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Disney to Upgrade, Downgrade Star Wars Expanded Universe

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, January 12, 2014

For those who follow such things, the great Leland Chee has given us insight regarding Lucasfilm's Expanded Universe archive's levels of official-ness over the years.  But now The Hollywood Reporter is telling us that Disney is going to change it up a bit, making one official level of canon and another that, for all intents and purposes, you can ignore.  Or enjoy.  It's up to you.  Click here to read it.  It doesn't tell us everything.

Star Wars Returns to Marvel in 2015

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, January 3, 2014

In a move surprising no one, StarWars.com confirms Marvel will publish Star Wars comics once more in 2015.  As many have speculated, this would keep the comic license within the Disney family four double-plus synergy.  Click here to read the rest.

Unsurprisingly, Disney Now Owns Indiana Jones

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, December 6, 2013

In a move surprising no one, Disney now has sequel rights for upcoming Indiana Jones films so says Variety.  From TFA:

"The Walt Disney Studios and Paramount Pictures have reached a distribution and marketing agreement for the Indiana Jones franchise.

Under the arrangement, Disney gains distribution and marketing rights to future films, in addition to retaining the ownership rights it secured when it acquired Lucasfilm."

Star Wars Land Coming to Disney?

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, June 14, 2013

That's the rumor!  Comingsoon.com, Slashfilm, Theme Park Insider, and IGN (among others) all have reports of this tantalizing, thrilling, and completely expected development.  UPDATE - a reader and former Disney employee added his two cents.

Worth Reading - Power Lawyers: How Star Wars Nerds Sold Lucasfilm to Disney

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, May 24, 2013

The Hollywood Reporter posted an article called Power Lawyers: How 'Star Wars' Nerds Sold Lucasfilm to Disney which details all sorts of fun little tidbits, like how they went and confirmed Lucasfilm really did own all the copyrights and trademarks and what have you for hundreds of characters which are now in the hands of the House of Mouse.

Be a Stormtrooper Statue - Male or Female - at Disney's Hollywood Studios

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, May 7, 2013

After the "freeze yourself in Carbonite" collectible, now the Disney Parks Blog reports you can also be a Stormtrooper! It's coming May 17 to Disney's Hollywood Studios as part of Star Wars Weekends.  It's $99.95 and takes a few weeks to deliver, but that's a lot faster than never getting to be a Stormtrooper that sits around on your desk.   And would you believe a similar, cheaper product exists for Star Trek too now?

Disneyland CA Droid Factory Report

By Mike — Tuesday, April 23, 2013

David Yeh of Endor Express has a great report on the new Droid Factory shop that opened up at Disneyland Anaheim Star Traders recently, to the joy of West Coast fans.

Droid Factory Now at Disneyland

By Mike — Thursday, April 11, 2013

At last! After nearly a year in waiting, Droid Factory has finally launched at Star Traders in Disneyland Anaheim! MouseWait has the photo confirmation and big thanks to Yakface.com for the heads up!

Disney Drops $100 Cover Charge to Collect Droid Factory Action Figures

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, April 6, 2013

Thanks to a tip from our pal and friend to all collectors Chuck, we now know that Downtown Disney's Once Upon a Toy Hasbro store now has the Droid Factory set up.  This means you don't have to pay to get into Disney Hollywood Studios, as Once Upon a Toy has no admission fee.  From the pictures it looks like it's a much better set-up filled with bins on four sides (rather than just one) and best of all, you won't have to shell out $100 to get into the theme park to waste 2 hours of high-quality ride time to attempt to collect them all.

LucasArts No More

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, April 3, 2013

LucasArts was best known to fans as what confused people thought was the true name of the company Lucasfilm, but in reality it was the entertainment software branch of George Lucas' media empire.  For much of its early life it was known as Lucasfilm Games, which spawned numerous memorable computer games like The Curse of Monkey Island, TIE Fighter, Maniac Mansion, and more recently Grim Fandango.  Today, we learned that Disney will be shuttering the developer, instead licensing out its characters to other developers.  The fate for Star Wars 1313 is not completely known although some reports have indicated it was far enough along to finish while others say it will be axed.

Star Wars Weekends Merchandise Revealed

By Mike — Friday, March 29, 2013

With recent news and all, this year's Star Wars Weekends at Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida (May 17 to June 9) is a little more special and relevant and may offer hints of the franchise's future, which we hope expands beyond the cutesy collectible and pins with the obligatory mouse ears. 

Hasbro: 2013 Star Tours Multi-Packs

By Mike — Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hasbro announces two new Star Tours exclusive multi-packs that will be available beginning in May 2013 at Walt Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando (to debut for Star Wars Weekends) and at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim soon thereafter.

BIG NEWS: Disney Acquires Lucasfilm, Episode VII In 2015

By Mike — Tuesday, October 30, 2012

In an announcement that is so stunning and game changing in its scope that we had to check the date to make sure that it wasn't April 1st, Walt Disney Company has entered into an agreement to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. from George Lucas as we enter into Kathleen Kennedy's stewardship of the most beloved space fantasy franchise in history.

CVI: Disney And Carbon Freeze Me

By Mike — Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Disney booth was ripe with activity as Celebrationers clamored for their Star Wars meets Mouse themed exclusives. Their Holographic Leia Vinylmation that was limited to 2,500 pieces sold out by Saturday.

CVI: What's New with Disney Star Wars

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, August 23, 2012

Depending on where you sit as a fan, the merchandising at Star Tours is either the best thing ever or something giving you a little toy anxiety.  (Hi, Ron!)   This year at Celebration VI, Disney previewed Droid Factory, new Star Wars Muppets, Vinylmation, and-- get ready for this-- Star Wars Disney-Pixar Cars.  Yes.  Darth Mater.