The Previews website is offering the first look at Topps' seemingly millionth Star Wars set, Clone Wars Widevision. Continuing on with the immensely great "tall boy" format that was used for each of the six live-action films as well as a Trilogy Special Edition set in 1997, Clone Wars Widevision base cards measure in at approximately 2 1/2" x 4 3/4". This format ensures that what's on the screen is trasferred over to the card. The 80-card base set focuses on the first season of the computer-generated animated series and, thankfully, not that crappy movie that hit theatres and promptly disappeared last summer.
The set marks the first Widevision sketch cards, although Topps did try out oversized sketch cards in the highly underrated Indiana Jones Masterpieces. In that set Panoramic Sketch Cards offered a double-sized drawing surface in which completed cards were folded and inserted in packs. This time around, expect sketch cards in the Widevision dimension, which could lead to some interesting dynamics. Hobby boxes also include exclusive sketch cards from animators working on the show. Sketch cards will fall one per box.
Other inserts include two levels of parallels: Silver (#'s/500) and Gold (#'d/1), Foil Character cards (1:3), Animation Cel Clear cards (1:4) and Motion cards (1:8). Another hobby box exclusive is voice-actor autographs.
Star Wars: Clone Wars Widevision is scheduled for release on October 14.