8 Months Till Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Yes, the waiting is getting harder and harder. Especially with the new trailer out this week. Which, if you haven’t seen yet, must mean you are living in a cave on a desert planet far, far away. For those of us who aren’t a crazy, old man, take another look:

Yeah, so patience isn’t exactly my strong suit. But I’m trying really hard to bask in the pre-Force Awakens world of Star Wars. There are so many wonderful stories to read and watch in the waiting. So while I’m working on my patience, I will be doing these things.

Star Wars Digital

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Show of hands, who will be purchasing both Star Wars trilogies on a digital platform regardless of whether or not you own DVD versions of the films. Count me it. Not only is this the most everlasting version of Star Wars available to us, there are also brand new behind the seasons featurettes available. And if you are anything like me, you consume new Star Wars information like a ream of frozen Thin Mints.

Star Wars Expanded Universe: Legends

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By now we all know that the entire Expanded Universe has been relegated to Star Wars Legends to make room for all the new stories as well as the story line of the new films, but that doesn’t diminish the amazing work of all the authors who penned the Legends. Like Timothy Zahn and James Luceno and Drew Karpyshyn and John Jackson Miller and many, many more. So in the ether of the waiting zone I will be diving head first into the Expanded Universe starting with Timothy Zahn’s epic Thrawn Trilogy! And hopefully getting through as many as I can. Because after December I will be focusing on…

New Star Wars Expanded Universe

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All of the new novels that are now considered canon. Not to say I won’t return to the Legends, because, as I said, they are amazing stories that deserve to be read. But I want to fully immerse in what Lucasfilm and the Disney overlords are considering part of the official Star Wars Universe. There are many new titles coming out not only this year, but in the works in order to start making use of the word Expanded. Right now the timeline is a little thin, especially given how long the previous Legends timeline is. But if I start soon, then I won’t be as behind as I am with Legends. So there’s no time like the present. The only current canon novel I’ve read so far is A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller. Which leads me to…

Star Wars Rebels

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The explosive Disney XD cartoon that is not just for kids takes place in the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It is a great way to stay connected to the Star Wars Universe in the space between big budget films and the story being told is very strong! If you don’t want to watch week to week, go ahead and start with…

Star Wars Clone Wars

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If you don’t like to wait for new episodes to come out, then Clone Wars is what you want. This is what I’m currently watching. And as sad as it is when a great show ends, I love being able to just power through and fully immerse in the experience of a show. And Clone Wars is truly a wonderful show. The Cartoon Network series takes place, obviously, during the Clone Wars in the space between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. It does an amazing job of bridging that gap, not only by giving us actual stories from the legendary Clone Wars, but also in Anakin’s decent and temptation towards the Dark Side of the Force. Something believed to be missing from Revenge of the Sith for avid Star Wars fans. Clone Wars boasts of strong villains like Asajj Ventress and Savage Opress, new heroes like the young padawan Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex as well as all the characters we love from the prequels, Obi-Wan, Anakin, C3PO, R2D2, Padme.

Star Wars Comics

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Star Wars comics are returning home to Marvel Entertainment. From 1977-1987, Marvel held the property. Dark Horse got a hold of them after Marvel and they have been responsible for all the modern Star Wars comics that we know and love. But this is the year that Star Wars returns to Marvel, where it always belonged (not to belittle the amazing work Dark Horse did for the comic universe.) With Disney owning both Marvel and Star Wars, it makes sense to keep it all in the family. Now, all the comics coming out of this Mavel/ Star Wars partnership are considered current canon so this blurb could technically belong in the New Expanded Universe column. But comic books are an entity in and of themselves. I love comic books, but have a hard time keeping up with weekly serials. I tend to gravitate towards books or graphic novels. But if comics are your thing or you want to expand your knowledge of the SWEU, then you should start with Lando #1 which hits the racks in July.

There you go. Plenty of Star Warsian things to do while we eagerly (and patiently) wait for December to roll around.

What will you be doing while you’re waiting?

5 Fandom Friday

5 Star Wars items I’d wait in line for on Black Friday

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Today the highly anticipated teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was released. Unleashing the power of the nerd and igniting the usual speculation and analyzation that comes with every ounce of Star Wars information.

In honor of this I have decided to do a list of the Star Wars items I’d wait in line for on Black Friday.

#1 – Mysterious new Swordsaber

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I want it. I need it. I have to have it. And if it were available in stores today, you can bet your bottom dollar that I would be in line to get one!! Because haters gonna hate all they want… but that thing is cool. And bad ass. And nerdtastic!!!

#2 – That little rollie ball droid guy

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I love that little guy. And I’d wait in a slightly shorter line than the lightsaber line to get him!!! I’d take him home and name him Sweepington von Dundersnap. And I’d love him forever!!

#3 – Wookie Crossbow

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Yes, the truth is that you can get a crossbow these days. But Chewie’s is better than anything you can get on our world. And I want one!!

#4 – Dejarik game set

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You know that Star Wars chess game they are playing in A New Hope? It’s not chess… it’s Dejarik. And once Hasbro gets that going, complete with working holographic pieces then I will need it. Cold weather be damned. That Black Friday line will be mine!!!

#5 – Blue Globe of Peace

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It may be a weird choice, but I always liked that big blue ball at the end of The Phantom Menace. The peace ball that Boss Nass raises in triumph. It’d make a killer lamp or maybe a nightlight. And I really want one.

There are a million other things in the Star Wars universe that I want. A Millennium Falcon. Padme’s entire wardrobe. But I’m thinking mainly of things that would fit in my shopping cart.

What would you wait in line for on Black Friday? Star Wars items or normal ones.

Photos taken from Star Wars teaser trailer

Star Wars Trailer Release

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First thoughts…

“Is this it?”

“I think this is it!”

“THIS IS IT!!!!”

And then my brother and I proceeded to watch it many more times!!

Did you watch it? What did you think?

I will analyze it more later. But for now… go watch it and enjoy!
Click here to see it: http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=OMOVFvcNfvE