BURBANK, Calif. & SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.
On October 6, 2012 is the first Star Wars Reads day. Across the country bookstores will be hosting events celebrating Star Wars books, both fiction and nonfiction. Many stores are having Star Wars authors speak and autograph books, including the Barnes & Noble in Roseville, MN where Star Wars Action News hosts Marjorie and Arnie will be going to see authors Troy Denning, Daniel Wallace, and John Jackson Miller.
With Star Wars Reads day being the biggest thing for Star Wars fans since Celebration VI, it is the perfect time for the release of Pablo Hidalgo’s Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion. With Star Wars fiction predating the Star Wars films themselves, and with a constant stream of expanded universe novels coming for over twenty years, The Essential Reader’s Companion provides summaries, trivia, and artwork for over 100 Star Wars adult novels, plus many more junior novels and comics besides!
On this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast, Arnie sits down with Pablo to discuss the inception of this new book and how it can be used by Star Wars readers of all experience levels–from those who’ve just read their first novel to the experienced reader who’s consumed every book released!
And also on this week’s show, Star Wars fans and Disney fans alike go crazy for Disney’s Vinylmation figures. Exclusive to the Disney theme parks, the second series of Vinylmations was released in August, simultaneous with Star Wars Celebration VI. Events were held on both coasts, at Disney World in Orlando, and Disneyland in California, and Podcast Enhancer Berent’s significant other Carmilla attended Disneyland to get a set of these figures! On this week’s podcast, listen to hear their impressions of this new series, and how you can win a full set of these figures from Star Wars Action News!
After a brief hiatus, due to a dwindling part count, the Droid Factory attraction at Disney and they have restocked and are offering the new parts (domes & hats) that were not available previously. Let’s hope these hold out through CVI. Thanks to our friends at Endor Express for the tip.
One of our followers on twitter has alerted us to some Build-A-Droid news out of the Big Mouse. He is on site and is reporting that Tatooine Traders is out of all Mickey hats and only have middle legs in green available. They are also out of both styles of R3 heads, silver blue R2 and purple or blue R4 head.
Word is that they are NOT expecting another shipment of parts before the final Star Wars Weekends.
Lastly, due to the B.A.D. part shortage, they are NO LONGER selling the $18.95 two-packs. Only the single for $11.95
Thanks to DarthChuckMc for the info
Thanks to an article post from Yakface reader DarthChuckMc, it appears that almost all (except 2) parts for the Disney Droid Factory Astromechs are now available at Star Wars Weekends. Here is what he had to say:
Today they had 56 of the 58 parts available. No silver with blue R2 heads or black R2 bodies. All other pieces currently out were accounted for as of 6pm.
Thanks for the info! Be sure to check out our special report with Dan Curto detailing these highly desirable figures as well.
Star Tours has posted on facebook an awesome shot of the some of the Droid Factory Astromechs available (starting this weekend) in Tatooine Traders at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As you’ll see, there are some new dome sculpts in here namely the R6, R8 and R9 models.
EDIT: Star Tours posted the original image via facebook earlier this afternooon.
Orlando Attractions Magazine has posted via twitter confimation of the Droid Factory/Build-A-Droid figure concept returning. It is being offering through their Tatooine Trader store at Hollywood Studios. Click on over to check it out!
Thanks to Richardo for the tip.
Our friends at EndorExpress have revealed that after the recent success of the all-new Star Tours Starspeeder 1000, the price has jumped from an attractive $54.95 up to $69.95. I guess “The Mouse” altered the deal. Pray he doesn’t alter it any further.
Our friends at Jedi Temple Archives have posted their latest RDR covering the NEW Star Tours Starspeeder 1000 from Disney. This all new version is impressive to say the least. Head on over for the complete review.