LUCASFILM’S JAMES WAUGH AND JOSH RIMES TALK TO STARWARS.COM ABOUT THE UPCOMING DISNEY+ RELEASE — WHICH MAY BECOME A NEW HOLIDAY VIEWING TRADITION FOR FANS OF LEGO BRICKS AND BLASTERS.
Star Wars has always been a genre mashup. Samurai films, Westerns, and Saturday matinee serials are all part of the magic mix of the saga. And over the years, Star Wars has infused everything from monster movies (Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ “The Zillo Beast”) to straight-up gothic horror (IDW Publishing’s Tales from Vader’s Castle series). But now, something new — and definitely unexpected — is inspiring the galaxy far, far away.
“We found ourselves talking about holiday specials,” James Waugh, vice president, franchise content and strategy at Lucasfilm, tells StarWars.com, “and the heritage of sitting down and watching holiday specials every year, and how beloved and timeless those things are. When looking at what to do next with LEGO Star Wars, it kind of went from there.”
That brainstorm eventually led to The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, coming to Disney+ on November 17 — the day our galaxy observes the now-canonical Star Wars holiday of Life Day. The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special picks up post-Episode IX and finds Rey continuing her Jedi training. She comes upon something mystical in a Jedi temple that sends her hurtling through time, meeting Star Wars legends and visiting places of the past — but still, she must get back home for Life Day. The cast features many returning fan favorites, including Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, as well as several Star Wars: The Clone Wars vets: Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), Tom Kane (Yoda, along with Qui-Gon Jinn), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), and Dee Bradley Baker (clone troopers) are all back. “We’re particularly thrilled that these great actors from the Star Wars family chose to reprise their roles and came to play in this LEGO sandbox,” Josh Rimes, director of animation development at Lucasfilm, says.
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McFarlane’s DC Multiverse is back with figures from Dark Nights: Metal. NECA has announced the next Gremlins figure in their Ultimate line, Greta! Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 is a new version of Starscream. Tons of new art books and graphic novel books are now up on the site. Spider-Man fans, be sure to check out the new Fighting Armor Iron Spider from Sentinel. The second Ronin Warriors figure in the Chodankado line is Sage of Halo. MegaHouse has a bunch of new anime figures from Code Geass, Naruto, One Piece and more. More new vinyl LPs are now up from your favorite movies, TV shows, animes and video games. Looking for a new puzzle? Two 1000-piece Masters of the Universe puzzles are now available featuring He-Man and Skeletor.
Finally, Master Chief is here in 1/12 scale from the RE:EDIT series! Lots of Mego figures have arrived from classic horror movies to Stan Lee. In the G.I. Joe Classified Series, Cobra Commander and Profit Director Destro are in stock and ready to ship. The Carbon-Freezing Chamber is ready for some great action figure photography with Star Wars: The Vintage Collection figures. Voyager Class Skipjack from Transformers Studio Series is here along with a few other new arrivals. Marvel Legends fans can now pick up Mystique from the 2000 film X-Men. Go back to the future with the Back to the Future Music From The Motion Picture Vinyl LP!
THE STAR WARS FAN, NOW FEATURED ON THE DIGITAL SERIES OUR STAR WARS STORIES, TALKS TO STARWARS.COM ABOUT HIS MOST-IMPRESSIVE WORK BEHIND THE LENS.
When the pandemic hit earlier this year and much of the country went into lockdown, Brandon Jackson decided to make the most of the situation. Meaning, of course, he broke out his Star Wars action figures.
But not to play with.
“One thing I’d missed doing is taking photos of my figures,” Brandon, the focus of a new episode of Our Star Wars Stories, tells StarWars.com. “I set up the full studio in my garage. I broke out all the lights, backdrops, and got the smoke going, and tried to pose them as lifelike as possible.” The result is an atmospheric shot of Supreme Leader Snoke’s praetorian guards from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and as a return to one of his favorite hobbies, it stands as a personal favorite of the photographer. “It hits home.”
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