Star Wars Licensees Were Directed to Exclude Rey From Merchandise

Over the last few weeks, the “Where’s Rey” social media campaign has drawn attention to the fact that the main character of The Force Awakens is missing from most merchandise. Now a new report has come out that says they specifically removed Rey from the merchandise out of the fear that boys wouldn’t buy Star Wars toys that featured a girl on it.

According to an insider who spoke to Sweatpants & Coffee, the exclusion of Rey was done to increase sales:

The insider, who was at those meetings, described how initial versions of many of the products presented to Lucasfilm featured Rey prominently. At first, discussions were positive, but as the meetings wore on, one or more individuals raised concerns about the presence of female characters in the Star Wars products. Eventually, the product vendors were specifically directed to exclude the Rey character from all Star Wars-related merchandise, said the insider.

“We know what sells,” the industry insider was told. “No boy wants to be given a product with a female character on it.”

The insider continued that the long suspected boy/girl merchandising split that Disney has (where Star Wars is seen as a “boys” brand) is the culprit for this:

“Princess toy sales are in freefall. Disney can’t give away princess toys anymore,” according to the insider. And yet, the insider said, the directive is there: Maintain the sharp boy/girl product division. Marginalize girl characters in items not specifically marketed as girl-oriented.

This is going to continue to be a problem as long as boy and girls toys are segregated the way they are. But this isn’t just a problem with Disney, it’s virtually every toy company and toy store in the country. Go into a Toys R Us, Target, and Walmart and most of the time the Star Wars toys are put in the boys section of the toy aisle.

Harrison Ford Will Reveal Star Wars Land on Television February 21st

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Star Wars and Disney fans will get their first official look at the plans for Star Wars Land in Florida and California from Harrison Ford himself on February 21st.

That’s the day Disney is airing an episode of The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC focusing on Disneyland’s 60th anniversary, and EW confirmed that Harrison Ford will appear on the show to unveil the plans for Star Wars Land.

As Bob Iger revealed concept art at the D23 Expo last August, this is likely going to be Harrison Ford standing in Imagineering next to a giant model of Star Wars Land. It’s likely the ride will be discussed and more concept art will be shown. Construction of Star Wars Land is just barely getting underway at the parks, so there’s nothing major to show there yet. But this will still be an awesome reveal of what Disney is planning for the expansions.

Kylo Ren Does Not Call Rey ‘Cousin’ in Disney Infinity 3.0

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infinity-force-awakensThere’s a video everyone is spreading around with the clickbait claim that Kylo Ren calls Rey “cousin” in Disney Infinity 3.0, when that’s not what the video shows at all.

If you actually play the game, one of the thing Kylo says when he gets hit is “curses”. The video shows Rey fighting Kylo in the final battle of the game, right after Kylo repeats the “face me” line he’s hit with an attack and says “curses”. Thanks to how popular any type of Star Wars clickbait is right now, sites with dubious records of Star Wars scoops are rushing to call this confirmation of the relationship between Kylo Ren and Rey when the game never says the “cousin” line.

The mocking of this “scoop” has begun, but that hasn’t stopped it from being posted on social media everywhere.

 

 

Hopefully people will start to shout down their friends when they post that the cousin line is spoken in the game. This is quickly becoming as dumb as the “Snoke is Plagueis” clickbait.

 

Daniel Fleetwood Was Blown Away by The Force Awakens

When the world found out that Lucasfilm showed Daniel Fleetwood The Force Awakens everyone was happy, but they of course wondered what his reaction to the movie would be. Obviously the family had to sign a NDA like the Star Trek: Into Darkness family did, so he can’t say specifics. However two Star Wars fan groups visited him and did get a reaction from him…

According to a post by a 501st member in the Star Wars subreddit who visited Daniel, he was really impressed with the new Star Wars:

“What I do know is that he was genuinely blown away by the movie. To be honest he’s on a lot of drugs, but he kept telling us that its great, and he loved how it felt true to the original trilogy.

They said JJ has called the house several times just checking on him, as well as a few other awesome folks like /u/PeterMayhew”

This echoes the reaction of everyone who has seen the movie so far. There hasn’t been a single negative yet, so it sounds like we’re in for something very special next month.

Temuera Morrison Returns as Boba Fett in Star Wars: Battlefront!

boba-fett-battlefrontThe Star Wars: Battlefront beta begins today, and someone has datamined the PC files to discover that Temuera Morrison has returned to voice Boba Fett.

Fett is going to be an unlockable hero in the full game, and the beta only includes ROTJ Luke and Vader as playable heroes, but the client appears to have his audio available. A user posted all of the Boba Fett clips to Soundcloud and it’s definitely Temuera Morrison voicing the character again.

This is actually a big deal as Battlefront, like all games from now on, is considered canon. The events that happen in a multiplayer match obviously aren’t due to how those can play out based on player input, but all of the planets, characters, and major events that are the backstory of the game are canon.

