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!
Everything seems to be going up in price anymore, and the Disney Droid Factory collections released a couple of years ago are no exception. JTA friend and moderator Sjefke alerts us to this crazy auction, but if you search for individual parts, they go for an elevated amount too. And you thought Jabba’s Sail Barge was expensive, huh?
So, after SIX hours of futzing with Force Link 2.0 and trying to get it installed, sixty-six and two-thirds percent of the Rose (First Order Disguise)/BB-8/BB-9E Two-Packs set still have “FIRMWARE UPDATE REQUIRED!” errors. We’re shaking our heads. Oh, and the figure’s say the wrong things if you use the first Force Link. See why we’re so over this gimmick now as we look at this re-release in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.
Disney comes through with droids from Solo: A Star Wars Story. Click below to check out our Visual Guide update featuring R2-F1P, R5-232, R2-S8, and R5-PHT. You can also read our full review of this set right here in our Research Droids Reviews database.
The R2-F1P/R5-232/R2-S8/R5-PHT Droid Factory set is incredible. And the droids inside of this set have all received updates making them more accurate to screen than ever before. See why you don’t want to miss out on this set in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.
We have a sneak peek look for you tonight of the R2-F1P/R5-232/R2-S8/R5-PHT Solo: A Star Wars Story Droid Factory four-pack. It appears that we might see new Droid Factory droid parts in the future as evidenced by the new parts included here, namely the restraining bolts. R2-S8 is the standout astromech droid of the set (who looks a lot like R2-MK by the way) and has some of the best paint operations we have seen in this line to date. Still, all droids are still missing foot wires which is an ongoing setback. Check out this great set early in our RDRs by clicking the image below.
The next wave of the Star Wars Toybox line picks characters from the Original Trilogy! Let’s check out Darth Vader from this very fun line of figures! He is the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.
Supervising sound editor Matthew Wood revealed to ABC News that the decision has been made to move on from the famous Wilhelm scream, which was absent from Rogue One and The Last Jedi. The distinctive scream was named by legendary sound designer Ben Burtt and it was included in the first seven films in the Star Wars saga. Woods commented, “We’re letting the past die, as Kylo Ren says.” He also revealed that they have begun to put a new signature scream into current and upcoming films. This seems to be part of a larger shift in philosophy, as Ben Burtt himself is no longer involved with the Star Wars franchise. Vanity Fair asked Burtt about his exclusion from Disney’s Star Wars productions and commented, “I was just never consulted or hired to do any of them. No one’s ever told me why.” Burtt concluded by saying, “You know that line in Indiana Jones, ‘It belongs in a museum’? That’s me. I’m a museum piece.” Click here to read the fill interview with Burtt.
Disney CEO Bob Iger tells investors that the company is close to revealing at least one of the producing teams behind one of the projects. Fresh off of news that Game of Thrones creators/showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would be creating a new trilogy of Star Wars feature films, Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors Tuesday that the company is developing more than one Star Wars TV series. (more….)
Here is something interesting! Blu-ray ads for The Last Jedi have made their way into the random ad sections of Facebook. Were they released too early? Or are these just unofficial images? We’re unable to confirm, but they look legitimate to us. In the meantime, see what’s planned for supposed Best Buy and TARGET exclusive editions of the Blu-ray. Special thanks to JTA reader Alex P. for sending us these images!
Mark Hamill has revealed the original intended ending for The Force Awakens that Rian Johnson changed. Uh-oh, Mark. Maybe you should seal those lips of yours. Aren’t you in enough hot water with Disney’s legal team for bashing your onscreen character? All kidding aside, check out the article.
The state of Star Wars since the sale to Disney has generated a lot of discussion, which only intensified after The Last Jedi was released. Three Star Wars films have been released since the sale to Disney and Solo: A Star Wars Story is just around the corner. In addition, we have Star Wars Rebels, Battlefront II, and the various novels and comics that have been released under this new leadership. Now that we a significant amount of material to work with, let’s open up the discussion of “Disney’s” Star Wars a little more. I have put together a list of questions that are intended to assess the state of Star Wars under Disney’s leadership, as well as your hopes for the future. We take pride in the wonderful community that has been established here and would love it if you participated in this discussion. As always, please keep the discussion civil and be respectful of differing opinions. Click through to see the full list of questions.
Is The Last Jedi placing too much unfair pressure on Solo: A Star Wars Story? There is a great article at Forbes.com addresing this very topic. Let us know what you think in our comments!
The Disney lawyers must be leaning hard on Mark Hamill. (Or, that’s what I like to pretend in my head when an actor who formally talked trash about a Disney Star Wars film suddenly has a change of heart.) USA Today posts and update to Mark Hamill’s recent revelations.
Nonstop Star Wars is never a good thing. We have been saying this since 2015. It seems to have ramifications now. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a hit, but the Force may not be as strong for Disney when it comes to merchandise sales this year. Panjiva, a data company that tracks the giant shipping containers that arrive at U.S. ports, says 6,587 of them with Star Wars gear were shipped in the seven months leading up to The Last Jedi, but that’s down 47 percent from the seven months leading to Rogue One in 2016 and off 56 percent from the same time period ahead of The Force Awakens in 2015. The Hollywood Reporter has the full story. (more….)
