One Major Star Wars Character Is Returning For Episode VIII

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‘Star Wars’ toys are the force that binds the galaxy together.

The dark and the light side of The Force were united at a secret location on Sunday afternoon for a press conference to discuss the long-awaited debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 12 days. (Given the extreme anticipation, the event was kept hush-hush to avoid any gate-crashing.) The entire cast was set to participate, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, and more appearing alongside director and co-writer J.J. The newest “Star Wars” flick has brought with it a veritable empire of new fan merchandise ranging from forgettable figurines to officially licensed must-haves.For Harrison Ford caused a storm in an intergalactic teacup when he seemingly revealed Daisy Ridley’s character Rey would face off in a lightsaber duel with Sith Lord Kylo Ren during an official Twitter chat on Friday.

To believe the conventional wisdom, the prequel trilogy of the Star Wars saga — 1999’s Episode I: The Phantom Menace, 2002’s Episode II: Attack of the Clones and 2005’s Episode III: Revenge of the Sith — is not only a low point for the franchise, but for science fiction cinema as a whole, and single-handedly (Well, triple-handedly, technically) responsible for breaking an entire generation of fans’ hearts in its sheer ineptitude.LOS ANGELES: The new installment in the “Star Wars” movie saga opens in theaters this month against a formidable force: The galactic hopes of devoted fans who have waited a decade to revisit their beloved universe of Jedi, droids and lightsabers.

Film buffs have been speculating that Rey (Daisy Ridley) and villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) will battle it out in the film ever since a poster seemed to show them going head-to-head.In 1974, a year after his film “American Graffiti” hit theaters and not long after he finished the rough draft of the screenplay that would become “Star Wars,” George Lucas told an interviewer, “If I wasn’t a filmmaker, I’d probably be a toymaker.” Ultimately, of course, he became both. We scoured the galaxy for gadgets worthy of “Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” and we found the force is strong with these top picks: 10) R2-D2 Talking Fridge Gadget ($77, JapanTrendShop.com) Why shouldn’t the most adorable droid in movie history live inside your refrigerator?

His massive Force Awakens spoiler may just be a simple mistake however, as the 73-year-old misspelled the name of Adam Driver’s evil character as ‘Kilo Ren,’ and he may be getting forgetful in his old age. Can “The Force Awakens,” the seventh episode in the celebrated sci-fi series, meet those expectations when it debuts on Dec. 18? “No,” said director J.J. When the bumbling actor was asked what his favourite action scene in the eagerly anticipated movie was he replied: ‘The sword fight with Rey and Kilo Ren. Abrams. “How can anything live up to any expectation like that?“ What the movie will offer, Abrams told Reuters, is great performances and visual effects, music “that breaks your heart and soars,” plus a story, characters and creatures that are new, but feel like they fit in the universe created by George Lucas in the original 1977 film. “George was creating a world that we wanted to go back to in order to tell a story we’d never seen yet,” Abrams said. “In a way, we were going backward to go forward.” For example, he said, the filmmakers created droids “to feel completely new and different and at the same time something that was so of ‘Star Wars.’ That was always the challenge.” Lucas bowed out of “Star Wars” after he sold his film studio to Walt Disney Co. in 2012 for $4 billion. “Force Awakens” is the first in a new film trilogy. “There’s no way that I can imagine anything touching the magic of what he did,” Abrams said, “and yet we all did the best we could to make that happen.” Set 30 years after “Return of the Jedi,” the new movie brings characters Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) back to their galaxy far, far away.

The pair are seen having an encounter in the trailers but there has been no suggestion that they would be fighting each other and Rey has never been seen with a lightsaber, only some kind of long weapon. Over the last four decades, revenue from “Star Wars” merchandise has far exceeded what the movies have earned at the box office — estimates for licensed product sales since the first film in 1977 range from $20 billion to $32 billion. Abrams, Ridley, Fisher, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan are the first batch to appear. “It was nothing that any one of us took on because it was a gig that was available.

Wear the Chewbacca Electronic Mask and move your mouth to activate a variety of authentic wookiee growls. 4) Air Hogs Star Wars Millennium Falcon Quad by SpinMaster ($109.99, various retailers) Make the Kessel Run super-quick in the comfort of your own backyard with this drone-esque remote control flying vehicle. Another was even convinced the Indiana Jones beefcake was deliberately winding them up, saying: ‘Harrison – get a twitter, because with that answer you just played the internet perfectly.’ One fan even poked fun at the pensioner’s lack of grip on the fictional world’s vernacular, saying: ‘Sword fight? He’s a Scorpio,” Driver jokes. “He’s very unpolished and unfinished.” Kasdan says there’s never been a character like Ren in the saga. “He doesn’t have his shit all together,” the screenwriter says. “You’re getting all the contradictions and conflicts that people feel.

Activate hyperspace mode and join the rebellion. 3) Star Wars Legendary Yoda 16-inch figure by Spin Master ($179.99, various retailers) Train to become the legendary Jedi Master with this dynamic, motorized collectible. That’s what’s unique about what Adam has done.” 2:31 – Kaling asks Nyong’o about her thousand-year-old space pirate, Maz Kanata, who now runs a bar. He’s got various movements, speaks 115 phrases and has voice recognition. 2) Star Wars Force FX Lightsabers ($172, thinkgeek.com) The only officially licensed sabers with move-accurate lighting and sound effects come in various models and aren’t cheap.

