We have numerous reports from JTA readers that Amazon is cancelling Skiff preorders!. This is what the official email says:
Due to a lack of availability, we will not be able to obtain the following item(s) from your order:
“Star Wars The Vintage Collection – Episode VI Return of The Jedi – Jabba’S Tatooine Skiff Collectible Vehicle”
We’ve canceled the item(s) and apologize for the inconvenience. We must also apologize for the length of time it has taken us to reach this conclusion.
Either Hasbro underestimated demand or something else is going on here. Let’s hope anyone who wants a Skiff can eventually get one from any of the other etailers!
SH Figuarts released Count Dooku in April. My figure finally arrived today, time to take a good look at the latest prequel figure from SHF! So click through for my thoughts about SH Figuarts Count Dooku!
Being friends with Bob Iger sure has its perks. For example, your get your own very private tour of Galaxy’s Edge without the distraction of other people crowding the place. Click through for two more photos!
Chris Avellone, one of the writers for the upcoming EA Star Wars Game Jedi: Fallen Order and former lead writer for KOTOR II, talked about returning to the Star Wars franchise after a long time and also shared his opinion on The Last Jedi in an interview with website VGC. Click through for the full story!
Data scientist Mark White has set up a Star Wars survey that wants to examine what both casual and hardcore fans think about the Star Wars franchise. This survey is not linked to Lucasfilm or any other company, rather, it’s a side project of Mark’s, who is a Star Wars fan himself.
The survey takes about 10 minutes. You will be asked about your opinion on the movies, the characters (and where applicable you get to choose how much you like the same character in the OT, PT or ST), there are also some political questions. Mark promised to share the results with us. I believe this survey could provide us with a very interesting snapshot of the current state of Star Wars fandom. The last scientific Star Wars survey I know of is from December 2017 (by Morning Consult), before The Last Jedi was released. This new survey can give us an important update, especially in light of what happened after The Last Jedi. So I ask you to please take the time for the survey! Also, you are encouraged to share the link, so as many people as possible can take it.
Ever since the new Star Wars movie release schedule was announced by Disney fans have been wondering whose movies we’re going to get: Rian Johnson’s or Benioff & Weiss’. ABC correspondent Clayton Sandell asked Lucasfilm just about that. And this is what he posted on Twitter:
We asked, but Lucasfilm is not yet saying if the new
#StarWars films planned for 2022, 2024 and 2026 are part of the previously-announced Rian Johnson trilogy or the series from “Game of Thrones” producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
In my opinion this can only mean one thing: Lucasfilm hasn’t decided yet. If everything was already set in motion they could have announced at least which name is attached to the movies. That they didn’t doesn’t necessarily mean that plans are going to change. But I wouldn’t be completely surprised that when we get the announcement neither Johnson nor Benioff & Weiss will make the movies. I suppose Celebration Anaheim in 2020 is the earliest we will learn more. Maybe there’s still hope we’ll get movies by Favreau and Filoni instead.
Spanish company ASIS Film Models is known for making custom Star Wars figures. These are made from resin and hand-painted. The sets are extremely limited. Of course, these figures come at a price. But if you are a TVC collector who wants to add some all new figures to your collection from the sequel trilogy, which Hasbro will probably never make, then the ASIS figures may be of interest for you! Click through for some more info! Thanks to JTA regular Darth Rizzen for the alert!
YouTube Channel FXitinPost has released their very own reimagining and recreation of the duel on the Death Star between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader. While the original duel was quite static and short, this reimagined duel adds many new scenes and is more in line with what we saw in the prequels or in Rogue One. Some of the CGI does look a bit wonky here and there (this is made by fans who don’t have the budget of ILM), but the overall result is quite impressive. How do you like this reimagined scene?
