Star Wars Weekly Buzz: Biker Trooper From the Han Solo Movie, The Last Jedi Toy Rumors and More!

This week on our SWNN Weekly Buzz: new video from the Han Solo set shows a Stormtrooper in action; Star Wars: Rebels Season 4 could appear on a Con in the fall; John Williams gets an a cappella performance tribute; Of course the latest shares from Pablo Hidalgo and Rian Johnson and many more.




This week we start with a cool video from the “Han Solo” set at Fawley Power Station with a Stormtrooper riding a speeder. You can hardly see the helmet but I can’t help but have a Biker Scout vibe from him, especially with the lack of leg coverings. Still, it’s almost a certainty that the helmet will be unique and something we haven’t seen until now.





Also the Splash News channel has some pictures from this shoot that we didn’t see before. You can see better Alden Ehrenreich’s and perhaps Emilia Clarke’s stunt doubles in the video and some cool fireworks.







Rebelscum (via PrensaImperial) has an interesting rumor to report regarding the upcoming Hasbro figures for The Last Jedi:


If what we’re hearing turns out to be true, Hasbro’s basic action figure assortment for The Last Jedi line will include an accessory, or components of an accessory, called the Force Link Bracelet. We’re told it essentially gives your figures the ability to talk to each other. Sounds kind of like an evolution of their CommTech technology that they launched with their Episode I collection in 1999.




It seems that Rebels Season 4 might make an appearance on an upcoming Con in the Fall. The biggest contender for this seems to be New York Comic Con, but this is just a guess. Lucasfilm’s Tracy Cannobbio said:





Also there is still no word if The Clone Wars will drop from Netflix or no.



Student group “Harvard Din and Tonics” give an a cappella performance of John Williams’ most beloved scores, including Star Wars, Jaws, and Indiana Jones.







The official Star Wars site thanks everyone for their donation in the Force for Change initiative:







A very cool fan tribute to Luke Skywalker.








Now that’s a very nice looking cover!



Former Critic Stands By His Original 1977 Star Wars Assessment.


The Minneapolis Star Tribune has released a fantastic article from former film critic Bob Lundegaard. In the article, Lundegaard talks about why he panned the 1977 Star Wars film when it first was first released to theatres. Originally he penned that the film lacked an overall plot and contained terrible dialogue. Today, he says he stands by his original assessment.


Of course I had no idea it would become one of the most successful movies ever, spawning sequels and video games and T-shirts that collectively have grossed more than $42 billion dollars. Who knew? But critics can be stubborn. I stand behind my original assessment, which essentially was “don’t bring your brains with you,” but “your kids will love it.” Mine certainly did, and they never let me forget it.






Another great art from our friend John Burns:






E3 is just around the corner (June 13-15). Who is ready for some Battlefront II revelations?






Earlier this week John Boyega showed Finn’s blaster from The Last Jedi on Instagram:


Proud owner of Finn’s blaster ! Thanks to @riancjohnson !

A post shared by BOYEGA (@johnboyega) on





George Lucas was a special guest to the Renault team for Star Wars’ 40th anniversary at the Monaco Grand Prix:







D23 Exclusive Poster of Star Tours:






The Men and Women who created Star Wars Unite to Celebrate its 40th Anniversary.







Tie Fighter’s Take Off Into Twin Sunsets In This Doug Chiang The Force Awakens Concept Art. Hey, Jakku doesn’t have two suns. 😉







Chewbacca Loves The Texas Star Wars Art Competition.






Hamill Thanks Service Members Who Have Sacrificed.







95 Minutes Of Weird Star Wars.






501st Beginnings.






Another amazing Art.






Far Out Man!






Anthony Daniels Says….







The Latest From Pablo Hidalgo And Rian Johnson:

















And finally Pablo Hidalgo made several very interesting posts about speculations and rumors during the Original Trilogy. Great read!




Stay tuned for more next week.



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22 thoughts on “Star Wars Weekly Buzz: Biker Trooper From the Han Solo Movie, The Last Jedi Toy Rumors and More!

  • June 2, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Boba Fett being Luke’s secret dad would have been awesome! Why didn’t they do that? Madness. Just think of the prequels that we could have got.

