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Review: Star Wars Rebels Colouring Activity Book

Review: Star Wars Rebels Colouring Activity Book (or, Getting Stuck With Chopper)

It’s more than a little weird to review this book. For me, a review is for an item that, if favourable, I will then go out and buy. But this book, the Star Wars Colouring Activity book by Egmont Publishing isn’t one I’d typically think of as a book that you’d go out and buy, say, as a gift (after having read, and thus have need of reading this review). But rather it’s an impulse buy. Now, I realise these preceding words could sound negative, but I honestly mean no such connotation. When I first looked at this book I instinctively felt that it was something I’d pick up either because one of the small humans saw it and – hypothetically speaking, of course. They’re wonderful kids, really – made some sort of noises to indicate that they wanted it, and then made further noises to indicate that they wouldn’t stop until they had the book in their possession. At which point I duly succumb to their threat and buy it. Or perhaps you’re about to set off on a long journey and realise that The Kids need something to do, and you pick this up thinking ‘this is Star Wars. They like Star Wars. I buy this and sleep well tonight.’ That’s what I mean by an impulse buy. And it’s a good book for that. It’ll shut them up great. Colouring does that. Gagging does, too, but I’m not allowed to do that any more. Not that I have. Or would. Look, there’s no point in assigning blame, let’s get on with the review.

The book itself itself is small, roughly forty pages filled with pictures to colour in and activities to do. There are a few other things, which I’ll elaborate on later, but for now let’s focus on those two.

The colouring pictures consist, essentially, of the main characters in various poses, which you can then decorate (I’m foraging in my thesaurus for anything besides ‘colour in’. It was either that or use a euphemism – like ‘spelunking’). Occasionally you’re asked to be faithful to the original design or tasked with being creative in your vandalism, but luckily there’s no such thing as Festooning Police (yet. This shall be my first act as Prime Overlord) so you or whomever owns the book can festoon however you see fit. At other times you can spruce up pictures of various ships (and at one point, asteroids. It was rather trippy seeing green asteroids). Niece, who often helps me test out books, enjoyed these, though I did notice she didn’t put so much effort into the face on 2D images, which I sort of understand. It’s hard to be engaged in detailed designs when the image are relatively alien concepts to you. She’s used to 3D images of the ships, not top town 2D images.

Beyond that, you can do some sort of grid design copy drawing. Sorry, I’m not very familiar with this type of drawing, though I gather it’s a standard practice; essentially you’re given an image in a grid, and in a larger, empty grid you then draw the image. It was a little bit weird for me, but the end result was some fairly accurate depictions, so I can’t complain too much. Lastly, you’re occasionally asked to draw your own hero, villain or space ship. Niece and I both found this to be rather entertaining, especially as a lot of people in Star Wars fandom so dislike non-standard lightsaber designs, so it was fun to think up increasingly weird and flamboyant weapons.

‘No one will ever think of thi- oh bugger.’

As for the activities, they’re the fairly standard maze, a sudoku-like thingy, spot the difference, word search, etc. All fairly easy to do, not much of a challenge. Well, maybe the spot the difference. That can be difficult for people of all ages, and there’s no shame at all if you’re, say, 25 and unable to find the last one. Shuddup that’s always the hardest. Moving on. What else? Ah! And a word scramble. Essentially you are given some letters, which you then unscramble to identify a villain. If you’re not great with names of characters on the show, this may be difficult. Even I was stumped on one or two. I (honestly, for about two minutes) could not get ‘TPSOROOTRMRSE’. Who on earth is that?!

‘Doug?’

There’s also a personality test, to find out which rebel you are – though the answers are limited to just Zeb, Hera, Chopper and Sabine. I’m personally a little bit weird (in the negative sense) about personality tests. For me, I know who I want to be, and so adjust my answers accordingly (unfortunately I still got Chopper. I am not a fan of Chopper), and as such the test never really fits to me, rather I fit the test. That might just be me, though. But beyond that, with some rebels lacking, some may be disappointed if you’re a Kanan or Ezra fan, and are thus unable to identify yourself as that person.

Last of note is a game called Droid Workshop. The majority of these activities are ones done alone, yet this, curiously, is a communal game. A group of people start with a piece of plain paper each, and then proceed to draw a droid head, swap papers with each other, draw another piece, and so on and so forth until you have a full astromech. The game itself, being communal, does rather stick out like a sore thumb, but it was a decent addition, and so I note it here.

