Thursday, February 21, 2019

Happy birthday Anthony Daniels!


Happy birthday to old Goldenrod himself, Anthony Daniels!

While the world knows Daniels as C-3PO, many fans do not realize that he was also the voice of Legolas in Ralph Bakshi's 1978 animated version of The Lord of the Rings. He also appeared in several British television productions, including "Prime Suspect" starring Helen Mirren. Daniels is also an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center.

All the best to Mr. Daniels!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Finally! Grand Moff Tarkin is Getting A Vintage-Style Figure!


Back in the day, kids collecting the original Star Wars action figures never got one key member of the Empire to display in their Death Star playset: Grand Moff Tarkin. 

Now, over 40 years later, Hasbro is righting that wrong, thanks to a new series of vintage-styled Star Wars action figures. 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Hasbro Announces 'Retro' Series of Figures


This weekend's Toy Fair has brought a number of major announces from Hasbro, including the reveal of reissued vintage figures as part of a new "Retro" Series. 

Friday, February 15, 2019

BREAKING: Episode IX Wraps Filming, J.J. Abrams Announces


Star Wars: Episode IX has wrapped principal photography, director J.J. Abrams announced in a tweet today.

Patton Oswalt Wages The War Galactic with Custom Star Wars Action Figures


The War Galactic is the third commission of custom action figures Sillof has created for comedian Patton Oswalt. This time his challenge was to remiamgine the film Star Wars as if directed by Wes Anderson. Rather then simply mash up the films Sillof wrote a 7 page original script and designed the film as he would if he were working as the Art Director on the film. The film used the classic character archetypes of Star Wars but puts them in a Wes Anderson like story and incorporates the visual style and many of the classic Wes Anderson tropes. The entire line with explanations and a making of will be on his site www.sillof.com. Sillof's previous collaborations mixed Star Wars with Russ Meyer and Mad Max.

StarWars.com Announces Triple Force Friday


Let the countdown begin.

Triple Force Friday, the latest in a tradition of Star Wars product launches, is set for October 4, Lucasfilm and Disney announced today. The event will see the debut of brand-new products inspired by three of the year’s biggest Star Wars releases, including:

- The highly anticipated, final installment of the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: Episode IX
- The first-ever Star Wars live-action series, The Mandalorian, set to debut exclusively on the upcoming streaming service, Disney+.
- The latest title from EA and Respawn — Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — a brand-new action-adventure game releasing holiday 2019

Products spanning categories from toys to collectibles, housewares, books, apparel, and more will go on sale beginning at 12:01 a.m. on October 4.

As with past Force Friday celebrations, stores around the world will join the festivities with in-store events and midnight openings.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

This Valentine's Day, You Can Order a Dozen Roses - Star Wars Style!


This is how you win Valentine's Day - not by fighting what you hate, but by giving figures nobody loves.

Despite Rumors, Rian Johnson Still Working on His Star Wars Trilogy


Yesterday, rumors caught on like wildfire that Rian Johnson’s planned Star Wars trilogy was no longer happening, and the Last Jedi director was instead focusing on other projects. This, as it turns out, appears to have been at best bad info and at worst wishful thinking on the part of whiny Star Wars fans. The rumor originated at a website called SuperBroMovies, and the post itself has now been deleted entirely. Other sites decided to jump on the bandwagon without pausing to consider the source or reaching out to get a comment or confirmation from Johnson or Lucasfilm, and thus the internet kind of exploded there for a bit with this new “news.”

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

SoulCalibur VI Player Uses Character Creation Tool to Make Revan and Malak


SoulCalibur VI have been having fun with the game's character creation tool since the title dropped last year. That said, one dedicated player has used the tool to make some rather magnificent recreations of Revan and Malak from the Star Wars franchise.

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Jaxxon is Back in 1980's Star Wars Comic Revival One-Shot!


Marvel's original Star Wars comic book series ended in 1988 with #107, but now writer Matthew Rosenberg and a host of artists are bringing that first Star Wars series back for one more issue, a special #108 that also brings back some of the series' classic storylines and characters - including comic book originals such as Valance the Hunter and Jaxxon.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Soldier Uses Star Wars to Explain Modern Military Conflicts


Meet the soldier who uses 'Star Wars' and 'Game Of Thrones' to explain modern military conflicts.

