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!
Comic book adaptations of Star Wars movies have a long tradition. But it seems The Rise of Skywalker may get no comic book adaptation from Marvel. Marvel has canceled the #1 issue of The Rise of Skywalker which was originally meant to be released in June, before the pandemic. There’s still a chance Marvel may release a trade paperback with all five planned issues later, but there is no official word about that yet. For now there will be no Marvel adaptation. IDW however are releasing their own comic book adaptation of The Rise of Skywalker, so the movie won’t be the only Star Wars movie without any comic book adaptation at all. But IDW sells a lot less comics than Marvel or DC and their release won’t be as high profile as a Marvel version.
Rumors about several Disney+ Star Wars series are making the rounds. And while one of the rumors, a potential Bo-Katan/Cara Dune Mandalorian spin-off series is very likely not true, rumors about the upcoming Kenobi miniseries and a Boba Fett series seem to have more substance. So click through for a brief summary of the recent rumors!
Chapter 12 “The Siege” is yet another highlight in a season with lots of highlights already. And even the fans who maybe complained a bit about the “filler” nature of some earlier episodes will probably be happy to know that Chapter 12 reveals quite a few crucial things about what is actually going on and what Moff Gideon is up to. As an added bonus we get to meet some old friends again as well! So click here or on the banner below to read the spoiler review!
The LEGO Star Wars Holiday special was released on Disney+ today. Is it any better than the original Holiday Special? Yes, of course. The special is a fun love letter to the entire franchise and something the whole family can enjoy. Click through and leave your own thoughts in the comments! Some of my assorted musings follow after the jump!
Beware that this is a spoiler zone! Only click through if you have either seen the special or love spoilers!
Hasbro’s Star Wars HasLab is all about offering huge vehicles. However, French company Microlight3D shows that you can also go in the opposite direction and make things tiny. REALLY tiny. Their 3D printing technology uses green laser light which allows for a higher resolution, i.e. you can print smaller objects. Microlight3D printed a Millennium Falcon that is just 100 µm long (1 µm = 1/1,000 mm = 1/1,000,000 meter. That’s 0.003937 inches, but just learn metric already). That’s about the width of a human hair. Which makes this Millennium Falcon probably the smallest version ever. The scale is roughly 1:345,000. The first Death Star using that scale would have a diameter of 4.63 cm / 1.82 in. The Millennium Falcon is so tiny Microlight3D actually had to use a scanning electron microscope to take a good photo of the ship. Would you be interested in actual Star Wars Micro Machines? You could easily store an entire fleet in a thimble! Saves you a lot of space! Of course toy photographers may face a few challenges here! Check out the Microlight3D website for some more technical background info! 3D printing will only become more important in the future!
Instagram user anerdydad has posted three photos of yet to be officially revealed Mandalorian Black Series figures on his Instagram! We can expect official announcements very soon, most likely on any of the upcoming Mando Mondays. The revealed figures are Moff Gideon, who was kind of leaked by Hasbro through box art just a few days ago, Greef Karga and everyone’s favorite Ugnaught Kuiil. Click through for the photos!
Let’s talk about The Mandalorian Chapter 11 – The Heiress today! This episode packed quite a punch and not only advanced the story by quite a bit, but also introduced a major guest star. On top of that it’s yet another action packed adventure with not a single second wasted. So click on the banner below or here to read my spoiler review of the latest episode and discuss all the things that happened!
Funko and Hasbro both released their earnings reports for the 3rd quarter a short while ago. And things continue to look pretty good for Star Wars toys. After years of dwindling sales Star Wars toys are more in demand again. This trend started in 2019 and The Mandalorian turns out to be one of the key factors behind that new success. Click through for some more info!
Now that the Razor Crest has turned out to be the most successful HasLab project yet, I think it’s time to think about the future. What I want to focus on is what kinds of projects Hasbro should do. Do you want more big vehicles and ships? Do you even have the space for more big vehicles and ships? So the real question is: would you eventually stop backing huge Star Wars HasLab vehicles, because you simply have no more space to put them anywhere or to display them properly? Just check out the photo below which shows a 1/18 scale AT-AT next to Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as Luke and Leia. So let’s talk about whether or not more big vehicles is what you want or if more big vehicles may eventually result in collectors no longer willing to back a Star Wars HasLab because they have run out of space. Click through for the short discussion.
