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

ARRIVING IN LONDON, FROM 18TH NOVEMBER, 2016. BOOK NOW FOR THE ULTIMATE 'STAR WARS' EXHIBITION

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

'INTO THE UNKNOWN' WITH DARTH VADER, AT THE UK'S BARBICAN CENTRE





One of the existing legendary masks of that infamous Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader himself, will be making an appearance next month at the London Barbican Ccentre, from 2nd June until 1st September, 2017, as part of an all-new exhibition celebrating the worlds of science fiction across all media: Into the Unknown.


More info on the exhibition here: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jun/29/sci-fi-loses-its-fringe-status-with-barbican-exhibition

THE CLONE WARS: COLOURFUL CLASHING!


The heroes and villains of the STAR WARS animated universe gather for conflict in another great promotional poster image of colour and conflict, concocted during the later point of THE CLONE WARS series run.

COMING IN JULY 2017: 'STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II: INFERNO SQUAD'





With her acclaimed success in novel adapting the never completed episodes linked to the destiny of THE CLONE WARS animated series fan favourite former Sith assassin Asajj Ventress, via the popular Dark Disciple, and with her talent for creating and developing strong female characters in both sci-fi and STAR WARS, Christie Golden has proven the latest popular choice in bringing to life in novel form the next chapter of the STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT gaming universe, charting the new shades of grey Imperial 'heroes' that are Inferno Squad, as their titular book comes to hardback from Century this 27th July 2017.


Here's the blurb:

Set in the aftermath of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, this action-packed prequel to BATTLEFRONT II introduces the Empire's elite force: Inferno Squad.

The Rebellion may have heroes like Jyn Erso and Luke Skywalker. But the Empire has Inferno Squad.

After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera's Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on their extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire- no matter what the cost. Now, Inferno Squad must prove their status as the best of the best and take down the Partisans from within. Bus as the danger intensifies and the threat of discovery grows, how far with Inferno Squad go to ensure the safety of the Empire? In this thrilling prequel to Battlefront II, the Empire's handpicked team will be forged in fire.

Get Inferno Squad here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Inferno-Christie-Golden/dp/1780894821/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1495018719&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=star+wars+in+ferno+squad

 

'BLADE RUNNER: 2049' - TRAILER 2





After the genuine disappointment of his second sequel/prequel outing into the ALIEN sci-fi/horror universe in Covenant, AFICIONADO is hoping that visual icon Ridley Scott has more success in his producing duties returning to that Dystopian future Earth of Replicants, cops and dark decadence, which he innovatively created in 1982, via the eagerly awaited BLADE RUNNER sequel, BLADE RUNNER: 2049. From this second trailer, featuring more footage of Harrison Ford back as the older, more world weary former cop/Replicant hunter Rick Deckard, things look very good indeed for this October 2017 release coming from Warner Brothers.


Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJtZYCv7AxA


ROGUE ONE: CAPTURED!

Nowhere to run for Cassian?

In the originally filmed conclusion to the street battle in Jedha, Cassian and Jyn were cornered by Stormtroopers, leading into the action debut of Chirrut Imwe. In 2016, the scene was re-jigged and had new scenes shot, including the pair with K-2SO trying his "prisoner and escort" trick later filmed in 2016. K-2 was present in part of the abandoned street scenes footage, too, when the human duo were posing as pilgrims.

Stunt Coordinator Rob Inch goes through the action scene with Diego Luna.
In a moment from one of the early trailers, Jyn and Cassian are handcuffed.
Jyn gets to wield her retracting baton on some Stormtroopers.
Wearing a back pack camouflage to blend in with the extras, Gareth Edwards goes through a scene with the actors on the Pinewood set.

STAR WARS AFICIONADO WEBSITE: ROGUE ONE: HUMAN/DROID RELATIONS!
STAR WARS AFICIONADO WEBSITE: ROGUE ONE: IN K-2SO WE TRUST?!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

ROGUE ONE: SLIPPED FROM HIS GRASP!