This brisk pace could affect DIS, MAT, HAS, JAKK. Finally! Kimberly Chin from Business Insider has written an article on how the frequency of the Disney Star Wars films (in addition to other factors) may not be ideal for the licensees trying to make money from the merchandise of these blockbuster films. Business Insider has put together a great article which develops excellent points including (1) Disney’s stock was flat even after its latest “Star Wars” flick reported a great box office weekend. (2) Movie sales may not translate into consumer product sales, according to Jefferies Analyst Stephanie Wissink. (3) The frequency of “Star Wars” movie releases may challenge merchandise sales for each movie. This article is worth checking out. It has been a topic we have discussed at length right here at Jedi Temple Archives. Now here it from the people who understand this professionally.
It’s official! Disney is set to buy 21st Century Fox in a deal worth more than $52 billion! CNBC.com has the full story!
It looks like a deal is closer than further away at this point. CNBC has the full story.
Bob Iger has also announced that there will be a live action Star Wars television show coming as well!
It’s a new super-articulated basic action figure line! Now let’s check out Rey from the Star Wars Toybox line, exclusive to Disney Stores and Shop Disney. She is the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.
Check out early Photo Galleries and Collector Notes for the first wave of Disney Store’s Star Wars Toybox Figures. These are pretty nice and loaded with The Vintage Collection quality articulation. If Disney started making realistically styled action figures with this high level of quality, we think Hasbro would be in big trouble. They’re in between the 3.75″ scale and the 6″ scale which creates another whole problem for collectors on the fence about starting a new line. Click through to check out these three figures. We think you’re going to love them too.
It’s hard to believe, but today is the FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY that Disney acquired Lucasfilm and announced Star Wars Episode VII would happen. There is a whole new breed of fan out there now, and there are those that wish they could go back to October 29, 2012. How do you think it’s been since this acquisition? Let us know in the comments! Is Star Wars the best it has ever been?
Wow! We have gotten through an entire month of Force Friday II product RDRs and VGs already and there is no end in sight and we head into October! If you’ve missed any, be sure to go back and check out what we covered. Tomorrow is October 1st, and we’ll continue to look at the many Hasbro products from the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] and The Black Series [Phase III] action figure lines! We’d also like to say thank you for your interactions and comments too. Keep ’em coming! Be sure to also follow our VG updates for the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] HERE and the The Black Series [Phase III] HERE as well.
Well, we have all heard by now that JJ Abrams has taken over for Colin Trevorrow as the Director of Episode IX, but THR also found out that he basically screwed over Paramount and a 10-Million Dollar obligation in order to take on the Star Wars project. You can read more about it at TheHollywoodReporter.com. Geeze, drama has become constanty associated with Disney’s Star Wars movies! (although TLJ has been pretty smooth, knock on wood!)
So far we’ve had Force Friday in 2015. Rogue Friday in 2016. And Force Friday II in 2017. For 2018, what would be a good product line launch name for Han Solo: A Star Wars Story? Unlike our headline, we’re “thinking” that Wookiee Weekend would be a nice use of alliteration, no?
This is what happens when a vision becomes a fabrication. Colin Trevorrow is OUT as director for Episode IX. Every last Disney Star Wars film has experienced turmoil. Now the second Disney Star Wars film has had a director replaced. This should come as no surprise, but dang if this isn’t shocking!
Sydney, Australia (Sept. 1, 2017) – As the global Force Friday II celebration kicks off around the world, fans in Australia were the first to officially unveil a new dark side character from the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi film, named BB-9E. (more….)
More to file under: You can’t make this stuff up. Despite efforts by Hasbro/Disney to pull The Last Jedi commercials from YouTube (as well as the many other places on the web they ended up), JTA reader Jason M. watched one of the same exact commercials in the comfort of his own home on the Cartoon Network. We’re NOT kidding. (The videos are still off of YouTube as of this post.) I wonder if the PR firms involved are still scrambling to try and get all of the replicated commercials pulled while they’re airing live on television as we speak. Pure insanity!
We posted something similar a couple of days ago, but this is now getting ridiculous. File under: Truth is stranger than fiction. Also file under: You can’t make this stuff up. JTA reader and friend Damian V. sends us images from his local Walmart that they’ve not only placed new TLJ merchandise in the clearance aisle, but have also reduced them to clearance prices. Let the madness continue. Disney: are you keeping tally yet?
We know and feel the frustration of not being able to post all of The Last Jedi leaks. We’d like to hear your opinions on how Disney could handle this whole mess better. Perhaps they could sell the exclusive reveals to companies like Entertainment Weekly and io9 sometime around August 1st and then ship the products after the exclusive stories are published. Stuff is going to get out. Disney must conceded this. After all, this is the third time we’re experiencing this. It’s like wash, rinse, repeat. Anyway, do you have a better suggestion? Remember, don’t blame Hasbro. This is all on Disney. (Sure, Hasbro could lighten up on the free press they get from Star Wars fan sites once the stuff is leaked, but if you have any constructive ideas, please leave them in our comments.)
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