If there’s one thing Star Wars is known for (other than the movies of course), it’s their robust line of toys and action figures. Back in the late seventies and early eighties, it was the line of toys that really helped to spread the good word of Star Wars (and deepen creator George Lucas’ pockets). Since then, the toy industry has enjoyed a great deal of profit when it comes to licensing figures based on movies, but it doesn’t come without controversy. When Star Wars: The Force Awakens launched their line of toys, there was one figure who was mostly absent and this caused a real stir. Now, thanks to people like Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley (Scrawl, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Only Yesterday), the action figure industry has changed forever.
While the digital HD version of J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits on April 1st, honest, no April Fool’s Day prank here, the DVD/Blu-Ray hits later next week on the 5th. There are a ton of extras included in the DVD/Blu-Ray including some audition clips like this one with Daisy Ridley and how she landed the lead role of Rey. Click through to check out the clip and find out what other extras are included. (more…)
If nerds know one thing, it’s that Disney plays for keeps. After The Force Awakens blew the lid off the box office, Star Wars: Episode VIII, seems to be well underway, with filming starting…just today, apparently. But what’s that? There’s more? Of course there is!
One of the biggest questions left unanswered in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the question of who Rey (Daisy Ridley) is and how does she fit into the Star Wars universe? We found out what she is, a highly force sensitive quick learner and plucky scavenger that can fight, shoot, and wield a lightsabar when pressured to do so. What we didn’t find out is just exactly where she came from, who are her parents, and why she was left by herself on Jakku of all places. It seems everyone has a theory or two and this NerdBastard is no different. Let’s explore one possibility that feels right. (more…)
In what’s become a frequent repose in the last year, the merchandisers for a major movie franchise are under attack for ignoring the idea that girls like big sci-fi, action/adventure movies too. A new version of Star Wars Monopoly was released back in September includes Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Finn and Luke Skywalker game pieces, but mysteriously, the new hero character of the sequel trilogy is mysteriously absent. The question before the Monopoly makers now is where is Rey, the character played by Daisy Ridley? The Monopoly mess is now the latest rallying point for gender equality, at least so far as toys and games are concerned. (more…)
For several weeks, shoppers have complained about the lack of female representation in Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise. Both Captain Phasma and Rey were missing from boxed sets of the movie’s action figures, which instead included a nameless pilot and stormtrooper. A grassroots campaign began on social media with the #WheresRey hashtag, prodding Disney for a response. Now they finally have their answer.
“Let’s talk about Rey, Baby. Let’s talk about Rey”
Actress Daisey Ridley plays, Rey, a desert wandering, speeder bike driving, scavenger in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. To those that haven’t see the movie, that’s what she has appeared to be on the surface – and for the most part, she is all that. Those that have seen the flick will tell you her story is much more than that. At this point, in this posting, if you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want to know more about her, then consider this your exit. For the rest of you, a new development has just been revealed concerning the characters secret lineage. (more…)
Okay, so I’m going to try to come at this situation from both sides because honestly, I don’t see any clear answer. Hasbro has released a six action figure set from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to be sold at Target. Included characters are Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Finn, Poe Dameron, a First Order Stormtrooper, and a First Order TIE Fighter pilot. Noticeably absent: Rey. Not to make a big deal about nothing, but Rey has been positioned as the main protagonist in Force Awakens. She doesn’t make the cut, but two random storm troopers do? We get two of the big new protagonists and the one male villain, but not (arguably, along with Finn) the movie’s main character? (more…)
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.
It’s almost expected for movie toy merchandize to spoil something about the movie before it hits the big screen these days. It’s gotten so bad that James Gunn suggested that they not make a dancing Groot toy to ensure the final scene remained a surprise for fans. J.J. Abrams has been trying to keep the lid on Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilers and leaks, but leave it to the toy makers to let some character spoilers out of the bag. (more…)