Archive for Star Wars

Funko Reveals Series 6 of Star Wars Pop!

WampaIn honor of “Star Wars Day”, Funko has sent over pictures of Series 6 of their “Star Wars” Pop! Line!  Featuring a huge (relatively speaking) Wampa pop vinyl figure that stands at 6″ tall , this line will also bring you bobble heads of Luke Skywalker in Hoth GearBosskEmperor Palpatine, Hammerheadand a Biker Scout.

Yes, that Wampa is as awesome as you think it is.  You have to wait until June to get these, though.

Confirmed! Star Wars Episode VII to Start Filming May 2014

[Update: I typed 2015 when I meant 2014.  Sorry, I’m stupid today.]

If it’s on StarWars.com, that means it’s legitimate news and worthy of posting.  Star Wars Episode VII starts filming in London in May 2014.  Pinewood Studios will once again be transformed into that galaxy far, far away as J. J. Abrams starts directing the highly anticipated sequel.

Also, we learn that the story takes place 30 years after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, features three new lead characters and familiar faces.  I’m betting those faces are Willrow Hood and that Stormtrooper who hit his head on that door.

Source: Star Wars.com with a tip of the hat to Club Jade

Joliet Public Library Annual Star Wars Day 6/1/2013 (With Photo Gallery)

GroupShot01On Saturday, June 1st, the Joliet Public Library in Joliet, IL, hosted their annual Star Wars Day.  This year’s event was again held at the Joliet Public Library, with additional displays hosted at the Joliet Historical Museum.

The 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion again provided many of the displays.  These displays included many screen accurate costumes and props constructed by members of these organizations.  Also on hand were the R2 Builders, with a display of several droid units built by their members.  Members of all organizations were on hand to answer any questions from visitors.  The organizations also hosted an Imperial Academy game / training course for children to  train as clonetroopers.

Exhibitors and vendors this year included Graham Cracker Comics, Legoland, The Wandering Dragon, Sincere Costumes, and Gallery 1700.  These exhibitors and vendors hosted stations both in and outside the library for visitors to enjoy.

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LucasFilm Announces Second Annual Star Wars Read Day!

LUCASFILM LTD., DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE AND PUBLISHING PARTNERS ANNOUNCE SECOND ANNUAL STAR WARS READS DAY

Bookstore and library events to be held October 5, 2013

 

swreadsNew York, NY – Lucasfilm, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and its publishing partners announced today the second annual Star Wars Reads Day to be held this October 5, 2013.  Last year, 30 authors and 1,500 costumed volunteers participated in over 1,200 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America.  On October 5 of this year, Star Wars fans, authors, and artists will again come together in this multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars.  Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman.

 

Star Wars Reads Day is the kind of initiative that we at Lucasfilm love to support” says Carol Roeder, Director of Publishing at Lucasfilm.  “Reading and Star Wars have gone hand-in-hand since 1976, when the novelization of the original Star Wars movie was released.  Over the years, many fans have discovered the joy in reading through Star Wars books, and we hope to continue encouraging more people to read.”

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Joliet Public Library’s Fourth Annual “Star Wars” Day This Saturday

Image via Joliet Public Library

Image via Joliet Public Library

If you’re around northern Illinois this weekend, head over to Joliet, IL as the Joliet Public Library presents its fourth annual Star Wars Day!   From 10:00am to 4:00pm, you can experience sights and sounds from that galaxy far, far away as the city of Joliet, the staff of the Joliet Public Library, local businesses, and members of the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion join together to provide Star Wars-themed fun for the public.  This event is free, and there will be costumes, fan-made props, pictures, and events for all to enjoy. Read more

C2E2 2013: The 501st Legion and The Rebel Legion at C2E2!

The 501st Legion’s Midwest Garrison and the Rebel Legion’s Nar Shaddaa Base will once again be providing C2E2 attendees with the best in Star Wars costuming.  Visit them at booths #1540 and #1532 for information about the organizations and to get some great photo ops with costumed members.

In addition to their booths, The Midwest Garrison and Nar Shaddaa Base have a lineup of activities planned for the weekend:

Friday from 7:00-8:00pm:  “Costuming in the Star Wars Galaxy” panel in Room #W475b.  This panel will be presented jointly by the Midwest Garrison and Nar Shaddaa Base.

