Report date: 3/30/99
*** New Game Pics and More ***
New Episode One Game Pics
The Wizard came through this week with some cool new game pics from the Episode One adventure game. I posted two of these shots on the 26th with the others but these are bigger and two of them have not been seen as of yet. Check out the Wookiee in the band! Could this be the band with the same name as the rumored last track on the soundtrack called "Augie's Great Municipal Band"? Augie the Wookiee? HA! Probably not but it sounds funny as hell. Anyhow - enjoy these cool pics!!!
Bob from Scotland sent me this article. He didn't send a link so I will just post the whole thing as he sent it. I think it came right from a newspaper anyhow. Here's Bob:
Hello there TBone! Bob from Scotland here. I've just came across quite a good wee article in one of our most trashy newspapers, The Daily Star. I have written the article EXACTLY as it appears in the newspaper, mistakes and everything.
The Force is With Us
Star Wars buffs will get the chance to live the movie Phantom Menace before it is screened in Britain. A spectacular exhibition, using models and props from the film, is coming to London and Manchester. Centrepiece of Star Wars, The Power of the Myth, will be a 60ft Naboo Fighter swooping to attack visitors to the expo, which takes 90 minutes to walk through. Fans will see 13 minutes of the most exciting action from the movie as well as having a go on new Star Wars computer games. Young visitors will even get a chance to ride a Pod Racer - the high-tech space scooters used by the characters in the film. The show will be at Wembley Exhibition Hall from July 1 to 11 and at the Manchester Arena from 24 to 27. Twentieth Century Fox Star Wars epic movie Episode 1: The Phantom Menace opens in Britain on July 14. Celebrity Star Wars fans include Robbie Williams, who paid Lucas Films £10,000 for a replica Darth Vadersuit and Noel Gallacher, who has a Storm Trooper outfit from the original film.
Looks like Mike the Eye was right about the Eopie! Check out this picture, then check out the report in the archives from 2/9/99 on the Eopie. Looks like a dead ringer. Once again, Mike shows us why he's called "the eye".
New shot from 60 Minutes courtesy of
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Report date: 3/15/99
*** New Pod Pics & More ***
New Pics from the Pod Race
Special Agent, Mrs. X, scored a few nice pics from the Pod Race. You may have seen this first one on Countingdown but this one is a little different so I am posting it anyway. It's taller and not as wide and comes from Mrs. X - not Lincoln. The shot with Anakin in the goggles is just too damn cool. Check these pics out and please leave some feedback on the Boards. Enjoy!
Trailer 2 Commentary
Those of you who have read my first commentary on Trailer #2 last month will want to read the revised edition. I have added new commentary and fixed any errors I could find. I also removed some of my guesses and stated the real deals. It's kind of big so I'm putting it on a seperate page this time which can be found HERE. If I get some time, I will try to do one for the first trailer but I am swamped so no promises. Thanks to everyone who wrote in about the initial trailer #2 report. Many people really liked it and I am glad. This version is enhanced and corrected and should make you just as excited to see the film. Please have a look and hit the boards with your feedback. Thanks!
Trailer 2 Observations
My very good friend, Pablo Hidalgo, who runs the Star Wars Index mailed me a few observations he made from the trailer. he wanted me to share them with you so here goes. (My comments are in T'blue)
I can see the Ishi Tib in this picture, but there's a little guy in the background, that appears to have a long tail. Who is he?
I actually thought that Ishi Tib was a Gran (Mawhonic?) but he looks to tall to drive a Pod. I thought the little guy was a Pit droid but with a closer look it does appear to be something else...
We already know about the other Hutt and you can read more about that at the Virtual Edition but he was nice enough to make the pic with the box outlining it so I'm using it. :P
The only effects error I spotted in the trailer. A foreground battle droid's arm passes BEHIND the body of a background battle droid. Oh well. With 2,000 fx shots, that's more than forgiveable.
Five Nemoidians in the trailer, and TC3 is in that shot if you look carefully
One more thing --- Is it me, or when the queen gets all sassy ("I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee...") can you hear people chanting "Naboo! Naboo! Naboo!" in the background?
