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With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just a week away, me and my fellow Star Wars news sites will begin switching tracks and start the year-long news train for Star Wars: Episode VIII. Even with Rogue One stealing the headlines for most of 2016, there have been several big rumors for Star Wars: Episode VIII. From a Force battle royale on AHCT-TO to Poe’s mutiny aboard a starship, the spoilers will undoubtedly keep coming in 2017.
Today that slow moving train began to pick up some steam with MakingStarWars.net revealing details of Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Jason and Making Star Wars, once again being the only spoiler game in town, announced that we would indeed see Supreme Leader Snoke in the flesh on screen. No more holograms for this Dark Side user as we get to see this large imposing figure in person with Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and General Armitage Hux.
Snoke being present in Star Wars Episode VIII isn’t huge news of course but what is juicy about this story, is the details of how he is presented on screen as a full-scale puppet.
For Star Wars: Episode VIII it appears, at least in part, that Snoke will not be a character generated in a computer. Instead, he will be a huge puppet around seven to eight feet tall, taking several people to operate and a man inside a suit to make him walk. Stylistically, it seems as if Snoke may be CGI generated for the holographic communication sequences, but when he has scenes in Episode VIII next to real flesh-and-blood humans like Kylo Ren he will be a practical puppet with facial features operated by the crew.

Supreme Leader Snoke has been built as a practical humanoid in Star Wars: Episode VIII that will be further enhanced with CGI. There are great benefits for Actors working alongside actual puppets. The sort of natural reveries and subtlety that only happens when Actors are looking at something real in front of them. Moreover having this large figure looming into the frame will be compelling, even alongside my fellow towering giants of Adam Driver and Gwendoline Christie. The dimensions of the puppet are as large as the persona of this titanic character. Supreme Leader Snoke, standing over eight feet tall with freakishly long arms highlights Snoke’s humanoid alien race. Which we believe is the Anchorites of Jakku.
The size of Snoke brings a delightful dilemma for us here at The Post. In a very rare occurrence, we have staked our claim on a Snoke theory and set it firmly in concrete, that Supreme Leader Snoke is none other than Admiral Gallius Rax from Chuck Wendig’s novel, Star Wars: Aftermath “Life Debt.” A character that escapes almost all descriptions of his appearance, except for the alabaster white paleness of his skin and his powder blue eyes.
We know from the Art of the Force Awakens book that Snoke was a good looking fellow in the past until a traumatic event or mutation injured and contorted this Dark Force wielder into the Grotesk being we see in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Which brings us to the size question with today’s spoiler reveal from Making Star Wars. Was Admiral Gallius Rax an eight foot giant humanoid in Aftermath: Life Debt? If not then does this confirm that Snoke does indeed undergo an incredible transformation to the contorted nightmare we witnessed in a hologram on Starkiller Base?
The Art of the Force Awakens may provide another clue suggesting that Snoke’s fall into the Dark Side disfigured him over time. The Battle of Jakku may explain Snoke’s injuries, but it doesn’t explain the unusual size and dimensions of Supreme Leader Snoke. A size that arguably wouldn’t be purposely left out of the pages in Life Debt. But in all honestly, it may have been to safeguard the grand reveal. Out of all the characters in Life Debt, Admiral Gallius Rax is the only one with minor description.
But let’s say for speculation’s sake that Admiral Gallius Rax does undergo a sort of transmutation mentioned in the Art of the Force Awaken book. An event that changes not only his incredible power in the Dark Side of the Force but the outside ugliness that goes with it. Just like Papa Palpatine before him, the Dark Side don’t make them pretty in the long run. Those gorgeous Space Jesus looks only come with the Light Side of the Force. Just like the Sith that proceeded Snoke, a new name comes with the dark death and rebirth into the Dark Side of the Force. In his case it’s Admiral Gallius Rax to Supreme Leader Snoke.