Mere moments too late to stop the Rebel Blockade Runner from escaping with the Death Star schematics transmitted from the now destroyed Imperial facility on Scarif, fearsome Lord Darth Vader,crimson lightsaber blade in hand after much ruthless slaughter of enemy soldiers, will not stop until he has traced the remaining Rebel spies to whatever secret part of the universe they are hiding at, in this great image from the finale to ROGUE ONE that was recently made available on TOPPS card format.



A worthy and exciting UK The Sunday Times bestseller chart entry, don't forget that Alexander Freed's expansive adaptation of ROGUE ONE is out now in meaty paperback form, with additional new scene content, from ARROW.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1784752924/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1494421298&sr=1-1&keywords=rogue+one+paperback

OUT NOW IN UK HARDBACK: THE ORIGINAL 'STAR WARS' NOVEL ADAPTATION - ANNIVERSARY EDITION





The beloved original returns...


Brought to life on the printed page via stylish command of the written word alongside evocative and exciting language/description, working from the original 1975/1976 filming scripts written by creator and innovator George Lucas, Alan Dean Foster's enthusiasm in adapting STAR WARS, now known as Star Wars: A New Hope, back in that wonderful time capsule of late 1976, would quickly launch an incredible franchise of cinematic entertainment and original fiction galore, and remains palpably and delightfully fresh and invigorating to read forty years on with its all-new hardback Anniversary UK release from CENTURY PUBLISHING, delivering us a universe of unforgettable characters effectively introduced and showcasing pure golden moments of romantic adventure and exhilarating space conflict that would capture our hearts and minds a year later, though also at the time of its original release (Christmas 1976) acting as a fine taster for a film which wasn't then ready for release and would be delayed until the following May. No surprise to anyone soon reading this book that STAR WARS would become such an important US Del Rey Books best seller to an anticipating science fiction community effectively being primed to see a high class space fantasy epic better than anything then attempted for cinema during the 1970's.

Foster's book adaptation, looked at now, is surprisingly tough and adult to read at times- scenes like the bold and bolshy Princess Leia spitting at the evil and intimidating Darth Vader whom she has early on been captured and brought to, may seem out of character now but prove interesting nonetheless within a time when the film's story and heroes/villains were still being locked in, and its great to reexamine all the great deleted scenes and cut dialogue moments, many of which we've now discovered online and in print, were actually filmed after all. And let's not forget the classic book introduction that effectively sets up what will later become the Prequel Trilogy and ROGUE ONE with such satisfying and simple ease, clearly showing us how the evil Emperor was clearly influenced by then US President Richard Nixon and the rapidly dwindling events of the tumultuous Vietnam War.

Yes, Foster's book, now bearing the striking early poster/publicity artwork by the Hildebrandt Brothers on its cover, towers over its successors like a giant, and remains the first and best adaptation of any STAR WARS film, and a great adventure novel. Period.

AFICIONADO RATING: 5 out of 5

Get it here :https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Official-Anniversary-Collectors/dp/1780898134/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1494426442&sr=1-1&keywords=star+wars+george+lucas

THE 'STAR WARS TRILOGY' RETURNS FOR A UK ANNIVERSARY PRINTING





With the 40th Anniversary of STAR WARS, its time for another worthy compilation of the original three novel adaptations of the Classic Trilogy, as originally adapted with verve and imagination by George Lucas (Alan Dean Foster), Donald F. Glut and James Kahn, out now in heavy-duty UK paperback from ARROW.


Here's the celebratory publicity blurb:

Read the story of the movies in one complete volume - and rediscover the wonder of the legend.

