Databurst From the 501st

December 28, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

501stLogoLatest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from December 28 to January 3rd. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

December 28

  • Great Lakes Garrison will be in Grand Rapids, MI for Night at Your Museum at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
  • New England Garrison will be in Dover, NH for Star Wars Mania at the Dover Public Library from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

December 29

  • UK Garrison will be in Glasgow for Space Spectacular at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall from 9:15 to 10:30 PM.

December 30

  • Midwest Garrison will be in Bloomington, IL for Star Wars Appreciation Night with the Bloomington Thunder.
  • Southern California Garrison will be in Bakersfield, CA for Star Wars Night with the Bakersfield Condors at Rabobank Arena from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

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Around the Web

December 23, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Collecting, Conventions, Events, Interview, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News, Toys, trailers | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Convention & Event News

StarWars.com has a first look at the badge artwork for Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Plus it has been revealed that Warwick Davis, Amy Ratcliffe and David Collins will be the stage hosts. Continue Reading Around the Web…

Marvel Star Wars Solicitations March 2017

December 22, 2016 at 7:17 pm | Posted in Art, Comic Books, Marvel, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | 1 Comment
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Marvel has released their comic solicitations for March 2017. Here is the Star Wars rundown.

 

Star Wars #29

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Cover Artist: Stuart Immonen
Variant Covers: John Tyler Christopher (action figure variant), Kevin Wada (40th anniversary cover)

A problem, Yoda has. A big problem. Strong with the stonepower, this problem is. But judge it not by its size, will he.

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: March 1, 2017

Doctor Aphra #5

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Kev Walker
Cover Artist: Kamome Shirahama
Variant Covers: Joe Quinones, and 40th anniversary cover by Marc Laming

Has Aphra actually found a lost ancient Jedi site? And if so, can she make it out with her life? And if so, will she be able to get a good price for it?

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: March 8, 2017

Poe Dameron #12

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist/Cover Artist: Phil Noto
Variant Covers: Bengal, and 40th anniversary cover by Leinil Yu

Poe is on the run from Terex’s forces with only C-3PO and BB-8 to help him! Can the greatest pilot in the galaxy survive without a ship? PLUS: A traitor revealed?!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: March 15, 2017

Darth Maul #2 (of 5)

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Luke Ross
Cover Artist: Rafael Albuquerque
Variant Covers: David Aja, and 40th anniversary cover by Paul Renaud

A Jedi Padawan has been captured by sinister forces…and Darth Maul is determined to find her?! This early tale of the galaxy’s deadliest Zabrak continues!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: March 22, 2017

Star Wars Special Edition: A New Hope HC

Writer: Bruce Jones
Penciller: Eduardo Barreto
Cover Artist: Dave Dorman

Revisit the original space opera in a comic-book adaptation of the special edition of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the ultimate realization of George Lucas’ creative vision! Meet young Luke Skywalker, whose destiny lies in the stars! And join him as he finds himself at the center of a Rebellion against the imposing Empire and its ruthless enforcer, Darth Vader! But what hope do the freedom fighters have of defeating the planet-destroying Imperial Death Star? With new scenes, including Han Solo’s early encounter with Jabba the Hutt, alongside classic moments with Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi and more, it’s everything you could want from Star Wars between two covers! Collecting STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE — SPECIAL EDITION #1-4.

Details: 112 pages, Rated T, $24.99, oversized trim
Release Date: April 5, 2017

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Podcasts in Review

December 22, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Blabba the Hutt: Episode 30 starts pre-Rogue One and without Kate as they talk in the pub before the movie, then it cuts to Jamie in the car on the ride home as he provides his reactions after having seen it twice. Spoiler free.

Blast Points: Episode 53 is their pre-Rogue One episode as they talk Beezer Fortuna, Wheezer, 8 foot tall Snoke puppet, the Rogue One red carpet premiere, Crystal Skull, Rogue One plans, and they ponder how intelligent the wampa on Hoth was. Nice episode with no spoilers.

Blast Points: Episode 54 kicks off with the jokes as they begin their Rogue One episode and the Star Wars love. They touch on the idea of Rogue One being the core of a new trilogy bookended by Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, they talk about how the film reflects the aesthetic shifts as it goes from a ROTS feel to ANH feel by the end of the film, they cover the music, a lot of scene-by-scene discussion, the locations, the characters, Vader becoming Dracula and much more. Lots of humor and lots of fun make this the best Rogue One discussion I’ve listened to so far. I making this one my pick of the week. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Comic Review: ‘Poe Dameron #9’

December 21, 2016 at 12:02 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Poe Dameron #9 digs deeper into Agent Terex’s backstory while moving the plot forward and tossing Poe into the deep end. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

New Release: ‘Doctor Aphra #2’

December 21, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Marvel has one new Star Wars release today.