The mysterious web that encapsulates Admiral Gallious Rax and Snoke lies in the doorway of the secret Imperial Research Base beneath the hot sands of Jakku. This mystical facility mentioned in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens “The Visual Dictionary” by Pablo Hidalgo, Rey’s Survival Guide by Jason Fry and in Star Wars: Aftermath “Life Debt” by Chuck Wendig could be the tie-in to Snoke’s metamorphosis. Could there be some Dark Side power or wellspring that resides at this base? A power so envied by Lord Sidious, which spurred his excavation and first encounter with the young Anchorite Gallius Rax on the Plaintive Hand plateau. An ancient holy site of the Consecrated Ermite of Jakku.
This thought of this secret ancient sacred site, secret research facility and the Force transforming a being, harkens me back to my days at George Mason University playing Star Wars Jedi Knight on my trusty Pentium II PC. There is that center block cell of a dorm room; I spent hours playing as Kyle Katarn pitting himself against Desann, in the Valley of the Jedi, as the wellspring of the Force supersized this Tyrannosaurus looking villain. I wonder if the Plaintive Hand plateau on Jakku is paying homage to the Valley of the Jedi from the Jedi Knight PC game.
All of this is pure speculation of course, but Lucasfilm bringing in elements from legendary Star Wars PC titles into the new canon isn’t uncommon. Just this past week on Star Wars Rebels we were delighted to witness the return of the TIE Defender from a Star Wars flight simulator series that ate up more of my early college years than should have been allowed.
One of the central tenants of Rax’s persona is hubris. The character is chock full of it. If there were some way to increase his power in the Force by orders of magnitude, he would leap at the chance. The parallels between Snoke’s transformation, the secret Imperial research base on Jakku to the Jedi Knight Series and the Valley of the Jedi are really fun and worth a guilty minute or two swimming around your brain meat.
I’m curious if Admiral Gallius Rax delved too deeply into unnatural manipulations of the Dark Side of the Force on Jakku, leaving him powerful but transfigured and grotesque. There is still a chance that we are completely wrong on this one, but alas why introduce such a meglomaniac character to only have him step aside for some new guy named Snoke.
In a few short months, we may just find that out with the last installment of Chuck’s Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath series “Empire’s End.” There at the Battle of Jakku, we just may find out more about Supreme Leader Snoke and his ultimate metamorphosis and rise to power.
With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just a week away, me and my fellow Star Wars news sites will begin switching tracks and start the year-long news train for Star Wars: Episode VIII. Even with Rogue One stealing the headlines for most of 2016, there have been several big rumors for Star Wars: Episode …
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With only a few shorts weeks left to this miserable 2016, some good news just turned up. Variety is reporting that the legendary John Williams will be back to score and record the music for Star Wars: Episode VIII.
“Williams concedes that he had hoped for greater commercial success for “The BFG,” which was deemed a box-office disappointment after its July 1 release. His next film, however, won’t be: He begins recording “Star Wars Episode VIII” in December and expects to record off and on through March or April 2017.”
This announcement is a welcomed surprise. There has always been a veil of uncertainty on whether the 84-year-old composer would retire before the next chapter of our saga. John Williams has spoken in the past of the love he has for “Rey’s Theme” which colored the soundtrack for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. At one point saying with tongue and cheek that no matter who did the score for Star Wars: Episode VIII, he would handle Rey’s theme as his own. Well now, he gets the whole movie as his canvas.
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With only a few shorts weeks left to this miserable 2016, some good news just turned up. Variety is reporting that the legendary John Williams will be back to score and record the music for Star Wars: Episode VIII. “Williams concedes that he had hoped for greater commercial success for “The BFG,” which was deemed …
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It never surprises me that one uttered sentence from the right person can spawn blogs and the entertainment trades into overdrive. When one of our favorite writers Anthony Breznican from Entertainment Weekly made an appearance on the Rebel Force Radio podcast and resurfaced a theory from ancient history. That old theory, from circa July 2015, was about Rey’s lineage and her possible connection to Obi-Wan Kenobi. A fascinating piece at the time as no one actually had been talking about it, except for yours truly and a few others on online forums. That story titled “In the Shadow Of Obi-Wan Kenobi” was a pure speculation piece that discussed why weren’t Star Wars fans considering Kenobi as a link to Rey’s ancestry. The story had no direct quotes, or even suggestions that he may have overheard some serious talk from those in the know. The piece stood out so much that it had it’s own gorgeous artwork generated for it by EW artist Martin Ansin.
That story solidified my mild interest in the Rey/Kenobi theory that I immediately wrote a feature for the Post “Kenobi’s Lineage And The Force Awakens” about what’s possible. One of the great joys about us spoiler hounds is taking a theory from someone and jumping into their shoes for a bit and seeing what’s possible. Not just to rip their theories apart but to instead help them find other threads that might support their conclusions. From that story and three more after, we here at the Post took some time to throw a timeline up to see how this all fits in the saga. Just by looking at the timeline it’s becomes very apparent that Obi-Wan Kenobi could not be Rey’s father unless he had made a special deposit at a sperm bank. Which doesn’t exactly make for great story telling. However what this timeline does show is when Rey’s mother would have to be born if she had Rey at 20 or 40 years of age. It’s that one piece that could possibly set the stage, if any of Obi-Wan fathering a child and when. For example what age would Rey’s mother be during the time of Obi-Wan’s seclusion? or perhaps was she born during the Clone Wars?
In order to help our readers jump into this theories shoes, here is an updated timeline to run around in. The dates now reflect BBY/ABY and for added speculative fun we threw in Satine Kryze into the mix as she is the front runner when it comes to Obi-Wan and a possible love interest. It’s always a bit of fun to jump into the speculation sauna and sweat it out a bit, but just remember folks staying in too long will have you looking like Supreme Leader Snoke.
Enjoy the timeline and here’s a quick listing of some of our previous features on this theory.
“Will The Real Parents Of Rey, Please Stand Up”. 
“Rey’s Lineage And A Timeline For Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.

