Star Wars: The Clone Wars Ends As Lucasfilm Animation Heads In New Direction
Posted 07 May 2013 - 10:18 PM
Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:57 AM
Posted 08 May 2013 - 02:43 PM
It's really the exact opposite. Disney clearly has it's OWN plan and is following through on it. It doesn't matter how big they are, they didn't spend 4 billion dollars on a property with knowing how they are going to proceed. I'm not saying it will definitely be GOOD and obviously current fans will miss out on some things that could have turned out great (like 1313), but they know exactly what they want to do with Star Wars.
The lack of toys is not because Disney said "NO MORE TOYS!". Hasbro owns the licencing rights to Star Wars brand toys (at least for the next few years) and they are in control of whether figures are made, not Disney (and not Lucasfilm before them). The current lack of product is because either Hasbro was already scaling back BEFORE the Disney acquisition or because they are waiting to see what new direction Disney is going to take the brand so they can start making toys to support it.
Posted 08 May 2013 - 04:39 PM
Posted 13 May 2013 - 08:15 AM
Now I'll agree that Disney didn't tell hasbro not to make toys, but it cut the legs out from underneath Hasbro. I would say that LucasFilm and Disney had been in talks for atleast a year before the announcement of the sale. The reason I say that it that Lucasfilm had too many things in the pipeline that were suddenly stopped once Disney took control. On the video game front you had two games in development, you had the Clone Wars TV show (which takes 12 to 18 months to produce before airing and they have a complete season done), work on all five remaining movies in 3D with plans for release (TPM was released in spring 2012 and the original plan was to release the following five films every spring for the next five years. Then that changed to AotC being moved from spring 2013 to fall 2013 and RotS following six weeks after release of AotC) which were completely scrapped once Disney took control. Add to the fact that Hasbro plans for the toys center around (and have for the last fifteen years)what LucasFilm is doing with SW (ie toys themed around whatever movie is being released or TV or video game release, ie last years packages were Phantom Menace themed and this year was suppossed to be AotC themed). But with no movie or TV show to tie into, what is Hasbro going to do.