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STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE and STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII get dates and details...

When it comes to STAR WARS, there was huge news this morning out of the Disney Annual Meeting of Shareholders led by Bob Iger. As posted on STARWARS.comROGUE ONE has been revealed as the title for the first "standalone" STAR WARS adventure that moves beyond the core STAR WARS Saga. Filming begins this summer under the direction of Gareth Edwards (MONSTERS, GODZILLA) from a screenplay by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (CINDERELLA, ABOUT A BOY, ANTZ). The first actress to be announced for the cast is Academy Award-nominee Felicity Jones (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING) The idea for the story of ROGUE ONE came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight RisesFast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (TintinWar of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band of BrothersThe Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce. The film is slated for release on December 16, 2016.

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JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS to offer up more than 20 STAR WARS Book Titles (Pre-orders live)!

And here I thought I had no time before...

Yesterday, Disney Publishing Worldwide and Lucasfilm announced JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, a hugely ambitious publishing program that will bring forth more than 20 new titles in print and digital, "and will feature new narrative stories for middle grade and young adults as well as comics, illustrated reference, Look and Find, and sticker book formats. Stories are set to star characters old and new, and retell classic STAR WARS tales from new perspectives."

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STAR WARS REBELS Darth Vader and Ahsoka Tano Figures on the way...

When the Season One finale of STAR WARS REBELS - Fire Across the Galaxy aired Monday night, fans were treated to some big surprises. When we got to view it on the DVR at lunchtime on Tuesday, one thing was very clear - my little girls were quite pleased to see "another girl Jedi" saving the day. Having missed much of THE CLONE WARS (we'll catch up), they weren't familiar with Ahsoka Tano (voiced by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein), and that doesn't matter. What does matter is that there's now a trio of powerful girls at the forefront of STAR WARS REBELS, with Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla and Ahsoka fighting the good fight. While we're still on the hunt for the elusive Sabine/Stormtrooper Mission Series two-pack, Hera is shipping soon packed with a "Stormtrooper Commander" (who we used to call a "Sandtrooper" back in the day), and now Ahsoka will be joining the 5POA (five points of articulation) action this fall. But she's not alone. In fact, she'll be packed with her former Master, the one who used to be called Anakin Skywalker before fully turning to the Dark Side and becoming Darth Vader...

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This Friday is "Take Your Action Figure to Work Day" #AFWD2015

Entertainment Earth Proving once again that every day is some kind of "day," Friday, March 6, 2015 is ACTION FIGURE WORK DAY, aka "Take Your Action Figure to Work Day." Yes, March 6th is also #CrazyHairDay with Lalaloopsy (you could take those to work, too), but #AFWD2015 is a worthy cause to support as well, and one that's going to have many different spins. The deal is simple - take your favorite action figure to work with you, snap some pictures of it in interesting places or doing interesting things, then post them to social media tagged with #AFWD2015. Also tag #iCollectatEE and you may be randomly chosen and contacted by my friends at Entertainment Earth to win some cool prizes (the how and what is up to them). If you've followed THE ROCK FATHER on social media at all, you probably know that I've essentially got action figures at work with me every day - so if you want some inspiration, check out my Instagram  for a little bit of Toyography. Here's a little something to get you started... when I took Vintage 1977 Kenner STAR WARS Chewbacca to a very important business meeting inside a writer's room at ABC in Los Angeles...

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LEGO STAR WARS: DROID TALES coming to Disney XD...

For all the goodness that LEGO STAR WARS has brought fans over the past 16 years, it's almost surprising that one thing that they haven't done until now is re-tell the actual STAR WARS Story. That changes later this year when Disney XD will air LEGO STAR WARS: DROID TALES, a five-episode mini-series that will re-tell the STAR WARS Saga through the eyes of C-3PO and R2-D2, beginning with a gathering of Original Trilogy heroes after the Battle of Endor following RETURN OF THE JEDI. After the two Droids tell their story leading up to the beginning of THE PHANTOM MENACE, "an accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing and suddenly viewers are taken on a new adventure that leads to encounters with familiar faces and places that prompt the re-telling of the entire saga."

