Tuesday, September 19, 2017

To fight The Golden Circle, the Kingsman team-up with their kinsman, the Statesman.


Your favorite British spy (not you Mr. Bond... too old school!), Eggsy, and the Kingsman are back for their next mission to save the world! Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the sequel to 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service which was based on the comic book The Secret Service'by Mark Millar (Kick-ass) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) published in 2012. Kingsman: The Secret Service was well-received by both critics and the movie audience as an alternate take to the typical spy movies that tended to follow the double-O template (xXx excepted). Think of Kingsman like a spy version of the classic movie My Fair Lady, i.e. a posh gentleman takes a street smart kid under his wing molding him into the next generation spy. So what is the next mission for our favourite new age spies this time?





Official Synopsis
When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy.
 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-ass, X-Men First Class), who returns from directing the first movie. It stars Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as Eggsy, Colin Firth (Bridget Jones' Diary) as former agent Galahad, Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes) as Merlin, Halle Berry (X-Men) as Ginger Ale, Channing Tatum (G.I.Joe) as Tequila, Jeff Bridges (Iron Man) as Champagne, Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) as Jack Daniels / Whiskey and Julianne Moore (Hannibal) as the main antagonist Poppy Adams.



In the comic book Kingsman: The Secret Service the main protagonist, troubled teenager Gary "Eggsy" London, gets arrested for smashing up a stolen car. Eggsy's mother calls up his uncle, Jack London to bail him out. Secretly a top agent in the Kingsman, Uncle Jack sees the potential in Eggsy and convinces the young man to train as a secret agent. After three years and a grueling final trial by fire, Eggsy graduates as a Kingsman. Both uncle and nephew then undertake a mission together to stop Doctor James Arnold, a wealthy cellphone entrepreneur intending to commit a global genocide. They succeed in foil Dr. Arnold's plan and save the world but at the cost of Jack London's life.


In the movie version, the premise is similar to the comic book but with tweaks to the characters. Most notably Galahad played by Colin Firth replaces Jack London whilst Eggsy's real name becomes Gary Unwin and therefore they are not blood relatives. Instead Eggsy's father was a Kingsman killed during a mission spurring Galahad's obligation to keep an eye out for his young son's well-being. Instead of being the main antagonist, James Arnold is recast as a jittery professor played by Mark Hamil in a supporting role for purpose of the plot. The head villain comes as Richmond Valentine, a similar technology magnate like Dr. Arnold of the comics, but in the form of Samuel L Jackson, complete with F-bombs! Also lead henchman Gazelle in the comics was recast from a muscular black man to an athletic henchwoman of Sofia Boutella (The Mummy). Following an overarching plot inspired by the comics, Richmond Valentine intends world genocide as well but is thwarted by Eggsy and the Kingsman with Galahad killed during course of the spy mission.

Eggsy ready to blow up some bad guys in The Golden Circle

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is opening in cinemas this week and looks to be an original story not based on plots from the comic books. Let’s take a look who will be returning in this much anticipated movie sequel as well as the new characters being introducted!

The Kingsman

Eggsy / Agent Galahad (Taron Egerton): From troubled street youth to Kingsman agent.

Harry Hart / Former Agent Galahad (Colin Firth): Like in comic books, no one truly dies! Eggsy mentor presumed killed after being shot in the head returns wearing an eye-patch.

Merlin (Mark Strong): Eggsy’s trainer and also the Kingsman’s tech support.

Roxy Morton / Lancelot (Sophie Cookson): Eggsy’s team-mate and best friend.

The Kingsman's American cousins, The Statesman
 
Agent Tequila (Channing Tatum): A Statesman agent.

Ginger Ale (Halle Berry): Statesman tech support.

Agent Champagne (Jeff Bridges): Head of Statesman

Jack Daniels / Agent Whiskey (Pedro Pascal): The modern cowboy Statesman complete with six-shooter pistols and lasso.


That's no skipping rope!

And CEO of The Golden Circle and main antagonist villainness:

Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore): A notorious criminal mastermind and another global entrepreneur gone wrong


 Listen to Poppy's own megalomaniacal introduction!

Kingsman The Golden Circle is looking super suave and intends to deliver a fun-tastic comic book movie experience. Here's a couple of brief reactions right after watching the movie on sneak preview night:


Then stay tuned to our full movie review coming shortly on our YouTube channel MySciFiFanOutpost. Meanwhile also check out the review written by Star2.com.

