Funko Pop! Captain Phasma (Chrome) Bobblehead

Well, as feared, it happened - and my Funko Pop! K-2SO now has a friend in the form of Captain Phasma. In fact, my girlfriend's brother is entirely to blame, as he very kindly surprised me with this latest addition last weekend.


This isn't any ordinary Funko Phasma either, it's the Smuggler's Bounty exclusive, which - unlike the standard version - comes with a chrome-plated finish. It's an embellishment that not even the 3 3/4" or 6" Hasbro versions of this character received, and it's what really makes this adorable figure (ahem) 'pop'. Like others in this line, Phasma features a wobbling bobble-head and a removable display stand.

Fortunately, you needn't be a subscriber to Smuggler's Bounty to get your hands on of these figures. At the time of writing, Amazon.com has her in stock - but you will pay a premium price: $24.99US ($35.60NZ), compared with $12.99US ($18.50NZ) for the standard Phasma.

The Hunt Is On - The Force Awakens 3 3/4" 2-Packs Found

The release of Force Awakens figures sort of fizzled out in New Zealand, with the last wave of characters barely seeing the light of day in stores. While the single-carded figures I'm after from wave 7 (namely, Admiral Ackbar and Tasu Leech) are still proving elusive, I have managed to track down the two final 2-packs on my huntlist: Sidon Ithano and First Mate Quiggold, and Snap Wexley and First Order Snowtrooper Officer for $14.95US ($20.79NZ) each.


While the Snowtrooper Officer is a minor repaint of the Commander figure that came with the First Order Snowspeeder (his pauldron now being black instead of orange), the other three figures across these two packs are all character debuts. Least impressive is Snap, who unfortunately suffers from the same 'banana visor' we saw on Poe and Ello in earlier waves. He does come with a working holster, however - and he's a welcome addition to those of us who are desperate to add more Resistance pilots to our collection.

Rogue One Coming to Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD on April 4th

StarWars.com has confirmed that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD on April 4th. You can watch the in-home trailer (containing some spoilers) below.


The film will be available on Digital HD from March 24th, with the Blu-Ray and DVD versions hitting shelves on April 4th here in the USA. The 2-disc Blu-Ray will come with a range of bonus features, including:

  • A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
  • Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
  • Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
  • K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
  • Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
  • Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
  • The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary… and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time. 
  • Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
  • The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of Star Wars: A New Hope – as well as one of her most memorable foes­ – back to the screen.
  • Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
  • Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect Rogue One to the Star Wars universe.

If you're in the US, there are also a number of retailer exclusives to choose from. Walmart will have a 3-disc set (combining the Blu-Ray and DVD) for $24.96US, Best Buy will have a 4-disc steelbook which also includes the Blu-Ray 3D for $29.99US, and Target will have a 5-disc set which adds an additional DVD of exclusive content for $27.99.

Principal Photography Begins On Han Solo Film

Today, StarWars.com today announced that principal photography has begun on the as-yet untitled Han Solo standalone film. The announcement was accompanied by a photograph of the core cast and crew in a very familiar location.

Clockwise from bottom left: co-director Christopher Miller, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, co-director Phil Lord, and Donald Glover. Image courtesy of StarWars.com.

While the cast was no secret, the big (though hardly surprising) reveal in this image is the confirmation that Chewbacca will be playing a role in the story. The article also identified May 25th 2018 as the release date for the film, marking a departure from Disney's run of December Star Wars releases. This also means we'll see the Han Solo film in cinemas a mere five months after the release of Episode VIII. That's a damn fast turnaround, and it does resurrect the concern of us suffering a little Star Wars-fatigue.

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The Hunt is On - Rogue One 3 3/4" Wave 2 2-Packs Found

The cast of Rogue One continue to trickle out in action figure form, and I was recently able to track down the two 2-packs from the second wave of 3 3/4" figures that are on my huntlist - Baze Malbus and Imperial Stormtrooper, and Captain Cassian Andor and Imperial Stormtrooper for $14.95US ($20.79NZ) each.


Baze is entirely new to the 3 3/4" line, while this version of Cassian has only previously been available with Nthat blasted Nerf-firing U-Wing. Instead of releasing these popular characters as single-carded figures, Hasbro went with the rather transparent marketing strategy of releasing them exclusively in two-packs and requiring us to fork out a little extra cash. This could be annoying, but thankfully Hasbro paired each of these characters up with a figure you can never have too many of - the Imperial Stormtrooper.