A Droid For Each NFL Team

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Super Bowl 50 is going to kick off this Sunday with the Carolina Panthers meeting the Denver Broncos.

What does this have to do with Star Wars you may ask?  Absolutely nothing.  SO… I decided to take matters into my own hands and make sure all the Star Wars fans, that happen to also be football fans, had something a little extra this weekend.  Inspired by the colors of the NFL, I’ve created a little gallery of mascots, if you will, to represent all the teams in the league using the Hasbro and Disney Droid Factory pieces.
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The Chewbacca You’ve Always Wanted

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If you are anything like me, you watched Star Wars as a child and had dreams of robots, aliens, and flying through hyperspace.  For most fans there is at least one scene or character that just grabs you and becomes a favorite.  For me, that is Chewie.  Chewbacca the Wookiee.  I don’t know if it was because he growled and threw people around, or if it was the way Han somehow knew what he was saying, or just that he was so darn BIG.  Whatever it was, I’ve been collecting everything from backpacks and mugs, to action figures with his likeness.

Kenner and Hasbro have been doing Star Wars action figures since the movies came out, but a relatively new company named Hot Toys just created the Chewbacca you have (well… I have) always wanted.

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Star Wars Rebels – What would you like to see?

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Star Wars is coming back to the small screen!

“Star Wars Rebels” is going to be asked to carry the torch until new movies come in 2015.   “Star Wars The Clone Wars” ended it’s 5 year run with what many, including myself, consider to be its best season.  Now, while we wait for more Star Wars, I think it’s a good time to look at this new show and speculate a little on what could be a major part of the saga.

You should already know that the show debuts this fall and that it will begin as a one-hour special on the Disney Channel, followed by a series on Disney XD.  It takes place between Episodes III and IV, about 14 years after the events of the prequel trilogy in a time when the rebellion is forming and the jedi have all but been stomped out of existence. (more…)

A New Collecting Magazine Hits the Stands

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Cool & Collected is the name of the new magazine that just began its run this winter, prompted by a successful Kickstarter campaign.  The tagline for the magazine is, “The magazine for pop culture collectors.”  The first issue has an article about everyone’s favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett!

A magazine, you ask?  Well, for the Kickstarter generation, you may not realize this, but people used to have to spend considerable time looking for the things they liked to collect.  Looking at this magazine brought to mind memories of how collecting used to be and how far it has come.

A review and look inside the first issue can be found here.  For a better look, you can purchase from the link above. 

We all know that the Internet has changed the way we acquire and process information.  Long gone are the days when it was necessary to read the morning paper and wait for the televised evening news to tell you what was going on in the world.  Now, everything (whether you want to know it or not) is just a click away. (more…)

D23 Expo… Star Wars Reveals?

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There is another…

… convention to watch for this weekend.

San Diego Comic Con leave you less than excited about new Star Wars movies coming soon?  What about Star War Celebration Europe?  Did you get the feeling that the new movies were pretty much avoided, if not completely ignored?  Well… study that image above closely my friends.  This is a setup at the D23 Expo which is starting today at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Let’s see… I spy a crate that says “Orange Harvest – Speculation Beyond Imagination”.  If that wasn’t enough to give you a hint at what this was all about, I also can see a crate that says “Modal Nodes”, one that says C-3PO, one that says “Rancor Food”, and a crate that I would assume has thermal detonators inside.  Oh… and what is clearly a crate from which R2-D2 himself has burned his way out.

Disney, you had me at Orange Harvest.

This has me more excited than anything I’ve seen or heard so far.  Orange Harvest should ring a bell for big-time fans, since “Blue Harvest – Horror Beyond Imagination” was the fake working title of Return of the Jedi.  If this is the way Disney is going to hype these new movies, then so be it.  I almost bought a ticket to Anaheim just to stare at the crates in person.  Are they going to give juicy spoilers about what these new movies are going to be about?  I doubt it.  Are they going to at least talk about them?  I have to think yes.  Is there any word that actors , writers, or other influential people are going to be there?  Not that I’ve heard.

EXCEPTHere is the schedule of events for the convention.

