Can you believe Hasbro repacked the dreadful Darth Vader 12-Inch FIgure from 2013 once again in The Rise of Skywalker toy line? Why? See more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or 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.
The concept art book for The Rise of Skywalker was apparently accidentally sold in South Korea, as photos of the book with South Korean writing have appeared on social media. The few things that have been posted so far show an alternative look for Dark Side Rey (which I greatly prefer to what we got in the movie, it basically pays homage to Luke’s look in Return of the Jedi), we also get a look at things that were cut from the script/movie, like the “Oracle” Kylo Ren was originally meant to encounter early in the movie. You can see some photos on Twitter! And below is a photo of what was probably an idea for a Force vision, Emperor Kylo and Empress Rey with yet another look for her. Would you be interested at all in a sequel trilogy action figure line that is based on concept art?
Tuesday was a very special day for The Rise of Skywalker! The movie crossed two thresholds at the box office! One positive and one not so postive! Click through for the details!
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Walmart.com has listed the Skywalker Saga Blu-Ray Box set for $129.99 with 18-discs (which is one bonus disc per film) and the release date is set for April 17. I’m willing to bet that The Rise of Skywalker will likely release around that time (maybe a bit sooner to try and make people double-dip as Disney likes to do) as well as the Best Buy Skywalker Saga 4k Box Set. Now we’ll have to see if this new rumor of a second theatrical release with more footage a la Endgame comes at the end of January, but for now, we at least have a release date for the Box Set.
Check out the Supreme Leader Kylo Ren 12-Inch Figure from The Rise Of Skywalker line. It’s the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or 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.
The Rise of Skywalker was nominated for three Academy Awards! Click through for all the details!
We’re quite a few weeks out from the release of The Rise Of Skywalker in theaters. The film, while opinions are split, found favor with many legacy Star Wars fans, even those who lost hope with The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. And many longtime Star Wars fans who admit that the film was flawed, can, at the very least, admit that the film was enjoyable, and back to basics in many ways. If you’ve seen the film multiple times, has it grown on you, or have you lost interest. Do you hope that Hasbro produces a lot more toys based on this film in the 3.75" and 6" scales? While many other fans are obsessed with box office numbers, it’s a fact that a blockbuster film that makes a bazillion dollar doesn’t make a good film. So, even if The Rise Of Skywalker produces less revenue, it may rank as the best of the Sequel Trilogy overall for many, many Star Wars fans. Your thoughts in the comments, please.
The weekend box office numbers for The Rise of Skywalker are in and they have more or less decided things. We now know where the movie is headed at the box office. But I don’t just want to talk about box office today, I also want to talk about what Disney should or could do next and what all of that could mean for the future of Star Wars toys as well. So click through for the latest box office numbers and how the numbers might shape the future of Star Wars both on the silver screen and in the toy aisle!
I want to talk about some 100% unverified rumors. And to make it absolutely clear: these are not rumors originated by JTA (some people have problems with reading comprehension, so in short: this is from a source on Reddit, NOT JTA!), I merely talk about the rumors. Yes, it’s all unverified. Yes, we will never be able to verify any of that unless some of the people involved open up. However, I think the rumors have at least some credibility to them and may even explain the behavior of some of the actors in recent times. So what are the rumors about? Disney’s alleged meddling with The Rise of Skywalker and that JJ Abrams is extremely unhappy about the final cut. This article has spoilers! So if you haven’t seen the movie yet, stay away, everyone else, please click through! And you may only click through if you understand that these are Reddit rumors, NOT JTA rumors!
Happy new year everyone! It’s already 2020 where I am. And here’s something to have fun with on January 1st after partying tonight! John Boyega is having a great time on Twitter. He tweeted this on December 31st:
Apparently John is not the biggest Reylo fan in the world! Grab some popcorn and head over to the thread on Twitter… some responses by Reylo fans are really angry. And John Boyega is apparently having lots of fun with them. His responses are classy and hilarious. Maybe he was a bit drunk already, maybe he was bored and was looking for some diversion, either way, have a great time reading the comments on Twitter!
The final chapter in the Skywalker Saga has only been in theaters for slightly over a week, and there is NOTHING on store shelves to support The Rise Of Skywalker. It feels like we’ve been through this too many times since 2015. And what worries me more is that so many online retailers have plenty of stuff on order claiming it is arriving soon. So, will we go from a barren wasteland to overstock in a short period of time? Click the image below to see what is representative across ALL retailers in my area.
I want to provide a quick update on The Rise of Skywalker box office! Click through for the very latest numbers and a realistic outlook on things!
Updated with the most recent weekend numbers for domestic and worldwide! The box office race between The Rise of Skywalker and The Last Jedi is decided!
