First Standalone Movie Announced Plus Episode VIII Release Date

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Disney and Lucasfilm have just announced the first standalone film for the Star Wars franchise.

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 (MonstersGodzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (CinderellaAbout a BoyAntz). 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 RisesFast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (TintinWar of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band of BrothersThe 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

Also, they Bob Iger confirmed, that Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film, which continues the saga after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is set for release on May 26, 2017!

Visit StarWars.com for the full details.

Toyguide Update: AT-DP Driver

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the latest entry in the Saga Legends/Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at the AT-DP Driver (SL14).

PROS: The sculpt for the figure overall is well done and is pretty faithful to the animation. I love the fact that the helmet is a blend of the McQuarrie Concept Snowtrooper and an AT-ST Driver. I have a general soft spot most McQuarrie art and the AT-ST Driver as it was one of my favorite figures as a kid. He fits inside the AT-DP’s cockpit well enough and can pull double duty in the Imperial Troop Transport so the versatility is nice. He’s packed 2 per case so populating your Imperial ranks and vehicles should be relatively easy.

CONS: As far and knocks against this figure, it does have some paint/coloring issues. First off, to me, the overall tone of the figure seems too blue with even a hint of yellow. The character models in the series look more light and dark gray. Secondly, in most of the samples I’ve seen and have, the paint application on the “crotch area” seems thin allowing the darker blue to show through. Finally, the molding of this figure is sloppy in areas, especially the back of each leg where you can see round circles from the casting process.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

Toyguide Update: Luke Skywalker (SL22)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the latest entry in the Saga Legends/Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at the Luke Skywalker (X-wing Pilot) (SL22).

PROS: Hmmm…. not sure where I sit with this figure. The sculpt is very solid and the proportions are nicely executed. The removable helmet is well fitting and doesn’t look too big when worn. As a thin figure, he fits into most vehicles with little effort so there is plenty of playability for the youngsters – who these figures are targeted. For diorama builders, he may serve well as great background filler (as he doesn’t look much like Luke anyways).

CONS: Despite it being a core character, there really isn’t anything to really get excited about here as we have received what seems like dozens of X-wing pilot Lukes over the years. The paint isn’t that great, at least on this sample, and the butterscotch hair is once again perplexing. Collectors can definitely pass on it, but for kids, it might scoot by as acceptable. He has no weapons which may be a first for a Luke figure, at least as a basic figure release. (Edit: Thanks to JabbaJ for the reminder that the POTJ Luke didn’t include a weapon either.)

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

Sabine Helmet Variant Discovered

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Tonight while opening a case of Mission Series figures that I just received from Entertainment Earth, I noticed that Sabine’s helmet had a markedly different appearance than the one(s) I have found at retail. Click on through for the details of this interesting variant.

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DorksideToys March Madness Sale

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Well look it is March madness after all! So Black Friday is back…in March! Join us for another epic warehouse clear-out sale this Thursday, 12th March Midnight Nashville USA Central time. You won’t be able to buy any items until after midnight, but you can browse through items before hand, planning items you want as we add them along the way. Keep checking back as new items are added every few hours. Some specials will only be added as the sales goes live… Happy shopping!

*Please note you cannot combine these black friday items with pre-orders. Please place separate orders for items not yet in stock.

20 New Star Wars Books Coming In Lead Up To Episode VII

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EW.com has posted an exclusive article revealing that there are 20+ books coming this year in the lead up to The Force Awakens.

At least 20 new books—from novels for adults and teens to storybooks and stickerbooks for younger kids—will be released this fall to fill the gap between 1983’s Return of the Jedi and this December’s The Force Awakens, EW has learned exclusively.

What to Expect with The Black Series?

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Our good friends at Jedi Temple Archives have posted some details regarding what we may expect to see in terms of which 3.75″ figures will be seeing higher production runs than others (i.e., which individual figures will be offered as full case assortments to online stores, etc.).

Some of this sounds like good news to fill demand on certain figures, while there’s also a couple of figures that just don’t make sense to see high production runs (such as Dutch Vander).

Personal Note:  That last assortment case that’s full of new figures, such as Carbonite Han, Boushh Leia, new Jawas, and of course Mosep has me concerned.  Will this assortment even hit retail?  Will it be in very short supply?  Check out JTA’s report and be sure to share your thoughts there or in our forums.

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