Star Wars Weekly Buzz: Closer Look At the First Order LEGO BB Unit from The Last Jedi; Carrie Fisher’s Cause of Death Revealed and More

This week was pretty slow in terms of Star Wars news but we still managed to gather some interesting tidbits worth your time. A new photo shows a closer looks at the First Order LEGO BB unit from The Last Jedi; Star Wars: Battlefront II is coming to Disney’s D23 Expo and will feature a new content; The reason for Carrie Fisher’s death has been revealed; Mark Hamill addresses his controversial comments about Rian Johnson’s approach to Luke in The Last Jedi and more.




Probably the most interesting news from this week was the multiple photos of crew t-shirts from the Han Solo spin-off movie, that look really cool and that’s pretty much all about them. They surely don’t reveal the title of the movie as some sites claimed. It’s just a placeholder name.



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The guys from LaFosaDelRancor found out even more tees from the movie:




And our friend @yeahclarke found yet another:







A member on Reddit posted a closer look at the First Order BB Unit from The Last Jedi in LEGO form.




You probably recall another LEGO leak from a few weeks ago which gave us a look at the First Order Heavy Walkers, the Resistance Bomber and Snoke (images are now removed).





Disney has announced that Battlefront II will take the center stage on Saturday, July 15 at this year’s D23 event:


Level Up! The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase (1 p.m., D23 Expo Arena)—Experience never-before-seen gameplay, trailers, special guests, and other unforgettable surprises from across the Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel games portfolios in this must-see showcase. Jimmy Pitaro, chairman, DCPI, will kick off the presentation, which will feature many show-stopping moments including announcements from Marvel, and more information about highly anticipated games, Star Wars Battlefront II™ from Electronic Arts, KINGDOM HEARTS III from Disney and Square Enix, and more.



Speaking of Battlefront II, here are a few other interesting tweets:











During the Tony Awards Variety caught up with Mark Hamill, who explained what exactly he meant by his words from a few weeks ago that he was concerned about the direction Luke was going in The Last Jedi.





The Tony Awards also reunited a father and a son! 🙂





Hamill also showed his respect to the legend Adam West:





The rising young star Jacob Tremblay met Hamill at the LA Film Festival and chatted with him. Keep in mind that Tremblay is Colin Trevorrow’s lucky charm actor and it’s very likely to see him in Episode IX.





Mark Hamill also paid tribute to Carrie Fisher at the Tony Awards:






Also the cause of Carrie Fisher’s death has been revealed by the LA coroner. From EW:

Carrie Fisher’s death was caused by sleep apnea and other undetermined factors, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office revealed on Friday, according to multiple reports.

The coroner also said Fisher suffered from atherosclerotic heart disease and “drug use,” but no specifics were given. According to the Associated Press, the report stated Fisher had taken multiple drugs prior to her death.

“The manner of death has been ruled undetermined,” the report concluded.



After the coroner’s statement, daughter Billie Lourd said the following (via People):

“My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it.  She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases.

“She talked about the shame that torments people and their families confronted by these diseases. I know my Mom, she’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles. Seek help, fight for government funding for mental health programs. Shame and those social stigmas are the enemies of progress to solutions and ultimately a cure. Love you Momby.”




Also a few days ago, Carrie’s brother Todd showed her home for the first time to Good Morning America:






The Star Wars Show posted two extended interviews this week.


Extended interview with Timothy Zahn:






Extended interview with Battlefront II’s Janina Gavankar:






Extended interview with LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures’ Eugene Byrd:






R2-D2 and BB-8 show off in’s latest “Blips” video:








And now some self explanatory tweets:












And finally some interesting clarifications from Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo and Matt Martin.


First here’s an important info from Matt how to read the Star Wars crossover comics, since it’s a bit confusing to many readers:













Stay tuned for more next week.



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47 thoughts on “Star Wars Weekly Buzz: Closer Look At the First Order LEGO BB Unit from The Last Jedi; Carrie Fisher’s Cause of Death Revealed and More

  • June 17, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Well, Mark was “surprised” at how RJ saw Luke and mentioned how “inventive” RJ ‘s movies are. That sounds a lot like an euphemism for a “weird script”, which is the rumor that has been around for quite some time and what worries fans. I have no problem with being “inventive”, but directors have to be respectful to the source material when making a SW movie, and I’m not sure RJ gets that.