Since this movie looks to almost literally "blow us away", fans of Kingsman (and soon to be the Statesman) would definitely want some movie memorabilia for keepsake. Well, it's good then that the Outpost Movie Recon Team (M.R.T.) has found Malaysian cinemas offering a variety of Kingsman goodies as part of their concession combos.


From GSC Cinemas, purchase 4 movie tickets for Kingsman: The Golden Circle to unlock the privilege to purchase the ‘Ultimate Kingsman Bundle’ worth RM79.90 for only RM25. It comes with their two Combo 3 popcorn sets (total 4 drinks and 2 large popcorn), 1 Kingsman spinning keychain and 1 Kingsman grooming kit. This is bundle is only available at selected GSC outlets while stocks last so do check at the GSC website first for locations.

At MBO Cinemas, purchase a Kingsman Combo for RM50 comprising popcorn, a soft drink and an exclusive flask shaped like a GIANT bullet! Now that’s a way cool bottle to send a not so subtle message to A-holes out there. These Kingsman Combos are apparently SOLD OUT at most outlets so do check on latest stock availability from MBO Cinemas on Facebook.


Also MBO’s ALLSTAR members can use their points to bid on a selection of Kingsman movie merchandise starting from 3,000 points.

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Meanwhile, Watatime and Tag Heuer collaborated for a Kingsman: The Golden Circle exhibition at the concourse area at Mid Valley Megamall last week. Some photos of the event is available from Watatime's Facebook.


The official Kingsman Tag Heuer special edition watch.

Curious about the price? It took some digging and after some expert Googling by our Outpost M.R.T. experts, we have some reasonably reliable intel that this watch known as the Connected Modular 45 Kingsman Special Edition is priced extravagantly at RM17,000! If interested to own one contact Watatime or find out more at the official Tag Heuer website.

For it's hefty price tag, this watch should include amnesia darts too!

If you like to get your hands on some movie bobblehend figurines, Funko POP has released 4 figurines from the first movie: Eggsy, Harry, Richmond, Gazelle. You can try to contact local Funko distributor Sheldonet Toy Store Malaysia to see if these are available on our shores.

Funko POP! Eggsy bobblehead from the first Kingsman movie. Pet dog included!



Richmond Valentine, profanity not included!

For more posh collectors, consider one-sixth scale figures of Harry Hart by Pop Toys and Gazelle by Hot Hearts from Kingsman: The Secret Service. These exquisite collectible figures were released last year and available locally from XL-Shop.com priced at RM480 for Harry and RM528 for Gazelle.

Kingsman Harry Hart in 1:6 scale.

The deadly Gazelle in 1:6 scale.

Enjoyed the movies and want to try-out to be a Kingsman? Then get the official game on IOS and Android. The game is a turn-based match-3 role-playing combat game just released for free downloads. Search on app stores for Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Available now for IOS and Android.


Be recruited as a Kingsman agent! You'll need to pass your training by completing Merlin's virtual simulation. Step into the shoes of Eggsy, Harry, Roxy, Merlin, and many more, each with their own style, skills and gadgets, and save the world from the hidden threats that lurk within.


Kingsman: The Golden Circle is definitely one of the most anticipated sequels for this year and will be releasing here in Malaysia nationwide on 21 September with sneak previews the night before at selected cinemas. Remember that this is 18+ rated movie for violence and profanity, so no kids are allowed for screenings.


In cinemas 21 September 2017

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Deciphering the logic behind Star Trek most rewatched episodes on Netflix

Renown streaming service Netflix officially opened access to Malaysia subscribers in January last year, offering STAR TREK content from the entire franchise comprising six television series and twelve movies; the 13th movie Star Trek Beyond has yet to join the Netflix roster. Excluding the movies, the 1970's Animated Series and Trek-related documentaries, that's a massive database of 695 episodes produced in half a century logging in over 536 hours of airtime.

