The Last Jedi toy leaks have begun! We have our first look at Kylo Ren’s starfighter, a new TIE variation. There are also various signs of what toys we’ll be getting in the early waves, including what seems to be two versions of Snoke.
We only see half of it at the link, but John Burns did a painting based on MSW’s previous report of the fighter; Check it out under the cut.
Last week, for Star Wars Day, we had a prize drawing for the Star Wars Notebook Collection, a set of three sweet notebooks featuring classic A New Hope artwork on the covers, graciously given to us from the good folks at Chronicle Books. The winner of our contest, randomly selected from the entries, is John Markham. He will be getting the notebook collection, released earlier this year to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars! Thanks to our friends at Chronicle Books and watch for more prize drawings!
On Wednesday, Marvel launches their second crossover event with The Screaming Citadel #1. The story will continue in Star Wars #31, Doctor Aphra #7, Star Wars #32 and Doctor Aphra #8.
There’s also a new Legends Epic Collection, Rebellion Vol. 2.
May the 4th is rarely a big day for anything but goofiness, and we did get that in spades. Below, Kristen Bell (guest hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live) surprised Adam Scott with Mark Hamill.
→ In addition to giving a few quotes to Entertainment Weekly, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson did share a quick video with another Star Wars luminary:
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 4, 2017
→ Meanwhile, Han Solo director Philip Lord teases something he can’t talk about just yet.
→ Marvel’s Doctor Aphra won the latest Hasbro fan figure poll. Expect a 3.75-inch action figure, the character’s first, sometime next year.
→ And no, we didn’t get a new Vanity Fair spread, as many of us were assuming. But do expect one later this month. Let’s just not pin it on any specific dates this time.
Rian Johnson had (at least) one request for J.J. Abrams about The Force Awakens‘ ending – to have Artoo go with Rey instead of BB-8, so the classic droid could be reunited with Luke Skywalker. Luke, naturally, is central to The Last Jedi:
“Figuring out where his head was at was the very first thing I had to do when writing the movie. I had to crack this. And it had to be something for me that first and foremost made sense. Why did Luke Skywalker go off to this island?” Johnson says. “That was the starting point, and that’s what the entire movie explores.”
So Luke’s self-exile – and his reasoning – is a key factor in the film.
Making Star Wars today has a few details about the chase scene that was filmed on location in Debrovnik. Specifically, what the animal we saw was, and where the scene ends up.
It’s Mark Hamill’s turn to pull a fast one on some unsuspecting Star Wars fans for Force For Change.
While I finished up the wear-a-thon part of my Wear Star Wars Every Day charity fundraising project after completing the entire year of 2016 by wearing a different Star Wars apparel item each day, the project is now moving onto a new phase with extra fundraising through the auction of donated clothing. Starting us off for Star Wars Day and the first week of May, we have five t-shirts and a hat up on eBay for folks to bid on. Or you can just donate directly to the Wear Star Wars Every Day site to benefit Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support for urban refugees in Amman, Jordan.
Here’s what we have in this first round of auctions, with 100% of the proceeds going to Collateral Repair Project:
- Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 exclusive “BB-8 Thumbs Up” (Women’s Medium, worn once, still tagged) – Day 224
- Star Wars Celebration V exclusive “The Endless Celebration” (Men’s Large, worn once, still tagged) – Day 114
- “Irish You Were Here” from Fifth Sun (perfect for St. Patrick’s Day) (used Women’s Medium) – Day 244
- First Order Stormtrooper design from Mad Engine (Men’s Large, worn once) – Day 89
- Wok This Way – Leia and Wicket in the style of Calvin and Hobbes, from BustedTees (Men’s Medium, worn once) – Day 340
- Handmade Crochet R2-D2 beanie, with tasseled ear flaps (Adult, worn once) – Day 319
A third Star Wars web show is on the way. Under the new Disney Digital Network, StarWars.com will launch ‘Science and Star Wars,’ a collaboration with ILM hosted by Anthony Carboni. Unlike The Star Wars Show and Rebels Recon, this will be a Facebook exclusive.