I actually can hear some chanting back there but I can't make out what they are saying. Pablo may just be right!
Here are two pics I found on SirSteve's Guide. They confirm a few things. Namely, Anakin does in fact build 3-PO. That was a rumor pretty much even though we kinda knew it was true. The other thing is that the Jedi Council DOES in fact allow Anakin to become the apprentice of Obi-Wan. Now we all thought he just got dissed byt the council and that was that but I guess the council has a change of heart. This is probably part of the scene with Yoda and Obi-Wan on Naboo near the end of the film. Read the bios on these card backs to get the idea.
There are plenty more cool pics and card backs over there so hurry over and have a look through the grand archives at SirSteve's.
Report date: 3/11/99
*** Trailer Talk ***
Hello everyone. I'm sorry to report that I don't have much in the way of news for you this week. As always there are just too many things that have to remain unposted for now but hopefully some new things will surface soon. With any luck The Wizard will report in soon with some cool news or who knows who might mail me something that I am able to share but right now everything I have left has to remain a secret which sucks but I have to respect the wishes of my sources and I don't blame them actually.
So if you're looking for new prequel news and rumors today then I will give you this chance to take off while you can. The rest of today's post is just random thoughts by me and some humor that I thought might make the post interesting. Hope that's OK with you all. If not, sorry. So let's get rollin', shall we?
For those of you who missed this fiasco, let me sum up. Lincoln over at countingdown.com made an announcement on his site a few days back that he would have a big download on his site and that folks shoud get ready for something BIG. MANY people thought he was referring to Trailer #2 which will be out this Friday in theaters. Turns out it was not Trailer #2 at all but a parody of Trailer #1 which had a "South Park" theme.
Well, I'm going to say a few things and I hope I don't get flamed here. I am probably very alone in my thoughts here but have a listen and think before you flame me. I mean no offense to ANYONE. I think what Lincoln did was hilarious and taught everyone a good lesson. Whatever his motives were (publicity stunt, hit generator, etc.) I don't really care. What made me crack up was that zillions of people INCLUDING Lucasfilm were fooled into thinking he had the trailer. He never once said, "I have Trailer #2!" or anything like that. The wording was key. Everyone read into that post what THEY wanted to see. Everyone wanted him to have that trailer SO bad. Everyone believed it for the most part. When folks asked me I just replied, "I'll believe it when I see it." Then I asked him and he told me the night before what the deal was and I laughed my butt off. I don't know why. I guess it was the thought of all these folks going absolutely nuts and spreading all kinda of news all around when they didn't even know for sure. I mean, I got tons of e-mail saying, "Lincoln's got the trailer!!!" and I was laughing to myself. People really need to learn how to read into things a little better and stop this wackiness.
The whole thing cracks me up. He fooled Lucasfilm into thinking he had it and everyone else as well. Too funny. Now everyone is really pissed off and going around badmouthing Lincoln and saying how he's a jerk for misleading everyone. Lighten up, folks. Dont believe everything you read (or read into). Lincoln, here's to you, man. You are a PR genius. LOL!!!
OK - now that we have The trailer and Lincoln's early April Fool's joke on the brain, my good friend from India, K.R. KRISHNA sent in some humorous Star Wars quotes about the situation. Here's Krish:
Thanks to www.countingdown.com, waiting for "something big" on Tueday late afternoon, I didnt sleep all night. Meanwhile, a few scenes were going thru my mind:
SECOND OFFICER: Lord Vader, the Phantom Menace Trailer is not aboard
this ship! And no transmissions were made. An escape pod was
jettisoned during the fighting, but no life forms were aboard.
Vader turns to the Commander.
VADER: She must have hidden the Trailer in the escape pod. Send a
detachment down to retrieve it. See to it personally, Commander.
There'll be no Lucasfilm to stop us this time.
COMMANDER: Yes, sir.
MOTTI: Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader.
Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure
up the new Trailer, or given you clairvoyance enough to know
when it'll be release...
