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Around the Star Wars Galaxy: News Roundup – 8.29.17

Star Wars Rebel Season 3 Hits Stores

Her Universe’s Ashley Eckstein reminds us that today is the day that Star Wars Rebels Season 3 hits store shelves today!

Thank you, Ahsoka! Read more about the release here.

Force Friday II comes to Disney Parks

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I missed this the first time around, but Force Friday II is coming to Anaheim and Orlando.

Yesterday, the fine folks at @WDWToday forwarded over a link to the Disney Parks Blog, outlining all the fun stuff coming on September 1 (or thereabouts).

“New Star Wars themed merchandise and more will land in our galaxy at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts on September 1, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. (Midnight),” wrote Steven Miller, merchandise communications manager. “The Force Friday II event is your opportunity to be among the first to purchase new Star Wars and Star Wars: The Last Jedi themed merchandise, including unique products found only at Disney Parks.”

Some details…

Disneyland Resort – World of Disney Store, Downtown Disney District

Pre-registration for the Force Friday II event is required for guests attending the event in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort. Registration will be accepted only on DisneyParksMerchandise.com beginning August 24 at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific) / 2:00 p.m. (Eastern). Once registered, guests will receive additional instructions via email. Doors open at 12:01 a.m. on September 1.

Walt Disney World Resort – World of Disney, Disney Springs

For guests attending the event at Disney Springs, registration for Force Friday II will take place outside the World of Disney store entrance across from Basin on August 31 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Guests will be given a numbered wristband on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once a wristband is received, guests are invited to return to World of Disney by 11:30 p.m. where they will be lined up in sequential order. Doors open at 12:01 a.m. on September 1.

Head over to disneyparks.disney.go for the full article and other important details. We discussed other Force Friday news yesterday.

Popular Mechanics on the AT-M6

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This was unique in my news feed this AM, but you’ll find some fun Star Wars reading over at PopularMechanics.com.

Joe Pappalardo writes, “For snarky defense wonks like me, a new Star Wars movie means one thing: new military hardware to lambast. George Lucas’ original sci-fi trilogy may have inspired a billion-dollar franchise, but it is a series that willfully abandons common military tactics, simple physics, and even common sense in the effort to create a cool new toy.”

Joe is completely transparent in his premise, writing, “I just want weapons that make sense.” And he backs up that premise by unloading on the All Terrain Megacaliber Six after tripping up the original Empire Strikes Back AT-AT.

…the new AT-M6, which takes basically all the terrible tactical ideas we found in the AT-AT and makes them worse. Where The Force Awakens’ Starkiller Base was just a super-sized version of the Death Star, the AT-M6 is the same formula applied to an AT-AT… even though making an AT-AT even bigger is a seriously dumb idea.

It’s an interesting, albeit tongue-in-cheek read. So go enjoy it here

Jennifer Muro Tweets: Finn and Han in Forces of Destiny

Star Wars Insider (#175) features a fun Tricia Barr scoop; Lucasfilm’s Carrie Beck reveals the inclusion of Finn and Han Solo.

Jennifer Muro then tweeted:

ICYMI: Disneyland Meets Star Wars Land Milestone

On August 23, Richard Tribou of the Orlando Sentinel (and many, many other sites and bloggers), recently reported that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reached a pinnacle of sorts.

“The crew at Disneyland just installed what will be the highest point in the park, a steel structure that will hold up the rock facade that makes up the landscape surrounding the 14-acre themed land,” wrote Tribou. “The steel beams will hit a height of 130 feet. In comparison, Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom is 189 feet tall while Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is 199 feet.”

Read the full article here.


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