Star Trek first aired on 8 September 1966, creating sci-fi icons Mr. Spock (left) and Captain Kirk.
In conjunction with the 51st Anniversary of Star Trek and pending launch of the next series, Discovery, Netflix has revealed some interesting statistics on viewership of the venerable sci-fi franchise from among its 104 million subscribers across 190 countries. Firstly, 12,000 fans have watched every episode of Star Trek on Netflix. We presume these are true fans, or Trekkies, to have dedicated the equivalent of 22 days to this endeavour. Yes, Outpost and our resident Vulcan Mr. Smock salutes you hardcore Trekkies. LLAP.

Source: Netflix

Secondly, Netflix revealed the ten most rewatched episodes of the saga, and the selection certainly raises Vulcan eyebrows from the fandom. Among Trekkies, our gut feel (as unVulcan-like as it sounds) of favourite episodes would lean towards some of these titles:
  • The Original Series (TOS): The City on the Edge of Forever, Balance of Terror, Mirror Miror, Space Seed.
  • The Next Generation (TNG): All Good Things, The Inner Light, Yesterday's Enterprise or Best of Both Worlds.
  • Deep Space Nine (DS9): Sacrifice of Angels, What You Leave Behind, Trials and Tribbleations, The Visitor.
  • Voyager: Scorpion, Timeless, Message in a Bottle, Endgame; this series tends to have short titles!
  • Enterprise: Similitude, Carbon Creek, In a Mirror Darkly, Twilight; some of the multi-episode arcs of Season 4 were also fascinating
Netflix's methodology omits the pilot episodes of each series, possibly since most viewers would logically watch the pilot first to sample the series before committing to its run.  So if pilot episodes were allowed as candidates, the top ten list may indeed comprise each pilot from the five series. "Rewatched" is defined as a subscriber returning to watch at least 6 minutes of a previously completed episode. Logical? Enough so.

Well the actual results did reflect some of the above picks but also contained some surprises:

Source: Netflix

To be fair, if each series were to be reflected equally in a top 10 list, that would only allow 2 episodes to be nominated from each series. TNG is no doubt a common fan favourite, hence having Best of Both Worlds and Q Who is no surprise as the most watched episodes. What does seem surprising among Trek fandom is the overwhelming popularity of Voyager taking 6 out of 10 slots in this list, and totally leaving TOS and DS9 in the dust! No Enterprise, no tears that's fine since it's often touted as the weakest series.

You must watch these: Resistance is Futile
Source: Netflix

A closer look at the selections point towards rewatching Borg-centric episodes from both TNG and Voyager: Q Who, Best of Both Worlds, Scorpion, Dark Frontier and Endgame (ranked no. 1). These episodes making up 70% of the list clearly shows continued fascination with the Delta Quadrant's most dangerous cybernetic species. Perhaps fans were selectively screening Borg episode marathons. Here's a Borg documentary which fans surely don't mind rewatching:

This is part 1 of 2 (pun intended).

One of the non-Borg episodes from Voyager The Gift is easily remembered when Kes departs the series immediately after the events of Scorpion allowing for recruitment of sexy Borg 7 of 9 as part of the main cast. The other two episodes comprise Time and Again from Voyager Season 1, and Clues from TNG Season 4. Er, what? Need a mindmeld to jog your memory? Maybe these 2 episode trailers could help:



Whilst the TNG episode trailer for Clues seems intriguing, the choice of Time and Again from Voyager's opening season defies logic when compared against so many better episodes from the saga. Perhaps if the 2-part episodes were merged to allow 2 more slots in this top ten, there would be some entries from other series and the better known episodes among the fan community.

On a global scale, Netflix reflects that TNG and TOS have bigger audiences, but Voyager and DS9 have more rewatches of favourite episodes. And despite well-known mixed emotions fans have towards the 7-year run of Voyager, many still return to rewatch the series.

Here's what American Trekkies had to say to Netflix on their favourite captain and episodes.

Now Netflix's data on the most rewatched episodes for subscribers in Malaysia are indeed more curious:

Source: Netflix

Voyager dominates unanimously on the top ten list ousting even TNG. Similarly with the global top ten, popular Borg episodes Endgame and Scorpion make the list together with The Gift and Time & Again (still why?). A selection of other Season 1 episodes come into play from Phage introducing the organ-stealing Vidiians, The Cloud and Eye of the Needle. Here's a more thoughtful hypothesis on why by our Mr. Smock: "Together with Time and Again, this cluster of the four first season Voyager episodes listed in sequence are simply reflecting a number of local Netflix viewers rewatching the series from start."