Matt Cavanaugh was caught in a holding pattern, as it goes for American military personnel leaving a place like South Korea. He had spent most of 2015 and some of 2016 away from his wife and two young daughters, and he had to wait a few more days before finally returning home to Manitou Springs.

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Orson Welles Could Have Been Darth Vader's Voice


The ominous—and iconic—voice of Star Wars villain Darth Vader could have sounded a lot different, had George Lucas decided to go another way.

In 2015, Star Wars creator George Lucas recalled, "I created a villain... I knew the voice had to be very, very special. And I had to make a choice—a choice that was a tough choice, but an easy choice, really—between Orson Welles and James Earl Jones … [Jones] won hands down." (Lucas has also said that he feared Welles's voice would be too recognizable.)

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Man Creates Star Wars Sounds on Guitar


YouTuber Davidlap creates some of the most beautiful sounds of Star Wars on his guitar. He hasn't used special pedals, only distortion and reverb.

Game of Throne's Showrunners Offered Movie Trilogy


Game of Throne's showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will write and produce a new series of Star Wars films, and today we’re learning that they’ve actually been offered three movies by the studio. Clearly, then, they’re cooking up a whole trilogy for us, but details beyond that remain scarce.

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Mark Hamill's New Twitter Profile Pic Raises Episode IX Questions


At a time when few details are coming out on Episode IX, Star Wars fans are begging Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, for any tidbit on the new film. His new Twitter profile picture may have been an answer to those requests.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Happy Birthday, John Williams!


It's John Williams birthday! Born February 8, 1932, Williams has composed not only the Star Wars Skywalker cinematic saga, he is also responsible for a number of iconic movie scores, from Jurassic Park to Superman to Harry Potter to E.T. to Indiana Jones.

All the best to Williams and his family!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

J.J. Abrams is Getting His Own Funko Pop!


If you've ever wanted to create a diorama of J.J. Abrams directing a scene from Star Wars, your very specific dreams are about to come true!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Alden Ehrenreich is Doing His First Signing - Here's How to Get an Autograph


Alden Ehrenreich is doing his first-ever signing, and we have the details! 

Director Taika Waititi Promises The Mandalorian Feels Like Classic Star Wars


Taika Waititi is one of the directors working on Disney+’s upcoming streaming series The Mandalorian, set in the world of Star Wars bounty hunters. Waititi confirmed that the first live-action Star Wars series would match the tone of the original trilogy. That required some adaptation from the comedic director of Thor: Ragnarok and What We Do In The Shadows, but he was happy to fall in line.

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Breaking: Number of Star Wars Religion Followers Dwindling in Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service


This is all meant to be for fun. We here at ROT5 are NOT members of a Star Wars Religion and don't condone such a thing. It's a movie! Our favorite one, however!

According to figures for the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service, there were six self-identified followers of the Star Wars religion in 2017. But last year (2018) the number was just two full-time employees out of 793 included in the statistics.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

New Book Explores the Troubled Relationship Between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan


Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn was one of the more interesting characters in the Prequel Trilogy. Whereas we quickly realized the Jedi Council were a bunch of stuffy old fossils creaking under the weight of thousands of years of formal tradition, he seemed to have put a bit more thought into his philosophy and action. While the majority of the Jedi followed the Jedi Code, he always seemed more in tune with the Living Force. This was all very unusual for his talented Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, who we saw both respecting and bridling under the older man’s tuition in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

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Lincoln, NE's Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Patients Get Visitors From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

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On Saturday, patients at Lincoln's Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital we're greeted by some visitors from a galaxy far, far away. Members of the 501st Star Wars Central Garrison Legion surprised patients during the afternoon hours.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Let Go of Your Stress with Lightsaber Combat Class


Star Wars fans are battling it out with lightsabers in the latest mindfulness craze — to stop stressed wannabe Jedis going over to the Dark Side.

Martial arts expert Dave Holden, 45, believes his school is the first combat class of its kind, and it's attracting dozens of devotees.

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Yoda vs. Count Dooku in Latest Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures


Size matters not as Yoda battles his former apprentice, Count Dooku, and proves that he is a powerful Jedi despite his small stature in the latest episode of the animated web series Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures.

