Mos Eisley: Tatooine.
After losing a class action lawsuit today Industrial Automation began recalls on their problematic R5 line of astromechs. The R5s have been plagued by protruding motivators that have malfunctioned (nicknamed Blown Motivator of Death or BMoD). It appears that the failure rate of the R5 line is sitting somewhere around 54.2 percent, causing the largest class action lawsuit in galactic history.
Industrial Automation has issued a press release finally acknowledging the flaw with the droids, abandoning their previous stance that the failures were due to abuse and poor maintenance of them. It turns out the design flaw is due to the poor design of their thermal dampeners, which overheat the motivator causing it to blow.
Due to their warmer climates, planets such as Tatooine have reported higher numbers of R5 malfunctions.
Industrial Automation has posted instructions on the holonet to send malfunctioned units in for repair, however the repair time is 21 days. Not having their astromech for this long of a period could prove problematic for moisture farmers around harvest time, when they will need them most.
Industrial Automation has extended the warranty of the R5 line to three years from the original sales date, however they don’t guarantee repair on units purchased secondhand from Jawa tribes, as many farmers are known to do in attempts to increase their savings. Industrial Automation still points to this trade practice as the leading cause of the malfunctioning droids, stating that Jawas are notorious for making their own repairs using inferior parts, and in doing so they are voiding the warranties of these units. Industrial Automation urges customers inspect their astromechs before purchase as Jawas are not certified technicians.
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Great news Battlefront fans! It looks like Star Wars fans everywhere might get a chance to get their hands on EA’s Star Wars Battlefront this April. Hopefully we’ll even get a crack at some game play.
Straight from EA:
We’re thrilled to share that Star Wars Battlefront will be taking part in Star Wars™ Celebration next month in Anaheim, CA from April 16-19. We could not think of a better or more appropriate place to debut the game officially for the first time than the premier event that celebrates the Star Wars universe and the legions of fans who have fallen in love with it.
The Star Wars saga is perhaps the most well known and most loved film series ever created. With six films having been released and another four in the pipeline, it seems like the last forty years of Star Wars fever won’t be ending any time soon, and one can be safe in the knowledge that alongside fans’ zeal for the series there is still a very large volume of merchandise waiting in the wings, ready to be released and devoured by merch-hungry fans. Whilst some Star Wars collectibles have struck a chord with consumers, take the Star Wars-themed www.rubyfortune.com slot game, for instance, that struck a chord with a generation of online gamers, others have been rather more…niche affairs. Here are three of these weird and wonderful creations!
Amazing new from starwars.com today. The first Star Wars Spin-off film has a title and release date! “Star Wars: Rogue One” will be released December 16, 2016! More exciting is the fact that the first cast (and possibly lead star) of the film is none other than Felicity Jones.
Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce. The film starts shooting this summer in London and is due for release on December 16, 2016.
Be sure to check out the full press release here.