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LEGO Star Wars Betrayal At Cloud City (75222) Officially Announced

Visit Bespin’s amazing metropolis in the sky—Cloud City!

Relive a world of unforgettable moments from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back or add your own fun twists to the story with this LEGO Star Wars 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City set. 

The amazingly detailed set is divided into 4 sections, each depicting scenes from the classic movie. There’s a landing platform complete with Boba Fett’s Slave I ship, a detailed promenade, a dining room with seating for 5 minifigures, a garbage processing room with incinerator, and a sensor balcony for epic Luke vs. Vader Lightsaber duels. There’s also a carbon freeze chamber with a function to ‘freeze’ Han in carbonite, an interrogation chamber and prison cell, a secondary landing platform for the Twin-Pod Cloud Car, and so much more. Add an astonishing 18 LEGO minifigures plus 2 droids to the mix, and you have a set that Star Wars and LEGO fans of any age would be proud to add to their collection.

The 2,812 piece set will be available for LEGO VIP members starting on September 13 and to the general public on October 1. The suggested retail price is $349.99.

– Includes 18 minifigures: Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker in Bespin outfits, Chewbacca, C-3PO, Lando Calrissian, Lobot, 2 Cloud City Guards, 2 Cloud Car Pilots, Leia and Han in Hoth outfits, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, 2 Stormtroopers and an Ugnaught, plus R2-D2 and an IG-88 droid.

– Section 1 features a landing platform with a sliding entrance door and Boba Fett’s Slave I ship with an opening minifigure cockpit, movable wings and space underneath to store the Han in carbonite element.

– Section 2 features a dining room with a table, seats for 5 minifigures and a decorative Cloud City micro build; lounge with a transparent sculpture and 2 chairs; garbage processing room with an incinerator, conveyor belt and a deactivated IG-class droid; and a promenade with tree sculpture, mural relief and opening doorways leading to other parts of the model.

– Section 3 features a sensor balcony with railing and swing-out function, plus a maintenance cabin with opening round window for epic Lightsaber duels, plus a carbon freeze chamber with lever-activated ‘freeze’ function.

– Section 4 features a dark-red corridor leading to the interrogation chamber with a turning interrogation chair, plus a prison cell, hangar with a secret trapdoor and tool & weapon rack, and space for the Twin-Pod Cloud Car with opening minifigure cockpits and 2 stud shooters.

– New minifigure details include Leia’s red dress, Han’s Corellian blood stripe, Luke’s dark-tan Dagobah outfit, the Ugnaught’s head decoration and the cloud car pilots.

– Weapons include Han’s blaster pistol, Chewbacca’s bowcaster, Luke’s Lightsaber, Vader’s Lightsaber, Boba Fett’s blaster rifle, IG-88’s blaster rifle, 5 blaster pistols and 4 blasters.

– Accessory elements include a wrench, handcuffs and Lobot’s cybernetic band.

– Stage air-to-air battles between Boba Fett’s Slave I and the Twin-Pod Cloud Car.

– Pull the carbon freeze chamber lever to pretend freeze Han in carbonite!

– Relive unforgettable scenes from the classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back movie.

– This amazing set is part of the LEGO® Star Wars Master Builder Series.

– Cloud City measures over 6” (16cm) high, 22” (58cm) wide and 22” (56cm) deep.

– Slave I measures over 4” (11cm) high, 7” (19cm) long and 7” (18cm) wide.

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1980 Concept Poster For The Empire Strikes Back Sold By Heritage Auctions For $26,400

A rare Star Wars concept poster printed for the 1980 sequel The Empire Strikes Back sold Sunday for $26,400 at Heritage Auctions, setting a world record as the most expensive movie poster from the space opera ever sold at auction.

The poster was estimated to sell for between $5,000 and $10,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Movie Poster Auction, which realized more than $1.6 million.

“This poster is considered to be one of the more rare posters in the entire Star Wars trilogy,” said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Posters at Heritage Auctions. “This poster is unique as it features the complete Kastel artwork in the original color palette for the second in George Lucas’ trilogy.”

One of a handful of original examples known to exist, the poster was a trial run featuring art by artist Roger Kastel. Kastel took inspiration from a poster for Gone with the Wind for the film’s 1974 re-release. That poster features an image of Clark Gable carrying Vivien Leigh surrounded by flames. In Kastel’s poster, characters Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa share a similar embrace while surrounded by action scenes and a menacing visage of villain Darth Vader.

Perhaps done as a test printing of the International edition of the poster, this version includes images of Lando Calrissian, Boba Fett, Cloud City and more. When the studio made their final revisions, those additional elements were removed from the original Kastel design, as they were considered too busy.

The studio also went with a darker color scheme of mostly blues and purples, losing the vibrant reds and oranges from Kastel’s original vision.

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Secret Cinema Lets Star Wars Fans Experience Movie In New Way

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Secret Cinema has been putting on cinematic events for many years. They take a well-known movie or cult film and literally transport you to the period in which the film took place. Last year, Secret Cinema brought the 1950’s town of Hill Valley from Back to the Future to life, and this year they’ve applied the same magic to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

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After two years in the making, Secret Cinema literally transports you from a secret meeting place in London into the world of Star Wars. You need to dress appropriately (full instructions are given prior to attending), adopt your own given Star Wars name, and then open yourself up and let yourself go.

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Charlie D’Agata from CBS This Morning takes us inside Secret Cinema, hidden somewhere in London.

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JC Richard To Release Empire Strikes Back Themed Print, The Impossible On April 10, 2015

Tomorrow JC Richard, will release his new Empire Strikes Back print. Titled, “The Impossible”, the poster will go on sale April 10, 2015 at 2 PM EST. The screenprint measures 36 x 12 inches and will be released in an edition of 150. It’ll cost $40 and go on sale at www.microcosmicmedia.com.

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Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back AT-AT Bookends

Bring home the terrifying metal behemoths of The Empire Strikes Back! First seen on screen at the Battle of Hoth, the feared AT-AT is the primary assault vehicle of the Galactic Empire for large-scale ground warfare. Cast in high quality polystone and then hand painted, each bookend is numbered and comes complete with a matching limited edition Certificate of Authenticity. Whether they’re holding up an assortment of media or on display proudly by themselves, these collectible bookends are sure to add enjoyment to any home or office.

Created by Gentle Giant and measuring over 8 3/4-inches tall, the Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back AT-AT Bookends will be available for $225 in June.

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