Forty years after the groundbreaking movie Star Wars: A New Hope first hit the silver screen, Star Wars remains one of the most beloved sagas ever told. Together, the three original Star Wars movies A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi told one epic: a heroic tale of innocence lost and wisdom gained, of downfall and redemption, of the never ending fight between the forces of good and evil. Read the story of the movies in one paperback volume and rediscover the wonder of the legend that begins: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

Get it here:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Original-Trilogy-George-Lucas/dp/1784759384/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1494420206&sr=1-1&keywords=star+wars+original+trilogy+book

OUT THIS MONTH IN UK PAPERBACK: 'CATALYST - A ROGUE ONE NOVEL'


Rebellions may be built on hope but they are also primarily instigated from the need for defiance, as the evil and tyranny of the Empire's despicable new technological terror, a space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet is revealed: the Death Star, its secret construction and plans for final dominance of the galaxy assured unless it can be stopped.

Discover the truth behind its original construction, and the devices and desires of the two men ultimately behind its terrifying inception: ruthless rising star of the Imperial Navy, Director Orson Krennic, and the man he called friend whom he will manipulate, cajole and betray into working for him, dedicated scientist Galen Erso, who with his loving wife Lyra and newly born daughter Jyn find themselves at the very epicenter of tragedy, deceit, danger and revelations that will shock a universe and see the fire rising to a soon united front of humans and aliens determined to fight against this shocking nightmare made reality...

Keeping the story tight and flowing, James Luceno's reader rewarding prequel novel to ROGUE ONE, Catalyst, is out this month (May 28th, 2017) in UK paperback, courtesy of ARROW. If you haven't read it, it's indeed a worthy tie-in to both of the George Lucas created trilogies, and if you already luckily possess it, then a second read in light of the movie's release makes it even more enjoyable.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Catalyst-Rogue-Novel/dp/1101967005/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1494418928&sr=1-2&keywords=catalyst+rogue+one

COMING SOON: 'PHASMA'





A striking visual creation and an inspired behind the scenes idea making the character a female enemy- a first for the filmic universe of STAR WARS, the mysterious, enigmatic, ruthless and truly murderous First Order villainess that is the unique Captain Phasma, the ultimate cold visage badass Stormtrooper leader, will soon have at least some of her mysterious origins revealed- and have her path to evil and cruelty cemented - via the upcoming new novel Phasma, by Delilah S. Dawson, part of the new Journey to The Last Jedi book cycle being unleashed in the final quarter of the UK publishing year from CENTURY. This title will surely be much awaited by fans who love this character and cite her as the modern Boba Fett, whilst also enjoying the tremendous story and event linkages she brings with her chromed frame from both the earlier EPISODE VII and with the 2017 Xmas present that will be VIII.

The equally unique and one-of-a-kind portrayer of the character, I bet striking actress Gwendoline Christie's face must have radiated a tremendous smile when she found out this particular book was on its way...

Out from September 7th, 2017 in hardback, advance order it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Phasma-Journey-Last/dp/1780898215/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1494417795&sr=8-5&keywords=star+wars+novel+a+new+hope


BEHIND THE SCENES: A MULTITUDE OF THREEPIOS!


With so much wear and tear on set, its no surprise that there' would be back-ups of Anthony Daniels Threepio costume, especially his famous visage, as seen here in a behind the scenes shot that we assume comes from the UK 1982 filming of RETURN OF THE JEDI.

CLASSIC IMAGE: A QUEEN FIGHTS ON!


Cornered by the Droideka forces of the Trade Federation she and her loyal soldiers may be within the Theed hangar bay, but Queen Amidala nonetheless fights on against overwhelming odds, during the action-packed finale to EPISODE I.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

HAPPY 'MAY THE FOURTH...' DAY!





The British movie poster art par excellence from 1978 for the original STAR WARS, by famed illustrator Chantrell, which ultimately set the highest bar standards of excitement and imagination for STAR WARS movie posters, as well as movie posters in general, that would follow in its wake.


HAPPY 'MAY THE FOURTH...' DAY! to all readers of STAR WARS AFICIONADO worldwide!

ROGUE ONE: REBELS VS WALKERS!


The classic and now infamous deleted scene from the superb teaser trailer for ROGUE ONE, the one which director Gareth Edwards was sad to let go with the films re-shoots, where Jyn and her band of unique Rebel soldiers race headlong into battle against AT-ACT Walkers on the shoreline of Scarif. Terrific art by Matt Ferguson.


