LEGO Stormtrooper Blaster

With Star Wars Battlefront on the shelves as another way of fueling the hype train on track to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans have been doing their fair share of blasting both Rebels and Imperials in the video game world. But one fan wanted to do some blasting with the weight of LEGO in his hands.

Flickr user and Star Wars fan Nick Jensen has recreated a life-size version of the E-11 blaster rifle, which fans will know as the blaster carried by Stormtroopers in the original Star Wars trilogy. They occasionally use the gun to hit their targets, but mostly it’s just to make a lot of noise and flashing red lights. But this looks like quite the deadly piece of LEGO weaponry. Read More »


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With recent news of a Jurassic World trilogy in the works to follow the success of the sequel/reboot this past summer, the popularity of the Jurassic Park franchise might be bigger than it’s ever been. There’s plenty of dinosaur action in our future from Universal Pictures.

Now two fans have taken their love of the franchise to an extreme level with a massive LEGO creation that takes all four of the Jurassic Park movies spanning 22 years and combines them into one giant set, not unlike the LEGO Jurassic World video game that was released this year in conjunction with the movie. Check it out! Read More »

Ghostbusters LEGO Firehouse set

Update from editor Peter Sciretta: In October LEGO finally announced that they will be making a Ghostbusters Firehouse LEGO Set. They posted photos of the set on twitter along with the text “Get ready to bust some ghosts! First look at set 75827 LEGO @Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters available Jan 2016!” Now photos have been revealed showing the incredibly detailed interior of the Ghostbusters Firehouse LEGO set. Hit the jump to see them now!

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Star Wars - R2-D2

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 »

Stephen Colbert lightsaber

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

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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.

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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.

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The Force Awakens toys

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 »

Back to the Future events

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 »