Sunday, January 29, 2017

An Ahsoka Legacy



Over the years I’ve been able to create and experience some pretty dope things with and in my Ahsoka Tano fandom. And I was able to do them across four different platforms; as me the fan, as Ahsoka Tano’s Life on Twitter and Instagram, musically as Versifier, and in Stormtrooper armor at TK-9721. I’ve written more than a few appreciation and reflection pieces in the past celebrating the Ahsoka character and the fandom she created. So with this piece, I’m just running down the list of my contributions to the grand spectrum of Ahsoka Tano fandom. Check it out!

#TanoTuesday
While I am neither the person who created the hashtag #TanoTuesday, nor the first person to ever use it on Twitter or Instagram, my @AhsokaTanosLife Twitter account was the first to use it on a weekly basis and the first to ever get it trending, hence why I call @AhsokaTanosLife on Twitter the “Official Home of #TanoTuesday”. What started as a simple weekly tradition for Ahsoka Tano’s Life followers and I gradually grew into a weekly social media staple used and celebrated all over the world. It became something fun and meaningful, a self-sustaining appreciation that no longer required my involvement to keep it going. But I’ve never missed a week since I began, and have no plans to stop anytime soon.



#AhsokaTanoDay
It was only natural that Ahsoka be granted her own day. I’m just happy that I could be the one to do it. I created a holiday! Granted, it is only celebrated by a small number of Ahsoka fans throughout the world, but it’s humbling to know people passionately celebrate it nonetheless. I chose January 29th for the date as it was the day, in 2008, that Lucasfilm unveiled and first introduced the Ahsoka Tano character to the world (ahead of her debut in The Clone Wars movie in August 2008). As far as the world outside of Lucasfilm employees is concerned, it’s essentially Ahsoka’s birthday. Thus, it’s the perfect day for Ahsoka Tano Day. Today is the third annual Ahsoka Tano Day and I plan to keep making it more special each year. 



#AhsokasDailyHoloImage
On July 26, 2013 I started posting a daily image of Ahsoka on the @AhsokaTanosLife Twitter page using the hashtag #AhsokasDailyHoloImage. I haven’t missed a day yet! I didn’t start the Ahsoka Tano’s Life Instagram account until October 31, 2015, but there has been an #AhsokasDailyHoloImage every day since on there as well. Certain images are used more than once, although I try to limit those to once a year. But in all honesty, it’s hard to keep track sometimes. Regardless, the streak will remain unbroken.


Ahsoka (the song)
Wave 1 of The Lost Holocron, my first of its kind, all-original Star Wars Hip Hop project, featured a track called Ahsoka, the world’s first Ahsoka song. The song was released on April 22, 2014 and followed Ahsoka’s journey up through her leaving the Jedi Order (and The Clone Wars), and walking away from Anakin on the steps of the Jedi Temple. There is a homemade music video for the track that visually ties the song together. The beat, produced by the one and only Big Jess, was sampled from Love Theme off of the Star Wars Attack of the Clones soundtrack by John Williams. So naturally the vibe is emotionally charged. I’ve had some folks tell me they cried at the end of the song/video. That’s what it’s all about! I have a second Ahsoka song already in the works for Wave 3 of The Lost Holocron. And for this next Ahsoka song I’m planning a live-action music video using one of my two insanely talented directors. I know who I want to play Ahsoka too. Let’s just hope I can convince her to get back in paint and costume one
more time…
Listen to Ahsoka, download the song for free, and watch the music video at www.manifesters.com/ahsoka


#AhsokaFansDay
On March 2nd, 2016 I announced on @AhsokaTanosLife that March 2nd, 2017 will be the first annual #AhsokaFansDay. Ahsoka Fans Day is a second Ahsoka-themed holiday, complimentary to #AhsokaTanoDay. Ahsoka Tano Day celebrates everything Ahsoka related. Ahsoka Fans Day will celebrate the fans of Ahsoka and the wide spectrum of fandom Ahsoka has spawned. The reason why I chose March 2nd is because it has been a day of emotional events for Ahsoka fans. March 2nd, 2013 is the day Ahsoka left the Jedi Order and Anakin in the season 5 finale of The Clone Wars. And March 2nd, 2015 is the day Ahsoka officially returns, in the Fire Across the Galaxy episode of Rebels. Thus, it makes for the perfect day for Ahsoka fans to come together and celebrate Ahsoka fandom. So stay tuned, March is right around the corner.