I have to admit something: I don’t watch Game of Thrones. I used to watch it but gave up several years ago when I realized I found the series to be boring (all the talking, and then some more talking…), nihilistic (I really hate it when people you root for die all the freaking time!) and generally nothing I really enjoy (because of all the endless talking and dying). However, every now and then I do read about the series or I watch a YouTube review about Game of Thrones. Just to have a general idea of what’s going on, and to know how it all ends.
But ever since season 8 began a few weeks ago I have noticed a serious increase in complaints about the writing and general direction of the show, with some people comparing the Night King episode to “The Last Jedi”, and it wasn’t meant as a compliment. So I wonder… are Benioff & Weiss really up to the task of writing a Star Wars movie trilogy? After reading so many negative things about the show lately I am somewhat worried! I would like to get your thoughts and feedback here. So leave your comments and I am looking forward to discussing Benioff & Weiss with you. And if you need to talk about Game of Thrones, do so, but let’s try to focus on the upcoming Benioff & Weiss Star Wars trilogy and whether or not you think the two if them are the right people for the project.
What would Star Wars be without the space ships? The iconic Millennium Falcon, Star Destroyer, X-Wing, TIE-Fighter and of course the Death Star are all instantly recognizable and have become pop culture icons.
But what if you want to collect Star Wars space ships? Well, there are of course various Hasbro toys that focus on playability and are neither accurately proportioned nor collectibles in the true sense, and Hasbro mostly focuses on the smaller ships. Then there are the Hot Wheels ships, but these are tiny. There are also various model kits, but model kits are a niche and not everyone has the patience or skill to put together a kit and paint it. Both Bandai and Revell offer model kits, there are also various “snaptite” kits that are very, very easy to assemble and even come with some electronics and some pre-painted parts. But still, these are very, very basic and come with very little paint. And they are still model kits. So I think we may have some untapped potential here! Click through for some thoughts about a Star Wars space ship / vehicle toyline!
As all of you are aware, Avengers Endgame is opening this weekend. And the movie already had a record breaking $156 million Friday in North America. And while it’s not really that important, I do wonder if Endgame might actually beat The Force Awakens and become the new number 1 movie in the all time domestic box office charts (unadjusted for inflation). Infinity Way also had a better opening weekend than The Force Awakens but eventually ended up making only about 2/3 of The Force Awakens’ box office. So, what do you think? Will Endgame beat The Force Awakens? And… do you think The Rise of Skywalker has any chance at all to beat Endgame and become the number 1 box office hit of 2019? It will be difficult to top Endgame’s opening weekend, that much is certain!
USAopoly, a board game company that, among other things, makes licensed Game of Thrones games such as a chess set, Risk or a GoT themed Clue game, has struck a license deal with Disney Consumer Products UK. USAopoly will release several new Star Wars board and tabletop games, and their first release will be a light strategy tabletop game. USAopoly only has the license for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, which probably means Hasbro still has the exclusive license to make Star Wars themed board games such as Escape from Death Star in the US and elsewhere. Still, it’s interesting to see that Disney is diversifying their Star Wars licensees, especially in light of the Star Wars master license which will expire in late 2020. Are you interested in Star Wars board games and is that something you look forward to? Unfortunately, anyone in the US will have to import these new games by USAopoly from Europe.
SH Figuarts will soon announce an all new Star Wars action figure. A magazine scan of the brand new Return of the Jedi Boba Fett figure (a prototype was seen before) is making the rounds. So expect pre-orders to open very soon! Hasbro has yet to make a ROTJ Black Series Boba Fett, but MAFEX released both an Empire Strikes Back and ROTJ version a few years ago and it will be difficult to compete with the MAFEX Boba Fett who just looks like a miniature human with very crisp details and perfect proportions. However, MAFEX figures are also very fragile and you have to be very gentle with them. SH Figuarts can certainly tolerate more abuse, also the SHF figure will probably be somewhat less expensive than the MAFEX version. ROTJ Boba Fett is scheduled for a September 2019 release, he will be a regular release. I will post an update as soon as pre-orders open.
Update: see official photos on the Tamashii website! The figure goes on pre-order on April 26th!
