Star Wars: It’s About Family

Star Wars means a great many things to all of us. To the late (and dearly missed) Carrie Fisher, “It’s about family, and that’s what’s so powerful about it.” And I, for one, couldn’t agree more with her sentiment. Read more

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Funko Announces Pop! Deluxe Chewbacca with AT-ST

New year, new product announcement from Funko!

Pop! Deluxe: Star Wars – Chewbacca with AT-ST

Everyone’s favorite Wookie Chewbacca is now
featured as a Pop! Deluxe.

From Return of the Jedi Chewbacca takes control
as he is shown riding in an AT-ST.

Add him to your collection this Winter!

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #39

This review of Star Wars #39 contains minor spoilers.

The damage on Jedha looked bad from above the moon. It’s even worse on it.

As the “Ashes of Jedha” arc continues through Marvel’s flagship monthly Star Wars title, writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca have stocked #39 with a mix of powerful prose and imagery, along with some much-needed yet not over-the-top levity.

Indeed, the crux of the second part of this story arc is the admission of damage done to the moon during the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While viewers saw the roiling rock and dirt and rising spire of dust, debris and death, it’s in the pages of the comic that we see its toll on those residents left behind and Saw Gerrera’s surviving Partisans.

It’s not pretty. It’s not hopeful. It’s not optimistic.

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Coming Soon from Funko — Kylo Ren Mug and Luke and Leia Speeder Bike Pops!

More new items from Funko will be available in the coming weeks. First up is the Kylo Ren ceramic mug, followed by Funko Pop! Return of the Jedi Speeder Bikes with Princess Leia in Endor gear and the variant Luke Skywalker version.

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Some of Luke Skywalker’s Most Memorable Moments in ‘Star Wars’

Throughout the generations, Star Wars has captured the imaginations of fans and creators alike. Forty years have passed, and yet, Star Wars’ themes still ring true today. Hope, family, love, heroism, and redemption are as relatable now as they were in 1977 and one of the many reasons why Star Wars has remained timeless, becoming a cultural phenomenon.

A recurring theme is the Hero’s Journey and Luke Skywalker is one of the most iconic examples of this monomyth. Even if you have never watched a Star Wars film, most likely, you know the name Luke Skywalker. Luke Skywalker, the farm boy who became a Jedi like his father before him.

So, in honor of the fortieth year of Star Wars and to gear-up for the upcoming film ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ I thought it would be fitting to go back and recap some of Luke’s most memorable moments from Star Wars.

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 36 – Coming Back For More, Part 3. Which Is Actually Part 6…

It’s that time again! Are you guys enjoying these? I know I am, so even if you’re not, they’re gonna keep on coming. So strap yourselves in. The next film in my discussion of the things that bring me back to the Star Wars films is the most hotly-debated film in the original trilogy: Return of the Jedi. From the script to the Ewoks to the ending, this is the original trilogy film that has the most wildly-varying opinions associated with it. Some people put it near the bottom of the saga, and some people put it at the very top. For me, it falls near the middle, but definitely upper-middle. I recognize that it has some flaws, but those flaws are not glaring enough to diminish my enjoyment of it. So what is it about THIS admittedly flawed film that makes me develop a hankering for it? And why is it called a “hankering”? Read on to find out!

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The Rescue Plan from Jabba’s Palace (Part I)

The Rescue Plan - Freeing Han from Carbonite

The first act of Return of the Jedi featured Han Solo’s rescue by his friends from the clutches of the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. Luke, Leia, Lando, Chewbacca, and the droids each arrived at Jabba’s palace either individually or in pairs. Not that Star Wars fans need a reminder, but eventually Leia freed Han from the carbonite. However, Jabba then threw Han in a dungeon and kept Leia by his side in her iconic outfit. Luke showed up and the rescue moved into its final stages. A question arises: was Han’s rescue a well executed plan or the result of improvisation by Luke, Leia, and the others? Although there isn’t a definitive answer, an analysis of the scene suggests Han’s rescue was the result of a well-executed plan with some improvisation thrown in. This two part blog post will analyze the steps of the rescue plan and evaluate how much went according to a plan, and what they left to improvisation.

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Melinda’s Brew: The Force of Female Fandom [2]

Melinda's Brew

The more things change, the more things stay the same. Aside from the fact I never have been a huge fan of using such a vague word as “thing[s]”, I always have been rather amazed at the truth behind this simple adage. Shouldn’t it stand to reason that change brings about … well, change … thus “things” don’t stay the same? Isn’t that what change is all about?

Yet, we’re all human. Since that is the case, human nature, emotions, preferences come into play, and each of those facets of our beings will affect how adaptable – or resistant to change – we are. Getting philosophical on you I seem to be but this line of thinking popped into my head – quite naturally – when I sat down to write the second installment in my series about Star Wars’ female fan base. From a certain point of view, change has occurred. Read more

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Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction to Feature Star Wars Items

ICONIC STAR WARS PROPS INCLUDING C-3PO’S HEAD TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER IN £3M AUCTION

C-3PO head and Y-wing model miniature amongst 600 lots of movie memorabilia in upcoming London auction on Tuesday 27th September 2017

C-3PO’s Special Effects Head from Irvin Kershner’s Academy Award-winning film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is estimated to sell between £60,000 – 80,000. Over 80 Star Wars lots will be sold, including an ILM Y-wing Model Miniature from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi which is estimated between £100,000 – 200,000.

Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction will feature a collection of film memorabilia worth over £2-3 million
A preview exhibition presenting over 300 auction lots will take place between 7th – 26th September 2017 at the BFI IMAX in Waterloo, London.

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 35 – Coming Back For More, Part 2. Which Is Actually Part 5…

Hi folks! It’s that time again. We all know I’m a fan of Memory Lane, so here’s another round of rumination for you. As I continue my exploration of what keeps me coming back to each Star Wars film individually, I’m taking a look at The Empire Strikes Back this month. As much as I talked about nostalgia last time, the second film in the saga may hold even more warm, fuzzy thoughts. It is the first movie I remember seeing in a movie theater. My brother took me to see it. I’ve mentioned before how funny I thought “Laugh it up, fuzzball” was to me at the time, so I won’t go into that again, but suffice it to say I laughed so much that my brother got annoyed. I’ve struggled with how much nostalgia should play a role in these discussions, and I think I’ve come to a conclusion.

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