Favorite reading provider of reading material The AV Club posted this article, "Before Star Wars, George Lucas was an indie filmmaker" on the early days of his career and the movie THX-1138 which odds are a lot of you haven't seen still. (I have and let me tell you, it's a pretty intense experience, particularly in the middle of the night.)
At CinemaCon, according to Variety, release dates for the next three Star Wars flicks were listed. Oh joyous day! Chief of Disney Studios Alan Horn was talking about the upcoming Disney slate which is jam-packed full of sequels, movies with Johnny Depp, and other "safe" blockbusters the likes of which will astound modern man that this is the same company that put out Wall-E in just a few years. But where was I? Right, dates.
Proving that Lucasfilm was in an era that would license absolutely anything, here's a Dewback Dog Costume. This is apparently a real thing, and I for one am appalled. We used to be in a marketplace where the line had a little more integrity than this. I can only imagine how humiliated that dog will be when his labradoodle neighbor mocks him for having a Stormtrooper on his back instead of a Sandtrooper.
Customizer and maker Kid Ink Industries posted a bunch of custom Star Wars figures at the RockfordArtDeli shop. Three "RAD" droids (Roaming Assistance Droids) in unique colors were shown with absolutely gorgeous packaging that's even more retro than the real Kenner boxes. A Sandtrooper with some skeletons is up as well, plus some other troopers and surprises.
It's Monday, so it's time to look at your questions for Q&A! So how about Bo-Katan - is she off the table? Should we start designing our own Captain Rex figure now? And... more on 2013 because zzzzz. All this and more, read on and send in your questions for next time! (Or I get a break!)
Ad: Gentle Giant has new pre-order items up at Entertainment Earth today! Two new Jumbo Kenner Bounty Hunter Action Figures of Dengar and 4-LOM (or 1982 Zuckuss) are joined by Luke Skywalker in his Snowspeeder Pilot outfit as a mini bust, and he'll be menaced by a Grand Admiral Thrawn mini bust. All this and more, after the jump.
Looking to kill some time? NextMovie.com posted a video splicing together all (or at least most) of 30 Rock's Star Wars references. The whole thing has a whole lot of Tina Fey and runs 2:41, so I'd say you've got plenty of time to check this one out. We embedded the video after the jump.
Yakface.com reports that Hasbro has assigned a date of June 1st for the release of the ToysRUs exclusive Vintage Collection Endor AT-AT. Of course, given Hasbro's recent history with dates and releases, a caveat emptor applies.
Here are the latest pre-orders and new arrivals from our sponsors at BigBadToyStore.com. Star Wars items include the new Scout Trooper Ewok Attack Maquette from Gentle Giant. Check out the full listing after the jump!
With all sorts of goodies leaking out lately, Kotaku posted a big article on the final months of LucasArts which, in and of itself, would be a good read. The icing on the cake is Battlefront III video footage, showing off some of the vehicles and weapons which may have been in the final, now-not-coming build.
A few years ago, a bunch of steampunk-influenced Star Wars action figures made the rounds online from Sillof's Workshop before you started to see gears, brass, monocles, and buckles on everything. His latest creation was commissioned by the great Patton Oswalt (whose extended double album 222 and EP The Pennsylvania Macaroni Company may be two of comedy's finest achievements). What is it? Russ Meyer. As in Faster, Empire! Strike! Strike! Action Figures. Maybe you've seen Darla Vade and Stormy Go Go. Want to see Lando, as a woman, with an afro? Of course you do. See her after the jump.
Perhaps better known to fans as "Star Wars Disco," the schlocky Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk by Meco was actually part of a fairly popular and wildly popular mash-ups in the 1970s. The AV Club has an article called Star Wars goes disco and other crassly commercial hits of the "Medley Age" which is a fascinating read to anyone who loved through the Meco or Stars On 45 the first time around, or heard them referenced on "Weird Al" Yankovic albums or other Dr. Demento songs much later.
I'm still here! Q&A is back with your questions, and apparently you really want to talk about Vintage and 2013 and the lack of new stuff on the shelves. You also want to talk about real vintage figures, and of course which 2013 new figures are different enough to make you mad because you have excellent taste. All this and crazy ramblings from me, after the jump. If you have questions for next week (that aren't about the 2013 line) please be sure to send 'em in!
A collection of Vintage 12-back AFA graded figures is available over at Brian's Toys. This collection includes 12 Back-A's of Leia, small head Han Solo, and Luke! Other 12-backs include Chewbacca, R2-D2, and Ben Kenobi.