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Gallery 1988‘s exhibition of Star Wars: The Art Awakens opened this past weekend, and now high-resolution versions of some of the artwork have surfaced online, thanks to our friends at i09. That piece by Rich Kelly in the header image is my favorite, and I’m really bummed that I wasn’t in Los Angeles to pick one up. See more of the artwork over here.

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If you’re having trouble finding some of the new Star Wars toys for The Force Awakens, that’s because Hasbro is still trying to meet demand. The toy company says sales are running ahead of their expectations and their inventory available to meet the demand has been light. Personally, it took me quite awhile to find a 6-inch Black Series version of Captain Phasma, and she’s going for double if not more than the retail price on eBay. That’s how difficult she is to find. For more on Hasbro’s Star Wars toy situation, check out the full article at Deadline.

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Will the way Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been marketed and kept secret from critics have an impact on the future of film release strategies and film criticism? A new piece over at The Verge hypothesizes that the model used to keep The Force Awakens secret and avoid critical reactions before the film is released to everyone may become the new normal for big blockbusters anxious to keep an audience interested. After all, movies like The Force Awakens or the next Marvel Studios film already have a built-in audience that will see the movie no matter what. But smaller movies, like indies, need the buzz from critics and advanced screening attendees.

There’s a chance we could see The Force Awakens making some waves in the film industry in more ways than one. But it’s also such a unique situation, considering the size and scope of the film and the audience it will reach, that it’s hard to determine whether this will change the rules or merely be the exception to them. Check out the full story right here.

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Season of the Force is now in full swing at Disney theme parks. If you want to know what awesome Star Wars attractions and goodies to keep an eye out for when you visit the park, StarWars.com has you covered with a quick list of eight things to look out for, including animated props turned into real ones and more. Find out everything you need to know right here.

If you can’t make it to a Disney theme park to experience Season of the Force with the new Star Tours sequence that takes place on Jakku and Hyperspace Mountain, then you might want to check out this latest post from DisneyandMore. They’ve got a couple videos from fans who filmed inside of the attractions for everyone who is stuck at home. We won’t post the videos here, but if you want to check them out yourself, they can be found right here.

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In addition to the Season of the Force happenings, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is getting in the Star Wars spirit as well. Some new attractions such as a “dazzling Star Wars-themed fireworks show set to memorable Star Wars music from throughout the saga” and galactic food like Blue Milk Panna Cotta will soon be available to guests. For more information on what else is in store, check out Inside the Magic’s post right here.

That’s all for this edition of Star Wars Bits. Stay tuned for more soon.

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