Love them or hate them, Porgs are one of the most iconic creatures from the new Star Wars sequel trilogy. Nearly universally loved for their cuteness, the tiny feathered creatures have featured prominently in promotional materials and scores of toys from The Last Jedi right from the beginning. The first minifigure-scale LEGO Porgs appeared in the 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon last year, but LEGO is now releasing a life-size sculpture of the fuzzy birds. 75230 Porg contains 811 pieces, and it retails for €69,99.
Disney’s upcoming streaming service won’t launch until late of 2019, but details surrounding one of its most highly anticipated TV series have emerged now.
Jon Favreau, who is set to write and executive produce an original, live-action scripted Star Wars TV series, on Wednesday revealed on Instagram that his new show will be called The Mandalorian.
“After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic,” Favreau shared in a post on his Instagram account.
Disney is developing multiple live-action Star Wars TV series for its upcoming streaming service, which is designed to rival Netflix. The platform will be the exclusive home for Marvel feature films and original series as well as Pixar and other Lucasfilm properties. So far, only Favreau’s involvement in one of the Star Wars TV series has been revealed. Wednesday’s announcement offers a closer look at just where the new Star Wars TV series fits in with the franchise.
For his part, Favreau is no stranger to the Star Wars universe. The actor-director played roles in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
I had watched The Last Jedi the other day and I will try here to review it without giving away spoilers or twists.
The eighth part of the ‘Star Wars’ saga is strikingly dazzling. After a material battle to kick off – the new director Rian Johnson (‘ Brick ‘) looks deep into the wounded souls of his heroes – especially in the dark Kylo Ren.
I You’re not really doing much, “Young Rey says disrespectfully to Jedi retiree Luke Skywalker, and the authors of the sequels have no scruples killing the gospel of George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars’, they proved in Episode VII, when angry Kylo Ren literally made his father, Han Solo, disappear into oblivion: he pushed him casually into an abyss – an inglorious end to Han Solo (Harrison Ford), who many fans considered the coolest character in the galaxy.
We meet Rey and Luke Skywalker right back where the cliffhanger at the end of J.J. Abrams’ seventh part on her fate in the unknown left: On a picturesque as well as deserted island whose steps carved into the rock seem almost to lead to heaven.
There, in the remnants of an ancient Jedi temple, the aged and broken Luke Skywalker lives his life. He was the youthful hero in the first three ‘Star Wars’ movies in the 1970s and 80s and is played as always by Mark Hamill, who has also matured dramatically compared to back then. However, the juvenile hero figure is a woman in the 21st century: 25-year-old Daisy Ridley, who showed in the last part who is wearing the three-quarter pants in the Star Wars universe.
Today, she is a strong supporter of Leia Organa (the 2016 deceased Carrie Fisher in one of her last roles). And Leia does not have to be saved in a bikini anymore. The princess of yesteryear is now general of the Resistance. She commands with heartfelt but forbidden attention the few resistance fighters who want to put an end to the leader of the evil First Order, Supreme Leader Snoke (as always a show: Andy ‘Gollum’ Serkis).
But the wild Rey desperately needs training to use her powers properly. The offer of father murderer Kylo Ren she had knocked out in the last movie. He clearly has a problem with his Anger Management. First, his fancy Darth Vader memorial helmet falls victim to a tantrum. So this time we get to see a lot of Adam Driver, who creates his Kylo Ren as a wonderfully weak villain.
Now, Rey hopes to Jedi veteran Luke Skywalker as a teacher, but he does not really want. What he carries with him for a small package and what Rey and Kylo Ren have in common, I do not want to reveal here. Only so much: There is a lot of sheet metal damage, the lightsabers are eagerly swung, and a lot of Star Wars stripes are looked up into the confused souls of the characters.
In addition old acquaintances appear again – and on both sides new heads. The biggest cuteness factor this time even not the droll droid BB-8, but feathered critters with big eyes. Yeah, ‘Lucas Film’ is now owned by Disney. So there is something for everyone in the far, far away galaxy. Boredom is guaranteed not to occur in the 151 minutes, which feel like one and a half hours.
While there are things to criticize, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is definitely one of the better Star Wars movies. Where exactly you place it within the saga, whether over or under The Empire Strikes Back, or Rogue One, is likely to depend heavily on personal taste. The established new characters in the predecessor such as Rey and Kylo Ren, but also Finn and Poe undergo important developments and finally take the lead of the old squad. All of this happens in a great story that steals here and there from the old days, but clearly proves more autonomy.
