Star Wars

Biker Scout Jumbo Figure

by Alan Rapp on July 19, 2014

in Toys & Collectibles

Biker Scout Jumbo Figure

You can pre-order your own Biker Scout Jumbo Figure for the low, low price of $80.

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Star Wars: Rebel Heist #3

by Alan Rapp on July 1, 2014

in Comics

Star Wars: Rebel Heist #3Chewbacca takes center stage in the latest issue coming to the rescue of the Imperial officer Leia rescued last month whose codes the Rebellion desperately needs. Although initially not impressed with his Rebel contact, who he sees as little more than a dangerous trained dog, the Imperial officer soon gains grudging respect for the Wookiee who puts his life on the line to reach the destination where the code can be transported back to the Rebellion (and to Han Solo stuck in a cell awaiting its arrival).

Star Wars: Rebel Heist #3 continues the trend of the series of letting the newbie narrate the action from his/her perspective allowing Chewbacca to shine without attempting to translate what exactly is going on in Chewie’s mind at the time.

Next month adds Luke Skywalker to the mix and should also put Han Solo back in play as the final issue of the mini-series will hopefully put the various pieces together and reveal just what the Rebellion deems so necessary that they’ve sacrificed some of their very best to get the job done. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.50]

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JANGBRiCKS takes a first look at the upcoming LEGO 75055 Imperial Star Destroyer.

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News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on June 22, 2014

in News

Rosario DawsonDeadline is reporting that following J.J. AbrahamsStar Wars Episode VII (now in production and due out in 2015) writer/director Rian Johnson has signed on to write and direct both Star Wars Episode VIII and Star Wars Episode IX

Variety is reporting Rosario Dawson has signed on to play an undisclosed recurring role on the upcoming role in Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil show as a character “absolutely critical to Matt Murdock’s journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil”

The Vulture has an article about Pixar’s 2015 Inside Out which takes place inside the mind of a girl named Riley

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Star Wars #18

by Alan Rapp on June 17, 2014

in Comics

Star Wars #18With an Imperial blockade appearing above the planet and an explosion near the palace where Princess Leia was to wed, Arrochar‘s betrayal of the Rebellion to the Empire is revealed in the final issue of the arc. Given the amount of chaos in the midst of various characters fighting off both local and Imperial agents Star Wars #18 doesn’t have a chance to highlight much in the way of character interaction other than Leia’s sorrow over how the entire matter played out.

In the midst of the action the issue does introduce the first use of a powerful weapon of the Rebellion as they make use of the stolen Ion Canon technology for the first time to allow their ships to break through the blockade and slip through Darth Vader‘s fingers yet again.

Star Wars #18 offers a satisfactory ending to the marriage that might have been while fueling Vader’s rage and offering a nod to technology the Rebels would make later uses of on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.50]

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Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2

by Alan Rapp on June 2, 2014

in Comics

Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2After last month which saw Han Solo captured by Imperial agents, the four-issue mini-series continues on the pleasure planet of the planet pleasure of Feddasyr where Princess Leia has been dispatched to get her hands on an Imperial top-level security code needed by the Rebellion. Like the first issue, the events are presented from the view of a green Rebel recruit, this time a red-skinned Twi’lek exotic dancer named Sarin whose cover has been blown just in time to get Leia into a lot of trouble.

The template from the first issue works well again as this time we don’t get the view of a hero worshipper crushed into reality but the disappointment of a young woman realizing the Rebellion sent a princess rather than soldier to get the job done. Putting her life in danger to take Sarin’s place and get the code, which turns out to be harder to move than either expected, the princess grudgingly earns the respect and admiration of the recruit but still suffers the same fate of Han Solo in the end. Next month: Chewbacca. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.50]

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Star Wars #17

by Alan Rapp on May 20, 2014

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Star Wars #17After teasing us over the past couple of issues with the looming betrayal of Arrochar and its monarchy, it finally arrives just hours before Leia‘s wedding which was meant to seal the alliance between the Rebels and the planet’s leaders against the Empire.

Although there is an attack in the palace just before the wedding, and an armada of Star Destroyers appears in orbit led by none other than Darth Vader himself, the majority of Star Wars #17 focuses on Luke and how quickly what started out as him tagging along with a group of soldiers to change a fuel cell on a mountain outpost soon turns deadly as the group’s true agenda of leaving Luke dead in the mountains becomes evident.

The return of Obi-Wan‘s guidance helps save Luke’s life and prepare him for the deception to come, but I wonder home much of Ben’s ghostly wisdom the comic should and/or will use going forward as Luke’s own instincts should have likely warned him of the danger (even with his only limited understanding of the Force). Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $2.99]

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Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1

by Alan Rapp on May 7, 2014

in Comics

Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1The first issue of the new Star Wars mini-series Star Wars: Rebel Heist, taking place during the same period between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back as the current ongoing Dark Horse comic, is presented from the view of a new Rebel recruit who meets Han Solo for the first time. It’s certainly a memorable meeting.

Our narrator’s name is never given as his opinion of Corellia‘s most infamous son goes from awe to disbelief to exasperation as Solo navigates the alleys and skies above his homeworld only to get the pair eventually captured and then interrogated by Imperial agents.

With each issue centering around the combination of both a core Star Wars character and original characters to the expanded Star Wars Universe Star Wars: Rebel Heist gets off to a good start here. I like Marco Castiello’s art (even if some panels do feel a bit rushed) and Matt Kindt captures Solo through the eyes of of a hero-worshiping fanboy in way over his head. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.50]

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Star Wars #16

by Alan Rapp on April 17, 2014

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Star Wars #16With a grounded and disgruntled Luke heading off with some of the locals to change a fuel cell on a mountain outpost the latest issue of Star Wars shows us the farm boy from Tatooine and his friends are hardly the only ones with serious doubts about Leia‘s impending wedding and the new alliance between the Rebels and Arrochar.

As Leia fights pressure to act in a manner more befitting a princess from both her fiance and the aristocracy of the rich world which will make a powerful ally for the Rebellion, Luke spends time with the locals who are far less convinced that Arrochar should shed its isolation and get involved in a conflict which hasn’t concerned them until now.

Continuing to foreshadow the betrayal of Leia’s betrothed and Arrochar, the latest issue also gives us a glimpse at an Imperial Probe Droid making it a good bet that the Empire knows exactly where the leaders of the Rebel Alliance are to be found. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $2.99]

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Star Wars #15

by Alan Rapp on March 29, 2014

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Star Wars #15The latest issue of Star Wars centers around the Rebellion’s arrival to Arrochar, Leia‘s impending wedding to Prince Kaspar, and Luke‘s reaction to the news which gets him grounded from the newly-formed Rogue Squadron and seriously contemplating leaving the Rebellion.

Very much a middle-issue of an arc, Star Wars #15 gives us our first look at the world which Leia hopes to make the new permanent home of the Rebellion, Kaspar, and how the unusual circumstances of a marriage to cement the partnership between the planet to the Rebellion effect everyone, particularly Luke.

We don’t get much in the way of action here, other than Luke’s reckless flying that eventually gets him grounded by Wedge, but the comic doesn’t end before we get a brief hint of the darker intentions of the royal house of Arrochar suggesting how the storyline may play out. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $2.99]

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