Their adventures took place decades apart, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... but Clone Captain CT-7567 and Stormtrooper FN-2187 have a lot in common. The former served in THE CLONE WARS, eventually becoming known as "Rex" and breaking The Empire's control and falling out of sight until former Jedi Ahsoka Tano arranged a meeting between he and the crew of The Ghost in STAR WARS REBELS. In THE FORCE AWAKENS, the latter would break free of The First Order, becoming known as "Finn" and joining The Resistance. Both men were at one point simply a series of letters and numbers in the eyes of their keepers - expendable soldiers in the service of evil. In reality, they were some of the greatest heroes, and kicking off on STAR WARS Day 2016, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine is giving readers a chance to win these characters - each as newly-released action figures from the Hasbro STAR WARS collection!
When the original STAR WARS Saga (aka "The Old Trilogy") first rolled out between 1977 and 1983, it was a great time to be a kid, though one that seems archaic by modern standards. Back then, viewing STAR WARS was an experience that was reserved as a cinema-only event... unless you were among a very select few that were lucky enough to have an RCA SelectaVision player (video disks that were encased in a square plastic cartridge), or one of the early VHS machines. Even then, you couldn't watch 1977's STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE at home until the latter half of 1982. For our family, it was when HBO scored the rights to STAR WARS in 1983 that we'd get to see it at home on the small, square, screen. In fact, I distinctly remember eating Aurelio's Pizza while watching the film, the brightly-colored wicker paper plate holders still fresh in my mind. For us, the STAR WARS adventures were brought to life and continued daily through Kenner's STAR WARS collection of action figures, playsets and vehicles, with the films essentially recalled from memory. Being there the first time around, it's astounding to think that families in 2016 were able to enjoy J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS at home... a mere four months after its theatrical debut. But like their parents before them, our girls are creating their own STAR WARS adventures daily with Hasbro's extensive collection of STAR WARS toys, and to celebrate the in-home release of THE FORCE AWAKENS earlier this month, our friends at Hasbro sent a box of goodies so we could have a slightly belated premiere party right here at Rock Father HQ. And we did it with pizza... just like back in '83!
Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK is as much a movie about what it means to be a family, as it is a family film. An action-packed re-imagining from director Jon Favreau (IRON MAN, CHEF) and based on both the 1967 animated feature and the original stories from Rudyard Kipling, at the heart of the story is Mowgli, the man-cub found and raised by Panther Bagheera, a protector who placed the child in the care of wolves Raksha (voiced by Lupita Nyong'o) and Akela (voiced by Giancarlo Esposito), who welcome the youngster into their pack, and raise him with the same love and values as their own flesh and blood. At the recent JUNGLE BOOK press junket, I joined a group of fellow writers to spend some time with Nyong'o and Esposito to gain a little insight into their creative process for the film, and how their own familial experiences helped shape what they brought to these famed wolves.
With the in-home release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS fast-approaching, the inaugural flights of ANA's BB-8 Boeing 777-300 took place this week. After unveiling the aircraft in a ceremony on March 27 at Osaka Japan's Itami Airport, the aircraft made a one-off domestic flight as ANA22 from Itami to Haneda before departing the airport as flight ANA106 to Los Angeles, marking the start of the aircraft's international service.
The wait is almost over, and STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available to own early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on April 1, four days before it comes home on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 5 (pre-order now). Today comes a brief look at some of the deleted scenes, including Kylo Ren boarding The Millennium Falcon flanked by First Order Snowtroopers, and the rumored escape from Maz Kanata's palace in which Maz shows more of her own mastery of The Force. Take a look...
When Hasbro relaunched STAR WARS action figures in the 1990s under the POWER OF THE FORCE banner, themed sets and "Cinema Scenes" were commonplace, often becoming sought-after for quite some time. In recent years there's been less of that, but that might be changing with the release of the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Takodana Encounter Action Figure Set, a four-figure collection that made a huge splash as Toy Fair back in February. While it does seem a tad odd that John Boyega's Finn, Daisy Ridley's Rey, and the lovable Astromech Droid BB-8 would be paired-up since many people probably already have them in some form or another, the big draw here is that this set marks the action figure debut of Maz Kanata, the scene-stealing alien played by Lupita Nyong'o via motion capture. This set captures our heroes as they were in the film when Rey felt drawn to a curious trunk containing the lightsaber formerly owned by both Anakin Skywalker and his son, Luke. One of the coolest elements of the set is that the trunk itself is included, and it's now up for pre-order through my allies at Entertainment Earth!