You will certainly remember The Vintage Collection drama about Darth Revan. Hasbro originally announced plans to put Revan on a vintage card, but hopes of collectors were dashed when they found out that Revan would be yet another repack of an old sculpt and not a new figure. Fans were unhappy and told Hasbro on fansites what they think about repacking the old Revan.
And then TVC Darth Revan was canceled, because of fan feedback, or so Hasbro said. Collectors felt that Hasbro had actually listened to them and was happy. Someone is claiming to contradict that. New information coming from toy industry veteran Scott Neitlich (he worked at Mattel and has industry contacts) has surfaced that casts the story in a new light and you will not believe what he says happened! Click through for the full story and please sit down, because you may find it hard to believe what I am about to tell you.
Gina Carano is no longer employed by Lucasfilm. Late Wednesday night the news broke that following a controversial post by Carano on her Instagram Lucasfilm decided to cut all ties with the actress. I will show a screenshot of Gina Carano’s (deleted) controversial Instagram post after the jump and provide some commentary. Before you click through to read the full story I want to remind everyone to be polite and civil in the comments!
Let’s take a somewhat closer look at Hasbro’s earnings report from Monday! What does it actually mean that Star Wars sales grew by 70% (!!!) in 2020? How can Star Wars toy sales even grow so much? It sheds some light on how disappointing sequel trilogy toy sales figures must have been. And how much did HasLab contribute to the 2020 sales growth?
The earnings call was also quite revealing, because Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner (probably inadvertently) officially admits that kids don’t buy action figures! Click through for all the interesting details and a discussion!
The Mandalorian received a nomination as “Best Television Series (Drama)” for the upcoming Golden Globes earlier today! The other nominees in the category are “The Crown”, “Ozark”, “Ratched” and “Lovecraft Country”.
Last year The Mandalorian was completely overlooked by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that awards the Golden Globes. The HFPA is an organization of ca. 90 foreign journalists who report on US entertainment news for foreign media.
Do you still care about these award shows? The Golden Globes have somewhat of a shifty reputation in entertainment circles, because a club of fewer than 100 journalists from countries like Russia, India, South Korea, Bangladesh, Austria or Germany decide on who wins what and earning a membership in the organization is somewhat of an intransparent process. But a Golden Globe win is still coveted by most in Hollywood. However, the only memorable thing about last year’s Golden Globes was certainly Ricky Gervais’ roast of Hollywood actors and few probably remember any of the winners. Unfortunately Gervais won’t host the show this year, instead Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will co-host. The Golden Globes will be awarded on February 28th. Will you watch the show to see if The Mandalorian can win?
Hasbro did something new today. They actually revealed some of the figures that are in the pipeline for 2021 or 2022 even. This is something many fans have asked for for a long time, to learn what Hasbro has lined-up. No actual figures, digital sculpts or anything really were shown, but Hasbro revealed which characters will come to The Black Series. And there are quite a few interesting choices! Click through for more!
The very first Fan First Friday of the new year just ended and a big focus for The Black Series was the Lucasfilm 50th anniversary event. The Black Series will get several figures in the 50th anniversary line, almost all of them repacks/repaints. One figure gets a retooled photoreal headsculpt however! Click through for all the details!
UPDATE: Photos added!
Toy restoration videos are quite popular on YouTube, some of them have more than a million views. YouTube channel Rescue & Restore posted a video about the complete restoration of a Kenner Millennium Falcon that had apparently sustained water damage and had yellowed with age earlier today. There is no narration or annoying music, the entire video just shows the process of restoring the toy. Click through to watch the 16 minute restoration of an iconic Star Wars toy!
Earlier this week an “animated” short film about the High Repulic character Vernestra Rwoh was released on the official Star Wars YouTube channel. The clip currently has 68k views, but I don’t want to dwell on that too much. Instead I wonder what Lucasfilm was thinking when they made that clip and whether or not that says something about how much confidence they have in The High Republic book/comic series. Click through for more!