Today, Evans oversees designers charged with creating an array of toys — from action figures to vehicles to Nerf blasters to build-your-own lightsaber kits — to meet the demands of a wide range of “Star Wars” devotees, including some whose childhoods may be a distant memory. (With vintage Kenner action figures in their original packaging fetching hundreds if not thousands of dollars among collectors, “Star Wars” toys are clearly not just kids’ stuff.) One member of Hasbro’s design team, Mark Boudreaux, has been crafting “Star Wars” toys since the beginning of the franchise. Kaling asks about her relationship with Yoda. “He was my first love,” Nyong’o says. “That’s a good idea for a movie, too,” Kaling adds. “Ideas for Disney,” Nyong’o agrees. As you wait to strike with these civilized weapons, you’ll hear that hum you’ve come to know and love. 1) Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid ($149.99, various retailers) This new robotic device is a replica of the movie’s new robotic sidekick, BB-8. Abrams, saying he wanted to jump in “to save Lupita,” dropped this bit of info, which should fire-up fans’ imaginations: “I do believe that Maz and Yoda, at some point, crossed paths.

In fact the highest known midi-chlorian count, over 20,000 per cell, belonged to Skywalker, who was believed to have been conceived by the Force organisms themselves. Of course Harrison has been known to take digs at the famous franchise in the past, previously revealing: ‘I did once say, “George (Lucas), you can type this s***, but you can’t say it!”‘ Meanwhile it appears George, who said he had been given ‘a divorce’ from his famous franchise since selling it to Disney, is confirmed to attend the film’s Hollywood and London premieres. It’s not as if fandom hasn’t already known for some time that not all Star Wars is created equal — how else to explain the unspoken agreement to never really talk about the 1980s animated Droids series? — but the importance of the prequels, by dint of their format, and especially the pedigree of their creator, have been unfairly elevated in many minds beyond the position they deserve. Sobriety!” 2:45 – Abrams says one of the most awkward things for him in making this movie was casting Nyong’o as a tiny alien. “You cast someone as beautiful as Lupita, and you have her a motion-capture character?” he says. “I’m like, ‘Would it be okay if she were ugly?” 2:50 – Driver says the movie reflects the way our own world moves on from war and tragedy. “We have such short memories of huge events, and mass genocide, and then we forget about it, it seems,” Driver say, and then it seems the same horrors repeat themselves.

He’s more dangerous and unpredictable, and morally justified in doing what he thinks is right.” 3:00 – Kylo Ren was the character whose costume took the most work to realize, the filmmaker says, and went through thousands of potential interations, including a version that eventually became the chrome-plated armor of Captain Phasma. Abrams says Lupita Nyong’o’s costume was only motion-capture but had to go through extensive dotting, so the software could track her facial movements. “She even had dots on her teeth,” Abrams said, apparently not joking. “I’m still finding them in things,” Nyong’o says. Gary was willing to sleep with J.J.!” The crowd laughs, but Fisher clarifies: “I mean nap – but still.” “It’s what I do,” Ford says. “It’s what I like to do. Harrison insisted on it.” 3:18 – Kennedy says Abrams and Rian Johnson (director of Brick and Looper), who is making Episode VII, have talked a lot about continuity in the story, and that the cast will be heading back to England in January to begin work on that film. 3:20 – Christie is asked what other character, besides Captain Phasma, she might like to play in Star Wars. “A character I don’t really think I would be particularly suited to be, but would definitely like to play, is, of course, Han Solo,” she says. If anyone else wants to offer me any other work, then I am very grateful and willing to listen,” she says. 3:30 – Kennedy is asked about the movie’s secrecy, with the reporter noting that no journalists asking questions have been allowed to see it. “We have so few surprises anymore when you walk in to see a movie.

In terms of the kids, all they’re going to be concentrated on is BB-8.” 3:34 – What’s it like to get an action figure modeled on yourself and be a video game character. Boyega laughs. “To be a playable character, I get to play with myself!” he says, making himself and the rest of the room laugh. 3:37 – The actors are asked if they followed any fan theories about their characters. Boyega says he heard the speculation that Finn is the grandson of Mace Windu from the prequels.” I was at a party and someone tapped me on the shoulder, like ‘Yo, black Jedi!’ I turned around it was Samuel L. Jackson!” Boyega said. 3:40 – Asked about using what appears to be the Luke Skywalker lightsaber lost when Darth Vader cut his hand off in The Empire Strikes Back, he said “I was very excited to use that thing, because I think blue suits me.” He says he wonders if Abrams tailored the character specifically to him as a longtime fan. “I get to wear a stormtrooper suit, a Rebel jacket, I use a lightsaber, a blaster, and get to hang out with Han and Chewie!” 3:42 – Kaling asks Oscar Isaac about romance in the movie, and if he has a relationship he can talk about. “Yeah, I think mostly … with BB-8,” Isaac jokes. “Inter-droid? Isaac says it was seeing Vader’s mask come off, revealing “a sad, old man inside.” Christie said she was inspired as a young girl by seeing Princess Leia as a fierce action warrior.

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