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Everything Wrong With Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Popular YouTube Channel “CinemaSins” has finally released their take on The Last Jedi.
Their overall total Movie Sins counter for the movie is 121. Now remember, this is all in good fun! So, just in time before Solo takes over completely, one last reminder of the Star Wars movie from only six months ago. Have fun with the 20+ minute video!

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Pop-Chips: The New Snack You're Looking For!

I received a surprise personalized box in the mail over the weekend from Pop-Chips, a new popped potato snack which is available and will be featured at theaters for the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. They’re pretty good! They’re like a Cheetos with a more mild flavor and thicker crunch. Click the images below to see what I received! Learn more at popchips.com! We thank Pop-Chips for sending us this delicious sample and two Black Ticket coupons for AMC theaters!

    

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Best Dressed: Thandie Newton

Is this a first?! Thandie Newton wore an exclusive Vivienne Westwood Couture which feature’s some of her Star Wars collection. Look at all of those Hasbro figures on her exquisite dress! Too bad they’re not the super-articulated ones! I jest! Check it out at Redcarpet-FashionAwards.com.

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The Black Series - A Comprehensive Overview

The Hasbro Black Series is fast approaching its fifth anniversary. The line was launched in 2013 and the latest wave of figures for the Solo movie is in stores at the moment. I thought this was a good time now to look at the Black Series as a whole. This comprehensive overview will give you all the details you ever wanted to know. How many figures? How many heroes and villains? Click through for a detailed look at the Black Series!

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Check out this video by WIRED on YouTube. It’s about two Star Wars fans who build their full-size Millennium Falcon Cockpit in a garage. With lights and sounds. Isn’t this something we would all like to have?

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National Today, the website that commemorates quirky and fun holidays, polled US moviegoers about all things Star Wars for May 4th. It will put that Starwars.com poll into perspective! Click through for some of the representative results!

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Interesting Star Wars Survey From Germany

Star Wars is a global phenomenon. And it has always been quite popular across Western Europe, Japan and Australia. Therefore, it might be interesting for people in the USA to learn what people in other countries such as Germany actually think about Star Wars and who the fans are. The SINUS Institute and YouGov conducted a representative Star Wars survey in Germany and published their results on May 4th. Click through to find out how German Star Wars fans tick and who they are!

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Germany: the land of real life Disney castles and Darth Vader in Lederhosen

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Tell Us About Your First Star Wars Action Figure!

What was your very first Star Wars Action figure? And when did you get it? Was it a gift? Did you buy the figure with your own pocket money? Do you still own the figure? Tell us in the comments and share some fond memories! Click through for my tale about my first Star Wars action figure!

Kenner Luke Skywalker

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Learn how to curse like your favorite Star Wars characters! Special thanks to James M. for drawing our attention to this!

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Can You Trust Movie Critics?

Ever since The Last Jedi was released Rotten Tomatoes Audience Scores, Cinemascores and whatever professional critics had to say was hotly debated. There has been a distinct feeling among quite a few moviegoers that whatever the Tomatometer or Metascore says is far removed from what the fans think about a movie. Cinemascore is something that is usually cited as a highly scientific and accurate gauge. But for what? Audience satisfaction? In this article I will try to examine if the aggregate scores by professional movie reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes and Metascore are actually far removed from what the fans feel. Click through to learn some surprising things!

My Little Pony Tomatometer

My Little Pony – A Popular Hasbro Franchise and its Tomatometer

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Arrested Star Wars Development

You remember Arrested Development? One of the producers on the show was Solo director Ron Howard, who also provided the narration. Now imagine if Star Wars A New Hope was a whacky comedy in the style of Arrested Development. Complete with narration by Ron Howard. Check it out and have some fun! It’ll be the best 3 Minutes you’ll spend on the internet this week!

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Ever since The Last Jedi was released and the Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score dropped to lower and lower levels it was argued that Rotten Tomatoes is unreliable, prone to tampering and that services such as Cinemascore are highly scientific and much more accurate, since they are also used by the movie industry. This article wants to investigate if various claims about Rotten Tomatoes and Cinemascore are true. Click through to find out more!

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Check out this new article on StarWars.com where they reveal a Millennium Falcon made out of disposable Solo drinking cups. It’s pretty cool. Special thanks to friend Martin M. for the alert!

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The First Star Wars Celebration Turns 19 Years Old Today!

TheForce.net has worked up a beautiful article reflecting on the first Star Wars Celebration event, 19 years ago today! It’s worth your time Check it out!

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ILM Is Looking For Female VFX Experts

General Manager of Lucasfilm and President of ILM, Lynwen Brennan, recently gave an interview to Wales Online. And she had a few things to say about ILM, specifically that they want more girls! Click through for more details!

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Lynwen Brennan, President of ILM

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Even though Solo: A Star Wars Story is on the horizon and The Last Jedi a hazy memory of the past already, there’s still some promo work for the latest trilogy movie. For the European disc release of The Last Jedi Mark Hamill did some promotion work in Ireland and gave interviews. French magazine Le Point published their interview with Mark Hamill yesterday. And Mark Hamill had a few things to say about The Last Jedi and Star Wars in general. Click through to read about it.

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The author of this article hard at work

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JTA reader Matthew C. sends us an image (from a Pixel Dan YouTube video) of what “photorealistic” technology might look like on a The Vintage Collection figure. Now, keep in mind that this is a Mattel figure, so Hasbro’s might look very different than this. And they’d have to improve the technology before making it final. Anyway, let us know what you think about this in our comments.