Construction for the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience (aka the Star Wars hotel) is underway in Orlando, Florida. The Disney Food Blog released an article about the construction a short while ago and they feature photos taken on location by Jeff Vahle, the President of Walt Disney World Resort. Check out this one photo of the bunk beds posted on Vahle’s Instagram. Click through for one more photo of the room!
Lucasfilm is busy constructing a huge outdoor set near Little Marlow, which is a small village in the UK. A British tabloid (The Sun) got hold of photos made by a drone flying over the set and the photo reveals the scope, it’s quite large and massive. So if you want to see the photo, then please click through. If you consider a photo of an outdoor set a spoiler, well, then just don’t click, it’s easy!
I talked about the Nielsen streaming ratings for the USA before. The Mandalorian season 2 fares really well and has been in the top 10 throughout its second season, rising as high as number 3 on the list, behind two Netflix shows. The season 2 finale which featured the return of Luke Skywalker however improves on the already good ratings by becoming the first non Netflix show ever to top Nielsen’s streaming charts. Beating “The Office” in the number 2 spot, which is still the best rated show available on Netflix.
Of course Nielsen only measures ratings in the US, so we don’t know exactly how things are worldwide. Netflix has a lot more subscribers and is available in more countries. However, it is impressive that a Disney+ show can beat any of the shows on Netflix in the US, since Netflix has more subscribers. This is yet another testament to the huge success of The Mandalorian and of course the immense popularity of Luke Skywalker. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni really are Lucasfilm’s MVPs. Now if only Hasbro capitalized on the success of the show and announced a ton of Mandalorian action figures very soon…
Now that will shake things up for Star Wars gamers quite a bit! After years of exclusivity EA will lose its exclusive license! EA will continue developing Star Wars games, but Ubisoft will now develop an open world Star Wars game. So I suppose we can expect something in the vein of Assassin’s Creed or Watch Dogs to come to Star Wars. The new game will be developed with the help of Lucasfilm Games! Nothing else is really known about the game, but more details will certainly follow!
So, what do you think about this big news for Star Wars games? EA has a mixed track record when it comes to Star Wars games, Fallen Order received praise, but its game mechanics felt somewhat outdated and it was not an open world game, EA scrapped various open world games in the past and was unwilling to develop a huge open world game for Star Wars. Now it seems Lucasfilm finally wants a piece of the open world (single player) gaming market, a genre that is still immensenly popular despite EA’s statements from a few years ago that people no longer like these kind of games. Red Dead Redemption 2m Ghost of Tsushima or even the somewhat maligned Cyberpunk 2077, plus all the Assassin’s Creed titles etc prove that there is much demand for open world games. Of course it’s also possible, that the open world game will be an online game, i.e. without a real offline single player campaign, the exact wording Ubisoft uses is “story driven open world game”. We will have to wait for more details to emerge!
The Mandalorian season 2 finale aired about a month ago. Time to reflect upon an exciting season and to create a list of all the Mandalorian season 2 action figures collectors need and want. So click through for my list of Mandalorian season 2 figures we need!
Today I want to talk about posing your action figures. I will specifically talk about the Black Series, but I suppose what I want to talk about will apply to other lines as well. I moved last year, that also meant I had to put all of my Star Wars figures into boxes only to put them back in their display cabinets and on shelves again. But I put off that task for quite a while, several months actually. Because, quite frankly, posing action figures is no fun at all to me. Why? Click through for more!
Today I want to talk about the upcoming Rogue Squadron movie. Scheduled for release in 2023 and helmed by Patty Jenkins. Patty Jenkins made herself a name with Wonder Woman in 2017, which was her first big budget movie (she only had a couple of TV credits before). The sequel to that movie, Wonder Woman 1984, was released a short while ago and let’s say the reception to the movie is very, very mixed. So some people may wonder if Star Wars fans need to be worried about Rogue Squadron. Click through for a discussion!
I guess there is a lot to talk about after the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian. And when I say “a lot” I am still understating things. The spoiler review for the final episode of season 2 is now up! So click through to read the review and if you need to get things off your chest or want to share your impressions!
