It is a good time to be a STAR WARS fan right now!

As we get into the end of 2019, it really is a good time to be a STAR WARS fan. With THE MANDALORIAN, STAR WARS RESISTANCE Season 2, THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, and Respawn’s JEDI FALLEN ORDER it seems that we’re finally over the hump caused by Rian Johnson’s THE LAST JEDI. Maybe now we can finally start to enjoy STAR WARS again.


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It is a good time to be a STAR WARS fan right now!

Everything John Boyega Said About Finn At The Force Awakens Press Conference

Finn (John Boyega) gets a helping hand in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Finn (John Boyega) gets a helping hand in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

John Boyega became a fan icon in the Edgar Wright produced Attack the Block. Even back then he would tell us how much he loves Yoda, and now he gets to be in the new Star Wars. Boyega plays Finn, whom we met in the first trailer running through the desert without his storm trooper helmet on. Boyega stole the show at the The Force Awakens press conference trying to buddy up with Harrison Ford, while Ford rebuffed his advances. Here’s everything else Boyega said about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

John Boyega on dealing with the fame of Star Wars:

“I don’t know if I’m ready for this whole thing. I just know that I’m just in it. It’s going to come out regardless. But it should but fine.”

John Boyega on the “black storm trooper” social movement:

Our first glimpse of Finn (John Boyega) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers

Our first glimpse of Finn (John Boyega) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers

“For me, I’ve got to be honest. I really don’t care about black storm trooper stuff. I couldn’t care less. This is a movie about human beings, about Wookies, space ships and TIE fighters. And it has an undertone and a message of courage and a message of friendship and loyalty. And I think that’s something that is ultimately important. I watched the movie with Kathy [Kennedy] just last week, and I really, really relate to Rey more than any of the characters, and to be in a circumstance where you have to find something bigger than you who you are, within yourself, is something that’s inspirational to me. And I think that people take that away. In terms of the kids, all they’re going to be concentrating on is BB-8.”

John Boyega on meeting Samuel L. Jackson:

“I remember this theory that Finn is Mace Windu’s grandson. Something like that? And I was at a party, and someone behind me just tapped me on the shoulder and was just like, ‘Yo. Black Jedi!’ I turned around and it’s Samuel L. Jackson, ‘He’s my son!’ That was the moment.”

John Boyega as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

John Boyega as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

John Boyega on the Skywalker legacy lightsaber:

“Oh, I was very excited to use that thing because I think blue suits me. And it was amazing for me to read the whole script and to find out all the things that Finn gets to do. And for me, it’s like, I feel like for some reason, did J.J. know what kind of fan I was when it came to Star Wars and write this role for me? Because I get to wear a storm trooper suit, a rebel jacket. I have a blaster. I use a light saber. I hang out with fricking Han Solo and Chewie. It’s just fantastic!”

John Boyega worried he’d lose a limb like Luke Skywalker:

“I did. Because Adam Driver has a really long reach. And that’s an issue, but I’ve done my Floyd Mayweather thing, just bob and weave.”

John Boyega as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

John Boyega as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

John Boyega on playing Finn in Disney Infinity 3.0 and Star Tours:

“I’ve had to go back twice, once for Disney Infinity, and the second time for Star Tours, the ride at Disneyland. [Laughs] to be a playable character, I get to play with myself. Sorry, I had to tell that. But it’s been amazing. It was fun. And the characters in Disney Infinity are more of the child-like versions of the characters in the movie. So that was very cool. ‘Yeah, I’m Finn! And I’m in charge now! Hey!’”

John Boyega on Finn’s secret backstory:

“I didn’t know much going in because of the spoilers and that kind of stuff. But I do remember having the sides which were loosely based on who Finn and Rey was. But I just remember during my time screen testing, I was like to Daisy [Ridley], there’s no way that our stories are so simple. And we still don’t know. So I’ve still got some conspiracy theories as a fan as to where Finn comes from. And I’m still trying to figure that out. But I like that it’s a mystery. I like that.”

