Star Wars Episode 7 News

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Star Wars Fan Bits: Best Episode 7 Fan Made Trailer, New Pinball, Video Game and Toys.

There are plenty of new things coming soon for every Star Wars fan. See them all after the break.

First let's start with one pretty well put together fan made trailer for Episode 7. Most of the scenes are from the cinematic trailers of the Star Wars video games:


Here is a hands on review from Polygon on the new Star Wars Pinball.
A trio of Star Wars-themed tables is coming as downloadable content for XBLA's Pinball FX2 and PSN's Zen Pinball 2, and will also be released as a standalone app for iOS and Android.

Each table draws from different installments and characters from LucasArts' sci-fi franchise: The first is based on The Empire Strikes Back, the second on said film's armored antagonist Boba Fett and the third on the cartoonish Clone Wars series. 
And here's a brief description of the tables.
On The Empire Strikes Back table, pinball wizards will reenact six scenes from the fifth episode of Star Wars through a series of challenges lifted from the film. One is based on the Empire's assault on the planet Hoth, and is split into three phases, starting with the Stormtrooper invasion of the Rebel base, the moving on to Luke's attempt to take down AT-AT's with his Snowspeeder's tow cable.
Other scenes are based on Luke Skywalker's escape from the Wampa Cave, the battle at Cloud City and the climactic showdown between Luke and Vader.

Zen's Boba Fett-based table is a bit more challenging than The Empire Strikes Back, featuring a shorter open playfield area and faster lanes. It has a few good Star Wars gags, including a Sarlacc Pit that players can drop the ball into and a spinner modeled after a carbonite-encased Han Solo.
Boba Fett's table features a series of bounties that he can hunt down, some offered by the Hutts, others contracted by the Empire. Complete a bounty and Fett's Slave I will fly in, adding a ramp just inches above the flippers, which will fly away with your ball when properly hit. One clever gimmick related to Hutt-based bounties is a captive ball set in a seesaw made to look like the security droid at the entrance of Jabba's Palace in Return of the Jedi.
The third table coming in the Star Wars three-pack is based on the Clone Wars animated show. Players will assume the role of Anakin Skywalker and his padawan Ahsoka Tano as they embark on missions from the Jedi Council. While some of the rules of this table appear initially difficult, the upper playfield is stuffed with ramps — and an extra pair of flippers. Many shots are practically guaranteed to hit some loop or ramp upfield, potentially leading to extended combos.


 Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind Fallout and KOTOR 2, pitched a new Star Wars RPG game to Lucasarts, before Disney bought it. 
"We pitched a between-Episode III and Episode IV game [to LucasArts]," Studio CEO Feargus Urquhart said. "Because we think that timeframe is super interesting. It's the fall of the Republic, the extermination of the Jedi, it's Obi-Wan going off and making sure Luke is okay. You have the Sith, but you have the extermination of all Force users except for very, very few. So it was an interesting time to set a game, and you know, Chris Avellone came up with a really cool story. We also latched onto it because it has elements people remember, but not the stories. It can just completely not involve [the movies]. It can tease them, but nothing else."
"We haven't [talked with Disney yet]," he said. "We're kind of waiting for the smoke to clear. But that’s one of my next big things to do. To kind of go over there and [get the ball rolling again]."

And finally something for the toy geeks. 
There's a lot of excitement for Star Wars again with the announcement of new movies while Hasbro continues to evolve the classic Star Wars toys with new series including their "Black Series," a line of 6" and 3.75" action figures based on some of the greatest characters in the "Star Wars" mythos. The 6" figures include Darth Maul and R2-D2, while the 3.75" includes Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker, Padme Amidala and others. There's also an Anakin to Darth Vader 13" action figure that literally transformers the character as in "Revenge of the Sith" and a separate color change lightsaber that does same.
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