Showing posts with label c-3po. Show all posts
Showing posts with label c-3po. Show all posts

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Star Wars: Droids exclusive to Target

Hasbro has announced Star Wars: Droids action figures as part of Lucasfilm’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The Target exclusive features Boba Fett, C-3PO and R2-D2 in Kenner-branded vintage collection packaging. Each 3.75-inch figure includes a coin just like the original toy line, which briefly appeared on store shelves in 1985.

There's also a solitary premium 6-inch Black Series Boba Fett in animated series deco. However, Hasbro's missed a Star Wars Holiday Special trick here.

The Star Wars: Droids animated series was an afterschool favourite and spawned a range of colourful action figures and accessories from Kenner. Alas, by the time of its release in the mid-eighties, I'd outgrown 'childish things' and didn't collect any of them.

The Target exclusive is available on Hasbro Pulse outside of the US. I've already pre-ordered mine for toy photography on Instagram.

Star Wars: Droids is available to stream as part of the Star Wars Vintage Collection on Disney+.

Are these the Star Wars: Droids action figures you’re looking for? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Star Wars: Droids coming to Disney+

The Star Wars Vintage Collection launched in April on Disney+ with the Ewoks television movies and animated spin-offs as part of Lucasfilm’s 50th anniversary celebration.

According to the latest Disney+ newsletter, Star Wars: Droids, which was announced for later this year, will be added on 18th June.

I remember watching Star Wars: Droids on Children's BBC around the launch of the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS. All 13 episodes (including the special) of the fan-favourite animated spin-off series, following the adventures of C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 retroactively between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope, will be available to stream.

In related news. Star Wars: A Droid Story is currently in production for Disney+.

Are you looking forward to seeing Star Wars: Droids on Disney+? Let me know in the comments below.

Saturday, 26 October 2019

R2-D2 is the droid you're looking for at the V&A

R2-D2, the beloved diminutive droid from the Star Wars saga, is on loan to V&A Dundee from franchise creator George Lucas. The droid is part of the upcoming Hello, Robot exhibition.

Museum curator Kirsty Hassard brought the highly-anticipated exhibition to Dundee: “As part of the Scottish Design Galleries there was a Queen Amidala costume (from Episode II — Attack of the Clones) and I got to courier that back from Skywalker Ranch which was a massive privilege to get to see their stores and to be able to tour around that as well.

“This is the only time it will come to the UK, which is really exciting.

“Since the moment people knew R2-D2 was going to be part of it, there’s been a massive thrill of ‘he’s in the building but he’s still in his crate’ so to have him uncrated has been really exciting.

“A lot of people definitely seem to have quite a lot of affection for him as a character and that’s been really lovely to see.

“I’m sure when he goes upstairs that will be even more exciting.

“We’re expecting big visitor numbers.”

R2-D2 will be appearing alongside his onscreen counterpart, C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in cinemas this December.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Anthony Daniels finishes filming on Star Wars

Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) posted a poignant farewell on Twitter after wrapping filming on Star Wars: Episode IX, directed by JJ Abrams, on Monday. Daniels has the distinction of appearing in all nine Star Wars movies.

"Today was 3PO's last on Episode IX. He's sad - so am I. But we're so proud to have worked with such a lovely, talented cast & crew lead by J.J. & Kathy. I'll miss everyone but I'm glad to know that we've been making something exceptional together, to share with the waiting world."

The actor followed up with this tweet.

"I'm so touched by all your messages. I admit, leaving the set on Monday needed a stiff upper lip. No problem for 3PO. But for me... Now your tweets keep that feeling alive, making me sadly happy. But when one door closes... Then, doors aren't the only things you open. Are they."

Daniels has reprised the role of the beloved protocol droid countless times - from animated series to theme park rides - and it wouldn't be entirely surprising to see C-3PO cameo in a live-action Star Wars series for Disney+.

However, I want to thank Anthony Daniels for his positive contribution to the lives of generations of fans (myself included)! He was an amazing host at Star Wars Celebration Europe in 2016.

What are your favourite C-3PO memories? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

C-3PO in international trailer for The Last Jedi

An international trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released on Monday and it contains new footage not shown in the previous trailer.

Fans get their first look at C-3PO. The prissy protocol droid's golden right arm, which was red in The Force Awakens, has been restored. There's new dialogue from Rey, asking for help, and extra clips of BB-8.

