The Force Awakens TV Spot

A new interview with Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley (aka, Rey) has all of the usual quotes you’d expect…but it also features her saying that legendary director Steven Spielberg has already seen the movie three times:

“I haven’t seen the film yet – I kinda want to, and I kinda don’t – Steven Spielberg’s seen it three times, as he told me when I met him!”

C’mon, Mr. Spielberg! Save some movie for the rest of us. Anyway, Ridley also recounted her first day on set, where she nearly had a panic attack when here performance wasn’t up to snuff:

“I was petrified.  I thought I was gonna have a panic attack on the first day … JJ [Abrams] … he probably doesn’t remember telling me that my performance was wooden.  This was my first day! And I honestly wanted to die.  I thought I was gonna cry, I couldn’t breathe.”

star wars novel

Tor has published a terrific look back at the original Star Wars novelization, which had George Lucas‘ name on the cover but was actually written by genre veteran Alan Dean Foster. Written before the movie was realized and before the direction of the sequels was finalized, this novel is at constant odds with the established Star Wars universe…although it pre-dates almost all of it. A great sample:

On the other hand, we’ve got maximum awkwardness from Foster clearly believing that Luke and Leia were meant for each other. Luke’s crush is given far too much attention, making everything an extra layer of gross. It’s like Star Wars in an alternate universe, where different aspects of the story were meant to come true. On the positive end, Foster actually bothers to detail how little consideration droids are given by humans, with Luke marveling at how much personality Threepio has, and feeling surprised at how attached he’s growing to the droid. He also notes how reverently Artoo is handled by Rebels technicians when they take him away to unearth the Death Star plans, the first time he has ever witnessed a robot being handled with such care by men. In that way the book manages to touch on one of the more uncomfortable aspects of the universe that’s never well-addressed.


If you’re ready and willing to live on Ramen and tap water for a few months, Hot Toys has the Stormtroopers you’re looking for. This toys will set you back an arm and a leg, but man, they’d sure look great on your shelf, looming large over the rest of your toys and figures. The only problem is that these guys won’t be truly complete unless you also buy the Captain Phasma figure, but then you’d have to skip a mortgage payment and nobody wants to do that.

If you want something far less traditional, Hot Toys has also revealed a new “Copper Chrome” Stormtrooper. You know, just in case you want an Imperial solder who looks like he was made out of pennies. Here’s the official description of this “for serious collectors only” piece:

The Stormtrooper armor has always been one of the most beloved designs in the classic Star Wars trilogy! With that in mind, Hot Toys is adding a vintage touch to this iconic armor and is excited to present today, a special shiny copper chrome version of the 1/6th scale Stormtrooper collectible figure!

This copper chrome colored Stormtrooper is for diehard Star Wars collectors and is only available in selected markets as an Asia Exclusive item. The rare collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Stormtrooper in Star Wars featuring the eye-catching shiny copper chrome painted armor and helmet, a blaster rifle, and a hexagonal figure stand. This distinctively colored Stormtrooper will surely stand out in your prized Star Wars collection!”

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

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