Star Wars Rebels Season 2 on Blu-ray!

Star Wars Rebels Season 2 on Blu-ray!

George: The highly anticipated Star Wars Rebels Season 2 has just been released on blu-ray. It’s a stunning three disc set that is pretty much a must-have for Star Wars fans, especially fans of season one. I mean, it’s Star Wars.

Jeff: The show continues to amaze, with its pretty in-depth story line…especially for something that is technically aimed at kids. However, they do keep it light hearted from time to time before diving into some dark stuff making for a nice, balanced mix and an interesting show.

George: Both seasons of the show have been an amazing way to bridge Episodes II and III with Episode IV: A New Hope. They are answering questions that I never thought of and giving us characters that are just as amazing as the ones from the original trilogy. But as Jeff mentioned, there is enough intrigue and story-line to keep adult Star Wars fans as entertained as the kids. And there is so much included in this season’s shows, especially concerning back stories

Jeff: In a way, I feel like this year was an information overload…but not in a bad way. We had so many returning characters from The Clone Wars series, and it was great to catch up with them, and see how they had evolved. Even Ahsoka, I mean, everyone is talking about her, and what she has become, so it was really cool that they threw her into the storyline.

George: Yes, having Ahsoka return was so cool, as well as the appearance of two Darths. But no spoilers.The animation is pretty great, as well as the voice acting and the sound effects. That’s one thing I loved about Rebels is that is sounds so much like a Star Wars film! Plus, there were some pretty cool extras.

Jeff: Every episode had their own “look inside” bits, which weren’t the standard fluff; they were longer, meaty segments. While most of them have been seen online before, I hadnt caught all of them, so it was great to gain a little insight from the creators after watching each one. Other than the Rebels Recon extras, there really isn’t much else…a short bit about Ashoka and her show down with a certain someone, and then a 3 minutes making of featurette. It was slightly disappointing, mostly because the last set was so packed, and this one was just…a little sparse.

George: The extras were a nice addition, but you’re really buying this blu-ray set because we told you.

Jeff: George…sigh…Force powers don’t work on the website.

George: Oh.

Jeff: But other than that, it’s a good story to further connect the dots between the episodes and well worth watching!

George: So, buy three copies!

Jeff: To make up for prequels?

George: Oh, yeah. No Force powers here. So, yeah…to make up for the prequels!

What do you think about Star Wars Rebels Season 2?


 

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Force Awakens Toys (with spoilers)

Force Awakens Toys!

The Force Awakens toys remind me of the 1970s with the release of all of the amazing products from Kenner and other licensees. Disney Consumer Products has just released a phase two, of sorts, that reveals more details about the movie. It’s kinda cool to see Disney wait until the film was released before letting a lot of the spoiler based toys, like the Kylo Ren Lego figure with hair. Who knew he was going to have such great Dark Side hair?

DISNEY LAUNCHES NEW MERCHANDISE CELEBRATING ICONIC CHARACTERS FROM STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Bladebuilders Lightsaber

Second Wave of Products Reveals Secrets of Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren and more

Glendale, Calif. (January 12, 2016) – Disney today revealed details of new Star Wars: The Force Awakens products kept under wraps to preserve surprises for fans. With the film now breaking box office records and storylines officially revealed, new toys, collectibles and more are rolling out at Disney Store locations and mass retailers nationwide.

Lego Kylo Ren has fantastic hair! LEGO Star Wars Battle on Takodana

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has made instant icons of new characters like Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren. We’re excited to share an incredible range of products that celebrates these fantastic new heroes and villains, allowing fans to take some movie magic home,” said Paul Southern, Senior Vice President, Star Wars Licensing, Disney Consumer Products.

Accent your home with grade A woven cotton custom pillows from Zazzle. Made of 100% grade A cotton, these soft pillows look great with your designs, text, monogram, and photos. The perfect complement to your couch, custom pillows will make you the envy of the neighborhood.

For the first time ever, Star Wars was featured in the National Retail Federation’s top ten toys lists for both boys and girls, and the new line puts heroine Rey front and center.

The Force Awakens Toys: Lead the Stormtrooper forces with a Star Wars Bear in a Captain Phasma Costume with Black Rubber Boots. This fearless leader will make a great for any Star Wars fan. © & Lucasfilm Ltd.

Elissa Margolis, Senior Vice President, Disney Store comments, “Rey is a true break out hero in the movie and is proving a huge hit with our guests. Demand for Rey merchandise was strong even before the movie released, with products selling as quickly as we could restock shelves, and it’s only growing with the success of the film.”

Give them the power of the force with this sheet set featuring a reversible look for added fun.

New items focus on key plot points from the movie like the identity of Kylo Ren and the reveal of Rey’s weapon as a lightsaber. Highlights from the Disney Store line include a Rey Lightsaber toy, updated Elite Series Die Cast Action Figures, a Kylo Ren Unmasked action figure, as well as a Deluxe Figure Play Set that includes 10 highly detailed figures such as General Leia, Han Solo, Rey, Kylo Ren and more.