John Boyega on keeping it together around Harrison Ford:

Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) run for it in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) run for it in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

“I have to say though there was a moment on the Falcon where Harrison, you had the blaster in your hand, and you were trying to skillfully put it in the holster. And Harrison stood there [missing the holster], ‘Damn it. Damn it. Damn it!’ And me and Daisy were just behind the camera like, this is fricking insane. Harrison is fricking right there. But we had to do a scene together and not freak out. It was like mesmerizing to see Harrison in this environment, in the movies that we absolutely loved. And it was good to see you with Chewie. We freaked out, but we didn’t show you nothing. We tried to keep it professional for you.”

John Boyega watched Harrison Ford and Mark Hammill’s original auditions:

“I remember during the audition, not from the original films, but during the audition, I had screen tested. And I heard that I was going to be brought back one last time. And mind you, I had been auditioning for several months. And I just needed inspiration. And I went on YouTube, and I saw Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill’s original audition tape just on YouTube, and that really inspired me to tap into the Star Wars-esque energy because I think that was something I was trying to gauge. And that really inspired me, and I booked it! Thanks, Harrison.”



For those that were at the opening panel at Star Wars Celebration 2015, they would agree that the word of the morning was “lines”; some waited in line from the night before, not knowing they’d be blessed with free pizza compliments of JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy. Most waited at least 2 hours, hopefully to acquire the elusive orange wristband that would take them into the Celebration Stage, home of the opening panel. Latecomers got either a green or blue wristband, which directed them to other stages where the panel would be simulcast.


Here’s the coverage of the Star Wars opening panel:


Host Anthony Breznican, Senior Writer for Entertainment Weekly starts off the show by having some guy shooting off shirts into the audience. After asking if the guys that waited since last night enjoyed their complimentary pizza, Anthony brings out JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy, director of Star Wars: Force Awakens and President of Lucasfilm, respectively.





JJ starts by talking about his early Star Wars memories, he mentions that he saw the movie when he was 11 and that he dressed up as a Jawa on an unspecified year.



He starts to talk about shooting for the film. While talking he did go into mentioning that the desert planet we thought was Tatooine is actually a new planet called Jakku. Fans get excited.


Kathleen then starts talking about the time when George Lucas asked her to take over Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, she mentions she was thinking he had someone else in mind, but Lucas suggests Kathleen to take over. Of course she takes it. She then talks about her experience with working with George through the Indiana Jones films and mentions how honored she was to take the role.

Both of them then go into a conversation about going to a prior Star Wars Celebration (Germany?) and that they were impressed with the life sized, functioning droid displays. They went on to hire on two of the designers for droid work.


Then BB8 comes out.



I’ll admit I was really skeptical about Droid-Ball. It looked corny…kind of hastily put together, obviously computer generated. But what comes out on to the stage was something I wasn’t expecting; a live prop of BB8. It literally was a droid head on a ball….and it was pretty freakin’ adorable.


I’m sold.


JJ and Kathleen start to talk about Harrison Ford and that he really wanted to be there. Kathleen mentions how only he can land his plane on a golf course next to two doctors.


She’s got a point. Harrison’s legitimately a badass.


Here’s where is gets…spoiler-y. The dynamic duo then start describing the movie in not-so-subtle ways using the previous trailer as a reference as they bring out the 3 lead characters of the movie. The female shown speeding away in the oversize Fudgsicle is introduced as Daisy Ridley, who plays a character named Rey. They mention that Rey meets Finn, played by the second actor John Boyega, who was the black guy in the stormtrooper outfit at the opening of the trailer. The third actor, Oscar Isaac, plays Poe Dameron, the pilot of the X-Wing with the black, red, and grey helmet. He is apparently being sent on a mission by a very familiar “princess” to meet up with Finn. When asked by Anthony if Finn was actually a stormtrooper or if he was in disguise, John mysteriously forgot.



Anthony starts moving onto the next segment, audience questions. He’s even taken some from the people that stood in line for the panel since the night before.


How does it feel to be a part of the Star Wars universe? Boyega goes into a story about how he asked Harrison Ford to sign his doll. Harrison replies, “This is weird”


Where would you find yourself in the Star Wars universe? No real answer is given, though Kathleen mentions that when she looked to (the original) Star Wars, there was only 1 real woman she could emulate. She continues on to say that there will be really strong women in the upcoming movie and that there will be a lot of women to look up to as she has 2 girls of her own.