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Preview - STAR WARS REBELS: FIRE ACROSS THE GALAXY - The Season Finale featuring Darth Vader...

It seems like STAR WARS REBELS just had its premiere, and here we are looking at the Season One Finale coming up this Monday night, March 2 at 9/8c on Disney XD. In FIRE ACROSS THE GALAXY, it looks like we'll be getting some classic Old Trilogy-style action, including a lightsaber battle between Kanan, Ezra and The Inquisitor, a fleet of Star Destroyers, and an appearance by Darth Vader himself! Since it's the first season finale, the episode will not be available to stream earlier (if it was, I'd be watching it already), but I do have a preview to share with you below. The Force is strong with this one...

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Giveaway - STAR WARS REBELS Action Figure + STAR WARS Hot Wheels Prize Pack!

Jedi vs. Sith. Empire vs. Rebels. Hasbro vs. Mattel. Polar opposites in some cases, fierce rivals in others. For the latter two, they're more alike than different, a pair of the most recognizable toymakers in the galaxy. While their competition is heated, for the first time in forever they're both bound by something greater than them both... a license known as STAR WARS. While Hasbro continues the lineage started with Kenner in bringing forth 3 ¾-scale STAR WARS action figures (among many other things), this past year has seen STAR WARS married to Mattel's iconic Hot Wheels line through a series of Character Cars, retailer exclusives and playsets. Bottom line: It's a great time to love STAR WARS, and as Disney and Lucasfilm ready the release of J.J. Abrams' THE FORCE AWAKENS for this December, there's some cool new toys that are slowly making their way into retailers. To have a little unofficial celebration of The Force here at Rock Father HQ, I've decided to offer-up a little something special - a Galactic Prize Pack featuring a pair of STAR WARS Hot Wheels Character Cars from Mattel, and a sought-after STAR WARS REBELS action figure from Hasbro's Saga Legends assortment. Will The Force be with YOU?

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From CARE BEARS to 'Winston' - Patrick Osborne on His Academy Award-nominated Short Film, FEAST #BigHero6Bloggers

Walt Disney Animation StudiosWhen I first heard that Walt Disney Animation Studios' BIG HERO 6 would be preceded by a short film called FEAST, I flashed-back to my horror days and John Gulager's 2005 PROJECT GREENLIGHT creature feature of the same name. Aside from the title, the two have absolutely nothing in common, yet I couldn't get the monster flick out of my head... until I saw Winston, the adorable little terrier at the heart of Patrick Osborne's now-Academy Award-nominated short film about the love of a man as shown through the meals of a dog. So how did FEAST begin?

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Toy Fair 2015: Spin Master Toys' STAR WARS Legendary Yoda Sneak-Preview

Back when I was going overboard with my STAR WARS collecting addiction, I had this "Interactive Yoda and Lightsaber" that Tiger Electronics and Hasbro released. A lot of what was inside it was closely related to the Furby, and while 15 years has brought us Hasbro's forthcoming Furbacca (so cool), the robotic geniuses at Spin Master Toys just may have waiting in the wings what I'd always hoped that "Interactive Yoda" would've been. Straight out of Toy Fair comes this Sneak-Peek at Spin Master's LEGENDARY YODA. Take a look...

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App Preview - STAR WARS JOURNEYS: BEGINNINGS

Star Wars JourneysJust before Christmas last year, I got to test out a new iOS App that hit right in that sweet spot for us here - STAR WARS JOURNEYS: BEGINNINGS. Available now for iPhone and iPad, BEGINNINGS brings families a new way to experience the first trilogy of stories made famous in the classic, six-episode cinematic STAR WARS SAGA. With the prequels currently being explored in this 180-degree virtual experience, new add-ons featuring A NEW HOPE, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI will be released in the months ahead, all leading up to the release of THE FORCE AWAKENS. Check out a preview and specs below...

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