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Topps Star Wars at SDCC

Well hello there!

The good folks over at Topps have sent some cool info about their presence at SDCC this year. They will be located in the Lucas Pavilion – Booth 2913-J with exclusive merch, a giveaway, and products demos.

Check it out!

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Exclusive Merch:

We will have 10 sets of oversized cards for sale.

Each set will feature 10 classic characters on iconic Topps vintage designs.

Each set will cost $20 (tax included).
Characters include Luke, Leia, Han, Vader, Boba Fett, Chewy, The Droids, The Empire, The Rebel Alliance, and Yoda.

We will be revealing one card from each set every day until SDCC on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OfficialToppsStarWars using the hashtag #10RevealsIn10Days

Product Demo #1: Star Wars Card Trader App by Topps:
Our Topps Star Wars digital team will be on hand to answer all your questions about the new Star Wars Card Trader App by Topps.
They will be doing one-on-one Q&A’s as well as live demos.

There will also be an exclusive card in the cantina that weekend for SDCC attendees

Product Demo #2: Topps Star Wars Galactic Connexions trading discs:
Topps will debut its new collectable discs Galactic Connexions.
We will display an array of character from the set and have game demos.
*More to come after we reveal product details at SDCC*
Giveaway:

We will be giving away an exclusive Galactic Connections disc at the show.

-Riley

Greedo Shooting First Makes Sense

By Bruce Gibson

A big controversy within Star Wars fandom is how the Special Edition changed the anti-hero portrayal of Han Solo.  Before George Lucas made his 1997 alterations, Han shot Greedo before the Rodian even pulled the trigger.  In the Special Edition, Greedo shoots Han first, which actually improves Greedo’s characterization as a more ruthless bounty hunter who isn’t hesitant to shoot in public.  But I contend that this scene alteration may also improve both Han and Greedo’s portrayal in “A New Hope” and fits in better with “The Empire Strikes Back.”  You heard me; this scene works for Han.

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Before we can examine Han, we must first ponder a big change made to Greedo.  He shoots and misses Han.  Now how can anyone possibly miss shooting someone sitting a few feet in front of him?  Was Greedo a former stormtrooper since only they can be “so precise”?  If Greedo is that bad of a shot, he should be thrown out of the “Bounty Hunters Members Only Club,” and Jabba should reevaluate his associates.  Jabba the Hutt would never associate with a bounty hunter who wasn’t worth his salt.

Arguably, I doubt that George Lucas’ intentions were to weaken these two characters in the Special Edition.  So let’s look at this scene with the best of intentions that both Han and Greedo are indeed ruthless scoundrels who are at the top of their game.

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In the cantina scene, Greedo points his weapon at Han and mentions there is a bounty on his head from Jabba.  He makes idle threats to Han that he will kill him, but Greedo must know that financially Han’s only real value is to be brought to Jabba alive.  The crime lord must want to taunt and torture Han if he can’t collect the monies owed to him.  So, we must conclude that Greedo has no plans to kill Han since his corpse is of no value to Jabba.

HAN
You sent Greedo to blast me.

JABBA
(mock surprise)
Han, why you’re the best smuggler in
the business. You’re too valuable to
fry. He was only relaying my concern
at your delays. He wasn’t going to
blast you.

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Although Han tells Jabba otherwise, I think he does believe that Greedo would not kill him. Han is a smart cookie and a shrewd scoundrel, so he must know that Jabba would want him alive. He knows that Greedo would never kill him if he wants to be paid handsomely.

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This theory is also supported in “The Empire Strikes Back” when Boba Fett, working in sync with Darth Vader, is on a quest for that same bounty to capture Han Solo.  Fett tells Vader in Cloud City, “He’s no good to me dead.”  That’s a key phrase in the saga’s continuity because it means Jabba’s price on Han’s head is based on being captured alive.  Yes, Han must be delivered to Jabba as live goods.

In “A New Hope,” Han is cunning and would rather kill Greedo before being captured.  So instead of shooting first, Han slowly pulls out his blaster and waits for the right opportunity to make his move.  Try to understand that Han could be perceived as being more calculating in this film version.  He’s using his keen eyesight to notice that the barrel of Greedo’s gun is not pointed directly at his head.  Look at this scene again, and you’ll see that Greedo’s aim looks a little off within those long fingers.  Han would notice this too.

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Han Solo slowly reaches for his gun under the table.

GREEDO
You can tell that to Jabba. He may
only take your ship.

HAN
Over my dead body.

GREEDO
That’s the idea. I’ve been looking
forward to killing you for a long
time.

HAN
Yes, I’ll bet you have.

Han knows Greedo is toying with him and will not kill him.  He’s prepared to see Greedo make his dummy shot as a bold threat to get Han to comply.  It’s like in the old westerns when a cowboy shoots at someone’s feet to get them to comply or foolishly dance.  Han will have a justified reason to retaliate in broad daylight thus giving the public perception that his shot was a defensive maneuver.  No questions asked from the peanut gallery.

