kylo ren and rey connection

Kyber crystals. Before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, they were probably not in your lexicon (and might not even be after it). Sure, if you watched Star Wars: The Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels, you might be a bit more familiar. The Rogue One prequel novel Catalyst, the young adult novel Ahsoka, and the just-launched Darth Vader series set directly after the ending of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith continue the expansion of knowledge. So why are Kyber crystals suddenly so front-and-center in Star Wars, and what does it mean for Rey (and her lineage) and Kylo Ren going forward, especially Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

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rey not in star wars monopoly

Just when you thought fan outcry and demands for toys and games of popular female characters had been heard, Hasbro has gone and ignored them yet again.

A young fan of Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Rey had written a letter to Hasbro a year ago after she couldn’t find her favorite character in the Star Wars Monopoly game, and the toy company went into crisis control. First Hasbro sheepishly claimed that it left out Rey due to spoilers, then promised the fan that it would release an updated version of the game with a Rey token. But Hasbro has walked back on that promise to release a version with Rey, citing “insufficient interest.”

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It’s no secret that we here at /Film are big fans of Mondo and their very cool output of posters and collectibles. So we’re pleased to exclusively reveal six prints that the Austin-based company is bringing to San Diego Comic-Con 2017. Fans of Star Wars, Attack on Titan, Samurai Jack, Labyrinth, Beauty and the Beast, and 2001: A Space Odyssey who will be attending this year’s con will want to bring some extra cash (and probably a poster tube). Everyone else can still admire these beauties from afar.

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Fukuoka Star Wars Float - Kylo Ren

Over the last two years, Japan has been going all-out with Star Wars promotions tied to local tourism: snow sculptures, sand sculptures, glow-in-the-dark parade floats. This year, as part of the 40th anniversary celebration, the city of Fukuoka has joined in the festivities, with a 2-ton, 42-foot-high Star Wars float being heaved through the streets by a team of men in loincloths.

If you have ever fantasized about seeing Star Wars at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, this is probably the next best thing. Below, check out photos and video of Fukuoka, Japan’s towering Star Wars float.

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Forces of Destiny 8

Back in April, Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled their plans for Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, a campaign consisting of toys, animated shorts, and children’s books intended to shine a spotlight on the female characters in a galaxy far, far away. The campaign kicked off last week, and we’ve updated this article with all of the Forces of Destiny shorts  so you can watch them all in one place. Take a look at the episodes and tell us what you think!
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Star Wars The Last Jedi at Comic-Con

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Tons of reactions to Ron Howard assuming Han Solo director duties
  • More Star Wars video game news and rumors
  • Star Wars animation trailer and news
  • And much more!

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Star Wars The Last Jedi at Comic-Con

Later this month, the /Film crew will be heading to San Diego for our annual coverage of the biggest pop culture convention in the world. The San Diego Comic-Con is the big show for fans of all things sci-fi, comics, fantasy and more, but this year, it will be missing something big.

Despite the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens came to Comic-Con back in 2015, it sounds like Lucasfilm isn’t bringing Star Wars: The Last Jedi to Hall H for fans to drool over footage. However, that may not necessarily be bad news, because it means we’ll likely get a big reveal from the next chapter in the Star Wars saga sooner than later. Read More »

Star Wars Rebels

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Star Wars Rebels season 3 home release news
  • All-Ages Adventures comics creative teams revealed
  • More Battlefront 2 action
  • New The Last Jedi rumors
  • And more!

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star wars the last jedi creates new rules

Adam Driver is probably the No. 1 hype man for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth film in the core Star Wars franchise.

He has raved about the script, about director Rian Johnson, and now he has one more glowing thing to say. And it has interesting implications about the plot for The Last Jedi.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi 8-Bit Trailer

Fans are patiently waiting for a new trailer to satisfy their appetites for more footage from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Not only have we only see one teaser trailer so far, but we’re going to need something exciting to take our mind off the worrisome production of the Han Solo spin-off that is currently waiting to restart production with Ron Howard behind the camera, replacing the fired duo of Phil Lord & Chris Miller.

Helping to hold us over, we’ve gotten an 8-bit version of the quick trailer (or more accurately a 16-bit trailer) that debuted back in April at Star Wars Celebration, and now we have another interesting recreation of the teaser. New York City-based artist Wahyu Ichwandardi has used an Apple II computer from 1984 to create an 8-bit version of the trailer that is composed of 288 images that were transferred onto 48 individual floppy disks before being put into the video format you can watch below. Read More »