Saturday from 10:00-5:00:  Droid Hunt.  Pick up your Droid Hunt badge at the Midwest Garrison booth and then see how long you can evade Vader’s finest on the convention floor.

Saturday from 12:15-2:15 and Sunday from 1:30-3:00:  Star Wars Academy.  This will be in Room #W375b on both days.  The Academy is open to children ages 6-12 only and sessions will start every five minutes during the scheduled timeframe.  Children will get to play the role of stormtrooper cadets.

Sunday from 10:00-3:00:  Diplomatic Mission game.  Pick up your Diplomatic Mission badge at the Nar Shaddaa Base booth.  You will then be sent on a mission for the Rebellion.

Review: “Star Wars” #1 from Dark Horse

Image via www.darkhorse.com

See the preview at http://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/19-812/Star-Wars-1

So, when I walked into my local comic shop (Neptune Comics – give them a try! I don’t make money by linking them; they’re just good people.), I wasn’t sure I was going to buy “Star Wars” #1.  I knew the story — this takes place shortly after Episode IV, and it could be a continuity mess by treading in the waters of the established “Expanded Universe”.  However, after I decided to pick it up, I jokingly told the owner, “Well, they can’t screw it up any more! And they may just burn it clean by the time Episode VII comes out!”  Read more

Completely Unscientific Poll: Disney Star Wars vs. Disney Firefly

So, on Sunday night, Science Channel aired “Firefly: Browncoats Unite”, a special commemorating the tenth anniversary of Joss Whedon’s beloved show. This, combined with their all-day marathon of the entire television series, filled me with the conflicting emotions of joy and anger. “Firefly” is one of those shows that if I find it on TV, I will most likely stop and watch, even though I’ve seen each episode dozens of times and have them all on DVD. The show is just that damn good. So, an entire day of the ‘Verse made me so happy.

And it also made me angry and sad because of the obvious reason — FOX killed the show too soon. It was cut down before it had a chance to shine, and while the fans have kept it alive for a decade, it still hurts to watch the show and see just how brilliant it was.

During the special (which was brilliant — you would think you’d know everything about the show, and yet I still found new tidbits of information in it), I tweeted:

https://twitter.com/ASMzine/status/267835492370903041

Come on, how awesome would that be? Joss is in the Mouse’s good graces, and Disney obviously want to bring in new IP. Just imagine what could happen if they could get the rights from 20th Century Fox and Universal.

After the show was over, Rogue_Z and I were talking, and she said that if Disney did get “Firefly” into their portfolio, she would be much more excited about that than she is over new Star Wars films.

That got me thinking — what would get you more excited — the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII or a potential sequel to “Firefly” and Serenity?  Take our completely unscientific, non-binding, and nobody-will-read-this-anyway poll!

Disney Star Wars vs. Disney Firefly - What would make you more excited?

  • Star Wars - I worship the Dark Side (67%, 2 Votes)
  • Firefly - Joss is my Master (33%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 3

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Disney Star Wars toy image via DirectGeek.  Disney Firefly by Athena Leonti, used with permission.

Breaking News: Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm, Episode VII Premieres in 2015

I’ll just let you process that title and link you to the press release on Yahoo!

Ready?

Ooof.  I have no idea what to say.  So many emotions are going through my head right now.  When I was a kid, I wanted more of Luke, Han and Leia, Chewie, R2 and C3PO, Lando, etc.  When the prequels were announced, I was so excited.  Even as TPM and AOTS fell flat, I was still excited for ROTS.

For the past few years, I’ve loathed the idea of more Lucas-involved movies.  I didn’t want any more Star Wars movies precisely because I wanted more movies — there was no way they could live up to what we wanted.

And now… this.  Let me quote the specific passage:

Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager forStar Wars, working directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

Lucas will be a creative consultant.  Kathleen Kennedy has a long pedigree of great films (Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., lots more with Spielberg) and not-so-great films (Indiana Jones and the Crystal SkullJurassic Park 3).  Honestly, this news could go either way.  We could get great movies, we could get horrible ones.

However, as long as Lucas is not writing or directing, that’s a good thing… right?

I agree with Stepto — get John Lassiter involved.

More thoughts as more news comes out.  Hoo boy.  Certainly one of the biggest geek news items in a long time.