WHETHER ON THE SIDE OF THE EMPIRE OR THE REBELS, A DROID CAN’T WIN.
You see them in the background, toiling away thanklessly as more pertinent characters discuss subverting galactic empires in the spotlight. Their presence keeps the Star Wars universe running like a well-oiled machine, whether or not anyone bothers to realize it. Yes, droids of all shapes, sizes, and directives ensure life’s made a little easier for the galaxy, and yet, sadly, this standard of convenience never extends to them. If anything, they — to paraphrase C-3PO’s immortal grousing — seem to be made to suffer, it’s their lot in life. Thrown onto the battlefield or into a kitchen, droids endure a vicious cycle of menial drudgery and indignity until it’s time to be replaced, wherein it happens all over again. Be glad that you’re an organic, otherwise you’d see firsthand just how hard it is to be a being of metal in such an unforgiving landscape.
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LOS ANGELES – A model of the “Star Wars” blockade runner spaceship has sold for a record $450,000 – almost double estimates – at a Hollywood memorabilia auction.
Auctioneers Profiles in History said on Friday that the intricate 16-inch model of the flying ship featured in the first film, 1977’s “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” became the most expensive “Star Wars” item ever to be sold at auction.
The miniature spaceship, which carried Princess Leia and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 in the opening scenes of the blockbuster series, came from the collection of late visual effects Oscar-winner Grant McCune and had been expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000.
Another top “Star Wars” item was Princess Leia’s slave costume, worn by actress Carrie Fisher in “Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” which sold for $96,000.
The three-day auction in southern California, which ended on Thursday, also saw a record price for a TV costume, with actor George Reeves’ 1953-54 “Superman” costume selling for $216,000.
Harrison Ford’s signature bull whip from the “Indiana Jones” movies went for $204,000. The actor’s fedora, leather jacket and shirt worn in other films in the popular franchise each fetched more than $72,000, the auction house said.
The names of the buyers were not released.
The Hollywood auction came some two months before the December release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which features original cast members Ford, Fisher and Mark Hamill in a new adventure set 30 years after 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.”
The Star Wars Battlefront beta that begins next week includes a taste of the sci-fi shooter’s Survival Mission mode. This will not be playable offline in the beta, EA has now confirmed. For the full game, however, you’ll be able to play these missions without an Internet connection, as was announced previously.
“Offline gameplay will not be available within the beta,” Battlefront community manager Mat Everett wrote on Reddit. “For the beta, an Internet connection is required to play Missions.”
The Survival Mission in Battlefront’s beta is set on Tatooine. You can play it either by yourself or with a friend through online co-op or local split-screen. The goal is to fend off waves of Imperial forces. Advancing enemies include AT-STs, TIE fighters, “elite” Stormtroopers, and other enemies.
Everett did not explain why Survival Missions in the beta cannot be played offline.
The Battlefront beta, which will be open to everyone on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, also includes the 40-player Walker Assault and Drop Zone modes. In addition, beta players can check out the Battlefront companion experience through its website to earn items for the main game.
Fans don’t have to wait much longer to check out the Battlefront beta, as it begins on October 8 and will run through October 12. The beta file size is 7 GB on PS4/Xbox One, while the PC edition weighs in at 11 GB. PC players can pre-load the beta starting on October 7.
Battlefront launches on November 17, about a month before Disney’s Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hits theaters in December. EA is also releasing tie-in DLC for Battlefront based on the movie.
Xbox One owners with an EA Access membership will get to play Battlefront first, as it will be available through the subscription program a full five days early.
Fall awakens, and in anticipation for one of the biggest films of the year, Twitter user Daniel Hoogkamp has created the first BB-8 pumpkin of the season. We say first because we’ve got a pretty good feeling every Star Wars fan is going to be needing one of their own…
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The producers of Star Wars have shown they are a force to be reckoned with after making a €10,000 donation to a Kerry lifeboat crew.
Just days before Star Wars finished filming scenes for Episode VIII on Skellig Michael the producers contacted crew members of Valentia Lifeboat and said they wanted to make a donation.
The operations manager Richard Foran confirmed to Kerry’s Eye newspaper that the donation was made three weeks ago after scenes for the eagerly awaited sci-fi flick had finished.
Mr Foran, who is operations manager with the Valentia Lifeboat said they were overwhelmed by the donation.
He said: “It was a complete surprise. But I think the lifeboat came to their minds because of what they were doing.”
He said the filming on Skellig each year involved a lot of sea travel in conditions that are not easy, and often in choppy seas.
Mr Foran, who like all 22 crew on the RNLI lifeboat are volunteers, said they do not receive money from the State and are totally dependant on donations for diesel for their boat and other equipment.
He said: “It wasn’t just talk. The money is in the bank.
