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The Last Jedi / TLJ 3.75" BB-8 2-in-1 Mega Playset
« on: July 27, 2017, 09:22 PM »
Very cool report from Yakface about a TLJ playset.

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Star Wars Ships and Vehicles / 3rd Party Sail Barge
« on: March 27, 2017, 09:39 AM »
Just saw this at some otheR place:  Sail barge anyone?

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The very first lightsaber duel that we saw in film in 1977 was between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi.  At the time it was something we had simply never seen before, and it stunned audiences.  As the Star Wars saga has progressed, so too have the lightsaber duels.  Each has had a dynamic of it's own.  In TESB we saw a Jedi trainee taking on Darth Vader.  Vader toyed with Luke, and the duel built emotionally as Luke came to grasp how out of his depth he truly was.  In ROTJ we saw more of a duel of equals.  Luke is more mature and has different intentions, and is trying to appeal to the good that's still within Vader.  Neither is an exceptionally gifted duelist, but the emotional stakes seem to have been raised.

In TPM we finally saw the Jedi in their prime against a Sith with amazing physical capabilities.  That continued on into AOTC with a duel between masters of The Force.  And that continued through ROTS as we saw the duel that was the climax of the fall of the Jedi, and the rise of Darth Vader.

So why was the lightsaber duel of ANH the way it was?  There are plenty of practical reasons why.  And now this Uproxx article discusses some possible story driven reasons (based on material released AFTER Episode IV, mind you) why the A NEW HOPE duel may have transpired as it did.

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TV-9D9 / Star Wars Rebels - Season 4
« on: March 4, 2017, 10:52 AM »
From the Official Site:

STAR WARS REBELS TO RETURN FOR FOURTH SEASON THIS FALL



STAR WARS REBELS // MARCH 3, 2017

THE HIT ANIMATED SERIES' FOURTH SEASON WILL PREMIERE LATER THIS YEAR ON DISNEY XD.
Despite the best efforts of the Grand Inquisitor, Darth Vader, and Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Ghost crew will be back.

Star Wars Rebels is set to return for a fourth season, Lucasfilm announced today, premiering later this year on Disney XD. Production is already underway. Marc Buhaj, senior vice president, programming and general manager, Disney XD said, “The team behind Star Wars Rebels delivers epic storytelling that has captivated fans of all ages across the globe. We’re excited to continue sharing the journey of these fan-favorite rebels with our audience in the fall.”

Star Wars Rebels, set between the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope, features a cast of new heroes and has included Star Wars icons like Darth Vader, Yoda, and Princess Leia, along with fan favorites such as Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. The show is currently in the midst of a thrilling third season, which has seen the introduction of the threatening villain Grand Admiral Thrawn, a direct connection to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with an appearance by Saw Gerrera, and the legendary Maul on a journey for his ultimate revenge. The gifted cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex, David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus, Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera, Sam Witwer as Maul, Tom Baker as Bendu, and Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn. Fans can look forward to more details and an announcement about the exciting fourth season of Star Wars Rebels during Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this April!

So while the Empire probably isn’t too thrilled, we can’t wait for Season Four.




It's interesting to see that Tiya Sircar listed in the cast, but Sabine is missing from the image of the Ghost crew.  But I don't think we've seen the last of her.

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Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide by Pablo Hidalgo

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:  The essential, comprehensive guide to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story™.
This exciting reference format accompanies the eagerly anticipated, first-ever standalone Star Wars™ movie: Rogue One. This beautifully detailed title features in-depth character profiles, plus 5 newly commissioned and fully annotated cross-sections of vehicles and mapped-out locations. With clear and authoritative text, this book is packed with essential information—and presented alongside stunning stills from the movie.












My copy was waiting for me at home last night.  I pre-ordered it from Amazon, and they delivered on the release date, true to their word!

This book is interesting because it's a little bit of a departure from previous DK reference books.  They seem to have folded multiple reference books into one single volume.  Whereas we used to get a Visual Dictionary plus an Incredible Cross-Sections book, and perhaps a locations book, this is a single book that appears to cover most of those bases.

I think this book provided some excellent background material on the organization of the Rebel Alliance.  That in itself made this a great read.

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This one seems to have flown in under the radar.  This WalMart exclusive 3-pack has the Eadu versions of Cassian Andor & Jyn Erso, plus K-2SO.