 
It never surprises me that one uttered sentence from the right person can spawn blogs and the entertainment trades into overdrive. When one of our favorite writers Anthony Breznican from Entertainment Weekly made an appearance on the Rebel Force Radio podcast and resurfaced a theory from ancient history. That old theory, from circa July 2015, …
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A news site called prensaimperial.com (Imperial Press) looked to have obtained a digital copy of Empire’s January 2017 edition which contained some new images for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. There are also some remarks made in the piece about the film, but until we get some actual verification that it’s from Empire, we choose to not produce it. The images, of course, are real and look spectacular. Enjoy the images folks.









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The Rogue One images just keep coming with only twenty days to go, IMAX and Empire have delivered today with some new posters and images for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The three new posters for IMAX, was announced on Star Wars UK Twitter account, features our heroes on a simple white background. Which are still trying to get clarification, but I wonder if these posters will be handed to patrons at the IMAX theaters like what was done for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Empire Magazine also doubled down today on the Rogue One imagery with some new shots of their own. Adding to that we came across a great new poster and banner on the JC Forums from StarOcean90 and ThreeDeathStickProblem. Special thanks to BenYodaDegobah who provided the three IMAX posters without the logo.
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Well, that sure didn’t take long as EW continues its roll out its coverage of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with fifteen new photos of the upcoming film. The pictures are fantastic with some new unseen screencaps. Enjoy the photos everyone and please check out Anthony’s story at the EW site for the other 11 images.
 







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Leave it to Lucasfilm to drop one helluva bomb on us right before the mid-season break with what looks to be one incredible episode of Star Wars Rebels. In the new preview for “Vision and Voices” we see Ezra once again in the haunting presence of Maul. In what looks to be a peek at Maul’s collection of gathered artifacts and keepsakes on Dathomir, (who knew he hoarder right? we see a great mozaic Satine Kryze of and the incredible Darksaber of Mandalore. Enjoy the preview folks.
Leave it to Lucasfilm to drop one helluva bomb on us right before the mid-season break with what looks to be one incredible episode of Star Wars Rebels. In the new preview for “Vision and Voices” we see Ezra once again in the haunting presence of Maul. In what looks to be a peek at Maul’s …
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Out of all the mysteries floating around our Galaxy, none grabs the attention of the fandom and casual Star Wars fans more than Rey’s lineage. It’s a question we get almost daily here at The Star Wars Post in emails and Twitter PM’s. I cannot express how many times in business meetings, casual chat’s with friends and family, especially during holidays where that ultimate question comes up.
The desire to answer that question is about as real and organic as it gets from the masses. However, I think we can all agree that Rey’s family history isn’t as important as the life and experiences of the character itself. Her trials and tribulations during her hellish years on Jakku or her rising to the occasion in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is what’s most important. Rey is her own person, and although her family history is a part of her story and possibly a plot twist in the coming episodes of our saga, it’s not the only mystery out there. From the great novels, animation series and books, there are a few more mysteries that I believe are just as enticing and perhaps more important in the saga of Star Wars. With that, we have assembled the top six Star Wars mysteries to soak into the brain meat of our readers that will hopefully engage your inner detective and spur new conversations with your friends and family. Especially if they haven’t had the chance to pick up one of the great new novels, comics, books or watch Star Wars Rebels. An investment in tiny treasure and time in these works that are absolutely worth it.
*There are some minor spoilers presented below so please, be warned.
Mystery #6 Star Wars Rebels – Minister Tua And What The Emperor Is Doing On Jakku.
In the first episode of the second season of Star Wars Rebels, “The Siege Of Lothal” Minister Tua is relieved of her position due to her failure of squelching the Rebel cell on Lothal. Due to her failure in allowing this cell to broadcast a message of dissent and hope she has been commanded to face Governor Tarkin. The Minister, now terrified for her life reaches out to our heroes of the Ghost in a plea for exfiltration off Lothal. Minister Tua’s bargaining chip to secure that help was her revelation that there is a secret reason on why Emperor Palpatine is on Lothal and it’s not only for its natural resources. The secrecy of the Emperor actions on Lothal has never been revealed as the treachery of Agent Kallus Officer led to the demise of Minister Tuo before it could be unearthed. After a long season and some episodes into season three, we have yet to find out that secret, however given the description of the next upcoming episode “An Inside Man” we may get more clues.
Why it’s important:

