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Discovery Center

This must be the place…

I rarely plan for activities on my days off, but the Discovery Times Square in NYC made it easy to get admission online on short notice. I decided the Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibit would tide me over until The Force Awakens premiers the following weekend. The last time I saw actual artifacts from the films was The Power of Myth exhibit that stopped by in Brooklyn ages ago. This time around, the focused theme of costumes made the exhibit more compact. Yet there was plenty to see because the exhibit encompassed both original and prequel trilogies.

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The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon asks guest Harrison Ford to demonstrate what occurred during Star Wars Episode VII filming earlier this year that left him with a broken ankle.
Fallon shows off how cool the show is by presenting a high-end collectible figure of Han Solo (retail price $230 USD) for Ford to use. I’m thinking, “Cool, Hot Toys is getting free airtime.” What Ford proceeds to do to the figure… well, I don’t think Hot Toys nor Disney had this kind of publicity in mind!

The figure’s hair piece fell/flew off because you are meant to swap it with an alternate piece that features the white headphones and mic that Han sometimes wore in Episode IV. I’m guessing the figure could be salvaged back to its original state by a determined toy collector (imagine the owner’s expression when this happened), but it’s probably worth more in its mangled state now that Ford has gotten his hands on it!
Moral of the story here is, Don’t let Harrison Ford near your toy collection.

From Star Wars Celebration Europe II, a presentation panel about the next CG series Star Wars Rebels reveals some concept art heavily influenced by the late Ralph McQuarrie. 

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The Force is now with JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars Episode VII.
I wasn’t expecting progress to happen so quickly since the news of Disney acquiring Lucasfilm back around Halloween 2012. Even more surprising was the initial report of Abrams declining the director’s chair when early candidate names were bandied about.

Trekkers were usually bemoaning the opinion that Abrams, an avowed SW fan, brought too much of Star Wars (and lens flares) into the 2009 Star Trek movie; so I guess the SW universe is in safe hands as it now moves forward.

Wow, imagine that. Episode VII will happen in our lifetimes. Then VIII and IX… And that means more toys to come! 🙂