I had previously mentioned that there are other things besides activities and pictures to … bedeck. These come in two forms; the first being character profiles. These are the normal ‘Age, Species, Homeworld, Special Skills, Signature Equipment, Likes and Dislikes’ and are, admittedly, somewhat forgettable. The only things that piqued my interest were the ages – I had no idea Zeb was 39. Though he being an alien, that may be the Lasat equivalent of early puberty. Sorry, I’m straying off topic. But another thing was the one line at the end of the Chopper bio: ‘Dislikes: almost everything.’ That had a bit of charm to it that I appreciated, and would have liked to see more of that.

The second thing is a number of full-page images – shots from, as far as I can tell, the TV show or the attendant promotional material. As I was flipping through the book, I had had the thought that these would make nice A4-sized posters, when I noticed the little dotted line on the spine-side of the page, indicating that yes, they are indeed supposed to be cut out. It is, ultimately, a small thing, but I liked it. Books sometimes come with an air of stuffiness; with the unsaid order that they shouldn’t be tampered. For the most part, I agree, but I recall a few years ago picking up a used copy of Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale; notes from the previous owner had been doodled in in the margins. I usually don’t, but I delighted in this unsaid permission, that yes, I could leave my mark, too. And in a similar vein, I like the permission given in this colouring book that I – I mean, The Kids – can cut these pictures out and hang them on the wall. After all, they are nice pictures, and deserve to be released from the confines of a book.

However, I do say that with one caveat: All the Rebels are represented in poster form (even, thankfully, Hera and Sabine), except for Ezra. Personally I don’t mind, because I sometimes feel that the focus, both in the show and the media surrounding it, is too much on Ezra. But my personal preferences don’t mean much if you’re a fan of Ezra, and want a picture of him. So, you know, do with that information what you will.

Sorry that sounded rather mysterious and cloak and dagger, didn’t it? Whoopsie.

Michael Dare

Star Wars Rebels Colouring Activity Book by Egmont Publishing is out now in UK bookstores. Thank you to Egmont for providing a copy for review purposes.

Epic Yarns and Star Wars Stories – SWR #163

Epic Yarns, Star Wars Celebration, My Star Wars Story, and more!
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Truly A Shattered Hope – SWBTF Ep 166

Brian Wood’s torture of Star Wars comes to an end? Or was the plug pulled too soon? Or was Star Wars Vol 2. another Dark Horse “satisfactory conclusion?” opinions vary.  …and much, much more! All on the next Star Wars Beyond the Films. YOUR Star Wars discussion podcast! YOUR Podcast of Legends! YOUR ticket to that Galaxy far, far away!

This week true believers, Beyonders, Fanboys, Fangirls, respected aliens around the galaxy, The Champion of the Multiverse; Mark Hurliman, and your Count of Continuities; Nathan P. Butler sit down to finally put Brian Wood’s Star Wars Vol 2 to rest. This Episode they cover the final 2 issues of the series; issues 19 and 20 collected in Vol 4 A Shattered Hope. So strap in and tighten your crash webbing Fandom, Star Wars Beyond the Films is setting off on another rapid-fire trip into the galaxy far, far away! AShatteredHope

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Roundup: Celebration Exclusives, Her Universe Sneak Peeks, and More!

The Star Wars Report’s merchandise roundup returns this month (April 2015), compiling the major announcements and latest developments related to Star Wars toys and other products. In addition to following @StarWarsReport, make sure to check out @yak_face and @JTArchives.

New Releases and Announcements

Square Enix recently unveiled an image gallery of the Variant Play Arts Kai Boba Fett and Stormtrooper figures. Darth Vader had been revealed back in December 2014. According to The Toyark (where you can see the image gallery), “The Boba Fett will include interchangeable hands, a heavy blast, a pistol, knives, flamethrower effect, jetpack effects and a figure stand. The Stormtrooper will come with interchangeable hands, a heavy blaster, a blaster pistol, a pistol effect piece and a figure stand. Each is priced at 12,000 Yen (about $100 USD) and are scheduled for release in July.”

The Hera Syndulla action figure has finally appeared on pegs and shelves in a variety of places, including HasbroToyShop.com. Though it is currently sold out in that location, check back frequently for more updates.

Funko reissued the Greedo POP! Vinyl figure to celebrate the highly anticipated film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read more about the limited run over at Vinyl Pop.

Celebration Anaheim Exclusives

Funko announced five POP! Vinyl Bobblehead exclusives for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: E-3PO, Unmasked Vader, R2-Q5, Shock Trooper, and R2-R9. Find Funko at Booth #1410 (and for the R2-R9 exclusive, visit the Toy Tokyo booth).

