Archive for November, 2012

Star Wars Action Figure Auction from Rancho Obi-Wan!

In what’s likely to be one of the coolest eBay auctions EVER, over 1900 Star Wars action figures are up for bid, with the proceeds going to one of the coolest non-profits EVER, Rancho Obi-Wan!

Read the press release below:

An auction of one of the most complete collections of loose Star Wars action figures was launched today on eBay (Nov. 29) for the benefit of the nonprofit Rancho Obi-Wan, which houses the world’s largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia: http://eBayActionFigureAuction.The auction is in conjunction with the anniversary of the northern California museum and the release of the new book, Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection (Chronicle Books, $40): http://UltimateAFC.

The action figure collection was built over more than 30 years by Fon Davis, a long-time ILM model maker and now owner of FonCoCreative Services, Lagunitas, CA.“Fon’s generosity in donating this collection is mind-blowing, but it was done in the true spirit of Star Wars fandom,” said Steve Sansweet, chief executive of Rancho Obi Wan Inc. and principal author of the new action figure book.

The auction includes 1,950 different Star Wars action figures starting with the vintage line in 1978 and continuing through the beginning of 2011. It makes up about 85% of the figures documented in The Ultimate Action Figure Collection; most of those not included are from the last two years. All figures are in very good to excellent condition with most original accessories. Detailed descriptions of vintage figures and photos of the collection are on the auction page. The collection has been appraised at a minimum value of $8,200 by Pete Vilmur, collecting expert and co-author of four Star Wars books.

“This incredible collection of nearly every Star Wars action figure ever produced is the largest group of figures I’ve seen offered in a single lot,” Vilmur said. “Based on the sharp condition and completeness of this collection (100% of the 1978-85 series is here, and nearly every subsequent figure produced to early 2011), I’d appraise this set at a minimum $8,200 to $8,500. There is minor wear on some of the vintage figures (as is typical around the edges of the feet) while all modern figures appear fresh off the card. All vintage accessories are accounted for unless otherwise indicated and are believed to be authentic.”

The auction includes a list of all the included action figures by inventory number and by book page number; the vast majority of all original accessories for each figure; many additional loose accessories that may be matched to each figure; many action figure stands that were included with the packaged figures; and a copy of The Ultimate Action Figure Collection with a bookplate signed by all four authors.

The new book shows and lists every Star Wars action figure—the quintessential toy of the 1970s and 1980s—from the first in 1978 through earlier this year, nearly 2,300 in all.

Rancho Obi-Wan, first established in 1998, was incorporated a year ago as a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose specific mission is to serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of Star Wars memorabilia and artifacts, using the collection to provide meaningful educational, aesthetic, intellectual and cultural experiences for a wide array of audiences and to carry on other charitable and educational activities associated with this goal. Money raised for or donated to Rancho Obi-Wan is used for maintenance, insurance, security, professional services, public outreach and related activities; none is used for acquisitions.

Visit www.ranchoobiwan.org and http://www.facebook.com/RanchoObiWan. Or follow on Twitter @RanchoObiWan

SEE ALSO:
What to Expect at Rancho Obi-Wan Experience at Celebration VI!‏
The Ultimate Action Figure Collection
Rancho Obi-Wan: Plan Your Visit Now!

Hoth Angry Birds Star Wars Levels Arrive!

Time to freeze your Tauntauns off, we’re going to Hoth. Teased since day one, the first 20 levels of Hoth have been unlocked for your Star Wars themed bird flinging pleasure. And to spice things up, Pink Leia “Bunshair” Bird has joined the fight against the Piggy Empire. Her special skill is both interesting and potentially deadly in the right hands: using some type of remote (or, well, I have no idea what else to call it) she can grab objects and pull them with her momentum. I haven’t figured out how to exactly master her skill just yet, but once I do, I’m sure it’ll be quick 3-stars on levels from that point on. Read more

The Clone Wars Review: A Necessary Bond

The Clone Wars

Episode 5.09: A Necessary Bond

SPOILERS!

Synopsis:

We take off from last episode with six Jedi younglings and Ahsoka escaping from the pirate’s base on planet Florrum in a stolen speeder.  Under the lead of Hondo, some pirates take pursuit and attack them as they try to contact Ganodi in their ship with droids R2-D2 and Huyang. In the end both crafts are shot down by the pirates and they are all captured and brought back to their base.