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The Black Series 6" Figures / Walgreens Black Series 6" C-3PO
« on: October 1, 2016, 10:28 AM »
KOTAKU FILES THIS POST about a number of upcoming Hasbro Star Wars exclusives, including this one at Walgreens stores:

THE BLACK SERIES 6" FIGURES - C-3PO (A NEW HOPE)


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Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Twelfth Parsec "Space Base"
« on: September 24, 2016, 10:13 AM »
The guys at Twelfth Parsec have unveiled their new "Space Base".




This looks like it might be a prototype.  If they can refine this, it's going to look amazing.  And each room is available for sale separately as well as being available as a complete set.

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Rogue One / Rogue One Class II Vehicle Sets
« on: September 4, 2016, 02:07 PM »
Some of the info that's been coming out has me wondering in which class of vehicle the REBELS A-wing is going to slotted.  It seems a little big for Class I, but is it big enough to be part of the Class II line?

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A little bit surprised that a couple of the figures mentioned in the Hasbro press release escaped notice:

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-Inch Figure Assortment
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2016)
Bring home the adventure from ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY in impressive detail with STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES figures. Each 6-inch scale figure features extensive articulation and realistic character design for the ultimate collector. Characters include JYN ERSO, CAPTAIN CASSIAN ANDOR, K-2SO, IMPERIAL DEATH TROOPER, DIRECTOR  KRENNIC, SCARIF STORMTROOPER SQUAD LEADER, and more. Each figure sold separately. Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com.


You had to expect to see Director Krennic in a Black Series 6" figure assortment.  And it's good to see the Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader in there, too.

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Rogue One / Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: August 28, 2016, 05:50 PM »
THIS JTA POSTING shows what seems to be the first wave of ROGUE ONE figures, with a look at the carded front and back of each figure.  Included in this wave are the following:

-Kanan Jarrus (Stormtrooper Disguise)
-K-2SO
-Imperial Stormtrooper
-Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)
-Imperial Ground Crew
-Kylo Ren
-Sabine Wren

The carded back images show enough detail where you can read the character bio.  And there's a segment of the cardback that also highlights the new Hasbro Star Wars StudioFX App, which allows you to make videos with your Star Wars toys.

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Rogue One / Rogue One Rebel U-Wing Fighter
« on: August 15, 2016, 07:44 PM »
Check out this posting at From 4-LOM to Zuckuss.  They've got our first glimpse of what look like official Hasbro images of the 3.75" U-Wing Starfighter.  This vehicle also includes a 3.75" Captain Cassian Andor figure ..... and Nerf action features. 

These images appear to have leaked from a French product listing that was posted a little early.  The vehicle definitely looks scaled down.  And the original article stated that they think the price point will be around $50.

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STAR WARS – E7 CLASS HERO III STARFIGHTER VEHICLE

A new vehicle on the scene with the NERF strike force! A magnificent ship to ship your figurines and launch missiles.Nerve! Vehicle up figurines 10 cm.MEGA compatible with Nerf darts.


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This is the ROGUE ONE - Black Series 6" Jyn Erso figure that was shown during the ROGUE ONE panel.

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1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / 1/6 Scale Zuckuss
« on: July 4, 2016, 12:51 PM »
Next up in the 1/6th scale bounty hunter line?  Zuckuss!  Check for a product unveil for the new Zuckuss 1/6th scale figure at SDCC 2016.


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The Original Trilogy / 'Revenge Of The Jedi' trailer
« on: May 29, 2016, 11:04 AM »
Check out this posting from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences:


With Star Wars (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980) taking the world by force, 1982 was a year defined by anticipation for the third and (then) final chapter in the Star Wars saga. The film’s originally promoted title Revenge of the Jedi and its ultimate change to Return of the Jedi has always been of significance to fans. Advertising materials that bear the more aggressive Revenge title reveal how far along the film’s marketing cycle had come prior to George Lucas’ decision to dismiss it in favor of Return. From posters and trailers to merchandising tie-ins, Revenge artifacts represent a compelling period in Star Wars history.

The Academy Film Archive holds several trailers from the United States with the initial Revenge title, most of which announcing a May 25th 1983 release date which coincided with the anniversary of the original Star Wars stateside release in 1977. However, this peculiar and very brief Revenge of the Jedi teaser trailer originated from a cinema in the United Kingdom, where the film was originally being considered for a Christmas 1983 release. This rare teaser, preserved by the Academy Film Archive, was apparently shown with the U.K.’s May 1982 double feature re-release of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. American audiences would not get a glimpse of the third film until Star Wars was re-released in the U.S. in August 1982, meaning that this may be the earliest Revenge trailer distributed – and fans from across the pond got the first peek!


"Revenge Of The Jedi" trailer

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