A few fans I’ve encountered on forums and social media have been pretty certain that when the Episode IX marketing attack rolls out it’ll be an all-out barrage of nostalgia and call backs to the rest of the saga. Well, it just so happens that the D23 “Special Look” at The Rise of Skywalker does little to dispel that notion…
And so it begins. Instagram user @lightning.rad_ has shared leaked photos of Lego minifigures from the upcoming Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker…
Update: since Lucasfilm has no clue how to promote films/build hype, Green Card Back has been served with a notice to remove the images. The descriptions will remain in place and the images will be restored when the new Lego sets (that you’re 100% not meant to know exist) are officially released.
It’s Star Wars Celebration once again this weekend, with the Force-related festivities going down at McCormick Place, Chicago. I’ll have more news and round-ups over the course of the weekend, but in the meantime let’s get straight to the lead…
You’ve seen it already, of course. But here, for posterity, is the newly-revealed first teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.
As a lifelong Star Wars fan conflicted about The Force Awakens and with no desire to watch The Last Jedi again any time soon, I have to say that I’m more intrigued than I ever thought I could be about Episode IX.
There’s a galaxy-spanning adventure vibe on display, fitting in with the rumoured “race for the prize” plot. Kylo Ren looks back to being a pure antagonist once more, as should always have been the case after The Force Awakens. And the return of Darth Sidious… Well, wow.
So, the countdown to December and Star Wars Episode IX is underway…
This week saw the leak of merchandising poster art and a series of character designs for the new JJ Abrams film. The designs correspond with leaks reported at Making Star Wars, which gives weight to some of the rumours about plot revealed there – but then, we’ve all been burned before by fake spoilers.
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So, have you been watching Galaxy of Adventures?
The latest animated Star Wars micro-series is a collection of YouTube exclusive 3-4-minute shorts detailing key moments from the Star Wars saga. While the scenes, sound FX and even some of the dialogue is taken from the films in their entirety, the videos themselves are stylised, hyper-kinetic traditional animation with anime flair.
Check it out for yourself right here:
Galaxy of Adventures has been generally well-received by the fandom. But while the viewing figures have not been stratospheric, what’s more interesting than outright performance is that the series even exists at all.
As well as returning to the source material of Lucas’ films, Galaxy of Adventures has a wider target audience than the young girl demographic of Forces of Destiny. Regardless of the pros and cons of either approach, there’s no denying that this feels like a safer approach to the franchise for Disney. But since the Mouse can’t live off Lucas’ six films forever, what could the long-term strategy be?
Obviously, I don’t know what they have planned for sure; but this is how I could see Disney’s approach play out. And if it does go this way… I won’t mind that much at all.