Some Rumors are True! – J.J. Abrams

Hey guys,

J.J. Abrams was at the Irish Oscar Wilde awards last night and had some things to say about the rumors regarding Episode VII.

“I can’t wait for you to see it. It’s been a blast working on this and luckily we have an incredible post-production team,” Abrams told the BBC News website on Thursday.

“There are always challenges as you go but it’s been a complete kick to put this together.”

When asked about secrecy around the movie, he added: “We did the best we can to preserve the story for the audience, but it doesn’t always work.

“There are a ton of rumors – some true, some false. But I’m grateful for everyone who would want to read a spoiler because it means that they care and want to see the movie.

“I know what it feels like, as an enormous Star Wars fan myself.”

It’s nice to see that J.J. understands why people clamor for scraps and rumors. There has been a big rumor going around in the last few days, that you will not see me post about because I have not read it. I want things to be a surprise and I don’t want to be predicting what will happen or jaded by rumors before I even see it so I have completely stopped reading them.

If you want to read more about what J.J. said ,and the award given to Carrie Fisher, read BBC’s article here.

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2015 Star Wars LEGO Line-Up!

LEGO made a press release at the American International Toy Fair and revealed a TON of new Star Wars sets for this coming year. Check out the official release here.

No Episode VII set announcements are on this release you’ll notice. My guess is there will be sets to coincide with the new movie but we won’t know what they are till they’re out on the shelves.

“As we all eagerly anticipate Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiering in December, 2015 gives LEGO Star Wars fans a chance to build and play based on all of the existing Star Wars stories,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president of licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group. “For more than 15 years, children and kids at heart have told and retold the Star Wars story through LEGO brick play and this year we will give them even more characters and elements to recreate the epic saga – including several sets with which to add Star Wars: The Force Awakens to their building adventures.”

Bringing Star Wars: Rebels TV Episodes to the Playroom
Six new LEGO sets help fans build the exciting adventures from the Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels, five available now and one launching in June. Fans looking to build their collection of Stormtroopers will love the Imperial Troop Transport ($12.99), featuring four of the iconic troopers in minifigure form plus an armored transport pod. With Ezra’s Speeder Bike ($19.99), the young rebel hero and his confidant Sabine can outrun the Stormtroopers. In the ultimate expression of the power of the dark side, rogue rebels are tracked by the experimental TIE Advanced Prototype™ ($39.99), complete with folding wings for flight and landing modes, spring-loaded shooters and functional top hatch. Builders can search the streets of Capital City for rebels in the twin-legged AT-DP™($49.99), featuring Agent Kallus, a Stormtrooper and two AT-DP pilots. Fans can protect Wullffwarro and his Jedi friend, Kanan Jarrus, with the powerful Wookiee™ Gunship ($69.99), featuring movable front and top cannons, folding wings and two Wookiee minifigures.

Rebuild Favorite Star Wars: The Clone Wars Battles
Fans can safeguard the security of the Senate with the elite Senate Commando Troopers™ set ($12.99), featuring a never-before-seen buildable rapid shooter plus Senate Commando Captain minifigure and three Senate Commandos. Or builders can support the clone army at the Battle of Geonosis with the Geonosis Troopers™ set ($12.99), featuring a walker, two Geonosis Clone Troopers and two Geonosis Airborne Clone Troopers. Builders travel to Coruscant to relive the epic lightsaber battle between Asajj Ventress and Anakin with Anakin’s Custom Jedi Starfighter™ ($39.99), featuring detachable escape pod, droid eject function, retractable front landing gear, lightsaber storage, four spring-loaded shooters and an Astromech Droid. All are available now.

Revisit Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Fans can protect the Empire with the silent and mysterious Shadow Guards ($12.99 available now) by using their deadly lightsaber staffs, or call in the Shadow Stormtroopers if backup is needed.

Classic Star Wars Sets Feature Big Action from the Saga
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom MenaceBuilders can relive the riveting battle scene where the Trade Federation tightens its grip on Naboo and the local Gungans must stop the advancing AAT™ (available now for $24.99). Includes Jar Jar Binks minifigure, Battle Droid and Pilot Battle Droid figures. An additional set launches later in the year.