Ahsoka Loyalist Trooper
While my 332nd Legion “Ahsoka Loyalist” clone trooper armor is under construction I’ve been rocking my custom Ahsoka pauldron on my Stormtrooper armor. And of course, there’s the matching custom Hasbro The Black Series 6” Stormtrooper figure. Get the full back story in my piece The Evolution of Darth Cyphis: http://versifierunleashed.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-evolution-of-darth-cyphis.html


Ahsoka Weeks
Using @AhsokaTanosLife Twitter (and Instagram), I’ve had fun over the years with a few different “Ahsoka Weeks”, highlighting various aspects of Ahsoka herself or Ahsoka fandom. I’ve done two segments of #AhsokaArtWeek (a big hit), sharing Ahsoka artwork from various artists around the globe. #AhsokaToyWeek showcased some of my favorite Ahsoka toys and collectibles. And #AhsokaLooksWeek was a comprehensive breakdown of every look and wardrobe/accessories/gear worn by Ahsoka in The Clone Wars and Rebels. Ahsoka Looks Week even included a set of forty three digital trading cards. I’ll have more going forward. In 2017 I hope to have an Ahsoka Week where the theme is picked by the followers of @AhsokaTanosLife.


So stay dialed in, there’s some exciting stuff still to come…!

Ahsoka Tano’s Life
Twitter – @AhsokaTanosLife
Instagram – ahsokatanoslife

Mike / Versifier / TK-9721
Twitter – @VerseManifest
Instagram – mickelpics

The Lost Holocron
Twitter – @TheLostHolocron

  
And finally, click the link below to watch an Ahsoka Tano Day 2017 video I threw together quick: 

Happy #AhsokaTanoDay!

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Evolution of Darth Cyphis



Like many a Star Wars fan, I have my very own ‘Star Wars name’, Darth Cyphis. I had no intentions of developing Darth Cyphis into a character, nor had I ever planned on creating a back story for him. However, as The Force would have it, one just developed organically over time all on its own.

In the fall of 2006 StarWars.com and Del Rey held a contest for fans to help pick Jacen Solo’s Sith name for the big reveal in The Legacy of The Force novel series. While brainstorming names to submit for Jacen, I came up with Cyphis. But as Cyphis was derived from the word ‘cypher’, a ring of people freestyle rapping and beatboxing, an activity I’d spent countless hours doing as an emcee, I decided to keep it for myself. Cyphis felt like the perfect fit for me in that it encompassed my two passions, Hip Hop and Star Wars. Plus, it just sounds dope! Oh, and in case you are wondering, I did come up with a second name choice to submit in the contest, although for the life of me I can’t remember what it was…? I’m sure I have it somewhere in my Star Wars archives. Regardless, I wasn’t the winner. But I liked the chosen Darth Caedus, so it was cool. At the time, I was on a huge Sith kick. 2005 had brought us Revenge of the Sith in theatres and Clone Wars on two DVDs (immensely better than the three-to-fifteen minute TV segments). And 2006 had given us the first Darth Bane novel and the first three installments of The Legacy of The Force novel series. Star Wars fans were learning more about the Sith, and getting more exposure to the Sith, than ever before. And I was all over it like a Jawa at Best Buy. In terms of the name Cyphis however, I really didn’t do much with it. I think I threw it in a couple rhymes, but basically it was just my Star Wars name.

In 2008 there were three major, yet unrelated at the time, changes to my ‘world of Star Wars’. In June of that year I became a member of the 501st Legion, Stormtrooper TK-9721. In July I came up with the concept, title, outline and plan for my first-of-its-kind, all-original Star Wars Hip Hop music project, The Lost Holocron. And in August of 2008, I met and fell in love with Ahsoka Tano. In regards to the 501st Legion, my chosen nickname was Cyphis and, although I was a Stormtrooper, my alias was Darth Cyphis.
The first song I wrote for The Lost Holocron was a track titled Sith Cypher, which is actually more of a sketch/interlude. In a lower-level Coruscant nightclub called the Twisted Lekku, the DJ calls all the Sith in the club up on stage for a freestyle session. I then proceed to spit verses personifying Bane, Maul, Vader, Palpatine, and Darth Cyphis. This song is still on the list to be recorded, but I did perform the Darth Cyphis verse live during an interview for a Star Wars documentary (shot during Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando in 2010). However, I have no idea as to whether or not the film was ever completed and/or released…?