When they return however, they find the whole base overrun with Separatist droid forces led by General Grievous with orders from Count Dooku. Many pirates are captured, including Hondo himself, and the pirate’s belongings and crafts are all burnt down. Outside of the camp, Ahsoka talks the pirates holding her and the younglings hostage and explains there’s no reasoning with the Separatists. They formulate a plan to free Hondo and on board his secret fleet, escape the planet together. Using R2 as a distraction they sneak into Hondo’s cell to rescue him.

There he is persuaded by the younglings to join forces after they show him their finished lightsabers, all but Katooni’s whose weapon she never finished creating. With guidance from Ganodi and encouragement from Hondo she successfully creates and activates her own blade, and with it frees Hondo and his men. In a ground battle against the droids the pirates escape on speeders to Hondo’s secret fleet. The pirates are about to escape by themselves and leave the younglings behind when Hondo’s mind is changed after Katooni pleads with him and says she and the others trusted him to help them.

Ahsoka distracts General Grievous who followed them in a fight letting the younglings flee with the pirates. She herself only narrowly escapes jumping from a ledge to the safety of the ship. They fly to the nearest Jedi cruiser with Obi-Wan and Commander Cody on board and concludes the arc and an “eventful mission”.

This episode, being the last of the four-part arc, was quite entertaining. The music, chases and battles all stood out as being the best parts. The episode started in a heated pursuit and the eagerness of what would happen next ran through the whole episode, with the appearance of Grievous and his droids causing ground battles, daring escapes, and speeder chases, as well as the battle between Ahsoka and the General himself. So great to see.

When watching the episode I paid close attention to lighting and colours, as well as the dusty background of Florrum. It had an effect on the tone of the episode, and I really liked it. The secret fleet hidden in the rocks to the little nooks and cliffs of the terrain is something to take note of during the episode.

The character of Hondo, who we’ve been seeing a lot of now, has shown his witty and better side again, triggered by the younglings, namely Katooni, which was fun to see in him come back again. The younglings themselves had little screen time this episode but have visibly changed in little moments, like the shy Byph wanting to fight and being energetic, and the rebellious and impatient Petro take orders and fulfill them well.

I’m happy for the episode and the youngling’s mission. The ending scene really put their age into perspective, and I’m overall happy with this story arc.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Now Free-To-Play

Times are tough and video gaming isn’t exactly the cheapest hobby. But fret not, my fellow thrifty Star Wars fans, there’s a solution to that problem: the MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic has recently launched a free-to-play option. It’s so free, you click right HERE and start your adventure without reading any further. But, all free things come at some price (not monetarily, of course) so read on if you want the skinny on what you’ll get for free. Read more

Ultimate Sticker Collection: Angry Birds Star Wars

This looks like a fun idea for the kids! DK Publishing has a new sticker book coming soon, and this one features the popular Angry Birds, Star Wars style! Link

Based on the new game, this book looks to have 96 pages of stickers, over a thousand of them in fact. As I have two kids, I can say that little ones love these kind of books! Look for this ultimate sticker collection Spring 2013.

SEE ALSO:
Video Game Review: Angry Birds Star Wars
Angry Birds Star Wars Gameplay Footage
Angry Birds Star Wars: The Squawk is strong with this one

The Clone Wars Review: Bound for Rescue

The Clone Wars

Episode 5.08: Bound for Rescue

SPOILERS!

Synopsis:

With Ahsoka being held by space pirates led by Hondo, and the lightsaber-making robot Huyang in pieces, the younglings are alone with R2-D2 on their ship. They are able to briefly contact the nearest Republic fleet lead by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Commander Cody. Kenobi tells the younglings to stay put and wait for them to be rescued and then they will retrieve Ahsoka from the pirates. They are however, cut short by a Separatist attack in space lead by General Grevious, who boards and takes over their ship. In return Kenobi evacuates in escape pods and sets the craft to self destruct, leaving Grevious, Kenobi, Cody and other clones in space.

Waiting for Obi-Wan are the younglings back on their ship, who pass time by creating their lightsabers, in which all succeed apart from Katooni. After the younglings vote down an idea formed by Petro to rescue Ahsoka themselves, Zatt tells the others of a malfunction with the ship’s cooling systems. They need to land and let the engines reboot or they risk exploding, so it is decided that they will land on planet Florrum where Hondo and his pirates live.

Landing and getting Ganodi and R2 to stay with the ship for a quick exit, the younglings walk to the pirates camp, formulating a plan on the way. On their travels they find the “Traveling World of Wonder” a traveling carnival troupe lead by Preigo which they manage to join using acrobatic skills they show using the force. The show goes to the pirates camp in preparations for performing for the pirates and Hondo himself.