In all the new canon works, whether it’s the novels, comics or the animation series there is always small bits of news of the Emperor’s secret projects throughout the Galaxy. Whether it’s two trees smuggled away from the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, kidnapping of Force Sensitive children or mining resources for the Death Star, the Emperor is a long-con schemer with a master plan. Lothal is important to Star Wars Rebels as it has been its primary landscape in the series. Everything seems to revolve around it, and it has shown to be the center of the Galaxy for our heroes. The series will inevitably merge into the space of the upcoming spin-off film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and one has to wonder if the secret of Lothal is inevitably linked to the Empire’s new superweapon, the Death Star.

Mystery #5 How Luke’s Lightsaber Get’s Into Maz Kanata’s Possession.
If there was ever one subject that had been discussed, debated to death on Star Wars forums in the run-up to Episode VII it was the tale of Luke’s lightsaber resurfacing in the catacombs of Maz’s sprawling castle complex. When rumors initially broke of Luke’s lightsaber floating through space in the original opening of the film, many theories and debates raged on about how and why it found it’s way into Maz’s possession. Initially, it was thought that this would be the McGuffin of the film and as it turned out it wasn’t, but still uniquely important as story telling device to convince our reluctant hero to take up the cause. The tale of Luke’s lightsaber and it’s journey is important not only to spur on our new heroine and bring on the jealous rage of Kylo Ren but to remind Luke that as much as you try to run from your destiny, you ultimately can’t. The lightsaber, once owned by his Father, has been used as a terrifying weapon against innocents and eventually an heirloom to a Son in waiting. It has for the most part been a baton handed from a Kenobi to Skywalker and now from Rey back to Luke in a scene without anything ever being spoken. An heirloom that has the power to draw a person in and have them see visions.
Why it’s important:

In the new canon of Star Wars, the concept of Sith and Jedi artifacts and their power are evident in the Aftermath Novels and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In those pages and scenes, we witness Kylo Ren and The Acolytes from Beyond work to gather these relics for unknown reasons. The lightsaber of Darth Vader is a must have for Kylo Ren and may explain the rain-soaked scene in Rey’s vision of a village being slaughtered by him and his Knights of Ren. A scene that was rumored to be Kylo’s hunt for the lightsaber found in a village of a wealthy merchant who purchased the lightsaber lost on Bespin years ago. The trail and tales of this lightsaber maybe just a tool to get the story in gear, but it is still on our list of “a good story for a different time.”
Mystery #4 “The Sitter” on Jakku.

One of the greatest books released in the last two years has been Rey’s Survival Guide. This young adult book is chock full of the mysteries of Jakku and a snapshot into the hard existence of Rey on the sweltering landscape of Jakku. One interesting entry in her journal is the description of “The Sitter”, a holy man hunched over sitting atop a pillar in the Sun along the Pilgrim Road along the Carbon Ridge. A very curious story that seems really out of place when you place against the backdrop of everyday life on Jakku. When the business of scavenging and scraping for existence is paramount, here is this beautifully mysterious human character who day after day climbs his pillar and meditates in the scorching Sun. His survival only exists but for the help and offerings of the Teedo’s that pass by along the Pilgrim Road.
Why it’s important:

Lucasfilm is seeding the idea about an ancient religion on Jakku and it’s importance to the new era of Star Wars. It’s there just underneath the covers in the Aftermath novel series, Rey’s Survival Guide and Star Wars Complete Locations. Jakku is fast becoming a truly wondrous and mysterious place and not just some junkyard of wrecked ships in a battle long past. The tie-in of an ancient religious site, a strange sitting holy man and now a secret Imperial Research Facility makes it even more enticing. One has to wonder if this man is none other than Lor San Tekka, who perished at the hand of Kylo Ren in the first act of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A religious man himself trying to restore the Church of the Force.
Mystery #3 Jedi, The Force And The Trees.

