Friday, June 23, 2017

An Inside Look at How New Darth Vader Comic Fits in Canon


"In a rare look inside the world of 'Star Wars,' Marvel Comics authors Kieron Gillen and Charles Soule, who work on the Darth Vader franchise and other spinoffs in the comic books, gave ABC News a glimpse into how the story group at Lucasfilm works. The story group, the nucleus of Lucas, has the job of ensuring that all the stories that flow between the books, comics, games, movies and more are cohesive. For Soule, his series follows Vader right after 'Revenge of the Sith' and right after Anakin Skywalker has transformed into Darth Vader." - via ABC News

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For The Force and The Republic!


You've heard the phrase, "For King and Country." We do things "For The Force and The Republic" around here.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ron Howard announced as director for the Han Solo film

We must admit -  we stole this from flixist.com. We couldn't resist.
Ron Howard is taking over directorial duties for the Han Solo spinoff film. Here are the details!

Mark Hamill to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame


"The Jedi Master himself Mr. Mark Hamill has been selected by the Walk of Fame Selection Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to receive his own star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame." - via Jedi News

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Jar Jar Binks - An Instant Classic


I always knew Jar Jar was a classic.

The Last Jedi's Millennium Falcon found using Google Maps


Lucasfilm guards its secrets well, but one has slipped out, thanks to Google Maps! The satellite imagery on the online service recently revealed the Millennium Falcon hidden at a studio outside London!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BREAKING: Han Solo Movie directors fired - HERE'S WHY


Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have been fired as the directors of the upcoming Han Solo standalone film currently in production. Although there are still weeks of filming still to go, the film is still slated to open next May.

Yoda Rock Figure Display Up for Auction on E-Bay


"Star Wars" collectors only have 9 days left to bid on the Yoda Rock Figure Display pictured above. Starting bid is $200, but you can buy it right now for $10,000.00. Standard shipping for the item is $2.67. Someone needs to contact Steve Sansweet right now! This is a vital piece for Rancho Obi-Wan!

Solo Movie Loses Directors, List of Replacements Announced


StarWars.com released a shocking statement yesterday, which has the "Star Wars" community in a panic. Apparently, naysayers learned nothing from all the unnecessary hub-bub caused by re-shoots and director changes on "Rogue One." Read the statement after the jump and find out who Lucasfilm is looking at to replace Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What Did Colin Trevorrow Want Rian Johnson to Add to Episode VIII?


"It sounds as if Colin Trevorrow – who is also co-writing 'Episode 9' with his writing partner Derek Connolly – has been hard at work trying to make the best 'Star Wars' film he can. In a new interview, the director revealed that he asked 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' writer/director Rian Johnson to add 'one extra thing' to that movie in order to set up something that will happen in 'Episode 9.'

Darth Vader Meets His Match... in Spider-Man and Zoids?


Yeah, so apparently Darth Vader went up against Spider-Man and the Zoids in 1986. Not entirely sure how this all came about or panned out because I've never read the story, but Marvel saw some sort of opportunity in putting these different franchises together.

Rogue One coming to Netflix this July!


Hello Giggles has announced that Rogue One is coming to Netflix in the United States next month! The exact date in July is still undetermined, but we think it will likely be near the end of the month. Rogue One is the first Star Wars movie to be shown on Netflix, and is part of a new deal to show Disney films on the streaming service which began last year. That's why we haven't seen The Force Awakens hit the service yet.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Even Sith Lords Have A Happy Father's Day


Happy Father's Day everyone! Even to you guys who tried to turn your daughters to the Dark Side.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

This TIE Fighter Grill is the one thing you DIDN'T know you needed


With Father's Day upon us, nothing says "I love you Dad" like a new grill. If you're looking for a gift that says "My father is truly dead," you'll have to look elsewhere. But here is where you can get this beauty, a gas grill made to look like a TIE Fighter. It evens grills the STAR WARS logo onto your steaks!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Stay Tuned for the Next Episode of "Breaking Dad"


The Pixel Factor posted this mashup of "Star Wars" and "Breaking Bad" with the caption, "I am the one who knocks... you off the bridge!"

ILM Veterans Reunite for Star Wars 40th Anniversary


"Imagine your high school reunion, except you all made 'Star Wars' together. On May 27, 2017, a unique gathering took place at a small production studio just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Known today as 32Ten Studios, it had been the home of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) for nearly three decades, from the creation of 'The Empire Strikes Back' to 'Revenge of the Sith.' Veterans of the original trilogy of Star Wars films, including model makers, cameramen, optical technicians, grips, and production coordinators, even a few actors and puppeteers — the magicians and dreamers that championed a revolution in moviemaking — came together for a reunion celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut effort, 'Star Wars: A New Hope,' or as it was simply known at the time, 'Star Wars.'" - via StarWars.com

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ON THIS DATE: June 15, 1976!