The Force Awakens Toys

Highlights at mass retail include new items from Hasbro, such as: 12-inch action figures featuring the characters Rey and Finn as FN-2187 (his stormtrooper moniker), 3.75-inch figures featuring new characters and scenes like Rey in her Resistance Outfit with her Lightsaber, Star Wars NERF Rey and Han Solo blasters and a Star Wars Bladebuilders Rey Electronic Lightsaber. From LEGO®, new Star Wars: The Force Awakens construction sets include a Resistance Troop Transporter (featuring a General Leia minifigure) as well as LEGO® brand Star Wars buildable figures featuring heroes and villains from the film, such as Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and more.

Recreate exciting scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this Kylo Ren Electronic Voice Changer Helmet from The Black Series. The realistic look and sound of this helmet will carry your imagination to a galaxy far, far away.

Beyond figures and play sets, fans can find products featuring their favorite characters including Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma, across a range of categories including: Hot Wheels® diecast vehicles and ships from Mattel, plush from Build-a-Bear, skateboards and outdoor play items, role play from Rubies, home décor (bedding, throws, posters), seasonal and party supplies, puzzles and much more. Apparel for the whole family is also available at Target, Kohl’s, JCPenney, Hot Topic and more.

The Force Awakens Toys: The cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens fit together perfectly, one inside the other, in this Nesting Doll Set. It’s a great way to transport them when visiting a galaxy far, far away.

The first wave of product around Star Wars: The Force Awakens was officially launched on “Force Friday,” a global fan event on September 4, 2015, which saw more 130,000 fans turn up to one of 3,000 retail locations in the US that opened their doors at midnight. Highlights of the new line were revealed via a global unboxing event that unfolded over 18 hours, 15 cities and 12 countries. Kicking off in Sydney and rolling around the world New Year’s Eve style, the event saw popular Maker talent unveil new toys in different cities across four continents with the whole event streamed live on YouTube.

Fly the most iconic ship in the Star Wars universe! The Ultimate Millennium Falcon takes flight with the power of quad rotors concealed in the body of the ship. Its authentic lights and sounds bring the Millennium Falcon to life as you fly. Activate Hyperspace mode on the remote control and hold on for a fully loaded hyperspace journey. With 2.4GHz communication, you can control the Millennium Falcon up to 200 feet away! Join the rebellion and bring Star Wars home with the Millennium Falcon Quad from Air Hogs!

Is there a must-have for you from the Force Awakens toys?


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Star Wars Galaxy Hunt Game

Star Wars Galaxy Hunt Game

The Star Wars Galaxy Hunt game from Wonder Forge showed up with a few other review games. Star Wars Galaxy Hunt is set up for two to four players and is recommend for children 6 and up. This was a very easy game for to people to play and I can see how it would be very competitive with three to four players. And rather loud! But that’s a good thing.

The box was very simply packed and the loose pieces were in a plastic bag. The game was very easy to set-up and the included instructions were clear, simple and concise.

We had the game set-up and we were playing Star Wars Galaxy Hunt within just a few moments.

The game play reminded me a little bit like Perfection. Just a little. You had to pull out the pieces without knocking out the others.

Star Wars Galaxy Hunt Gameplay

You fill the Space Battle Tray with the pieces, all face down. There are two sets of pieces: the Resistance and the First Order. The first player spins and removes a pice for the designated shape (circle, diamond, hexagon or diamond). The red arm in the image is the sweeper arm and it places pressure on the pieces. If you remove a Resistance piece, you keep it and get points! If you remove a First Order piece, then you keep it and subtract the points. The sweeper arm will move when you remove pieces. Any pieces that are knocked out by the arm are put into the discard pile.

The game gets pretty intense once most of the pieces are removed. Each removal makes the sweeper arm move more. And more pieces pop out. So, you have the opportunity to knock out some high-point pieces and some negative pieces.

We played two games in a period of about 10 minutes. It was very easy to set-up and I could see my 12 year-old checking out the remaining pieces of the Space Battle Tray to see which one might cause the least amount of collateral damage, so to speak.

The gameplay seemed fairly random, as far as the scoring. I won the first game by a landslide and my 12 year-old won the second game by an even bigger landslide. But, the important things is that we both had a great time and he wants to play it again! He’s already mentioned playing Star Wars Galaxy Hunt with his friends the next time they come over.

Are you going to add Star Wars Galaxy Hunt to your board game collection?


Star Wars Pictopia Trivia Game

Star Wars Pictopia: the Ultimate Picture-Trivia Family Game

We received a review copies of several new games by Wonder Forge. One was the Star Wars Pictopia trivia game. My family is mostly video game oriented, so I wasn’t sure how well a board game, or sorts, would go over. The 12 year-old was very excited and he chose to play this game first!