I had toyed around with the idea of designing a look for Darth Cyphis so that I could do a custom costume, although I never ran with the notion beyond that. But while writing the screenplay for my The Dark Side music video (the precursor single to The Lost Holocron), in 2011, I purposely created a new character for myself to play in the video instead of Darth Cyphis. The character I play in the video is killed at the end, and I knew I didn’t want to kill off Darth Cyphis. Thus, I played Darth Staisis so that Darth Cyphis could live on, even though I still had no further plans for him. Fast forward to April 2015 at Star Wars Celebration VII in Anaheim; during a panel, Dave Filoni reveals that an unfinished The Clone Wars arc would have included the 332nd Legion, Ahsoka Loyalist clone troopers. All Dave Filoni had to show visually was a sketch he had drawn of what one of the clone trooper helmets would have looked like. Regardless, I set to work immediately designing a set of Ahsoka Loyalist clone armor. Because
the only depiction that existed was Dave Filoni’s sketch (and later some artistic renditions), I knew I could never get it 501st Legion approved. Therefore, I could make it look however I wanted it to. However, I knew it would be awhile before I would be able to obtain a set of armor and have it customized to match my design. But I did already own an orange squad leader pauldron that came with my Stormtrooper armor, which I had never used. So I asked my friend Kevin, an artist who, among many other projects, has done Star Wars trading cards for Topps, to paint Ahsoka’s facial markings on my pauldron. And in August of 2015 I unveiled the worlds’ first, and only, Ahsoka Loyalist Stormtrooper.

I even took the pauldron off a Hasbro The Black Series 6” Sandtrooper, asked Kevin to paint it to match my live-size pauldron, and then put it on a 6” Stormtrooper to have my own action figure.   



After reading the Ahsoka novel this past October, I used some of the new information in the book to fit together a loose chronology for Darth Cyphis:

Name: Verz Cyphstar
Nickname: Cyphis
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Born: Coruscant

-Born and raised on Coruscant
-No Force sensibility detected in childhood
-Received general education and military training on both Coruscant and Corellia
-Worked briefly as personal security for Chancellor Palpatine
-Transferred to Kamino using connections to the Chancellor
-Received additional military training on Kamino
-First non-clone soldier of the Grand Army of the Republic
-Assigned to Anakin Skywalker’s 501st Legion
-Became close with Anakin and Ahsoka
-Promoted to the rank of Commander
-Tried to follow Ahsoka when she left the Jedi Order, but she forced him to stay
-Transferred to the 332nd Legion when it was assigned to Ahsoka for the Battle of Mandalore
***Retrieved Ahsoka’s lightsabers***
-Defected from the GAR after Battle of Mandalore
-Kept an eye on Ahsoka for years and helped her out whenever possible
-Joined Imperial Armed Forces to spy for Ahsoka, despite loyalties to Vader and Palpatine
-Assigned to Vader’s 501st Legion
-The Force and the Dark Side ignited within him after Vader informs him he has killed Ahsoka
-Received training from both Vader and Palpatine, without the other knowing
-Became a Sith Lord after the deaths of Vader and Palpatine
-Origins unknown after the Battle of Endor

*CT-9721 – 501st Legion trooper (Grand Army of the Republic)
*CC-9721 – 501st Legion Commander (Grand Army of the Republic)
*CC-9721 – 332nd Legion Commander (Grand Army of the Republic)
*CC-9721 – Ahsoka Loyalist Commander (to Ahsoka Tano)
*TK-9721 – 501st Legion Stormtrooper (Imperial Armed Forces)
*TK-9721 – Ahsoka Loyalist Stormtrooper (Imperial Armed Forces)
*Darth Cyphis – Sith Lord

Despite how much I love Clone Troopers, and really dig Shae Vizla and Sabine Wren, I’m not a Mandolorian fan. In fact, I feel they are the most overrated race in all of Star Wars. Thus, I could not have my character be a Mandolorian. So yes, a non-clone Clone Trooper is far-fetched, but better suits my story. The name Verz I conjured up from my real-life stage name, Versifier. And while the early path of Cyphis is somewhat predictable and cliché, it serves a purpose as it fits in with Ahsoka’s timeline and my real-life involvement in the 501st Legion. As far as the story of Darth Cyphis goes, I’m sure that will manifest itself in time…

