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Star Wars Collectibles: Ultimate Studio Edition Launched!

Star Wars collectors, hold on to your wallets: Disney and Lucasfilm have just launched a new line of Star Wars memorabilia aimed at the premium segment.

Star Wars Collectibles: Ultimate Studio Edition are high-end prop replicas specially made to order. They will be crafted at Pinewood Studios, the same studio where The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and now Episode VIII are being shot.

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The replicas will be made from digital scans of authentic props used in the film, and produced using 3D printing technology. They also come with custom display pedestals and wooden crates modeled after the real crates used to ship the film props.

According to Disney, even the wooden crates will be custom-tailored for the replica. You know you’re dealing with serious stuff when even the packaging itself is hand-tailored.

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The initial lineup will consist of eight replicas:

  • Darth Vader’s melted helmet post-Endor  -$3,500 (limited to 500 units)
  • Rey’s lightsaber hilt (presumably Anakin’s) – $1,250
  • FN-2187’s First Order stormtrooper helmet – $1,750 (limited to 500 units)
  • Kylo Ren’s helmet – $2,000
  • Poe Dameron’s Black Leader helmet – $1,500
  • Chewie’s bowcaster – $2,500
  • Kylo Ren’s lightsaber hilt (no blade) – $1,250
  • Rey’s iconic staff – $1,250

That’s substantially more than the 60 portions we’ve saved up.

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The replicas themselves will be made by Propshop, a production company contracted by Pinewood Studios to produce film props for the Star Wars franchise. So start selling those Master Replicas and extra kidneys, the Ultimate Studio Editions have arrived!

 

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Star Wars Episode VIII: New Photos of the Millennium Falcon (including Interior)!

 

Today, let’s take a break from the regular programming about Rogue One. For our weekend heist, we return to the shrouded mystery that is Star Wars Episode VIII!

This time, we bring you new spy shots of the Millennium Falcon for Episode VIII from the intrepid Bothan spynet of 28 Days Later, a forum for urban explorers. So head on over to check them out!

Here’s analysis of the shots:

  • The Daily Mail was wrong: the earlier leaked photos of the Ahch-To set showing the Falcon and the scorched tree are NOT in Pinewood Studios. They were actually taken in Longcross Studios, 25 miles away from Pinewood!
  • As expected of a Star Wars film, the Falcon prop is top-notch and amazingly detailed. Everything from the AG-2G quad laser cannons up top to the various cables and greeblies hanging from the landing gear is faithfully reproduced.
  • Conversely, there is ship interior as expected. The spy shots are the first to go inside the open ramp of the Falcon (our hats off to BHG for being such a brave Bothan). While there’s enough room inside to stand around, it’s a hollow shell. The Falcon prop will likely be used for framing and walk-around shots, but a different in-studio mockup will be used for the interior scenes.
  • There’s an accessible cockpit area, and it’s pointed right at the mysterious Force tree.
  • Longcross Studios is actually in Surrey. It is separate from the Pinewood Studios set in Buckinghamshire and consists of five studios, all built on a former Defence Ministry tank facility. Other movies shot there include Skyfall, Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: The Dark World. 

If there’s anything cooler than seeing the Falcon, it’s knowing that it’s resting on an actual proving ground that used to churn out tanks!

UPDATE: We received permission from the urban exploration site 28 Days Later to link back to the original post. So head on over there before Disney finds out!

Stay tuned tomorrow as we take a closer look at Luke’s tree! Meanwhile, check out Stormtrooper Larry’s faceoff with the notorious Chewbacca Mask Lady!

 

Star Wars Episode 8 Leak: The First Jedi Temple

While everyone geeks out over the leaked set photos from Pinewood studios, most sites seem to miss out the most important part of the film: the first Jedi temple.

The Pinewood set is supposed to represent Luke’s island on the planet Ahch-to. However, the Jedi temple itself is being constructed in an entirely different location: the Dingle peninsula in Ireland!

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Once again, our intrepid Bothan spies are on the case. Let’s take a look.

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From afar, it looks like a bunch of giant eggs perched on a hillside. Let’s get closer.

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It’ actually the cone-shaped buildings at the end of The Force Awakens, perched precariously on a cliff!

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Here we have a seaside view of the whole complex. There appears to be 8 buildings, and their primitive construction is a far cry from the grand Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Below you can see the scale of the huts compared to humans:

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The primitive Jedi temple is being constructed on Ceann Sibéal, a majestic hillside in Ireland’s Dingle peninsula. The location is a stand-in for the island of Skellig Michael where the original ending of TFA was filmed.