Suddenly Motti chokes and starts to turn blue under Vader's spell.
VADER: I find your lack of faith disturbing.
TARKIN: Enough of this! Vader, release him!
VADER: As you wish.
TARKIN: This bickering is pointless. Lord Vader will provide us with
the URL of the new Trailer by the time this server is
operational. We will then download it in one swift stroke.
LUCAS: Princess Leia, before your execution I would like you to be my
guest at a ceremony that will make this battle station operational. No
fan site will dare oppose Lucasfilm now.
LEIA: The more you tighten your grip, Lucas, the more prequel material
will slip through your fingers.
LUCAS: Not after we demonstrate the power of this station. In a way,
you have determined the choice of the server that'll be destroyed
first. Since you are reluctant to provide us with the URL of the
new Trailer, I have chosen to test this station's destructive power...
on your home page at Alderaan.com
LEIA: No! Alderaan is clean. We have no prequel material. You can't
LUCAS: You would prefer another server? Then name
Lucas waves menacingly toward Leia.
LUCAS: I grow tired of asking this. So it'll be the last time. Where
is the new Trailer?
LEIA: (softly) Dantooine.com
Leia lowers her head.
LEIA: It's on Dantooine.
LUCAS: There. You see Lord McCallum, she can be reasonable.
Continue with the operation. You may fire when ready.
HAN: (with a gleam in his eye) Oh yeah? Watch this.
Expectantly, they look at the computer.
Han and Chewie look at each other and are thrown into an
acute state of concern.
LEIA: Watch what?
Han tries again. Still nothing.
HAN: I think we're in trouble.
THREEPIO: If I may say so, sir, I noticed earlier that the cable modem
has been damaged. It's impossible to download the Trailer!
HAN: We're in trouble!
INTERIOR: WEDGE'S COCKPIT.
Wedge is amazed and slightly frightened at the awesome
WEDGE: 35MB! Look at the size of that thing!
INTERIOR: LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER -- COCKPIT.
Luke nosedives radically, starting his attack on the monstrous
LUKE: This is Red Five; I'm logging in!
BEN'S VOICE: Download, Luke! Download!
LUKE: I'm not looking for a friend, I'm looking for a movie Trailer.
CREATURE: Oohhh... Movie Trailer! Phantom Menace! You seek the Phantom
LUKE: You know where it is?
CREATURE: Mmm. FTP it to you, I will. (laughs) Yes, yes. But now, we
must eat. Come. Good food. Come.
VADER: ...there will be a substantial reward for the one who finds
the Phantom Meance Trailer. You are free to use any methods necessary, but
I want the whole file. No corruptions!.
BOBA FETT: As you wish.
LUKE: I must speak with Lucas.
McCallum answers in Huttese, shaking his head in denial. Luke stops
and stares at Rick; he raises his hand slightly.
LUKE: You will take me to Lucas now!
Rick turns in hypnotic response to Luke's command, and Luke
follows him into the gloom.
LUKE: You serve your master well.
LUKE: And you will be rewarded.
INTERIOR LUCAS'S THRONE ROOM
THREEPIO: At last! Master Luke's come to rescue me.
Lucas awakens with a start and McCallum continues, in Huttese.
MCCALLUM: ...Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight.
LUCAS (in Huttese subtitled)
I told you not to admit him.
LUKE: I must be allowed to speak.
MCCALLUM(in Huttese subtitled)
He must be allowed to speak.
Lucas, furious, clobbers McCallum and shoves him away.
LUCAS (in Huttese subtitled)
You weak-minded fool! He's using an old Jedi
Luke stares hard at Lucas.
LUKE: You will bring me the new Trailer.
LUCAS (in Huttese subtitled)
Your mind powers will not work on me, boy.
LUKE: Nevertheless, I'm taking Trailer and all the copies
You can either profit by this... or
be destroyed! It's your choice. But I warn
you not to underestimate my powers.
Lucas's laugh is mean and loud.
Threepio attempts to warn Luke
about the pit.
THREEPIO: Master Luke, you're standing on...