Especially in the space battles the film draws grandiose pictures with first-class effects on the canvas. Offside, Rian Johnson continues the work with many practical effects that give the film a more realistic look. Beyond doubt is the work of John Williams, who returns to his best. This is mainly because he again used more old themes in the soundtrack and thus enhances the recognition. An increase over Episode 7 is The Last Jedi without a doubt. A definite recommendation for every moviegoer – for Star Wars fans anyway.
Alright, yeah It is not quite an X-wing fighter, but this is certainly about as close as you can get to be flying together with R2-D2.
All Nippon Airways unveils ‘Star Wars’ themed jetliner
Boeing and Japanese airline All Nippon Airways unveiled a brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner with an R2-D2 design on Saturday. R2-D2 himself was on hand for the unveiling at Boeing’s facility in Washington, joined by C-3PO and a few stormtroopers. The R2-D2 jet is part of ANA’s Star Wars Project, a five-year partnership between Disney and ANA.
According to the ANA Star Wars Project website, the R2-D2 jet will make its first flight between Haneda and Vancouver on Oct. 18, before starting its regular route between Narita and San Jose from mid-October through late November. From December on, the plane will fly internationally from Japan to destinations like Seattle, Sydney, Jakarta, Beijing, Munich, Paris, and more. Plus, ANA will be the first and only airline to offer all six Star Wars movies as in-flight entertainment.
Boeing and ANA announced the R2-D2 jet earlier this year, but since then, they’ve also introduced two new plane designs — one with BB-8 and one featuring both droids. The BB-8 jet is scheduled to start flying between Japan and North American in 2016, while the third Star Wars plane should start flying domestic Japanese routes in November. (No word yet on whether C-3PO gets his own jet.)
See more photos of the newly unveiled R2-D2 jet below:
StandardorStar Wars: HPhas unveiledtwogaming notebookswith15-inch display. Theforceisvery strong in there, ranging from the looksto thesoundsup to therecycle bin– no kidding.
HPhas released two newlaptopsfor gamers–or rather,thePavilion15Gamingand itsspecial version oftheStar Warsstyle.Basically both devices are 15.6-inch notebookswith1080p display(touch option), SkylakeprocessorsandNvidia graphicsunits. But compared to the 2014 HP15Omenthetwonew ones lack a bitGPU performance, the technique, however, is identical.
The newPavilion15gamingandtheStar Warsversion ofIntel’sstuckcurrentSkylakeprocessors(Core i7-6700HQwith four cores in thePavilionandCorei7-6500UintheSpecialEdition), up to16 GB ofRAM, up to2TBharddisk orup to1TB offlash memoryorahybridsolution ofa2.5-inchHDDandanSSDC128–inM.2format. Both devicesusean optical drive, if desired, there is as well a realsensedepthcamera.
Major differencesexistin thegraphics unit: In both notebooks a NvidiaSkylake chip is fitted. In the Pavilion15GamingsitsaGeforce GTX950M, intheStar Warsversion aGeforce940M. Aside from thehardwareitself they alsodifferentiate by the look, starting with theredandgreenilluminated keypad. The touchpad isanX-WingTarget Recognition. The design of theStar Warsversion is kept in styleof the dark sideof the force, on the display lidyou findDarth Vaderandon the inside a Stormtrooper. In generalHPhasconsistently worked with the oldepisodes andprovides as wellscreensavers,sounds andwallpaper to match the theme.
Who wants to can eventypehis emailswiththeAurebeshfont. But ourfavoriteadaptationistheWindows Recycle Bin: Thishas been replaced bythe Death Star. Ii it is empty, itshows the completedbattleplanet – is it full, theDeath Staris still under construction.
There is no clear delivery date yet, but you can pre order the Star Wars version already on the HP website. Probably the date fortheavailbility will be close to the release ofStar Wars Episode7–The ForceAwakens. Thestarting pricesof the two devicesareat 800and900euros.
If you like the Empire or not is one thing, but another thing to admit is that the guys on the Dark side definitely have a faible for technology. And lets be honest, The Galactic Empire seems to have it all: Cool Cookie Jars, Toaster, BBQ Sets and Fancy ships. They even got the financial budget to build not just one but two moon-sized space stations! And they certainly got power. Lots and lots of power.
Plug these Star Wars USB Car Chargers into your 12V vehicle power socket (cigarette lighter) to activate the power of the Dark Side. Specifically, you’ll get 2.1 Amps of electricity flowing into your phone, tablet, or USB charged Light Saber. Needless to say that I already placed an order for the Darth Vader version.