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The Marvelization of Star Wars

Love ‘em or hate ‘em (and just admit that you love ‘em already), you have to admit that Disney knows how to run a company. They’re like the Google of the entertainment industry, which is odd to say out loud since they were around long before Google. Founded in the 1920’s, they’ve done nothing but dominate and grow in the fields of film, television, publishing, music, theme parks and more. When Robert Iger took over the helm in 2005, the company took even bigger steps to cement its place as a leader in entertainment by purchasing companies like Pixar ($7.4 billion in 2006), Marvel ($4.24 billion in 2007), and of course Lucasfilm ($4.06 billion in 2012). (more…)

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News Reporters Needed

If you’re a Star Wars fan and love keeping up with Star Wars news, here’s a chance for you to put your skills to work.

I’m in need of some good people with decent writing/reporting skills to help out with the site. Anyone is welcome to apply.

The site is based in WordPress so if you’re familiar with that, you’re halfway there. If not, it’s very easy to learn.

With lots of new films in the works and whatever else is coming, there’s going to be plenty of news to cover for years to come.

Why not be a part of the news instead of just reading it?

Contact me for details.

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ThinkGeek Product Reviews: Light-Up ChopSabers, R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set, Vader Stress Toy, and Moleskin Notebooks

ThinkGeek.com is a glorious shopping site you’ve probably heard of before. They offer fully-licensed merchandise from geeky franchise favories like Star Trek, Doctor Who, Marvel, Game of Thrones, and of course Star Wars. Once in a while they send me a few items to check out and review on the site and I’m happy to oblige. Today’s bundle includes four items.

ThinkGeek Bundle #1

 

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Classic LucasArts Games Go Digital

http://www.gog.com/news/lucasfilm_on_gogcom_wave_ii_starts_nowI count myself lucky enough to have been around at the dawn of home (and arcade) video gaming. From set-top pong variations right up until the Xbox/Playstation generation, I’ve seen and played them all. When home PCs started to become “a thing,” I was there also. Some of my fondest gaming memories are playing the early Star Wars titles on my old custom-built Pentium 90. I spent many an hour working through games like Rebel Assault, X-Wing and Dark Forces, not to mention non-Star Wars titles like The Dig and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. (more…)

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The Force is Strong in the Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle Presented by Dark Horse Comics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Francisco, Calif. – These are the comics you’re looking for. Humble Bundle and Dark Horse Comics have teamed up to launch the Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle. For a limited time, fans of the epic sci-fi franchise can pay what they want for up to $190 worth of digital comics, all while supporting a great cause. (more…)

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The Chewbacca You’ve Always Wanted

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?

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…)

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A New Collecting Magazine Hits the Stands

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…)

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Star Wars Newsbones: Dec. 2013 (Shopping; Attack Squadrons; Mythbusters; Episode VII)

Star Wars is the Keith Richards of Movies. The only difference being that one day, Keith Richards will actually die (for real) and Star Wars will live on. Just when you think interest in Star Wars is waning or going away, something happens to bring it right back to life. News is more frequent and now that Disney owns the whole mess, expect the merchandising to get even bigger. Whatever you’ve seen from Marvel in the last few years, that’s what you’re going to get with Star Wars and Lucasfilm. You’ll see new films, TV shows, comics, games and much much more. Here are a few recent news bits I thought you might enjoy and Happy Holidays! (more…)

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Episode VII Speculation: Darth Vader Returns!?

There are always going to be rumors surrounding any Star Wars production. That’s a given, and that’s actually part of the fun. I’ve posted a lot of speculation on this site over the years, some of which actually came true; some, not so much. When it comes to Star Wars films, much of the speculation falls within the bounds of what we know or expect, but what would a new Star Wars film be without a few new twists and turns that no one has really thought about yet? That’s where the fun lies.

So let’s talk about Darth Vader for a minute, shall we?

Yes, I said Darth Vader. You can call him Anakin Skywalker if you want, but like it or not, he’s always going to have that Vader stigma attached to him.

I remember reading a rumor a while back that said Darth Vader might appear in Episode VII. This was probably the spawn of nothing more than a fan with an internet connection, but I remember saying to myself, “Good God! If they jump that shark, I’m off the Star Wars train for good. If they come up with some lame way to bring back Darth Vader… I’m done!”

Then I did a little more thinking and thought of something that blew my mind a little, and will maybe blow yours a bit. Who knows? (more…)

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D23 Expo… Star Wars Reveals?

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.

 

 

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