“Star Wars: The Last Shot” synopsis revealed

Last week LucasFilm revealed a whole host of Solo: A Star Wars Story tie-in material, now today we have the synopsis for Star Wars: The Last Shot

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Taking place in a time-frame that begins before the upcoming Solo movie and finishes post-Return of the Jedi “Last Shot” will be written by Daniel Jose Older and the official synopsis reads:

Even the fastest ship in the galaxy can’t outrun the past. . . .
 
 THEN:

It’s one of the galaxy’s most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren’t your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize—first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca. But the device’s creator, the volatile criminal Fyzen Gor, isn’t interested in sharing. And Gor knows how to hold a grudge. . . .
 NOW:

It’s been ten years since the rebel hero Han Solo last encountered Fyzen Gor. After mounting a successful rebellion against the Empire and starting a family with an Alderaanian princess, Han hasn’t given much thought to the mad inventor. But when Lando turns up at Han’s doorstep in the middle of the night, it’s Fyzen’s assassins that he’s running from. And without Han’s help, Lando—and all life on Cloud City—will be annihilated.

With the assistance of a young hotshot pilot, an Ewok slicer prodigy, the woman who might be the love of Lando’s life, and Han’s best and furriest friend, the two most notorious scoundrels in the New Republic are working together once more. They’ll have to journey across the stars—and into the past—before Gor uses the device’s power to reshape the galaxy.”

The novel is due for release on April 17th.

New York Toy Fair: Funko Pop Announcements

If, like me, you’re a fan of the Funko Pop toy line then you’ll probably get excited by the prospects of the New York Toy Fair. Week never fear because I’m here to fill you in on everything that was announced!

With franchises as diverse as the Rugrats, WWE and Marvel, the Funko Pop toy line has taken the world by storm over the last decade and every year the fan favourite company takes centre stage at the New York Toy Fair to announce a whole host of new entries into the range.

This year was no different and Funko dominated social media throughout the day as they drip fed a steady stream of new Funko’s (And other products) for people to get excited about. With products coming from franchises such as Jurassic World, Marvel, MLB, Nickelodeon, Game of Thrones, Ready Player One, WWE, IT and Overwatch the lineup certainly has something for everyone.

The full range of announced Pops can be found in our coverage video below.

Our personal favourites from the new range of Pops announced were the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trio and the Moana collection.

Star Wars Goes Fantasy

Winter is coming, and it brings David and Dan with it…

In one of the more surprising news stories to come out of LucasFilm over the past few months, it has today been announced that Dan Weiss and David Benioff, creators of the HBO phenomena Game of Thrones, have been hired to write and produce a new series of Star Wars films which are separate from both the Skywalker saga and Rian Johnson’s announced trilogy.

This news certainly makes it an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan (As if it wasn’t already). With Episode 9 on the horizon, a live action TV series, Rian Johnson’s new trilogy, a new animated series by Dave Filoni and now an entirely new series of films, there is certainly a lot of Star Wars content to consume.

If I was a betting man I would have to wager that the newly announced films will act as the stepping stones between Rian Johnson’s trilogy films. Meaning it’s likely we’ll get the first D&D written Star Wars film in 2022, if all rumoured line ups are to be believed.

However, with all the positives out of the way, I do have some reservations about this announcement. Firstly, I’m concerned about the lack of an announcement in regards to an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff. And secondly, I’m far from D&D’s biggest fan. For me their biggest weakness if writing a compelling script that isn’t based off already established source material. This is pretty evident given the nosedive in the quality of scripts in the later seasons of Game of Thrones. So hopefully the folks over at LucasFilm have done enough research before making this decision.

You would imagine that the creators of Game of Thrones would be brought in to pen an Old Republic era series of films, and if that’s the case then there is already pre-existing material for them to work with, so it’s not the worst case scenario. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that this all works out for the best. For now I’ll remain cautiously optimistic.

UK Video Games Sector Shows Strong Growth

Following on from the news that the UK film and television industry had broken records over 2017, news has broken that the video games sector is following suit.

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In a press release put out by video games industry trade association, TIGA, it is revealed that “studio headcounts, wider games industry employment, tax revenues and investment” all passed previous records.

The findings will be released in full within TIGA’s forthcoming annual report, titled Making Games in the UK Today, which shall look at and examine the “state and health of the UK video games industry”.

Also of note is that the sector contributed nearly £1.5 billion to the UK’s GDP in 2017, a huge figure for a sector that was shunned by politicians and mass media alike for so long.

Commenting on the figures Dr Richard Wilson, OBE, TIGA CEO said:

“The UK video games development sector powered forward in 2017, growing more than four times the rate of the UK economy. Employment and investment in the sector surged to record levels in 2017 and the industry’s contribution to GDP reached an all-time high of £1.5 billion.

“Our industry is growing for three reasons. Firstly, the UK is one of the finest games development centres globally, with outstanding small, medium and large studios creating products that sell across the world.

“Secondly, the prevalence of mobile and tablet devices, the launch of upgraded consoles,
the popularity of PC games and
the advent of Virtual and Augmented Reality are encouraging investment in games.

“Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, Video Games Tax Relief (VGTR) is powering growth. TIGA played a critical role in the long battle to win VGTR, which effectively reduces the cost and risk of games development and is incentivisising investment and job creation in the games industry. There is now a clear causal link between the advent of VGTR and headcount growth in the UK games development sector. The UK games industry declined by an annual average
of 3.1 per cent between 2008 and 2011, before VGTR. Since the announcement that VGTR would be made been available, the average annual growth rate has been 7 per cent.

“The sector still faces serious challenges in access to finance, cultural recognition and cutting-edge skills to exploit this rapidly growing market in which the UK is a golobal success story. We should now reinforce our successful industry by introducing a Games Investment Fund, improving skils and training, enabling UK games companies to recruit highly skilled workers from the EU and beyond, and establishing a British Games Institute. This will ensure that our sector continues to create more jobs, more investment and more video games.”

It will certainly be an interesting read once the full report has been published, but much like the recent news coming out of the film and television sector, it is certainly promising to see the UK embracing modern market sectors and becoming a hub for “pop-culture production”.