The HasLab campaign for the Razor Crest ended five minutes ago and the final backer count is an astounding 28,257! That’s a new record and beats the Marvel Sentinel by more than 6,000 backers. The Razor Crest was off to a great start when it was fully funded after 26 hours. As expected things slowed down a lot after the first few days but it picked up steam again in the last week. Let’s celebrate an extremely successful Star Wars HasLab that exceeded everyone’s expectations! And let’s hope it sends all the right signals to Hasbro. Do you already have plans for your Razor Crest? How will you display it? And what is your wish for a potential third Star Wars Haslab in 2022 or so?
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Hasbro not only announced the great looking Mandalorian cosplay helmet earlier today, but a Target exclusive Black Series Remnant Stormtrooper was revealed as well! Yes, it’s yet another exclusive, so please get ready to place your pre-orders on the Target website! The Remnant Stormtrooper is a straight repaint of the new Black Series Stormtrooper sculpt and follows in the footsteps of the Vintage Collection Remnant Stormtrooper.
Also, the upcoming Moff Gideon Black Series figure was kind of revealed as well, since the box art for the Remnant Stormtrooper already shows part of Gideon’s cape!
Will you get the figure? And you are looking forward to Moff Gideon joining the Black Series line-up after his Vintage Collection version was announced not too long ago?
Collecting is not a competition, many people will love both the Star Wars and Marvel franchise, but it will probably still be very satisfying for most Star Wars collectors to learn that just now the Star Wars HasLab surpassed the Marvel HasLab. The Sentinel had an impressive number of 21,913 backers, but the Razor Crest just now crossed that mark.
Star Wars went through a difficult phase in 2018, after years of rapidly declining merchandise sales, but ever since then the numbers have increased again. Hasbro have been reporting growth for the brand ever since early 2019 and to see that the second Star Wars HasLab is now the most successful HasLab campaign yet is certainly a very good sign for the franchise and the brand. Let’s hope Hasbro will use that momentum to release many more Black Series and Vintage Collection figures and sets in the coming months. And hopefully, The Mandalorian will be a huge focus.
What does the fact that Star Wars just beat Marvel mean to you? Did you back both the Sentinel and the Razor Crest? Do you think Hasbro will take note and increase their Star Wars output in 2021? Click through for more.
Another week, another all new episode of The Mandalorian! And while the new episode is once more a stand alone adventure it was a fun ride! Din Djarin agrees to take a passenger to some nearby planet in return for some information on the whereabouts of other Mandalorians, but what is expected to be a slow and eventless sublight speed journey becomes a lot more exciting… Click on the banner below or here for my spoiler discussion of “The Passenger”!
With 3 1/2 days still to go the HasLab Razor Crest is now fast approaching 17,000 backers, which means the Jawa Elder will very soon be unlocked. Most likely within the hour (the count rose by another 12 backers in the past 5 minutes since I took the screenshot). So now the only question is if the Razor Crest will get more than 20,000 backers with roughly 83 hours left on the clock.
Are you surprised by the success of the campaign? And what is your overall opinion on the Razor Crest HasLab with its various unlocks? Is it all you hoped for? Or would you have wished for more?
No matter what you think, it is certainly good news for Star Wars collectors that the campaign (most likely) exceeded Hasbro’s expectations and may even come close to the Marvel campaign in regard to the total number of backers. Now the real question is if something that receives close to 20,000 backers really needs to be a crowdfunded item. Do you feel HasLab should be more niche and appeal strictly to hardcore collectors or are you ok with the fact that the Razor Crest can be considered a mainstream item from a current show that is extremely popular among collectors? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
UPDATE: the Jawa is unlocked, backer count is now at more than 17,500!
