By now any Star Wars nerd worth their salt knows about the ominous laugh at the end of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer. The laugh is an ill omen, a portent foretelling the return of Emperor Palpatine. Some fans are excited about the return of the villain of both the previous sequels. Some aren’t so thrilled. Is this a legitimate end to the Star Wars saga or merely a cash-grab to put butts in seats? Does this bank on nostalgia to sell tickets or has Palpatine played a role since The Force Awakens? Either way, it’s clear that the return of Darth Sidious will be yet another point of contention between fans.


Today, just moments ago, during the much anticipated Star Wars panel, JJ Abrams, along with Kathleen Kennedy, unleashed the first trailer for the most anticipated movie of the year: Star Wars Episode IX, now, offically, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker and, hot fucking damn, it is everything every fan could hope.

Before we get to any sort of breakdown, it’s time that fans see what JJ Abrams has been keeping up his sleeve.

My god.

What do you think of the new trailer? What are you hoping to see in the final episode of the Skywalker Saga?

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. AbramsStar 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…)


One of the biggest questions left unanswered in J.J. AbramsStar 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…)

Hasbro’s Lack of Rey Disturbs Us


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…)