Here's revisiting the Voyager with the cast Kate Mulgrew, Garrett Wang, and Robert Picardo.

Indeed the devotion of Malaysian Trekkies to Voyager may be uncharacteristically high due to airing of the series on Hallmark channel on pay-TV broadcaster Astro during the previous decade. Hallmark aired every episode every day consistently plus reruns for an extended period thereby allowing many Malaysians to be exposed to Star Trek through Voyager. In contrast, TNG was broadcast weekly on public TV during the 1980's into the 1990's, whilst Enterprise may have only been available through one of Astro's subscription channels in the early Y2K era. Deep Space Nine was only broadcast for the first couple of seasons before the host channel went off air, hence never completing the series run in Malaysia.

Crew of the Voyager can toast towards being the most popular Star Trek on Netflix in Malaysia.

For Malaysian Voyager fans out here, Mr. Smock highly recommends sampling some of the other Star Trek series on Netflix, starting with the episodes mentioned near the start of this post. Kindly note later seasons of both DS9 and Enterprise became highly serialised, hence it may be more difficult to jump into these series which may form part of a wider story arc. For more standalone episodes, select from TOS and TNG.


Of course, Trekkies across the world are standing by for the next live-action series Star Trek Discovery releasing in under 2 weeks on Netflix come 25 September 2017. Discovery takes place in the Prime timeline  10 years prior to TOS. The series lead actress is Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) as Michael Burnham, First Officer of the USS Shenzhou. Michael Burnham has been revealed as Spock's half-sister through adoption by his Vulcan father Sarek, played by James Frain. Captain of the USS Shenzou is Malaysia's own Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh, in the role of Captain Philippa Georgiou. The USS Discovery itself is captained by Gabriel Lorca, played by Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter). Much of the series appears centred around conflict with the Klingons. Let's start the countdown to Discovery!

Star Trek Discovery lead Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham (centre) and Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh as Captain Phillippa Georgiou (seated right).


Stay tuned for our special feature on Star Trek Discovery coming soon after premiere of this new series on 25 September 2017.


OUTPOST GIVEAWAY

Thanks for the nice PR folks at Netflix who actually noticed this piece, we have some GOODIES to GIVEAWAY! Specially for 1 lucky Malaysia Trekkie, we will giving away a Netflix tote bag loaded with a notebook, lanyard, pen and 3-month subscription to Netflix.

Win this Netflix tote bag and goodies

Plus 2 consolation winners will also receive a Netflix Gift Card for 3-month subscription. Perfect for binge watching over 700 episodes of Star Trek which can be completed within 22 days of the 90-day subscription, provided no sleeping involved!

Win this complimentary subscription to Netflix and binge watch every single episode of Star Trek.

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This contest will be closing on Tuesday 25 September 2017, 11.59pm. Notification of winners will be via Outpost Productions Facebook Page with instructions for prize redemption. So make sure to follow us and stay tuned!

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Force Friday II Unleashed: Malaysian Star Wars fans hyped for The Last Jedi


Geeks around the world are absolutely excited for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi this December. Although the movie is still more than three months away, Star Wars fans celebrated early by "poisoning" themselves with new merchandise from this next chapter in the epic saga! At the stroke of midnight on 31st August Merdeka Day, Toys R’ Us in Mid Valley Megamall held a launch event called Force Friday II for these new toys and associated merchandise. Fans of all ages were attended the event to be the first in Malaysia to get their hands on Star Wars The Last Jedi products, some queueing up for 3 hours since 9pm.

Vulcan Jedi Smock reporting from Force Friday II.

Our resident Vulcan Mr. Smock attended this event to gain better cultural understanding on our human devotion to Star Wars and the franchise's place in popular geek pop culture. He also partook in the activity of costuming dressing up as a Jedi to experience human fandom first hand.

The countdown timer to midnight at the entrance of Toys R Us Mid Valley.
A massive Star Wars inspired prop was placed at the entrance of Toys R Us mounting a countdown timer to 12am when doors to the toy store will be opened for fans to get first dibs on the  new merchandise. The couple of hours to midnight, fans were already gathering in significant numbers to form a queue along the perimeter of the concourse atrium.


During the lead-up to midnight, the event emcee offered giveaways to the waiting crowd via movie trivia.


