Holonet Blast #46

Welcome back to the Holonet Blast: our weekly look at the news from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Solo Toys debut– and they are glorious!

Hasbro debuted the 6” Black series figures featuring the characters from Solo: A Star Wars Story this week at New York Toy Fair. Figures of Han Solo featuring Alden Ehrenreich’s likeness, the Imperial Range Trooper, and Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra have all been met with enthusiasm, but it’s Donald Glover’s likeness as Lando Calrissian—complete with billowing cape and raised eyebrow—that seems to be stealing the show. The toys are set to hit the market in advance of the film’s May 25th release date.

Ron Howard once again tweets hints to Solo

Once again, news from the making of Solo: A Star Wars Story comes to us in the form of a tweet from director Ron Howard. This week it was the news that Jon Favreau is joining the cast as the voice of “a very cool & important alien character”. It remains to be seen who the character is and what they add to the story, but Favreau’s addition to the cast is surely an exciting development.

More new Star Wars toys to include comic book and animated favorites

In additional news from New York Toy Fair, the Star Wars toy line is getting more than just the few Solo: A Star Wars Story figures previously unveiled.  Other characters from Solo, including Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett and the Mimban Stormtrooper, are coming to the Black Series line as well as Princess Leia in her Hoth kit from The Empire Strikes Back, Admiral Holdo from The Last Jedi, and other familiar characters including Commander Wolffe from both The Clone Wars and Rebels.

The 3.75” Vintage Collection is getting additions from Solo, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and Rogue One, as well as a figure of Dr. Aphra from Marvel’s Star Wars Comic Books (a favorite of ours here at Tosche Station!).

A “lights and sound” Millennium Falcon (in its Solo: a Star Wars Story trim), new blasters, the “Ultimate Co-Pilot” interactive plush Chewbacca, and several toys compatible with Force Link 2.0 were also announced.

Solo tie-in books announced

For those of us who enjoy the added lore and fleshed-out backstories provided by Star Wars books, this week’s Solo: A Star Wars Story announcements were nothing short of giddy-making. In addition to the usual offerings of creative non-fiction, this week’s announcements included some buzz-worthy novels and comics. D.J. Older’s adult fiction novel Last Shot will take readers on an adventure spanning decades and will take us adventuring with Han and Lando both as the young scoundrels we will see in Solo and the old friends we know from  The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Rae Carson’s YA novel Most Wanted will take us deeper into Han Solo’s youth, his relationship with shadowy Qi’ra, and his hardscrabble life on the streets of Corellia. Joining the novels is the Lando: Double or Nothing comic mini series, a middle reader book featuring Chewbacca, a series of stories in the Star Wars Adventures comics, and the Little Golden Book I am a Wookiee.

Keep your eyes on Tosche Station for release dates and reviews of all the Solo tie-in reading.

Holonet Blast #41

Hello again and welcome to our weekly round up of News from a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Here are some tidbits from this past week:

Composer John Williams Could Make Even More Oscar History in 2018

Star Wars’ iconic composer, John Williams, currently has a total of 50 Academy Award nominations. Williams is the most nominated composer in the history of the Academy Awards and the most nominated living individual (coming second in overall nominations to Walt Disney’s 29). With two scored films under consideration for the 2018 Oscars (The Post, as well as Star Wars, The Last Jedi), Williams is posed to add to his own record with a possible 51st and 52nd nomination. If either of these scores comes out on top in 2018, it will be Williams first win since Schindler’s List (1993) although he has had 19 nominations in the interim. We’re definitely cheering for him from over here at Tosche Station.

Solo Trailer Incoming. Sometime.

Practically everything we know about Solo: A Star Wars Story we have learned from pinch-hitting director Ron Howard’s enthusiastic use of Twitter. His excitement for this project has heartened the fanbase—some of whom were initially lukewarm at the prospect of the film. Taking to Twitter in his signature fashion, Howard has let the fans know that with The Last Jedi now comfortable in theatres, a trailer for the Solo solo is in our future. But as with all of Howard’s 140-character communiques, this message was light on the details. There will be a trailer for Solo; Ron Howard says so. But we’re going to have to wait and see just when and where that trailer might be released.