A Famous Face Visits the 'Mandalorian' Set


One of the world's great modern inventors visited the set of Lucasfilm's "The Mandalorian," and talked future tech with executive producer Jon Favreau.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Retiree Creates Star Wars Models from Recycled Trash


At the age of 65, Simon Tan is what you might consider a full-fledged geek uncle. Inside his Tampines flat, you’ll find lying around an assortment of life-sized Iron-Man, Darth Vader, C-3PO and Kylo Ren helmets; a bunch of swords and axes from The Lord Of The Rings and Warcraft; and pretty neat models of a Death Star, an Imperial Star Destroyer and that alien ship from War Of The Worlds.

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Tie-In Novels Coming for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Disney Attractions


Following the announcement of Marvel’s comic book series based on the theme park attractions at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort, additional new prose tie-ins to the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park area have been announced to further explain what fans will discover when they visit the planet of Batuu themselves.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Looks Like It's Going to Be a White Christmas for Star Wars Episode IX


The Star Wars saga not only regularly features desert planets, but has depicted locations covered in snow multiple times, whether it be Hoth in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back or Starkiller Base in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. New photos from the set of Star Wars: Episode IX feature another snowy locale, though architectural features rule out those familiar settings returning for the new film.

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Government Worker Finds Solace in Building Star Wars Replica Vehicles


For 35 days during the partial government shutdown, Michael Mateos took on the role of stay-at-home dad. His basement has now become his new office. There, he's replicating vehicles from the world’s most famous film series: Star Wars.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Anthony Daniels Completes Filming Scenes for Episode IX


Anthony Daniels has revealed that he has finished his work on Star Wars: Episode IX.

Ahsoka Tano Premiered in Star Wars The Clone Wars 11 Years Ago Today


On this day, eleven years ago, Lucasfilm unveiled a new character named Ahsoka Tano. Voiced by Ashley Eckstein, the character was Anakin Skywalker’s padawan in the film and series The Clone Wars. Initially, the character attracted hate for “being a Mary Sue.” Now, she’s one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars canon. Her journey from padawan to Jedi to spy to legend is the stuff of Star Wars history.

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Funko Pop Movie Will Feature At Least One Star Wars Character


Funko, a company whose business model depends on licensing other people’s original characters and turning them into cartoonish vinyl figurines, has been hoist by its own licensing petard: Warner Bros. Animation is developing an officially licensed Funko Pop movie, Slashfilm reports. That movie, of course, will feature Warner Bros. characters licensed by Funko Pop being licensed back to Warner Bros. in Funko form to appear in the movie. Which characters? Well, Slashfilm’s article features what is probably the most depressing Funko-Pop-related sentence since the Funko Pops were decimated at a Star Wars promotional event a few years back.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Looks Like R5-D4 Will Appear in The Mandalorian


We may know the human cast of The Mandalorian, but executive producer Jon Favreau is just now starting to reveal the droid members of the upcoming live-action Star Wars series. Details remain under wraps for the Disney+ show, but Favreau continues to appease fans with photos from the set featuring new props and characters — the latest of which is quite a classic callback. Favreau posted a photo of the R5-D4 unit, a droid that first appeared in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope.

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Kansas City Zoo Otters Named After Star Wars Characters


The Kansas City Zoo's names for three baby otters have fans joining the light side, including one well-known "Star Wars" alumnus. The Zoo posted on their Facebook page that the Asian small-clawed otter triplets born last October have been dubbed Han, Luke and Leia. The otters were introduced to zoo-goers for the first time on Friday.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

New Return of the Jedi Funko Pops Are Coming!


Funko's wildly popular line of Star Wars Pops is expanding, with a number of new characters from Return of the Jedi coming in February. Links to order them are included below.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Marvel Announces Star Wars: Tie Fighter Comic Series


Marvel has announced that it will be launching a five-issue comic miniseries called Star Wars: TIE Fighter. As the name suggests, TIE Fighter will tell the story of the end of Galactic Rebellion from the Empire's point of view. Because after all, from some people's point of view, the Jediare evil. TIE Fighter will follow an elite squadron of TIE Fighter pilots known as "Shadow Wing" who rush to protect the collapsing Empire's interests following the end of the Galactic Civil War in Return of the Jedi.

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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge #1 Takes Us to a New (Disney) Land


A new chapter of Star Wars is coming! This April, Marvel invites you to join writer Ethan Sacks (Old Man Hawkeye) and artist Will Sliney for the thrilling, epic STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE #1, the riveting comic adventure tie-in to the themed land!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Congrats to 'Solo' for Their Academy Award Nomination!


