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Last week, Hasbro celebrated Star Wars Fan Appreciation Day, because every single day is a new chance for the population at large to be marketed to by major corporations. Thankfully, we’re Star Wars fans, and the announcement of new Star Wars Black Series figures is an exciting one, especially when they include a new version of The Mandalorian in Beskar armor, the respected Admiral Ackbar, a fierce Ewok warrior, and a slick carbonized version of a beloved character from The Empire Strikes Back.The Mandalorian Black Series Action Figure
Just before The Mandalorian arrived on Disney+, the first wave of merchandising from the live-action Star Wars series arrived in stores along with the first action figures from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But it seemed Hasbro didn’t properly anticipate demand for the Black Series figures associated with the series, because nearly all of them have been extremely difficult to find, especially Mando himself. But hopefully that will change with this new version of the bounty hunter.
Unlike the first version of The Mandalorian Black Series figure, this one comes with shiny new Beskar armor. It’s a much cleaner version of the character, and he still comes with all the appropriate weaponry. Unfortunately, there’s no two-pack that comes with The Child known as Baby Yoda, but you can still buy the little guy separately.#gallery-3 #gallery-3 .gallery-item #gallery-3 img #gallery-3 .gallery-caption /* see gallery_shortcode in wp-includes/media.php */ Admiral Ackbar and Teebo Join the Black Series
Two characters from Return of the Jedi are getting their due diligence as Black Series figures. Admiral Ackbar joins the line, looking like his back has been seriously injured in the promotional photo above. Meanwhile, the Ewok known as Teebo is clearly not in the mood for dealing with any Stormtrooper crap, so don’t mess with that dude.#gallery-4 #gallery-4 .gallery-item #gallery-4 img #gallery-4 .gallery-caption /* see gallery_shortcode in wp-includes/media.php */ New Carbonized Boba Fett and Stormtrooper
Finally, after first being introduced on Triple Force Friday last fall, the carbonized variant line of Black Series figures is getting two new additions this year, and they should be infinitely easier to find than that initial wave, especially since they’re both available for pre-order over at Big Bad Toy Store right now.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, find out how to make Harley Quinn‘s beloved egg sandwich from the man who made it in Birds of Prey. Plus, watch as a fan recreates the Back to the Future theme park ride from Universal Studios at home., and listen to a Star Wars story read by Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice actress Ashley Eckstein, better known as Ahsoka Tano.
First up, Variety had Bruno Oliver, who plays the cook Sal in Birds of Prey, reveal how to make the eff sandwich that Harley Quinn loves so much in the movie. Now is the perfect time to give yourself the perfect breakfast from the comfort of your home without having to worry about other criminals or police officers ruining it.
Next up, since Disney and Universal theme parks are closed, some fans are taking matters into their own hands by recreating theme park rides from the comfort of their home. In this case, Kevin Bosch recreated Back to the Future: The Ride, a now-defunct attraction from Universal Studios. It’s basically a sweded version of the ride, and it’s a lot of fun. There’s even a gift shop!
Finally, give your kids some storytime with Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice actress Ashley Eckstein, who reads from the Star Wars children’s book The Galaxy Needs You. Not only is it a wonderful way for kids to connect with Star Wars who may be too young for the movies, but it also has a good message in it.
The future of Star Wars on the big screen largely remains uncertain following The Rise of Skywalker. Lucasfilm has yet to officially confirm any specific titles, but we know that they're going to steer away from the Skywalker story we've been following for four decades. Now, we have word that Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is set to be a big part of that future, as the studio is developing not only a movie set during that time period, but a TV show as well.
Before diving in, we must caution that this information hasn't been corroborated by Lucasfilm just yet, so it's still in the rumor camp for now. That said, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy did previously reveal they have a Knights of the Old Republic project in the works, so this would seem to make sense. According to a new report, both a movie and TV show based on the popular video games of the same name are in development. Few details are available, so we don't know for sure who may be involved on the creative side, or which characters could be slated to appear.
Previously, we heard that screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis Alita: Battle Angel was set to pen a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic movie, so it's possible this could be her baby. It was rumored that Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were going to make a trilogy that took place in the Old Republic era. However, the duo parted ways with Lucasfilm last year over creative differences. It seemed possible that the studio would scrap the idea, which is partially why this new report is important. Plus, if this turns out to be true, there will be a tie-in TV show, which is no small thing. Especially considering how successful The Mandalorian has been. It's not clear at this time if the show would tie-in directly to the movie, or if both projects will tell independent stories taking place in the same era.Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, commonly referred to as KOTOR, started life as a video game released in 2003. At that time, what is now known as 'Legends' material contributed additional stories to the Star Wars universe. Lucasfilm reset the canon following the Disney purchase in 2012, but the studio has pulled lots from Legends into the new canon. The story takes place roughly 4,000 years before the events of the original trilogy. The player is tasked with battling a Sith uprising which is being headed up by the evil Darth Malak.
The Rise of Skywalker visual dictionary, it's worth mentioning, made Darth Revan, a famous figure from the Old Republic, canon. So that could be part of planting the seeds for storytelling in this time period. We've also heard Lucasfilm is planning stories set in the High Republic era, which is roughly 400 years before the events of the original trilogy. So it's tough to say what will come first, if indeed both sets of stories are happening. The next Star Wars movie is dated for December 2022, so we should be finding out more at Star Wars...