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Star Wars Weekly Buzz: New The Last Jedi Coverage from Empire Imminent? Mark Hamill, Adam Driver and John Boyega Interviews, and Toys, Lots of Toys!

Because of the Force Friday II event tomorrow, we are posting our Weekly Buzz piece today.

This week on the Weekly Buzz: Empire Magazine teases some upcoming Star Wars content; Mark Hamill talks Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi; New interviews with Adam Driver and John Boyega; New photo of Rey on Ahch-to; Benicio Del Toro’s character DJ gets a Funko Pop figure; Another look at Chewie and the porgs; Hasbro’s new Forcelink gadget reveals new lines of Supreme Leader Snoke, possibly from The Last Jedi; The latest from Pablo Hidalgo and Rian Johnson, and …. toys. Lots of toys.



First we start with this curious tweet by Empire Magazine:



Remember that Empire’s first coverage on Rogue One happened in August 2016 (here), so we’re assuming that in the following days we will get their new and exclusive story on The Last Jedi. Or could this be just some Force Friday II trick? We will have to wait and see.



In a new interview with The Associated Press, Mark Hamill briefly talked about Luke Skywalker’s backstory in The Last Jedi, and his feelings about making a Star Wars movie without Carrie Fisher.

AP: Did this feel like a different Luke to you? It sounds as though this is a darker version of the character that may be unfamiliar to fans and even to you.

Hamill: Absolutely. Luke changed, I think, more than the other characters in the original trilogy, from callow farm boy to a Jedi in training to finally a Jedi master. What you’re talking about is what really fascinated me. Between “Return of the Jedi” and “Force Awakens,” there’s just decades of history that’s unknown. So I was wondering how they’re going to handle all this. Now, obviously, with “Force Awakens,” J.J. (Abrams) had a full plate. It was inevitable that they would push me down the line. I was sorry I wasn’t able to work with any of the original actors again. But it’s not about us anymore. In this new one, I was saying to Rian Johnson: I need to know my backstory. It was kind of unclear. You read where he is now and what he’s doing now and sort of have to fill in the blanks for yourself. So I did do a backstory myself. It’s not about Luke anymore, so it’s not really important. But I had to make sense of it for myself. What Rian came up with, I was stunned.



AP: Does it feel different to be putting out a “Star Wars” movie without Carrie Fisher, who died in December, and Harrison Ford, who exited with “Force Awakens”?

Hamill: It is different. She was irreplaceable. There can never be a proper reunion anymore. It’s tragic. I hate that it adds an air of melancholy to the film because it doesn’t deserve it. I know for a fact she would obviously want us to be having fun. She was all about laughter and enjoying the moment. We’re all sort of having this communal period of grief. In a way, it sort of reflects the movies themselves, which were about triumphs and tragedies. They are about a family — a dysfunctional family, but a family nonetheless.



The interview also revealed a little known fact about Hamill. He briefly worked as a copyboy at the AP’s Los Angeles office while he was at college.

You can read the whole interview here.



And this tweet by Mark doesn’t really need a comment…







A few days ago Adam Driver and John Boyega did two interviews sharing a few tidbits about The Last Jedi. Check them out below:









A new photo of Rey on Ahch-To from The Last Jedi has been revealed by Yahoo Movies in their Fall Movie Preview:







Del Rey has revealed the title page and the full cover jacket for the new novel Phasma, written by Delilah S. Dawson. The book is officially released tomorrow.







Force Friday is almost here. It’s time for the toys dump. :)






LEGO has just unveiled their new mega Star Wars set, consisting of 7541 pieces – the UCS Millennium Falcon!!!


You can read more about it at USA Today.






Although pretty much all of the new Hasbro figures for Force Friday II have leaked, here’s an official look at all of them thanks to Entertainment Weekly. Click here.



Also io9 has an exclusive look at some new (some already leaked) Black Series figures by Hasbro. Check them out here.



And more “official” revelations of Hasbro toys by THR (click here). The most interesting piece here is the Black Series Admiral Ackbar from The Last Jedi (see photo above).




Also check out Tamashii Nashions awesome figures from The Last Jedi here.






Any Funko Pop fans?






New video with the BB-8 Mega Playset reveals several lines from Supreme Leader Snoke that might find their way in The Last Jedi or remain in the merchandise world:




Here’s a transcription via reddit member SPACEMONKEY_01:


“There’s been an awakening.”

“We will crush them once and for all.”

“The resistance will soon be in our grasp.”

Woosh sounds, Could be Force related??

“For you, all is lost.”

“Your emotions have made you weak.”

(Next to the throne platform with FL) “I have been expecting you.”


It’s curious that the Praetorian Guard didn’t get any lines, just sounds.







The guys from the Instagram account NewsFromJakku shared another interesting image of Chewie with some porgs. The same art has also been spotted on some new The Last Jedi t-shirts.


#chewbacca and the @Porgs #BFF . . . 👉🏻Follow us👈🏻 . . #starwars #thelastjedi #leak #starwarsfan #starwarsday

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And another cool promo image from The Last Jedi probably coming from some merchandise products:







First look at Benicio del Toro’s character DJ from The Last Jedi in Funko Pop form:







Sphero assembles their droid line for Star Wars, featuring the new First Order BB unit:


New Sphero R2 and BB9E





More toys give us a much closer look at the outfits of the new A-Wing Resistance pilots and the Canto Bight Police Department officers:


New Shots of Canto Bight Officer and Resistance A-Wing Pilot from StarWarsLeaks






Not that we needed any more confirmation, but Rey’s Black Series figure seems to confirm that Luke Skywalker is indeed the last Jedi in The Last Jedi. :)


At long last, Rey has found Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi Master in the galaxy. Hoping to find a hero of legend, she must unlearn what she has learned as Skywalker challenges her expectations.







Yakface has compiled yet another great unofficial toy checklist for this year’s Force Friday II event. It must be pretty accurate so make sure to check it out:







For all the fans of the game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, EA announced a new feature called Territory Battles, which delivers dynamic challenges and rewards for your entire guild. Check out the new trailer:







Now that Star Wars: Rebels season 3 is officially released on Blu-ray and DVD, the official site shared some of the exclusive clips we’ve been seeing in the past few weeks on their YouTube page. You can check them out below in case you missed some of them.











The latest from Pablo Hidalgo:

















And last but not least some cool bits from Rian Johnson:






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