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the ClonesFans can build the Republic Gunship™ Microfighter to defend against the heavily armored Homing Spider Droid™ Microfighter ($9.99 each). To defeat the clone army on Geonosis, builders can assemble theHailfire Droid™ ($19.99), featuring giant rotating wheels and four spring-loaded shooters. Reinforcements at the Battle of Naboo arrive in the Battle Droid Troop™ Carrier ($39.99), featuring detachable driver compartment, hidden wheels to help it glide, Gungan Warrior minifigure, two Pilot Battle Droids and 12 Battle Droids. All are now available. An additional set launches later in the year.

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the SithBuilders can choose sides and reenact the ultimate showdown to defend or attack the Republic. High above Coruscant flies the advanced ARC-170 Starfighter™ Microfighter, perfect for defending against the attack of the deadly Separatist Vulture Droid™ Microfighter ($9.99 each, available now).

Star Wars: Episode IV A New HopeFans can swoop through the canyons of Tatooine chasing down womp rats and trying to avoid Tusken Raiders in the T-16 Skyhopper™ ($24.99, available now), featuring adjustable wings, detachable storage box and dual spring-loaded shooters, Skyhopper Pilot and Tusken Raider minifigure.

Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back – Builders can relive one of the most exciting battles in the entire Star Wars universe as they speed over the icy planet of Hoth in the agile Snowspeeder™ Microfighter to protect the Rebel Alliance and assault the Rebel base with the AT-AT™ Microfighter. Both are available now for $9.99.

Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi – Two exciting sets launch later in the year.

First Star Wars Constraction Sets Unveiled
Expanding the way children can build and play within the Star Wars universe, the company also unveiled new constraction – constructable figures – sets featuring, among others, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker ($19.99 and up in September). Additional constraction figures in the collection will be unveiled throughout the year.

LEGO Slave I™ will Delight Even the Most Skilled Fan Builders
Builders can assemble and pilot an unbelievable detailed replica of the iconic Slave I spaceship owned and piloted by the infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett™. With 1,996 pieces, this set will inspire fans to search the galaxy for fugitives using the realistic rotating cockpit and wings for flight and landing mode along with dual blasters to repel attackers, then reenact the capture of Han Solo™ in Bespin’s Cloud City. Includes minifigures of Boba Fett™, Bespin Guard™, Stormtrooper™ and Han Solo™ and is available now for$199.99.

I don’t buy many Star Wars LEGO sets myself anymore, but I get some for my kid and I love to see all the cool pieces of the SW universe come alive in brick form.

-Derek1138

Marvel Comic’s Darth Vader #1 Review

Hey all,

The first issue of Marvel’s Darth Vader series released last week. So I figured I’d tell ya’ll what I thought of it.

The story for this series seems to tie directly into the main Star Wars comic series. It starts by showing Darth Vader handling the repercussions of what happened in Star Wars #2. We get to see several characters from the movies in this issue, and most are handled well. I did feel that the Emperor’s lines didn’t quite fit with what we’ve seen of him in the movies though.

Just as in the main Marvel Star Wars series we get to see Lord Vader being a total BA which is definitely cool. The art is decent, though not outstanding, and does justice to all the characters we see. It is interesting to see the effects of the first Death Star’s destruction on the Empire, I don’t think that has been explored in the EU prior to this.

In summary, it is a solid start to the series and is interesting for it’s view of the Imperial vs. Rebel conflict from the Imperial side.

-Derek1138

Rebels Season Finale Announced!

Hey guys! Posting has been light the last few days. I’ve been watching the Star Wars news on all my feeds and mostly just little rumors of one sort or another are flying around. So I’ve used the time to build this new computer that I’m posting from!

The finale of the first season of Star Wars: Rebels was announced today on Twitter. It will air on Disney XD March 2nd, and not released on their website the week before like all the other episodes. This leads me to believe that something big is likely to happen, because having it ruined on the internet before it ever gets to TV would hurt their ratings.

This means that all of you get to read my long-winded review of Rebels in just about 4 weeks. So stay tuned!

-Derek1138

Star Wars Comic Review!

