This week’s episode features a look at recent Andor casting rumors, new toy reveals from Hasbro, Ryan’s impressions of the Jedi: Fallen Order next-gen update, and The Bad Batch episode 7, “Battle Scars.” That sounds like a lot, but it’s really just a prelude to the triumphant return of precious metal pewter and its grip on the Star Wars collecting community.
This week’s show features a look at the debut episode of The High Republic Show and Hasbro’s recent Fan Friday announcements. We also couldn’t help getting into our thoughts re: Hasbro pricing, distribution, and whether or not toys will ever be big with kids again.
This week’s show is all about comics and cartoons! For the comics side of things, we run down the Marvel Star Wars news coming out of NYCC 2019, take a look at some recently announced Star Wars manga, and share our thoughts on the first two Return to Vader’s Castle issues from IDW as well as Star Wars: Allegiances #1 from Marvel. The second half of the show is devoted to discussing the first two episodes of Star Wars Resistance‘s final season before we wrap with a few minutes on Freddie Prinze Jr.’s recent (brilliant) viral monologue.
This episode features the second half of our conversation last week (too big to be contained in just one show!). We begin by discussing the lack of Rose Tico in TROS products and promotion before looking at the publishing announcements from NYCC 2019. We wrap the show up with some talk of the Kevin Feige news and what it may mean for the future of the Star Wars films.
This episode features the first portion of a lengthy discussion we recorded this week that got a little bit away from us in terms of length, so we’re splitting it into two episodes. This first one features our Triple Force Friday recap including our experiences going out looking for product, our impression of the merchandise we found, and some of the problems we see with quality, promotion, and distribution.
We’ll be back later in the week with the rest of our chat covering #Where’sRose, Kevin Feige’s announced Star Wars movie, and the Star Wars book announcements from NYCC 2019.
After what has felt like a considerable draught in major Star Wars news this summer, this week’s show is packed with rumors and speculation about The Rise of Skywalker, Rian Johnson’s upcoming Star Wars film series, a possible (likely?) return to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for Ewan McGregor in a Disney + series, and our reactions to the Star Wars Resistance season two trailer. So much to cover and quite a lot to say about each topic in this extra-large episode of the Blockade Runner Podcast.
Ryan’s audio this week is coming from Skype as his local recording malfunctioned, so if you notice that it sounds a little off, that’s why and we’re working on it and will hopefully have things back to normal next week.
News for this week’s show includes the launch of Star Wars Roll Out, John’s thoughts on the recently released Star Wars: Myths and Fables, Ryan’s review of the Age of Resistance special, and a rumored rerelease of all 10 saga films on blu ray this fall. We discuss all of The Phantom Menace‘s deleted scenes for our primary topic this week in the back half of the episode.
Unfortunately we have some sound quality issues on this episode that we’re not able to correct in post-production. It’s listenable, but not representative of the usual sound quality level of the show. Next week should be back to normal.
This week’s episode features a look back at the first issue of Star Wars Insider magazine published in fall of 1994. We discuss the early years of the magazine and its transition from the Lucasfilm Fan Club Magazine, some of our favorite merch in the Jawa Trader, and the qualities of the rare metal known as “pewter.”
This year’s San Diego Comic Con didn’t feature a Rise of Skywalker panel, but there still ended up being quite a few fun Star Wars panels and announcements coming out of the show. We open up the show with some discussion of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts panel and Kevin Smith’s story about a mysterious Episode IX set before spending the remainder of the episode breaking down the Hasbro and publishing panels.
Not gonna lie, this episode ended up being a nightmare to finish and publish due to some unfortunate technology mishaps and as a result the sound had to be pulled straight from the Skype recording. The quality if noticeably lower than usual, but also still fine (in my opinion). Next week’s episode should be back to our normal sound quality. Oh, and video is back too if you prefer to watch/listen through YouTube.
As of now we just have our basic show logo available as a design option, but I’m hoping to possibly add one or two more in the future. That being said, we have no intention of going into the Star Wars novelty/parody/unofficial merch business, so if/when we add any more, they’ll still just be shirts featuring our logo or name in some form.
Which brings me to why we decided to go with a Threadless Artist Shop. There are a bunch of great options out there for custom shirts (in fact, our other podcast has a TeePublic site), but I love that the Threadless shop lets us strip out any potential profit for the show so we can offer the shirts as inexpensively as possible. We’re not trying to earn any money on the shirts anyway, so being able to sell a custom Blockade Runner shirt for as little as $10 is the ideal scenario in this case.
Our listening audience is small and demand for Blockade Runner products isn’t exactly high, but it’ll be fun for us to have some Blockade Runner gear available. Our real purpose in building the shop is just to have an easy way of buying a bit of merch for ourselves to promote the show/wear around Celebrations or maybe to give away once in a while. Check out the shop and let us know what you think, and if you do end up picking up a shirt, definitely let us know via Twitter or email!