The onslaught of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise kicked off back in September with a little event called Force Friday, and every week there’s always something new promoting next month’s release of the first chapter in the new trilogy. If that’s just too much, maybe you’d rather go back to a time when there was a little less merchandise on the shelf.
While we’re used to movies getting action figures, lunchboxes and more, back in 1977 it was a rarity. George Lucas was a pioneer in movie merchandising, and now we can take a look back at the beginnings of what would eventually turn into the branding of everything under the sun with 14 minutes of vintage Star Wars toy commercials. Read More »
Please Recommend /Film on Facebook
Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Who am I? I’m no one… but I do come bearing a generous bounty of Star Wars-related tidbits! After the jump:
- Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams will talk Star Wars in New Jersey
- No more trailers are coming for Star Wars Episode VII
- Luke Skywalker is all over this “new” Force Awakens trailer
- Why Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was ahead of its time
- William Shatner keeps the Star Wars / Star Trek rivalry alive
- John Boyega and Daisy Ridley hang out with John Williams
- Give your loved ones a basket of Ewoks for Christmas this year
- Could the cancelled Darth Maul video game get resurrected?
- Why none of us will ever truly know how Star Wars ends
Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 26th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Welcome back to Cardboard Cinema, the series where we explore the fine line between movies and tabletop gaming.
A few days ago, we took a plunge into the world of officially licensed Star Wars board games, taking look at X-Wing, Star Wars: Armada, and Star Wars: Imperial Assault. Each of those games reflect a different corner of this classic universe, putting players in control of tiny space fighters, hulking Star Destroyers, and armies of Stormtroopers. They envelop players in the iconography of this beloved series, bringing the series to life right in front of them.
Today’s games have none of that. There are no Skywalkers or TIE Fighters or Jedi Knights. But there are, well, just about everything else. These are science fiction games whose concepts, ideas, and themes should appeal to Star Wars fans of all stripes. Have you ever wanted to simulate being a member of a rebel group fighting an evil empire? Have you ever wanted to captain an old ship that keeps on failing in the face of danger? How about participating in a full-blown space conflict, but wrapping up in about 45 minutes? This batch of games is for you.
Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
We are living in the golden age of board games.
Really! Whether you realize it or not, the days of Monopoly and Risk are far behind us. Sure, those games still exist, primarily lining the edge of the toy section at your local big box retailer, but there is no reason for you to ever play them again. The “classic” games of the past, the games that seem to inspire so much dread and eye-rolling from so many people, have been supplanted by smart, impeccably constructed, tabletop experiences. From simple party games to massive, complex epics, there is a designer board game for every taste.
There is one thing that unites every board game worth playing. The best games, the ones that stick with you, tell stories. Whether they’re economic simulations themed around managing a medieval farm or tactical experiences that allow you to play general to an army on a battlefield, the great modern game crafts a narrative and throws you into it. You and your allies and opponents are the characters in a narrative. The game may take 30 minutes to play or it may take six hours, but you are participating in group storytelling. This is your tale to tell, and the spaceships and wooden tokens and plastic figures on the board are the elements of your tale of victory and defeat.
Welcome to Cardboard Cinema, a new feature where the lines between movies and board games blur. For the debut excursion into the dual world of film and tabletop fandom, let’s dive into a subject that will inspire a familiarity and fondness in just about everyone. Let’s talk about some Star Wars board games.
Read More »
When Force Friday arrived earlier this month, fans were hoping that the unleashing of a stream of merchandise, from toys to lunchboxes to clothes to books, would reveal some of the secrets of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, you might have noticed that there hasn’t really been much in the vein of revelations from the release. And there’s a reason for that.
As of now, the toys that have been released only represent events and characters from the first third of the film in order to avoid any spoilers that happen later in the movie. But there will be more The Force Awakens toys arriving in the months leading up to the release of the movie. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
If you’re a fan of Back to the Future, then you should know that not only does this year mark the 30th anniversary of the original film. However, October 21st, 2015 also marks the exact day and year which Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) traveled to the future, and there’s a whole slew of celebrations and promotions planned throughout the entire month (including some in 2016) and leading up to that red letter day in the history of time travel.
We’ve featured a bunch of Back to the Future events and cool stuff before, but we thought it would be better to round up as much as we can for a definitive guide to Back to the Future anniversary events, memorabilia, promotions and more. And we’ll also keep adding to this list to keep it as up to date as possible. Read More »
Today audiences know Pixar Animation for delivering stunning feature length computer animated movies. But before they were able to complete the incredible feat that was Toy Story, they created computer animated shorts in the late 1980s.
One of their earliest shorts was Tin Toy, a predecessor to Toy Story in more ways than one, and one Pixar fan has given the main character in the film a building block makeover. Now Master builder and Flickr user Koen has recreated Tinny, a tin toy of a one-man band, in LEGO form, and it’s a very well-done version of the toy that captures the simplicity of the early animated short and brings him into the real world.
Check out the custom Pixar Tin Toy LEGO creation after the jump! Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:
- Preparations are underway for Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney World
- Star Wars Weekends and Disney Star Wars characters may be on their way out
- Watch an adorable video of BB-8‘s big day rolling around Disneyland
- Take a peek at the Star Wars and Darth Vader annuals coming from Marvel Comics
- Will the Star Wars books and comics become required reading for the movies?
- New Force Awakens merch offers a new look at characters like Tasu Leech
- Jimmy Vee has been spotted on the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII
- The first set photos from Star Wars: Rogue One have hit the web
(Header image: “Three Sith Moon” by 6amcrisis; buy the shirt here.)
Read More »
With Force Friday in the United States just hours away, Star Wars fans will soon be getting their hands on a slew of new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys. And while there’s a currently airing unboxing live stream of all the new Star Wars merchandise hitting shelves tonight, we’re still learning of new characters that have gone under the radar so far.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys are already being sold in the Philippines, and a photo of a previously unseen action figure has revealed a new character known as a Guavian Enforcer. Check out a photo of the action figure, and learn a little bit about this The Force Awakens Guavian Enforcer after the jump! Read More »