So the recent news in the Star Wars universe has been rumors about Rebels, potentially leaked costume design from Episode VII, and a list of guests at Star Wars Celebration this spring. I’m not big on rumors and if you happened to be going to Celebration this year then I hate you (but you can see the announcement here).

It’s been a little light on solid news in the last few days, so I will take this opportunity to write up a quick review of the new Marvel Comics Star Wars series.

Issue #1 came out on January 13th and #2 came out last Wednesday. The first issue had variant art that was available from different sources, but I got the regular old comic shop version (though let me know if you wanna hook me up with any of the other variants). There was even a special version in Hot Topic stores which quickly became a rarity because it was recalled and destroyed due to an ad with a spoiler for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron in it.

Let me start with issue 1. My first impression is that the art is pretty decent but that Luke and C-3pO don’t look quite right. The story starts with our heroes (Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, R2, and 3PO) starting a mission for the Rebel Alliance just after the destruction of the first Death Star. Luke is not a powerful Jedi yet, and is struggling with his newly discovered force abilities. While Han and Leia are not in love yet, and still bicker like they did in Episode IV. The writing is spot on. I felt like all the lines the characters had were something the movie characters would have realistically said. The story has them infiltrating an Imperial factory and of course things don’t go as planned. All in all, it is a decent start to the new series but not outstanding, yet…

Issue #2 really starts the series off. Darth Vader shows up and I don’t wanna give anything away (because I think people should really read it) but our heroes apparently had an altercation with the Lord of the Sith far sooner than we had seen in the movies and he is a bad ass. Luke continues to be fleshed out as the sometimes-doubtful Jedi, and we continue to see sparks fly between Han and Leia. I was luke warm (get it, Luke) about this series after the first issue, but the second issue has me hooked. I am excited to see where this goes now.

The first issue of the Darth Vader series comes out tomorrow and I will be picking that up, and Princess Leia starts next month, followed by Kanan: The Last Padawan in April. Don’t worry I’ll keep ya’ll updated about how these titles pan out ;)

And if you wanna get these titles, be sure to support your local comic shop!

-Derek1138

 

Lots of Rebels cameo’s and more on the 2016 stand-alone.

Merry weekend everyone!

No post yesterday because it was my girlfriend and I’s anniversary (deal with it :P). We have more news about season 2 of Star Wars: Rebels though. The show is THE big contribution to the Star Wars universe until Episode VII comes out, so you might as well be watching it (plus it’s great to share with your kids, if you have them).

SPOILER WARNING: Not a big spoiler IMO, but just so I can say I warned you.

So it seems that we will have a plethora of guests in season 2 of Rebels. You’ll remember that I reported that Billy Dee will come back as Lando. We now have info leading us to believe that Ahsoka Tano (from Clone Wars), Darth Vader, and Emperor Palpatine will make appearances in the next season. The Ahsoka rumor is also corroborated by a French site that follows voice actors who state that the French voice actress for the Togruta Padawan has been hired to voice her again.

That’s not it though, there’s more. According to The Bearded Trio, Han Solo could be in the next season of Rebels also. Now this one is really a rumor, but these guys seem pretty sure of themselves. Disney is really kicking this show into gear in it’s second season. I’m surprised they didn’t lead with more of these cameos to get viewers right off the bat, but I think that if all these characters return it will go a long way towards increasing the shows viewership.

END SPOILERS

OK, besides some other totally unsubstantiated rumors (which I won’t even mention cause: big spoilers if they’re true), I got a little more for you. J.J. Abrams has stated he will be executive producer, on Episodes VIII and IX of the new trilogy. He is not directing (which we knew), but he is still involved in the movies and overseeing for continuity. Also, we’ve got word that production is beginning on the first Star Wars spin-off film. Crews are showing at Pinewood studios, casting has begun, and set design is starting, but there are still big decisions to be made before production really kicks into gear. In addition, they are telling us that the rumors we heard about the film in the last week are “hogwash”. I really want this to be true. The rumor that Boba Fett was becoming a mantle, and that the film might be about the bounty hunter’s family just made me groan. So here’s for hoping maybe it’s a Han Solo movie! (Boba Fett can have a part too of course).

Have a great weekend guys,

-Derek1138