Just like the dozen or so “saving the date” wedding invitations that floods everyone’s mailbox this time of year, this one is date that you just might put in your Google calendar. Toy ‘R Us will be having a launch celebration for the new line of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys at Times Square on Force Friday, September 4 at 12:01 a.m. (apparently the city doesn’t really sleep). There will be giveaways and plenty of activities. The Toy ‘R Us in Times Square won’t be the only one celebrating as many of the stores throughout the country will be doing the same and partaking in this much anticipated launch.
Don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes here at www.toysrus.com
Star Wars: Uprising, is an upcoming mobile game that takes place directly after the events in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. This would be the very first game that enters into the new official canon of the Star Wars universe.
Many of us have been pondering the state of the galaxy after the Battle of Endor, which will ultimately set the stage for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The only information we have gotten up till point is from an excerpt from Chuck Wendig’s upcoming novel, Star Wars: Aftermath which is available this September.
The second Death Star is destroyed. The Emperor and his powerful enforcer, Darth Vader, are rumored to be dead. The Galactic Empire is in chaos.
Across the galaxy, some systems celebrate, while in others Imperial factions tighten their grip. Optimism and fear reign side by side.
And while the Rebel Alliance engages the fractured forces of the Empire, a lone Rebel scout uncovers a secret Imperial meeting. . . .
More information has come from IGN’s Brian Albert who spoke with Daniel Erikson Developer from Kabam!
After Episode VI, word of the Emperor’s death quickly spreads throughout the galaxy. When the news reaches the Anoat sector – which contains classic Star Wars film locations like Hoth and Cloud City – local Imperial Governor Adelhard locks down the entire region. This “Iron Blockade” stops all incoming and outgoing space traffic and communications, trapping the people within.
Adelhard denies all “rumors” of the Emperor’s death and kills anyone who speaks otherwise. According to Erickson, Adelhard is a “true believer who mourns the death of Vader and cannot imagine that somebody would want to live in chaos.” In his own private world he’s made for himself, the Empire is still all-powerful. Life is normal, and he maintains control with his enforcer,Commander Bragh, the leader of the Purge Troopers.
The Rebels were chased from the Anoat sector following their defeat on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back, and their presence in this part of space is still relatively weak. Instead, Erickson said, “the smuggler groups, the local assassin groups, the different crime cartels, and the former nobles of the sector have all banded together to form this very unlikely uprising – a rebel group of their own.”
Star Wars: Uprising looks to fall in line within that framework as regional governments are still under the control of the Empire. The game looks fantastic and the premise feels gritty, underworld-ish and just plain fun.
USA Today has released an exclusive video featuring the return of Ahsoka Tano in the hit animated series “Star Wars Rebels” with executive producer Dave Filoni and voice actress Ashley Eckstein who plays the precocious teenage Jedi that has garnered fans across the globe.
The video details the progression of the character from the “snippy” often impatient teenager into the warrior we will come to see in the second season of Star Wars Rebels, which premieres Saturday, June 20, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD. Dave Filoni discusses the hardship he and many faced with the departure of Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. A character that grew in the heart of many young fans and earned respect with those who initially didn’t feel a connection to her.
The departure of Ahsoka Tano from the Jedi Order in the last season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars felt like waking up one morning and realizing you and your bed are sitting in the middle of desert. Stunned, confused, a little wonky and tad bit scared, it signaled that the brutal end to the Clone wars was coming. A feeling of being lost in the wilderness after an abrupt and very memorable ending for a character that was just simply gone. An icon that literally walked away.
It is not often in any medium when a minor character evolves over time that not only acclimates to her surrounding leads, but surpasses them. Audiences rarely get a character that they grow up with them over time that becomes their moral anchor and adjusts their own lens to see the world as it truly is. Ahsoka’s role in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as mentioned by Dave Filoni sums it up best.
She deeply cared about that part of Star Wars that the fans love. She became the lens for the fans, especially the younger fans.
What I admired about Ahsoka’s character is her development to understand that the universe isn’t fair, politics makes everything grey and that war is incredibly costly. Her abrupt absence from the Clone Wars was a master stroke of storytelling and forward thinking. The Clone Wars ended an era in the Star Wars Galaxy that few survived in. Those survivors are important as they continue the saga into the original trilogy. Having Ahsoka leave when she did allowed the character to buy some time and deal with her former Master in a way more concentrated then if it were left to the crescendo of the end of the Clone Wars and Order 66. It will allow audiences to see these two meet their destinies with no other distractions. This is the closure not only her character needs but Anakin as well. Snips is Anakin’s only tie in to his former life as Filoni mentions
“Vader would look at Ahsoka and want to destroy her because she is a living memory of everything he once was”.
Every story needs an ending and just maybe, in time, Ahsoka will complete her story.
For full disclosure, this Author only recently completed the entire Clone Wars Animated series back in October. My accumulated time missing Ahsoka pales to many in the fandom, but I did feel lost in the wilderness when she departed just the same.
Star Wars Rebels Premiers Saturday, June 20, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD. The first episode, The Siege of Lothal, will debut in June with further episodes coming in the fall.
As we move closer to the September release of merchandise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, items details are starting to emerge. Today, Hoth Bricks, a French Lego site has provided the first peak into what could be The Force Awakens Lego sets scheduled to be released this September. The prices posted are in Euro’s and are relatively in line for expected pricing.