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Popular Mechanics: “Star Wars Gets its All Wrong”

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When it comes to military might in the old and new Republics, Star Wars gets it wrong. So says Popular Mechanics, one of the oldest mainstream publications that likes to cover everything from jet skis to sci-fi epics. To coincide with May the 4th, the date Star Wars aficionados like to play up everything related to the Star Wars universe, the magazine claims that many of the groundpounding combat vehicles seen in the feature-length films sacrifice sensibility for hype, reasonable looks at military science for jaw-dropping appeal. You can view the full article here:

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Disney Adds Two More Star Wars Films to its Roster

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Speaking at an investor meeting, Disney chairman, Bob Iger, announced two more feature-length Star Wars films are on the near-term horizon. An unnamed Episode VIII has been pencilled in for a May 2017 opening, while Rogue One, the first stand-alone film set in the Star Wars universe, is scheduled to debut in December 2016. More information concerning the announcements can be found here: http://www.starwars.com/

 
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Star Wars Celebration 2015

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“What is thy bidding, my master.”

– Darth Vader

While no secrets were revealed at Toy Fair concerning the upcoming Star Wars film, that doesn’t mean there won’t be goodies galore at the next Star Wars Celebration. Scheduled to run from April 16th-19th, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, several important luminaries will be in attendance, among them both Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, two key actors in the first film trilogy. Also slated to appear is J.J. Abrams, the director for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as Kathleen Kennedy, who took over from George Lucas as the head of Lucasfilm.

There’s a good possibility that several merchandising lines could be shown to the public or behind closed doors, all designed to tempt the senses and tantalize the consumer. We’ll have more information concerning the event in the weeks to come.

 
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

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Black Friday seems to have several meanings this year, as filmmaker J.J. Abrams can mutely testify. Earlier today, the Star Wars director for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens released the first trailers for the upcoming film, which is slated to premiere December 18th, 2015.

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Interestingly, we can hear Darth Vader’s aspirator at the end of the film, the black caped figure who purportedly died in episode VI, but will likely make a flashback or “Force”-reinvigorated cameo appearance for the upcoming film. Anyway, sit back and enjoy!

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Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

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With filming on the upcoming Star Wars movie now at an end, director J.J. Abrams tweeted out the name for the latest installment in the space opera: Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. We anticipate additional details concerning the new film and its merchandising tie-ins in the days and weeks ahead. Stay tuned my young apprentices.

 
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Bandai Calls Upon the Force

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According to Rebelscum.com, Bandai has released an official image showcasing their upcoming first assortment of Star Wars helmet replica collection. These helmets will stand 2.75-inches tall and will retail for approximately $7.50 each. Included in the first wave will be Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, R2-D2, C-3PO or a TIE Fighter Pilot. Scheduled for release in February 2015.

Frankly, we’re not sure why the manufacturer chose to use C-3PO or R2-D2 as the basis for a helmet replica, other than their iconic places in Star Wars lore, but we’re happy to see information starting to appear regarding the upcoming film.

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As an aside, we hear that the Empire’s Stormtroopers will be wearing an updated, if somewhat less sinister looking helmet for the new feature-length film, calling into question how much of the past films will be rehashed for the next set of Star Wars productions. With Disney sparing no expense to make the upcoming film a monster hit, we are of the opinion that virtually everything will be new this time around, with merchandising tie-ins no doubt playing a huge part in the decision making process.

 
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Star Wars: A Galaxy No Longer Far, Far Away

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As we edge ever closer to the start of 2015, we know that everyone will be waiting with baited breath for the debut of the Walt Disney-produced Star Wars film, which is expected in theaters for the holiday season. On a personal note, I fondly remember working at a major toy store chain when the first Star Wars movie shocked theater goers way back in 1977, feverishly stocking shelves with Kenner’s Star Wars merchandise then stepping back as kids of all ages snapped up the product in the blink of an eye.

At this time, we are aware of several collectible lines that will begin appearing in 2015, each aimed at different sectors of the marketplace. We plan on bringing in the more adult-oriented ranges, just like we did with the Eaglemoss Star Trek starship line, and we anticipate brisk sales for years to come as each new movie comes out. As product is announced, we strongly urge collectors to place their orders early to avoid disappointment and help us gauge interest among our collecting audience once word begins to spread. Thank you.

 
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Disney: New Star Wars Movie Each and Every Summer

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According to a recent press release put out by Disney, plans call for the filmmaker to release a new full-length, feature film that takes place within the Star Wars universe each summer beginning in 2015. The plan is to create a trio of sequel films to be released every other year that serve as a continuation of the space opera as we know it. Interspersed every other year within this scheme will be a new generation of one-off films that will remain true to the original Star Wars universe but take place at differing periods and perhaps introduce a bevy of new characters that fit within the tale.

Seeing as how there will likely be an avalanche of new Star Wars related memorabilia due out to coincide with the movies releases, our intent is to carry the more adult-themed collectibles, such as limited edition diecast ships and ground vehicles, or the occasional figure, rather than the burgeoning toy line likely to be made available to the big box stores. We hope to have more concrete information available when the lineup of manufacturers and their plans becomes more certain.

 
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Disney’s Star Wars

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Frankly, it still doesn’t roll off the tongue as smoothly as a George Lucas tie-in but the fact remains that with the recent purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney, plot lines are already being weaved together to form the basis of the upcoming sequel trilogy planned for 2015. While we do not know as yet what direction the story will take, we are happy to report that we will be carrying Star Wars collectible merchandise as part of our burgeoning product portfolio as soon as it is announced.

 
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Disney's Star Wars

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Disney Star Wars

Frankly, it still doesn’t roll off the tongue as smoothly as a George Lucas tie-in but the fact remains that with the recent purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney, plot lines are already being weaved together to form the basis of the upcoming sequel trilogy planned for 2015. While we do not know as yet what direction the story will take, we are happy to report that we will be carrying Star Wars collectible merchandise as part of our burgeoning product portfolio as soon as it is announced.

 
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