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For Star Wars and Marvel fans who still prefer DVDs and Blu-Rays over digital, you might not be able to shop at Amazon for your physical media needs. Unless, of course, you’re a Prime member. That’s because the online giant has made some recent Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe DVD and Blu-Ray titles to be Prime exclusives. (You’ll still be able to get them from other retailers.) Engadget has the full story. Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Mike R. for the alert!

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TARGET To Offer Same Day Delivery In Five Major Cities

In what seems to be an effort to directly compete with Amazon, TARGET has announced that it will offer same day shipping to customers in five major cities. Boston, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Washington DC are all on tap to receive this ehancement. Engadget.com has the full story. Special thanks to friend Martin M. for the alert.

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MGA Entertainment CEO Put $900M Bid On Toys R Us

This news is the equivalent of day-old bread now. But in case you missed the story, the CEO of MGA Entertainment in Van Nuys, CA (make of Bratz dolls), put in a nearly $900 million bid on Toys R Us Friday in hopes of revitalizing the chains in the USA and Canada. Will it save the TRU brand? NBC Los Angeles has the full story.

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New Spaceship For Solo: A Star Wars Movie Revealed

A brand new Star Wars spaceship has been revealed in the Star Wars Hot Wheels line. It’s from the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story. Click through to see the toy.

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BREAKING NEWS! io9 reveals that all of the Solo: A Star Wars Story toys will be available at midnight tonight. Check out the full story HERE!

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Does Forces Of Destiny Have A Future?

Forces of Destiny premiered in March 2017 on YouTube on the official Disney Channel. It was a first for Star Wars, since the animated show was primarily targeted at girls. A toyline was launched as well. In this article I want to take a closer look at the YouTube views for each episode and what this might tell us about the popularity and potential future of the show. Also, we will see which characters are fan favorites and which ones not so much. Click through to learn more!

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If there’s something The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood knows about, it’s life imitating art. And now, in a wide-ranging interview with Variety, which recognized the celebrated author as one of its Power of Women honorees, Atwood has made a surprising claim about the way she thinks pop culture influenced another event: She said the 9/11 terrorists attacks were borne out of a plot point from Star Wars. EW.com has the full story.

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Mark Hamill's Enjoyment Of Star Wars Is Tarnished

In a recent interview with ABC News Mark Hamill was asked about his prospective return to the Star Wars franchise in Episode IX. He still feels the loss of Carrie Fisher and what he said gives food for thought. Click through to find out what he said.

Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher

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This story is incredible. Two rare vintage Kenner Star Wars figures including Darth Vader (telescoping lightsaber) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (telescoping lightsaber) have sold for over $100,000 combined. The Daily Mail has the full story.

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Happy Easter And Happy Passover To Our Readers!

The egg-head staff at Jedi Temple Archives would like to wish all of our readers a Happy Easter and a Happy Passover. While the commercialization of holidays can be fun, we hope you’ll take a few moments to reflect on what their true meanings are. Thank you for reading!

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Toys R Us Liquidation Sales Delayed

Toys R Us liquidation sales were scheduled to begin on Thursday. But JTA reader Josh sent us this photo of his TRU:

Toys R Us Liquidation Sale On Hold
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Dark Side Toys Suspending Sales Of The Khetanna

British etailer Dark Side Toys has suspended further sales of the Khetanna for now.  Click through to read their statement!

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Will Amazon Acquire Some Of The Toys R Us Stores?

Bloomberg reports that according to insiders Amazon is looking into acquiring some of the Toys R Us stores in the USA.
Before you get your hopes up: Amazon has no interest in keeping the Toys R Us brand name, nor will Amazon most likely sell toys at these locations, but will rather use it as a showroom for its own products and maybe as a staging ground for food deliveries.

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One of the neatest-looking characters from the Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer was Enfys Nest. With cool figures like the Range Trooper and that filthy Stormtrooper, we would LOVE to see this character get produced in super-articulated glory too. It seems possible now that The Vintage Collection is back, doesn’t it?

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Hurry Up And Use Your Toys R Us Gift Cards!

If you have Toys R Us gift cards, you only have 30 days left to use them. Check out the latest update from Yahoo! News. Special thanks to Martin M. for the alert!

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Mark Hamill Talks About Luke Skywalker Action Figures

Mark Hamill took to social media to share the evolution of the Luke Skywalker action figure over the last 40 years and gave some humorous commentary on the four Star Wars toys that he chose. Hamill is an avid user of social media and is always interacting with fans who seem to hit him up all day, every day. The 66-year old actor doesn’t seem to mind and takes the time when he can to properly interact with the millions of Star Wars fans all over the world. Movieweb.com has the full story.

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Toys R Us: The Final Blow?

We have some sources who have gone into detail about the latest Toys R Us developments. It’s very possible that within 60 days Toys R Us will be nothing but a memory for us. Stay tuned for more. What a sad, sad time. We have also reached out to Hasbro for comment about the 6″ Zuckuss exclusive. As of this time, there is no information to share.

UPDATE: The Washington Post confirms the closure of all 800 stores. Click HERE to read the details.

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Toys R Us Drafts Liquidation Plan

Toys R Us is in the process of drafting the court motion for its liquidation plan, a source familiar with the situation told CNBC. See the full story there.

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