LUCAS(in Huttese subtitled)
There will be no bargain, young Jedi. I shall
enjoy watching you die.
The floor suddenly drops away, sending Luke
into the pit.
A silly cartoon show is in progress on a TV screen on the wall
LUKE: But I need your help. I've come back for more
YODA: No more news. Already know
you that which you need.
Yoda sighs, and lies back on his bed.
LUKE: Then then I'm a jedi?
YODA (shakes his head)
Ohhh. No. One thing remains: Trailer. You
must download the Trailer. Then, only then, a Jedi
will you be.
Luke is in agony. He is silent for a long moment, screwing up his
courage. He looks at the screen and then at Yoda.
LUKE: Master Yoda... was THAT the 2nd Trailer?
Yoda's eyes are full of weariness and compassion. An odd, sad
smile creases his face. He turns painfully on his side, away from
YODA: Mmm... rest I need. Yes... rest.
Luke watches him, each moment an eternity.
LUKE: Yoda, I must know.
YODA: The Trailer it was.
Ben watches Luke practice the lightsaber with a small "seeker"
robot. Ben suddenly turns away and sits down. He falters,
seems almost faint.
LUKE: Are you all right? What's wrong?
BEN: I felt a great disturbance in the Force...as if millions of
voices suddenly cried out in angush! I fear
something terrible has happened.
LUKE: You mean like an entire planet was destroyed?
BEN: No. The Phantom Menace trailer didnt
show up on the Net this weekend!
Report date: 3/5/99
*** Games, Trailer 2 and Ricky ***
Episode One Gaming Info!
A brand new source comes on the scene here at the Preview! His name is The Wizard. The Wizard has some cool gaming news for us he would like to share about two of the Episode One games and promises more info to come so look forward to hearing more from The Wizard soon. Here's his first report:
You may have read on CountingDown the news of the prequel game tie-ins for TPM. Well, here are some more details for ya....
The racing game will NOT be called RACER, actually it will be called what was rumored all along - Star Wars: Episode One: Pod Racer. It will be for the Nintendo 64 AND PC and will be released a week after the movie. The game IS very similar to WipeOut, which of course is a good thing, considering how good WipeOut was!
The Pod Races take place not just on Tatooine but a whole variety of different planets, and different "conditions" including somewhere called MALASTARE which is actually refered to as the planet that Senator Lott Dodd is representing in the movie. It is rumored that one level will take place out in space! Winning a race allows you to buy parts for your pod and upgrade thanks to some DUM-4 droids. You can choose to race as Anakin or one of the many other Pod pilots (there are at least a dozen if not more). Big news for Playstation fans is that Pod Racer will be on PSX for this Christmas.
Now, the PC adventure game is going to simply be called Star Wars: Episode One: The Phantom Menace. Makes sense doesn't it? The game is set in the third-person, and is an action adventure. It will of course be 3D accelerated, and you will be able to play as more than one character. The game follows the movie almost scene for scene and includes dialogue. This game will also be out on Playstation! Wizard!!
Very cool news there. Some interesting things lurking there too. You first heard of Malastare right here months ago from source Mr. Hankey from 10/31/98 located in the Archives under "Anyone Hungry?" which is the now famous dinner scene in Anakin's hovel. There is a great description there in the archives with some dialogue that not a lot of people picked up on. I'd suggest you go re-read it. It's a good post. ANYWAY...Wizard says that Lott Dodd represents Malastare but if you head over to the Prequel 411 or the JediNetwork Page and look at the Lott Dodd entry, you will see he is also the senator for the Trade Federation. So is the Trade Federation based on Malastare? it very well could be. I wonder if he is a Nimoudian. We may also now know what those DUM-4 droids are for. Great stuff. More soon...
Speaking of Wizard...
I am sure you all know by now that Anakin's favorite little saying is "Wizard!" - as in "Cool". It's an OLD rumor from many sites. However, Matthew Simmons wrote in with this observation. Now, if this has been posted elsewhere please accept my apology but I could not find it around. It might be from a long time ago so whoever posted it - if that is the case - mail me and I will credit you here. Thanks!
