Disney Park Ears Go Downhill, Guests Frustrated By “Downgrade”

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Recently, The Walt Disney Company sent out an email blast promoting the latest version of the company’s Ahsoka Tano ears, designed by Her Universe founder — and original Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels Ahsoka voice actress — Ashley Eckstein.

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The ears, while adorable at first glance, are not necessarily the quality that Disney Parks fans are used to. The detailing on the ear headband is crafted from foam-like faux leather, not fabric, and even in these high-quality marketing materials, it is apparent that the ears are crumpled, particularly on the silver portion.

The shopDisney listing for Disney’s newest Ahsoka Tano ears also features crumpled foam.

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The appearance of the ears is in line with similar Guest stories about the apparent decline in the quality of various pieces of Disney Parks merchandise.

Furthermore, from getting rid of free FastPasses in favor of paid Lightning Lanes to the controversial Genie+ platform to reducing food portion sizes throughout Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort to charging $6,000 for a two-night stay on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel, Disney is overcharging and underperforming in many fans’ minds.

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The Ahsoka ears, specifically, have garnered some negative comments from Star Wars fans online. Twitter user Mara wrote, for instance, that “The new Ahsoka ears are such a downgrade.”

It is important to note, however, that the foam-like material may straighten itself out with time and use.

Bo-Katan Kryze (L) and Ahsoka Tano (R)
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The official description of the $34.99 Ahsoka Tano ear headband reads:

The defiant hero of The Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano provides the inspiration for this ear headband designed by Star Wars actress Ashley Eckstein. With its nod to the former Jedi Padawan’s distinctive headwear, the two faux leather ears together carry the formidable warning, ”I am one with the Force and the Force is with me.”

Magic in the details

  • Designed by Ashley Eckstein

  • Padded faux leather ears

  • Screen art ”I am one with the Force” on right ear, with ”and the Force is with me” on left ear

  • Metallic silver faux leather centerpiece

  • Blue and white ”headdress” sections on either side

  • Blue faux leather covered headband with contrasting orange velour non-slip liner

  • Inspired by Star Wars: The Clone Wars

More on Ahsoka Tano

Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano) and Rey
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Although Eckstein was replaced by Rosario Dawson as the live-action version of Tano in Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian saga, the character still holds a very special place in her heart.

Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano
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Last year, Eckstein even shared the original description of the now-iconic Star Wars character, which was given to her before recording Clone Wars Season 1:

Through the course of the series, Ahsoka will become a [sic] more confident and powerful on her way to becoming a full fledged Jedi. Ahsoka will learn to rely on herself in connection with the force as she becomes a powerful Jedi an strong young woman. Her hero’s journey transformation will be evident in stories focusing on her personal growth through the Jedi Hero lessons.

dave filoni (left) and rosario dawson as ahsoka tano (right) on mandalorian set
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Some of Ahsoka’s attributes were, “brave & feisty,” “patient & intuitive,” and “opinionated & talkative.” It is noted that she struggled with “insecurity,” at least initially.

At the time this was written, of course, nobody could have known just how popular the Togruta character would become and that we would still be following the story of Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan 15 years later.

What do you think about these Disney Parks ears?

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