BACK in 1977, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope was the first blockbuster film to launch a series of toys and collectible products alongside the movie. 42 years on, these items are extremely rare and sought after – here’s what you can get your hands on. What are some of the most wanted Star Wars collectables on the market today? Rocket Launcher Boba Fett prototype - £46 The Boba Fett With Rocket Launcher action figure dates back to 1979 and the original prototype that was never acutally put into production. The early editions are particularly special because they had an actual press button on back and a functional launcher for small plastic suckers. It was soon replaced for a safer model after the manufacturer clocked that it wasn’t a great idea to have small removable parts in a children’s toy. A new version of the Boba Fett action figure was put into production with the rocket glued in and released for purchase. LEGO Millennium Falcon playset … [Read more...] about Seven rare Star Wars figures – collectable action figures and sets, including Boba Fett, Darth Vader and the Millennium Falcon
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Lifestyle / Entertainment / Film by Press Association 30/12/2018, 12:52 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The enthusiasm for superheroes and sequels on the big screen shows no sign of abating in 2019. Hot on the heels of the huge success of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, Marvel will offer up Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel in the new year. Endgame appears to be the end of the current Avengers line-up and star Chris Evans has already confirmed it will be his last time in the role of Captain America. Speculation has been rife about whether this means Cap will sacrifice himself to save the others, and whether Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man can also survive the fall-out, but fans will have to wait until April 26 to find out. The arrival of Captain Marvel on March 8 marks Marvel’s first standalone film about a female superhero, played by Brie Larson, and its first co-directed by a woman … [Read more...] about Avengers, Star Wars and Toy Story among films to savour in 2019
Star Wars and Thunderbirds are set to be the must-have toys for Christmas this year, according to industry experts. The Toy Retailers Association said this would be a “vintage year” for toys as it released its annual DreamToys list of predicted top sellers, with three of them connected to the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens, due to hit cinemas next month. 2015 is going to be a vintage year for toys Gary Grant, chairman of the DreamToys committee They are the Bladebuilder Jedi Master Lightsabre by Hasbro, and Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle and the Millennium Falcon, both by Lego.The Thunderbirds Interactive Tracy Island Playset has also made the list, alongside favourites such as the Disney Frozen Sing-a-long Elsa.Lego’s City Deep Sea Exploration Vessel is also expected to dominate Christmas lists, while Little Live Pets, Paw Patrol, Shopkins and the Vtech Toot Toot Friends toys are likely to top lists for younger children, the TRA predicts.Rounding out the … [Read more...] about Star Wars and Thunderbirds set to top Christmas present lists
Brian Truitt USA TODAY Published 1:23 p.m. UTC Aug 15, 2018 For better or for worse, the Academy Awards are making a bold move and adding a category for outstanding achievement in popular film, giving huge blockbusters a chance at a major win on Oscars night. It makes one wonder: Had this category been around for a while, which popular films would have taken home Oscar glory? #OscarsSoStupid: Why a best blockbuster Academy Award is a horrendous idea Related: New Oscar category honoring popular films will be part of 2019 ceremony Let’s look back at the last decade, from 2008 – when “The Dark Knight” was such a critical and box-office hit that its best-picture snub compelled the Academy to expand the category – through 2017, and imagine which movies would have made the cut for best popular film and which ones (in bold) would have conquered the field. (While the Academy is still … [Read more...] about Rewriting Oscar history: Who won best popular film?
The latest film in the Star Wars franchise may have had Han Solo's name in the title, but it was the charming smuggler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) who stole the show. Now the character is reportedly set to return in next year's Star Wars Episode IX, played by Billy Dee Williams, the actor who originally appeared as Lando when the character made his first outing in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980). According to the Hollywood Reporter, rumours began spreading that the 81-year-old would return to the franchise after he cancelled plans for a convention appearance, citing a clash with a a film project. Sources have "confirmed" to the magazine that Williams will be returning to a galaxy far, far away. After playing Lando in 1983's Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Williams also voiced the character for several Star Wars video games and the animated TV series Star Wars: Rebels. Williams's most recent film was 2017's The Lego Batman Movie, where … [Read more...] about The original Lando Calrissian will return in Star Wars Episode IX