Meanwhile Lucasfilm recognised fan communities were out in force costuming as characters from the franchise.

Members of the 501st Legion Malaysia Garrison.

Members of lightsaber performers from Force Arts Stunt Team (FAST) with Kylo Ren from the 501st Legion.

Members of Rebel Legion Malaysia Outpost.

A Jedi and Padme Amidala costumers.

Jedi Smock joins the costumers.

Vulcan opening diplomatic ties with the Jedi and Rebel Alliance.
Costumers comprised representatives from 501st Legion Malaysia Garrison, Rebel Legion Malaysia Outpost, Force Arts Stunt Team (FAST), FightsaberMY, and Star Wars Malaysia Fan Club.

Event attendees and mall shoppers were delighted for the opportunity to snap photos with costumers.
Once the countdown timer reached zero at the stroke of midnight, the shutters of Toys R Us were lifted. Fans prompted marched in to prompted grab their most sought after products.

The store area was quickly filled to capacity once doors were opened.
 New Star Wars toys released by Hasbro includes action figures, vehicles & role-play merchandise.

Hasbro 3.75in series action figures from The Last Jedi.
LEGO Star Wars from The Last Jedi.

The opening shelf stock for new LEGO building sets were quickly depleted but refilled shortly after.
There are standees placed in toy stores this weekend offering the opportunity to unlock Augmented Reality (A.R.) Star Wars characters. In order to do so, you need to download the Star Wars app either from IOS store or Google Playstore first. Once you downloaded it, open the app. The go around the shop and find any posters that have signs that say ‘Find the Force’. Use the app to scan it and you will be able to unlock the characters and take pictures with them! 

Find this standee to scan and activate Augmented Reality content.
Watch this video for more visual instructions:

"It's a Trap!" LOL!

Listen to what Mr. Smock has to say on Force Friday II plus view the scene at this midnight launch event:


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Now the Outpost Movie Recon Team (M.R.T.) will present a closer look at some of the toy products launched during Force Friday available locally in Malaysia; prices shown below at time of publication at retailer sources available.

3.75in series action figures are priced at RM59.90 each.
3.75 inch series action figures & vehicles by Hasbro have always been fan favourites since being introduced from the very first Star Wars movie in 1977 made then by Kenner. As usual, each solo-packed figure comes with accessories and priced at RM59.90.

The Rathtar seems to share rather similar traits as that tentacled creature in the opening scenes of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Get a Rathtar for RM139.90 together with someone named Bala-Tik.

3.75in series vehicles released. Expect Kylo Ren's TIE Silencer to be a HOT buy!

Avid fans of the classic Star Wars Trilogy will want to get hold of that Imperial Probe Droid (top right) as seen in EpV The Empire Strikes Back. Priced at RM139.90 together with Darth Vader.

3.75in scale vehicles include action figure of their pilots. Kylo Ren's TIE Silencer (above bottom left) is priced at RM329.90 while Poe Dameon's Ski Speeder (above bottom right) is priced at RM269.90. Great for kids to play and adults to collect!


Listen to dialogue or sound effects from the movie with the Force Link wristband sold for RM169.90.

For readers too young to recall when Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released in 1999, Hasbro 3.75in action figures had with a special datachip accessory to use with a communicator device to play the dialogues from the movie; communicator sold separately of course! History repeats again this time, just repackaged like Episode VII The Force Awakens! The new 3.75 inch figures for The Last Jedi as well as vehicles are planted with a concealed microchip  to be detected by a Force Link wristband to play special dialogue or sound effects. Wristbands sold seperately of course for RM169.90.


Black Series 6in action figures are all priced at RM139.90 each.
The new characters appear highly sought after by collectors except for classic Darth Vader and to a lesser extent Emo... er, Kylo Ren.
For more adult collectors in mind, Hasbro launched the Black Series 6in action figures a few years back. These come with more detail than their 3.75in counterparts plus better articulation. However only 3 figures released during Force Friday are actually from The Last Jedi, i.e. Rey, Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren in new movie attire. Other figures comprise classic Darth Vader and Stormtrooper, plus fan favourites Grand Admiral Thrawn (hurrah!) and Hera from Star Wars Rebels. Expect these last 2 to be very hard to find! Each figure is priced at RM139.90.