This latest trailer, again, suggests Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is fearful of Rey (Daisy Ridley). Does she turn to the dark side? This is a long-held theory I've had since The Force Awakens.

I'm increasingly convinced Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) will turn back to the light side and join Luke Skywalker to battle Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and Rey in Episode IX directed by JJ Abrams. Maybe that's too obvious? Certainly, the new international poster suggests Rey's conflicted nature, which reprises Anakin Skywalker's journey to the dark side in the prequel trilogy.

Regardless, I trust director Rian Johnson with a sequel worthy of The Empire Strikes Back.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in cinemas 15th December.

Friday, 18 December 2015

The Force Awakens soars with Star Wars magic of old

This is the Star Wars movie fans are looking for. Over the summer Jurassic World took an ageing franchise and reinvigorated it into box office gold. Now, the granddaddy of them all enjoys a yuletide homecoming without equal following a ten year absence.

Time enough for the prequels to fade, a change of ownership and fans to focus on events following Return of the Jedi over thirty years ago. Marvel Comics couldn't satiate my yearning to see beloved heroes in new adventures on the big screen. What happened to Luke Skywalker and friends after the defeat of Darth Vader and his Emperor?

Director JJ Abrams had already captured the magic of Steven Spielberg in Super 8 and now George Lucas' saga sees him graduate into the top flight of Hollywood directors.

Fresh from rebooting Star Trek. Abrams' supernatural grasp of the mythology of the original trilogy delivers spectacularly in a superlative sequel brushing shoulders with The Empire Strikes Back during its bleakest moments and equalling A New Hope.

In Abrams' galactic odyssey we witness Kylo Ren's (Adam Driver) rage surpassing sulky Anakin Skywalker in the prequel trilogy and Rey's (Daisy Ridley) reluctance to fathom her mysterious past as she befriends Finn (John Boyega), a disenfranchised First Order Stormtrooper, and leaves behind life as a scavenger on the desert planet of Jakku after rescuing BB-8. The spherical droid newcomer is truly a marvel to behold and takes its rightful place alongside R2-D2 and C-3PO.

Amidst the Arthurian storytelling and beguiling vistas shot on Kodak film, John Williams' sweeping soundtrack for The Force Awakens is triumphant. More than once it prompted bittersweet feelings of nostalgia at seeing Star Wars for the first time with my late mother. A transcendental experience in the wake of childhood trauma in 1977.

Star Wars hadn't opened in the UK when I was admitted into children's hospital following a serious head injury. But, I remember the American neurosurgeon - who saved my life alongside a talented team - saying I had to promise him I'd see Star Wars and gave me a poster of R2-D2 and C-3PO as a parting gift! The promise was kept.

What of Luke Skywalker's fate? That's for fans to discover for themselves. The old and new cast shine with charisma and Daisy Ridley, beautiful and effervescent, carries the movie with an aplomb belying her freshman acting career. The sight of a squadron of X-Wings was met with whoops and cries of delight.

I laughed, cheered and cried watching my most cherished film franchise soar once more. The emotional stakes are raised in a galaxy far, far away...

Thank you for an incredible Christmas gift, JJ!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

These are the speakers Star Wars fans are looking for!

AC Worldwide is launching fully-licensed Star Wars bluetooth speakers in the shape of fussy protocol droid C-3PO and an Imperial Stormtrooper from the original trilogy.

Each speaker has been crafted with meticulous attention to detail. Not only do they look amazing. But, they boast high-end sound quality for the discerning Star Wars fan as they listen to John Williams' soundtracks.

Key features:
  • Full 2.1 system audio, with two tweeters behind the eye and a powerful bottom-facing subwoofer
  • Sync your speakers to your phone with Bluetooth or NFC
  • Hands-free answering - talk to the character when taking a call
  • Touch-sensitive buttons
  • When paired each speaker emits an iconic phrase "I do believe they think I'm some sort of god" and "Move along"
  • Both mains and rechargeable, and totally portable at 28 cm tall
  • £129 / $196

The force is strong with these speakers and I hope to post a hands-on review soon!

UK fans can pre-order from Amazon today: C-3PO and Stormtrooper.

If you have a licensed Star Wars product and are seeking coverage in the lead-up to the theatrical release of The Force Awakens. Please get in contact. Look forward to hearing from you.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Children in Need to use the force in Star Wars special

The force is strong with Pudsey! This year's Children in Need will feature a sketch starring R2-D2, C-3PO, Warwick Davis (Wicket from Return of the Jedi), Lord Sugar and more as the BBC joins forces with Disney and Lucasfilm for the annual fundraising event!

