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The Man Behind The Z6 Baton: TR-8R’s Identity, Revealed!

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NerdBastards previously speculated on the secret history behind the Internet’s favorite storm-trooper. We read through the relevant fiction, we had debates that devolved into improptu broom-handle saber fights and we ranked The Force Awakens memes in our spare time between editorial whip-cracks at the office. Now, after weeks of time wasted on pointless, dead-end arguments, LucasFilm has decided to cave in and give the fans TR-8R’s true identity!

(Also, this is canonical. So no backsies.)
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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.

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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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So let’s take a break from hating the new TV season to think about something much happier: Star Wars. Now, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is less than three months away from being seen by nerds worldwide, and if you’d like to take a break from admiring your new Star Wars merch from The Force Awakens, we’d like you to consider some words from actor John Boyega. Apparently, the script for the film made him cry, which is interesting because it implies that they let him read the whole script, an oddity for such a huge movie. But seriously, Boyega has some interesting insights – non-spoilery – about what we might expect in The Force Awakens. (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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