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Greedo shoots the wall beside Han’s head.  And, in a blink of an eye, Greedo falls forward dead on the table.  Because of Greedo’s foolish threatening action, Han sentenced him to death and shot him down.  Greedo gave him reason and didn’t see the shot coming from Han’s hidden blaster.

So Han is still a cold-blooded killer in the Special Edition because when he shoots, he knows that if and when Greedo shoots, he is not going to kill Han.  This is in opposition to the 1977 version where we originally perceived Greedo’s mission was to kill Han.  But both film versions, no matter how this scene plays out, Han is determined to shoot and kill Greedo.  It wasn’t in self-defense or to avoid a missed shot.  It was to take him down once and for all.

Personally, I don’t think this scene in the Special Edition is any better than the original version.  I also don’t think it strips Han of his cunning ruthlessness.  The Special Edition is here to stay, and I’m presenting “a certain point of view” that may help people to view this scene less negatively and make it more palatable.  Han’s character portrayal in the beginning of this story still remains rebellious, and he still has a journey to become a moral hero.

Roundup: Merchandise Pre-Orders, New Products, and More!

Every second Wednesday of the new month, I will publish a roundup that gathers the most prominent news related to Star Wars toys and merchandise, from figures to fashion. My goal is to catch you up to speed and bring to you whatever you might have missed the previous month. I know what it’s like to fall behind, so my roundups here at Star Wars Report will be your reliable source to make sure you’re on the same page as everyone else.

First up, February 14-17 is going to be a big weekend in New York City with the NY Toy Fair in town. Stay tuned for reports and updates here at Star Wars Report, since I will be attending the event as a member of press. In the meantime, check out 4lomkuss.com’s “NY Toy Fair ’15 — What to Expect” and Jedi News‘ LEGO update at UK Toy Fair.

New Fashion Items Inspired By Star Wars

her-universe-imperial-love-hoodieAshley Eckstein’s Her Universe recently added a new item to the Star Wars clothing collection. The Imperial Love Hoodie is both soft and comfortable. According to its description, “This top has more of a uni-sex fit. If you want this top to be fitted, go down one size. If you want it a bit loose, order your regular size.” As with any article of clothing, make sure to measure yourself properly and follow the sizing chart in order avoid mistakes. The Imperial Love Hoodie is priced at $40.00, and for a limited time, get the light side/dark side Hoodie Bundle for $65. Continue reading

Roundup: Sabine Figure Spotted, Gentle Giant Video, and More!

Christmas day is almost upon us, but before we don our ugly sweaters and break out the eggnog, catch up with the latest toy and merchandise news.

Star Wars Rebels Missions Series Sabine Wren 3.75 Action Figure

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A father found a Star Wars Rebels Mission Series Sabine Wren figure at a Toys “R” Us in Hong Kong. He also had the Star Wars Rebels Missions Series Wullffwarro & Wookiee Warrior 3.75 action figures in hand, but left them behind at the time of purchase.

No official word on the release date of the figures in North America. Some toy sites estimate a December/January arrival. Earlier this December, Dave Filoni shared a picture of the Hera Syndulla figure, bringing fans hope that the figures will be revealed soon.

 LEGO Star Wars: 2015 Catalog and Pre-Orders

Groove Bricks recently shared previews of the LEGO 2015 catalog. New LEGO Star Wars sets include the 75084 Wookiee Gunship with a Kanan Jarrus minifigure, the 75090 Ezra’s Speeder Bike set with the helmet-less Sabine Wren minifigure, among others. In fact, you can now pre-order some of these sets over at the LEGO Shop, including the $199.99 75060 Slave I set.

To see what a helmeted Sabine Wren minifigure would look like, check out xero_fett‘s completed custom minifigure cast of Star Wars Rebels. “With the great helmet & curved torso from @arealightcustoms and the awesome range finder from @clonearmycustoms, we are able to finally put the whole Rebels team together!” Continue reading

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Star Wars Scrapbook: The Star Wars Holiday Special

Star Wars Scrapbook:
The Star Wars Holiday Special

When you’re a kid, people tend to believe you make exaggerated statements or confuse reality loswookieeswith imagination.  After a while, you even start believing what you thought you saw may never really have happened at all.  Maybe it was a dream.  Maybe it was wishful thinking.  Maybe it was a combination of memories cobbled together.  For years, I had been convinced that my memories of seeing Chewbacca’s family, a holographic circus, more zany aliens in the cantina, and a stormtrooper tearing the head off stuffed toy bantha were “something out of a dream.”  But they were real.  And now, they’re in my Star Wars Scrapbook.