This is yet more proof that Lucasfilm isn’t going to retcon Boba Fett’s origin and he remains a clone of Jango. One of his voice files in the game even mentions Jango. Most Star Wars fans with a sense of reality knew that Boba Fett retcon rumor was BS, and this appears to be even more proof to squash it.

Rumor: Possible Force Awakens Spoilers From the Novelization

episode-7-spoilersWARNING: The following article will contain what could be MAJOR SPOILERS from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They are apparently sourced from the upcoming Alan Dean Foster novelization of the movie, and not the film itself. Nonetheless, they could be potentially major spoilers detailing characters and their relationships in the Force Awakens. Again, this is your SPOILER WARNING. Don’t go whining that you got spoiled if you read this as it’s your choice for doing so!

These comes from a Reddit post (archive here) and while 99.9% of the time such a thing would fire off red flags and be filled with fan fiction BS, there’s nothing here that does that. In fact this meshes well with what’s already known, and fills in some details on the characters. It also squashes another popular fan fiction rumor, specifically Plagueis.

On Rey’s relationship:

“There have been rumors that Rey is Luke’s daughter. She is not. Rather, she is his chosen apprentice. She was orphaned at a young age and Luke might as well be the closest thing she had to a father figure. She is not a Skywalker by blood, however.

Luke and Rey’s relationship has a lot to do with Kylo Ren’s motivations in the story.”

“There is no denying the Skywalker legacy. I’m just saying Rey is not blood related so don’t hope to hear some story about Luke’s dead wife or whatever. Rey was orphaned. Luke recognized the force in her, took her in as an apprentice, and ultimately adopted her as his own. It is true that Luke had started an academy and that he was training several young jedi, but Rey was the favored one.”

On Finn’s name:

“Rumors that Rey “gives” Finn his name are true. It is most definitely related to his Stormtrooper designation, as many have deduced from the FN=Finn. Finn in a sense is also an orphan, and it’s worth noting both bond over the shared similarities in their life stories.”

Kylo Ren:

“He is the blood relation, via Han and Leia. A lot of his anger stems from the fact that Luke favored an adopted child over an actual member of the Skywalker bloodline. It is hinted that Luke had sensed a propensity for the dark side in Kylo and was therefore hesitant to train him.

Kylo was at the academy, the academy is indeed ransacked. Luke’s instinct is to protect Rey, and Kylo witnesses this. Kylo is abducted and indoctrinated into the Knights of Ren. The Ren wish to eliminate the Jedi from the galaxy, and Kylo takes this on as his personal mission as he grows older due to his particularly personal motivation. This creates a tense dynamic between Kylo and Snoke. Kylo’s goals are not the same as the Knights of Ren. He believes he is pulling one over on them by exploiting their resources for his personal gain, but Snoke is an aware puppet master playing on this all along.

Scorned by Luke, Kylo denies him as the last truly great Jedi and instead turns to Darth Vader as a role model. Kylo is obsessed with his heritage and frustrated that all those around him only wanted to deny it. Kylo believes he has the power of Vader and secretly plans to usurp control of the Knights of Ren.”

Snoke is not Plagueis:

“Not Plagueis. Role is much like the Emperor/Senator Palpatine. To the First Order he is their mysterious Supreme Leader governing from afar. They see Kylo as a surrogate of sorts. In secret he is the head of the Knights of Ren. I have not seen the film or images of Snoke. The description I have read is intentionally vague. Species is not named.

A lot of the Ren mythology is not touched on. Really setting up for further exploration in the next episodes.”

Sarco Plank and Lor San Tekka:

“Sarco Plank exists mainly as a background character. Despite his presence in the toy line and the Luke junior novel, he has no impact on the film’s story. Seems like he was just an interesting design that others have latched onto.

Lor San Tekka was an Imperial officer. He and his troops were abandoned on Jakku. The remaining Imps on Jakku are a warring faction with Unkar Plutt and his thugs, who run scavenging operations. Rey is caught somewhere between the two “tribes.””

As I said there are no big red flags in that information of it being some kind of fan fiction made up based on trailers or existing rumors. It meshes well with what’s known and the Rey/Kylo relationship could be an interesting dynamic to explore during the Sequel Trilogy. Instead of it being a blood-relative feud, there’s jealously involved…which is the path to the Dark Side.

Still there’s no way to know if they’re real, so they’re just rumored spoilers for now. But I wouldn’t be shocked if this is how the movie plays out in terms of the character’s relationships.

Rumor: New Force Awakens Trailer Not Until November

the-force-awakensDespite rumors of us seeing a new trailer for The Force Awakens in the middle of October, new word has come out that we may not see it until November.

Today Entertainment Weeklys Anthony Breznican (who’s Lucasfilm sourcing is excellent) Tweeted that he wasn’t sure we’d see a trailer this month and it sounds like it will be November now:

It’s not uncommon for a final trailer to come out the month before a movie release, they released the final Spectre trailer this week and that movie isn’t out until next month. But Star Wars fans will definitely be disappointed and angry if they have to wait until next month to see a full trailer for a movie many don’t know anything about.