In the near term, I am the process of obtaining a set of clone armor to use for my Ahsoka Loyalist clone trooper. Because it has been a couple years I don’t know if it will be the worlds’ first or not? I know there are already helmets out there, but I haven’t seen a full set of armor yet. Regardless, mine is going to be so dope it won’t even matter to me if I’m first or not. But just in case, I’m keeping the design to myself…haha! My Stormtrooper armor is rapidly approaching ten years old and desperately needs to be replaced. It had always been my plan to convert my old set of armor into a Death Troop (a “real” Death Trooper aka Zombie Trooper, not a Rogue One Death Trooper). But instead I’m thinking about turning my old armor into a full-fledged Ahsoka Stormtrooper. I only have the pauldron now as I still need a clean white TK for certain types of troops. With a new set of armor for that, I can go all out on the old set. There’s also a Darth Cyphis song in the works for one of The Lost Holocron waves, and I might even return to the notion of designing a Darth Cyphis costume. Stay tuned.  


Watch The Dark Side music video: http://versifier.manifesters.com/thedarkside


Listen to Wave 1 of The Lost Holocron (Wave 2 Coming Soon!):



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Collecting Ahsoka



Building an Ahsoka Tano collection is a rollercoaster of fun and frustration. There are definitely moments of pure collector’s joy, but sadly those are often overshadowed by a lack of pieces on the market, poor decision making and distribution on behalf of manufacturers, and the agony of the hunt. And while there are many factors involved, the bottom line is that the volume and variety of Ahsoka toys and collectibles available far from parallel the level of Ahsoka’s popularity and fandom. Why this is the case, I cannot say. All I know is what I, and other collectors, have experienced. With that being said, this article is more of an overview of Ahsoka collecting, not an answer to why more Ahsoka pieces are not produced, or why what has been produced was handled the way it was. And a conversation on the marketing and distribution channels of toys and collectibles is an entirely separate and lengthy topic unto itself.

Ahsoka was first introduced to the world on January 29, 2008 ahead of her debut in The Clone Wars movie, released August 15, 2008. While many Star Wars fans took to Ahsoka instantly, many more were skeptical of Anakin’s “snippy” new Padawan. But it did not take long before Ahsoka was one of Star Wars’ most popular characters. In fact, as time went on, people’s passion, fandom, and dedication to Ahsoka reached a level equal to, if not surpassing, that of the most beloved characters from the original and prequel trilogies. George Lucas and Dave Filoni’s work with the character (in and outside of The Clone Wars), and Ashley Eckstein’s dedication to recognizing and showcasing the fandom of females (in and outside of Star Wars), both played massive roles in propelling Ahsoka. But it was the emotional connection Ahsoka formed with fans which separated her from the bantha herd. Fans were able to watch Ahsoka grow and mature, and were able to feel her highs and lows as she was experiencing them. Fans were not simply watching Ahsoka, but living The Clone Wars with her. Ahsoka touched fans in a way rarely seen with fictional characters of any genre or franchise. She’s relatable, passionate, and extremely “human” (you know, for a fictional Togruta). Ahsoka leaving the Jedi Order and walking away from Anakin at the end of The Clone Wars season 5, and her big duel with Vader at the end of Rebels season 2 were Coruscant-shattering events. They joined the deaths of Chewbacca, Mara Jade Skywalker, Anakin Solo, and Darth Caedus (Jacen Solo), as some of the most emotionally charged moments in Star Wars history. From instant popularity to endearing love, Ahsoka Tano has certified her place in Star Wars greatness.