The schedule shows 3 things of interest:

  1. 10:30 on Saturday – there is a panel that includes Lucasfilm (and Marvel by the way) and is going to look into upcoming “live-action adventures”.  Cell phones and recording devices will not be allowed and there will be “surprises included”.  Hmmmmmm……
  2. 5:00 on Saturday – Crash Course in the Force: Star Wars Saga 101.  Pablo Hidalgo, whom fans should know as a rather in-the-know-when-it-comes-to-Lucasfilm sort of guy, will be hosting.  Will he have anything to spill?  Probably will focus more on the worldwide phenomenon and the stuff that already exists, but interesting nonetheless.
  3. Darth Vader: The Evolution of a Villain – This is a showcase exhibit that will be at the convention center that was announced previously.

So, needless to say, I’ll be watching everything I can coming out of this convention on Saturday to see if anything is actually revealed.  I’m not getting my hopes up too high (yes I am) but I know that Disney likes to hype things themselves and keep things controlled.  News will come out eventually, but I’m ready for the hype to start!

Anyone else out there as excited about these crates as I am?  Let me know in the comments.

 

~kknight – is a lifelong Star Wars fanatic that is incredibly excited to be working with T-bone.  I’ve been to Celebration III, IV, V, and several conventions in Charlotte, NC.  HeroesCon shout out!  Will make the trip to San Diego one day… and you can bet that I’ll be in Anaheim in 2015.

 

 

New Hasbro 6″ Black Series about to Hit… Are You Excited?

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Star Wars action figures are 3 ¾ inches tall.

This has been the standard for 30+ years.  Sure, there have been action figures produced in many different sizes over the years, but Star Wars set the 3 ¾ inch, or 1:18 scale, standard way back in 1977 when an American toy company named Kenner Products started producing action figures for what became the biggest merchandising franchise in history.

The term “action figure” was coined in 1964 by the Hasbro corporation with it’s 12 inch, or 1:6 scale,  G.I. Joe line that was targeted at boys and sprang from how popular dolls like Barbie were for girls.  G.I. Joe eventually ended up becoming much more popular after a move to the 3 ¾ inch scale.  Many other companies and other movie, comic, cartoon, and video game properties have followed in this model, producing action figures in this scale.

Hasbro is about to place their newest line of Star Wars figures on the market.  The new “Black Series” is the first realistic line that Star Wars has had in the 6 inch, or 1:10 scale.  The 6 inch action figure has had some recent popularity with Marvel Legends, begun by the Toy Biz company, and continued by Hasbro, based on the Marvel Comics catalog of superheroes.  Hasbro proceeded to follow this with a line of figures based on those same Marvel characters in… you guessed it… the 3 ¾ inch scale.

This news has been out there on the Internet for awhile now, so I’m sure I haven’t shocked anyone.  The question is… are you excited, surprised, bummed, or indifferent to this news?  The smaller figures are not going away.  In fact, there will be two lines, similar to the way Marvel is represented, with characters in each of the 1:10 and 1:18 scales.  There will also be Star Wars figures produced with the classic 5 points of articulation in the 1:18 scale aimed at kids for a lower price.  Did I mention the larger figures will be selling for $20 each?

I believe that this puts people in one of 5 different categories:

  • Old-school collectors that have everything in the small scale and don’t want the change to 6 inch figures.
  • Collectors that collect everything they can and are excited about something new.
  • New collectors that can’t wait to get a chance to collect the whole line… which is virtually impossible with all that has been produced in the smaller scale.
  • Kids that will see the variety of figures, want the more expensive figures, and either have the money to get them or have to settle for the cheaper ones.
  • And those who have stopped collecting anything except their particular niche due to either collector fatigue, the fact that you really can’t collect everything anymore, or the cost of plastic driving prices up.

I’ve heard a very vocal group placing themselves in the first or last category, stating they won’t be buying the new larger figures.  It is difficult to predict if the higher cost will stop new collectors from entering the arena, but it appears that Hasbro is appealing to those new collectors and to kids in order to keep this incredible run of toys alive.

Hasbro vice president of boys marketing, Darryl DePriest said, “Our focus here is the adult collector, the dad. We know they have their own generation of youngsters they like to share the adventure with. It can be something for dad, and the 3¾ world can be something for the kids to share.”

