This is a jam-packed edition of Star Wars Bits. We’ve got real Star Wars Episode VII news, rumors, toy information, book excerpts, and even mobile game updates. Below, read about the following.
- John Williams will start working on Star Wars Episode VII in two weeks.
- Read about some of the work Phil Tippett might be doing on Episode VII.
- Oscar Isaac has finished his work on Star Wars Episode VII.
- See Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher hit the town together.
- Read the ominious opening crawl of the new novel Tarkin.
- Star Wars authors can still use Expanded Universe bits.
- A new creature from Star Wars Episode VII is described.
- Some mysterious new characters are revealed in latest Star Wars Lego images.
- Watch a video of the new Lego Slave 1.
- Star Wars mobile game Tiny Death Star has been taken off line while Angry Birds gets a Star Wars Rebels update.
- Possible descriptions of Han Solo‘s outfits in Star Wars Episode VII.
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One of the best/worst things about being a Star Wars fan is the merchandise. There’s just so much of it. You can try and avoid it, tell yourself you aren’t going to buy it, but eventually someone is going to make that exact piece you’ve always dreamed about and you have to have it. That’s because, in one of the most famous business deals ever, George Lucas turned down a significant chunk of his salary on the original film in exchange for rights to any Star Wars sequels and merchandising. Before the movie came out, that seemed like a no-brainer for the studio. This movie was never making money. Now, over 30 years removed, merchandise makes way more money than the movies, to the tune of billions of dollars.
Toys are at the center of that empire of Star Wars merchandise. Toys you almost certainly owned as a child and beat into submission as you saved the world time and time again. Toys now sold in specialty shops for so much money you kick yourself for destroying them in your childhood. And when there’s a topic so specific yet so universal and fun, it’s bound to prompt a documentary.
Enter director Brian Stillman and a film called Plastic Galaxy, which “explores the groundbreaking and breathtaking world of Star Wars toys. Through interviews with former Kenner employees, experts, authors, and collectors, it looks at the toys’ history, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.” Um, yes please.
The film is currently streaming exclusive on Vimeo. Below, watch a trailer and learn more. Read More »
More than almost any Disney character in recent memory, everyone wants a Wall-E. He’s cute, he’s got personality, he’s helpful and he cleans up after you. What could be better than that?
Unfortunately, we’ll never own an actual Wall-E because they don’t exist. He’s a figment of the imagination of director Andrew Stanton and hundreds of other talented people at Pixar. There are some cool Wall-E toys though, and fans have even taken it upon themselves to build ultra-realistic versions of the robot.
Disney has now done something right in the middle, releasing a “U-Command” Wall-E, which is remote controlled by an infrared waves. It has all kinds of articulations in the hands, face, voice controls and more. Check out the U-Command Wall-E Remote Control video below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
Each of the Guardians of the Galaxy were lovable in their own special way, but if we’re being honest the real heart of the team was Groot. The taciturn tree-creature was equal parts badass and sweet, and his adorable dance moves made him the must-have toy of the season. Too bad Disney’s been dragging its feet on actually putting out said toy.
The good news is that the company is getting closer, as Dragon Models announced today that it will release a 7″ Groot toy. This one looks a lot more like the Groot of the film than that earlier Funko bobblehead did. The bad news is that it’s still not really the Groot toy we want. Hit the jump for details on the new Groot toy. (Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet. Why haven’t you seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet?)
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The gold standard in high-end collectible toys is a company called Hot Toys. They have the most desirable licenses, and create work that is absolutely second to none. Some of their recent brilliant work is based on Back to the Future, The Dark Knight and The Avengers.
Back in July, Hot Toys finally announced they had acquired the mother of all licenses: Star Wars. This was a crushing blow to collectors like myself because it meant we’d soon be dead broke as Hot Toys takes all our money with their amazing work. Now the first two pieces have been released and, as expected, they are incredible. You can see a tease above; below, check out the first Hot Toys Star Wars for Han Solo and Chewbacca. Read More »
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Sideshow Collectibles sent me a sample of Hot Toys Iron Man Mark 33 Silver Centurion Sixth Scale Figure. Lets unbox this figure and take a look at whats inside the box. After the jump you will find photos of the Hot Toys Iron Man Mark 33 Silver Centurion Sixth Scale Figure, alongside my thoughts on the product.
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Sweden lego master-builder Etzel decided to recreate the famous “You killed the car” scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in an incredible LEGO diorama. Etzel won a contest with this contribution on Swebrick’s annual AFOL vs. AFOL contest, a Swedish lego forum where other members recreated scenes from 1980’s movies or television series. Other submitted LEGO dioramas included Blade Runner, The Shining, Spaceballs, Blues Brothers and many other films. See more photos from this awesome Ferris Bueller LEGO diorama, after the jump.
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When discussing the films of Wes Anderson, many people seem to choose 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox as their least favorite of his movies. I find that fact to be crazy because, in 2009, Fantastic Mr. Fox was my favorite film of the year.
Sure it looked different from rest of Anderson’s films, but at its heart, it really wasn’t. Anderson’s musical choices, parental themes, locked-off camera angles and long takes were all there, just seen through the eyes of stop-motion animation. Watch it again and it’s as timeless, if not more so, than most of the directors other films.
And now, it’s the first Anderson film to get its own toy line. Funko will release four beautiful Fantastic Mr Fox toys from the animated film in November. Check them out below. Read More »
In July, Hot Toys announced they would be producing a Back to the Future 1/6th scale Marty McFly Figure as part of their Movie Masterpiece line. The first photos of the Michael J Fox-replica Marty McFly figure was very impressive, but what was in the background of the photos got even more buzz: a 1/6th Scale DeLorean Time Machine replica. From what I hear, Hot Toys only created the vehicle as set dressing for the Marty figure, but the response at Comic Con 2014 (where the figure was on display with the car) convinced them to make it a reality.
And today they have released new photos of the prototype, along with information about the features of the collectible, price and more. Since I was a child, I always wanted top own a DeLorean time machine — this might be my only (reasonably affordable) chance. Hit the jump to learn more about the Hot Toys DeLorean Time Machine.
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