    • June 3, 2017 at 3:43 am

      It’s so fascinating learning what people were speculating pre-prequel trilogy and even pre-ROTJ. The Clone Wars was quite different in people’s heads back in the day.

      • June 3, 2017 at 4:02 am

        Kenner even did a toyline that never materialized about TCW that was way more interesting than what we got.

        • June 4, 2017 at 9:29 am

          Are you sure you’re not thinking about the post ROTJ timeline toyline they proposed that Lucasfilm rejected?

          • June 5, 2017 at 4:21 am

            I think he is. Kenner never “did a toyline” though. They had a few sketches, mocked up a few new vehicles by cannibalizing existing ones, drew up a few new (and rather impressive) vehicles and playsets, and sketched out a brief (and I mean brief as in one or two sentences brief) storyline. Still, he’s talking out his a$$ when he says that Kenner’s post-ROTJ story was more interesting than Lucasfilm’s. All we know from Kenner’s proposed story is that an old clone master comes out of hiding after the death of the Emperor, starts up a cloning facility and begins taking back territory from the Rebellion. That’s it. Maybe Kenner would have spun this into something with more depth had they continued on with this line, but at this point, they didn’t have any kind of real, extended narrative worked out.

          • June 5, 2017 at 4:23 am

            You can read about their plans here:


            I’ve looked through this binder in person. It’s pretty impressive, but it was probably the right call to not go forward with it. Kenner knew that their honeymoon with Star Wars was over and had already begun to refocus their boys’ toys toward Super Powers and MASK.

        • June 5, 2017 at 4:26 am

          No. They didn’t. Kenner’s proposal wasn’t about the Clone Wars. It was about a former clone master who surfaces after ROTJ. The Clone Wars takes place during the Prequel era.

    • June 4, 2017 at 9:27 am

      Yeah, that wouldn’t have been a bad twist. Not saying it would be better than what we got, but Boba being Luke’s dad could have worked, too.

  • June 2, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    I want Joe Johnston to design some new Star Wars ships.

      • June 3, 2017 at 4:01 am

        A few years back, He said he was interested in doing the Fett film before Trank tanked it.

      • June 4, 2017 at 9:55 am

        I want Joe Johnston to be my daddy. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • June 2, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    The new Finn “blaster” looks so crapy. It’s almost a phaser……..

    Klingon Mr. Finn

  • June 2, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    I wish they would just release the Rebels season 4 primere episode like they did with Seige of Lothal. Its much too long a wait between seasons. Releasing the “movies” between helps with the wait.
    I think they should start considering running two separate series alternatively (when season 1 of ‘Series A’ ends season 1 of ‘Series B’ starts and so on). They dont even have to be set in the same time period nor animation (I feel a 2d star wars series styled like Legend of Korra would be great).

  • June 3, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    That’s a ton of fun stuff. The John Williams Capella was really neat, and the speculation articles sound just bonkers now. Though I remember right after Episode 1 came out my school-yard friend told me that Episode 2 would be about 9000 Darth Maul Clones the Jedi had to fight off

    • June 4, 2017 at 9:44 am

      The idea of Sith clones, or clones powerful with the dark side, would fit in with the canon. After Clonetroopers, why wouldn’t Palpatine have tried or had the Empire conduct research into this?

      This fan theory probably won’t turn out to be true, but it would easily explain how and why Rey exists, and why she was on Jaaku, where it is stated in canon that the Empire did have some secret research going on, but which the Republic never found out. That has to be a connection to Rey.

  • June 4, 2017 at 9:34 am

    The helmet of that “Imperial Rider” appears to be rounded along the top, streamlined. The rest of the uniform could be similar or the same as the Imperial Tank Driver seen in Rogue One, which consists of parts from the standard Stormtrooper and Scarif Trooper uniforms.

    Also, a question that I haven’t seen confirmed or discussed: Are these vehicles going to be speeders that hover above the ground, or will they actually have wheels?

    • June 4, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Only variations of Luke’s Landspeeder, makes sense that a more grounded film would use a lot of them. Though I’m sure we’ll see some space action as well.

  • June 4, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Those crackpot theories at the end are the stuff of legend!!

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