Late last year in the run-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a four part miniseries comic “Star Wars: Shattered Empire was released. This miniseries starts in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Endor and ends in the most bizarre way, which had many of us scratching our heads. The series ends with Luke Skywalker and Shara Bey securing two trees’s from an Imperial base on Vetine. The two tree’s were ripped from the grounds of the Jedi Temple in Corruscant by the Empire for some unknown research. One of the trees was taken by Luke and the other with Shara Bay (The mother of Poe Dameron) to the planet Yavin IV. The tree was planted on the grounds outside the Massassi Temples which would eventually be the stomping ground for young Poe. This peculiar event in Shattered Empire started to make some sense when drone spy shots were taken on the outside Star Wars: Episode VIII film sets of Pinewood Studios. There, next to the full replica of the Millennium Falcon on AHCT-TO stood a beautifully old tree. A tree that resembles not only the Jedi seal but the Jedi Temple of Corruscant.
Why it’s important:
The Force tree as we have referred to it on online forums could be an integral part of the lore of The Force and its early beginnings. Luke’s search for the first Jedi Temple, which we are led to believe is AHCH-TO, and the appearance of this enormous tree is no coincidence. The Force has always been compared to its origins in all living things in nature while the Dark Side has always represented the deliberate corruption and unnaturally twisted use of the Force. Perhaps during Star Wars: Episode VIII we will learn more about this tree, and it’s significance in our saga.
Mystery #2 Admiral Gallius Rax, Emperor Palpatine and Supreme Leader Snoke.
Chuck Wendig’s marvelous second addition to the Aftermath series of novels “Life Debt” revealed the mysterious fleet Admiral known as Gallius Rax. This titanic persona, chock full of power, intellect, wisdom and patience is the architect of The First Order. More than that, we here at the Post have driven a stake into the ground that this goliath of a character is none other than Supreme Leader Snoke or the eventuality of him.

We believe that Lucasfilm has done something amazing here by not only detailing the origins of the First Order but also of Supreme Leader Snoke in an entertainment vehicle that does it justice. By merging with the great talent of Author Chuck Wendig, and telling this story in a novel, we get to drown in the bathtub of all things evil and swim around in it without the rush for time. When every minute of a movie is dedicated to the story at hand, there is very little that can be devoted to the backstory. Especially one as complex as the long con of Supreme Leader Snoke and the resurgence of the First Order. A decade’s old plan mired in politics, big money and secrecy.
Why it’s important:
What makes this particular mystery especially juicy is the chief investigator pushing for the truth is none other than Admiral Rae Sloane in her bid to usurp control of the Imperial Remnant. In Aftermath: Life Debt it is Sloane that uncovers the origins of young Gallius Rax and his close connection with Emperor Palpatine. In her determination to unseat a man she feels unfit for the ideals of the Empire, she uncovers his direct link to the Dark Lord of The Sith and the secrecy surrounding his ascendency through the Imperial Ranks. This tale is supremely important and in our view ties the two critical connections for our new main Antagonist in the saga. The first is a position of authority in order to slide into the power vacuum Emperor Palpatine left behind. The second and most important is Supreme Leaders Snoke’s knowledge of the Dark Side of the Force. A skill that is obtained from Master to Apprentice and with Gallius Rax and Lord Sidious, we have that connection. There are so many delicious layers in “Life Debt” that begin to lay the foundation of this magnanimous character to become Supreme Leader Snoke eventually. How or why this transformation takes place is still unknown. However, more will be revealed of this mystery when the third installment of Aftermath “Empire’s End” hits the shelves early next year.
Mystery #1 Secret Imperial Research Facility Beneath Jakku.

