Disney has unveiled something they’ve been working on for a while: a real-life, working lightsaber.
As part of the many reveals on May the 4th a.k.a. Star Wars Day, Disney Parks released the first video of this glorious play weapon in action.
The saber will be part of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, a new Star Wars attraction coming to Disney World in 2022 that seeks to fully immerse guests in the galaxy far, far away by putting them aboard the Halcyon starcruiser for a multi-day story experience.
Attendees will be able to see characters, like Rey, wield the new lightsaber, which was created by Walt Disney Imagineering to “create dramatic in-person moments previously only seen in films or shows,” a description reads.
Guests’ overall experiences at the Galactic Starcruiser will differ depending on the choices they make and which activities to pursue. Characters aboard include “the starcruiser’s strong and charismatic captain, the ship’s plucky mechanic, heroes of the Resistance,” and more.
According to a press release, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will have a special hub for guests to learn the ancient ways of the lightsaber and face off against a training remote.
Acme Archives is pleased to present the Droides Noir Lithograph By Oliver Wetter. This artwork is inspired by the classic French Le Chat Noir Poster, it comes hand-numbered and with a certificate of authenticity.
Droides Noir Lithograph By Oliver Wetter 250 piece hand-numbered edition Measures 16″ x 24″ Certificate of authenticity $45
A 1977 Marvel Star Wars #1 comic book signed by most of the film’s core cast of Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) will be auctioned off on Thursday, April 29.
The comic, graded 9.6 by CGC Signature Series, has an opening bid of $15,000and will be auctioned by Los Angeles, CA.’s Nate D. Sanders Auctions.
Marvel’s original Star Wars #1 hit newsstand spinner racks in April of ’77 – almost a full month ahead of the film’s release in May of that same year.
Considered a long-shot at the time it came out due to the relative obscurity of Star Wars prior to its game-changing release, Marvel acquired the license after several publishers passed on adapting the film to comic books when Marvel’s then editor-in-chief Roy Thomas took a gamble on the property. Thomas adapted the story himself alongside artist Howard Chaykin, who was also still in the process of making a name for himself in the comic book industry.
Of course, Star Wars went on to become an iconic, mega-hit franchise woven into the fabric of pop-culture. Marvel published Star Wars comics including adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, along with original stories until 1986 – three years after Return of the Jedi – for a total of 107 issues and three annuals in its original run.
More information on the signed Star Wars #1 auction can be found HERE.
May the Force be with you, with this Rebel Pilot inspired watch from Citizen celebrating the Star Wars galaxy.
Inspired by an original Citizen analog-digital watch from the 1980s, this stainless steel rectangular case watch is packed with features, including dual time and subdials with both the Rebel Alliance logo and the X-Wing with Rebel inspired colors.
It also includes an alarm, the digital time, and the temperature, making it a unique and stand-out timepiece.
Whether you are a long-time fan who still believes the original trilogy can never be topped, or you’re just being introduced to this galaxy far, far away, this is a Star Wars watch every collector will want to show off.
Today, the LEGO Group revealed a new product for the ultimate Star Wars fan collection: the LEGO Star Wars R2-D2 construction set, launched to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm.
The galaxy’s most lovable droid can now be recreated in stunning detail with this 2,314 piece set, the most feature-packed LEGO brick version of R2-D2 from the LEGO Group to date. Adult LEGO builders and Star Wars fans alike can recreate their favorite moments from the films as they craft R2-D2’s unique retractable mid-leg, rotating head and a periscope.
The model also has hidden tools tucked away, such as a lightsaber hilt hidden in a secret compartment in the head.
This set is perfect for any hero looking for a fun and immersive building experience. When finished, the R2-D2 replica makes an impressive focal point when displayed with the set’s exclusive minifigure version of the iconic droid and a special Lucasfilm 50th anniversary LEGO brick.
In 2021, Lucasfilm is celebrating half a century of storytelling with a range of commemorative, fan-favorite 50th anniversary Star Wars products, including this new LEGO Star Wars R2-D2 model. Commenting on the new set, Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, Creative Lead of LEGO Star Wars at the LEGO Group said: “We have had the pleasure of creating hundreds of Star Wars-inspired models over the past two decades since we first launched LEGO Star Wars sets. As Lucasfilm celebrates their 50th anniversary, it seemed fitting to challenge ourselves and push the limits of what is possible with LEGO bricks by recreating a fan-favourite Star Wars character in great detail like we have never achieved before. We are delighted with the result and hope our fans get as much joy out of building the sets as we did designing it.”
Theset will be available exclusively from LEGO.com and LEGO Stores for $199.99 on May 1, 2021.
– Build and display this fantastically detailed, new-for-May-2021, LEGO brick model of an iconic character from the Star Wars saga: R2-D2.
– Authentic features include a retractable mid-leg, rotating head, opening and extendable front hatches and adjustable periscope, plus a lightsaber hidden in a compartment in the head.
– Includes a buildable display stand with an information plaque, LEGO Star Wars R2-D2 LEGO droid figure and a special Lucasfilm 50th anniversary LEGO brick.