Being the youngest of three children, I rarely had the opportunity to choose TV channels or what we were watching, but on Friday, November 17, 1978, I was the only kid at home.  My brother and sister must have been staying over at friends’ houses, or maybe they were at the movies, but as Dad was flipping through the channels, he saw Wookiees on the screen and called me to see if I wanted to watch Star Wars on TV.  For nearly two hours, I was glued to the television, amazed that my favorite characters were in a new movie.  Undoubtedly, I watched the whole thing, because when I finally got a copy of The Star Wars Holiday Special more than twenty years later, I remembered every scene (though some of them had become funny for entirely different reasons).  Since my first Life Day in 1978, I have had an odd affinity for the campy combination of ‘70s comedy shows and the space opera that some would like to imagine never happened.  A good portion of my love for the show probably has to do with my history of hunting down the elusive television program no one seemed to have seen.

In first grade, lunchroom and playground conversation often centered around Star Wars.  Whether we were reenacting scenes from the movie, playing with our Kenner toys, or just wondering if they would really make another Star Wars movie, one of the most popular subjects in school was Star Wars.  That being the case, it was rather strange that no one in my class seemed to have known about the Holiday Special.  After talking to a few of my friends, I discovered that none of them could relate to my story about the Wookiee boy’s little lost bantha cub and the evil Stormtrooper who tore up his toy.  Over the next few years, I gave up trying to remind people of the Star Wars Wookiees movie they never saw.  Having had no luck finding anyone who had seen or even heard of the Holiday Special, I began to think I had retroactively mixed up The Wookiee Storybook from our school library with cut scenes from the Making of Star Wars special I had seen on TV.  I left elementary school with no expectation of finding another soul who remembered the elusive Holiday Special along with all our doubts that we would ever see another Star Wars movie.

As I entered middle school, rumors about a prequel trilogy or a far, future sequel trilogy continued to come up in conversations.  All Star Wars discussions centered around what might happen in those movies.  I had all but forgotten that quirky special all those years ago.  That is, until the new Droids cartoon featured Boba Fett in the style of his original appearance in the Holiday Special.  Seeing the bounty hunter in action again led me to ask all my new friends if they had seen or heard about a Christmas special with Wookiees and the Boba Fett cartoon.  No one had seen it, but at least one guy had heard about it.  He had heard his older brother’s friend talking about The Star Wars Holiday Special.  He had no idea who the friend was, however.  This minor setback was nothing compared to the excitement of finding news of someone else remembering this obscure show.  At last my memories would be proven true!

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It wasn’t until my senior year that I found out who the mysterious friend was.  He was my brother’s age and was working at Camelot Music in the mall.  One evening, as I was talking to him about the possibility of prequels (which he said would never happen), he mentioned the Holiday Special.  Once I clarified that he was talking about the one with the Wookiees, I asked if he had a copy.  Not only did he say he didn’t have one, but he said it wasn’t even worth watching.  After my brief defense of the show (based on my eleven year-old memories), he promised to get me a copy from some friends in England.  I’m still waiting on that copy.

Years later, when the World Wide Web was being spun by grid spiders in cyberspace, I started starwarsholidayspecial-harveykormanfinding more evidence and information about The Star Wars Holiday Special.  Harvey Korman was one of the guest stars.  Since my family watched The Carol Burnett Show regularly with Harvey Korman and Tim Conway, I was looking forward to seeing what role he had played in the Holiday Special.  I found some people on the Bulletin Boards complaining about the lack of subtitles for the Wookiee segments of the show, but I couldn’t recallr that being a problem.  As the Internet grew, I sought out pictures, sounds, and video clips of the Holiday Special periodically, eventually leading me to discover The Star Wars Holiday Special website by SKot Kirkwood.  It contained all kinds of information that pushed me to locate my own video copy through eBay.  When it arrived, it wasn’t in very good condition, but I was committed to watching the whole thing through.  Elation gave way to frustration when the DVD malfunctioned about forty minutes into the show.

Unfazed, I got back online, found another seller, and got a better copy of the Holiday Special.

Was it worth watching?  Of course.  It was almost exactly as I remembered it — yet without the commercial breaks.  The comedy was classic ‘70s.  The music was retro synth pop.  The Boba Fett cartoon was amazing.  The tragic case of the toy bantha brought a tear to my eye.  In fact, the only disappointment in the whole show was Itchy’s excitement about the mind evaporator he received from Trader Dann.

For me, The Star Wars Holiday Special is not simply a TV special or Star Wars collectible.  It is a cherished evening of my youth, a vindication of my memories, a completed quest, and has now become an annual celebration with my family each November.  The Star Wars Holiday Special is something I’ll always keep in my Star Wars Scrapbook.

(You can hear the TechnoRetro Dads’ 2014 tribute to the Holiday Special with a special Life Day wish from The Star Wars Report here!)

- shazbazzar