> One of the first things that stands out about Ben Solo, the villain known now as Kylo Ren in the new trilogy of Star Wars movies, is his lightsaber. It's a jarring, unusual design, but more than that it's just about as far as you can get from the "elegant weapon for a more civilized age" we'd come to know these sabers to be. The energy coming from the hilt is jagged and sputtering, and the little beams coming from the sides make what we know as traditional lightsaber combat all but impossible. It's an eye-catching thing, and in most of the first movie, it's the most interesting thing about the character. When Lenovo announced it was working with Disney to bring Kylo Ren's lightsaber to its Star Wars: Jedi Challenges headset, I was so excited. With the addition of PVP combat in the game, it would now be possible for people to wield Rey and Kylo's lightsabers against one another in the game and really get into the combat. But today, having spent the last two weeks holding this … [Read more...] about Should you buy the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges Kylo Ren Lightsaber?
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Just as it's impossible to think of Han Solo without Wookiee pal Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), it's also tough to think of the two pilots without their ship, that scrappy modified Corellian freighter known as the Millennium Falcon, which flies again this month in Solo: A Star Wars Story."Every kid wanted to be Han, and every kid wanted to fly the Millennium Falcon," said Tom Berges, one of the administrators of the I Grew Up Star Wars Facebook page. The group caters to old-school fans who were watching the original trilogy and playing with Star Wars toys from 1977 into the 1980s. Berges himself first saw the Falcon onscreen in 1977 and treasured the die-cast version of the Falcon he received in 1979."Han Solo is one of the most iconic characters in all of Star Wars lore, and his ship is of course just as iconic and important to the story," he says.On Ranker.com, the Millennium Falcon easily nabbed the top spot in a poll of readers' favorite sci-fi spaceships (the … [Read more...] about Why the Millennium Falcon is the biggest Star Wars star
AUSTIN, Texas—Following the world premiere of The Director and The Jedi, a comprehensive two-hour documentary about the making of the latest Star Wars film, South By Southwest Film Festival attendees got a Last Jedi double-whammy. After the curtain raised at the Paramount Theater, director Rian Johnson and actor Mark Hamill took the stage for an impromptu Q&A. Hamill unsurprisingly opted for jokes and openness in his answers, and in particular, he offered his most robust comments yet about that spicy bit of news ahead of Episode VIII's launch: that he didn't much care for how the character of Luke Skywalker had been written. “A house I didn’t recognize” The topic bubbled up with a question about Star Wars' mythical and heroic scope as a long-running series, and Hamill explained how he prepared for the role: "When you get down to it, it's not Mark Hamill in a blockbuster film. It's Luke. I had to do a wild reimagining of the character. Like, hey, what … [Read more...] about Mark Hamill on Skywalker disagreements, fear of starring in a new Star Wars film
The first full trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story is finally here, and it’s a long-overdue look at the next Star Wars film. We’ve been a bit worried about this one. The film lost its directing pair midway through shooting, and we’ve been wary of the premise. Do we really need a story about the origins of Han Solo? This first teaser does give us something to look forward to, and we’re going to take a close look at what we saw. After a brief show of flipping some switches in the Falcon’s cockpit, we jump right to Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han Solo flying a speeder with Emilia Clarke’s character, Qi’ra. “I’ve been running scams on the streets since I was 10,” intones Solo in a voiceover. The timing of this daylight shot versus the darker scene of the pair is a little unclear, but it’s definitely the same speeder. “I was kicked out of the flight academy for having a mind of my own,” Han continues in his … [Read more...] about Breaking down all of the hidden clues from the new Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer
If you grew up watching Star Wars — and let’s face it, if you’re 50-years-old or younger, you did — at one time or another you probably fantasized about how cool it would be to fly an X-Wing, or a TIE Fighter, or perhaps the Millennium Falcon. These fictional vehicles are so ingrained in our collective western culture, it’s no wonder they’ve been brought to life again (and again) as models, action figures, video games, and LEGO. Oh the LEGO! But none of these incarnations have managed to combine an authentic appearance with the ability to actually fly. Spin Master came closest, but Propel’s new Star Wars Battle Drones have set the bar so high, it may be years before someone else even tries. The question is, did they do enough to please both Star Wars fans and drone enthusiasts, or are these just another set of mediocre Star Wars products? Read our Propel Star Wars Battle Drones review to find out if these are the drones you’re looking … [Read more...] about Propel’s dogfighting Star Wars Drones require Jedi-level piloting skills