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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has been in theaters for just about two months now, and it's astonishing just how big a film it's become. Everyone knew it would be big, but just how big the record-shattering success has been, is something that would've been hard to predict. I was in Los Angeles for the launch - one of a group of 25 writers and bloggers chosen to attend the Global Press Event for the film as a guest of Disney and Lucasfilm. As my coverage rolled-out here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, there was a common thread that toys were involved - as I brought some "props" to the junket, used in conversation about one of my favorite elements of STAR WARS fandom - the toys and collectibles. Daisy Ridley played with a Rey action figure - the same one my daughters play with on a daily basis - while Harrison Ford jokingly attempted to pocket my 1980 Kenner Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) figure, all while telling us how the toys are cool, "but are meant for other people." People like me. People like YOU. With new action figures hitting stores, it's no secret that certain characters have been hard to come by, and two of the hardest have by Han Solo himself, and the Rey (Resistance Outfit) figure - the one that comes with [SPOILER ALERT!] a lightsaber... specifically, the saber once owned by both Anakin Skywalker, and his son, Luke. Just as Rey happened upon that saber in the depths of Maz' castle, I happened upon a couple of these sought-after figures, and now I'm hoping to pass them on to one of you!

Tuesday, February 02 2016 12:48

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Coming...

There's been another awakening... and this time it's comin' at ya in LEGO form! On June 28, 2016, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit retail, bringing the signature humor of the LEGO Star Wars franchise to new heights as players navigate the new worlds discovered in J.J. Abrams' THE FORCE AWAKENS. Check out the announcement trailer, and pre-order yours today!

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS recently received five nominations for the 88th Academy Awards (airing live February 28 on ABC), and of them is rightfully in the category of visual FX. While the focus has been on the "real sets" and "practical effects" of the film, audiences might be surprised at just how much CGI was actually used... the key being that good CGI is undetectable. From large-scale set pieces that would've been impossible to build (crashed Star Destroyers on Jakku), to simple digital set extensions (the TIE Fighter bay - which would've been Matte Paintings in the old days), all the way to complex, fully-realized characters like Maz Kanata, the work was impressive. Now, a newly-released VFX breakdown released by I.A. Magazine reveals just how in-depth the work truly was. Take a look...

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After winter break, STAR WARS REBELS returns to Disney XD with an all-new episode on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT). In "A Princess on Lothal,"an aide to Bail Organa (Princess Leia Organa) is sent to Lothal with ships for the rebel fleet, but an Imperial lockdown forces the rebels to create a new plan to steal the vehicles. Set just three years prior to the original STAR WARS Trilogy and the events of 1977's A NEW HOPE, Leia is shown as "a young leader on her way to becoming the strong, more resolute character" that fans came to know and love - decades before her appearance as General Leia Organa in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

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STAR WARS fans, our time is now. Today, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS became the highest grossing film of all time in the domestic market, surpassing the $760.5M lifetime gross of James Cameron's AVATAR in just 20 days of release hitting the mark nearly 300 days quicker than AVATAR back in 2009.  In addition, the film crossed the $800M mark at the international box office today, in a move I like to envision being akin to THE FIRST ORDER positioning Starkiller Base to blast Pandora and the Na'vi. As one of the 25 #StarWarsEvent bloggers, being but a tiny piece of this film's success is something I will forever cherish having been a part of...

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On January 30, THE FIRST ORDER will arrive in the form an an Amazon-Exclusive action figure set from Hasbro, the FIRST ORDER LEGION. This 7-pack is being called a "Troop Builder" or "Army Builder" set, presenting a variety of troops from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS - several of which have not yet been released in action figure form. Previously offered as a limited-time pre-order, more are being made available now, but act fast - once they're gone, they're probably gone for good...

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