“We suggested setting up a photo shoot on the life boat and such but they declined, they didn’t want any publicity. They simply wanted to make a donation.”
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READ MORE, YOU MUST! FANS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHERS SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF THE FORCE AT MORE THAN 1,000 EVENTS WORLDWIDE.
Not since the Rebels’ victory at Endor has there been a celebration so wide-ranging. Today Lucasfilm, along with Disney Publishing Worldwide, announced full details for the fourth annual Star Wars Reads Day — set for October 10, 2015, with thousands of events around the globe.
Participants in this year’s events include Disney, Marvel, DK Books, Scholastic, Abrams, Chronicle Books, Del Rey, Quirk Books, Workman, Egmont, Studio Fun, Phoenix International Publishing, and many more. The robust lineup of events will feature Star Wars-themed games and activities, various author-related signings, meet-and-greets, panels, and readings at bookstores, libraries, and other venues in an effort to promote literacy and unite fans of the iconic franchise.
Since the inaugural Star Wars Reads Day in 2012, there have been more than 2,500 events encouraging fans to read the timeless stories surrounding the films, but for the first time, this year’s festivities will also feature titles from the recently released Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens initiative, which includes more than 20 print and digital books and comics for readers of all ages.
Preview the locations and details of each event below!
A Chicago Tribune feature on RFR and original generation STAR WARS fans in middle-age hit the stands this week; Disney releases new info about “Season of the Force” and we continue to question the future of “Star Wars Weekends”; Tim Rose returns to play Admiral Ackbar in THE FORCE AWAKENS; The Clones return in STAR WARS REBELS season 2; Catching up with John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and plenty of “Outrageous Unthinkable Stories”. All this plus a toilet paper roll dispenser that sounds like Chewbacca.
TTPM announced its annual Most Wanted List during the Holiday Showcase in New York City. This year’s list is broken out into four segments that illustrate the top toy and kids’ lifestyle trends for the holiday season.
Star Wars Tops Wish Lists for Kids of All Ages
Momentum from the widely celebrated Force Friday will continue throughout the holiday season. TTPM expects toys from the Star Wars lines to fly off the shelves this year, with several of the hottest toys already on back order. TTPM included the following Star Wars toys on its Most Wanted List: STAR WARS THE BLACK SERIES KYLO REN FORCE FX LIGHTSABER from Hasbro, STAR WARS MILLENNIUM FALCON R/C QUAD from Spin Master, STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS BB-8 DROID from Sphero, and LEGO STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS MILLENNIUM FALCON from LEGO.
Preschool Play Gets Powered Up with Engaging, Interactive Product Designs
Preschool toys remain integral to helping young children refine important cognitive skills. But this year, toy manufacturers have incorporated new, interactive features to amp up preschool play lines. The BRIGHT BEATS SMART TOUCH PLAY SPACE from Fisher-Price , IMAGINEXT ULTRA T-REX from Fisher-Price, GO GO SMART WHEELS R/C SPEEDWAY from VTech, and PAW PATROLLER from Spin Master top the TTPM Most Wanted List’s preschool section.
Advanced Technology Enhances Magic of Classic Play Patterns
Classic play remains alive and well. For 2015, the updated classics on TTPM’s list include: GIRL SCOUTS COOKIE OVEN from Wicked Cool Toys, SHOPKINS FASHION SPREE FASHION BOUTIQUE from Moose Toys, HOT WHEELS ULTIMATE GARAGE from Mattel, BUNCHEMS from Spin Master, CLUB PETZ LUCY PUPPY DOG from Just Play, LITTLE LIVE PETS CLEVERKEET from Moose Toys, THE PEANUTS MOVIE HAPPY DANCE SNOOPY from Just Play, KIDIZOOM SMARTWATCH DX from VTech, FURREAL FRIENDS STARLILY, MY MAGICAL UNICORN from Hasbro, and BARBIE SADDLE ‘N RIDE HORSE from Mattel.
Older Kids Want to Play, Too
Play and technology come together seamlessly in toys targeting older kids who are discovering how much fun off-screen play can be. This year, TTPM predicts the following products will be hits for kids in the 8–12 year range: LEGO DIMENSIONS GAME from Warner Bros., MARVEL AVENGERS XPV REMOTE CONTROL HULK SMASH from Jakks Pacific, PLAYMATION MARVEL’S AVENGERS from Disney Consumer Products/Hasbro Inc., and NERF RIVAL from Hasbro.
TTPM’s Most Wanted List is an independently tested and curated list of the most in-demand toys and kids’ lifestyle products for the holidays. The list is derived from the site’s more than 5,000 new product reviews this year. Stay tuned this holiday season to TTPM.com for all the latest in Toys, Tots, Pets, and More.
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