    As I see it, the more explaining MH tries to do (to minimize the negative impact of his previous comments), the worse it gets.

    • June 17, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      I’m already mentally preparing for the first “Babylon 5 meets Star Wars” movie

      • June 17, 2017 at 7:27 pm

        I really don’t care where they take the Luke character, as long as the film’s plot isn’t a play-by-play of Empire Strikes Back.

        • June 18, 2017 at 4:33 am

          Do you think they’d have the nerve to do that… again?

          • June 18, 2017 at 8:15 am

            No, especially since they haven’t done it before.

          • June 21, 2017 at 2:29 am

            Stop lying to yourself :p

          • June 18, 2017 at 6:09 pm

            If people didn’t want exactly that, it wouldn’t have made $2 billion box office.
            And remember, a lot of fans still refuse to accept that that is what happened.

    • June 17, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      After the pile on of criticism for TFA being too safe and derivative, inventiveness is not a bad thing.

    • June 17, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      I hope Luke is actually a hologram Avatar for Snoke, who is a Yuuzhan Vong. However, the Vong are actually the cousins of the Chitauri from the Avengers, and “other galaxy” they come from is OUR GALAXY! Then we get an Avengers x Star Wars crossover event in which all the good guys team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy and Docotr Strange to take down Thanos and Yuuzhan Vong.

      It could totally happen. /s

      • June 18, 2017 at 3:27 am


      • June 18, 2017 at 6:06 pm

        There’s definitely an EU novel in that.

    • June 18, 2017 at 2:30 am

      Make up your frakkin’ mind folks- do you want “familiar” or originality? You can’t have both.

      • June 18, 2017 at 1:03 pm

        Fans can demand anything and often do, for right or wrong.

      • June 18, 2017 at 6:05 pm

        Empire seemed to have managed to give us both.
        Is it unfair to expect Empire’s lightning to strike twice? Probably, but I live in hope 🙂

    • June 18, 2017 at 3:29 am


    • June 18, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Not sure they know what weird means considering they already plagerized an OT script two years ago.

      I’d rather they do an adaptation of the supremely shitty The Last Jedi EU novel that’s no longer canon than a third rate Episode V ripoff.

  • June 18, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Mark Hamill has reason to be WORRIED about TLJ — in his mind, and all of our mind’s, Luke Skywalker is a JEDI and a HERO. Now he’s apparently an Ornithologist instead. I think we are all in for a MONUMENTAL disappointment come Dec.

    The fact is — if Luke was handled respectfully as the HERO that is and given a LIGHT SABER battle scene, people would literally jump over each other to see this film again and again. It’s as simple as that.

    Instead, we are getting Birds, Sea Monsters, and Luke who doesn’t want to be a Jedi anymore. Sounds horrid.

    • June 18, 2017 at 7:29 am

      Then don’t see it. Apparently, you know everything about his movie that there possibly is to know and have already declared it a massive failure of a film.

      For God’s sake, is it asking too much to actually see a film once before you make such a definitive condemnation of it?

      • June 18, 2017 at 10:28 am

        I completely agree with you. It’s one thing to be skeptical, but so many fans have come to these conclusions without knowing virtually anything about the film. Even if you’re worried, which is totally understandable, at least give the film a chance to prove itself. It’s only June.

        • June 18, 2017 at 11:46 am

          It wouldn’t take much for it to be better than TFA, I’m sure even Uwe Boll or Brett Ratner could write/direct a better sequel but having a director who has as little understanding as Johnson is not a good sign.

          • June 18, 2017 at 1:52 pm

            To say Johnson has little understanding of Star wars is BS.

          • June 19, 2017 at 7:55 am

            Rian Johnson does not understand Star Wars like JJ and Kasdan did.

          • June 20, 2017 at 8:08 am

            [CITATION NEEDED]

          • June 20, 2017 at 2:31 pm

            Not gonna get one!

          • June 18, 2017 at 2:06 pm

            What makes you assume that Johnson has so little understanding?

    • June 18, 2017 at 11:40 am

      As of now it’s looking less like Empire (ironic considering all the “borrowing” from it) and more like Clones.

      I’m sure the box office will reflect that too. It will do well at the BO like R1 did but nowhere near the amount of TFA which was primarily driven by nostalgia and sheer curiosity as well as seeing the big three together which we never actually got never and never will now with Fisher and Han gone forever.

