Roundup: Shadow Trooper Pre-Order, Hera Syndulla Figure, and More!

The weekend is finally upon us, bringing with it time to relax, recharge and catch up with the latest Star Wars news and updates. Before the roundup begins, make sure to check out the current slashed prices for the holiday season. Following the madness behind Black Friday and Cyber Monday, many toys and other merchandise are still on sale, so if you’re in desperate need to find a gift at an affordable price, there is still time.

ThinkGeek has a few items on sale, including Star Wars Gingerbread Cookie CuttersR2-D9 USB Car Charger, and Her Universe’s Star Wars Symbol Infinity Scarf.

Her Universe clothes are still 20% off at Hot Topic, including the latest items, such as the Star Wars Symbol Cardigan and Doctor Who TARDIS Fair Isle Dress. The Her Universe shop also has plenty of clothes on sale, including the charming cosplay tunics.

Star Wars Rebels Mission Series Hera Syndulla 3.75 Figure

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Star Wars Rebels supervising director and executive producer Dave Filoni made a wild appearance on social media to generate excitement in the fan community. Recently, he posted a picture of the Hera Syndulla figure everyone desperately wants to add to their collections. Though no solid date is available, the Hera Syndulla and Sabine Wren figures will debut in 2015.

Some want to see both Hera and Sabine as single-carded figures as well as in more merchandise. For example, pre-orders are available for Gentle Giant’s Star Wars Rebels Stormtrooper, but some fans (including myself) have expressed more interest in having a maquette of Sabine and Hera. Here’s hoping that change comes soon! Continue reading

Review: Edge of the Galaxy by Jason Fry

Review: Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy by Jason Fry (or, Imperial Hogwarts)

Edge of the Galaxy, by Jason Fry, is the first book in the new series ‘Servants of the Empire’, and it can easily be summed up in one simple phrase: ‘boy realises Empire is evil’. I can go home now, right? I mean, once that’s done I can stop? Probably best to write a little more. It’s a review, after all. I could probably also add a ‘duh’ on the end of that five word sentence, because really? It’s the Empire! They march around in faceless white armour and dull grey uniforms and ride in fighters that make incredibly annoying screeching sounds that probably causes dogs (space dogs?) to bury their heads in a baby Sarlacc pit. And really, you know something is evil when it upsets dogs, because they’re nature’s Sniffer Outer of Evil.

Yes, that’s totally a thing.

This is what the book is about: people who genuinely believe that the Empire is, ultimately, good. Maybe a little flawed, but good. Before I go further, I should point out that there are minor spoilers for the book and the TV series Rebels from here on out.

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Review: Droids In Distress by Michael Kogge

Review: Droids In Distress by Michael Kogge (or, Something Meta This Way Comes)

Droids In Distress, by Michael Kogge, is an odd one. For me, that is, as a reviewer. The book itself is good, don’t worry about it. Droids In Distress is a direct translation – from the perspective of Ezra – of the TV series Star Wars: Rebels. Which puts me in a rather odd position. Should I review the story of the episodes? Should I review how the book conveys the story of the episodes? Should I review just the book as its own entity?  And there’s the meta aspect of it all: since the book is an adaptation of a TV show, I’m essentially reviewing a synopsis in a book of a TV episode that’s on TV. Okay, I’m slightly confused now. Is this what it’s like to be in the Matrix?

That’s nice, Morpheus, but have you got any headache tablets?

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A Linguistic Approach to the Star Wars Teaser Trailer

A Linguistic Approach to the Star Wars Teaser Trailer
by Joseph Tavano

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If we study what the narrator said (and did not say), there’s a lot we can learn about who he is, and why he is saying what he is saying.

“There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The dark side, and the light.”

One declarative sentence. One question. One fragment. Fifteen words. At first, it doesn’t appear like much. Maybe it’s just some nonsense fluff that sounds cool. But, if one were to listen a little closer, we can discern a few interesting things. Let’s break it down. Continue reading

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Star Wars: The Next Generation “Teasing Your Kids”

Star Wars: The Next Generation
Teasing Your Kids

My father loved movies and science fiction.  He was a Star Trek fan in the sixties, though he sometimes missed seeing it on television because his in-laws tended to visit on nights when the program aired.  (This may have been a contributing factor to our family being one of the first I knew to have a VCR in our home; he didn’t want interruptions to cause him to miss seeing his favorite shows.)  Having seen Star Wars in 1977 while he was out-of-town on a business trip, he came back home and immediately took my older brother to go see this “strange movie in space that had a gorilla for a copilot.”  Later, he would take his whole family to see the iconic space opera at the drive-in (formerly recounted in this post). Continue reading