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The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.

This week, The Toy Box has a variety of new Star Trek and Star Wars goodies along with new figures celebrating the 40th anniversary of Rocky, some San Diego Comic-Con exclusives for The Simpsons, The Twilight Zone and The Big Lebowski, and a figure that will make a great holiday decoration from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

See all that and more in this edition of The Toy Box.

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • A look at just how much Hasbro knows about Star Wars movies years in advance.
  • Star Wars: Battlefront teases the Bespin DLC.
  • Eleven minutes of gameplay footage from LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • An interview with “Snap” Wexley actor Greg Grunberg.
  • A bunch of new (and pricey) Star Wars art.
  • Some seriously impressive LEGO recreations of The Force Awakens vehicles.
  • A wacky fan theory that ties The Force Awakens to LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.
  • Check out the first five pages of Marvel’s Han Solo comic.
  • And more!

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It’s easy to cynical about virtual reality until you actually give it a try. Sure, you look like an idiot when you have one of those headsets on, but when you’re engaging with the right material, the experience can be breathtaking. It’s not going to replace traditional gaming and it certainly won’t change the way we watch movies, but it’s a fascinating new medium and a thrilling way to experience stories.

As expected, this year’s E3 conference hasn’t been shy about teasing upcoming VR experiences and the next step for game developers and publishers is pretty clear. The faithful and the adventurous gamers are in the bag for this technology, so how do you go about convincing normal people to give this stuff a chance? The answer may lie in making games based on already beloved universes and characters, as new VR games based on Star Trek, Star Wars, Batman are on the way.

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Star Wars Cologne

When it was announced that Star Wars-themed lands would be constructed in Disneyland and Disney World, one of the weird asides was that we’ll finally get to take in the smells of the creatures and food of this galaxy far far away. But it looks like you won’t have to wait until The Star Wars Experience opens later this decade (unofficial estimate, no opining date has been officially announced) to find out what a Jedi smells like. Lifestyle, an affordable German perfumer manufacturer, is selling a set of three Star Wars fragrances. What does a Jedi smell like? Find out more, after the jump.
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Star Wars Video Games

Electronic Arts has a huge deal with Lucasfilm to produce a variety of video games based on Star Wars in the coming years. They kicked off their endeavor in a big way with DICE’s update of Star Wars Battlefront last fall, and there’s a follow-up coming next year (as well as even more expansions throughout this year up through December). But that was just the beginning.

At the big E3 expo for video games that kicked off this past weekend, EA unveiled a video showing off some of the new Star Wars video games they’re working on for the next few years, including a couple that we really don’t know much about at all. Plus, you can get a glimpse of the Bespin and Death Star expansion packs coming to Star Wars Battlefront, and a quick glimpse at some kind of VR X-Wing project in the works as well. Read More »

The Force Awakens Score

In today’s news that everyone expected but we all needed to hear just to reassure ourselves, the developing Disney and Lucasfilm sequels Indiana Jones 5 and Star Wars: Episode VIII have confirmed who will be providing the score for each of the films. And it’s exactly who you hope it would be.

John Williams, the composer behind the iconic themes for both the fedora-toting archaeologist and the saga that takes place in a galaxy far, far away, has been confirmed to compose the scores for both sequels from director Steven Spielberg and Rian Johnson. Williams also has a playful selfish reason that he wants to score Star Wars: Episode VIII. Find out more after the jump. Read More »

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We all know that Disney’s Star Wars theme park lands are going to be immersive. Specifically, we all know that they have to be immersive at the bare minimum if they want to compete with Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the current high water mark in theme park design. Knowing Disney, they will go out of their way and spend a lot of money to fight back against that boy wizard and reclaim their position at the top of this particular food chain. This theme park cold war is going to result in some mighty fine work. Whoever wins, we win.

While the two unnamed Star Wars lands are currently little more than big piles of dirt at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, a new video has given us a taste of just how far they may be willing push to the immersion factor. How about droids wandering the area, integrating with guests and their environment?

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Rian Johnson is “in the home stretch” of Star Wars: Episode 8.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens officially leaves theaters.
  • Author Timothy Zahn discusses the new canon.
  • An impressive LEGO recreation of The Finalizer‘s TIE Fighter hangar.
  • Footage from the Star Wars land construction site.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens teases Jabba the Hutt.
  • Updates on upcoming Star Wars video games.
  • A coffee table shaped like a familiar ice cave…
  • And more!

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The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.

This week we’ve got some new Star Trek goodies for the 50th anniversary, including a new Barbie doll set and an exclusive bobbelhead diorama coming to San Diego Comic-Con. In addition, there’s a great new Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure movie set that comes with an action figure of George Carlin as Rufus, new Funko POP Vinyls for Power Rangers and Preacher, and a few new Star Wars items, including a couple featuring BB-8.

See all that and more in The Toy Box after the jump.

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