      It will also be ignored during the awards season like the last two films in spite of what fanboys believe

      • June 19, 2017 at 12:22 am

        “I bet it will get great reviews regardless though like all the other shitty MCU films since Disney has a deal with mainstream critics”

        I’m genuinely impressed; you’ve reached a whole new level of idiocy. Please explain Pirates of the Caribbean’s 29% on Rotten Tomatoes.

        I’ll wait.

    • June 19, 2017 at 12:23 am

      “and it would dominate Box Offices to record levels. It’s as simple as that.”

      900 million dollars domestic, 2 billion dollars worldwide.

      That’s what we call “record levels”. That is all.

      • June 19, 2017 at 2:14 am

        And “record levels” of box office does not a good film make. I will point you to the Transformers series, Fast and Furious nonsense, and the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film that you’ve already commented on in this post.

        Look, I get what you’re saying. But let’s not forget that “The Phantom Menace” broke box office records at the time. Money earned does not always equal quality.

        • June 19, 2017 at 3:45 am

          “Look, I get what you’re saying. But let’s not forget that “The Phantom Menace” broke box office records at the time. Money earned does not always equal quality”

          That actually doesn’t have anything to do with what I was saying. Kent said that the film “would have” broken records, and I pointed out that actually, it DID. Quality was never part of the conversation. I agree with you, though.

          • June 20, 2017 at 3:53 am

            I’ve been talking about TLJ not TFA.

        • June 19, 2017 at 7:56 am

          I agree that the Tranformers movies are the biggest cinematic disappointments of my lifetime, next to the Prequels.

      • June 19, 2017 at 7:54 am

        Right — TFA was amazing and broke records. Phenomenally. I am talking about TLJ. Which is looking more and more horrid by the day and, if it proves to be as bad as it’s looking, will not shatter the records.

        • June 19, 2017 at 8:29 am

          “Which is looking more and more horrid by the day and, if it proves to be as bad as it’s looking”

          You’ve seen one trailer and a collection of photos.

          • June 19, 2017 at 9:47 pm

            And I”ve heard Mark Hamill’s words, which have me concerned.

          • June 20, 2017 at 3:14 pm

            Hamill must be Star wars god. That’s why if he is concerned about TLJ then TLJ must be bad. We should kneel down and pray to the Jedi god and hope that he dies in TLJ so that fans can finally let him go in peace. Happy?

          • June 20, 2017 at 7:54 pm

            He’s an actor not a screenwriter. He has his own ideas about Luke for sure but that doesn’t mean they are worth telling just because he portrays that character. It’s funny how people who have no idea how the industry works think that actors should have a say in everything.

    • June 19, 2017 at 2:01 am


    • June 19, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Well, we haven’t seen the film yet, so there’s no way to be certain that Luke doesn’t have any action scenes. If he doesn’t, then I will probably agree with you that this movie is a major misstep and a letdown. That said, I’m still stinging from the lack of a Han/Luke/Leia scene in TFA.

      • June 19, 2017 at 9:46 pm

        Agreed – we DESERVED to see Han / Luke / Leia reunited in TFA and it’s SHAMEFUL that didn’t happen.

  • June 18, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Wearing cut off sleeves to a potentially cold windswept planet like Ahch-To doesn’t seem like a bright idea unless it’s part of some Jedi physical discipline but even Luke has a robe on.

    • June 18, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      “Hello everyone. These are my complaints for the hour.”

    • June 19, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      The young don’t feel the cold as much us oldies.

  • June 18, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    I would assume since we had Rogue One, the Han Solo film would be called Rogue Too?

  • June 18, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Bi Polar is a harrowing Illness the treatments for it alone would have left Carrie with heart disease, potentially diabetes, and numerous other conditions that might have meant she needed many medications to support her.
    Yes, it’s likely the drugs killed her, but not nearly in the way people might suppose.
    She was a brave soul and sparkled like a star should.
    I miss you Carrie.

    • June 19, 2017 at 12:21 am

      Agreed. Although, to be fair, i wouldn’t be surprised if Carrie had done a little something-something before her death. Oh well, it’s not my place to speculate/judge.

      • June 19, 2017 at 7:51 pm

        Coroner’s report- ‘cocaine, heroine, and ecstasy’.
        Transatlantic flights can be so dull. Old habits…….

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