Children in Need will be shown on Friday 13th November on BBC 1 from 7:30PM.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Star Wars: The Rugby Alliance

Darth Vader and a select squad of Stormtroopers will descend on the home of England Rugby with the galactic themed 2015 Marriott London Sevens on the 16th-17th May. While scrum wars will be at play on the field, the number of spectators rocketing through the gates is set to be out of this world.

Darth Vader’s appearance at Twickenham Stadium has been captured in a TV ad which airs from today and can also be viewed on YouTube. Catching several people off guard including a startled C-3PO, Darth Vader stood face-to-face with the England Rugby team who were unmoved by the notorious villain. A showdown between the forces of light and dark saw neither give an inch, ensuring the real action will be seen between the international teams on the pitch in May.

Sophie Goldschmidt, England Rugby Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer said: “We have chosen a galactic theme for the 2015 Marriott London Sevens and the famous faces from Star Wars will really help bring this to life in and around Twickenham Stadium. The atmosphere here at Twickenham is part of what makes the tournament so successful and such a big hit with fans. Last year’s event was a cracking weekend stuffed full of fantastic rugby action, some wild moves, both on and off the field, and some brilliant fancy dress efforts. 2015 promises to take fans on a ride into galaxies far, far away with a weekend of action that is bigger, better and louder!”

The 2015 Marriott London Sevens galactic theme will see many of the spectators arriving inStar Wars fancy dress so expect to see plenty of Darth Mauls, Luke ‘Try-walkers’ and ‘Jabba the Rucks’.

The fast paced conclusion to the HSBC Sevens World Series will see the players utilise more mind games than mind tricks and will see displays of superb team play and (Han) solo brilliance.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales coming to Disney XD

The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive scoop on Disney XD's next foray into Star Wars.

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales will chronicle the adventures of the franchise's lovable droid duo, R2-D2 and C-3PO, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi.

Here's an extract from the THR article: Set after the Rebel Alliance victory on Endor seen at the end of Return of the Jedi, the droids are regaling the assembly with their adventures that led them to their present situation. An accidental kidnapping leads to a new adventure that progresses to the retelling of the saga in chronological order, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi.

The five-episode mini-series will air in time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

C-3PO actor says Star Wars: Episode VII is the best yet

Filming of Star Wars: Episode VII wrapped last week and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) took to Twitter to suggest the movie may be the best yet! Eclipsing The Empire Strikes Back no less.

The as yet untitled next installment in the Star Wars saga, currently in post-production, won't be released until December 2015.

Do you think Episode VII will surpass Empire? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

C-3PO and R2-D2 in Star Wars Rebels

Entertainment Weekly recently interviewed Anthony Daniels and the veteran Star Wars actor talked about Episode VII and Rebels.

"I will tell you that when [director] J.J. Abrams rang me to ask about filming Episode VII, one of the first things he said after he told me how wonderful I was — and that didn’t take long — but he then said, “Would you be interested in being in the film just doing the voice?” I said, “No,” and he said, “Right!” He knew I’d say that. There’s no way I would just do the voice. I also said that it can’t be the same suit. I will tell you that the team then got together and built a new suit. They made an entirely new look-a-like with changes that you will never notice [on screen] that made my life a lot easier. I can get it on and off very quickly. [During the prequels], the only time [Threepio has] been CG was when it was very dangerous [to act in the scene in a suit] — and it wasn’t very good. In fact, I’m going to say it was awful. One of the difficulties is with a character that you know and love so well is that, as a member of the audience, you go, “Oh no, that’s not right. No, he doesn’t move like that.” With me [in the suit], he’s always going to move the same way and have the same reactions, timing, and so on. With CG, you’re working with some brilliant person on the keyboard who is trying to pretend to be me. The only time that has worked without doubt is Disney’s Star Tours: The Adventures Continue [theme park ride]. There’s an element in the pre-show which is digital and I cannot tell it’s not me. It’s brilliantly done by Disney. In a cartoon series like Rebels, you accept it because it’s not trying to pretend to be reality. It’s an extension, it’s an exaggeration. On that basis, it’s utterly acceptable — providing the characterization is correct."

Daniels' candour is refreshing and his enthusiasm for both Episode VII and Rebels is infectious.