The incredibly hot and inhospitable planet of Jakku is fast becoming a place of wonder and mystery. Initially in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many of us agreed with Han Solo when we just chalked up this planet in the Western Reaches of the Galaxy as just some insignificant junkyard. With little life, gobs of despair and nothing of any real value left, we always wondered why did J.J Abrams go with Jakku and not Tatootine, which is so similar in many respects.
That began to change however with more creative works being released by Lucasfilm. From Rey’s Survival Guide to Aftermath “Life Debt”, these new revelations cemented the fact that Jakku is much more important to our saga than we first realized. This enlightenment is clearly evident in the first and last chapters in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath “Life Debt”. In those chapters, we learn of young Gallious Rax witnessing the Emperor’s Imperial shuttle land on the dusty Plaintive Hand plateau. An ancient holy site of the Consecrated Ermite of Jakku. A place of importance for the Emperor as he begins the project to excavate this ancient holy place, which will eventually become a secret Imperial research facility. A mysterious base and staging point into the outer reaches of the Galaxy for the Empire. A Complex that is hidden in the mountains of Carbon Ridge near the Goazan desert that is initially protected by a young Gallius Rax and an orphan group who call themselves Anchorites. Rey’s speaks to the mystery of that underground base in her journal as she lists the top three theories from the washing tabled about the infamous Battle of Jakku.
“It was to protect that secret Imperial Base I told you about, the one under the Carbon Ridge”. “…The Imperial base was beneath the sinking fields, and it wasn’t a base, but a storehouse filled with treasure looted from ancient civilizations and hidden on Jakku by the Emperor.”…”…see the Emperor had a throne room here, from which he planned to explore and conquer the rest of the Galaxy.”
All three theories seem to be true, but we do know from Star Wars Complete Locations, that it was a secret Imperial research facility.

The fact alone that both Gallius Rax/Snoke and Rey have their origins on Jakku is enough to get the speculating glands working overtime.
Why it’s important:

Gallius Rax makes a bold decision at the end of Aftermath: Life Debt to move all his capital ships and fleet of the Imperial remnant to Jakku which will set the stage for the Battle of Jakku. This planet is vital to his interests for some unknown reason. Why this Imperial research facility rests in Carbon Ridge on an ancient holy site of the Consecrated Ermite of Jakku is a grand mystery. A project started by the Emperor himself during the years preceding the Battle of Naboo. In Aftermath Life Debt, Chuck Wendig states that this excavation event begins 30 years before the Battle of Jakku which suggests that Supreme Chancellor Palpatine made his excavation work on Jakku a priority for his new administration.
Another reason why this research facility at this ancient religious site may play a serious role in our saga is the transformation of Gallious Rax into Supreme Leader Snoke. We know from the Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens book that Supreme Leader Snoke had undergone a serious transformation “It’s almost like Snoke was quite handsome when he was younger. And in my mind, the more powerful he’s become, the more the Dark Side consumes him”. in his depth into the Dark Side of the Force. Perhaps this facility uncovered a secret wellspring of the Dark Side that transforms the confident good looking blue eyed, pale Rax into the ghoulish horror we see in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
 
We hope you enjoyed these six mysteries to ponder and we hoped it sparked some motivation to seek out these great works from Lucasfilm. Please take the leap in purchasing the great Star Wars novels, books, and comics. You will be glad you did.
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It’s 12:20 and do you know where your Fandango is? Because it’s sure as shit isn’t up and selling tickets. The curtain has been lifted and the chorus has begun with the sale of tickets for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. One of the primary ticket sales sites, Fandango went down almost immediately, and many other locations saw long stretches of time before tickets could be secured. The more privately owned your theater is the better chances of an individual securing a seat. Right now as I am typing this post, countless friends, colleagues and strangers are complaining, laughing with glee all covered in excitement.
This fervor also a great sign of interest for the first spin-off film for the franchise. With this mad rush for tickets, we also were treated to a new tv spot which may show Grand Moff Tarkin himself. We have written about the possibility of Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One for some time, and it would be quite a story. Of course, it makes sense for the Grand Moff to be in this film the questions remains however in what way? Would the vile, evil, maniacal strong arm of the Empire be shown from behind or just off angle? Or perhaps straight on camera with a CG likeness of Peter Cushing, voiced by Stephen Stanton from Star Wars Rebels ?
Time will tell, and with only a few short weeks we will know. Good luck with the tickets everyone and may the Force be with you.
 

