The Hunt Is On - Rogue One 3 3/4" Wave 3 Single-Carded Figures Found

Finally getting my hands on Wave 3 of the Rogue One 3 3/4" single-carded figures hasn't been easy. In fact, it's been an inter-state and international endeavour. With no stock showing up at my local Maryland retailers, it was only by chance that I stumbled across Bodhi Rook while on holiday in Florida. The Imperial Death Trooper and Shoretrooper proved even more elusive, and it wasn't until I was all the way back in New Zealand that I eventually tracked them down at a Warehouse store.


The wait was more than worth it, however. Bodhi is the standout figure of the wave. Along with Chirrut, he's one of the most screen-accurate sculpts of the Rogue One line. Even better, the usually ridiculously-oversized additional weapon has been swapped for an actual movie accurate prop - Bodhi's cable backpack. It's great to have an item that can actually be displayed with the figure, and I'm hoping this might bode well for future releases.

Summer 2017 Vanity Fair Magazine

Starting with The Phantom Menace in 1999, it's become something of a tradition for Vanity Fair (and the photographic genius of Annie Leibovitz) to provide us with our first behind-the-scenes glimpse of each new Star Wars film. Following on from their fantastic coverage of The Force Awakens in 2015, the summer 2017 issue of Vanity Fair has now lifted the lid on The Last Jedi.


Featuring interviews with a number of the cast and crew, the magazine gives a unique insight into the process and direction that the production is taking, along with a few tantalising hints of just how dark this film might be. In truth however, this feature isn't so much about The Last Jedi. Instead, it's an epitaph for one of the saga's greatest legends - the late Carrie Fisher. The magazine includes often heartbreaking insights from those who knew her best, as well some gorgeous photography of Carrie - particularly alongside her daughter Billie Lourde and long-time friend and on-screen brother Mark Hamill.

The summer 2016 issue of Vanity Fair is available in most booksellers and magazine stores, and comes in four alternate cover designs.

Ron Howard Replaces Phil Miller and Chris Lord as Director of Upcoming Han Solo Film

After the sudden departure of Phil Miller and Chris Lord as directors of the upcoming Han Solo standalone film, Ron Howard has stepped in to fill the creative vacuum.

(Image Courtesy of StarWars.com)

It's certainly worrying to see such a massive change in direction so far into production. That being said, things could have worked out far worse than this. It seems that Miller and Lord's departure was based on creative differences with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy - and, call me naive, but Kennedy's production portfolio (E.T., Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park) causes me to have faith that she's made the right call. Further, I'm more than a little excited that Howard (the director behind some favourite films of mine including Willow, Apollo 13, and Rush) will get to leave his stamp on the Star Wars universe.

For now, the release date of the Han Solo film remains May 2018, but we'll be sure to let you know if that changes!

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Lego 30276 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter

One Lego mini building set I missed on its initial release was the First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter. In a stroke of luck, I came across a bunch of these sets on clearance at Target this week for only $1.98US ($2.89NZ).


Once again, Lego have hit the ball out of the park on this sculpt. The easily-recognisable silhouette of the TIE Fighter is there, while the cockpit antenna and addition of cogs to the wing struts clearly denote the features that distinguish the 'Special Forces' variant of the starfighter. I love the asymmetrical splash of red (also a signature of the SF TIE), and the printed cockpit window puts this leaps and bounds ahead of previous Lego mini versions of this ship. My only real citicism is in regards to the colouring. The wings of the SF TIE are supposed to be a stark white, while on this model, Lego have opted instead for a standard light grey. It's a minor innacuracy, but one that seems as though it could have been easily remedied.

All-in-all, this set will make a great companion to both the Lego mini Poe's X-Wing and Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle I've added to my collection over recent months.

May the 4th Be With You!

May the 4th has come around again, and you know what that means. It's Star Wars day! May the Fourth be with you!


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