New Mobile Game Celebrating Rivalries in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

This week, Disney and Lucasfilm announced a new real-time competitive-action shooter game designed for mobile devices. The game allows PvP action in the persona of some of the most iconic characters from the Star Wars franchise—and their equally iconic rivals (Han Solo vs Boba Fett, anyone?). Star Wars: Rivals is currently available for pre-registration on Google Play.

THRAWN: ALLIANCES Release Date Changes

Those of us waiting patiently for the release of Timothy Zahn’s upcoming release, Thrawn: Alliances are going to have to wait a little bit longer. Readers who had pre-ordered the book, set for release on June 26th of this year, received notification this week that the book’s launch has been pushed back to July 24th.  

That’s all from this week!

Holonet Blast #38

Well hello again! Welcome to our Monday roundup of news from a galaxy far, far away.

In our final Holonet Blast before The Last Jedi opens worldwide, here are a few delicious tidbits to tide us all over:

Bibbidi, Bobbidi, Pew-Pew!

Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations have long been the go-to stop for kids who want to transform into their favorite Disney characters while visiting the parks. The folks aboard the Disney Fantasy  have decided to take the makeover action to the next level by offering Star Wars themed makeovers in their onboard Boutique location during Star Wars Days at Sea. Kids ages 3-12 will be able to choose from Rey, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, or Princess Leia (my favorite) for their Bibbidi Bobbidi makeover. This service is currently only available aboard the Disney Fantasy and only during Star Wars Days at Sea, so if you’re interested, be sure to reserve space in advance. More information can be found on disneycruise.com

So You Wanna Be A Stormtrooper

Weta Workshop now has you covered if you’re across the Pacific. Their new line of Star Wars costume pieces can help you transform into your favorite armor-suited villain. Offerings include both helmets and full suits and range in price from $250 (for a standard Stormtrooper helmet) to $2750 (for a full Vader suit) and are available on their website.

Louboutin Star Wars Shoes Revealed

When top-end footwear designer Christian Louboutin announced earlier this year that he was collaborating with Lucasfilm on a line of shoes to celebrate The Last Jedi, I remember distinctly squealing with excitement. This week, the shoes were unveiled– and they do not disappoint. There are four Star Wars styles altogether: The Rose, The Amilyn Holdo, The Captain Phasma, and The Rey– each named for and styled in homage to one of the film’s stars.  A fifth design, “The Spaceship” was revealed at the premiere. It was also announced this week that the shoes won’t be going into regular production. Instead, each pair is a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art. Each pair will be sold at auction to benefit Force For Change.

Battlefront 2 Takes us to The Last Jedi

The folks at EA have once again teased us with exquisite game content. This newest trailer, taking us into the worlds of The Last Jedi. The trailer takes us to Crait and beyond and features such familiar characters as Finn and Captain Phasma. It makes me want to get better at video games….

Columbia Launches Star Wars Collection- and Immediately Sells Out

Friday saw the launch of the Columbia Sportswear Echo Base collection. The Coats, which come in Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia varieties, were available online beginning at midnight, EST and were sold out in minutes. The Luke jacket was out first (5 minutes, 22 seconds), followed by Han (6 minutes 23 seconds) and finally Leia (7 minutes 22 seconds). Friday morning, the brand’s thirteen retail locations opened to throngs of people hoping to get their hands on one of each store’s 160 in-stock coats. You can read about my experience at the Seattle store on the blog later today.

The Last Jedi!

And finally, in news that we all knew about but couldn’t exactly fail to mention, The Last Jedi had its red carpet premiere on Saturday night. The red carpet featured appearances by the entire principal TLJ cast as well as Star Wars veterans such as Frank Oz and Warwick Davis and included a touching tribute to the late, great Carrie Fisher. Early reactions have been enthusiastically positive, and I’m sure I speak for all of us here at Tosche Station when I say we’re excited to see it for ourselves later this week.