Disguised in costume the younglings, in performing their acrobatic tricks, involved the drunk Hondo in the act, stealing Ahsoka’s lightsabers from his belt and flinging him off in the room. Only when Ahsoka is freed and the younglings turn to run do the pirates recognize the younglings. The traveling carnival group also flee on their own way by themselves. Ahsoka escapes in a stolen speeder though, with the younglings wielding their newly built lightsabers, apart from Katooni. As drive away to their ship Ahsoka thanks them all and after hearing that they broke rules tells them how her Master taught that “doing the right thing sometimes means bending the rules.”

This episode was a nice turn out. The arc, perhaps, is feeling a little bit stretched out and maybe predictable, maybe because of how little we hear of the younglings separately, but it was the only major flaw. This episode we see the lightsabers the younglings built in a little more detail, and most of them activated, some with green and others with blue blades, but not Katooni’s. Why, I don’t know.

The space battle with Obi-Wan, Cody versus Grievous was a nice breather from how the arc is telling itself. The battles in space are progressively getting better and I’m happy to see more of them in the future. Some of the shots next to ships sipping about reminded me of some of the original films, even.

The youngling’s costume and acrobatic skills were something to look at too. It reminded me of something, but I couldn’t remember it whilst watching the episode the first time. It was afterwards I saw the resemblance to the movie A Bug’s Life with bugs in leafy costumes jumping around in a carnival themselves, similar to the younglings.

Hondo in this episode was a bit odd. I thought him a bit creepy to Ahsoka, being his hostage, but he was very naive and drunk by the time the carnival arrived, and let Ahsoka slip right through his fingers. There is a part of me that wants him back again though in more Clone Wars, and I have a feeling it’ll be soon, since he has appeared in every arc of the season at least once.

Star Wars: Winner Lose All: A Lando Calrissian Tale

We now have a catalog listing for the upcoming eBook novella Winner Lose All: A Lando Calrissian Tale, written by Timothy Zahn and due out December 10, 2012. This novella will act as a prequel for the upcoming Scoundrels, also written by Zahn. Link

Check out the official synopsis below:

Timothy Zahn’s upcoming novel Scoundrels, starring Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian, returns to the excitement of the classic Star Wars films. In this thrilling prequel eBook novella, Winner Lose All, Lando and a pair of unlikely allies find themselves involved in a dangerous game. Fortunately, Lando can survive against the odds—a skill that he will need in spades.

Lando Calrissian’s no stranger to card tournaments, but this one has a truly electrifying atmosphere. That’s because the prize is a rare sculpture worth a whopping fifty million credits. If Lando’s not careful, he’s going to go bust, especially after meeting identical twins Bink and Tavia Kitik, master thieves who have reason to believe that the sculpture is a fake. The Kitiks are beautiful, dangerous, and determined to set things right—and they’ve convinced Lando to help them expose the scam. But what they’re up against is no simple double cross, nor even a twisted triple cross. It is a full-blown power play of colossal proportions. For an unseen mastermind holds all the cards and has a fail-proof solution for every problem: murder.

SEE ALSO:
Megan Sits Down With Timothy Zahn
Knights’ Archive Exclusive: Timothy Zahn
Novel Review: Scoundrels by Bry Dean
Megan’s Review: Scoundrels
38 Pages of Star Wars: Scoundrels Now Online
Star Wars: Scoundrels Cover Blurb
Star Wars: Scoundrels Full Cover Art
Star Wars: Scoundrels Excerpt!
Star Wars: Scoundrels
Untitled Star Wars Stand-Alone by Timothy Zahn Blurb

An Interview With The Master: Drew Karpyshyn

Mass Affect, Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur’s Gate, The Old Republic… If you know these titles, chances are you’ve heard the name Drew Karpyshyn.

I was pleased to be able to meet him at the recent Star Wars Celebration VI, where he was busy signing autographs, participating in panels, and conducting interviews.

Drew has penned and lent his talents to some of the most popular books and video games in recent history, including the above mentioned titles, but also the wildly popular Darth Bane trilogy and a few of the Old Republic novels.

His latest book, The Old Republic: Annihilation, has a few tie-ins to The Old Republic online game, but it is a stand alone story. You can dive right in, and not feel lost or confused within the Old Republic era. The focus of the book is a human male named Theron Shan, who is an operative working for the Republic Strategic Information Service (SIS).

To coincide with this exciting release, we are happy to present an interview with the author, Drew Karpyshyn!