There Are Two BB-8 Toys Coming – Be Sure to Get the Sphero

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This week is Force Friday and all the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys will hit the shelves, including two remote controlled BB-8s. You want to make sure that you get the Sphero version and not the cheaper Hasbro one.

Here’s a real image of the app-controlled Sphero BB-8. This little toy is expensive at $149, but it’s using the exact same tech that the full-sized BB-8 uses as it was Sphero who solved Disney’s problem in moving BB-8 from a rod puppet to a real droid. This BB-8 will be only be sold at Best Buy, Apple Stores, and Bed Bath and Beyond and you just need any iPhone newer than a 4s or an Android phone to run the app and control your own little BB-8:

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Sphero BB-8

Unfortunately Hasbro made a cheap ($79) knock-off of the remote controlled BB-8 and the Target exclusive toy will fool many people into thinking they got the real deal. You DO NOT want the Hasbro version as it works nothing like the real Sphero toy and is only getting attention because some Target’s already sold some. It’s a piece of crap, and you need to avoid this version at all costs:

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This is the $80 Hasbro BB-8 at Target. You DO NOT want this one!

This is what the packaging of the Sphero BB-8 looks like and what you’ll see on shelves at Best Buy this weekend:

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Sphero BB-8

This is the Sphero BB-8 sold at Best Buy, Apple Stores, and Bed Bath and Beyond. You want THIS one.

Be warned that some Best Buy stores only got a couple of the Spheros, which mean they’ll go very fast on Friday…

5 Examples of Fanboy Hyperbole About The Force Awakens

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We’re less than six months away from the release of the first new Star Wars movie in a decade. I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited for the release of The Force Awakens. How can you not be jumping around the house in excitement over a new Star Wars movie?

As crazy as it is there are some fans who don’t seem to be excited for the movie, for one reason or another. Over the last few months they’ve been spewing some crazy hyperbolic statements about why they think The Force Awakens will suck, and I’ve collected a few of them here because these are some hilarious ideas:

“They’d Better Have A Good Explanation For _____”

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You’ve seen the lightsaber in the second teaser trailer, right? Well that’s one example where some fans demand there to be a good explanation as to how Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber that he lost on Bespin becomes the object that drives the story in The Force Awakens. But this sort of thought about Star Wars doesn’t really fit the saga at all. There’s never a good explanation as to why the Death Star plans just happened to land on the one planet in the entire galaxy where the son of Anakin Skywalker was living.

“I’m Walking Out If _____”

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“I’m walking out if Darth Plagueis isn’t the villain”, “I’m walking out if Kylo Ren isn’t really Revan”, “I’m walking out if Han & Leia aren’t happily married with Jaina and Jacen”, and “I’m walking out if the movie opens with a lightsaber falling from the sky”. All of those are examples of crazy declarations some fans have made about how they’ll storm out of the theater if something in The Force Awakens disappoints them. Hopefully they do walk out of the movie theater to open up the seat for someone who can actually enjoy the movie without comparing it to twenty years of licensed fan fiction novels.

“JJ Abrams is Committing Character Assassination”

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One of the more hyperbolic complaints about The Force Awakens is the belief that JJ Abrams is committing character assassination on certain legacy characters due to how they are used in the movie. Fans who have absolutely zero say on the evolution of a character in the 30+ years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens think they know better than Lucasfilm when it comes to why that character made certain decisions to place them where they are when the movie catches up with them. The decisions that Abrams and Kasdan came to with regards to where the Legacy characters are isn’t character assassination, especially since The Force Awakens isn’t based on your personal fanfic on how those characters should be.

“I Don’t Believe JJ Abrams Would Do ____”

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Another wild complaint people have is that they reject certain things about the movie because they don’t believe JJ Abrams would do something that against their own personal fan fiction. But that’s one of the things that makes The Force Awakens so exciting. Abrams and Kasdan are revisiting familiar Star Wars ideas, while doing new things. This isn’t the Original Trilogy or the Prequel Trilogy, it’s the Sequel Trilogy and there are new ideas at play. Another part of this is that Lucasfilm has all three episodes planned out, so they know where the story is going. Just because you don’t like an element of The Force Awakens, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a payoff for that in VIII or IX.

“The Force Awakens Will Run Star Wars Into the Ground”

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This by far is the one complaint that’s the most divorced from reality. Even with all of the hate they get from people on the internet, the Prequels didn’t kill the Star Wars franchise. They made an entire generation of new Star Wars fans. Likewise no matter how much some of these people will hate The Force Awakens, this will be the Star Wars for yet another new generation of fans. More Star Wars isn’t a bad thing. The more Star Wars movies we get, the stronger the fandom will become with new people discovering how awesome that galaxy a far far away is.