 

Send Star Wars news tips to @ Tosche_Station, Send Kleenex to @MandaTheGinger. It’s going to be one heck of a week!

Columbia’s Echo Base Collection Launches Splendidly in Seattle

This was the scene as we waited for the doors to open at the Columbia Sportswear Seattle store on Friday morning.

The first person in line when I arrived at the Columbia Sportswear store in Seattle on Friday morning was well into his twenty-second hour in line. He knew what he had come for and he wasn’t about to risk losing out. HIs prize: one of the three limited-edition Columbia Echo Base Han Solo Archive Edition parkas (his choice: the size large) only available at select Columbia Sportswear retail locations. Continue reading

Holonet Blast #33

Happy Fall-Back Monday, everyone! I trust you’re all well rested? Well, sit back, relax, and get ready for this week’s news from a galaxy far, far away.

Mark Hamill Gets Candid With the New York Times

Our favorite classic farmboy-turned-Joker sat down with NYT’s Dave Itzkoff to talk Star Wars, fandom, and nostalgia. And I thought I couldn’t love him more….

AWAKE

A new television spot for “The Last Jedi” debuted this week. The 45-second commercial spot, titled “Awake” is the first television-only trailer created in advance of the December release and features a shot that has brought me to tears every time I’ve watched it. I won’t spoil the content here for those who have yet to watch, but drop me a message in the comments or in the Tosche Station Patreon Slack channel if you have a guess.

International Last Jedi Trailer

This week also saw the debut of an international trailer for The Last Jedi. Although the footage used in this version is much the same as what we’ve seen in the US trailer that debuted last month, the edit differs just enough to make this one a very interesting data point for those who wish to speculate about the events coming to theatres in December.

Send your Star Wars news tips to us here at Tosche Station, and send porg memes to me: @MandaTheGinger .

Looking for Leia Takes Center Stage at Geek Girl Con

On Saturday morning I had the great pleasure of being part of the conversation about women in fandom marshalled by documentary filmmaker Dr. Annalise Ophelian—the mighty force behind the upcoming fandom documentary Looking for Leia. Panelists included: Christina Cato, 501st Legion member and BB-8 builder; Pat Yolo, Assistant Jedi Temple Master and founder of the My Little Pony Jedi; Linda Hansen-Raj of Fangirl Blog; Maggie Nowalowska, an elder stateswoman of fandom and curator of early 80’s printed fanzines; and Jamala Henderson, a Seattle radio personality, newscaster, and lifelong fan (she can hum the entire soundtrack!).

Looking for Leia Production Still

Christina Cato poses with the BB-8 she’s building.

Each of the women on the panel came to Star Wars at different times in their life and they focus and express their fandom in different ways but the one overriding theme of the panel and the morning was that Star Wars “has never been a boy thing”. Cato mentioned that she has more than once encountered male fans declaring “I’ve never met a girl who likes Star Wars as much as you.” Her deadpan reply: “Yes you have.” Continue reading

Putting the Chic on the Geeks at the Geekbound Fashion Show

Geek Fashion takes the runway at the Geekbound Show in Seattle. Dress by Elhoffer Design.

Just a few weeks ago, when high-end accessory brand Christian Louboutin announced their partnership with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the news was met on a several fronts with a note of surprise. But for those of us plugged in to what’s going on in geek fashion, the addition of the top-end brand to the pantheon of geek-lady-targeted apparel and accessories felt like a natural progression of the movement—further proof of the rise in the legitimacy of adult geek women as a market force. With luxury brands such as Dooney & Bourke and Nixon wristwatches already making headway (and profits) in the geek-targeted space, it’s no wonder that other brands want in on the action. 

