There’s been leaked footage before but this official trailer for The Mandalorian looks all kind of great. Set in my favourite time period of the original trilogy and looking at this footage it very much seems to be that grimy beaten up world that I enjoy in the SW Universe. No idea when we’re getting it in UK but it can’t come soon enough.
As a lifelong Star Wars fan this is a question I’ve been asking myself a lot. This is especially important when I’d be travelling from the UK and be spending over £4000 to take a trip. I’ve been doing a lot of research and I can’t make up my mind, it’s a massive expense and from all the information I’ve read it might not be worth it, even for me.
Lack of legacy characters
You’ll see Chewbacca but there is nothing of the legacy characters to be seen. Growing up in the 80’s I’m a huge fan of the original trilogy and would have loved to see this being embraced a little more. I’d have loved to seen R2 or 3PO wandering around or some of the classic vehicles but alas it’s all based on the sequel trilogy. Don’t get me wrong I like the new films but in my experience kids are more into Marvel than Star Wars these days so a focus on the older fan base would have been nice.
Lack of activities for kids
One thing I’ve been keeping an eye on is what is there for a kids who are 10 or less. Aside from the Millennium Falcon ride and the droid workshops there doesn’t appear to be anything.
Money, money, money
Now I’m budgeting I’ve realised how much it’s going to cost. The park seems to be paid experiences or shops to buy merchandise with a ride to enjoy. I’m quite happy to get my own lightsaber built but at $200 with everything else there I’m rethinking. I’ve also read a few reports that the prices of merchandise in the shops are being put up, I’m talking $5-$25 per item in some cases.
Remember to book
It looks like even the cantina needs to be booked, maybe it’ll get better over time but you need to make sure you plan beforehand. Getting a lightsaber built can be booked 6 months in advance so make sure you know what you want to do and get it all booked in.
Waiting it out
I think I’ve come to the conclusion I’m going to wait this one out. For me I’d be paying all this money to see the Millennium Falcon, my favourite ship in any movie franchise. I grew up fantasising what it would look like in real life whilst playing with Kenner version. Taking a step back and seeing that there not much there aside from paid experiences and shops I’m going to have to calm the kid inside me down and be a budget conscious adult about it. There’s another ride opening later this year, maybe lightsaber and droid building will come down in price a little and there’ll be more activities for kids. I’m going assess again at the end of the year.
Yes! I love the Hasbro legends series on the Marvel stuff but not selves into the Star Wars line yet, until now.
I’m a fan of collecting helmets and a Boba one has been on my bucket list but couldn’t afford to get one until now. The quality of the Hasbro Marvel props can’t be beat at the price so I’m comfortable ordering sight unseen.
Here’s the link if you’re looking to preorder in the uk.
Here’s the Hasbro link.
I loved the new trailer but there’s an absence that fills me with a little dread for one of my favourite characters in the franchise – Where’s Artoo?
The only thing that I can think of is that after Luke’s passing in The Last Jedi he shut down (or worse), which I’m hoping isn’t true as he is such a classic character that has had little to no screen time in the sequels. Although his interaction with Luke in The Last Jedi is one of my favourites and the only time I see the old Luke back in the sequels.
On the plus side with the gang together in this one a lot more we’ll see lots of Chewbacca and Threepio.
A main character and one of my favourites in the Star Wars series, the Millennium Falcon looks to be going back old school with it’s look in Episode IX.
You can see the larger circular radar dish last seen in The Return of the Jedi is back and with Lando back at the controls in the trailer I can’t wait to see this scene on screen.
As you know I share my passions on the blog, one of these and a massive influence on me is Star Wars. I wanted to highlight a few things I noticed in the new trailer for Episode IX, well the stuff I think is interesting anyways.
First up is looking at Rey’s lightsaber, which we know from the events of The Last Jedi was broken in half and needed to be repaired.
Well in the first teaser we can see the repair and it looks like it’s pretty much intact, which is great as someone that wanted to see that one last until the end of the saga.
You can see here that although blurry the grip is maintained but there is a repair as shown above that is keeping it together.
You can also see the repair in this shot, which is a little more covered but shows a repair where it got broken in the last film.
It’s going to be interesting to see how it actually gets repaired but for now we know what it’s going to look like in Episode IX.
This week marks the start of Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, something definitely on my bucket list but not this year unfortunately. There’ll be some big announcements and panels for this one and here’s how I’m keeping up to date.
First off you can check the official site. This’ll show key timings and events. The key ones for me are
- Episode IX panel + trailer: Friday 12th @ 11am-12pm (Chicago time)
- Galaxy’s Edge theme park updates: Saturday 13th @ 11am-12:30pm (Chicago time)
- Jedi: Fallen Order Game: Saturday 13th @ 13:30-14:30 (Chicago time)
- The Mandalorian: Sunday 14th @ 11am-12pm (Chicago time)
Events and a live stream of the show (hosted by the Star Wars show) will be on their YouTube channel.