Figure #8 of Collect All 21 complete!
Princess Leia Organa (Yavin Medal Ceremony)
Me & Richard LeParmentier (Admiral Conan Antonio Motti from Episode IV) with a little treat I created for him. Gave him one. Got mine signed.
He opted for the ‘non-choking’ version I made, and I kept the choking version for myself. (which I was hoping for)…
The best part of our conversation - in addition to the photo - was the story he told me about where the first and middle names for his characters came from…
… apparently, there is a bit of ‘harem’ of ladies who reside in the greater San Francisco area who have a strong admiration for Imperial Officers. For years, they practically knocked down the doors of Lucasfilm to get first names assigned to all the Imperial Officers from the original trilogy. Admiral Motti’s first name, Conan, was taken directly from Conan O’Brien.
Here’s the whole story from Wookieepedia:
Motti was one of the last Imperial characters from the original trilogy to receive a full name. Michael Reaves and Steve Perry intended to finally give the character a first name with their 2007 novel Death Star, and had already chosen the name “Zi”—used in the as-yet unpublished novel—when George Lucas created his own name for the character while being interviewed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Following this, the writers were forced to change the name before printing, although one instance of “Zi” remains in the novel. Motti’s full name was given by Lucas on the May 1, 2007 episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, during which Lucas was challenged to a trivia question by a fan—O’Brien Associate Producer Jordan Schlanski—as to the name of the Imperial officer who Darth Vader Force-chokes in A New Hope. Lucas jokingly replied “Conan Antonio Motti,” after O’Brien’s full name. Although the character had previously been known only as “Motti,” Lucas’s statement finally gave a full name to this character. On the day after the episode aired, Late Night posted a blog entry on the NBC website about their surprise at the quick response of Wookieepedia, a fan-made online Star Wars Encyclopedia, in adopting the new name for the character, as well as their appreciation for Lucas in naming a Star Wars character after O’Brien.
When asked at Celebration IV to confirm the canon status of Motti’s first name, Leland Chee said that “It’ll be revealed eventually.” The name was finally confirmed when Sue Rostoni, executive editor of Lucas Licensing, posted the dramatis personae for Death Star on the StarWars.com message boards.
Next figure revealed! Figure #3 is: Beru Whitesun Lars (naturally)
Can you guess any of the others?
Figure 1 of 21: Wuher front cardback design revealed!
Some quick snaps from the 21 loose figure photo shoot for the 21-Back card design.
(Look closely for a hint at Figure #2 in the series, to be revealed soon!)