Leading the charge in grown-up apparel and accessories has been Elhoffer Design, helmed by Los Angeles designer and costumer, Catherine Elhoffer.  Since its inception, the brand has been at the forefront of the upward evolution of geek style from its humble beginnings in the graphic t-shirt aisle to today’s plentiful and stylish offerings.  Continue reading

Ascent and Acceptance: Family Dynamics in Leia: Princess of Alderaan

Claudia Gray’s newest Star Wars offering: Leia: Princess of Alderaan opens on Leia Organa’s sixteenth Name Day. With the Rhindon Sword in her hand, she approaches the throne and declares her intention to assume the throne. This is the ceremony that has been performed by Alderaan’s monarchs for millennia. She pledges to take on challenges of the body, mind, and heart to prove her fitness as a ruler to the sitting sovereign.

But for teenage Leia Organa, fitness to rule is hardly a concern. For Leia, the ceremony and its attendant challenges are a chance to grow closer to her parents—from whom she never meant to become distant. Her humanitarian work, first term in the Apprentice Legislature, and plans for the ascent of Appenza Peak are much more in the service of her personal agenda than any royal one. Continue reading

HoloNet Blast #24

Hello again and welcome to our roundup of news from across the Galaxy Far, Far Away!

Meet The Cardinal and remember to pre-order PHASMA!

This week Penguin Random House gave us a taste of what’s to come in PHASMA. In Delilah S. Dawson’s next addition to the Star Wars universe, we’ll learn more about the mysterious history of “one of the most cunning and merciless officers of The First Order”.  PHASMA, a Journey to Star Wars, The Last Jedi novel hits bookstore shelves and e-readers everywhere on September 1st.

Help us, Hollywood Reporter, you’re our only hope….

In what may be the greatest case of clamoring fans getting what they ask for in film franchise history, an Obi-Wan standalone film appears to be in the works. Rumor has it that Lucasfilm is in very early talks with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) exploring the possibility of a film focused on the Jedi Master who has been played by both Ewan McGregor and Sir Alec Guinness. As yet the film has no script, and no cast is currently attached. The Kenobi standalone is just one of many concepts being explored by the team at Lucasfilm including stories centered on Yoda and Boba Fett.

Keep coming back to Tosche-Station.net for news of the Kenobi film as it breaks. 

Pew-Pew! Battlefront II!

This week, EA Star Wars gave us a thrilling peek at the Starfighter combat that awaits us in Star Wars Battlefront II’s Starfighter Assault mode. The trailer, originally scheduled to debut next week, offers us an exquisite look at in-engine footage of what is to come. A live game play demonstration is scheduled for Gamescom this week. Star Wars Battlefront II is slated for release in November, with an open Beta scheduled for October.

That’s it for this week’s news! Send Star Wars news tips to Tosche-Station.net. Send kombucha starters to @MandaTheGinger.

Holonet Blast #19

Welcome once again to our weekly round-up of Star Wars news from across the galaxy. This was an exciting week to be a Star Wars fan! Sit back, relax, and enjoy re-living some epic moments from the GFFA, or use this opportunity to catch up on anything you may have missed in the whirlwind of amazing things we got to enjoy this week. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Dawn of Rebellion:

The week kicked off with some exciting news for our Of Dice and Droids crew and fellow roleplayers worldwide when Fantasy Flight Games announced a new sourcebook for the Star Wars RPG. Dawn of Rebellion, scheduled for release later this year, is the first sourcebook of its kind, designed to be used alongside the existing SWRPG modules.

Primarily focusing on the years preceding the Battle of Yavin, Dawn of Rebellion features descriptions, context, and statistics for many of the iconic characters and vehicles appearing in the Star Wars: Rebels television show and in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story…..

Dawn of Rebellion will equip players and gamemasters with new options, guides, and insights for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game when it releases later this year. In the meantime, stay on alert for more previews for how this exciting new book will expand your games of Star Wars Roleplaying!

This book is set to deepen, rather than broaden, the already expansive Star Wars RPG universe. The artwork is beautifully done, and the information contained within is likely to be an invaluable resource to Game Masters the galaxy over. Continue reading