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The reason for the move is to due to restrictions on the original island. Skellig Michael is a UNESCO heritage site, which posed severe limitations on what Disney and Lucasfilm could do with the island.

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While the new location posed less challenges, Disney still had to meet several criteria set by Ireland’s Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, which include:

  • Filming 100m away from the protected cliff top, and for only 45 minutes per day
  • Helicopter shots can only be used for a maximum of 3 days
  • Filming crew cannot exceed 100 members
  • All sets must be completely dismantled at the end of the shoot

Locals have even been approached by Disney representatives, offering to rent their SUVs to transport cast and crew members for the duration of the shoot. The security at the site also rivals the construction of the Death Star, with barricades as far as 2 km away from the cliffside!

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It’s amazing how Luke’s lonely island in the film is actually comprised of three different locations. Stay tuned for more Star Wars insights!


Hungry for more Star Wars leaks? Then try to stay away from the supposed plot leak of Episode VIII!

 

An Analysis of the New Star Wars: Episode VIII Photos!


It is a period of uncertainty. Rebel drones, striking from a hidden van, have won their first victory against the Disney Empire.

During filming, Rebel spies managed to steal spy shots of the Empire’s new blockbuster, STAR WARS EPISODE VIII,  a movie with enough hype to rake in an entire planet’s GDP.

Pursued by Disney’s security, the drone races back to Stormtrooper Larry, custodian of the spy shots that will thrill Star Wars geeks and ignite excitement across the galaxy…


Opening shot… it’s the Millennium Falcon! The grimy ship looks clean, and appears to be resting in the same planet it landed at during the ending of The Force Awakens.

33AFAB0700000578-3567340-image-a-11_1462036604151“Chewie, stay here and watch the parking meter.”

The planet is the same (Ahch-to, Luke’s planet of exile and rumored home of the first Jedi temple), but the filming location is actually different. The crew had to recreate the island of Skellig Michael from Ireland in the backlot of London’s Pinewood studios. This is due to concerns of the crew’s impact on the UNESCO-protected island, as well as recent rockfalls that made it a hazard to film onsite.

In a zoomed out view, we can see the Jedi steps painstakingly recreated by the crew. The real island featured 618 steps carved out of the stone, which Rey climbed to meet Luke.

One new feature is a gnarly, menacing tree that looks out of place in the verdant green of Ahch-To. Could this be Episode 8’s version of the dark side cave on Dagobah?

33AFBD3800000578-0-image-a-4_1462035838102Oh, that tree? That’s where you’ll mock-battle Kylo Ren while I poke rocks around.”

Here’s a closer look at the Tree of the Dark Side:

episode 8 tree“Oh and don’t mind the smell. It’s also where I hang my dirty Jedi laundry.”

Or maybe it’s not a gnarled old tree. Luke might have burnt it when he first arrived on the island, which explains this tantalizing scene from The Force Awakens:

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A funeral pyre tree for his dead students, then? Either way, that is one creepy-ass tree.

But that’s not all. Higher up the hillside, we see a completely different set… what looks to be the main entrance to a reinforced building, fronting a huge courtyard!

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The change is dramatic. While Ahch-to looks natural and rustic, the second set looks modern and grandiose. We’re betting it’s a completely different planet.

Our guess, is it could be either:

  • The Resistance base on D’Qar, where a mass evacuation will take place when the First Order strikes back
  • The Republic’s interim government, which was relocated to a different planet following the destruction of Hosnian Prime

We also see a bold red stripe, which was characteristic of the old Galactic Republic and the Rebel Alliance.

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Those walls sure look thick. In fact, they bring to mind the German artillery emplacements in Normandy during WWII:

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But then again, It could just be a majestic entrance, considering those tiny steps and the scale of the walls. Could it be the new Senate building? That courtyard looks royal enough and hearkens back to Naboo.

Finally, we leave you with this shot of an unfinished set.

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The upper edges seem to be finished and appear to show an ancient and rundown setting. Could this be the sinister underbelly of the city where Finn and Kelly Marie Tran will have their romantic adventure?

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Did these stolen set plans whet your appetite? If you’re hungry for more, then read what COULD be the leaked plot of Star Wars Episode 8!

Disclaimer: No Bothans died to bring you this information.