Funko also announced four Hikari Premium Sofubi Figure exclusives: Verdigris Greedo, Matte Black Boba Fett, Icey Stormtrooper, Star Clone Trooper. Stay tuned for one more Funko announcement as we get closer to Star Wars Celebration Anaheim!

Hallmark will be offering an exclusive pair of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments and a pair of itty bittys plush collectibles at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.

  • An Epic Vision is the name of the Keepsake Ornament two-pack that features Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader locked in a heated lightsaber duel as inspired by the styling of famed artist Ralph McQuarrie in preproduction art for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
  • Bossk and Dengar join Hallmark’s itty bittys line with a Celebration-exclusive two-pack of the fearsome bounty hunters seen in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Visit the Hallmark announcement for more information.

LEGO_logoAccording to Groove Bricks and Just2Good, LEGO will also have an exclusive at the fan event.

We’re only days away from the major event, and even though nothing official has been announced by the LEGO Group, both sites believe that a Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015 exclusive set of the Tatooine landscape will be present.

jedi-temple-archives-posterJedi Temple Archives recently revealed their Star Wars Celebration Anaheim exclusive poster of the Vintage Kenner collection. JTA also announced an exclusive patch as their second exclusive.

“Our tribute to the Vintage Kenner collection of released carded figures! A beautiful full-color 18″x24″ poster featuring a total of 197 Vintage Kenner card backs. The full run of 196 card backs (plus one of the most famous figure variations) can be found featured in amazing detail seen together like never before! The GOOD NEWS is that everyone will have the opportunity to get this poster if he/she wants one! Click through for more details!”

Fashion

star-wars-celebration-anaheim-apparelStarWars.com gave fans a first look at the apparel that will be available to purchase at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. The collection includes a variety of designs, but don’t be surprised if the Hera Syndulla shirt is the first to sell out, especially given how scarce she’s been in other Star Wars Rebels products. Check out the gallery over at StarWars.com and catch up with the latest sneak peek of the exclusive merchandise that will be made available to fans attending the event.

Also present at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Her Universe! Ashley Eckstein is bringing a brand new collection of Star Wars clothes to fangirls of all ages and sizes. The previews she drops on Instagram and her other social media channels sends fans flailing with excitement.

Pre-Orders

The following products are now available for pre-order:

  • Zam Wesell Statue from Gentle Giant: “The Zam Wessel Statue features the changeling assassin in her highly detailed costume holding her sniper rifle and container of Kouhun Worms. Zam also includes 2 interchangeable portraits, one humanoid portrait, and one Clawdite. Crafted using only the highest quality polystone, each limited-edition hand-painted statue comes individually numbered and is packed with a matching certificate of authenticity.”
  • Logray Star Wars Jumbo Figure from Gentle Giant: “Recreated here with his ornate churi bird headdress, medicine bag and walking staff, no details have been missed on this amazing figure. To further capture the vintage feel, Gentle Giant has packaged this figure with a Return of the Jedi -inspired backer card featuring original photos and artwork.”
  • Star Wars Villain 3 Pack Jumbo Figures from Gentle Giant: “Digitally scanned from mint 3 ¾” Kenner originals and reproduced in 12” scale to the rest of the jumbo Kenner line, no detail has been overlooked. Roto and injection molded and made of durable plastics, this fully-articulated jumbo figure includes faithfully re-produced accessories as well as Vader’s cape. To further capture the vintage feel, Gentle Giant has packaged this figure with a Star Wars A New Hope -inspired packaging featuring original photos and artwork.”
  • Darth Vader Premium Format Figure from Sideshow Collectibles: “Every detail of the Sith Lords costume, from his iconic helmet to his sweeping black cape, have been faithfully recreated as seen on screen in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.”

Custom Figures

Darth Daddy created a custom figure of Zare Leonis in his Imperial cadet uniform. Zare appeared in the episodes “Breaking Ranks” and “Vision of Hope” in Star Wars Rebels. He’s also the main character of the junior novel series Servants of the Empire by Jason Fry.

Angriest Man Alive made a fully-articulated Inquisitor action figure, “Without writing a novel, it took some boiling, popping, cutting, drilling, gluing, and painting, but I’m reasonably pleased with how he turned out.” (via Jedi Temple Archives)

Customizer Jamie Follis will be hosting a panel on action figure customizing at Star Wars Celebration on Friday, April 17, from 12PM to 1PM. Find more details over at Yakface.com.