To Buy or Not to Buy? International Toy Fair 2019 Impressions

– Guest Post by Toytooine

February 14th has come and gone again, the season of love; and for us fans of an aggressively branded property, it marks the return to our first love – spending gobs of money on useless crap! Yes, every year around this time the icy cold of New York unfreezes for just a bit for all our favorite toy companies to come together and show off their upcoming wears for the year. Essentially, Toy Fair is a big ol’ convention for the toy industry to remind the retailers (and us!) of all the exciting stuff we can look forward to buying in 2019.

I low-key have looked forward to this show popping up images online for years and years now. Mostly, you can envision what the companies are going to show off, but every once in a while you get some surprises. Hey, remember that giant 6-foot Sail Barge they showed off last year? You just never know.

Now, before y’all get too excited, it’s much too early for Ep IX merch, so none of that was shown off. However, you can bet on an avalanche of plastic goodies in the stores as the new theme park opens and the movie draws closer. For the time being, we are looking at merch from existing material, which is A-Ok by me. In addition, since collecting is a money game, I figured I’d critique the reveals in the best way these companies know how – will I buy it? Besides, it’ll be fun to see how much money I’m about to sink this year.. right?

So, did our licensees bring their A-game to the Sabaac table, or can our disappointment in their performance not be overstated? Let’s take a look… Continue reading To Buy or Not to Buy? International Toy Fair 2019 Impressions

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V-day or D-day: What will Episode IX mean for ReyLo?

– Guest Post by kelC3PO

There may be something in the air when it comes to Rey and Kylo Ren… but is it romance, or family ties?

In this post, I draw comparisons between the Luke/Leia and ReyLo “relationships.” A majority of the post focuses on highlighting fan opinions from the late 70’s and early 80’s that are in favor of a Luke/Leia love. I then hypothesize that any ReyLo relationship will end the same way as Luke/Leia… with Rey and Kylo Ren as relatives. A population of fans were upset with this reveal after RotJ, and I suspect ReyLo fans will react similarly should ReySky be revealed in Episode IX.

Hope you like it!

The Hunt for the Cantina Sign

Guest Post by LukeTheNerd

In August, I was informed by NumidianPrime that there was a sign on the entrance to the Mos Eisley Cantina that had not been well documented, he had seen it at a panel hosted by Pablo Hidalgo and Tom Spina- I was instantly intrigued.

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Rey was chosen as the Skywalker Legacy when she found Anakin’s lightsaber

In this guest post, TheMandalorianWolf of Tumblr presents his theory on how Anakin has chosen Rey to pass on the mantle of the Chosen One.

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Guest Post: The Importance of Rey’s Parents

The following post was sent as a message by reddit user quietansible and we were so impressed we asked to post it. It lays out a very cogent argument for why whether Rey’s father is Luke matters in The Last Jedi.

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Guest Post: A Different Take on the Contest Over the Skywalker Lightsaber

Twitter user Chey shared this interesting take on Kylo and Rey’s Force battle over the Skywalker lightsaber in a private chat. Reproduced with her permission.

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