All Things Star Wars

In the world we live in today, news travels fast. Covering Star Wars news old and new, we’re here to keep you up to date with the latest, and not-so latest, news. Maybe you’ve seen it, maybe you haven’t. Regardless, we’ve got you covered.

Now let’s kick things into hyperdrive and get things going.

 

The Star Wars Show

Last Tuesday saw the announcement of The Star Wars Show. Pete Townley and Andi Gutierrez are the hosts of the online show, keeping viewers up to date with any news and announcements.

This is an official show of Lucasfilm/Disney, meaning we know everything they say is true, because it’s made and filmed in the very building where they work on Star Wars. Only one episode has aired so far, but viewers and fans should keep an eye on this show since it’s likely to be the place where Star Wars news breaks first.

New episodes are posted every Wednesday on the Star Wars YouTube channel and StarWars.com. You can watch the first episode here is not the xxx version :).

 

Everything We Know About Star Wars Land (So Far)

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Last summer was a dream come true for any Star Wars fan when Walt Disney Company chairman Bob Iger took to the stage at the D23 Expo to announce what will be Star Wars Land, explaining it’s the “first time our guests can immerse themselves in the real physical world that is Star Wars.” Guests will be able to visit the 14 acre park expansion in both Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Iger gave fans a small taste of what to expect in the park, mentioning “local inhabitants” of the Star Wars universe will occupy stores, restaurants, and other sections of the park. This alone is a huge step for Disney Parks, as it’s something that’s never before been experienced anywhere. Not that we know of, at least.

That all sounds amazing, but guests care about one thing above all else: the rides and attractions.

“The land will have two fantastic signature attractions,” Iger stated, “including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy: the Millennium Falcon…”

Done. Sold. Sign us up. But wait, there’s more.

Iger then continued with the description of the second attraction, stating, “and the epic Star Wars adventure that puts you right in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”

Other information about the park is under wraps and the park’s opening date is yet to be announced, but it’s safe to say we’ll be there when it’s open!

 

The New Wave of Star Wars Figures from Funko

Great news for the Star Wars collectors! Funko has announced the third wave of Star Wars Pop figures! The majority of the figures are from The Force Awakens, but there are a few in there from the original trilogy.

Characters like Rey, Poe Dameron, and Kylo Ren already have figures, but this line is offering fans new versions. Not sure about anyone else, but we’ll be picking up a few, and by “a few,” we mean all.

“Traitor!” That’s right! The mysterious crowd favorite FN-2199 scored his own figure in the new wave of figures, along with Maz Kanata and Luke Skywalker!

Be on the lookout for these figures, as some are exclusives to Target, Walgreens, Hot Topic, and GameStop.

You can find the full list of new wave Star Wars Funko Pop figures here.

The new wave of Star Wars Funko Pop figure’s are set to be released this July.

The Perfect Vacation Spots for Star Wars Fans

When we first watched Star Wars, our minds were opened to the idea that an entire galaxy was out there, waiting to be explored. We saw such a wide variety of environments, ranging from the deserts of Tatooine to the polar environment on Hoth to the forest on Endor. Some of us were imbued with this spirit of exploration and decided we would travel to as many places on Earth as we could, at least until we could explore other planets. For hardcore Star Wars fans, there are still several exotic destinations that you can seek out if you’re in the mood to begin your own hero’s journey.

Tunisia

 The Star Wars saga often has its setting on Tatooine, and Lucas found the perfect desert filming location in the North African country of Tunisia. Fortunately, almost all of the sets have stayed put so that fans can hire tours to visit several pieces of Star Wars history. For example, old Ben Kenobi’s home in A New Hope is still in place, currently used by fishermen on the island of Djerba. Luke’s home and the Tusken raiders’ canyon in A New Hope, along with Mos Espa from The Phantom Menace are located in Tozeur, a southwestern Tozeur town. In Matmata, you can even sleep in Luke’s home! A hotel has since been established on that set with a few modifications to make it guest-friendly.

The Royal Palace at Caserta

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 This UNESCO World Heritage Site, just north of Naples, Italy, was the site of filming for the indoor Naboo scenes in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. Lucas really sold the opulence of Naboo, and it was thanks to the Renaissance qualities that this palace exudes. The Palace at Caserta is one of the biggest royal homes in the world, comprised of five floors and 1,200 rooms. It was built for King Charles VII of Naples, later King Charles III of Spain. It was meant to imitate the design of the Palace of Versailles, and visitors can see with their own eyes that the architect delivered on his promise. The palace is also home to the English Garden, one of the oldest continuously operated gardens in Europe.

Tikal

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 Near the end of A New Hope, you see a Rebel soldier witnessing the descent of the Millennium Falcon into the jungle of Yavin IV, the rebel base. That shot was filmed from the staircase of Temple IV in the Guatemalan archeological site called Tikal. Tikal was a city inhabited by the Mayans from approximately 400 BC until 950 AD. The site is filled with temples that commemorated the various kings the ruled the city over the years. Temple IV was particularly built for King Yik’in Chan K’awiil. This temple is the tallest one in Tikal and one of the tallest ancient structures in Latin America. The other temples visible in the New Hope shot are Temples II and III. Tikal is great for fans of ancient history in this galaxy and the farther galaxy.

Hardangerjøkulen

That slashed O already tells you this is somewhere in the wind-swept tundras of Scandinavia. In fact, Hardangerjøkulen Glacier in southern Norway was the site where the battle scenes on Hoth were filmed. While there are no longer any AT-AT ruins lying around, you can hike across the battlefield where many Rebels lost their lives. It is a very cold location, so you may need to follow Han’s lead and get a good coat so you don’t have to find an open Tauntaun for warmth.

If you’re a fan of Star Wars and have the money and time to visit these locations, you will be all the wiser for it, gaining a new respect for the variety of biomes and the history that this planet has preserved. In these sites, far from modern civilization, you may also feel a stronger connection to some sort of Force present in nature.