interview with Dave Filoni over in the RebelForceRadio.com podcast.

 
Here’s the Bonus Footage from IGN’s youtube channel.

 

~kknight – is a lifelong Star Wars fanatic that is incredibly excited to be working with T-bone.  Ahsoka, surprisingly really to me, will be missed.