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Kylo Ren

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With his permanent frown, fondness for black clothing and tendency to fly into destructive temper tantrums at the drop of a lightsaber, Kylo Ren could be seen as the prototypical angsty teenager. Admittedly, stabbing your father in the reactor of a space station goes a little further than most acts of adolescent rebellion, usually he would have just got himself a tattoo. Ren is a ball of insecurity, thwarted ambition and frustrated rage. He’s also a figure struggling under the shadow of one of the galaxies most feared dictators; the asthmatic overlord, Darth Vader. So it’s only fitting that new revelations about Star Wars Episode VIII indicate that Ren  continues to struggle with the burden of his grandfather’s dark legacy. (more…)

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Almost a year after its release, we’re still talking about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It changed our lives! It made us believe in Star Wars again! It became another cash cow for Disney! (Good thing too because that company’s been suffering from just regular profits for years, and not super profits.) Taking a page from the Book of Lucas, Disney will be double-dipping for fan dollars next month with the release of the 3D Collector’s Edition of The Force Awakens, but it that there is some insight. Director J.J. Abrams, during his commentary, lends some personal insight into what maybe the most pivotal scene in the entire sequel trilogy. (more…)

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Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that they have partnered with Propshop, established craftsmen of movie props, to make available prop replicas straight from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ What is being heralded as the Star Wars Collectibles: Ultimate Studio Edition will allow fans the chance to own a flawlessly detailed replicas of helmets, lightsabers, and Chewie’s Bowcaster! (more…)

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Let’s make something clear: Of all the complaints and grievances that have been fired at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren should not be one of them. The films titular villain has been criticized for being weak and whiny (and that’s using less colorful language/speech than what one would see in Internet comment sections). He is anything but those things.  A very powerful force user able to stop and freeze blaster shots mid-air, Kylo can also use the force to pilfer thoughts and information from weaker minds. In his personal chambers, he has a resting spot for his helmet… a mound of ashes from those that he’s killed. He took a direct blast in the gut from Chewie’s bolo (a shot that had been shown to easily kill Stormtroopers) and still managed to fight off two attackers. And do we really need to say what he did to his own father?

For those that have recognized and accepted Kylo Ren as the new villainous force (no pun intended) in the Star Wars Universe, there are many toys and merchandise available for which to purchase, collect, and cherish (head to Toys R Us, you’ll see em’). None perhaps as spectacular as the 1/6th scale Kylo Ren figure from Hot Toys Star Wars line. Courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles, NB was given a sample to review. Unlike Mark Hamill at the end of Force Awakens, we’re gonna do more than stare at it intensely. A slew of pictures, honest thoughts, and at least one joke about actor Adam Driver’s ears will, in fact, follow. (more…)

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After almost four long months of waiting, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has finally hit the shelves on Blu-ray and DVD. Now you can enjoy one of the biggest movies of all time in the comfort of your own home. Not only will you be getting the film itself, but you’ll be able pig out on a buffet of deleted scenes, cast interviews, commentaries and other extra features as well. With the ability to rewatch the film as many times as your heart desires, you’ll also be able to thoroughly analyze the many fan theories that arose from its story. If you feel overwhelmed by these numerous fan theories, then fear not; J.J. Abrams himself recently cleared up one of the film’s biggest unanswered questions.

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Jedi dropout. Leader of the Knights of Ren. Teenager with a lightsaber. Whether you love him or hate him, Kylo Ren is definitely one of the most unconventional space opera villains, what with his crappy, short-fuse attitude and his lacking when it comes down to meticulous planning. Saturday Night Live obviously saw the comedy goldmine that is Episode VII‘s archnemesis and decided to poke fun at him, by doing a comedy sketch based on the reality TV series Undercover Boss.

[WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SOME FORCE AWAKENS SPOILERS. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK]

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With the hype slowly slowing down into manageable levels for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans are  returning from their repeat-viewing of the film abd asking “Wait, where did Kylo Ren get that near-mint condition Vader funerary pyre collectible anyway?” Apparently, the story lies in the newly expanded universe of Star Wars fiction, specifically in Delilah S. Dawson‘s short story The Perfect Weapon.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE IS INFESTED WITH EPISODE 7 SPOILERS. DON’T SAY WE DIDN’T WARN YOU. (more…)

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Next week’s edition of pop-culture magazine Entertainment Weekly is a double-sized issue dedicated to full-on coverage of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Instead of making you slog through the entire magazine or even be forced to buy a subscription if you don’t have one already, we’ve rounded up a few of the juiciest tidbits for your reading pleasure right here.  Please note that the cast and crew are obviously not going to give anything major away to a magazine interview, but there is some info in this post that could be considered spolier-ish depending on your point of view or how in-depth your prior knowledge of the Star Wars universe is.  So consider yourself duly warned, and read on if you dare!

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Force Friday is being heralded in in a fun way with all new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys and collectibles being revealed! Hot Toys has premiered their first Force Awakens figures: Kylo Ren, the First Order Storm Trooper, and two versions of First Order Stormtroopers– one regular, and one Heavy Gunner. These guys are all part of Hot Toys’ 1/6 scale line of collectibles, and are super life-like and detailed. Here’s more info, straight from Hot Toys themselves! (more…)

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The release date for Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens is starting to creep up on us, but we haven’t seen a lot of footage yet.  It appears that the galactic Powers-That-Be want to keep it that way for a little while longer, but they do throw us lowly humans a bone every now and then, as evidenced by today’s release of a new – and frustratingly short – teaser video via the official Star Wars Instagram page.

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