Alexander Freed's acclaimed adaptation of the film that ultimately made it to our screens is out now in weighty and wonderful paperback form in the UK via ARROW BOOKS. And if you haven't already got it and absorbed its gritty atmosphere and bold heroics from cover to cover, then do so now!

Get it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=rogue+one+novel+paperback

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

EPISODE VIII: LATEST NEWS (LATE APRIL 2017)



The teaser trailer, featuring heroine Rey developing her Force abilities with or without the guidance of the mysterious Luke Skywalker, has already smashed the thirty million hits mark online, confirming that we all just can't get enough of The Last Jedi.


Here's the latest news round-up:

Official Site trailer analysis: http://www.starwars.com/news/swco-2017-5-highlights-from-the-star-wars-the-last-jedi-teaser 

CELEBRATION panel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL9fRNEpErI

Rian Johnson on the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdBPpeJvQjo 

Mark Hamill speaks! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc1z2fbm9Yo

More on Mark/EPISODE VIII: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b__d0GRsGrM 

ABC TV exclusive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It_olylT42I 

Daisy Ridley chat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiPqSW9k6T0

http://www.jedinews.co.uk/film-music-tv/articles/high-resolution-image-last-jedi-teaser-poster/

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/apr/20/oscar-isaac-on-star-wars-guatemala-and-his-dylan-esque-backstories

 https://www.starwarsnewsnet.com/2017/04/oscar-isaac-reveals-filming-intense-scene-with-carrie-fisher-for-the-last-jedi.html

And on future films of the saga and standaloners:

http://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-episode-ix-and-next-indiana-jones-get-release-dates 

https://www.starwarsnewsnet.com/2017/04/meetings-for-future-star-wars-spin-offs-and-an-episode-ix-table-read-will-happen-soon.html

OUT NOW IN THE UK: THE CLASSIC TRILOGY AND 'TFA' JUNIOR NOVELS!





Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of George Lucas's inspired opus mythology, with each title blessed with a specific character lightsaber (a lovely nod to one of the early teaser posters to Return of the Jedi), young UK readers can join in the celebratory fun and relive in young novel form, courtesy of EGMONT/DISNEY, the three films that started it all via their Special Edition adapted personas, from that talented literary imagineer and longtime LUCAS BOOKS collaborator Ryder Windham, bringing the stories of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, to blistering, fast paced form, whilst also giving additional perspectives and character oversights to all our main heroes and villains. A pleasing reprint tribute for the continuing book collection.






2015's The Force Awakens junior novel from Michael Kogge, a satisfying telling with additional scenes, also gets a reprinting from EGMONT in this anniversary format, with Kylo Ren's fiery cyberpunk-esque lightsaber gracing that book's cover.


Get them here: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Hope-Junior-Novel/dp/1405285427/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493209554&sr=8-1&keywords=star+wars+ryder+windham

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Empire-Strikes-Junior/dp/1405285435/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1493209554&sr=8-2&keywords=star+wars+ryder+windham 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Return-Junior-Novel/dp/1405285443/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1493209554&sr=8-5&keywords=star+wars+ryder+windham 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Force-Awakens-Junior/dp/1405287438/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1493210312&sr=8-2&keywords=the+force+awakens+junior+novel

OUT NOW IN UK PAPERBACK: 'AFTERMATH: LIFE DEBT'


Easily the best of Chuck Wendig's interesting and often quite adult and hard-hitting official continuance of the Classic STAR WARS saga post Return of the Jedi, Life Debt, the second of the intriguing and officially approved Aftermath trilogy combining film heroes with all-new characters, comes with an added explosive finale twist to shock and surprise, out now in UK paperback from ARROW. The plotline concerning Han and Chewbacca's bid to free the Wookiee slaves of Kashyyyk proves itself as the most confident and standout section of the book by far.

Review: http://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/aficionado-review-aftermath-life-debt.html

Get it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Aftermath-Life-Debt/dp/1784750050/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493208369&sr=8-1&keywords=star+wars+life+debt+paperback

EPISODE VII: INFORMATION RECEIVED...


