Richard Pryor's Star Wars Bar Sketch Shows Real Cantina Aliens, Editing's Importance

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, December 27, 2015

With The Force Awakens it certainly feels like Star Wars is everywhere in the physical world, because it pretty much is.   It's difficult to leave your home to buy groceries, batteries, or a Guavian Enforcer figure without seeing that logo somewhere.  Back in the 1970s, Star Wars invaded television most frequently in comedy and variety shows, as you could plug in R2-D2 and C-3PO to pretty much any concept from Donny & Marie to Sesame Street.  They just fit.


Richard Pryor also had a show in this era, which does double-duty as a time capsule and as a reminder of how and why Star Wars felt so incredibly tight. Once you watch the video (and you should), rewatch it and take note of the various costumes - some are complete, some are wobbly, and some look incredibly fake in this different context. The editing on the original Star Wars film was said to have saved it from certain humiliation, because a few frames further would reveal the secrets to the magic. You can see Hammerhead's wobble in this sketch. You'll note that Labria's devilish features are completely frozen - it's not a make-up, the only thing that can really move are his eyes and the few frames in the Cantina were lit and framed in such a way to give him the spark of life. It's a goofy little clip, but it does wonders to show the importance of editing and helps to highlight something of interest about The Force Awakens, too.  (No spoilers follow, but recognition that the film exists and has been seen do.)

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Fun - Stuff You Should Know Tackles the Star Wars Holiday Special

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, December 24, 2015

Josh and Chuck of Stuff You Should Know are two of my favorite podcasters, and they tackled the legendary and baffling (and must-see) Star Wars Holiday Special this week.  It's one of two podcasts you should probably check out today.

Click here to hear more about The Star Wars Holiday Special of 1978.

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By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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Q&A: Jakks Pacific on Women, Star Wars Creatures, and More

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, December 20, 2015

Ask Jakks! Continuing this week week in Q&A as I attend to some personal matters: more from Jakks Pacific. Jakks Pacific's Scott "ToyGuru" Neitlich offered to take on some of your questions on the giant figures of the present, past, and future - so let's go!

 

Big monsters - how about it? Also Where are the big Sandtroopers? The answer might surprise you. Big women - can we expect more?

Also, I ramble a tiny bit (non-specifically and non-spoilery) about The Force Awakens and He Never Died, a new movie with Rollins in it!

Don't forget, send in your questions for next week. I'll most likely be back with the usual questions, if we have the answers. Read on!

Walmart Has 31-Inch Kylo Ren - $15

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, December 19, 2015

Less action figures than massive display pieces, Jakks Pacific's 31-inch action figures are - on occasion - also pretty cheap.  Walmart.com has Kylo Ren down to $15, a massive price cut for such a big figure.  Many of the other large figures are $5-$20 off, so you might want to take a look if there's anything you want and also if your local stores let you do that in-store pickup for online orders.  (I tried it earlier this year and, surprisingly, it was much smoother than similar things at Target and Kmart have been in the past.)

Q&A: More Jakks Star Wars Queries, 'tis the Night Before the Awakening

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ask Jakks! This week in Q&A: more from Jakks Pacific My fellow toy industry pal Jakks Pacific's Scott "ToyGuru" Neitlich offered to take on some of your questions on the giant figures of the present, past, and future - and I'm lazy, so let's do that instead.

 

Can we expect big giant droid figures? Also How did they pick those particular sizes? The answer might surprise you - but the reasoning won't. International distribution - it wouldn't be a Q&A without it!

Don't forget, send in your questions for next week. I'll most likely be back with the usual questions, if we have the answers. Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,255: Constable Zuvio (The Black Series 6-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Hey, it's Constable Zuvio!  He has a magnificent paint job on his armor, and we know absolutely nothing about him in the movie yet.  Well.  With that, I'm taking a FOTD break because I actually would like to see the movie before commenting any more on these - so read on, for what it's worth.

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By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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Kmart Star Wars Kylo Ren Exclusive - In Stock Now! Maybe!

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Here it is - again!  The 6-inch Kmart exclusive Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base) is in stock as of my writing this - you can get it picked up at stores for free, or get it shipped.  It's $5 more than the regular version, but sports unique deco on the feet, a base, different hands, and a different lightsaber.  I just ordered mine - if you want one, click here to check availability.

Update: Don't use Paypal on the Kmart.com web site right now, as it seems to be causing problems. 

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,254: Captain Phasma (The Black Series 6-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Arguably the figure of the season, the 6-inch Captain Phasma is the one your pals want and can't find - I haven't seen her in stores personally yet, but her wave mates?  You'll see those.  She's pretty much exactly as good as you might expect from this line, so read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,253: Sandtrooper Sergeant (The Black Series 6-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, December 7, 2015

Check out the Sandtrooper Sergeant!  It's one of the exclusive figures in Entertainment Earth's Imperial Forces 6-inch action figure set.   This one has a different dirt pattern and a white pauldron - what more do you need?  Well, it's also got the blasters from the other releases - be sure to get this one!  Read on!

Q&A: Star Wars Jakks Pacific Questions - Jumbo Weapons, Boba Fett, and Character Selection

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, December 6, 2015

Ask Jakks! This week in Q&A: I'm not writing it! My fellow toy industry pal Jakks Pacific's Scott "ToyGuru" Neitlich offered to tackle your questions on the giant figures of the present, past, and future - and I'm lazy, so let's do that instead of me writing something.

How do they pick characters? There's one. Cody and Boba Fett - are they gone? Weapons! Let's talk weapons!

If you already sent a question, don't worry - they were forwarded along and we'll do our best to get them posted shortly.   Don't forget, send in your questions for next week. I'll forward your Jakks queries to the source. Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,252: R2-Q5 (The Black Series 6-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, December 4, 2015

He's back, and slightly bigger than ever (from Hasbro)!  R2-Q5 has opening panels with painted arms and a swell finish - but none of the scopes that came with R2-D2 two years ago.   Is it cool?  Well, I think so, but I'm biased.  It's in stock for ordering right now, and you can read on to see if you should care!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,251: First Order TIE Fighter Pilot (The Black Series 6-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, December 3, 2015

Elite!  The red-striped First Order TIE Fighter Pilot is the only 6-inch TIE Pilot from the new movie you can own today - but the non-striped version is up for pre-order at fine toy stores everywhere.  This one, however, comes with a TIE Fighter with wings so tall they can black out the sun.  Read on!

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By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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