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The First Star Wars Spin-off Film is “Rogue One” Felicity Jones to Star

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.

Star Wars: Rogue One

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.

-Riley

Roundup: New Rebels Figures, Star Wars Weekends Merch, and More!

The Star Wars Report‘s merchandise roundup returns this month (March 2015), compiling the major announcements and latest developments related to Star Wars toys and other products.

2015 TFNY Hasbro Q&As

In case you missed them, make sure to catch up with the Hasbro Q&As from February’s Toy Fair New York.

Sales

dorksidetoys-march-black-fridaDorksideToys is having a Black Friday sale in March! Click through the image above for additional details, and specifically, at what time the sale begins. Some items will be as low as $3.99! Star Wars toys on sale include:

Fashion

Norse Legion has a variety of licensed Star Wars jewelry, including Pandora style beads and charms. Fans looking to glam up their outfits should visit their collection and follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Norse Legion also has a small collection of Star Wars t-shirts.

Following the season finale of Star Wars Rebels, Her Universe unveiled a new shirt. Known as “Visions of Ahsoka”, the t-shirt has art designed by Dave Filoni. It’s currently available for $25 at the Her Universe website and it will not be available for purchase at Star Wars Celebration.

Announcements

In addition to the reveal of Ahsoka Tano and Darth Vader in the Rebels season finale, USA Today reported that Hasbro will released Ahsoka and Vader figures in the style of Star Wars Rebels later this fall. According to Yakface.com, the two figures will be sold together in the same package.

Funko announced that the POP! Slave Leia will be released from the Star Wars vault in celebration of the highly anticipated sequel. It will be the second POP! vinyl figure to return and it will only be available for a limited time with special packaging. The figure will be available in stores starting in April.

Coming October 2015 is the Snowtrooper 2-Pack ARTFX+ Statue by Kotobukiya. This reveal comes after the Star Wars Celebration announcement of the R3-A2 and K-3PO. Visit the Kotobukiya 2015 New York Toy Fair catalog for more information. (via Yakface.com)

The LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded will be coming out on April 28, 2015. The book contains 72 additional pages of new minifigures and includes an exclusive Prototype Boba Fett minifigure.

Star Wars Weekends 2015 returns Friday, May 15, to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort. Disney Theme Park Merchandise is going to kick off the annual celebration with a ticketed event called “Galactic Gathering” on Thursday, May 14, from 10am to 3pm. The event will provide guests the first opportunity to purchase brand new products specially crafted for Star Wars Weekends. Visit Vinylmation World for more information.

Pre-Orders

You can now place pre-orders for the Darth Vader Premium Format Figure by Sideshow Collectibles and the Obi-Wan Kenobi Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys. The Vader figure is priced at $499.99 and the Obi-Wan figure is $219.99.

Other items available for pre-order, specifically at Entertainment Earth, include:

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Who Is Fulcrum? Now We All Know!

Who Is Fulcrum?
Now We All Know
—shazbazzar

For those of us who loved Star Wars: The Clone Wars from its outset to its premature end, the announcement of a new Star Wars animated series on Disney XD resulted in mixed emotions.  Many of us were frustrated that one of Disney’s first moves after purchasing Lucasfilm was not only to Ahsoka Walks Awaycancel The Clone Wars but to halt production on many several episodes which had been planned, written, recorded, and in various stages of production, from animatics to final rendering.  However, we were also cautiously curious about this new series.  We had questions, some of which remain unanswered:  Would Disney give this new series a fair chance to attract an audience?  After all, the ever-changing and inconsistent scheduling of TRON: Uprising (a Disney property) led to viewers wondering when it would air.  Would the audience be left hanging (again) by a premature, inconclusive end to the series?  Star Wars fans are still wanting an appropriate conclusion for The Clone Wars and the aforementioned TRON: Uprising came to an abrupt halt on a cliffhanger.  Most importantly, would our favorite characters from The Clone Wars be seen in Rebels (specifically, Ahsoka Tano)?

Anticipating the upcoming series, I was diligent to seek out all information regarding Star Wars Rebels prior to its release — especially interviews with Dave Filoni.  Empire Online asked him about tie-ins to The Clone Wars to which he responded, “It’s possible, I’ll just say that. I think people would be disappointed if there wasn’t some connection…”  On the official site, during a video entitled, “The Lost Missions Q&A Rebels”, he admitted, “It would almost be crazy for there not to be anything that is related to a show I loved so much in a new show I’m doing.”  These statements, combined with my admitted bias for Ahsoka, convinced me that we would indeed be seeing her return at some point in the series.

During the fifth episode, “Out of Darkness”, we heard about Hera’s mysterious contact, Fulcrum.  When Sabine and Hera go to an outpost to pick up supplies from Fulcrum, SWR Fulcrum.002Hera specifies which crate she will move to the Phantom, based on a mark on the outside of the container.  In the same episode, we heard Fulcrum’s voice, albeit altered to disguise the voice.  Some fans put together the clues and believed Fulcrum was none other than Ahsoka Tano (though I was a believer, I wanted to argue all the angles, just to challenge my own first impression).  However, these clues were certainly pointing us in her direction.

SWR Fulcrum.005As the season progressed, the makers of Rebels actively focused on turning our attention from my favorite Togrutan by showing previews of holographic images of a hooded Fulcrum speaking to Hera — a hooded form that was distinctly different from the familiar scenes of a hooded Ahsoka from The Clone Wars which clearly showed Ahsoka’s montrals and lekku.  Thankfully, we were not kept waiting for long (like a season-ending cliffhanger), but Fulcrum was revealed at the conclusion of the season finale, “Fire across the Galaxy,” when we saw the return of Ahsoka to the screen as she descended the ladder, revealing herself as Fulcrum.  We discovered who Fulcrum is, but what is the significance of her code name?