UPDATE 2: the Razor Crest has crossed the 19,000 backers mark with 54 hours still to go. At the current rate it is quite likely the Razor Crest will get more backers than the Marvel Sentinel!
With 7 1/2 days still to go the Razor Crest has just reached more than 15,000 backers. Which means the flight stand has been successfully unlocked. There is zero reason to doubt that the Jawa will not be unlocked as well. The campaign will certainly add another couple thousand backers in the last week. The real question is if the Razor Crest will manage to get more backers than the Marvel Legends Sentinel. The Sentinel got 21,913 backers in total. Do you think Star Wars can beat Marvel? For that the Razor Crest would have to add another 7,000 backers in the last week. The bets are on!
The Mandalorian is back! Season 2 is off to a very strong start and will provide plenty of topics to talk about! So click on the banner below or here to read my spoiler review of the season 2 opener “The Marshal”. If you saw the trailer then you know where episode 1 is set (Tatooine, which is no surprise at all after the various shots of the planet in the promos) but the trailer doesn’t tell you anything really and won’t prepare you at all for what is happening. So let’s talk about the season opener! But beware, this is spoiler territory!
The Razor Crest is only a very short time away from reaching 13,000 backers, which unlocks the carbonite blocks. And now Hasbro added another two additional unlocks. What could they be? Lights? Another figure, maybe Kuiil? What do you think the two additional unlocks will be? Leave your guess in the comments!
UPDATE: The Razor Crest now has 13,000 backers and the third tier is unlocked. Unlock #4 will probably be revealed later tonight.
GTP, who are primarily known for their “Space Walls”, has been an official Star Wars licensee for a few months now. And today GTP finally revealed the first officially licensed Star Wars diorama set (which had been leaked on the GTP website before): a massive 91.5 cm / 36 in long Tantive IV hallway diorama for 1/12 scale figures, i.e. the Black Series. The set comes with 100+ (!) static and blinking LED Lights! Click through for more details!
In today’s Mando Monday livestream the painted Razor Crest was revealed for the very first time. Is the ship vac metalized? No. Does it still look very nice? Decide for yourself! Click through to see the Razor Crest in all its glory, we have a ton of photos for you!
Both the Vintage Collection and the Black Series had several reveals on the very first Mando Monday! And while most of the things (if not all) will no longer come as a huge surprise if you follow the news, it is still nice to see the official announcement! So click through for all the TVC and TBS reveals from today!
UPDATE: Photos added!
A short while ago it was revealed that Diamond Select Toys is now making super articulated 7 inch Star Wars action figures, in direct competition to Hasbro. The first figure that was revealed (it was leaked, actually) was a Return of the Jedi Boba Fett figure. Not much else was known at the time. But now both Boba Fett and a brand new Darth Maul Diamond Select Toys action figure are available on the shopDisney website for $24.99 each. Darth Maul will tell us how good or bad the headsculpts and paint apps are. So how does the Diamond Select Darth Maul compare and how does Boba look outside the blister pack? Click through for a closer look!
A short while ago the Mandalorian season 2 special look aired in the US and is now also available on YouTube! I suggest you check it out! And while the special look doesn’t really reveal all THAT much, it does however clarify a few things and adds a few teasers here and there. You can watch the video on YouTube or after the break when you click through. You will also find several screenshots that feature the new things spotted in the footage! And yes, there will be spoilers! So if you want to remain ignorant, please stay away. Everyone else, please click through!
Today I want to talk about something that, in my opinion, has changed action figure collecting quite substantially in the past few years: toy photography. For the longest time action figure and toy collecting meant that you probably had various figures and vehicles on display in your home – but that outside of family members and friends almost no one got to see your collection. But in recent years more and more collectors have taken on toy photography as yet another hobby and have begun to share their work online. And this ongoing trend has not gone unnoticed by the various toy companies. And I think it has even changed the product lineup to a certain degree, to a point where modern figures, vehicles and playsets maybe even have the toy photographer a lot more in mind than the traditional collector. And it’s not just the Black Series, the Vintage Collection as well, ever since the line was relaunched in 2018! So let’s talk about toy photography and how it has changed the business!
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