Samples of Hasbro role-play toys.
Unsure whether your calling is to the Light or Dark? Then get this Bladebuilder to be either Jedi or Sith.

Every Star Wars fan has likely dreamed of becoming a Jedi or a Sith? Fortunately plenty of Role Play toys are being made by Hasbro! The blade building lightsaber (above centre) is where kids (and adults) can choose to be a Jedi or a Sith by inserting the proper hilt. The set is at RM 329.90. There is also Kylo Ren’s new lightsaber (third to the left) and it is priced at RM469.90. Two voice changing masks are available as well for Stormtroopers or Kylo Ren priced at RM199.90.

Feel like a Resistance pilot with this replica helmet by Hasbro.
For fans who instead aspire to be a starfighter pilot, they would really, REALLY want this pilot helmet. Modeled after the one used by Poe Dameron in the Resistance, this electronic 1:1 scale helmet comes with surround sound speakers inside to simulate flying a X-wing. This Black Series replica helmet is priced at RM419.90. Stay tuned for our unboxing and review video with a special guest. Meanwhile watch this below from Hasbro to find out a bit more about this product:


When Star Wars and LEGO teamed up in 1999, it was a perfect match for fans of both franchises. Many years on, Star Wars building sets contribute massive sales for LEGO and thereby offer a huge assortment of character figurines, vehicles and playsets from the saga. The Last Jedi pose-able character figures are priced between RM99.90 to RM199.90 and consist of Rey, Chewbacca, Elite TIE Fighter pilot and Elite Praetorian Guard. 

Build a figure sets (top left, clockwise): Elite Praetorian Guard 75529 RM119.90, Chewbacca 75530 RM199.90, Rey 75528 RM119.90, and Elite TIE Fighter Pilot 75526 RM99.90.







For building sets of the First Order, another Star Destroyer is a must-have plus Kylo Ren's TIE Fighter. On the ground, the First Order muscles-up with the "gorilla"-looking Assault Walker supplemented by "crabby"-looking Heavy Scout Walkers.
First Order vehicles: Star Destroyer 75190 RM799.90 (left) and Kylo's TIE Fighter 75179 RM399.90
More First Order war machines: Assault Walker 75189 RM699.90 (left) and Heavy Scout Walker 75177 RM299.90.

For the fledgling Resistance forces, there are only 2 vehicle sets available: a Resistance Bomber which seems to be a labour-intensive set of space wings requiring 5 crew (lots of mini-figs) and a boxy looking Resistance Pod.  
Now the good guys: Resistance Bomber 75188 RM549.90 (left) and Resistance Pod 75176, RM199.90.

But everyone's new fav droid since EpVII The Force Awakens receives a collector's series BB-8 building set (below) to be assembled from 1,100 pieces priced at RM499.90.



Finally, a new Star Wars Advent Calendar set (above) is already out priced at RM149.90. Find out more about each of these LEGO sets from the official LEGO website.

Assortments of Star Wars themed vehicles by Hot Wheels priced RM24,90 for solo cars and RM29.90 for starfighters.

Another toys licensee worth mentioning are Hot Wheels by Mattel of cars inspired by Star Wars characters, and toy model starfighters / spacecraft. There are also playsets form by larger scaled toys of the Millennium Falcon (above).

Geeky Star Wars bags ranged in price from RM229.90 (left) to RM139.90 (right).
Apparel such as tshirts and accessories like bags, tumblers, etc. were also launched.


Finally for techies or geek collectors of interactive gadgets, Sphero is releasing the evil BB-9 droid (above right) to no doubt make things difficult for BB-8. BB-9 should be priced the same at BB-8 at RM799. Their older droid "brother" R2-D2 also comes to life from Sphero, scaled accordingly to the smaller droids and priced at RM979.

These are some of the first wave of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi toys being released at Toys R Us in Malaysia, as well as major retailers and hobby shops. Collectors here may also hope that some of the US retailer exclusive products (Target, Walmart, Amazon, etc.) will be distributed here at a later stage to selective retail channels. So prepare your wallets / credit cards and happy Star Wars shopping. May the Force be with Us!


STAR WARS EPISODE VIII THE LAST JEDI
in cinemas 14 December 2017

Disclaimer: Star Wars and other trademarks are copyright to Lucasfilm and/or Disney, referenced here for fan service announcements without intent to infringe.