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There is one undeniable fact that you learn as a Father when your kids are Toddlers-no toys have any real staying power. I don’t care how much the kids love the sounds it makes, or how it lights up. The super cool way the ladder swings from the fire truck or Kion’s roar from the main character in Disney’s The Lion Guard. Sooner or later, the kids will toss into the Sarlacc pit that is their toy chest. Very few toys make it past a day or so, and it’s much rarer for those to pass the one week mark.
Then again, once in a while, a real gem comes along that can grab a kids attention and stay with them for a long time. In most cases, it’s a favorite stuffed animal or action figure. Heck, my two-year-old son small comfy blanket or “Blanky” is his daily toy of choice. That soft 2×3 weave of fun isn’t a toy but more fun and personal than even a puppy. It’s those playthings that hit that secret sweet spot for a child because they become something more than a piece of plastic. They become real.
When Sphero was kind to send us the first review sample of their BB-8 smart toy last year, I wanted to do a review centered on the whether this toy was appropriate for toddlers and if it had staying power. So while all the other sites deep dived into mechanics and operation of this new hot toy, I wanted a review for Parents and whether the moderate cost of the toy was worth it. It was of course and after a year later, my kids are just as enamored and involved with BB-8 as they day they first got to play with it. No kidding folks, Sphero’s BB-8 has essentially become the family pet and something that is near and dear to my four-year-old daughter’s heart. It charges on her nightstand every night and the kids play with it multiple times a week. The biggest factor of that constraint is the use of my smartphone. A restriction that has just been lifted with Sphero’s new Force Band wearable.
The fantastically awesome folks at Sphero, who do a fantastic job interfacing with reviewers and customers, delivered us a review copy of their new Force Band and limited edition BB-8. Sphero’s is a small shop brimming with talent and smart, efficient marketing. It was a pleasure receiving this hot item for the holiday season and we are happy to put it through its paces for our readers. Especially those parents out there looking to make the leap for this new wearable. There is no better place to showcase this awesome bit of engineering than at the Smithsonian Air and Space Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, here by our home in Northern Virginia. So with my daughter Gabby in tow, we set out to have a fun afternoon admiring aircraft and having fun showing off BB-8 and the Force Band to museum goers. We are at the Udvar-Hazy center often and this was just another reason to get us out to see these marvelous aircraft.
First and foremost, the direction to put this motion control wearable to control BB-8 is a godsend. For over a year, my smartphone will be able to break its chains of bondage and be liberated. My kids can now play with BB-8 when they want, how they want and a whole lot more. The ability to control BB-8 while at the same time keeping the kids in the Star Wars Galaxy by mimicking the use of the Force was brilliant. They could have easily come out with a simple controller to use with BB-8 but instead, come out with a multifunction wearable that engages the kids more than ever with the toy they love.
The Force Band has just enough complexity to give the kids a challenge and achieve competent use of it quickly. Another win for kids learning something on their own. The movements sync’s with BB-8 well and is a blast to perform. From the Force Push to have BB-8 dart off and the gradual lowering of the arm to slow it down, it syncs and responds beautifully. Rotating BB-8 headed direction by rotating your wrist is simple enough as is bringing your hands back toward your face to have it return. The arm movements to turn BB-8 take a little practice but still is very intuitive and fun.
For my four-year-old daughter Gabby, the new Force Band and BB-8 were a cinch to use.
The Force Band does more than control BB-8 with its four modes of operation. The second mode is Battle Training which allows Gabby to use the Force Band as Blaster and Lightsaber. By mimicking the motions of a recoiling Blaster or the swipe of a Lightsaber, the sounds effects are loud and clear and bring another level of fun for my Negosonic Toddler Warhead. If she isn’t controlling BB-8, she’s running around the house with a Nerf gun and Force Band with blaster sound effects echoing through the room.
There is also the Force Awareness mode that has Gabb’s running around the house looking for holocron to enjoy. The Force Awareness is the only mode that doesn’t grab her attention as much as the others because she would rather play Pokemon instead.
The new BB-8 for the special edition is weathered and does look different compared to the existing release of the original BB-8. I do prefer the original shiny gloss look over the matte finish of the new special edition BB-8 but both models look great. Both the Force Band and BB-8 are sturdy and well made and can take a beating with the kids. Just like our review from last year, I wanted to give this new toy time with my children to gauge its staying power and boy did this one come out with flying colors. Which is truly impressive considering it is to be used with a toy that they have had in their possession for over a year.
Sphero’s Forceband and BB-8 are intuitive, challenging toys for your kids that will have them engaged for months on end. These toys have real staying power and are as endearing to a child as their favorite teddy bear or blanky.
Special thanks to Sphero for once again providing us with a review sample and another great toy for the kids. Sphero’s BB-8 truly is our family pet. The special edition BB-8 and Force Band can be found on Amazon for $199.99. Please enjoy the images of some of the aircraft at the Smithsonian Air and Space Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center as well.
