41 years ago today, the horror and sci-fi worlds collided, as the Star Wars universe added two Hammer Horror film veterans to create two iconic villains.

On June 15, 1976, Variety reported that Peter Cushing (Horror of Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein) would be playing Grand Moff Tarkin in The Star Wars, which was in production in England. Joining him would be Dave Prowse (Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell), who Variety reported would be playing a "huge masked villain." 

If they only knew.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Force Can Open Our Eyes


“Through the Force, things you will see. Other places. The future…the past. A ship in a paperclip... Old friends long gone.” - Yoda

Captain Phasma Gets Her Own Comic Book


Now let's just hope Captain Phasma actually DOES something in the comic besides walk around holding a giant gun, talking, and giving up at the first sight of Resistance officers.

The First Order Strikes Back! Your First Look at JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – CAPTAIN PHASMA #1!

Marvel Comics Presents the Essential Bridge Between "STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS" and "STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI!"

Check out behind-the-scenes photos from the Rogue One set!


DK Publishing has posted some behind-the-scenes photos from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which provide a rare glimpse into the making of the film. And the pictures are fantastic.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

IDW's Star Wars Adventures Comics Details Revealed


IDW's Star Wars Adventures #1 is scheduled for release on Sept. 6, written by Cavan Scott, a veteran of multiple Doctor Who stories for Titan Comics, and illustrated by Eisner-nominated IDW mainstay Derek Charm, who illustrated the main promotional art released when the series was announced. Issue #2 is from the same team, and expected two weeks later, on Sept. 20.

Both issues are set to tell tales of Rey’s early days on Jakku, including a story in issue #2 co-starring Unkar Plutt, who famously offered Rey merely 'one-quarter portion' in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Additionally, #1 will include a 'comical tale of clone catastrophe./" - via Comic Book Resources

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Stormtrooper Thingy says, "It's Clobberin' Time!"


StarWars.com's Twitter posted this awesome painted Stormtrooper helmet by Brandon Powell mashing together it with The Thing from Fantastic 4.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sometimes, Franchises Can Get Confusing


When you've been Han Solo AND Indiana Jones as long as Harrison Ford, things can get hazy at times.

Behold the Star Wars Battlefront 2 Gameplay Trailer


"EA Play gave us our first taste of Star Wars Battlefront II's epic Assault on Theed mode, where 40 players threw down on the beautiful royal palaces of Naboo. Tanks, battle droids, Darth Maul -- they were all there, and they looked gorgeous. EA also confirmed that Force Awakens stars Finn and Captain Phasma will be in the game, and that all post-release characters and vehicles will be free. Nov. 17 can't come soon enough." - via Newsarama



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Help Rancho Obi-Wan Recover Over $200,000 in Stolen Items


A Note from Steve Sansweet:

Dear fellow Star Wars fans and collectors,

I need to share some distressing news with you because I need your help.

In February we at Rancho Obi-Wan found out that we had been the victim of a major theft that surreptitiously took place over many months in late 2015 through 2016.

There were more than 100 valuable items stolen, the majority of them vintage U.S. and foreign carded action figures, many of them rare and important pieces. Most have either been resold or professionally appraised for a total of more than $200,000.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Mark Hamill and Batman fans worldwide remember Adam West


The passing of Adam West today brought out millions of Bat-fans worldwide, who remembered a man who was a hero to many for generations. Mark Hamill tweeted out the photo above, saying "#AdamWest was such a wonderful actor & so kind, I'm so lucky to have worked w/ him & tell him how much he meant to me & millions of fans."

Many more took to social media to honor him, including many Star Wars fans, many of whom grew up with West as the only Batman they knew.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Happy birthday Natalie Portman!


Happy birthday to Oscar-winning actress (and Naboo royalty) Natalie Portman!


Barnes & Noble Shows Off Battlefront II Cover Art Poster


"Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad by Christie Golden goes on-sale on July 25. Barnes and Noble is tempting readers to buy their version of the book with an exclusive 2-sided poster. The poster features Inferno Squad‘s gorgeous cover art in full color on one, and the same artwork annotated with editorial comments on the other." - via Dork Side of the Force

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LEGO Rogue One More Lighthearted Than Real Version


As you can see after the jump, LEGO's version of Rogue One is a bit more optimistic than what we got from Gareth Edwards.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Speed Dating for the Star Wars Fan


It really is all this simple, isn't it?