Han and Leia know that their relationship problems of the past will have to be put on the back burner for a while, now that information has come through to the Resistance on D'Qar about the First Order's devastating weapon, Starkiller Base, in this scene from THE FORCE AWAKENS.


ILM CLASSIC IMAGE: BACK TO BASE!


A great image from an early stop motion animatic placer guide of Han Solo and his Tauntaun entering one of the hangar bays of the Hoth Rebel base, from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

As seen in the film.

CLASSIC INDY: 'RAIDERS' WHIPS THE UK!


The lovely British poster quad art by Amsel that introduced to cinemas audiences unexpecting and quickly delighted with a new adventurer created by George Lucas, brought to life by star Harrison Ford and director Steven Spielberg in the best 1930's cliffhanger tradition: Indiana Jones!

The rest, as they say, is history!

Indiana Jones Theme • John Williams - YouTube
Behind the scenes: the Indiana Jones films | BFI

INDY V latest news:

Steven Spielberg confirms that a MacGuffin has been selected for Indy 5!
John Williams Returning To Score Indiana Jones 5

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

EPISODE VIII: LATEST NEWS (APRIL 2017)

Stunning teaser poster debuted at Celebration Orlando 2017.

The Rian Johnson directed odyssey for our heroes old and new gathers momentum, and looking better than ever with the release of the stunning first teaser trailer:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Teaser - YouTube

More news...

Every Plot Detail Revealed About Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Celebration 2017 - IGN

Introducing the planet Crait: New Star Tours Adventure Revealed at Star Wars Celebration | Disney Parks Blog

Kathleen Kennedy Says Carrie Fisher Will Not Be In Episode IX - Jedi News - Your Daily Star Wars News Resource

SWCO 2017: First Look at Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Covers and More Reveals from Lucasfilm's Writers Roundtable Discussion | StarWars.com

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Three iconic locations rumoured to appear | The Independent

OUT NOW IN UK HARDBACK: 'THRAWN'


Move over Ben Stiller/Derek Zoolander, there's only one guy out there who has that true 'Blue Steel' visage down to an art form, and that's the resourceful, adaptive,coldly calculating and strategically brilliant alien villain from the planet Chiss whom we all love to hate: Grand Admiral Thrawn, created by Timothy Zahn as the first and best Expanded Universe villain to worthily take on our Classic Trilogy era heroes back in the 90's, and now an official player in the modern DISNEY controlled STAR WARS universe, mentally terrorising our new heroes of the STAR WARS REBELS animated series in their final two seasons.

Leading into the events of REBELS, Thrawn's distinctive and memorable rising up the ranks quickly history within the machinations of the Galactic Empire, and the solidifying of his reputation as the uniquely first alien soldier/warrior to capture the approval of the dreaded Emperor himself, is revealed in the officially recognised new novel from his creator, THRAWN, published in UK hardback via Century Books, and has quickly received race reviews and acclaim as the must-have original SW novel of the year so far.


Timothy Zahn on His Novel Thrawn, How to Pronounce the Grand Admiral's Full Name, and More | StarWars.com

Image: DISNEY XD.

UK fans of Grand Admiral Thrawn will finally get to see his epic fight against the Ghost crew in the spectacular hour finale to STAR WARS REBELS Season Three, Zero Hour, on Saturday 22nd April, 2017, on DISNEY XD.


OUT NOW: 'ROGUE ONE' - JUNIOR NOVEL ADAPTATION


Giving us a fast paced, always page turning adaptation of the action, intrigue, loyalty, bravery and danger experienced by the resolute Rebel heroine Jyn Erso and her loyal team in stealing the plans to the fearsome Death Star battle station from right under the very noses of their Imperial enemy, Matt Forbeck can be commended for his sterling work with this new Junior Novel, out now from DISNEY/EGMONT, that proves a worthy edition to the modern and fresh appealing STAR WARS printed realm for readers 9+.