I guess there is a lot to talk about after the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian. And when I say “a lot” I am still understating things. The review for the episode will follow later, but for now let’s talk about the Mandalorian season 2 finale. So click through if you need to get things off your chest or want to share your impressions!
The pentultimate season 2 episode of The Mandalorian may be more pivotal than previous episodes, even if it may not be as epic or as action focused. There is so much to talk about! So click on the banner below or here to read my spoiler review of “The Believer”!
Click through to get the spoiler talk going on the latest episode of The Mandalorian: “The Believer”.
NRG, a global “insight company”, has conducted more than 350,000 interviews to find out which entertainment franchise is considered to be the most bold, thought-provoking and inclusive. And the top rated franchise is: The Mandalorian! Click through for the full list of the top 20 rated franchises!
There is certainly a lot to discuss after the most recent episode of The Mandalorian, titled “The Tragedy”. Many things happened in an explosive and action filled episode. Click here or on the banner below to read the spoiler review and to leave your thoughts about the episode in the comments.
Star Wars fandom comes in many shapes and forms, while JTA mostly focuses on action figure collecting there are some people who go beyond what companies like Hasbro are offering and create their very own Star Wars dioramas or figures, sometimes even from scratch. Caleb shows you some of that in his Toy Runs. But there are quite a few more people out there who have the talent and imagination to create their very own Star Wars displays. Today I want to talk about one customizer I came across on YouTube recently: Boylei Hobby Time. And his work is nothing short of amazing. Click through to learn more!
According to Nielsen, who release a list of the top 10 most watched streaming content in the US, The Mandalorian made it into the top 3 in the final week of October, when season 2 premiered. Nielsen base their numbers on estimates of course, since streaming services don’t release any detailed information. According to Nielsen the 9 available Mandalorian episodes in the time between October 26th – November 1st accumulated 1.032 billion minutes of viewing time, only trailing The Office and The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix. Netflix has more subscribers of course. According to Brian Fuhrer of Nielsen the numbers for the Mandalorian are quite extraordinary, given the lower subscriber count for Disney+. Actually, The Mandalorian is the only non Netflix content on the list. Nothing from Amazon Prime or Hulu made the top 10.
Incidentally, these Nielsen numbers also refute any reports on YouTube about the Mandalorian season 2 opener only being watched by 40-50,000 people or so.
An episode of Star Wars Detours has leaked on Reddit. Star Wars Detours was one of the last projects by Lucasfilm before the acquisition by Disney. Two full seasons, 39 episodes, were produced and are fully finished. However, after the acquisition the project was canned and no episode was ever released. Star Wars Detours was a project by the Robot Chicken creators and is a full on Star Wars parody set in the time between the prequels and the original trilogy.
But a few hours ago a full episode was leaked on the Star Wars Leaks Reddit. The episode is about wannabe bounty hunters 4-LOM and Zuckuss trying to rob Dex’s diner on Coruscant. Runtime is less than 7 minutes. Voice actors, among others, are Billy Dee Williams (in a cameo as Lando), Ahmed Best (as Jar Jar, of course) and Breckin Meyer as Boba Fett (also a cameo). And before you wonder, of course the show is not canon.
Check out the video soon, before it gets taken down by Lucasfilm. And then leave your thoughts about Detours in the comments! In my opinion it’s probably best the show was canned at the time, while it’s not “bad” it feels somewhat out of place. However, maybe Disney can finally release the episodes on Disney+ or their Star Wars Kids YouTube channel. It could be fun for the kids. There are a few good chuckles in the episode, but watch for yourself! Click here or on the screenshot below to go to the Reddit thread with the video!
Wow! The Mandalorian Chapter 13, “The Jedi”, was a milestone for the series. We not only get to see a Ahsoka Tano for the first time in live action, there are also major revelations that will shape the further path of the show. And it’s not even the season 2 finale! There’s a lot to talk about and discuss! So click through for my spoiler review of “The Jedi” by clicking here or on the banner below and leave your comments and feedback!
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