Rowan Meets Quarrie in LEGO Freemaker Adventures Clip


"Rowan Freemaker is finally right where he belongs: making cool ships for the Rebels. In this exclusive clip from the first episode of Season 2 of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, our hero gets to meet living legend and creator of the B-wing fighter, Quarrie, whom he takes on a salvage run with the family." - via Yahoo! TV

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Colin Trevorrow Talks Making Episode IX Without Carrie Fisher


"Carrie Fisher's death in December was a hammer blow to Star Wars fans across the world. The release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi later this year will present fans with the perfect opportunity to say goodbye to both Carrie Fisher as an actress, and to the character of Princess Leia, as well. Since Carrie Fisher shot all of her scenes for The Last Jedi before her death, writer and director Rian Johnson will hopefully have the chance to try and orchestrate a fitting farewell. Colin Trevorrow, the writer and director of Star Wars 9, will have a much harder task trying to forge a Star Wars film with the spectre of Carrie Fisher hanging above it. However, The Book Of Henry director has insisted that it will be done with a reverence that is befitting of the Goddess that was Carrie Fisher." - via Cinema Blend

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What's Happening in This Russian Star Wars Poster?


What movie did artists Yury Bokser and Alexander Chantsev see before creating this poster for Star Wars in 1990? Aside from the different colored lightsabers shooting out of that weird animals helmet, I don't recognize anything we see in any of the Star Wars movies. It's definitely one of the most unique Star Wars posters ever made, that's for sure.

Happy birthday Dave Filoni!

Happy birthday to the creative mind behind The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, Dave Filoni! He is also the wearer of only the finest western headgear. As Texans, that means a lot to us.





Happy belated birthday Daniel Logan!

OK, we now. When it comes to Boba Fett, birthday wishes are no good to him late. But Daniel's a good guy, and we think he'll forgive us for being a day late in wishing him happy birthday!



Happy birthday Liam Neeson!


Happy birthday to Qui Gon Jinn himself, Liam Neeson! You know he has a particular set of skills, including the ability to be awesome.





Saturday, June 3, 2017

Happy Wonder Woman Day!


Illustrator Steve Berrington created this awesome mashup of R2-D2 and Wonder Woman. We thought it was fitting to post it in celebration of Wonder Woman Day.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Five Truths About Bor Gullet


"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first Star Wars standalone, but it continued the grand tradition of introducing different and imaginative creatures to the universe. I’m talking about Bor Gullet. Saw Gerrera kept the octopus-like blob on hand for interrogations. If you’re an extremist like Saw, a creature such as Bor Gullet is ideal for keeping paranoia at bay. Why wonder whether someone’s being honest when you can take a trip inside that person’s mind instead?" - via StarWars.com and Amy Ratcliffe

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So THAT'S Where The Beatles Got That Lyric


Fun Fact: Yoda was instrumental in the writing of one of The Beatles' most famous songs.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Happy birthday to Gareth Edwards!


Happy birthday to the Rogue One director himself, Gareth Edwards!





Best Rogue One Cosplay EVER!


Thanks to Scott Trosclair for this very cool pic.

ILM Veteran Paul Huston Talks Model Making, More


"Paul Huston has roamed the halls of Industrial Light & Magic for more than 40 years, with the distinction of lending his artistry and leaving his mark on all eight Star Wars films so far. Huston started out on the original trilogy as a model maker and storyboard artist, returned for the Special Edition of Star Wars: A New Hope as a digital matte artist, and continued to use those skills throughout the production of the prequels and beyond. But back in August of 1975, he was just a 24-year-old kid one year out of architecture school taking a job to work with his former professor Jamie Shourt." - via StarWars.com

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Never Go to a Barbecue at Obi-Wan's House


He really is a crazy old hermit!

Joe Books Publishing Star Wars Cinestory Comic Adaptations


"Joe Books has become the third comic book publisher to acquire Disney's Star Wars license, with a series of 'cinestory' adaptations planned of the original Star Wars movie as well as some episodes of Star Wars Rebels." - via Newsarama

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

9 Fun Facts About the Aliens of A New Hope


"Star Wars: A New Hope is where it all started. For the franchise, for the fresh-faced actors, [and] the aliens. I remember watching A New Hope for the first time and having to pause the movie several times. 'Who was that guy?' 'Who was THAT guy?' 'Whoa!' The Mos Eisley cantina scene is a treasure trove of amazing background creatures. Most of these guys don’t have enough of a story for an entire feature, so here’s some intel on a few of my favorites." - via Dana Jennings for StarWars.com

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A Cappella Tribute to John Williams Performed at Harvard


Student group Harvard Din and Tonics give an a cappella performance of famed composer and honorand John Williams' most beloved scores, including Star Wars, Jaws, and Indiana Jones. It took place at the Harvard Commencement 2017 event. He was given an honorary doctorate in music for his lifelong work as a composer of motion picture scores. Check out the video of the performance after the jump.
 

Monday, May 29, 2017

7 Strange Details Found in the Original Star Wars Poster


"The famous first Star Wars theatrical artwork poster, which more specifically is referred to as the Star Wars “Style A” poster, has become an icon known the world over. Designed and painted by Tom Jung in 1977, the Style A poster hides many secrets and little-known facts within its composition, each with its own unique story to tell." - via StarWars.com

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Honor the Fallen on Memorial Day


Many people forget what memorial Day is really all about. Take time today to think about and honor those who have lost their lives to guarantee our freedom.