Get it here: Star Wars: Rogue One: Junior Novel: Amazon.co.uk: Matt Forbeck: 9781405285681: Books

Note: Sadly, the UK edition of the book does not come with the colour photo section publicised with the American edition.

OUT NOW: NEW CLASSIC TRILOGY BOOKS FROM TOPPS


It's a bumper month for all lovers of the classic TOPPS STAR WARS cards and stickers series of the 70's to 90's, as TOPPS' long-time editor/writer and keeper of the STAR WARS card universe collective Gary Gerani, once more happily aligned with ABRAMS BOOKS, present their collection of the much beloved 1995 card set devoted to the original version of STAR WARS in its premiere showcase 'widevision' format, featuring images specially selected and telecine captured from the unaltered original 1977 movie, at a time before the film was widely available to see in its full aspect ratio- so successful and fan acclaimed was this launch set that it became the opening salvo to an outstanding run of STAR WARS cards and imagery presented in this special size, in presentations that have continued to this day as a release tradition up to The Force Awakens. Adding welcome completism, the book also comes with the later 1997 Special Edition card set of the film,  that was specially focused on all the love them or hate them editorial, optical and effects changes made to the film by George Lucas and ILM for a new cinema watching generation in the saga's then 20th Anniversary year. RANCHO OBI-WAN's Stephen Sansweet returns to bring his editorial comments and behind the scenes information to bear on this particular and also visually impressive set.

Relive those halcyon special days of specialist card collecting, here: Star Wars Widevision: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume One (Topps Star Wars): Amazon.co.uk: Gary Gerani: 9781419724497: Books


Continuing the fun and celebrations, also available via ABRAMS, comes the TOPPS compilation book featuring these earliest merchandise collectibles linked to the Classic Trilogy in sticker form, reprinting 250 of the classic sticker images that first showcased the 1977 adventure's memorable characters and action (and mostly in their original release size for this new publication), worthily just in time for the saga's Fortieth Anniversary. The title also comes with eighteen bonus stickers mixing 'Legacy' heroes and villains with the new stars of The Force Awakens, plus five pullout backgrounds to create your own sticker posters on one side, or display a recreation of the classic Topps STAR WARS puzzle poster on the other. A colourful, nostalgic treat, indeed.

Get it here: Star Wars Topps Classic Sticker Book: Amazon.co.uk: The Topps Company: 9781419727115: Books

OUT NOW: 'DARTH VADER AND FAMILY' BY JEFFREY BROWN


Jeffrey Brown's acclaimed cute and colourful reimagining of the STAR WARS saga in children's universe form continues to surprise and delight fans young and old - his latest striking and memorable work out now from CHRONICLE BOOKS: Darth Vader and Family Colouring Book,

Darth Vader and Family Coloring Book: Amazon.co.uk: Jeffrey Brown: 9781452159232: Books

ROGUE ONE: SENSING THE DARK SIDE...


He may not be a Jedi, but Chirrut Imwe's sense of the Force and its shifting between light and dark aspects is unnervingly accurate, as seen on Eadu, when he soon notes the building darkness surrounding Cassian Andor and his "mission" linked to Galen Erso.

A tense moment from ROGUE ONE, and another great character moment for Donnie Yen.

EPISODE VII: A LEGEND RETURNS....


She may have some rust here and there, and some interlopers have put some undesirable linkages and components to restrict her operating systems over the years, but when the Millennium Falcon takes flight once more, its a beautiful thing, proving her worth to new flyers Rey and Finn in maneuvering from TIE Fighter pursuit across the skies and deserts of Jakku, in this great composite image for THE FORCE AWAKENS...


CLASSIC IMAGE: SALACIOUS SIDEKICK!


Keeping his watchful eyes and snout on proceedings within Jabba the Hutt's Palace on Tatooine, Salacious B. Crumb was very much the STAR WARS equivalent of Peter Lorre (if a lot smaller) to Jabba's bulky and intimidating Sydney Greenstreet, during the beginning of RETURN OF THE JEDI.

