UPDATE: Yup, it's official.
A few articles from around the web (The Wrap, Total Film, Deadline Hollywood) are indicating that J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8) is set to direct the next Star Wars film. It's worth noting he denied involvement previously, but hey, Michael Dorn once said Worf probably wouldn't be coming to Deep Space 9 so remember: everyone in Hollywood is a filthy liar. Or this is just one more stupid rumor we're all going to be denying in the morning.
At this time Disney, Lucasfilm, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Abrams, Mr. Solo, and Mr. Peanut have failed to provide an official denial or confirmation. You can probably expect one of the two by lunchtime on Friday.
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It's Mace Windu! This is the first animated version of the Jedi warrior, complete with purple lightsaber and display stand. It's basically a statue, but it's a cheap statue. This makes it good. Did you get one? Why not?
It's R2-D2, but not! The Blue R2-Series Astromech Droid can be a bunch of unique robots, including R2-D2. Or something else. I'd suggest going with something else, even if the dome is exquisitely painted with a little red light that looks superior to the Walmart exclusive Astromech pack from last year.
Jedi News reports from U.K. Toy Fair with photos from the Hasbro Booth and other licensors. The big news from the show is the Rise of Darth Vader set from Hasbro, which won a best action figure award. The line look also gets a refresh to go with the Episodes II and III 3D releases in the fall.
This week on The Clone Wars: Darth Maul is actually compelling to watch in "Eminence." If you like your episodes peppered with fan service (minus the cheesecake), this is it. 22-minutes of pure love to fans of the show (and the franchise), this episode brings us back to Darth Maul and Savage Opress with a healthy dose of organized crime and Mandalorians. Also, Hutts, and Gamorrean arm wrestling. Want to know more? Damn right you do! More after the break.
Check out this Galactic Marine repaint! It's slightly different than the carded version from 2008, as this one came in a Battle Pack few fans saw in the wild and seemingly fewer care to purchase online these days. Is it worth the hassle?
The British Toy And Hobby Association (BTHA) announces their Best New Toys of 2013 at the 60th Annual London Toy Fair, with Hasbro's Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader action figure (£24.99) being recognized in the Action Figure category.
Hey kids, it's Teebo! Including both 2001 and 1984-style headgear, this figure aims to be all things for all people. As a part of a gift set, it seems more like a Vintage figure in that the gear is clearly made for collectors to get that ultimate Teebo they always wanted. Did Hasbro succeed?
What's new in Q&A this week? How about EV-9D9. We haven't had a 100% brand-new sculpt for a while, have we? And let's complain about Malakili some more, as it delights me to do so. And what's the deal with those new Hasbro Iron Man action figures that aren't Star Wars? Are we in for a financially different future? All this and droids, and vehicles, and maybe your question in Q&A! (Of course, if you send in a question, it's more likely you could be here next week.)
While a highly-demanded action figure, Jocasta Nu has been created as a lavishly-packaged, high-quality, and high-price exclusive action figure. Shipped in a spiffy thick box with a Vintage carded figure inside, Madame Nu includes a lightsaber, bust of Count Dooku, holocron, purse, and of course the figure.
This Yellow R2-Series Astromech Droid looks a lot like R2-C4 from a few years ago, except it comes from Disney, can wear a hat, and has slightly different deco. I bought it because I'm dumb. But you? You might be smart. Read on to see if you should buy it, or make a smarter decision.
Let's look at Wunka the Ewok, part of a late 2012 2-pack. The figure is based on a 2007 sculpt, but with a new head, a new hood, a new axe, and pretty good deco. The teeth and eyes are a little funky at times, but it's still a solid release from Return of the Jedi. Want to know more? Sure you do.
Hey hey, it's Luke Skywalker! This is a good one. Why? Because the Vintage one in 2006 was pretty awful. The repaint from Droid Factory, which we look at today, added deco like black lines to the helmet which changed it from "meh" to "oooh!" at a decent price. As a bonus, it includes the best R2-D2 retool you could hope to get.
This week on The Clone Wars: D-Squad's possibly final mission with "Point of No Return." Sadly, all good things must come to an end and one of the most engaging arcs of the entire series ends here! Will Gascon and the droids return the encryption module safely? Will there be a new menace? Could we see a returning villain? More after the break.