EA and DICE have unveiled some new details about Star Wars Battlefront's anticipated open beta launching next month.
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In the days leading up to Force Friday, all eyes were on the standard flag bearers of Star Wars collectibles like Hasbro and Lego. The anticipation for new figures and block-building sets was all anyone on collector channels could seemingly talk about. Then the timed-release of several advanced looks at Sphero's remote controlled BB-8 changed the conversation completely. Suddenly, all anyone could talk about for the next few days was the little rotating droid. Even I wasn't planning on getting one of the little buggers right off the bat, but after seeing those first few videos of BB-8 in action, I changed my tune. BB-8 had become the "must have" Star Wars toy of the season.
Of course, with all that immediate hype comes the potential for extreme letdown. It's rare when a single toy met with such fervor in such a short time can be capable of shouldering the expectations of the purchasing public. Just because something is hot and new doesn't mean it's worth the investment, either from a money standpoint or from the time it takes to track one down. Fortunately, Sphero's BB-8 is one of the few ballyhooed collectibles of the past few years that measures up. That is, as long as your expectations can be tempered back to rational levels after the hype subsides.
Right now, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a little bit like Shrodinger's Star Wars. Longtime fans of the franchise have been burned by incredible trailers and hype before, and aren't so eager to let their guard down just in case Episode VII disappoints them yet again. But there's also reason to believe that the new trilogy (and the numerous other films in development) won't fall prey to the same pitfalls that ended up being the prequel trilogy's downfall. As such, The Force Awakens exists as both an incredible triumph and a spectacular failure all at once. It's interesting then that Tamashii Nations next three figures happen to tie the prequels and the new sequels together.
The next wave of SH Figuarts Star Wars figures will hit this winter, and includes Obi-Wan "The Only Good Part of the Prequels" Kenobi, Kylo Ren and the First Order Stormtrooper. Tamashii's gone with the padowan incarnation of Obi-Wan, which is an interesting choice given that rat tails never took off as a viable haircut, but it does allow pit the soon-to-be Jedi Master against the previously released Figuarts Darth Maul. The figure looks sharp, even in the sculpted and articulated robes, and includes two different facial expressions. Kenobi's bemused confusion was certainly an expression used often in the early film, but I'm a little surprised Tamashii didn't go with something a bit more aggressive to match up with Maul.
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One week ago, on a website that is exactly the same as this website, a video was posted. It was about Marvel's era as publisher of Star Wars comics. This week is a video about the expanded universe comics published by Dark Horse Comics. Find out all about the past, present, and future of a galaxy far, far away, none of which is considered canon anymore!
Despite being the lead villain and one of the most iconic characters in cinematic history, Darth Vader only has 12 minutes of screen time in the first Star Wars movie; that’s less than 10% of the movie. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which catches up with the Sith Lord, Darth Vader!
So much of Han Solo’s appeal is due to Harrison Ford’s portrayal of the legendary smuggler. It’s an iconic character elevated by an iconic performance. But it almost didn’t happen. Early in the development of Star Wars, Han Solo was a big, green-skinned alien Jedi with gills and no nose. Once George Lucas decided he wanted a human character, he actually almost cast Billy Dee Williams in the part, before reconsidering him for Lando Calrissian. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which catches up with the captain of the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo!
I'll save you the trouble of having to read an introductory line like, "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if a million wallets suddenly cried out in terror." Ha, no I won't. You just read it. Boom. Roasted. That's how you Star Wars. Okay, now we can get real after I got that out of my system. It's hard not to go for the easy joke sometimes.
Teased during San Diego Comic-Con, Funko officially unveiled its new Star Wars subscription box service today. Dubbed Smuggler's Bounty, the service will work just like the Marvel Collector Corps subscription already offered starting earlier this year. Rather than loaning out its highly lucrative brand to other subscriptions, Funko will be dropping exclusive Pop and Mystery Minis, as well as t-shirts, into its own proprietary boxes. Every two months, you'll get a new box of stuff based on a particular theme (in this case from the Star Wars universe) for $25, and then the cycle begins again.
Prior to the release of the remastered classic trilogy, the only place to get Star Wars toys was at a garage sale or flea market. That is, unless you wanted to pay a premium for classic figures from the '80s. When the new movies were announced twenty years ago, it allowed for an influx of Star Wars collectibles that had been sorely missed from the marketplace. In fact, the desire for Star Wars figures was so large that once Hasbro started putting out new figures in the '90s, it never stopped. Through various series and incarnations, Hasbro's Star Wars figures have been a steady sight on store shelves for two decades.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens due to arrive in theaters this winter, it presented companies like Hasbro with the chance to bring the first truly new characters to life in figure form. For months, Hasbro teased the lead-up to Force Friday, a global event that saw the simultaneous launch of every single manufacturer's first Force Awakens merchandise. While Hasbro has numerous versions of these characters available, the company's signature Black Series line is undeniably the cream of the crop. After a tumultuous Force Friday which saw sellouts and shortages nationwide, I managed to procure a set of the first wave. I wasn't disappointed with the results, but I had certainly hoped for more from the big reveal.
According to Polygon, Star Wars Battlefront's Drop Zone mode takes the Empire and Rebel Alliance war and puts it in a massive match of king of the hill. The Imperial and Rebel soldiers will have to duke it out and capture/defend pods that drop from the sky in 8 vs. 8 multiplayer battles. This marks the seventh game mode revealed for Battlefront, and you're going to have to fight to defend or capture the escape pods that drop throughout the map. Drop Zone matches will be 10-minutes-long apiece, but can end early if a team has captured all five pods.
While he only has only four lines of dialogue and you never see his face, Boba Fett has gone on to become one of the most popular characters in Star Wars lore. But, it turns out his iconic design was actually just taken from a rejected sketch for Darth Vader. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which checks out your favorite bounty hunter with Boba Fett!