This shot was one of numerous images sent as reference to KENNER back in 1982 when the ROTJ toy line was in preparation.

CLASSIC IMAGE: A LEADER TO THE END...


With the command centre having taken a direct hit, Han Solo has commendably come to check on the princess, but doesn't exactly get a welcome reception in response, in a classic moment from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.


BEHIND THE SCENES: A WOOKIEE IN THE BUILDING!


Soon back on set for EPISODE III on the soundstages of the Australian FOX Studios, Peter Mayhew, now wearing an all-new wookiee costume, alongside make-up talents Dave and Lou Elsey, get to visit George Lucas and receive his seal of approval. Chewbacca is indeed back, like eighteen years hadn't passed at all!

CLASSIC IMAGE: "THE WAR HAS BEGUN..."


With prior Separatist/Republic instability now leading to full-scale Galactic war, and the nobel Jedi now swamped in their duty whilst also becoming unwilling leadrrs to a Clone Army not of their making, the dark deeds of the returned Sith, and slow revenge on their sworn enemies, are coming to fruition by Darth's Sidious and Tyranus as EPISODE II'S cinematic storytelling comes to a close.

CLASSIC IMAGE: A SITH SNEAK ATTACK!


Knowing that he must protect the Queen from this mysterious new Force using attacker, Qui-Gon takes his opponent into the nearby sand dunes, in this fast but intense lightsaber duel action moment from EPISODE I.

THE CLONE WARS: LEGENDS OF THE FORCE!


True STAR WARS hero legends stand ready for action in this lovely composite image for the later seasons of THE CLONE WARS animated series. With three uncompleted seasons of animatic material and scripts that can still be mined, let's hope the first Lucasfilm STAR WARS animated series continues to appear in comics and book form for the not too distant future.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

ROGUE ONE: A PARADISE... OF DANGER!


In their stolen cargo shuttle now codenamed Rogue One, our heroes arrive at the security heavy installation- a world of rich paradisical beauty caught in the stranglehold of Imperial technology, in this lovely effects shot from ROGUE ONE.

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "I CARE.."


With his seeming greed and callous nature, Han Solo hasn't won over Princess Leia's thanks and admiration (well, not yet!), but young Luke Skywalker is clearly besotted by the girl of his adventurous dreams and clearly gets jealous when Han deliberately riles him about her, in a nice character moment pause between intense action in STAR WARS.

STAR WARS AFICIONADO WEBSITE: DELETED SCENE (UPDATED): FALCON DUDES!

Monday, 27 March 2017

ROGUE ONE: DO, OR DIE TRYING...


Now firm allies and friends, Jyn and Cassian realise they and their small team of battle-hardened Rebel commandos have no choice but to go it alone in their mission to steal the Death Star plans, in this great build-up moment on Yavin IV, from ROGUE ONE, out now in the US on Digital Download, and Blu-ray from April 4th, 2017.

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT!"


The Millennium Falcon has survived its battle with the TIE sentry ships, but there's damage to key points of its interior, and Threepio has been caught in the middle of it all, as usual. Also, as usual, he's blaming his poor droid compadre through thick and thin, Artoo, for any and all woeful predicaments!

This scene was originally planned as to being part of a sequence early on aboard the Rebel Blockade Runner after the corridor explosion they narrowly miss in the Rebel/Stormtrooper crossfire.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

ROGUE ONE: A BOND OF LOVE AND FREEDOM!


Brave and resilient to the end in the face of a years-long Imperial manhunt, Lyra Erso and daughter Jyn try to escape the clutches of Orson Krennic's newly arrived presence on Lah'mu, during the opening to ROGUE ONE.

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The final sentry TIE fighter comes in for its attack run on the Falcon, and finally in Han Solo's dogged targeting sights, in the classic finale scene to the fast-paced space battle, topped by a spectacular final explosion courtesy of pyrotechnics whizz Joe Viskocil.

The lone TIE fighter being shot at ILM.
The separately filmed explosion added to the final cut.

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