We laid out all of the game pieces and started to read the directions. It was a little confusing at first, but after the first round of play, everything made perfect sense. There were only two of us playing, and I know it would have been a lot more fun with a larger group. Still, we had a lot of fun.

You take turns reading the trivia questions while the other players have to guess the answers. You make a wager before the question is made (but you could still look at the images on the question card) and if you answer correctly, you move up the leaderboard the number of steps you wagered. If you miss, you stay in the same space.

Each of the trivia cards has four photos on the front and the questions are based on the images. You answer a specific question based on the roll of the die. I found the questions to be fairly easy which was good for the average Star Wars fan. There were also questions that ranged through all of the movies and the Star Wars Rebels cartoon show. Since I’ve been a Star Wars fan since the original film came out, I could answer most of these questions in my sleep. Still, my 12 year-old, who is a casual fan, answered about 80% of the questions and thought the game play was good.

Star Wars Pictopia lasted about 30 minutes and would have stretched out a little longer, with more people. There were some special Force questions that changed the game play and led to a lot of laughter.

Star Wars fans of all ages and knowledge are really going to have a lot of fun with Star Wars Pictopia.

Are you going to pick up Star Wars Pictopia for your next family game night?


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Star Wars Rebels on Blu-ray

Star Wars Rebels Season One on Blu-ray, a review

George: We just got review copies of Star Wars Rebels, a computer-animated show that aired on Disney XD. Before the discs showed up, I’d only seen about half of them, before we became cable-cutters at Communicore Weekly East. Needless to say, I was very familiar with the series and very excited to dig into it. It’s from the creators of Star Wars: Clone Wars, so I was super excited!

Jeff: It’s hard to live up to The Clone Wars, which has six amazing seasons, and some lost episodes, that really took Star Wars to a new level. It was a great show, so I was hesitant to start Rebels. That said, every time an episode was on TV, my son and I tore into it. We loved it! It managed to keep some of the charm of Clone Wars, but still branch off to become its own thing.

Really, Star Wars Rebels is one of the better shows on TV right now, and the fact that it’s Star Wars makes it even better.—Jeff

George: Star Wars Rebels takes place about four years prior to A New Hope. We meet Ezra, playing the role of a street rat (very much like Aladdin) as he’s trying to survive life on the planet Lothal. He runs into an Imperial entanglement with a shopkeeper and you quickly discover Ezra’s good side. After that, Ezra meets Kanan Jarrus, Zeb Orrelios, and Sabine Wren as they try to heist some Imperial goods. The story moves quickly and is a lot of fun. Eventually, we find ourselves with Ezra on the ship, Ghost, and we meet Hera Syndulla and Chopper. Once the entire season gets going, my initial thought was that it was like Serenity meets Star Wars!
Jeff: That is a perfectly apt description. There is a lot of humor here, and the interaction between the team is one of the things that keeps me coming back. They’re mismatched, but work perfectly together when the stakes are high, and it makes for some great scenes. Really, Star Wars Rebels is one of the better shows on TV right now, and the fact that it’s Star Wars makes it even better. And let’s not forget the fantastic guest stars, as well.

George: What really impressed me, throughout the entire season, was that it looks and SOUNDS like Star Wars. The Clone Wars felt like Star Wars (Classic Star Wars, that is), but still held onto the prequels. Fans of Star Wars are really going to love Star Wars Rebels because it’s like you’re still watching the films. The characters really are well-developed and the voice-acting is top-notch. And there are quite a few characters that make some great cameos.

…my initial thought was that it was like Serenity meets Star Wars!—George

Jeff: It’s amazing to see this time period, because everything that is so familiar to us from the films is all so new to the people of the galaxy. I mean, Darth Vader isn’t even a known figure yet. He’s still a mystery, as are the underlying tones to the force. In addition to the amazing show, there are also a handful of interesting extras, such as REBELS RECON, fourteen behind the scenes featurettes from StarWars.com.
George: The extras on Star Wars Rebels were pretty good. The Rebels Recon are web-based shorts in which they interview people involved with the show. They really offer a lot of insight and they feature Andi Gutierrez. You don’t know who she is? Well, suffice it to say, she’s the social media person for StarWars.com and she’s super-cute.
Jeff: There is also a bit from the recent Star Wars Celebration, featuring choice bits from the Q&A session. I would have liked to have seen it all, but what is here is good. There is also a preview for Season 2, and it looks to be even more amazing than the last year.

George: So, basically, this is an amazing time to be a Star Wars fan. We’ve reviewed some amazing novels (with more to come) and the Star Wars animation has been so good that it’s hard to describe. I really feel like I did back in the 70s as a kid. Well before Jeff was even alive.

Jeff: That’s true, George is MUCH older than me! But yes, Star Wars Rebels is a great addition to the new Star Wars canon, and it’s a wonderful bridge between the prequels and the classic trilogy we all know and love. We highly recommend you check it out.

Did you get a chance to check out Star Wars Rebels? What did you think about the series?