So why hasn’t Ahsoka’s popularity and connection to the fans translated into more toys and collectibles? As far as I can see the demand is surely there, and her track record speaks for itself. Yet still, Ahsoka collectors are continuously baffled by the lack of pieces to collect and left hungrily craving more. Is it possible market research shows something different? Without seeing said market research however, or even knowing if it exists, I’d find that hard to believe. I’d love to blame Disney, but this conundrum existed before the sale of Lucasfilm, and before the cancellation of The Clone Wars. I recently read a Tweet from someone stating they had over two hundred and sixty unique Rey pieces in their Rey collection. Rey is a character that has only been around for barely over a year. Yet the number of Rey toys/collectibles is leaps and bounds above what is available for Ahsoka, who has been around since 2008. Granted, Rey is Disney’s first “big new Star Wars character” and the star of a major motion picture. However, it wasn’t until the #WheresRey social media campaign and the public bashing of toy and collectible makers, mainly Hasbro, before her surge on this front really got off the ground. The push to see more toys/collectibles of female characters did wonders for Rey and Jyn Erso, but failed to yield much for the likes of Leia, Padme, Ahsoka, Ventress, Hera, Sabine, and others. Furthermore, because the number of Ahsoka pieces released to date is so small and void of much variety, there are still a great many items which collectors’ wish had been produced. So, on an emotional level, the Ahsoka collection itself will always “feel” incomplete. There are a nice chunk of items from The Clone Wars movie (plus seasons one and two), era Ahsoka (mostly with Rotta the Hutt), and a growing chunk of Rebels Ahsoka items. But The Clone Wars’ seasons three-to-five era Ahsoka, which is mine and many others’ absolute favorite version of Ahsoka, was largely skipped over. Ahsoka lightsabers and high-end collectibles have been extremely scarce (and non-existent since 2009). And with the exception of Hasbro, all other major toy/collectible manufacturers have either only produced one or two pieces, or none at all.

Let’s take a look at what we do know. When The Clone Wars movie was released in 2008, a handful of Ahsoka (with Rotta the Hutt) items (action figures, statues, etc.), quickly followed suit in late 2008 and 2009. From 2010 to 2012 some additional looks of Ahsoka emerged on the action figure and toy market while things on the collectibles front fell silent. 2013-2014 was almost nonexistent in regards to new Ahsoka items. And 2015-2016 saw a nice little spike in Ahsoka items, mainly because of her appearances on Rebels. Please note that I am only referring to officially licensed Ahsoka Tano toys and collectibles. Artwork, hand-made items, and custom items definitely play into this topic, but I’ll touch on those a little later, along with items featuring Ahsoka. Additionally, as I have no personal interest in collecting LEGOs, I do not follow or track LEGO in terms of Ahsoka. And while I do accept any Ahsoka trading cards that come my way, I don’t track trading cards either. Because of the sheer lack of Ahsoka pieces that have been produced from 2008-current one would assume it would be easy to have a complete collection. Sadly, that is not the case. Looking at the officially licensed Ahsoka Tano toys and collectibles from 2008 to 2016, there are a few hurdles of frustration that plague every Ahsoka collector. Even factoring out further hindrances such as budget, time, geographic location, and being male (for male collectors), it is not an easy road. From quantity and availability issues, and empty pegs, to re-packs, exclusives, and limited piece counts, there’s never been such a thing as simply walking into Toys R Us or Target, grabbing the Ahsoka item one desires off the shelf and returning home a happy collector. Sure, it does happen from time to time, and is more common with certain types of items, but it is definitely not the norm. Hence why any Star Wars collector, Ahsoka-collecting or not, is extremely familiar with “the hunt”. However, the Ahsoka hunt is much more on the endangered species type of level. Granted, I’m not saying there should never be Ahsoka exclusives, or re-packs, or 2-packs, or pieces with a limited piece count. I would just like to see more pieces that are mass produced and mass distributed so that they can be found and purchased easily, at multiple retailers and/or websites, and at their intended retail price (as opposed to the ridiculous prices eBay dealers and online toy/collectible stores charge). Collecting, in any capacity, is supposed to be a fun, exciting and rewarding hobby. Not being offered the pieces one wants, and not being able to find or purchase the items that are available, all while exhausting mass amounts of money, time and effort, definitely detract from the main objective.  

There’s not really a super clean way to run through all of this, so I’ve just divided it up into subsections to break it down with some semblance of order.

2008-2012
A “nice” number of items were released during this time period. It was also when we saw the most variety in terms of types of pieces released. Hasbro pumped out twenty three Ahsoka items during this time period. Two Ahsoka statues, two Ahsoka lightsabers, three versions of Ahsoka’s Jedi Starfighter, a Hallmark Christmas ornament, and an Ahsoka skateboard were just some of the other items released during this time. 2008-2012 was also when a ton of smaller items, such as a McDonald’s Happy Meal toy, PEZ dispensers, figure key chains, etc. were released. However, although a slightly older Ahsoka debuted her “new look” (new outfit and shoto lightsaber) on the 11-19-10 “Heroes on Both Sides” episode 3.10 of The Clone Wars, collectors never saw much of that Ahsoka in the form of toys or collectibles. The “infamous” Hasbro The Clone Wars #CW44 action figure (the first and only “new look” Ahsoka figure from The Clone Wars), was released in 2011, and it felt like only a couple hundred ever hit the shelves. I’ve never been able to confirm with Hasbro exactly how many pieces were produced, but there is no way it was a standard run. It wasn’t an exclusive, it was simply just extremely rare. I found a dealer willing to sell me two for $25.00 each. Even paying $25.00 for a new figure that was supposed to be on the pegs for $8.00 kind of pissed me off. But on eBay and online toy stores they go anywhere from $150.00-$600.00 a pop. And of course, I can’t open one because I don’t know if I’ll ever get my hands on another. During phone calls and email exchanges with Hasbro about this figure, in 2011, Hasbro apologized and said they were not happy to hear about the outrageously inflated dealer prices, but were not able to offer much else.  In 2012 Hasbro released a live-action version of that Ahsoka in The Vintage Collection line (re-packed in The Black Series line in 2016). But we’ve yet to see another TCW version since… 

