Chapter 5 of The Mandalorian takes the hero and Baby Yoda to Tatooine (we knew that from the posters and various trailers already). I thought it would be fun to compare The Mandalorian’s Tatooine with what we saw in A New Hope. I also take a look at color grading and what has changed here since 1977. So click through for a few comparisons and to see how faitfhfully the show managed to recreate the planet. Very mild spoilers may apply, so people who don’t like even the mildest of spoilers (basically, just set pieces from the first 5 minutes or so from the show) should only click through once they have seen the episode! Everyone else, please go ahead to take a look at Tatooine 1977 vs 2019!
Mattel will release a “Baby Yoda” plush doll with vinyl head on June 1st 2020. Price will be $24.99. The toy looks just as adorable as the character. And in my opinion this Mattel “Baby Yoda” is superior to the very stylized Funko Pop version – and even cheaper.
However, all of that raises the question if the fact that Mattel is making “Baby Yoda” could be a sign of things to come.
A quick reminder: the Hasbro Star Wars license expires in late 2020. And we’ve had no news at all regarding a license renewal or extension, which is highly unusual, because previously these extensions were announced years in advance.
That being said, it’s not unusual that various other companies are making Star Wars plush dolls. Porgs were made by a number of companies, for example. So it may well be that Hasbro has an electronic “Baby Yoda” toy in the works that can move and make sounds, just like the electronic Porg made by them. It’s therefore not about the fact that Hasbro has no exclusive license to make Star Wars plush toys. But that Mattel is making “Baby Yoda” is certainly interesting, because they didn’t make any plush Porgs back in 2017. So maybe Mattel wants a bigger slice of the Star Wars merchandise pie. And perhaps they want even more.
This was inevitable. Fans have been asking for Baby Yoda merchandise ever since the first episode of The Mandalorian was released. And as usual, Funko will be the first to release something, it seems. Funko themselves posted a teaser on their Twitter, but a photo of the actual toy also leaked on Instagram. A Reddit user posted a screenshot of several entries in Target’s database showing two different Baby Yodas: a 10 inch and most likely a regular 6 inch version which both look the same. Price is $29.99 and $8.99 respectively. Expect Baby Yoda early in 2020. Now we wonder when Hasbro and/or Disney will release something, either an action figure with a Baby Yoda accessory or a lifesize doll. Will you get the Funko Pop version?
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers, fans, and sponsors! We are thankful for each of you for taking the time to visit us daily and be a part of our community, and supporting us over the years! Everyone have a great Holiday weekend and be safe if you are traveling on this day, especially if you are traveling through the midwest region of the U.S. (also known today as Hoth).
An all new Toys R Us store will open in New Jersey tomorrow (November 27th). This is the first new store after the bankruptcy and part of a very limited comeback. Location of the store is on the second floor of the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus. Grand opening is at 10 a.m. and Geoffrey will also make an appearance at the ribbon cutting ceremony. Perhaps people who happen to live in New Jersey can take a look and report what the new TRU store looks like and if they carry any Star Wars toys at all.
The recently released “They fly now?!?” The Rise of Skywalker clip once more proves that continuity means very little in Disney Star Wars canon. When Lucasfilm was bought by Disney the existing books and comics were relegated to “Legends” status (not that they ever really were canon to begin with) and a new policy was introduced: going forward every single book, comic and even the story parts of computer games would be canon. Which is, in theory, a good thing, if you want to convince fans of said books, comics and games that the money and time spent on these media is giving you real insight into what happens between the movies and not just something some author thought up but which has no real impact on actual Star Wars events.
The Story Group wanted to make sure it all connects. But first “The Last Jedi” and now even more so “They fly now” show that Lucasfilm’s canon policy is in ruins. Why? Click through for some background!
Many fans wondered why there is no merchandise for one of the breakout characters from the Mandalorian. Of course I am talking about the cutest infant ever seen in Star Wars. Now Variety has an article on their website saying that Jon Favreau is actually the one to “blame” here, he specifically asked Disney to withhold merchandise for Baby Yoda so that viewers would not be spoiled. Now while most of the world still cannot watch the show legally, the cat is out of the bag. Not only do mainstream newssites (even here in Germany where the show won’t be available before April 1st 2020!) report about Baby Yoda, the official Star Wars twitter posted a photo. So the character can hardly be considered a spoiler anymore. Which is why merchandise can finally hit stores. But I digress, fans of the show and the character can be happy that merchandise will hit stores before Christmas. Some t-shirts are already available but of course everyone is waiting for that plush Baby Yoda. What other merchandise do you want? Leave your suggestions in the comments! Read the Variety article here!
Following the Kathleen Kennedy Interview for Rolling Stone, the Hollywood Reporter released an article with their take on how the future of Lucasfilm and Star Wars might look like. So what does the Hollywood Reporter think? Click through the details!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Droid Depot Custom Astromech Units have been nominated for the 2020 Toy of the Year award. You can help decide who wins by voting right here!
Kathleen Kennedy was interviewed by Rolling Stone Magazine, and she gave a few interesting replies about her future at Lucasfilm and the possibility of George Lucas returning to Star Wars for one last time! So click through for highlights from the interview!
The Hollywood Reporter has released an interesting article about the correlation between YouTube trailer views and box office success on opening weekend. Independent tracking website “Box Office Reports” analyzed data for 421 movies released in the US since 2017 and the Hollywood Reporter looks at the findings in the article.
