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With Star Wars: The Last Jedi rolling out on Digital HD this week, Lucasfilm released a new episode of The Star Wars Show a day ahead of its usual Wednesday slot, reporting back from Mark Hamill's Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony that took place last week. The crew sits down for a few words with Hamill, alongside George Lucas and Harrison Ford, and delves into the world of cinematic puppeteering with Brian Herring aka "the guy in the green suit behind BB-8." There's some cool knowledge dropped regarding the process of bringing a character like Rogue One's Admiral Raddus to life, along with the caretakers from The Last Jedi and of course, the famed Astromech ball droid. Check it out below!

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He's come a long way from playing Gutter in the cult-classic, PCU, and now Jon Favreau is firing-up the hyperdrive and heading toward a galaxy far, far away. This morning, Lucasfilm announced that the Emmy-nominated producer and actor has signed on to executive produce and write a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s new direct-to-consumer platform. Favreau has played roles in both the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and has a role in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story

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I'm a bit belated on writing about this one, largely because it's taken me a little while to really distill all of my feelings about it. On February 17, when I was in New York City for the 115th North American Toy Fair, I was an invited guest at Hasbro's "Fan Media" event at the New York Times building. This was a time, when amid all the new toys being unveiled for the year ahead, Hasbro welcomed a group of writers that serve some specific niches of pop culture and fandom. While the showroom was open for viewing of all toys, the big focus was on sites that cater to fans of the big franchises that Hasbro handles - Marvel, My Little Pony, Transformers, Power Rangers, and my personal favorite: Star Wars. As that franchise enters its 41st year, there's a lot going on, but the toy front is an interesting space in which there's a lot of debate about the type of merchandise available, and exactly who it's really for. This is something being discussed constantly within the offices of toymakers and retailers in addition to public forums geared toward passionate collectors. It was on that February afternoon that Hasbro unveiled a bold new initiative called HasLab, but just two weeks later it seems to be stalling. They have an absolutely incredible toy that could become reality, but is it arriving more than three decades too late?

At this point, it's very difficult to keep a release date quiet, especially when franchises tend to stick to an easily-deciphered pattern. Almost immediately after Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters in December, many had it pegged for a March home video release, and that is indeed the case. Lucasfilm sent over the official announcement this morning, revealing that families can bring the latest chapter of Star Wars home digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD and via Movies Anywhere March 13 and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray disc March 27. This release marks Disney’s first title available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in both Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Check out the specs below, along with a badass new trailer for the in-home release!

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Gentle Giant Ltd./3D Systems is a name that's been respected for a very long time, but the one problem for many has been that their products haven't really been attainable to a mass audience. For nearly 20 years, they've become famous for their high-end collectibles rooted in their pioneering digital scanning process, but now they're about to go mass-market with six new collectible toy lines and the return of an old favorite. At the 115th North American International Toy Fair in New York, Gentle Giant Toys will launch as a new division separate from Gentle Giant Ltd, and they're looking to bring their famous level of craftsmanship into toys that almost everyone can afford.

Today is THE day for big Star Wars news out of Hasbro, and it's surprisingly happening just a little bit earlier that expected. With the 115th North American International Toy Fair taking place February 17-21, 2018 (The Rock Father™ will be there!) Hasbro is serving-up some sneak previews of product that is expected to be on-display during a special event that they're holding this Saturday (I'll be in the house for that as well). Of particular interest here at Rock Father HQ is the continuation of the classic 3¾" Star Wars action figure collection, and the latest line refresh will be for Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story. Revealed today are a handful of new action figures, along with the Force Link 2.0 technology, and the awesome Kessel Run Millennium Falcon. For the latter, there's a little bit of "spoiler" territory involved, which is both awesome, and yet not completely unexpected given the fact that the Falcon is a very old ship that tends to change in appearance based upon the tastes and care of its owner.

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