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

Advertisements

Star Wars Episode IX: 4 Titles We Might See & 1 We Definitely Won’t…

Shocked John

The Shadow Council weighs in on potential titles for Star Wars: Episode IX.

Some titles we could see and others we definitely won’t. Continue reading Star Wars Episode IX: 4 Titles We Might See & 1 We Definitely Won’t…

Cracking the Collecting Code: Star Wars Toys and the People that Love Them

star-wars-special-3

– by Conn8d

There’s no doubt that merchandise, and toys in particular, are a huge part of both the success of Star Wars as a brand and a part of cinema. These products remain an essential part of the franchise’s identity, but in many ways also helped launch what we experience as modern merchandising when it comes to film, literary, television, and other media properties.

Toys and merchandise in general are a major force in the ongoing life-blood of the franchise. We all know there are many ways to be a ‘fan’, and for many Star Wars fans, the toys are a hugely important part of their experience of the franchise.

To learn more, I had the chance to sit down with an avid amateur collector, Toytooine, for a discussion about merchandise from a galaxy far, far away. Continue reading Cracking the Collecting Code: Star Wars Toys and the People that Love Them

SWSC The Last Jedi Retrospective: Initial Reactions

In observation of the one year release of The Last Jedi, the members of the Star Wars Shadow Council recall our reactions to the movie and how our views have changed over the past year. In part II, we look remember our first reactions to seeing the movie.

Continue reading SWSC The Last Jedi Retrospective: Initial Reactions

Rey’s Parents: The Director’s Cut

johnson-hamill-ridley-tlj-696x467

 – HanSpinel

Much has been made about the validity (or lack thereof) regarding Rey’s familial “reveal” in The Last Jedi. Recently, we discussed the transcription of The Last Jedi script, made available at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library, which indicates Rey is speaking her greatest fear, not necessarily the truth:

Continue reading Rey’s Parents: The Director’s Cut

About The Last Jedi Script… UPDATE!

The Last Jedi script was made available at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library and podcaster Who Talks First made the trip and managed to get some of the exact lines from the script.

Continue reading About The Last Jedi Script… UPDATE!

Lucasfilm, Plans and the Creative Process – Part 1

Lucasfilm storygroup celebration 2017

Compiled by robotical712 with help from conn8d

Fans have debated how much of a plan Lucasfilm has since Canon began. Based on statements from Rian Johnson and a couple of others, many fans have concluded LFL doesn’t have any kind of long term roadmap or plan. In the first part we present the various comments from those involved in the story creation process indicating there is in fact a plan.

Continue reading Lucasfilm, Plans and the Creative Process – Part 1