I won’t say where I am on the issue, but I can say that the image at the top of this article has me pretty intrigued to see these in person.  Pictures will be flowing in from San Diego Comic Con and it won’t be long before these are on the shelves.  Will this marketing and new scale of figures be successful?  Time will tell.

Tell me where you are in this debate.  Will you be buying these new 6 inch figures?   

 

~kknight – is a lifelong Star Wars fanatic that is incredibly excited to be working with T-bone.  I’m a toy fanatic and have a pretty impressive collection of Star Wars “stuff”.  Maybe one day I’ll be able to share it with everyone, but for now it is packed away.  Will I add 6″ figures to my collection? … probably a few.

 

Star Wars on Twitter: 10 Insider Accounts to Follow

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Do you Tweet?

If you’re anything like me, you don’t have a lot of original information to Tweet about that is relevant to anyone else.  That doesn’t stop me from following others who Tweet an awful lot… about a great many things.

Star Wars is a cultural icon that gets a lot of Twitter action, whether it is from actors, people who worked on the films, or just fans like you and me.  News will be coming fast as release dates for new movies approach, video game announcements appear, info gets leaked, and people get hired.  We’ve already seen J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt get tossed into the Star Wars fire, but neither of them have a direct twitter account (that I could find anyway).  George Lucas, Simon Kinberg, Lawrence Kasdan, Kathleen Kennedy… none of them are Twitterers.

Since many of these big names that you would want to follow if you are a Star Wars fan and want Star Wars insider information aren’t on Twitter, I’ve included a short list of those that you might want to follow.

  1. Starwars.com (@starwars) – who better to follow than the site itself?
  2. Kennedy/Marshall (@Kenedy/Marshall) – Kathleen Kennedy is now with Lucasfilm, but don’t be surprised if this company is involved somewhere (TV?)
  3. Bad Robot (@bad_robot) – JJ Abrams’ company will be involved.
  4. Disney Pictures (@DisneyPictures) – Disney… they own it, if it’s news they’ll know.
  5. ILM (@ILMVFX) – ILM is the best in the biz.  Can you imagine them not working on Star Wars?
  6. Leland Chee (@HolocronKeeper) – If he’s not involved on some level be afraid Expanded Universe fans… and all fans really. Continuity is important.
  7. Pablo Hidalgo (@infinata) – an insider with big connections.
  8. Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) – Have to believe that Hamill is going to be involved in this next chapter.
  9. Electronic Arts (@EA) – Get the Star Wars games rolling out!
  10. Star Wars Watch (@StarWarswatch) – I believe this is a fan page.  I Don’t know who runs this, but they seem to have a lot of info so I follow.

There are other Twitter accounts from all areas, including tons of fan sites, that post news and would be great ones to follow.  Many of them will have interviews, pictures, and other tidbits of information that leak out, but for the sake of being brief, I’ll leave my list  to these 10 for now.  There will be some who are more active than others, and there will be some new ones to follow when more Star Wars movie, game, or TV details come out.

Are these the best to follow?  I don’t know.  If you have better ones, put them in the comments.  I’d love to have access to Michael Arndt while he’s writing “the script”.

Are there others that I follow?  Yes!  Lots!  A couple of coming attractions I’m currently very interested in are San Diego Comic Con (@Comic_Con) and Star Wars Celebration Europe (@SW_Celebration).  News will definitely be coming out of these Twitter accounts this summer.

I listed 100 Star Wars Twitter pages to follow  in my personal just-for-fun list blog www.starwarslists.blogspot.com.  My Twitter handle is (@kcknight44).  I don’t have any insider news, but I’ll likely post what I see… and I look around a lot.

 

~kknight – is a lifelong Star Wars fanatic that is incredibly excited to be working with T-bone.  If you follow me on Twitter, don’t be shocked when I get the news out after you’ve already heard it.  I’m just getting started with this myself.

** Featured Image is from Adam Koford (@apelad) by way of the Starwars.com blog
** You can follow Starwarz.com and T-bone on Twitter as well!

Dave Filoni of “The Clone Wars” Post-cancellation Interview

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By now you have heard that the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” is not returning for a 6th season.  RebelForce Radio posted the first post-cancellation interview with the driving force behind “The Clone Wars”, Dave Filoni, in which he reveals that he is still very much involved in Lucasfilm Animation and will be involved in future Star Wars projects.