"It’s very elusive and I’ll tell you: It’s where we’re going now with Episode VII. We’re all back. And it’s great, actually, that Rebels is set before Episode IV because that film is quintessential basic, “This is Star Wars.” And you know George always used to say every time I arrived on set, I would always arrive for the first time back on set in costume, and during the prequels George would say when I arrived on set that “Star Wars has arrived” — because I was the old fashioned link. Rebels is is an old fashion link to the old fashion film, which which we all loved. And you will love Episode VII — I have electrodes strapped to my head to zap me if I say anything more about it."

Read the in-depth interview on EW.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Bad Robot tweets Batman and Star Wars mashup

Bad Robot has tweeted an image of the prissy protocol droid C-3PO dressed as Batman responding to an Alliance signal in place of the iconic Batman logo.

This playful game of Twitter tag began when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder posted a photo depicting Henry Cavill dressed as a Jedi Knight and wielding a lightsaber.

Any thoughts on this latest crossover? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Limited Edition Star Wars Kinect bundle with R2-D2 Xbox 360

At this year's San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), Lucasarts and Microsoft jointly announced the first custom Xbox 360, based on the Star Wars franchise, for the upcoming holiday season.

Get the Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars bundle, with the first ever white Kinect Sensor and custom-designed console and controller based on popular Star Wars characters R2-D2 and C-3PO. Use the Force like a Jedi and immerse yourself in the Star Wars experience you’ve always dreamed of, in ways you never imagined possible.

The Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars bundle will include:

*Kinect Star Wars game
*Custom R2-D2-themed Xbox 360 Console with custom sounds
*White Kinect Sensor
*Custom C-3PO-themed Xbox 360 Wireless Controller
*320 GB Hard Drive
*Xbox 360 Wired Headset
*Kinect Adventures game
*Exclusive downloadable content

Pre-order the Limited Edition Star Wars Kinect bundle here.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Star Wars meets The Muppets

Disney is no stranger to crossovers and has released Star Wars characters, based on original IP, before. However, this is genius.

When these fully poseable action figures are launched at Disney Parks, this Fall, expect to see them packaged two to a case. There'll be Kermit the Frog as Luke Skywalker with Miss Piggy as Princess Leia, Link Hogthrob as Han Solo and his buddy Fozzy as Chewbacca, Beaker as C3-PO and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew as R2-D2, and Sam Eagle as Obi-Wan Kenobi with Gonzo as Darth Vader with an accessory Camilla as a Stormtrooper.

If the Star Wars The Muppets line continues, what figures would you like to see sold at Disney Parks? How about Dr Teeth as Boba Fett...

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Star Wars, nothing but Star Wars: In Concert

Hollywood composer John Williams' award-winning compositions for George Lucas' Star Wars saga are timeless. And a live concert is the perfect forum to experience them anew.

Guest post by Matt Charlton

March 10th 2010 seemed to come around awfully quickly. I remember when my wife, Sue, bought the tickets (or rather I bought the tickets, Sue decided that they were going to be my Christmas present) that the date seemed far, far away…

The idea of seeing a full live orchestra, playing the iconic music that I’d grown up with, was enthralling.

I was looking forward to the concert until I’d seen a few comments on the web and read a review, which prepared me for the worst. I realise that this may have instilled me with some preconceptions and had the possibility of me viewing the event in a less than favourable light, but I’m glad I had them – I felt happier about going in expecting a poor show and being pleasantly surprised. Knowing there were going to be one or two issues, lessened the impact.

We got pretty decent seats – when I say decent seats, what I actually mean is that the seats were terrible and made the detention cell from Star Wars look super comfortable in comparison. The seats were positioned very well though; We were in the front block closest to the stage, 4th row back in seats 13 and 14. Ultimately, not a bad view, especially since the two people sitting in the 3rd row, directly in front of us, didn’t turn up. Got a nice view of the stage, the orchestra, and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) as he moved from one end of the stage to the other.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), the force behind Star Wars: A Musical Journey, was spellbinding, and authentically brought John Williams' acclaimed compositions to life. The musical performance was everything one would hope to expect. Indeed, at times it was impossible to ignore the goosebumps and hairs on the back of your neck standing up. There were two large camera cranes that were set up to provide video footage of the orchestra, and conductor, as they played. Although the cranes obstructed the stage, it was engaging to watch the legendary RPO playing. The rest of the time, the giant HD screen displayed montages of footage from all six Star Wars films.