And according to the findings YouTube trailer views are a good, but not perfect gauge for box office success on opening weekend. The correlation between the trailer views and opening weekend box office is 0.86, which means there is a significant positive correlation between YouTube trailer views and box office (with 0 meaning there is no correlation at all and 1 meaning it’s a perfect positive correlation, 0.86 is a very high correlation). Now the interesting question is: what does that mean for Rise of Skywalker? Trailer views for the movie are rather low. Click through for more!
Now that the Mandalorian has aired its first episode fans are already talking about what action figures they want. Action figures we will probably either never get or only get months and months later. But let’s not talk about action figures, let’s talk about something that took most fans by surprise and what most fans apparently find most adorable. And to protect those who had no chance to see the show yet, you have to click through to know what I am talking about!
YOU WILL BE SPOILED IF YOU CLICK THROUGH!
JTA was on location yesterday for the official unveiling of the all-new The Rise of Skywalker-themed 737 at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. We were even invited aboard for a first-look at the interior of the plan with its new “light side/dark/side” deco. Here are some links to all of our coverage over on our Facebook page! A big thanks to United for flying us out for the day’s events! You can track this flight using flightaware.com. Just search for tail number N36272.
I felt I had to share this with all of you since I’ve been seeing a lot of discussions around the web lately regarding the original plans for Episode IX to be “Leia’s Movie”. It’s just crazy to think (regardless of opinions on the Sequel Trilogy) that this will be the last time we see our original heroes in a new feature and I think Billie wrote a nice little piece about her Mother, her Princess, and OUR Princess. Click here to read her feature in TIME.
JTA is on location at Houston International Airport! United Airlines The Rise of Skywalker plane makes its debuts in Houston. We were invited aboard for a first look at the interior of the plane decorated with some special touches. See our images on our Facebook page!
Here we are. Four years after everyone was excited about The Force Awakens the (according to Disney) final movie in the Skywalker Saga will be released in less than two months from now. The culmination of a movie series that first changed the world of cinema forever and inspired an entire generation of kids and adults in 1977, when Star Wars introduced us to the Force, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Darth Vader.
And while it was never advertised as such at first, Disney is now emphasing over and over again that the “Skywalker Saga” will be concluded with Episode IX. So maybe now is the perfect time to reflect, to look back, to talk about how we feel about the fact that with Rise of Skywalker everything will end, as far as movies with Skywalkers and original trilogy characters in them are concerned. Much has been written about the sequels, several actors have spoken about how they feel, Anthony Daniels only talked about his feelings last weekend. So let’s talk about how we feel. Click through for more!
Website Box Office Pro released their very early and very preliminary box office predictions for The Rise of Skywalker last Friday. And while these numbers are very tentative it’s still worth looking at them and then to see how The Rise of Skywalker is actually trending on Google and YouTube. So click through for a very early outlook on The Rise of Skywalker’s box office success and how the movie is trending one week after the trailer was released! The results are certainly interesting!
An ultra rare Kenner Rocket-Firing Boba Fett action figure is up for auction! Hake’s auctions has the figure and they believe it may bring in up to $500,000. Now, I think this is a bit on the high side. Earlier this year an unpainted prototype of Rocket-Firing Boba Fett was sold for a then record high of $112,926. What speaks for the Boba Fett up for auction now is its near mint condition, he’s also fully painted. The figure is AFA-graded 85+ NM+. You can see a photo of the actual figure below, click on it to see it in great detail. The current bid is almost $121,000, with 14 more days to go, so this Boba Fett will definitely set a new record for the most valuable Star Wars action figure ever, even if it’s not auctioned off for $500,000.
Go to Hake’s auctions to see all the details, including more photos, plus certificates of authenticity. They also have a carded double telescoping Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi (both believed to bring in up to $100k) up for auction. Certainly the perfect gift for any serious Star Wars fan! Now you only need to find someone who has the money and who likes you very, very much! Thanks to Aldo S. for the alert!
We all saw the final trailer for The Rise of Skywalker last night. It was extremely light on story, to the point that it didn’t give away anything at all, but instead was filled with beautiful, sometimes breathtaking imagery and epic scenes. But the trailer also confirms basically everything that was reported in leaks weeks ago. Which begs the question if the rest of the leaks, the leaks about story and plot are also true. So let’s have a final discussion about The Rise of Skywalker spoilers!
Absolutely stay away from this article if you don’t want to read potential spoilers! If you want to discuss spoilers, then please click through! There’s much to discuss!
Check out the fun line of Igloo coolers and jugs just announced from Igloo Products Corp. Click through for the full press release. And remember… the Force will be Igloo, always. (Com’ on, I had to do it)
According to a story by the Hollywood Reporter Disney has struck a deal with Tencent’s “China Literature” platform, which is the largest e-book and online reading platform in China.
As part of the deal 40 Star Wars books will be translated into Chinese for the first time, but the deal includes one more, much more important thing. Click through to read more!
The Vintage Collection was brought back to life by Hasbro in April 2018. Time to look at some numbers. How many figures are there? How many are actually all new? And what source material was used for the figures? Click through for a comprehensive TVC 2.0 overview with bar and pie charts!
Update: another chart added with better visualization for what figures have new parts.
The Hasbro NYCC Star Wars panel just ended. Not all that much that wasn’t leaked before was revealed. Hasbro did specifically address the latest TVC rumor and says it’s false! Click through for all the details you need to know!
I came upon something on YouTube which I considered parody at first. What I had just witnessed could certainly not be real. Or so I thought. But a quick Google search told me that no, what I had seen is real and does actually exist!
Let me introduce you to the brand new Le Creuset Star Wars Collection cookware. I am not pulling your leg. This is absolutely real. Available in select Le Creuset boutique stores and online from November 1st. Go to Le Creuset’s Twitter and sign up to get notified when this set will be available. Click the image below for the video.
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