Filoni couldn’t say much about that future, but did give some interesting insight into the show that he just finished working on and the mysterious bonus footage that exists from the show.

“When you look at Ahsoka and you see the evolution of her character from season one to season five, and you see the change in her, and in the attitude, and the performance by Ashley (Eckstein), it really symbolizes the kind of change and evolution of the entire series”, says Filoni.

“I’ve seen some fans say, ‘is there going to be a proper ending?’, and I don’t quite understand what they mean by a proper ending…  the ending for her is that she has survived … and that there are more stories to tell.”

Whether you were a fan of the show or not, you have to respect the fact that 100+ episodes later, we have much greater insight into that time period and what was happening with many familiar characters including everyone’s favorite good guy/bad guy Anakin Skywalker.  And more Star Wars is on the way!

One more interesting little tidbit from the interview:  The cast and crew had a little wrap party meal at the local In & Out Burger.  Their order number… 66!

Dave Filoni has the receipt to prove it.

Make sure to check out the entire interview with Dave Filoni over in the RebelForceRadio.com podcast.

 
Here’s the Bonus Footage from IGN’s youtube channel.

 

~kknight – is a lifelong Star Wars fanatic that is incredibly excited to be working with T-bone.  Ahsoka, surprisingly really to me, will be missed.

How Do You Celebrate May the 4th?

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“May the 4th be with you.”

Say it out loud once or twice and you’ll either get it, or Star Wars is not really a big influence in your life.  If you’re like me, May the 4th is way more exciting than the other second tier holidays.

Sweetest day?  Presidents Day?  Earth Day?  International Talk Like a Pirate Day?  I’d rank May the 4th way above these… in fact, I’d put it in the realm of Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.  You don’t get work off, but you celebrate with something a little cheesy, fun, or crazy.

So, HOW do you celebrate May the 4th?  I have some suggestions.  I’m probably going to do nearly all of them, but you can pick and choose.  If you really wanted to go all out, it could be like Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and Memorial Day all rolled into one.  Dress up, give gifts, smooch a cute girl in a Twi’lek costume and remember those Star Wars people and things we have lost over the last year.  RIP Clone Wars and Lucasarts 🙁

  1. Quote Star Wars lines to anyone and everyone who will listen.  They are applicable in all situations.  Someone says they’ll try to make it to your Star Wars party?  “Do or do not, there is no try.”  Someone calls you an idiot?  “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”  They get angry?  “I can feel your anger.  It gives you focus, makes you stronger.”  *you may want to duck at some point.
  2. Send Star Wars e-cards, memes, and tweets.  Quotes are good for this as well. www.starwars.com/ecards has even done some work for you, or you can always google it.
  3. Change your facebook picture to your favorite Star Wars character.  If you have photoshop skills this becomes even more fun.  While you’re at it, photoshop all your friends into Star Wars characters… they’ll thank you later.
  4. Lots of places have Star Wars related festivities.  Check your local libraries, restaurants, bars, comic book stores, etc.  I’m going to Star Wars Trivia at a local pizza place; Empire Pizza… you should not be surprised at this name.
  5. Check with your area 501st garrison.  I’m lucky enough to have one in my area.  Shout out to the Carolina Garrison!  If they aren’t doing something in your area… MOVE!
  6. Throw a party and serve Wookiee cookies, blue milk, or any creation you can come up with.  Cake is always good.  Other suggestions you say? Tie fritters?  Boba Fettucine?  Pizza the Hutt?  Why am I doing all the work?
  7. Watch the Star Wars movies for the 124th time.  If you don’t have all day, just watch this and this one too (PG-13).
  8. Finally, due to the alignment of the planets, May the 4th is also FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!  Go to your local comic book store and buy something.  Anything.  Support these hard working people or when you really need them they may not be there for you.

In all seriousness… go buy a comic and be a kid for the day.

Leave your thoughts and how you plan on celebrating in the comments section.

 

~kknight – is a lifelong Star Wars fanatic that is incredibly excited to be working with T-bone.  May the 4th be with you all!