Latino Review has dropped Da7e Gonzales’ Friday column early, and it features more (and clearer) pictures of the second X-wing, as well as a few details on how the starfighters figure in.
The ships may be real, but the plot/character stuff? I shrug. But I will note that it does sound like something (someones?) who could be primed for a spin-off.
As for the other big bombshell (so to speak) of the week, I’m already sick of the Death Star crap that’s floating around the J.J. Abrams pic from the other day. That well is dried up, thanks in no small part to Return of the Jedi. The part of me that railed against the fetish back in the days of Kevin J. Anderson is wary, but I wouldn’t count out a superweapon of some kind. But an actualfax Death Star? No matter what you believe about the Empire itself, it’s not so far-fetched that there are a ton of Star Destroyers with similar light packages and shiny floors still around.
Yes, some pockets of resistance have recently emerged to the retro-heavy looks we’ve seen thus far, but let’s give them a tad more credit than recycling an idea for the third time. Remember, we haven’t seen the full package yet, and somehow I doubt they brought in Doug Chiang and Iain McCaig just to touch up some old McQuarrie pieces.
A simulations engineer spotted what looks to be part of the Millennium Falcon and a ‘disguised’ X-wing while flying over a former Royal Air Force station in Berkshire. (The BBC spoke to the photographer, Matthew Myatt.) This may be where that earlier report of sod comes in… (via)
It looks like the X-wing may be parked in front of what used to be a missile silo. Scroll down to the second set of pictures on the Greenham Common page at bunkertours.co.uk to see something that looks likely, as well as some more information on the site.
UPDATE: And it seems there’s more than one X-wing.
A few bloggers got an early look at LEGO’s 1:1 scale model of Luke’s X-Wing fighter. Check out the pics and videos from Gizmodo, Jedi News, and Yodasnews.
If you happen to be in Manhattan today, the model is now on display in Times Square for three days before heading to the Legoland California Resort for the rest of the year. It’s all to promote next week’s debut of The Yoda Chronicles on Cartoon Network. (James interviewed writer Michael Price earlier this week.)
Thinkgeek (who else?) is offering adorable super deformed plush toys of the X-Wing, Millennium Falcon, and AT-AT. Do want.
In our fifth peek at the annotations from the 20th anniversary edition of Heir to the Empire, Timothy Zahn talks about Wedge and the Rogues.
Rogue Squadron was half convenience and half a throwaway line — a unit I could move around wherever I needed it, with Wedge in command because anyone who can survive three Star Wars movies is welcome in my book any day. I would never in my wildest dreams have guessed how well and how far Mike Stackpole and, later, Aaron Allston would run with the whole idea.
The new edition’s release date was pushed back to June 28 earlier this week.
LucasArts announced via Twitter that they are going to be releasing many of their older PC game titles for direct download. The first batch of ten classic games, including Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, LOOM, Star Wars: Battlefront II and The Dig will be re-released on July 8 via Steam, the online delivery system from Valve Entertainment. Steam will also be the download system for the PC version for the upcoming Monkey Island remake The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, coming out July 15.
The full list of games being released on July 8 contains some classic graphic adventures, and some more recent action titles:
- Armed and Dangerous
- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure
- LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure
- Star Wars Battlefront II
- Star Wars Republic Commando
- Star Wars Starfighter
- The Dig
- Thrillville: Off the Rails
This is only the first batch of classic LucasArts games to be released – and noticeably some popular game franchises are absent, possibly to be re-released in future batches: Maniac Mansion, X-Wing, Dark Forces, and Grim Fandango. No pricing information is yet available.
Meanwhile, the new Monkey Island game from Telltale Games, has its first episode coming out tomorrow, Tales of Monkey Island – Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal for PC. The Wii version will be released in the coming weeks.
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis was also included as a bonus game in the Wii version of Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings, released in June 2009.
It’s a rare instance when ‘I can’t believe they’re making that’ and ‘but it’s pretty cool’ come together, but I fear this is the case for these Star Wars kites. Of course, ThinkGeek always finds the best stuff. (via)
The (unauthorized?) Weenie Wing Commander (!!) will hold your hot dogs up off the grill. And for bigger cookouts, there’s a Cthulhu version.
I’m obviously no collector, but if I was the type to shell out a ridiculous amount of money for a Star Wars collectible, the EFX Red 5 seems worth the bother. Kinda wish I knew someone crazy enough to buy it just so I could touch one, because you know that stuff will be behind glass at cons. Sigh. (More pics at Gizmodo.)
Papercraft fans: Amoeba Boy has created a Steampunk X-Wing that you can print, download and fold. Also be sure to check out his steampunk Artoo and other sci-fi art. (via)