Hot Toys Released Their STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Kylo Ren Action Figure

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While we all wait to see how Kylo Ren’s story arc unfolds in the Star Wars saga, we have a new 1/6th collectible action figure from Hot Toys for you to check out. This is the version of the character from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with the change of the scar across his face and everything. As you can see, we also get a look at Supreme Leader Snoke’s Praetorian Guards. Some of the photos show Kylo in a kneeling position with the guards behind him. I assume he is kneeling before Snoke. This is yet another great figure with all the awesome details we’ve come to expect from Hot Toys. Here are the details:

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Star Wars: Episode IX Release Date Delayed to December 2019

Star Wars: Episode IX release date delayed to December 2019

Star Wars: Episode IX release date delayed to December 2019

Following the announcement earlier today that J.J. Abrams will be stepping in to direct the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm has revealed that the final chapter in the new trilogy has officially been delayed.

Previously set for a May 24, 2019 release date, the film will now arrive on December 20, 2019, with the live-action Aladdin taking Episode IX‘s original date of May 24. Episode IX is now scheduled to open up against the long in-development Wicked movie from Universal Pictures, and just one week after the upcoming Wonder Woman sequel.

Abrams will direct the film and co-write the script with Chris Terrio (Justice LeagueArgo). Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

The characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Episode IX can next be seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, opening in theaters on December 15. Written and directed by Rian Johnson (BrickLooper), the film continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcoming back cast members Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Domhnall Gleeson as Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran as Rose.

J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode IX!

J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode IX!

J.J. Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode IX!

Following the departure of Colin Trevorrow as the director for Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm has announced that filmmaker J.J. Abrams will return to the franchise to direct the final chapter in the new trilogy of films. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio (Justice League, Argo). Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.

The characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Episode IX can next be seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, opening in theaters on December 15. Written and directed by Rian Johnson (BrickLooper), the film continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcoming back cast members Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Domhnall Gleeson as Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran as Rose.

Star Wars: Episode IX is set to debut in theaters May 24, 2019

The LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon Revealed!

The LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon Revealed!

The LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon revealed!

Separate from the Star Wars: The Last Jedi assortment, LEGO also announced the new LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon. With 7,541 pieces, it is the largest LEGO set ever – and will be available October 1 for $799.99. You can check out photos of the set in the gallery below!

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Hasbro Reveals New LAST JEDI Black Series Action Figures For Force Friday II

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Christmas comes twice a year for Star Wars fans, the first time is Force Friday and thanks to Hasbro we’re getting a good look at some of the new figures that will be hitting stores shelves between now and December when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters.

Force Friday II is the massive Star Wars merchandising extravaganza that launches starting at midnight Sept. 1. It gives the die-hard fans the chance to get their hands on some figures before everyone else.

THR’s Heat Vision got an exclusive look at a line of Hasbro’s Force Friday figures, including the company’s prestigious Black Series six-inch figures.

The first figure standout looks to be the First Order Stormtrooper Executioner figure. This one will be exclusively available at Target and retail for $19.99. This trooper’s duty is to “dispense final justice to those who feign loyalty to the First Order.” Fans are already speculating that Finn (John Boyega) will have to face them for deserting the First Order in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 

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Ron Howard Makes First Statement About Directing The HAN SOLO Film

It’s been a whirlwind of insanity over at Lucasfilm the past few days. After five months of filming and about four weeks of production to go, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from Han Solo because their vision didn’t align with Lucasfilm’s. There are a lot of new details regarding that, which you can read about here.

Ron Howard has since been hired to take over the directing duties and he’s received an outpouring of support from Lucasfilm and his fans. The filmmaker recently took to Twitter to make his first statement since he was hired to complete the production work that was started by Lord and Miller.

I couldn’t be happier to see him come on board to finish directing the Han Solo film. I’m sure the plan is to take as much of the footage that was already shot as he can and then use his talents to smooth things out and make it all work. That will include finishing shooting the remainder of the film as we’ll as reshooting certain scenes.