KA: Hi Drew, thanks for chatting with us! You’ve obviously been quite busy this year; in addition to writing, you attended the Star Wars Celebration VI and also participated in Star Wars Reads Day. What are your thoughts about those major fan events?

DK: I always enjoy meeting the fans in person. I try to make it easy for people to get in touch with me through Twitter or my website (www.drewkarpyshyn.com), but there’s something cool about talking to someone face-to-face. I also find people are much friendlier and polite in person – sometimes the internet brings out the worst in us.

You’ve written many novels, but regarding the Star Wars franchise, all of your titles are set during the Old republic era. Is there something about this era that helps to showcase the strength of your craft? Your books are among my personal favorite.

For me the biggest appeal of the Old Republic era is the freedom I have as an author. Because I’m so far removed from the films and the iconic characters, I’m able to tell stories that don’t have to tie in with what happened on the screen. There are also far fewer authors working in the Old Republic era, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally stepping on another author’s story or characters quite as much. For me it’s the best of all worlds – creative freedom while still being able to tell a story set in the Star Wars universe.

Drew (far left) signing at Celebration VI, along with Timothy Zahn, Aaron Allston, and John Jackson Miller.

Your latest release is The Old Republic: Annihilation, which is your second book in this series and the fourth in the series overall. Two questions here: How does Annihilation stand out from the rest in the series, and how do you feel about the series as a whole so far?

I wouldn’t use the term “series” to describe the recent Old Republic books. Each one is a stand alone story with unique characters (and often different authors); they just happen to have a common setting in the era of the SWTOR mmo. Annihilation takes place shortly after the events of the game, but you don’t have to play the game – or read the other books – to understand and follow the story.

What sets Annihilation apart, at least from other books I’ve written, is the tone – it’s not as dark and grim as Revan or my Bane series; it’s more of a fun, fast-paced espionage thriller.

Editor: Noted! I borrowed the term “series” from Wookieepedia listings.

Annihilation focuses on Theron Shan, a person that is quite different from the main characters you’re used to writing about in Star Wars, in that he is not Jedi or Sith. Do you feel that a character such as him can be just as compelling as one with incredible Force power?

In a lot of ways I find Theron more compelling than Revan or Bane because he’s more relatable to the reader. He doesn’t have these incredible powers he can call on at will; he has to rely on his wits, his training and his gadgets to get by. Yet somehow he still manages to hold his own with the powerful Sith and Jedi he runs into.

You also dig deeper into the personal lives and feelings of Jedi Grand Master Satele Shan and Supreme Commander Jace Malcom. What is your opinion of these two major characters of the Old Republic?

I think they’re both fascinating and tragic figures. They’ve sacrificed so much for the greater good, putting the needs of the Republic above their own wants and feelings. They’re heroes, but they’re also imperfect… and they have regrets and self-doubt. Exploring that contradiction – the public image versus the reality – is something that drew me to them.

There are several villains in Annihilation, but the one that stands out is the Falleen Darth Karrid, who has a special connection to her ship, the Ascendant Spear. How would you describe this Sith, her ship and the danger they present to the galaxy?

I don’t want to give away too much of the novel here. Karrid is the apprentice of Darth Mekhis from the Lost Suns comics, so she is focused on combining the mystical elements of the dark side with technology to create powerful weapons. The greatest of these is the Ascendant Spear, a warship unlike anything else in the galaxy. Together, Karrid and her vessel represent the greatest single threat to the Republic’s survival.

We know the Old Republic era to be a massive chunk of the overall Star Wars timeline. Is it safe to say that we’ll likely be seeing more Old Republic novels?

That’s not my call to make, but the era seems pretty popular with the fans so I wouldn’t be surprised to see more novels in that setting.

Many fans that I’ve talked to want a Darth Zannah novel(s). Any word on this possibility?

There’s nothing in the works right now; for the foreseeable future I’m focusing on Children of Fire, my original fantasy trilogy. But after that, who knows? If the opportunity to continue the tale from the Bane trilogy comes up, I’d probably jump at it.

Finally, the most important question of all: When can we expect your debut on the PGA Tour?

Sadly, my golf game has hit a bit of a plateau. I think the best I can hope for is to slowly improve over the next decade and take a run at the senior PGA tour when I hit 50.

Drew, thanks for your time and your incredible work within the Star Wars Universe!

My pleasure.

The Old Republic: Annihilation is out now! Pick up your copy today! Check out our reviews for Annihilation by clicking on the first two links below.