Hasbro released their numbers for the 1st quarter of 2019 and overall the quarter was alright for the company. Hasbro reported revenues of $732.5 million and net earnings of $26.7 million. But what about Star Wars? Click through for more info!
Galaxy’s Edge will open on May 31st in Disneyland, California. If you want to visit Galaxy’s Edge between May 31st and June 23rd you will need a reservation. This reservation is free, but reservations are subject to availability. Specific details on how to get a reservation will be made available on Disney Park Blogs and Disneyland.com, May 2nd, at 8 a.m. PT. However, you will need a Disney Account in order to make a reservation, so make sure you have an account before you try to get your reservation.
If you want to secure a guaranteed reservation right now, you can also book a stay at the Disneyland Resort Hotel here. Guests who stay between May 31st and June 23rd will get a reservation, one for each guest. This reservation will be cancelled if you cancel your hotel reservation, though. I would assume that Galaxy’s Edge will be quite overcrowded in the beginning. So whoever wants to go there right after opening better has a high tolerance for stress. Anyway, if you want to go there in June, good luck with getting a reservation! And maybe you can send us a report and a few photos should you actually be able to get a ticket!
Hello there! Several rumors for Episode IX are circulating on the interwebs. I believe it may be worth discussing them. So get ready to be potentially spoiled if you click through. If you want to spend the rest of the day blissfully unaware, then stay away! Or else you will be spoiled!
I found the following photo on Reddit, where it was posted by a user who asked if this is a rare factory error…
So what do you think?
As usual, leave your thoughts in the comments!
The Mandalorian will debut its first episode in November on Disney+. Hasbro most certainly has a number of figures for the show in development or production even. Time to talk about what you want from Hasbro for the Mandalorian – both TVC and Black Series! Do you think we will get a dedicated wave or two for The Mandalorian? Or just a couple of figures here and there? My hope is that the Mandalorian won’t just be a huge hit for Disney+, but that Hasbro will give as at least as many figures for the Mandalorian as we get for any of the sequel movies. Figures we do need is the Mandalorian himself, with removable helmet, provided the character will ever remove the helmet on the show, plus Gina Carano’s and Carl Weather’s character, Werner Herzog’s Imperial, Giancarlo Eposito’s character, that droid co-pilot we saw on the Razorcrest, the female Twi’Lek that was glanced, the Incinirator Trooper, a Gonk droid (for 6 inch at least) and at least one or the other background alien would be nice.
With Episode IX on the horizon I think that the last quarter of 2019 will be focused on that, but maybe in the first half of 2020 we will get some great Mandalorian toys? Or will we just get the occasional figure here and there, similar to Rebels which has not received a single TVC figure yet and only most of the main crew in the Black Series? That would be somewhat of a disappointment, in my opinion. I think Hasbro should do more for the first live action Star Wars series. So what do you think?
Most people here will probably remember the discussion about Kathleen Kennedy wearing a “The Force Is Female” t-shirt.
YouTube Channel Steele Wars did interview Kathleen Kennedy during SWCC and she was asked about that. And a very interesting tidbit was revealed: Kathleen Kennedy was genuinely surprised that that was even a topic or controversial, she didn’t know about any of the fan discussions. She then goes on and sets the record straight: the Force is in all of us (maybe even your cat). If you rewind the interview to the beginning you will also learn that Lucasfilm didn’t really have a plan for the whole trilogy, Kathleen Kennedy admits it in a very roundabout way, but it’s obvious that whatever plan they did have evolved a lot. .
The Steele Wars YouTube channel also revealed that Daisy Ridley really cannot get behind the idea of “ReyLo” (to the major disappointment of ReyLo fans everywhere, most certainly). The Steele Wars SWCC interviews are quite informative, so maybe check out some of the other videos as well. You can also find interviews with JJ Abrams, John Boyega, Naomie Ackie, Oscar Isaac and Anthony Daniels.
