As I mentioned on my page related to 501st Costumes, I am starting work on the armored portions of the Female Mandalorian who will be in Season 4 of the Clone Wars. She is being voiced by Katee Sackhoff, which is cool enough, but it is hard for me not to also love what a member of the 501st Bounty Hunters Guild Detachment referred to as a "BAMF girl Mando".
I've gone back and forth over whether I should buy pre-made items and shape them, get someone else to make them for me, or do them myself, and settled on doing as much as I can myself. With funding being short at the moment (trying to save for both Sintra and the SWTOR pre-release) I am starting with the patterns, as they really are the core of the whole project.
I found several sizes of Boba Fett armor patterns at The Dented Helmet as the basis for my work. They have already been sized so I all need to do is alter them appropriately. Why reinvent the wheel when you can tweak it, right? I look forward to adding updates as I get this done!
So, I am practically peeing in my pants with excitement over the announcement that pre-orders have begun and possibly open betas will begin in September. I hurt inside over the fact that I do not have the funds at the moment to purchase my Pre-order, but hope to be able to soon!
The skinny seems to be that Pre-orders are now available for three versions of the game running from $149.99 to $59.99. Each level offers a different quantity of goodies, and the order in which the game is purchased is the order in which peeps will be allowed to start playing. Although, the early play time will be a matter of days as opposed to weeks prior to the official launch. Beta Test Weekends start in September which will open the Beta to even more members. The official launch date is still listed as Holiday 2001. Read on for more details:
Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector's Edition
"The Collector's Edition includes a host of virtual in-game and physical items for the ultimate Star Wars fan. Physical items include a Darth Malgus Statue from Gentle Giant, the journal of Jedi Master Gnost Dural from Chronicle Books, The Music of The Old Republic soundtrack, a security key and a map of the in-game Star Wars galaxy. Virtual items include a Flare Gun, Training Droid, personal HoloDancer, HoloCam, the STAP vehicle and access to the Collector's Store, an in-game store with new in-game items exclusively for owners of the Collector's Edition. The Collector's Edition will also include 30 days of game time and has an MSRP of $149.99 (USD) at participating retailers."
Star Wars: The Old Republic Digital Deluxe Edition
The Digital Deluxe Edition has an MSRP of $79.99 (USD) and includes 30 days of game time and five virtual items, including the Flare Gun, Training Droid, personal HoloDancer, HoloCam and the STAP vehicle.
Star Wars: The Old Republic Standard Edition
The base edition of the game is available at retailers and online for an MSRP of $59.99 (USD) and includes 30 days of game time.
Beta Test Weekends
Star Wars: The Old Republic will open "Beta Test Weekends" starting this September. These weekend play sessions will be open to selected players worldwide and create an opportunity for fans to get a sneak peek of the epic stories, worlds, quests, battles and characters in the game. The full press release is available here.