A lot of squawking has been happening since the Porgs were officially revealed in the behind the scenes video for The Last Jedi at D23. Upon revisiting a few coded listings for products, “IP Beak” is all but officially confirmed to be an Interactive Plush Porg. Nothing earth shattering or previously theorized, but as we approach Force Friday II, and unofficial checklists are being put together, it’s helpful to know what these things are despite their coded aliases.
Here is a great look at the Resistance A-Wing Fighter from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As you can see, it has the distinctive profile of the fighter we first saw in Return of the Jedi but with an even sleeker design. Thanks to Girl With The Staff for the heads-up.
Here it is! Your first look at Star Wars The Last Jedi!
With Rogue One, we saw most of the product names shielded with animal designations such as shark, seal, owl, unicorn, etc. Episode VIII product will follow suit adapting the NATO phonetic alphabet with terms like “Victor”, “Tango” and “Foxtrot”. These names have been spotted in databases already so get ready to learn and speculate as to what they may stand for in the film.
StarWars.com has announced that the last scene for Episode VIII has been filmed and the anticipated sequel has officially wrapped production (aside from some pick ups and reshoots I would imagine). Now the long wait until December 2017.
Disney has officially announced the dates for the next D23:
All the magic and excitement of the past, present, and future of Disney entertainment will come together once again D23 presents D23 Expo 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center the weekend of July 14–16. Each of Disney’s magical worlds will unite under one roof to celebrate what’s new and what’s on the horizon from theme parks, television, music, gaming, and films, including Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel. Advance tickets for D23 Expo 2017 will go on sale at D23Expo.com beginning July 14, 2016.
With this date superseding SDCC, could we see our first trailer for Episode VIII at D23?
On this week’s episode Flyguy and I talk about the surprise reveal (via auctions) 4 new super articulated figures for The Force Awakens, figures hitting retail and the imminent release of the Takodana Encounter set. Funko had a big reveal of 9 new POP! figures last week featuring characters from the Original Trilogy and the Prequels including more Walgreens exclusives. Lastly Episode VIII filming is well underway and we discuss new characters, vehicles, and beasts on set. All of this and much more on Episode #92 of The Realm Recap.
On this week’s episode, Flyguy and I discuss the reveal of the much anticipated exclusive 6″ Rey figure from Kmart, new teases and reveals from Funko and their POP! line. Plus (newly confirmed) details for blu-ray release(s) of The Force Awakens, production updates for Episode VIII and much more. All of this plus our recent acquisitions on Episode #91 of The Realm Recap.
Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016.
Today, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release in summer 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017.
The move follows the extraordinary success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first Star Wars movie to premiere outside the traditional summer blockbuster window and smashed numerous records, including biggest domestic and global debuts of all time as well as the biggest domestic second and third weekends, en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time with over $861.3 million and the third biggest global release ever with $1,886.7 billion.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in preproduction and will begin principal photography in London next month. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman will produce and J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski will executive produce. Stay tuned for exciting updates in the coming weeks.
Flyguy and Yakface are back to break down the week’s collecting news and more. This week, product is coming in at record pace with wave after wave of Saga Legends, Mission Series and 6″ Black Series products hit retail. Plus, there are even great sales to be had as well. There are a few very cool customs to discuss this week, the main one grabbing headlines around the world is the drone speeder bike which is too cool not to hit production. Finally, big news broke from Disney involving the first of the standalone films as well as the official release date for Episode VIII. There is a lot to wrap our addled brains around but you can watch/hear it all on Episode 55 of The Realm Recap!
Also, if you prefer an audio-only version, a downloadable MP3 is available as well.
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 (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). 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 Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band of Brothers, The 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.
The Hollywood Reporter has posted that Star Wars alumn, Lawrence Kasdan had been tapped to write and produce at least one of the upcoming Star Wars sequels. He is joined by Simon Kinberg who is co-writing the upcoming X-Men sequel and served as producer for X-Men: First Class. Head to THR for the full story.