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A fulcrum is the pivot point for a lever.  Therefore, Fulcrum may carry the connotation that Ahsoka is the hinge for all the work being done amongst the separate cells of rebels.  This fits the current storyline, since it appears that each rebel cell only knows Fulcrum outside their immediate context.  As Hera pointed out in “Fire across the Galaxy,” this would prevent any cell from being used against the others.  With Fulcrum as the contact point for all the cells, she could manage all the cells efforts for a greater impact in their resistance against the Empire.  In doing so, she increases the efficiency of the rebels’ efforts, enabling more work to be accomplished (like a lever) due to a well-placed fulcrum.

The Empire has amplified their efforts to quell rebel cells, focusing on Lothal because of the reported presence of a Jedi and his Padawan, as well as their successful attacks on the Imperial base and supplies (Kyber crystals).  Perhaps, they concluded that the force behind the rebels’ recent success was the Jedi they had repeatedly encountered on Lothal.  Interestingly, it is the Empire’s capture of Kanan that spurs a larger attack on Imperial forces, enlarging our Rebels’ perspective of their place in the galaxy.

A fulcrum is the balance point for a scale.  In a balance scale, the fulcrum is in the central position, perfectly set to enable each side to be equally balanced.  Perhaps, Ahsoka is able to fulfill this position, as well.  Given her history with the Jedi Council, wrongfully accused, yet turned over to the Republic’s (biased) legal system, she recognized that something was out-of-place in the Jedi Order before many others did.  She tasted the Dark Side on Mortis, was warned by a vision of her future about her Master, and made at least one true friend on the “other side” of the Clone War (Lux Bonteri).  She understands the need for balance.

With Dave Filoni’s latest comments regarding Ahsoka’s white lightsabers, SWR Fulcrum.003stating that they are neither green or blue (Jedi), nor red (Sith), we will clearly see in Season Two that Ahsoka is something different: neither Jedi, nor Sith, yet still using the Force.  (Maybe she will team up with other “third party” characters like Hondo Ohnaka or Bo-Katan.)  Ahsoka may well be the perfect person to usher in a new era of Star Wars by revealing the need for a true “awakening” of the Force with a balanced perspective of light and dark, as alluded to in the Mortis trilogy.

A fulcrum is a prop or support.  I’m sure I was not SWR Fulcrum.006alone in my trepidation going into Rebels.  Even as the series progressed, something just didn’t feel “right” about the new endeavor — likely because of my adoration for the former series, the look, the feel, the richness that had developed over the years, and above all, the characters.  The code name Fulcrum could be a signal to audience members like me who have needed an anchor to the previous series to prop up and support this new show.  The unveiling of Fulcrum as Ahsoka certainly did that for me and my family.  Now we can’t wait to see what happens in Season Two.

Sarah Michelle Gellar Joins the cast of ‘Star Wars Rebels’


This is truly some great news from the Holywood Reporter. One wonders what character she may be voicing. I have to think it’s a significant role or they would have been less secretive. Hopefully, we’ll get to see Ms. Gellar at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim.

Buffy in Star Wars!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Sarah Michelle Gellar has joined the voice cast of Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Details on just which character Gellar will voice on season two of the animated series are being kept under wraps.

The actress, who recently starred on CBS comedy The Crazy Ones, will join a voice cast that includes her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., as well as Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, Taylor

-Riley

LEGOLAND California Resort Unveils LEGO Star Wars Miniland Death Star Model Display

We just got word in about this really cool event LEGOLAND is hosting. Check out the details below:

-Riley

LEGOLAND

WHAT: The Empire returns to LEGOLAND® California Resort with the largest LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland model display yet. On the evening of March 4, the galaxy’s most powerful weapon is unveiled:  The LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star Model Display.

Casting a shadow over LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland, the Death Star spans 8-feet wide, 13-feet high and weighs more than 1900 pounds. Featuring a planet-destroying super laser, the massive LEGO model is made out of more than 500,000 LEGO bricks and includes a display of the famous trench run scene where Luke Skywalker maneuvered his X-wing fighter through the combat zone to destroy the Death Star. Adjacent to the LEGO Death Star, guests are invited to use their imaginations to construct their own LEGO starships at building stations while X-Wings, TIE Fighters and Y-Wings circle overhead.

The LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star is designed from the Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. It includes six animated Turbo Laser Turrets and LEGO starship models built out of more than 20,000 LEGO bricks.

The new LEGO model display is LEGOLAND California Resort’s latest major addition in LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland which opened in 2011 and expanded with the addition of the LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Gallery in 2012.  The unveiling of the new LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star Model Display kicks-off the fan favorite, LEGO Star Wars™ Days event on March 7 and 8, where guests can spend the day participating in Star Wars™ related activities.

WHEN: March 4, 2015; 5:30 p.m.
Email us at News@LEGOLAND.com to RSVP

WHERE: LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad, CA
Please call for directions and gatehouse entrance

VISUALS:

  • The Death Star Model Display being unveiled for the first time
  • Darth Vader using his power to light the galaxy as he turns-on the planet destroying super laser
  • 501st Stormtroopers and LEGO® R2-D2 interacting with the crowd
  • General Manager Peter Ronchetti unveiling the new display