On asked about using old vs. new technology (tech from the prequels as opposed to tech from the original trilogy), JJ said he loves the sense of real and weathered things, how the story is about going up against an enemy that’s bigger and larger. “Anything but brand new” is what JJ emphasized and reiterated that the movie will be decades after Return of the Jedi.


About whether he was afraid he would disappoint, JJ jokingly says, “we just will”. He continues to say that he’s never had more fun doing this project and that the fun that he’s having far outweighs the risk of disappointment.


How much does the fan perspective take into effect? Kathleen takes over and mentions they are fans too. With a thankful demeanor, she says they can’t do it without the fans. Everyone has a Star Wars story and that the fans energize them in their work.


The simplest question was advice for a budding filmmaker. JJ explains that technology is amazing, filmmaking is democratized and everyone with a computer and a camera can be a filmmaker since much of what we can do today wasn’t available when he was learning about film. The ability to make a story is real and encourages the asker to just do it. He’s amazed at the quality of the fan films that have come out as a result of the modern age.


Who was more excited about being in the movie, the originals or the newbies? Daisy is excited and she said she “can’t wait to show you”, but it was mentioned that the older actors were coming back to something familiar, so there’s that. Oscar talked about how he prepared for the role by playing lightsaber in the shower and John kept it secret until it was actually announced, though he did mention he lied and said he was “still” working on the TV show 24.


Anthony takes control and brings out a squadron of stormtroopers in their new uniforms. Along with the stormtroopers, he delivers the second punch by bringing out Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamil, and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca).



Daniels was praised for being the only actor on stage to appear in all 6 Star Wars films. Daniels mentions he didn’t realize it would become this big and was grateful to the fans for their dedication.


Mayhew talks about how he’s the only one that can “go anywhere and still be comfortable”, but he did refer to the suit as a “walking carpet”.


Fisher was asked if her character would return to her famous hair buns. She replies that the buns are tired and that’s there’s a new alternative style…and no return of the bikini.


The audience laughs.


She did like being the only girl at 19, but in this day and age, she needs a little backup.


Hamil talks about how Star Wars was the “most expensive low budget film ever made”. He thanks the fans and they never cease to amaze him. He goes on to say he’s felt so much love and that they were more than fans…they were family.



Fisher said the fans grew up with them and mentioned loved being a toy, thanking the fans again for playing with her.


Audience gets the joke.


Anthony wraps up the panel and then brings out everyone for a final group photo op.


Then the new trailer is revealed. It was amazing. It has such a pop that they played it again.


And then it was over.

ADVENTURE TIME Lego Submitted to LEGO Ideas, Vote Now!

You read that right, a fan, aBetterMonkey, has created this impressive Lego set called “Brick-built Adventure Time figures” and has some of the most rad characters on the hit animated Cartoon Network tv show.

Jake, Finn, Princess Bubblegum, Lumpy Space Princess, the Ice King, BMO, Lady Rainicorn and the  rest of the gang from Adventure Time are up for a vote on Lego Ideas.  If the set gets 10,000 votes it will be considered for production to become an official Lego Set.

While the set does not include Peppermint Butler, its still one awesome set.  As of March 2, the set has 542 votes.  It now has 336 days to get to the 10,000 votes.  If you dig this set, you can cast your vote here.

Staff and fans have been so excited over this set that it even got the staff recommendation on the site.

This is not the first time an attempt has been made for an official Adventure Time Lego Set.  In 2013 we saw one of the most amazing Lego models of Jake and Finn’s Tree Fort up for vote on Lego Ideas, but obviously did not get enough votes.

Adventure Time chronicles the escapades of Jake and Finn on the Cartoon Network.  It will return as part of the next works 2015-2016 line up and it also in the works to become a film on the big screen.

Don’t forget to cast your vote!!

The complete list of characters up for vote in this set are as follows:

  • Finn with his sword
  • Jake
  • Princess Bubblegum
  • Lady Rainicorn
  • Marlene with her axe-bass
  • BMO with joysticks
  • the Ice King with ice lightings
  • Gunter
  • Lumpy Space Princess
  • Tree Trunks
  • Flame Princess
  • Ricardio
  • Earl of Lemongrab with his sword
  • the Lich with green flames
  • the snail