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The official Star Wars website has been publishing an ongoing series showcasing the art that beloved concept and storyboard artist Ralph McQuarrie crafted for various Star Wars books and today’s entry is a real treat. Above is the cover for for the novelization of Return of the Jedi. Below is the original painting.

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Collider has written a very good article about whether or not Disney and Lucasfilm might consider permanently moving the Star Wars series to December. Although Memorial Day has been the franchise’s standard home for decades, it’s hard to argue with those record breaking grosses and, as the article points out, it’s even harder to argue with the lack of competition:

As it stands now, The Force Awakens not only benefitted from kids being out of school for winter break and families looking for something to share at the multiplex together over the holidays, but there’s little standing in its way in terms of box office competition. Folks have been going back two, three, four times to see The Force Awakens not just because it’s an entertaining flick, but because there’s really nothing else playing that offers the same popcorn, blockbuster-type feel. Indeed, the film looks to have free reign at the box office until, at the earliest, January 15th, when Ride Along 2 and 13 Hours open in theaters, and even then the possibility of it being usurped is far from solidified. In terms of scale and family-wide appeal, the closest competitor doesn’t arrive until Kung Fu Panda 3 opens on January 29th, nearly a month and a half after The Force Awakens first arrived in theaters. Now that’s the kind of wide open box office run you want.

Rogue One is currently scheduled for release this December, Star Wars: Episode VIII for the following May, and that Han Solo spin-off will arrive one year after that in 2018. There’s plenty of time to shift things around, should Disney decide that that holiday cash is greater than summer cash.

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Gizmodo has the scoop on the latest upgrade to Sphero’s massively popular BB-8 toy and it’s a doozy. A new wearable will allow you to control your adorable little droid through hand motions alone. The big question now is whether this is just cool motion-tracking technology or a device that directly connects you with the Force.

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In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Marvel’s Star Wars line dominated comic book sales in 2015, beating out Frank Miller’s highly anticipated return to Batman and the gigantic Secret Wars miniseries. As you can see below, Star Wars books accounted for four of the top ten bestselling issues of last year:

1. STAR WARS #1 MARVEL COMICS

2. SECRET WARS #1 MARVEL COMICS

3. BRAVEST WARRIORS: TALES FROM HOLO JOHN #1 BOOM! STUDIOS

4. ORPHAN BLACK #1 IDW PUBLISHING

5. DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1 DC COMICS

6. STAR WARS VADER DOWN #1 MARVEL COMICS

7. DARTH VADER #1 MARVEL COMICS

8. SPIDER-GWEN #1 MARVEL COMICS

9. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 MARVEL COMICS

10. PRINCESS LEIA #1 MARVEL COMICS

We’re still not entirely sure what’s up with Boba Fett in the new Star Wars canon. In the old expanded universe, he survived his encounter with the Sarlacc and went on to have all kinds of adventures. In the new novel, Star Wars: Aftermath, we see an unknown figure acquire the dead bounty hunter’s armor for vague purposes. In any case, the Star Wars Minute YouTube channel has put together a brief history of Slave II, the ship Boba Fett uses after the events of Return of the Jedi in the old universe. Whether or not Slave II will ever actually exist again is unknown.

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