– This premium-quality set is part of a series of collectible LEGO Star Wars build-to-display models.
– Offering a challenging and rewarding build, this 2,315-piece set makes an awesome birthday present, holiday gift or surprise treat for any Star Wars connoisseur and LEGO Star Wars lover.
– Measuring over 12.5 in. (31 cm) high, 7.5 in. (20 cm) wide and 6 in. (15 cm) deep, this collectible, brick-built R2-D2 model makes an impressive centerpiece in a home or workplace.
This week McDonald’s released a new wave of Star Wars Happy Meal toys. The character-themed disc shooter ships will be available at participating McDonald’s until April 26 or while supplies last.
The toys are:
-Yoda in a Republic Cruiser -Chewbacca in the Millennium Falcon -Sith Trooper in a Star Destroyer -Darth Vader in his TIE Fighter -Finn in the Millennium Falcon -Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing -Kylo Ren in his TIE Fighter -First Order Trooper in a Star Destroyer -Boba Fett in his Slave 1
A self-proclaimed “simple man making his way through the galaxy” (like his father before him), Boba Fett endures as one of the most infamous bounty hunters in Star Wars lore.
After falling into the belly of the Sarlacc, his reappearance in season 2 of The Mandalorian thrilled fans—even more so as he returned to Jabba the Hutt’s palace on Tatooine and usurped the throne held by Bib Fortuna. This Christmas tree ornament depicts that triumphant moment, which teased the upcoming arrival of The Book of Boba Fett.
The festively decorated house features Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers caroling, an oversized Death Star on the roof and an abundance of lights. Connect it to the Keepsake Power Cord (sold separately) for continuous light effect. Plus, it performs a synchronized sound and light show to the tune of the “Star Wars: Main Theme.”
This Christmas tree ornament measures 3.3″ W x 4″ H x 2.4″ D and it will be released at Hallmark on October 2, 2021 for $35.
The Star Wars novels that are now under the label “Legends” are, for many fans, the ultimate Star Wars books. Back in the 90s, before George Lucas announced the prequel trilogy, there were the dark times. There hadn’t been any movies since 1983’s Return of the Jedi, and the cultural phenomenon that happened in the late 70s, early 80s around the galaxy far, far away, had dissipated. The Timothy Zahn Heir to the Empire trilogy kept the Star Wars flame alive for a few years before 19990s The Phantom Menace.
Even after the release of Revenge of the Sith, great books like Drew Karpyshyn’s Darth Bane trilogy served as food for many hungry Star Wars fans. In 2014, after Disney bought Lucasfilm, they decided to hit the reset button on all Star Wars media besides live-action movies and The Clone Wars, both the movie and the Dave Filoni show. This meant that all of those stories are no longer part of the continuity, but despite that, many fans are still revisiting them and even discovering them for the first time. Del Rey has now decided to celebrate those stories with the fans and will create the Essential Legends Collection, with some of the best Star Wars novels from the “Legends” section. To make it even more special, they have created new book covers for them.
The first three books added to the Collection are Heir to the Empire, Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, and Shatterpoint. From Del Rey:
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm, Del Rey is curating a collection of essential and beloved ‘Star Wars’ novels from the past.
Novels set in a galaxy far, far away have enriched the ‘Star Wars’ experience for fans seeking to continue the adventure beyond the screen. When he created ‘Star Wars,’ George Lucas built a universe that sparked the imagination, and inspired others to create. He opened up that universe to be a creative space for other people to tell their own tales. This became known as the Expanded Universe, or EU, of novels, comics, videogames, and more.
To this day, the EU remains an inspiration for ‘Star Wars’ creators and is published under the label Legends. Ideas, characters, story elements, and more from new ‘Star Wars’ entertainment trace their origins back to material from the Expanded Universe. This Essential Legends Collection curates some of the most treasured stories from that expansive legacy.
The collection will launch on June 15, 2021, with new trade paperback editions of ‘Heir to the Empire’ by Timothy Zahn, ‘Darth Bane: Path of Destruction’ by Drew Karpyshyn, and ‘Shatterpoint’ by Matthew Stover.
Each edition will have a new book cover with original artwork. Tracie Ching is the cover artist of ‘Heir to the Empire,’ Simon Goinard is the cover artist of ‘Path of Destruction,’ and Jeff Manning is the cover artist of ‘Shatterpoint.’
Del Rey will be continuing to add classic titles to the Essential Legends Collection, with the next additions publishing in Fall 2021.
Obi-Wan Kenobi, the new Disney+ special event series starring Ewan McGregor as the iconic Jedi Master, will begin shooting in April. The story begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith where Kenobi faced his greatest defeat, the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker turned evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is directed by Deborah Chow, director of two critically acclaimed episodes of The Mandalorian, Season 1.
The series also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader. Joining the cast are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is executive-produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor and writer Joby Harold. The casting director is Carmen Cuba. Obi-Wan Kenobi will be available exclusively on Disney+.