One thing we know for sure is the movie has a solid script co-written by Lawrence Kasdan. That’s obviously the direction that Lucasfilm wants to take this character. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy also seems optimistic about the outcome of the film, previously saying:

“We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

As of right now, Howard will be going through all the footage that Lord and Miller already shot and he will then start to formulate his plan on how to proceed and finish the film.

Mark Hamill Completely Disagreed with Rian Johnson’s Take on Luke Skywalker in THE LAST JEDI

This week marks Star Wars 40th Anniversary and Vanity Fair has given us an inside look at the upcoming The Force Awakens sequel, The Last Jedi. And for most fans of Star Wars this sequel is very important because, for the first time since Return of the Jedi, we will have LOTS of Luke Skywalker (if you don’t count the seconds he appears in The Force Awakens.) Many fans have a certain expectation of what Luke may be like in his later years. They are of course basing it on what they have seen him do in the previous films. Certainly Luke himself, Mark Hamill is one of those ‘fans.’ In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Hamill recalls the first time he read through The Last Jedi script:

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ROGUE ONE Writer Has Another STAR WARS Project In The Works

Industrial Light & Magic Visual Effects Supervisor and writer of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story John Knoll has another Star Wars idea. According to THR, Knoll told attendees of the National Association of Broadcasters his idea is still a work in progress:

“I have another idea I’ve been tinkering with, It’s maybe 75 percent there. I haven’t pitched it to [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy]. It’s another Star Wars thing.”

Did you think he was gonna run his mouth about a pitch before talking to the big dog?! Rogue One writer or not, that’s an easy way to get walking papers in the Disney family. Obviously, just the news alone is a reason to be excited as I think the Rogue One team did a better job capturing Star Wars nostalgia than The Force Awakens team. I wonder what story Knoll could be looking to tell?

Star Wars Spotlight: Splinter of the Mind’s Eye

Luke and Leia fight for their lives and try to escape the Empire!

Each week Star Wars Spotlight combs through the digital archives of Marvel Unlimited to showcase one classic story from that distant galaxy filled with Jedi, Sith, princesses, scoundrels and droids.

Blowing up the Death Star at the end of “A New Hope” might have seemed like a final nail in the coffin to some viewers back when the film came out, but as we all saw in the ensuing sequels, the Rebellion still had its work cut out for it. In the wake of those heroic events, Luke and Leia continued their efforts to unify more people against the evils of the Empire as seen in adaptations like SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE by Terry Austin and Chris Sprouse.

The story began with the siblings who didn’t yet know they were related flying to Circarpous IV, but having to land on the fifth planet in the system due to Leia’s ship being damaged. While trying to land, the pair find themselves hit by a strange energy that downs both ships. Eventually, the two heroes of the Rebellion—as well as R2-D2 and C-3PO—met up with one another and discovered the source of the unusual signals they’d received: An Imperial mining operation! To survive, Leia and Luke dressed as miners and infiltrated the colony.

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Kathleen Kennedy Clarifies That Han Solo’s Name Is Actually Han Solo

Kathleen Kennedy is doing some cleanup work following the conclusion of Star Wars Celebration. Among some other confusing statements, Kennedy cleared up some remarks that led some fans to believe that Disney CEO Bob Iger was implying Han Solo’s real name isn’t Han Solo. Kennedy responded to the statement (via Slashfilm) saying she’s not sure what Iger meant by the statement…

“I’m not sure that’s entirely what Bob [Iger] meant. There’s more to Han Solo’s name, but it’s not that it’s not his name. It’s obviously his name. It will always be his name.”

Could you imagine the fan outcry if all the sudden we learned that Han Solo was just a front and our beloved smuggler was once known under a different name? I guess ultimately it would depend on how it was handled, but we all know how fans of Star Wars react when the past is changed. The new Han Solo film is due out May 25th, 2018.