At this year’s Toy Fair in New York, Hasbro announced HasLab, a new program that aims to bring to life special creations like a massive, four-foot long recreation of Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge. The company is taking inspiration from platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, too: In order for the barge to become a real for-sale production item, Hasbro wants to gather 5,000 $499 pre-orders by midnight on April 3rd.
If the project reaches its funding goal, Jabba’s Sail Barge (or The Khetanna if you’re a Star Wars geek) will come with a 64-page booklet with behind-the-scenes details, set photos, interviews and blueprints of the actual set piece in the film as well as production information on the toy. The barge also comes with a 3.75-inch scale Jabba the Hutt and soft cloth sails for the top of the sand boat.
The barge itself is on display to media at the toy fair and looks even bigger than that GI Joe aircraft carrier that came out a while back. It’s incredibly detailed, too, with a tiny Ithorian (Hammerhead) skeleton in the jail. Hasbro has a few renderings you can check out to see all the little details. While the program is currently only for Star Wars-themed toys at this point, there are possible plans for other brands to make the cut, like My Little Pony or Transformers. LEGO Ideas does something similar, too, producing fan-led toys like a Minecraft set and Women of NASA. These aren’t funding campaigns, really; mostly, larger companies like LEGO and Hasbro use them as promotional platforms and as a way to gauge interest.
- This article originally appeared on Engadget.
Click here to see trailer shots that didn’t make the final cut.
It is a good sign when on the first weekend a film is out fans are already scrutinizing footage and looking for information about how it was put together, and trying to figure out if there are any extra pieces to the puzzle out there that they can view. Fortunately for us all, one man in particular was so enamored by ‘Rogue One‘ (and I do not blame him as I too loved the movie) that he took the time to comb through the teaser, the trailers, and all of the promos he could find for ‘Rogue One’ and discover 46 shots used in the marketing campaign that did not actually make the final cut of the film.
The man’s name is Vashi Nedomansky, and on his website he points out that these missing shots did not detract from the movie experience at all, and worked very well in getting him and fans in general excited to go see ‘Rogue One,’ but he just found it interesting to see how much footage they actually had for the movie and how much they ended up not using. Personally, I love the idea of a marketing campaign using a lot of footage that is not actually in the movie, as it helps keep things fresh when you actually sit down in the theater and helps solve the age old problem of movie trailers giving away too much of the movie. If they are using footage that never actually makes it in, the trailer becomes more about the tone of the film and the potential for what the film could be rather than a glimpse of the plot and spoilers for what is to come.
Check out the video of the all the cut shots for yourself and then share your opinion on using footage not featured in the movie in a marketing campaign in the comments section below!
The 3ft 8in actor, who starred in six Star Wars films as well as Time Bandits and Flash Gordon, was 81.
- Official trailer released. Looks interesting.
2. Nostalgia will be on the MonSFFA menu later this year. You might want to catch this podcast on the early days of Star Wars Fandom In the days before social media, Craig Miller was the man who made sure we all knew the latest about Star Wars. This segment is appears near the end of the podcast. Before that, they discuss the Blue Ray release and the trailer for Rogue One.
Our special guest Craig Miller was the Publicist and Director of Fan Relations for Lucasfilm during the hey-day of the 70’s and 80’s. Ever wonder how fans knew what was going on in fandom before social media? Whose job was it to tell the world about this new movie called Star Wars? Craig shares some awesome stories.
Now speaking of social media… SO MUCH STAR WARS this week! Rogue One Teaser Trailer dropped as well as The Force Awakens Blu-Ray with Special Features. We review some of the bonus features with Skywalker and blogger, Drew Kaplan. Then, Richard and Sarah dive in to the ROGUE ONE TEASER TRAILER. The music! The plot! AT-ATs!
3. Closer to home, the OVMF Star Wars concerts June 12 & June 19 have sold out. They have added a third date, June 16, which is a Thursday evening.
I was thinking it would be fun to trek out to hear the Star Wars concert after our June meeting, but that concert is sold out.
There will be second performance on June 19th. Tickets can be purchased on line. http://www.ovmf.qc.ca
Soyez des nôtres pour notre concert Star Wars VII les dimanches 12 et 19 juin 2016 à 19h00. Lors de ce concert, vous entendrez les nouveaux thèmes de John Williams tirés de Star Wars The Force Awaken et aussi d’autres surprises qui seront annoncées dans les mois qui suivent…
Pour chaque billet acheté avant le 8 mai, vous recevrez un CD gratuit de notre concert Superhéros
Always loved this piece, and the cover by a mariachi band is actually pretty good, considering.
Details, photos of Tony Dyson with R2D2, and descriptions of his other work for the movie industry: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35724496 Superman ll, Moonraker and Dragon Slayer, Altered States, Saturn 3.
35 feet of latex human intestines ??
Hey, here’s a project for our August workshop meeting! CPL
On the eve of the release of Star Wars Episode VII Youtube user and perennial prop recreator “Sufficiently Advanced,” a.k.a. Allen Pan posted a video of his homemade saber lighting a cigarette and burning through balloons and paper with its fiery, sputtering, Kylo-Ren-like blade.
(And having way too much fun, IMO. To learn more about its inner workings, click here. )