LUKE SKYWALKER RETURNS TO THE GALAXY, FROM DECEMBER 15TH, 2017

ARRIVING IN THE NETHERLANDS, FROM 30/9/17. BOOK NOW FOR THE ULTIMATE 'STAR WARS' EXHIBITION

Friday, 24 November 2017

EPISODE VIII: STORMTROOPERS - THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES...

The First Order Executioner stormtrooper with laser axe debuts in EPISODE VIII.

Visually and slickly upgraded in a way that their enthusiastic costume designer Michael Kaplan felt was appropriate for today's 'APPLE generation', the ground-pounder Stormtroopers of the chaos-causing First Order look set to bring further danger and menace to our Resistance heroes during the all-new struggles of The Last Jedi, out next month in cinemas.


The iconic Stormtoopers in all their superb variations across screen and media, both Imperial and First Order, as well as the Clone Troopers that Prequel-originated them, are the showcase of a lavish and informative new book, out now in the UK from HARPER DESIGN: Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor. Written by Ryder Windham and Adam Bray (with a fun foreword from new era STAR WARS star John Boyega), it makes for a superb Christmas present and another worthy entry into the Lucasfilm Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi overall book release banner during the saga's Fortieth Anniversary.

Here's the book blurb:

Just in time for the next blockbuster, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this unique and beautifully designed compendium with removable features traces one of the franchise’s most iconic characters—the stormtrooper—from initial development through all nine Star Wars movies to their many iterations in TV, comics, videogames, novels, and pop-culture.
Star Wars: A New Hope, the very first instalment in the beloved science-fiction series, introduced the Imperial stormtroopers—the army of the fearsome and tyrannical Galactic Empire. Charged with establishing Imperial authority and suppressing resistance, these terrifying, faceless, well-disciplined soldiers in white have become a universal symbol of oppression.

Star Wars Stormtroopers explores these striking warriors and their evolution in depth for the first time. Ryder Windham and Adam Bray trace the roots of their creation and design, and explore how these elite troops from a galaxy far, far away have been depicted in movies, cartoons, comics, novels, and merchandizing.
Get it here: https://forbiddenplanet.com/230633-star-wars-stormtroopers-beyond-the-armor-hardcover/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Shopping&utm_term=4581596233579128&utm_content=Ad%20group%20%231

'STAR WARS' AT 40: 'STAR WARS' - THE MARVEL WAY!


The heroes and villains of a fresh new sci-fi universe, particularly Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, are given a more comics adjusted artistic interpretation by acclaimed artist Tone DeZungia, keeping them in a similar pose created earlier by the Hildebrandts, in this fun 1977 poster-one of a type that appeared, penned via a variety of popular artists, for MARVEL COMICS unique stable over the next few years.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

EPISODE VII: THE DROID SPYMASTER!


At the Resistance base on D'Qar, C-3PO gets busy contacting his unique droid spy network across the galaxy, as the search for the missing BB-8 continues. A deleted scene filmed at Pinewood, from The Force Awakens. It's a shame this never made the final cut, as Threepio would end up having so little onscreen time, and this would have been a nice sideline scene relevant to events on Takodana.

'STAR WARS' AT 40: WITNESS THE 'PIRATE SHIP'!


Inside Docking Bay 94 at Mos Eisley spaceport, our heroes get their first glimpse of Han Solo's much-boasted-about smuggling vessel, the Millennium Falcon, as seen in this conceptual painting by Ralph McQuarrie that was soon altered- the craft having been given a rapid, massive redesign in late 1975 by Lucas and ILM, due to its similarities visually to the Eagle craft of the then airing TV series SPACE:1999.

https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/ilm-classic-image-first-falcon.html

Check out this great online feature about the creation of the Falcon:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbFu0UNuf9Q

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

THE CLONE WARS: TRUSTED COMMUNICATIONS!


As the Banking Clan financial crisis escalates into a potential conflict affecting the Republic, Padme confers with her friend and leader Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, in a scene on Scipio from the three part story of The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions - An Old Friend.

EPISODE VIII: ARMY OF DEATH!


Their mighty footsteps felt all across the dusty realms of Crait, the First Order forces of darkness assemble, led by Kylo Ren's distinctive bat-like shuttle, heading towards our Resistance heroes, in this memorable effects shot seen numerous times in recent The Last Jedi trailers...

'STAR WARS' AT 40: DESIGNING A FUTURE FRANCHISE...


As well as his conceptual and matte painting work for the original STAR WARS, Ralph McQuarrie also brought his striking and exquisite artistry to development ideas for the film's logos (as seen above, featuring 'Luke Starkiller') and posters, which went through many iterations before things were locked down via outside advertising sources by late 1976.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

EPISODE VIII: BEWARE THE 'DJ'!


SPOILERS! Ever since first seeing him onscreen as the distinctive, bloodthirsty villain Dario in the gritty 1989 James Bond actioner Licence to Kill, I have continued watched Benecio Del Toro's career with, as Palpatine would say, "great interest". So it's been fun to see this often Indie film star delve into the realms of big-league science fiction and fantasy in recent years, what with his turn as the bizarre The Collector for the MARVEL franchise, and now as the quirky, mysterious and surely highly dangerous 'DJ', apparently a top information thief and broker working for whomever will pay him the most money, and the man needed by the Resistance for whatever secrets he currently possesses.

It will be great to see what delicious edgy spirit and bleak humour this fine and highly regarded actor will bring to the STAR WARS universe.

Friend...or foe?


Coming to the comic universe: https://screenrant.com/benicio-del-toros-star-wars-8-dj-comic/

Brief clip of 'DJ': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2jKQ-nwz5o

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "A LONG TIME AGO..."


The ten important words that set the tone for a unique galaxy of heroes and villains, settled an awaiting, unexpecting worldwide audience, and launched us into an unforgettable film series, from May 25th, 1977...

Monday, 20 November 2017

CLASSIC IMAGE: IN LOYALTY TO THE REPUBLIC...


An important member of the soon initiated Delegation of 2000 representatives of the Republic, Senator Bana Breemu would be played by popular Chinese character actress and model Bai Ling. Though her scene with Natalie Portman for EPISODE III was deleted, it did eventually make it to the 2005 DVD release. Enjoying the publicity, Miss Ling went on to do a memorable STAR WARS inspired portfolio for Playboy magazine.