Hot Wheels X-Wing Car

Rebels, star your engines! Hot Wheels has been pumping out Star Wars memorabilia for awhile now with an entire line devoted towards turning iconic characters and ships from the sci-fi saga into little vehicles. However, following their life-size Darth Vader car that was created last year, the Mattel brand has decided to create an even more incredible vehicle by turning an X-Wing into a full functional car, complete with blasters, jet engines and a working cockpit door.

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edrio two tubes

One of the great joys of the Star Wars universe is that every alien in every shot has gained a backstory over the years. Sure, you don’t have to know the complex and dramatic history of that alien sitting at the cantina bar next to Luke Skywalker, but the information is out there if you care to find it. That’s the appeal of a science fiction world that feels so lived-in – you can see the history of everyone and everything on screen.

There’s definitely some history attached to Edrio Two Tubes, a new character who will make his debut in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This Tognath bounty hunter and pilot is the kind of guy whose costume tells its own story. And yes, you can check out some more detailed photos below.

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jyn erso black series

If you’re attending San Diego Comic-Con this week, go ahead and add this to your list of must-buy items: the Black Series action figure of Jyn Erso, the Rebel fighter played by Felicity Jones in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will be one sale at the con…and it will be a Comic-Con exclusive. So go straight to the right booth, money in hand, as early as you can if that sounds like the kind of thing you need in your collection of Star Wars stuff.

Let’s run down the details.

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Knights of Ren Movie

There’s a whole slate of Star Wars films coming out over the next few years with every other one being A Star Wars Story, a spin-off adventure that takes place outside of the primary saga storyline. The first one will be Rogue One this December, followed by a Han Solo standalone movie a couple years later with Alden Ehrenreich inheriting the role from Harrison Ford. There’s rumors of a Boba Fett spin-off to follow in years to come, but we’ve yet to get confirmation on that front.

But if J.J. Abrams had his way, there’s one other spin-off movie he’d like to see involving some characters who were revealed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens who we don’t know much about. Find out more below. Read More »

The Force Awakens

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • The Star Wars: The Force Awakens comic book adaptation has been extended.
  • Everything you need to know about Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt.
  • Timothy Zahn on the return of Grand Admiral Thrawn.
  • A clip from LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.
  • Star Wars: Force For Change wraps up with a goodbye video.
  • A breakdown of who has the most screen time in The Force Awakens.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to arrive on Starz this September.
  • Rian Johnson plays Pokemon Go on the set of Star Wars: Episode 8.

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David Goyer's Darth Vader VR project

ILMxLab has been doing a lot of interesting experimental work. The company hopes to develop the future of storytelling experiences using new technologies like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, the geniuses behind the new Industrial Light & Magic company told me that Lucasfilm Story Group had mapped out the next half dozen years of Star Wars stories and beyond, and they are already developing experiences — some which will be available in VR, others in other platforms — which will be created by big-name filmmakers and top screenwriters and intersect with the stories we will see on screen.

At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2017, ILMxLab announced their first big project, a Darth Vader VR project that will be created by David Goyer, screenwriter of The Dark Knight and Man of Steel and director of films like Blade: Trinity and The Unborn. We reported on this briefly over the weekend when it was announced, but now we bring you more information and some quotes from Goyer himself, who claims that his virtual reality Star Wars story will make you cry.

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rogue one death troopers

In their original incarnation, the Imperial Stormtroopers were grunts, working stiffs who suited up for the Empire because it was a job because being cannon fodder for characters with names and faces was something that paid the bills. Over the years, it became easy for fans to justify just how disorganized these guys were and how they seemingly couldn’t hit the broad side of a Sandcrawler at ten paces with a blaster – these guys aren’t the most elite bunch.

Now, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story seems poised to finally explain where the cream of the crop from the Imperial Academy actually went – they’re the Death Troopers, specialized soldiers who are instantly recognizable from their black armor. But like so many new pieces of Star Wars lore, their origins lie in in the distant past of the saga’s real life history.

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rogue one cameos

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was all about rekindling your love for the Star Wars saga by embracing the familiar and the nostalgic, but Rogue One: A Star Wars Story seems to be all about taking a hard left turn. We already know that the film will feature a different tone from the main episodes and it probably won’t even feature an opening title crawl. This is Star Wars‘ chance to get weird and be different and director Gareth Edwards certainly appears to be embracing that.

And yet, that doesn’t mean he can’t include the occasional callback or include a recognizable cameo. If a little bit of internet detective work is to be believed, Rogue One will feature small appearances from characters who will be more than a little familiar to seasoned Star Wars fans. Naturally, potential spoilers lurk below, so proceed with caution.

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han and leia

Lucasfilm was reluctant to reveal too much about the plot of Star Wars Episode VIII at Star Wars Celebration Europe, aside from the juicy tidbit that it’ll pick up right where The Force Awakens left off. But star Carrie Fisher may have let one other major detail slip about a certain key scene in the movie. Be warned potential spoilers for Episode VIII are ahead — nothing too terribly major, but if you’d rather go into the film knowing as little as possible you may want to err on the side of caution.  Read More »