The lights dimmed, the THX logo theme pumped through the speakers, and then the RPO started to play the 20th Century Fox Fanfare. This took me back to the summer of 1999 when the lights dimmed in the cinema for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The orchestra burst into life with the celebrated Star Wars main theme.

Following the theme, something broke, there was a pause and an announcement went out that we were taking a break for a brief technical reset. It interrupted the flow of the show but everyone maintained their composure. Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) wasn’t on stage by this point. He arrived pointing out the "disturbance in the force" (ho ho).

Unfortunately the Star Wars video montages caused me a lot of problems as they were oftentimes used out of context! Events started with Anakin on Tatooine (The Phantom Menace) and ended with the final battle on the moon of Endor (Return of the Jedi). Problem is, it looked as though the person who'd edited the video montages had never seen Star Wars. Ever. We had clips from The Phantom Menace depicting Anakin Skywalker as a 9 year old boy juxtaposed with footage from Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter arriving at Geonosis taken from Attack of the Clones. Just because Geonosis has a similar colour palette to Tatooine, it doesn’t give artistic license to mix the continuity up. This would be sufficient to irk the most observant Star Wars fans. However, the majority of casual fans should be too engrossed to notice such a travesty. My wife said she loved it. She’s only seen the films a couple of times and doesn’t know what happens (in which film) to the point of knowing a video segment is out of place in the saga's chronology.

This happened all the way through the concert with footage from the prequels being mixed in with the Original Trilogy (OT). The biggest problem for me was that you had these iconic John Williams scores, from my childhood, that were soiled with images of Jar Jar Binks and other prequel failures. I don’t mean that – I’m not a prequel hater, I like the movies and I can watch them. I see them as two separate sets of films from two different eras with a story arc that stretches across all six movies. I can forgive most of Lucas’ meddling with the OT (Except Han not shooting first) but for someone to put together footage from movies to show alongside an orchestra playing it was, in parts, risible. The only parts that worked were the character montages – Leia’s video footage in particular worked okay, despite jumping from Star Wars to Return of the Jedi and back to The Empire Strikes Back!

I’m being overly critical, but I feel at £65 + £6.50 booking fee I have the right.

One highlight, prior to crash landing into a swamp on Dagobah so to speak, is the sequence where Obi-Wan hands Luke his father’s lightsaber. We see a flashback to Anakin fighting in the Geonosian Arena, with a green lightsaber. The spare lightsaber he’d been thrown by another Jedi since his own lightsaber had been broken in the droid factory. That was sloppy. There were plenty of occasions in Revenge of the Sith where Anakin uses the blue saber that they could have used. Speaking of which I realised at that exact moment that the lightsaber Obi-Wan does give to Luke is the same one that was used by Anakin to cut down the Younglings. Creepy.

The sound mixer(s) tampered with dialogue continuity too – when Vader and Luke are facing off in the throne room, Luke on the platform, they inserted “It’s too late for me, Son”, which is from the shuttle station on Endor shortly before their return to the Death Star. More meddling...

At times I closed my eyes and just listened, other times I watched the orchestra and ignored the giant screen. I’d go and see the RPO, again. I take my hat off to the orchestra for doing a sterling job, the art direction/whoever was responsible for the footage needs to go back to the drawing board or at least watch the films.

Anthony Daniels narrated with aplomb. He got a big round of applause for a couple of C-3PO quotes – the biggest being for "The odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field…" (I wanted to shout out “Never tell me the odds!").

Merchandising – they were selling programmes for £20 and small light up lightsaber keyrings for £12. They had a small stall selling t-shirts for £20 and hoodies for £45. Unfortunately, they were all transcribed with the legend “Star Wars in concert” rather than just Star Wars. This was a little bit of brand snobbery on my part, but the t-shirts might as well have said “Star Wars tribute movies!” on them. Having 'in concert’ on the shirt made it a copy of a Star Wars t-shirt.

If you get the chance, go and see the RPO playing the Star Wars music live. If you’re a diehard Star Wars fan who knows every edit: close your eyes and listen. There’s nothing quite like hearing those pieces of music live.

Matt Charlton has joined the Rebellion against the Empire and is switching from PC to Mac.

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Thursday, 21 April 2005

Where's my C-3PO cereal?

Needed cheering up, so I purchased a box of Kellogg's Coco Pops Crunchers. Inside special packs promoting Revenge of the Sith you can find 1 of 6 Lightsaber maze games. To my delight Darth Vader's Lightsaber was in the box! The force is strong with this one.