2013-2014
Due to George Lucas selling Lucasfilm to Disney in October 2012, Ahsoka leaving the Jedi Order in March 2013, and Disney cancelling The Clone Wars in March 2013, only two items of note were released during this time period.
*DaGeDar Ahsoka Tano Drag Racer (2013) [I’m not even sure what these things are…?]
*Her Universe Ahsoka Lives T-Shirt (2014)

2015-2016
There were fifteen Ahsoka items released in 2015 and 2016. Of those fifteen items, all but the Ahsoka novel were either; from Rebels instead of The Clone Wars, in a 2-pack instead of packaged individually, an exclusive, or released in limited quantity.
1.      Hasbro Mission Series 3-3/4” Ahsoka & Vader Figure 2-Pack (2015) – from Rebels and a 2-pack
2.      Hasbro TBS 6” Ahsoka Figure (2016) – from Rebels
3.      Hasbro TBS 3-3/4” Ahsoka Figure (2016) – Walmart Exclusive and a re-pack
4.      Hasbro Ahsoka & Vader Poster – San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Exclusive
5.      Disney Infinity 3.0 Ahsoka & Anakin Figure 2-Pack (2015) – a 2-pack
6.      Funko Ahsoka POP! – Hot Topic Exclusive and from Rebels
7.      Her Universe Ahsoka/Vader Unisex T-Shirt (2015) – Her Universe Exclusive
8.      Her Universe Ahsoka Female T-Shirt (2015) – Her Universe Exclusive
9.      Her Universe Ahsoka’s Journey Unisex T-Shirt (2016) – Her Universe Exclusive
10.  Her Universe Ahsoka Holiday Pin (2016) – Hot Topic Exclusive and limited to 1000 pieces
11.  Ahsoka Emoji Pin (2016) – Star Wars Celebration Europe Exclusive
12.  Ahsoka Art Print (2016) – Star Wars Celebration Europe Exclusive
13.  Rebels Season 2 Finale Ahsoka/Vader Button (2016) – Hollywood Red Carpet Exclusive
14.  Ahsoka Novel Advanced Copy (2016) – San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Exclusive
15.  Ahsoka Novel (2016)

Re-Packs
*From 2008-2016 Hasbro released eight individually packaged Ahsoka 3-3/4” action figures.
  Of those eight released, three were re-packs.
*From 2008-2016 Hasbro released eight 3-3/4” action figure 2-packs / battle packs featuring Ahsoka. With the exception of the Rebels figure, the other seven were all re-packs, although some had additional accessories (i.e. a poncho, Geonosis brain invader).
Yes, paint jobs on some were slightly different and there is one eyelash variation, but essentially there have been ten re-packs on sixteen figures. And the one figure never re-packed is the one everyone wants re-packed, the most sought after Ahsoka figure of all time, #CW44 from The Clone Wars 2011 line.

Lightsabers
*eFX Collectibles Limited Edition Replica Lightsaber in 2009. Limited to 1,000 pieces.
*Rubies Costume Co. toy lightsaber in 2008. Repackaged in 2009.
To date, no other Ahsoka lightsabers (not including custom or fan made) have been produced.

High-End Collectibles
There have really only been three high-end collectibles of Ahsoka.
*Kotobukiya ArtFX Statue (2008)
*Gentle Giant Maquette (2009)
*eFX Collectibles LE Replica Lightsaber (2009)
So in regards to Ahsoka Tano, this market is virtually untouched.