In the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as the car flies away from the beach, pursued by a cannon firing ship, Dick Van Dyke says, "It's Fantasmagorical!" (yes, he actually said that) The Female lead then says, "It's more than spectacular." - to use the vernacular. The little boy then stands upand says, "It's Wizard!" A little girl stands up and says "It's Smashing!"
Who ever heard of 'Wizard' as a synonym for excellent? Until this evening, I was thinking that Lucas came up with it while 'not inhaling' some funky weed. I would really like to see if anyone else has heard any spontaneous or well acted spoutings of 'Wizard!' before. Of course, this is all conjecture - for all we know, wizard could be an inside gag from Lucas and not show up in the movie at all.
Again - sorry if this is old news but it sounded cool so there it is.
Trailer 2 Bit
By now you all know that Trailer #2 is coming out on March 12th! (Happy birthday, John) Another long time source from way back, Mrs. X reported in with these small pieces of info on the second trailer:
Hey T-Bone, The Federation Landers will be in the next trailer... It seems that the Troop carriers (the ones which crush the trees in Trailer A) actually are attached to the bottom of the Landers... like an appendage. Whether the Landers jettison them before they land, or what, I'm not sure. But surely they don't land on them like a foot, do they? And during the Pod Race it seems that Gasgano is the unlucky pilot who crashes in Trailer B.
You might want to hit the archives to see what Mrs. X is referring to. Look for the trailer description. So Gasgano bites it, eh? That's him and Mawhonic not making it to the end. Two Down.
Rick McCallum Chat
Well, I was there and I don't know what to say, really. I managed to pick out a few little things but I cannot get over the fact that it just didnot feel live even though at one point he said he was "chatting live from Skywalker Ranch". The answers all came too fast and all the questions seemed almost like he was asking them himself. Very strange experience indeed. The thing that really upsets me though is this: I got a definite underlying feeling that he dislikes some of the fans and REALLY dislikes folks like myself. He made MANY comments about the internet and in each one he kept talking about the ridiculous rumors like Heston as Yoda, etc. I don't know where he surfs but when May comes around he might get a little surprise. I just did not like his attitude every time the Internet came up. He said things like, "I like to surf the net each day. It amuses me. I love the speculation and rampant untrue rumors." and after thanking the Internet for more rumors again later on, he added, "That's entertainment!" He said a few other things that were weird but for the most part, I really did not enjoy the chat. It was like reading his SW Insider interviews one after the other. Anyhow - here are a few little things I picked up. Nothing major but it's about all he said that's worth repeating.
Report date: 3/3/99
*** Creatures, Comics & Haako ***
My good friend and artist Pablo Hidalgo who runs the cool site, The Star Wars Index, sent me this little picture today. He has successfully ID'd some swamp creatures according to the "Battle Bag" toys that are coming out. You can view those over at either SirStevesGuide or Theouterrim.com. You might have to re-watch the trailer again to make out all the creatures because this picture was blown up and it's hard to see them. Many thanks to Pablo for sharing this info with us. Look for Pablo's artwork in the Prequel Preview Archives and in the forthcoming Fan Art section!
John Cook who runs Sev Wars wrote in this week to let me know that is comic contest had ended. Here's what he said:Just letting you know that the Sev Wars prequel cartoon competition has finished with the winning punchline chosen. You can also read about 50 or so of the funniest punchlines at:
Another thing you might want to mention to your readers if you like. We'll be running more Sev Wars comic strips on the Sci-Fi Cartoon Competition every week or two (there's one on R2D2 and C3PO running right now.) The URL is:
SirSteve posted this picture this week. He first had it posted as Nute Gunray but now he believes it is actually Rune Haako, Trade Federation Viceroy. When compared to this picture from Theforce of the actual Nimoudians we can possibly conclude that Rune is the guy all the way to the left. You can tell by the headdress.
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Rune Haako should be the guy on the left if Sir Steve is right about the figure. My guess is Nute Gunray is in the center because he appears to be speaking and the taller guy is probably the one called Daultoy Dofine or something like that.