Mattel Unveils Hot Wheels ‘Star Wars’ X-Wing Dagobah Toy

Via HollywoodReporter.com:

Now Mattel is joining the fray, unveiling the first of several toys that would have been its SDCC exclusives: the Hot Wheels Star Wars X-Wing Dagobah.

The piece is timed to the 40th anniversary of Empire Strikes Back, still considered by many the best of the Star Wars movies. It’s an homage to the part of the movie where Luke Skywalker is marooned on the planet Dagobah and meets, and is subsequently trained by, Yoda. This is his moss-covered X-Wing when it is elevated out of the swamp by Yoda using the Force.

The model will sell in a limited quality for $25 via Mattel Creations (mattelcreations.com) starting July 23. Mattel Creations is a new, direct-to-consumer platform from Mattel that will feature limited editions and collaborations between pop culture artists. The site’s soft launch is timed to Comic-Con at Home.

The piece is timed to the 40th anniversary of 'Empire Strikes Back,' still considered by many the best of the 'Star Wars' movies.

 

Star Wars Episode 1 Racer on the Nintendo Switch and PS4 Pre-Order Today!

PRE-ORDERS OPEN AT 10AM!
 
Star Wars Episode I: Racer on physical disc for the PlayStation 4 and Switch. Region free. This is an open pre-order for a limited time. Includes full-color interior art and a booklet.

PREORDERS CLOSE ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 9TH AT 11:59PM EASTERN TIME

Take the controls as Anakin Skywalker, or any one of over 21 Podracers, and feel the full-force blast of two massive jet engines at simulated speeds of up to 600 mph. Rein in a turbine-driven chariot through 8 spectacular worlds. Negotiate through flaming methane lakes, Tusken Raider assaults, ant-gravity tunnels and much more in a pulse-punding, do-or-die fight to the finish where anyone will do anything to cross the finish line. How far will you go?

 

YOUR FOCUS DETERMINES YOUR REALITY IN THE JEDI MIND — EXCLUSIVE at StarWars.com

Breathe. Just breathe. Reach out with your feelings. What do you see?

Mindfulness is as much a part of the fabric of Star Wars as the Force itself, guiding characters to pause, reflect, and get in touch with their feelings as well as their surroundings. So it seemed like a natural fit as Amy Ratcliffe was exploring the topic for her new book, The Jedi Mind. Part self-guided mindfulness primer and part appreciation of the practice of mindfulness woven throughout the Jedi teachings, the book is paired with beautiful illustrations from artist Christina Chung to give readers bite-sized meditations on everything from letting go to looking inward.

StarWars.com is pleased to give you your first look at the cover as well as pages and passages on gratitude and more! Plus, we sat down with the author to discuss what inspired her to link her own practice of mindfulness to the Jedi mind and how she hopes the book can help readers and fans who are new to the idea.

The Jedi Mind cover

Before we clear our minds of questions, here’s what Ratcliffe had to say to a few of ours…

Click Here to read it at StarWars.com

EMPIRE AT 40 | HOW BEN BURTT TURNED A BATHTUB OF RACCOONS AND INDUSTRIAL NOISE INTO A STAR WARS SOUNDSCAPE

Via StarWars.com:

On May 21, 1980, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back made its theatrical debut. To celebrate the classic film’s landmark 40th anniversary, StarWars.com presents Empire at 40,” a special series of interviews, editorial features, and listicles.

Inside Ben Burtt’s home office, he’s flipping through a notebook from his time working on Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in search of the name of the farm where he recorded the sea otter behind the bleating vocals of Hoth’s tauntauns and a bathtub full of raccoons for Dagobah’s unseen wildlife. Among the copious notes and audio tapes from his more than four-decade career is a detailed record of the nine months Burtt, the sound designer on the film, and his team spent on road trips across the United States where they recorded everything from a squeaky dumpster lid in Burtt’s yard to a lion feasting on an animal skull. More than a quest to create the soundscape to convey the otherworldly ambiance of Dagobah and so many other locations, vehicles, creatures, and sounds in the Star Wars sequel, it was also the chance to capture more than 1,000 individual audio elements to create the basis for what would become Lucasfilm and Skywalker Sound’s audio effects library.

Click here or below for the full article at StarWars.com

Luke and his Tauntaun

Star Wars Episode 1 Racer on the Nintendo Switch and PS4

Star Wars Episode I: Racer on physical disc for the PlayStation 4 and Switch. Region free. This is an open pre-order for a limited time. Includes full-color interior art and a booklet.

PREORDERS CLOSE ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 9TH AT 11:59PM EASTERN TIME

Take the controls as Anakin Skywalker, or any one of over 21 Podracers, and feel the full-force blast of two massive jet engines at simulated speeds of up to 600 mph. Rein in a turbine-driven chariot through 8 spectacular worlds. Negotiate through flaming methane lakes, Tusken Raider assaults, ant-gravity tunnels and much more in a pulse-punding, do-or-die fight to the finish where anyone will do anything to cross the finish line. How far will you go?

 
 
 

Star Wars Episode I: Racer on physical cartridge for the N64. This is a fully functional retro game that will work on your classic hardware! Limited to 3,000 copies available worldwide.

This is the six release of our retro Lucasfilm “mint on sealed card” line-up. Each game has been blister packed to an authentic 9″ x 6″ card. Each card will be equipped with a method for accessing the game without damaging the packaging – allowing you to play and display!

These will be carefully shipped in sturdy shipping boxes to avoid damage in transit. 

Internal boards for the cartridge are being supplied by Retro-Bit.

Star Wars Episode I: Racer on physical cartridge for the N64. This is a fully functional retro game that will work on your classic hardware! The Premium Edition is limited to just 2,000 copies available worldwide.

This is the sixth Premium Edition in our retro line-up. Each Premium Edition includes:

  • Premium, individually numbered, foil-stamped rigid book style box. The cover of the box opens gatefold style to reveal the interior contents!
  • Star Wars Episode I: Racer game on physical cartridge for the N64.
  • Collectible Star Wars Episode I: Racer coin.
  • Collectible Star Wars Episode I: Racer retro cartridge enamel pin.
  • Full-color booklet/manual.
  • Individually numbered certificate of authenticity.
  • 18 x 24 inch poster.

These will be carefully shipped in sturdy shipping boxes to avoid damage in transit. 

Internal boards for the cartridge are being supplied by Retro-Bit.