Major Manufacturers
The number of Ahsoka Tano items released by major manufacturers 2008-2016:
*Hasbro = 28
*PEZ Candy = 7
*Her Universe = 7
*DK Books = 4
*Lucasfilm = 2
*Funko  = 2
*Rubies Costume Co. = 2 (one re-pack)
*Advanced Graphics = 2
*Disney = 2
*Kotobukiya = 1
*Gentle Giant = 1
*eFX Collectibles = 1
*Hallmark = 1
*Jakks Pacific = 1
*Play-Doh = 1
*Sideshow Collectibles = 0
*Hot Toys = 0
*Diamond Select Toys = 0
There is a list of lesser-known companies who have each produced one to two Ahsoka items. But with the exception of Hasbro, the list is rather bare. As I mentioned earlier, I do not track LEGO or trading cards, but LEGO and Topps do rank up there with Hasbro.

Different Looks of Ahsoka
There are three main “looks” of Ahsoka, The Clone Wars seasons 1-2 Ahsoka, The Clone Wars seasons 3-5 Ahsoka, and Rebels Ahsoka. I’ve stated prior that The Clone Wars seasons 3-5 look Ahsoka has been largely skipped over in terms of toys and collectibles. In addition to those three looks, there is also a handful of one-off looks from various episodes of The Clone Wars. Below is a rundown of  how many times each look has been represented via a toy or collectible.

3+
*The Clone Wars Movie with Rotta the Hutt = (multiple) figures, statues, etc.
*The Clone Wars Movie / Seasons 1-2 = (multiple) figures, standees, etc.
*The Clone Wars Ahsoka’s Jedi Starfighter = toy, Transformer and model
*Rebels = (multiple) figures, etc.
*Lightsaber (The Clone Wars Movie / Seasons 1-2) = eFX and Rubies (re-packed once)

1-2
*The Clone Wars Seasons 1-2 (Space Suit) = only one Hasbro action figure (re-packed)
*The Clone Wars Seasons 1-2 (Poncho) = only one Hasbro action figure
*The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5 = only one Hasbro action figure & Disney Infinity 3.0 figure
*The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5 (Scuba Suit) = only one Hasbro action figure
*The Clone Wars [Live Action Look] = one Hasbro figure (re-packed once)

0
*The Clone Wars Seasons 1-2 (Coruscant Underworld) = nothing
*The Clone Wars Seasons 1-2 (Hologram) = nothing
*The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5 (Future Ahsoka) = nothing
*The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5 (Slave Girl) = nothing
*The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5 (Work Goggles) = nothing
*The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5 (Jedi Robes) = nothing
*The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5 (Hologram) = nothing
*The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5 (Dark Side) = nothing
*The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5 (Night Vision) = nothing
*The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5 (Cold Weather Gear) = nothing
*The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5 (Coruscant Disguise) = nothing
*Rebels (Hologram / Fulcrum) = nothing
*Ahsoka Novel (Ashla) = nothing
*Lightsabers (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5) = nothing
*Lightsabers (Rebels) = nothing

‘Featuring Ahsoka’
In addition to stand alone Ahsoka pieces, or figure 2-packs or battle packs, there are many items which I categorize as ‘Featuring Ahsoka’. These are pieces that feature multiple characters from The Clone Wars and are typically in the form of posters, plates, cups, birthday party supplies, home office / school supplies for kids, various other home items, etc. Also, things like magazine covers, DVD covers, etc. These types of items are not found in the toy section of stores and are typically not sold at collectible stores or websites. They are much harder to catalogue as they are not often manufactured by household name companies and don’t usually show up on collecting sites. Still, they are great additions to any Ahsoka collection.

Custom Pieces
*Artwork
*Custom Pieces
*Handmade Items
Ahsoka Tano has inspired many people in a multitude of ways. Much of that inspiration then flows in the form of custom Ahsoka items. Some creators do it solely out of love for Ahsoka, while others do it because they want a particular piece not manufactured by a licensed company. Regardless of the reasoning behind them, there are hundreds of custom-made Ahsoka pieces out there. Lots of these pieces are just one-offs made for one’s personal collection, but the vast majority at produced, in varying quantities, and sold. Visit Etsy, RedBubble, or even eBay and Amazon, at any given time and there are always Ahsoka items for sale. Like anything else in this arena, the quality will vary, as well as the prices. But there are some great items out there.