There are still some new SWCC interviews released. In this one here MTV News talks to JJ Abrams about how much the plans for the trilogy have changed since the beginning. JJ Abrams gives a very roundabout reply (which basically means: yes).
JJ Abrams also mentions in the interview that they weren’t looking to play games with audiences. Not every last little secret may be demystified, but they knew they had to give fans a satisfying conclusion. Also: JJ Abrams feigns surprise when it’s mentioned that Ben Solo is the only Skywalker left and that it must be him therefore that rises. JJ would never confirm or deny anything here, in true JJ fashion, but it begs the question if JJ has some other Skywalker in mind. JJ outright circled around the question if we will learn more about Rey’s backstory in IX. And he also confirms once more that he consulted with George Lucas before he even began writing the movie.
Fandango interviewed JJ Abrams at SWCC and he talked a bit about The Force Awakens, and adresses the criticism that the movie was too similar to A New Hope. According to Abrams they didn’t set out to copy any one Star Wars movie on purpose. Then he goes on and talks about what it meant to write the script for The Rise of Skywalker and how they (meaning JJ Abrams and Chris Terio) very much wanted to make sure that they are not inadvertently influenced by one thing for Episode IX. According to Abrams it was not about “let’s choose that one and make a riff on that”, which is a concern that was voiced by many fans. But still, according to Abrams The Rise of Skywalker is the culmination of Episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 and it was their job to figure out how exactly it accomplishes that. You can watch the entire (quite short) interview on Fandango’s Twitter page or by clicking on the image below!
MTV News interviewed Kathleen Kennedy and she briefly talks about the things they are looking at, now that the Skywalker saga is coming to an end with Episode IX. Kathleen Kennedy mentions in the interview that some of the new characters from the last three movies (it’s not clear if she merely refers to the sequel trilogy here or the actual last three movies which include Solo and Rogue One) may return in future projects.
She also talks about a 10-year plan for Star Wars which she is discussing with Benioff & Weiss and Rian Johnson.
Knights of the Old Republic is also touched upon briefly and Kathleen Kennedy confirms that they are talking about that all the time and that they are “developing something to look at”, without going into specifics. And lastly, Kathleen Kennedy also says that they have to be careful, that there needs to be a cadence with Star Wars, that it must not start to feel like too much. Kennedy then admits that they tried with Solo, to see if two movies a year might work, and she admits that it didn’t. But check out the full interview for yourself, you can see the clip on the MTV News Twitter feed (or click the image to go there directly). So, what do you think? Do you like the prospect of a KOTOR project and the idea of seeing some Disney era characters return in future movies (or series)? And of course there’s the prospect of a Rian Johnson trilogy. Latest news here is that whatever Johnson and Benioff & Weiss are doing will be closely coordinated.
All of the videos shown during the Mandalorian Panel at Star Wars Celebration have finally made it to YouTube in somewhat good quality. This is your chance to watch the two behind the scenes reels shown during the panel, the exclusive Mandalorian trailer and also the exclusive 5 minute preview of the pilot episode directed by Dave Filoni! Effects work for some of the footage has not been finished yet apparently, but this will give you a good idea of what to expect. In my opinion The Mandalorian is absolutely on the right track, the look and feel of this show should make almost all fans very happy.
Now, that may surprise some, but the next Star Wars Celebration will be held in Anaheim next year already. So what things could Lucasfilm show off in 2020? Season 2 of The Mandalorian? The Cassian Andor show? The Obi-Wan series? Something new and unexpected? Will you attend? I suppose this is the perfect excuse to visit Galaxy’s Edge and to spend some time with your fellow Star Wars fans!
The MPAA released its annual report a short while ago. Unfortunately, since Solo failed to make the top five highest grossing movies of 2018, the MPAA report doesn’t offer a more detailed breakdown of the movie’s demographics, something we still had for The Last Jedi. However, the MPAA report has also a segment on home media performance. And here we can see how well The Last Jedi and Solo did. So click through for more info!
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