SEE ALSO:
Novel Review: The Old Republic: Annihilation by Bry Dean
Megan’s Review: The Old Republic: Annihilation
Read 27 Pages of The Old Republic: Annihilation Now!
The Old Republic: Annihilation Cover Blurb Now Online
The Old Republic: ANNIHILATION Cover
Drew Karpyshyn Talks ANNIHILATION
Star Wars: The Old Republic: ANNIHILATION
Drew Karpyshyn To Write The Old Republic #4

Novel Review: The Old Republic: Annihilation

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Fourth overall in the series and the second from author Drew Karpyshyn, The Old Republic: Annihilation focuses on a Republic agent named Theron Shan, as he takes on a critical mission while dealing with a unique heritage.

Drew Karpyshyn is no stranger to the Old Republic era, as all of his Star Wars novels are set during this time period. From the video game Knights of the Old Republic, to the Darth Bane trilogy, to now the Old Republic book series, Drew seems to exhibit a particular strength when writing about Old Republic characters. Annihilation is no different.

The biggest difference between this novel and others Drew has written is the fact that the main character, Theron Shan, isn’t a Jedi or Sith. He’s a regular guy, with special talents of course, who works for the Republic Strategic Information Service (SIS), which is basically an espionage and intelligence agency. His maverick way of handling assignments tends to put him at odds with his superiors, but overall he’s the go-to guy to handle intelligence assignments.

His talents are soon put to the ultimate test, though, as a new opportunity arises to deal a crippling blow to the already wounded Sith Empire. A powerful Falleen Sith known as Darth Karrid commands a seemingly unstoppable capital ship capable of wiping out entire Republic fleets during battle. Theron and his team soon discover that there’s more than meets the eye regarding Darth Karrid and her ship, which makes their mission to stop her nearly impossible.

Theron teams up with Jedi Master Gnost-Dural, Karrid’s former master, and a Twi’lek smuggler named Teff’ith. As mentioned above, the mission is fraught with danger, but Theron’s special family heritage also comes into play, as he must deal with very difficult decisions that arise because of these relationships.

As you can probably guess, in some ways this isn’t your typical Star Wars adventure, but all the components that make a great story are here. Even though the main character isn’t Jedi or Sith, there are both in Annihilation, and Drew Karpyshyn’s expert portrayal of these Force users is front and center. Jedi Master Gnost-Dural is a powerful Jedi Master who risks everything to aid the Republic, while Darth Karrid is shown to be a particularly menacing and deadly Sith, who will do anything to get what she wants, even if it means slaughtering her own allies.

Fans of The Old Republic online game characters Satele Shan and Jace Malcom will be happy to know that these two also make several appearances in Annihilation.

I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to what Drew Karpyshyn will write next for the Star Wars universe. Here at Knights’ Archive, all opinions are welcome, so for a very different perspective of Annihilation, click on the link to Megan’s review below.

DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of this book from the publisher at no charge in order to provide an early review. However, this did not affect the overall review content. All opinions are my own.

Cover Synopsis:

Based on the epic videogame from BioWare and LucasArts

The Sith Empire is in flux. The Emperor is missing, presumed dead, and an ambitious Sith lord’s attempt to seize the throne has ended fatally. Still, Darth Karrid, commander of the fearsome Imperial battle cruiser Ascendant Spear, continues her relentless efforts to achieve total Sith domination of the galaxy.

But Karrid’s ruthless determination is more than matched in the steely resolve of Theron Shan, whose unfinished business with the Empire could change the course of the war for good. Though the son of a Jedi master, Theron does not wield the Force—but like his renowned mother, the spirit of rebellion is in his blood. As a top covert agent for the Republic, he struck a crucial blow against the Empire by exposing and destroying a Sith superweapon arsenal—which makes him the ideal operative for a daring and dangerous mission to end Ascendant Spear’s reign of terror.

Joined by hot-headed smuggler Teff’ith, with whom he has an inexplicable bond, and wise Jedi warrior Gnost-Dural, Darth Karrid’s former master, Theron must match wits and weapons with a battle-tested crew of the most cold-blooded dark side disciples. But time is brutally short. And if they don’t seize their one chance to succeed, they will surely have countless opportunities to die.

SEE ALSO:
Megan’s Review: The Old Republic: Annihilation
Read 27 Pages of The Old Republic: Annihilation Now!
The Old Republic: Annihilation Cover Blurb Now Online
The Old Republic: ANNIHILATION Cover
Drew Karpyshyn Talks ANNIHILATION
Star Wars: The Old Republic: ANNIHILATION
Drew Karpyshyn To Write The Old Republic #4

The Clone Wars Review: A Test of Strength

The Clone Wars

Episode 5.07: A Test of Strength

SPOILERS!