One-of-a-Kind Pieces
I hesitate to even bring this category up, but there are a small number of one-of-a-kind Ahsoka Tano items in existence. Most of these items will probably forever remain with Lucasfilm, or in Rancho Obi-Wan, and the rest were auctioned off for charity. I do like to keep track of pieces like these, although the chances of ever owning one are astronomical. What I’ve settled for is getting photos of me next to or with these items. I still have a few I’ve yet to come across in person.


Looking at the numbers to date, there are over 130 unique officially licensed items (not including LEGO and trading cards), and over 250 total unique officially licensed items (including ‘Featuring Ahsoka’ items). So even though there are not an overwhelming number of Ahsoka items on the market, one can still build a nice size collection, especially when factoring in duplicates, items from the ‘Featuring Ahsoka’ section, and custom/handmade pieces. And there are some awesome and gorgeous pieces out there to enjoy.

I’d like to wrap things up with my personal list of Ahsoka Tano items I hope are produced in the future. There are a few I feel might make their way into production, but realistically I’m not holding my breath for most of the list. Regardless, here’s to many more years of collecting Ahsoka Tano toys and collectibles!

Hasbro – Action Figures
6” – The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5
6” – The Clone Wars Seasons 1-2
6” – The Clone Wars “Future Ahsoka”
6” – The Clone Wars “Cold Weather Gear”
3-3/4” – Re-pack of TCW #CW44
3-3/4” – The Clone Wars “Slave Girl Outfit”
3-3/4” – The Clone Wars “Cold Weather Gear”
3-3/4” – The Clone Wars “Future Ahsoka”
3-3/4” – The Clone Wars “Dark Side Ahsoka”
3-3/4” – The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5 with Jedi Robes
3-3/4” – The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5 Hologram Ahsoka
3-3/4” – The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5 (super articulated)
3-3/4” – Ahsoka as Ashla (from Ahsoka novel)
3-3/4” – 332nd Legion “Ahsoka Loyalist” Clone Trooper

3-3/4” Evolutions 3-pack
*The Clone Wars Seasons 1-2
*The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5
*Rebels

Ahsoka Tano’s Jedi Starfighter (re-pack)

Hasbro – Lightsabers
Force FX Lightsaber (The Clone Wars Seasons 1-3)
Force FX Lightsaber + Shoto Set (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5)
Force FX Lightsabers Set (Rebels)
Ultimate Force FX Lightsabers Set (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5)
Ultimate Force FX Lightsabers Set (Rebels)

Gentle Giant
Mini-Bust (The Clone Wars Seasons 1-2)
Mini-Bust (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5)
Mini-Bust (Rebels)
Statue (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5)
Animated Maquette (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5)
Statue (The Clone Wars “Future Ahsoka”)
Statue (Rebels)

Sideshow Collectibles
Premium Format Figure (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5)
Premium Format Figure (The Clone Wars Seasons 1-2)
Premium Format Figure (Rebels)
1:1 Scale Bust (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5)

Kotobukiya
ArtFX Statue (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5)
ArtFX Statue (Rebels)

Hot Toys
Sixth Scale Figure (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5)
Sixth Scale Figure (Rebels)

Diamond Select Toys
Bust Bank (The Clone Wars Seasons 1-2)
Bust Bank (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5)
Bust Bank (Rebels)
Ultimate Quarter Scale Figure (The Clone Wars Seasons 1-2)
Ultimate Quarter Scale Figure (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5)
Ultimate Quarter Scale Figure (Rebels)

eFX Collectibles
Stunt Replica Lightsaber (The Clone Wars Seasons 1-2)
Stunt Replica Lightsaber and Shoto Set (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5)
Stunt Replica Lightsaber Set (Rebels)

Jakks Pacific
31” Figure (The Clone Wars Seasons 1-2)
31” Figure (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5)
31” Figure (Rebels)
12” Figure (The Clone Wars Seasons 1-2)
12” Figure (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5)
12” Figure (Rebels)

Funko
POP! (The Clone Wars Seasons 1-2)
POP! (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5)

Advanced Graphics
Life-Size Standee (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5: pose 1)
Life-Size Standee (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5: pose 2)
Life-Size Standee (Rebels - pose 1)
Life-Size Standee (Rebels - pose 2)
Life-Size Standee (Disney Infinity Ahsoka)

Misc.
Replica of Ahsoka’s Silka Beads
Replica of Ahsoka’s Belt (The Clone Wars Seasons 1-2)
Replica of Ahsoka’s Belt (The Clone Wars Seasons 3-5)