 
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It’s moments like these that remind me how different and in some ways how unique the ramp to Star Wars: The Force Awakens truly was. The pre-ticket announcement for the first film in this new era of Star Wars was made on Monday Night Football to massive audiences in the U.S. and around the globe. That announcement was like pouring gasoline on an existing massive conflagration as many die hard fans knew of the impending ticket sales at the box office that night. Even before the announcement was made toward the end of that game, Fandago the Alamo Cinema Draft House and countless other online cinema ticket venues were flooded with requests bringing down their websites. Minutes turned into hours as many fans across the U.S. were hashing on their F5 keys refreshing sites only to be hit with SQL database errors and 404 Site not available notifications. That had many fans scrambling to do things the primitive old school way and drive frantically to their local theaters to purchase tickets in person. All of this months before the film’s release.
Earlier today, in the middle of the night, the official Star Wars Twitter announced that ticket sales for Rogue One would be available this coming Monday. An announcement that came when many of us in the United States were in turkey, sugar sweet desert coma’s. Never the less the announcement came and went like a phantom in the night and delighted this writer as if it was a Christmas morning present. The differences between the marketing last year and this year for the ticket announcement are stark, but only because Star Wars: The Force Awakens, truly was a special event in the franchise history. An moment that seemed to include everyone on the planet. That timeless let’s all be kids again nostalgia that made “The Force Awakens” special. Part of me longs for that same feeling and warmth that we had last year and why not? Rogue One looks to be a great film with the return of some of our most beloved characters. It is also the first spin-off film which actually makes it unique to the franchise, yet the marketing awareness for this movie to the public isn’t as high. Perhaps it is, like some whisper rebellion that shows itself with nods and smiles from co-workers and family when they come across a Rogue One TV spot. Another Star Wars film will be soon upon us, and I for one am excited. The warmth and magic might not be the same from the multitudes outside my window, but that’s ok, they’ll come around.
Good luck with the ticket sales at midnight Monday folks.
 

Lord Vader, we’ve been expecting you. Tickets for #RogueOne: A Star Wars Story are available on Monday, November 28. pic.twitter.com/is1lIw9W4u
— Star Wars (@starwars) November 25, 2016

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With only twenty-four days to go, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story marketing train in underway at full tilt boogie. Earlier today, EW’s Senior Writer Anthony Breznican, revealed Entertainment Weekly’s covers for the first spin-off film for the franchise. The covers feature our heroine Jyn Erso and Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader, against a gray background, in an issue that is packed full of info. Especially noteworthy is the inclusion of what’s next for Star Wars: Episode VIII which debut’s in December 2017.
The pressure is beginning to mount for this film and what we have seen so far in the trailers and tv spots, leaves us with some sense of confidence. The visuals look spectacular, and the characters and storyline seem solid. The recent release of the Rogue One: Catalyst novel is shaping up to be a great read in my preparation for the run up to the film. A novel I should be finishing up in the coming days so keep an eye out for our extensive review.






On the flip side marketing on paper, we have the deluge of tv spots from around the globe for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Given the waterfall of tv clips last year, we here at the Post decided to take the different stance for this film and only carry them when we thought they might provide something new. We also wanted to be careful with our readers because we are entering the phase where marketing takes over during the tv spot roll out and gives up lots of the film, that frankly are a bit spoiler-ish. Not so much in giving up the story, but showing us some really amazing visual sequences on our tv sets that should have been debuted on the big screen. A noticeable scene buried in a split second was the firing of the Death Star in a television spot. A scene that could have waited till we got our keisters in the seats on December 15th.
In the last couple of days, a new AMC Dolby Cinema poster has been revealed for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. A poster that first made the rounds in a leak from Russia that had us all grinning ear to ear a couple of months back.
Regardless, we do have some tv spots for you today, and we caution that you may want to pass them up if you want to be unspoiled. Enjoy the clips, poster and EW covers folks and be sure to head over to EW for Anthony’s story.
 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story “Dream” TV Spot.

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