Short entries featuring characters, places and items from The Force Awakens have appeared in the StarWars.com Databank. Most of them aren’t particularly revealing – in fact, I believe in many cases they’re the same tiny blurbs showing up on the toys – but at least one confirms a rumor that we’ve been hearing about for quite some time now. Starkiller Base, everyone:
An ice planet converted into a stronghold of the First Order and armed with a fiercely destructive new weapon capable of destroying entire star systems.
Click through to that and you get Captain Phasma, General Hux, Kylo Ren and other various First Order people and things. Punch in Jakku and get Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8 and others. But if you keep poking, you find things like ME-8D9, which mentions a planet called Takodana which is apparently home to “unallied scoundrels…”
Neither Takodana or assumed inhabitant Maz Kanata have entries yet. (H/T to the always eagle-eyed @DarthSpiriah.)
In a response that’s getting some digital ink, the official Star Wars page’s reply to a clueless comment on Phasma’s armor. Just say no to actually dangerous boob-plates.
This one looks to be a bit more heavy on the back-end than the last one – the blog is gone, or rather, most of the content that was live on it has been incorporated into the main site. (Contributers like our pals Bryan Young and Amy Ratcliffe now have their own super-neat landing pages.
And yes, of course there’s still a page for Episode VII…
Head to the community section to welcome to all the sites and podcasts now being featured! And also get a first look at our new logo! (Because I’m a lazy ding-a-ling sometimes.)
To log in, you will have to create a new Disney ID, as the old starwars.com accounts will be (have been?) purged. Considering that nearly all of the content related to those accounts – the blogs and the message boards – are already long gone, it doesn’t seem to be that big of a hardship.
There’s a new front page on StarWars.com – it’s not a super dramatic redesign, but it is certainly a refresh.
My, what a hard sell you are doing on your Youtube channel, Star Wars. I’m sure this is not in any way making anyone suspicious about anything.
Ahoy! It’s your old pal Hondo Ohnaka, Scourge of the Spacelanes, here, and I’ve gotten word that once again I will be competing in the ‘This is Madness‘ tournament from StarWars.com. So here’s your captain to tell you who to pick since you’re all pressed into Team Hondo!
They seem to have expanded the number of spots available by adding these play-in things. At least they are smart enough to not make me join in one of those. In a four-way fight, I would win… or maybe hide… or run away until there is only one left, and then club that guy when his back is turned. But the point is, I’d win.
So they decided to let me skip these add-on rounds, but here are my picks – you have less than three days to get your votes in.
- In Attack of the Play-Ins Matchup 1, we have Wedge Antilles, C-3PO, Mon Mothma and Jek Porkins. I hear this Wedge guy is a bit of a rogue, even if he wears a uniform. But smart money’s on the protocol droid. Why? He’s made of gold. Anyone with that much as you say bling has got to be a baller. Also, if I had to face him, I could knock him over easily. Pick C-3PO.
- For Matchup 2, we have a bunch of Jedi. As Watto says, we don’t need them. They always cause me trouble. Last time they came to my base, they wrecked it up and didn’t even stick around to clean up the mess. Still, that Ahsoka Tano is probably the only one I’d trust, and for a pirate to trust a Jedi, that’s a rare thing. Vote Ahsoka.
- In the next matchup, there’s some members of the Empire and Separatists. Like the Jedi, these guys cause my head to ache. Sep sent their battle droids to shoot up my stuff, so there’s no way I’m going to pick them. I’ll pick General Veers because picking a Navy admiral just seems like bad luck to a mostly illegal businessman like me.
- What are we up to, now? Matchup four. Bounty hunters. While sometimes I work with bounty hunters, other times, they are looking for me or my men. I do background checks when I hire crew. Wait, no I don’t. Anyway, between Bossk, Greedo, IG-88 and Dengar, Bossk is the most lethal, and I don’t want to be on his bad side. Pick Bossk and live, I say!
Looking down at the full brackets, I see that I’m paired against Han Solo in the first round in the scoundrels division, on the light side of the board. I’ll have to make sure I move back to the dark side of the chart next year, but this year, you’d better vote Team Hondo, or else I’ll let my Kowakian monkey lizard tattoo you. Remember, now this is MADNESS!
StarWars.com has brought back This is Madness for 2014, and they’ve souped it up a considerable amount. It’s starting off with a number of play-in rounds, as well as a ‘Predict the Madness’ pool.
And yes, Hondo is back, but he’s going up against a powerhouse in the first round – Han Solo. We expect to hear from Team Hondo soon.
After venturing onto every other form of social media (Instagram, really?) StarWars.com has finally joined the rest of us on Tumblr. Rejoice and follow!
StarWars.com. A year and change after the announcement, the official site has added a section for Episode VII. (via)
Actors. It’s not that really a big surprise that J.J. Abrams wouldn’t be talking to Samuel L. Jackson or Ewan MacGregor regarding Episode VII, but Mark Hamill? So said Jackson in a recent David Letterman appearance, anyway.
Billy Dee and Rebels? Maybe not so fast on that rumor that Billy Dee Williams will be doing a voice on Rebels. Lightsaber Rattling quotes the full conversation.
Horrors. I originally clicked in this expecting to think ‘I’ve seen worse,’ but io9 may be right: This might really be be the ugliest Star Wars shirt ever.