Doctor Aphra #2

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Penciller/Cover Artist: Kev Walker

BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! Following the blockbuster finale of Darth Vader #25, the fan-favorite character begins a new journey in STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1 – the new ongoing series coming this December! From superstar writer Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader) and fan-favorite artist Kev Walker (Marvel Zombies) comes Marvel’s first ongoing series starring an original character created in the comics! Following her time in the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life. If he ever learns of her survival, he’ll hunt her to the ends of the galaxy. But for now, it’s time for a return to what she does best. With the droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 in tow, she’s off in search of rare artifacts from the galactic center to the Outer Rim and everywhere in between. Aphra’s got debts to pay after all. Just as long as she can stay one step ahead of the Empire, some Bounty Hunters and just about everyone else in the galaxy!

Details: Rated T, $3.99

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Databurst From the 501st

December 21, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

501stLogoLatest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from December 21 to 27th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

December 21

  • Northern Darkness Garrison will be in Rochester, IN for the Miracle Tree event at Rochester Middle School from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
  • Old Line Garrison will be in Linthicum, MD for Civilian Welfare Fund Movie Night at Hoyts Cinema 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

December 22

  • 70th Explorers Garrison will be in Olathe, KS for the Paulie’s Penguin Playground Troop from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.
  • Central Garrison will be in Bellevue, NE for a special sensory needs Rogue One screening at Twin Creek Cinema.
  • Southern California Garrison will be in Los Angeles, CA for the Penny Lane Family Holiday Event.
  • Star Garrison will be at the Kindercare Bake Sale.

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New Release: ‘Rogue One’ by Alexander Freed

December 20, 2016 at 12:03 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | 1 Comment
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The Rogue One novelization by Alexander Freed is out today in hardcover, digital and audiobook formats.

Go beyond the film with a novelization featuring new scenes and expanded material.

As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate . . . and a threat that may be too great to overcome.

If the worlds at the Empire’s mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: Jyn Erso, a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; Cassian Andor, a war-weary rebel commander; Bodhi Rook, a defector from the Empire’s military; Chirrut Îmwe, a blind holy man and his crack-shot companion, Baze Malbus; and K-2SO, a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory—if only they can capture the plans to the Empire’s new weapon.

But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the specter of their ultimate enemy—a monstrous world unto itself—darkens the skies. Waiting to herald the Empire’s brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death Star.

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Movie Review: ‘Allied’

December 20, 2016 at 12:02 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

So while you’re taking breaks in between viewings of Rogue One, you might be wondering what else to see. For me, the trailer for Allied looked promising. I love war movies and this one felt like someone was bringing a Medal of Honor video game to life showing all the cool missions spies were doing in World War II. What I didn’t realize was that Allied isn’t so much an action packed spy movie but a WWII drama film.

The movie stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, two spies in WWII who much work together on a mission in French Morocco. The story kicks off there as the two get to know each other and slip into their roles. Their goal is to assassinate a German diplomat, which leads to one of the few action scenes in the whole movie. The two spies fall in love, and after their successful mission, they return to England where they start a family under the umbrella of the war. Interestingly enough, both character’s leave their spy life behind at this point in the film. Pitt’s character is a member of the English air force and appears to have a desk job. Cotillard, on the other, becomes a stay at home mom. The bulk of the movie develops their relationship with the set dressing of being in WWII England. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Allied’…

Movie Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts’

December 20, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an interesting departure for the Harry Potter franchise as it dives into a story without its most famous character. Can a Harry Potter movie without Harry Potter work? Yes. In fact, Fantastic Beasts is a surprisingly enjoyable film and one I highly recommend checking out.

First off, this movie stars a different wizard than the one most fans are familiar with. There is no Harry Potter in this film. Instead there’s Newt Scamander, and older wizard traveling to New York with a suitcase full of fantastic creatures and a secret mission of his own. The whole movie takes place in New York and is set in 1926 giving the film a very interesting vibe. In America, the wizarding world is very different. There are different rules, different customs and new people to meet and learn about. For instance they call muggles no-maj and wizards are encouraged to stay away from the non-magical community. It’s an interesting exploration of a world we thought we were familiar with. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts’…

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