Synopsis:

On the youngling’s journey back to The Jedi Temple on Coruscant with Ahsoka, they meet the droid Huyang, who will teach them how to construct their own lightsabers. Huyang instructs them to use the force to feel what kind of lightsaber they need, and with his memory bank of thousands of Jedi and their sabers, gathers the materials needed from a room of draws. Just as the younglings are assembling their sabers, the ship shakes as space pirates, lead by Hondo Ohnaka, attack the ship. Their aim is to board the easy target as they see it, and steal the valuable lightsaber crystals for profit. Huyang takes all of the lightsaber crystals but Petro’s, who hides his in the folds of his Jedi robes.

Quickly, as the pirates board the ship, Ahsoka hides in the ventilation system with the others and formulates a plan to split up. Zatt and Ganodi are to go to the cockpit with R2 D2 and secure it from pirates, while Huyang and the other younglings are to lock themselves in the hold where Ahsoka says she will re-rout the power to the engines of the ship and blast off, sending the pirates sucked into space with everyone else safe inside the ship. Zatt and Ganodi manage to fend off the pirates and complete their goal, with Ahsoka also managing to get to the engines without making a scene. The others, however, are found by the pirates in the ventilation and are cornered. Petro, with his crystal and the faulty lightsaber he made in a rush, tricked one of the pirates to activate it and knock them all back. The younglings escape, with only Huyang being slightly damaged.

Petro convinces the others that they should fight the pirates, not sneak around, and they work together to activate lightsaber training drones and set a trap for a few pirates. Walking away from that however they meet face to face with Hondo on their way to the hold. Ahsoka arrives though, to find the younglings, and protect them, fighting with Hondo and providing a distraction for the others to go. They go to the cockpit and Ahsoka gives the order to Zatt to fly from the pirate ship. The suction does suck pirates into space, but also a number, along with Hondo, onto the pirate craft. Ahsoka, who was at the entrance and made sure Hondo was sucked out, was knocked by another pirate and also brought onboard with the pirates, and now in their custody.

This episode, again, was quite different from the last. It was very well done where it made you think about what was going to happen next, and worry about the characters. We saw the younglings in action, using their skills and strengths for good, and putting differences beside them to work together without another thought.

With Hondo in the other episodes this season being depicted as Obi-Wan’s friends and a funny character, we were reminded here that he isn’t a good always a good guy, he’s just a greedy and harsh pirate and wants his pay. No matter who’s in the way, or who is the profit. This made it hard to choose a side between the two parties; the peaceful children who are learning any Star Wars loving kid’s dream to build a lightsaber, or a pack of rowdy men who’ve taken it upon themselves to attack and raid an easy target for a reward. But is led by Hondo.

I’d have loved to see more of the younglings individually have actions that effect the situation for good, but apart from that I have no complaints. The episode wasn’t as predictable as the last, and was very entertaining for me at least. My brother, who was a big fan of last weeks episode, loved and hated the pirates. He knows Hondo and how he helped the Jedi in a few episodes back, so was confused and angry at him for interrupting the younglings making their lightsabers, to which we may or may not have been taking notes on so we could build ours ourselves.

Star Wars Episode VII Has A Writer: Michael Arndt

Lucasfilm has confirmed that Academy Award winning screenwriter Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII! Link

He is perhaps best known for his work on Little Miss Sunshine, for which he won an Academy Award and for Toy Story 3, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. This news ends several days of speculation, for this area of the sequel trilogy at least.

SEE ALSO:
Michael Arndt on IMDb
Michael Arndt on Wikipedia

Video Game Review: Angry Birds Star Wars

When I first got my smartphone, I held out on the Angry Birds craze. I didn’t understand its appeal or why I’d want to waste my time with a little mobile game when I could be playing the newest Uncharted game. As I spent more time on my smartphone, I decided giving the series a shot probably wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Much like Tetris on my calculator in high school, I soon couldn’t go without at least one Angry Birds on my phone. Having played (not always to completion) the original all the way to Space, my feelings were mixed upon the Star Wars edition’s announcement. Could they do my favorite franchise justice while still making a solid Angry Birds game? Would this be the mobile game fans had been looking for? Would there be Wookiees? Find out all these answers and more as I run down the reasons Angry Birds Star Wars is the best of the series. Read more

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