Not that we needed a study to tell us this, but it’s official! Star Wars fans are almost impossible to please, says a recently published study in the Journal of Media Psychology. Check it out. NY Post has the story with links to the study
Ha! Ha! The Rise Of Skywalker is doing very well at the box office, holding stronger than the art-house project, The Last Jedi. This serves as proof that word is getting out that Disney produced a film for longtime Star Wars fans and not a film that subverts expectations (at least in my mind anyway). Movie Web has the full story.
While opinion on The Rise of Skywalker seems to be once more split, with some people loving the movie, and others criticizing it, it’s maybe time to take a closer look at the box office again, the only objective measure we have for commercial success. We not only have numbers for North America now, but also the most important foreign markets. So click through for a detailed look at domestic and worldwide opening weekend box office performance, including some charts!
Well, well, well. It looks like Forbes has someone aside from Scott Mendelson to offer an opinion about The Rise of Skywalker (thank the Maker)! Eric Cain, who oversees game segments on Forbes, gives the film high praise and probably offers proof that the film is more like a live-action video game than anything else. Check it out! Special thanks to my best friend jerk, Chris S. for the alert.
The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were merchandising killers. There I said it. (more….)
There is much to discuss with the final entry in the “Skywalker Saga.” The Rise Of Skywalker may cause a strong disturbance in the Force, or at least among fans. Could The Rise Of Skywalker be as divisive as The Last Jedi? Or will it bring balance to the fandom again? Healing rifts? BE WARNED, THE REVIEW REVEALS EVERYTHING. So only click through for the spoiler review if you saw the movie or love spoilers.
One more thing: the review is just my own personal opinion. Whether you agree or disagree with me – leave a constructive comment so we can have a good discussion!
UPDATE: the estimates for the 3-day opening weekend are in! The Rise of Skywalker has a $175.5 million opening weekend which is at the lowest end of industry estimates and is the upper limit of my previously posted own estimates based on YouTube trailer views!
While this is a very strong opening, the question is if Disney will be ultimately happy with the lowest opening for any of the sequel trilogy movies. The Last Jedi made about $45 million more on its opening weekend in 2017. Click through for the original story!
I just got back from watching The Rise Of Skywalker, and I know MANY of you are dying to see what I thought of it. Are you sure you want to know? Then click through for more.
The Rise of Skywalker officially opens on December 20th, but most hardcore fans around the world are seeing it on the many earlier screenings as we speak, and for the USA, tonight. If you are itching to discuss what you’ve seen then this is the page for you! We will be bringing you a full review of the movie tomorrow (once we’ve had time to fully digest it after a few more viewings) to discuss the technical and analytical aspects of the film, but use this article to release your energy and excitement for the film. Feel free to discuss ANYTHING you want about it! Post your thoughts, comments, reviews, and every spoiler-ridden comment you’ve been dying to scream out from the top of your lungs. Just please keep the discussion friendly and don’t attack others for their views! This is a spoiler-full safe zone! Team JTA is watching the movie RIGHT NOW, but you don’t have to wait for us to get started with the fun!
Warning: Expect every last spoiler from The Rise of Skywalker to be revealed here. You’ve been forewarned!
It seems that some media outlets and some fans are trying to blame The Rise of Skywalker’s mixed results on fans, and here the “whiny” Original Trilogy fans, also members of the “Fandom Menace”, all the fans who loudly complained about the treatment of Original Trilogy characters in the sequels. They prevented the other fans from enjoying the “new” Star Wars, and in the end convinced Lucasfilm to try to appease the old fanbase with The Rise of Skywalker.
But is that so? I disagree. Why? Click through for a discussion, a discussion about fandom and why blaming certain parts of fandom is dishonest and trying to deflect from the actual issues. This essay is not 100% spoiler-free, so if you haven’t seen The Rise of Skywalker you may want to return here once you did! Everyone else: click through for the world’s best piece of Harry Potter fanfiction ever! Yes, we are going to read some Harry Potter fanfiction! Written by me. And I am the bestest writer evar! Trust me! 😀
Next up for our look at different media formats leading up to Thursday’s early premiere of The Rise of Skywalker here in the U.S. is a collection of some of the popular magazine covers promoting the movie. There are many, many magazines featuring The Rise of Skywalker, but here are some of the most popular that have promoted the franchise over the years. Get the full gallery after the jump!
I have just returned from the 10 am showing of The Rise of Slywalker here in Germany, where the movie opened today. And I am here to tell you if you may or may not enjoy the movie, what kind of fan may enjoy the movie. And I will provide a very short first impression! This article is 100% spoiler-free, so click through for my brief impression!
For the next few days as we build up to this Thursdays opening night release of The Rise of Skywalker here in the U.S. we are going to take a look at a few of the many media formats used to promote the release. First up, let’s check out the trailer release cards featured on the Topps Star Wars Card Trader App. Click through for a gallery featuring all 20 cards. Special thanks to JTA staffer Colin for collecting and compiling these!
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