The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced this morning, and Solo: A Star Wars Story earned a nomination for Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy for Best Visual Effects.

Solo is competing against Avengers: Infinity War, Christopher Robin, First Man, and Ready Player One for the honor.

The Oscars will be televised on ABC on February 24.

Darth Maul's Got the Beat When It Comes to New VR Saber Game


Star Wars: The Phantom Menace star Ray Park has brought some Sith Lord flair to Beat Saber when he tried the virtual reality game for the first time.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Ray Park to Appear at STCE Comic Con in Laredo, TX


The South Texas Collector's Expo Comic Con in Laredo will be hosting Darth Maul himself, Ray Park, at their event this weekend, January 26 and 27. 

Wow... Howard Chaykin REALLY Hates Star Wars


Outspoken comic book veteran Howard Chaykin posted a lengthy message on Facebook Monday to attendees and organizers of comic book conventions making clear his thoughts on nostalgia, the servicing of brands, and the very nature of what should be even be regarded as comic books' signature 'brand.'

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Ralph McQuarrie-Inspired Fan Film is Awesome


Darren Tibbles‘ entry in the Star Wars Fan Awards is nothing short of breathtaking. The freelance artist created a stunning “MegaMix” of action-packed Star Wars moments that seamlessly combines the old with the new, from Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept art of Luke Starkiller fighting Darth Vader to the high-speed speeder chase of Solo: A Star Wars Story.  If nothing else, he gets all of our adoration for giving us more of Enfys Nest (this is your regular reminder that Enfys Nest is magnificent).

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Star Wars Soundtrack Influenced Victoria Symphony Conductor Sean O'Loughlin


Victoria Symphony principal pops conductor Sean O’Loughlin points to a ski trip in Montreal as the moment that kickstarted his career as a composer. Armed with a Sony Walkman and a cassette copy of 1977’s Star Wars soundtrack, the native New Yorker — then a high school music student — found solace during the five-hour drive to the ski hill through the work of Star Wars composer John Williams.

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Star Wars: Age of Rebellion is Coming


Now that we’ve made it to 2019, Lucasfilm is about to ramp up promotional efforts for Star Wars: Episode IX. Part of this means new comic book tie-ins, and Marvel has several Star Wars-related issues scheduled for release this spring. Starting in April, Marvel will publish 10 one-shot comics set during the original Star Wars trilogy under the Age of Rebellion banner.

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New Hardcover Book Collects Star Wars Newspaper Comic Strips


If you're a fan of the Star Wars newspaper comics of the 1970s and 1980s, you'll want to check out a new book from IDW Publishing!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Happy birthday James Earl Jones!


Happy birthday to the legendary James Earl Jones, who turns 88 today! God bless, Mr. Jones!

Marvel Star Wars Comic Gives Jar Jar a Lightsaber - We Say It's About Time!


Since he debuted in 1999's Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Jar Jar Binks has been a go-to punchline for many Star Wars fans. While it's taken two decades to happen, fans of the character will be happy to know that, in the Star Wars: Age of Republic Special #1 comic, Jar Jar Binks gets to wield a lightsaber.

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Street Artist Making His Mark in Montreal with Star Wars


Star Wars has made its way to a galaxy far, far, away - Montreal?!?! Street artist, CSRK, has been fusing characters from the famous movies with the streets of Montreal.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

EA Has Killed Its Story-Driven Star Wars Game


Electronic Arts has finally given the axe to its story-driven, single-player-focused Star Wars game, reports Kotaku. The game, which was once in development under the now-shuttered EA studio Visceral Games, had been in the works for years, most recently under the leadership of Uncharted director Amy Hennig. In June, Hennig revealed she had left EA to form her own studio, leaving the project’s fate up in the air.

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Star Wars Names Very Popular Among Alberta Parents


Data breaking down naming trends in 2018 suggest Alberta parents received inspiration from a number of sources—including Star Wars and Marvel. Last year, 54,104 babies were born in the province: 25,717 boys, and 24,387 girls. the government data suggests parents found inspiration from pop culture items like Star Wars (Kylo, Leia and Anakin) and Marvel (Loki, Thanos and Captain). 

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