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Star Wars: Black Series 3.75-inch Captain Rex Review

Find my video review of the Star Wars: The Black Series 3.75-inch Phase II Captain Rex action figure over at YouTube. Many thanks to DorksideToys.com for providing a review copy of the figure. If you’re looking to purchase and pre-order Star Wars figures, I highly recommend DorksideToys, a reliable and quality online shop. Also, scroll down further to browse through my small gallery of the Captain Rex action figure.

Stephen Stanton and Special Guests Join Live Patreon Launch Show

We’re thrilled to announce that the one and only Stephen Stanton himself will be marshaling in our live broadcast this Saturday at 12pm EST to commemorate the launch of the Star Wars Report podcast Patreon campaign. Stephen is a great friend of the show, and an actor extraordinaire that has voiced numerous characters for many Star Wars projects but we all know an love him as the delightfully evil Wilhuff Tarkin in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

Be sure to tune in live at http://www.starwarsreport.com/live/ this Saturday at 12pm EST!

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Afterwards, we will be featuring a litany of special guests and friends of the Star Wars Report Podcast talking about their favorite moment of A New Hope and then launch into our live commentary of the Star Wars film that started it all. Joining us for the ANH commentary will be Nerdist writer and StarWars.com blogger Amy Ratcliffe and Radio broadcaster extraordinaire and host of My Star Wars Story, Scott Ryfun.

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Join us this Saturday for what promises to be a great afternoon of live podcasting and we hope you consider supporting the Star Wars Report podcast through Patreon.

-Riley

 

Mark Hamill “Spoils” Revenge of The Sith in 1980

Yahoo Movies has just reported that Mark Hamill actually “spoiled” the end of Revenge of The Sith back in a 1980 interview.

“Twenty years earlier, in the third story, you see how Darth Vader came to power and fell from grace, and how the Obi-Wan character battled with Darth, and why he was forced to wear this mask”

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If this proves anything it does prove that Lucas did have plans for at least some of the saga despite what any critics say.

Kasdan: Lando Calrissian’s Story Not Over Yet

Vanity Fair has just published an interview with the famous screenwriter for the The Empire Strikes Back, Lawrence Kasdan.  During the interview when Kasdan was asked if we would ever see Lando in a Star Wars movie and Kasdan replied:

Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form.

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Lando appeared in some of the biggest novels and comics of the Legends continuity so Lando certainly has a story to tell.

A Trooper’s Point of View: Brotherhood

In previous columns I’ve gone over the ins and outs of being a trooper in the 501st Legion, what it’s like to wear the costumes, building the costumes and more.  This time we are shifting the focus to outside of the costumes.

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The 501st is a lot of things, but first and foremost we are a club.  A place for like minded people to gather and celebrate their shared love of Star Wars and costuming.  There were a lot of things I did not realize about the Legion before joining, one of the biggest things was the friendship and bonds that would form.  Never was this more evident than at the most recent Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim.  The 501st Legion is a worldwide group and a major event like Celebration pulls people in from all corners of the globe.

Even before arriving in Anaheim I had already met several Legion members en route in the Atlanta airport.  I’m not the most outgoing person and I’m usually the last person who will talk to a random stranger, especially in an already awkward and stressful place like the airport.  But seeing others wearing their Legion T-shirts was like seeing a familiar face in the crowd.  As the convention progressed I found myself spending time with Legion members from all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and all over the US.

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How does something as silly as dressing like plastic spacemen connect us?

Just from my own experience when I first took the plunge to join I had no idea what I was doing.  That forced me to join the various forums and community for tips and tricks on building.  Going through that first build was an experience unto itself, but it was also one that every member had been through.  The agonizing late nights as you try desperately to get the pieces to work, the frustration as it doesn’t work and you have to undo or redo hours of work.  We’ve all been through it before, so we want to help others in getting it done.

Once you are approved and you are out there trooping you spend countless hours side by side with the same people.  Trooping is physically exhausting so most events end with a gathering for food and sharing stories.  It’s easy to see how bonds can form.

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In Star Wars this connection is mirrored with the Clonetroopers.  As soon as the troopers were introduced in the Attack of the Clones the expanded universe began to write stories of the troopers being a brotherhood, sharing a common bond and being a part of something bigger.  They were all brothers in arms.  The 501st is much the same.  We all come from different backgrounds but share this common thread that connects us.  I like to think that the way the clones acted and connected may have been at least partially inspired by the Legion and it’s members.