Kylo Ren is the new big bad in the Star Wars universe, described by director J.J. Abrams as a “Vader obsessive” who is darkly drawn to the original trilogy’s villain. We’ve caught a few glimpses of Kylo Ren in the trailers with his distinctive helmet, black cloak and crossguard lightsaber — but what’s under that hood, exactly? What is Kylo Ren hiding? As it turns out, it’s nothing major, but it will please many Star Wars fans.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
They’ve just wrapped up a massive Global Unboxing Event for #ForceFriday, the grand unveiling of the new toys for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And looking through the acton figures that were unveiled, there are some really impressive likenesses. The little Finn, for example, really looks like John Boyega. And then are a few that don’t. The action figure version of Rey could be Daisy Ridley. But if you put it in front of me with no context (and no awesome BB-8 accessory), I’d probably be a little lost. I might guess it’s a Natalie Portman figure from Revenge of the Sith.
With the much-hyped “Force Friday” finally upon us, the steady trickle of Star Wars news has become a genuine deluge. But if you’re able to pull yourself away from live toy unboxing videos and that kind of amazing new BB-8 toy, there’s some new Star Wars: The Force Awakens art for you to look at. You know, just in case there isn’t enough Star Wars in your life at the moment.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t even out yet and we already know that everyone in the world is going to want their own BB-8. And the market will surely respond – expect to see countless toy versions of that adorable rolling droid everywhere you look in the coming months. However, there is only one BB-8 toy that can be controlled by your mobile device and recognizes your voice and develops an ongoing personality as you play with it. Yes, Sphero’s BB-8 looks like the droid to beat.
May the Force be with all of you incredibly loyal fans who endeavor to sit through all 18 hours of Lucasfilm’s special livestream event, during which time all the new toys from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be unboxed and profiled while you anxiously await the commencement of Force Friday — it’s like Black Friday, but instead of waiting in line with your mom at midnight to buy discount kitchen appliances and outerwear, you get to purchase BB-8 and Kylo Ren action figures.
At the time that this sentence is being written, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is only 107 days away from its December 18 opening. As we anxiously wait for the next trailer, we fill our days with speculation. Speculation about box office. Speculation about the unknown surnames of new characters. But there is one thing that doesn’t even need to be speculated about because it is a forgone conclusion – the spherical droid BB-8 is going to take the world by storm and its newly revealed toysareis going to be the must-have item of the year for kids and adults. Damn it, BB-8! Why do you have to be so adorable!
In the tradition of ScreenCrush series like You Think You Know Movies, You Think You Know TV, and Post Credits comes a brand new YouTube series: Top Five! Each week (or so; we’ve got a lot of other stuff going on), ScreenCrush editor and critic Matt Singer will count down a particular topic from the world of movies (and probably write these introductory posts in the third person).
When BB-8 rolled across the screen in the very first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens we heard a couple of cute R2-D2-esque beeps which we assumed were BB-8's sound effects. We heard similar sound effects when BB-8 appeared on stage at Star Wars Celebration, but those sounds were reportedly temporary until Lucasfilm settled on BB-8's official “voice.” Thanks to a new LEGO commercial, we may have our best indicator of what the new droid sounds like in the finished film.
The other day we got a brief (but very effective) new teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which featured John Boyega’s Finn wielding the lightsaber that once belonged to Anakin Skywalker (and later, to Luke). In keeping with the spirit of the marketing for The Force Awakens, one fan has cut a new trailer for The Empire Strikes Back in the style of the second trailer for the latest Star Wars film. The results are more nuanced than you might expect.
ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything Star Wars! From The Force Awakens, to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, tear apart the latest teaser footage, learn the alignment of a new Rogue One character, and a tease the Battle of Jakku.