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6 Thoughts on Star Wars: Light of the Jedi (Book Review)

Once upon a time, in my youth, I read a bunch of Star Wars Expanded Universe novels. I loved the X-Wing series starring Rogue and Wraith squadrons, and I read all manner of New Jedi Order, Darth Maul and other stories. I have started reading Star Wars books again in the pandemic, and I just finished the launching point of the new High Republic era: Star Wars: Light of the Jedi. Since this is the internet, this seems like a good place to tell you my thoughts on something Star Wars-related.

Book Rating: 6/10 – Pretty Good.

So the High Republic. I didn’t have many thoughts on the subject when it was first announced, but I was looking for a new book to read and decided to give Light of the Jedi a try. The book is written by Charles Soule, whose comic work I adore, and I figured it might be fun to get in on this new initiative. I’ve also read a couple of the High Republic comics, but none of the Young Adult novels. And suffice to say, I am not impressed. The High Republic, so far, is largely just fine. I suppose it has potential, but I didn’t see much of that in Light of the Jedi.

Join me after the jump for my thoughts and review of Star Wars: Light of the Jedi. Expect MINOR SPOILERS for the book and the new initiative.

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6 Mandalorian LEGO Sets I Need Right Now

I am a longtime LEGO fan, and this pandemic has only helped to really push my need for something to do in quarantine. I’ve bought and built a couple different LEGO sets in lockdown so far, with a few more boxes to go whenever I’m in the mood. I even built a custom Wraith Squadron character!

But more than anything else in LEGO, I need some awesome Mandalorian sets! Like this Trouble on Tatooine set!

What, no krayt dragon?

So here’s my thinking: that Trouble on Tatooine set is clearly modeled after the first episode of season 2. There’s also the set based on episode 4 of season 1. And then there’s the general Razor Crest set, which I built earlier this winter. This all means that LEGO is making Mandalorian sets based off individual episodes…but not yet the episodes I want. I really want that highly detailed, silver-armored Mando mini-figure, but I don’t want all of that Tusken Raider accoutrement. I’m a finicky fella.

Join me after the jump for six LEGO set suggestions based off episodes of The Mandalorian!

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I Made a Wraith Squadron LEGO Figure!

Behold my arts & crafts capabilities! With a kitchen knife and some sandpaper, I made a custom Voort “Piggy” saBinring LEGO mini-figure just for kicks and giggles!

How did this come about? Well let me share the tale!

On Jan. 1, LEGO released a new set for Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing. It was a bit smaller and a bit cheaper than usual, and seeing as how I’m on a real LEGO kick these days, I snagged me a copy. But I already have a mini-figure of Luke in his orange pilot jumpsuit; I don’t need another one. So I got it in my head to make a custom mini-figure of my favorite Wraith Squadron character, Piggy!

I knew there existed a Gamorrean Guard mini-figure. What I didn’t realize was that this thing was an entire body armor piece. I just wanted the head. So I got a sharp knife and some sandpaper and simply…cut off all the extra body and shoulder armor. I whittled it down to just the head and put it on top of the Luke jumpsuit body. And just my luck, the big Gamorrean head just barely fits into the new X-Wing cockpit.

So this isn’t exactly some marvel of engineering. I just did a little work and can now pat myself on the back for a custom LEGO character.

And I’ll do it all again in another couple of weeks! I also bought LEGO’s new smaller, cheaper TIE Fighter set…and an Ewok mini-figure. Yub yub, commander!

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6 Things I Want to See in an Open World Star Wars Video Game

Word hit the internet last week that a revived Lucasfilm Games will be teaming with Ubisoft to make an open world Star Wars video game. Considering those are my absolute favorite type of video game, I’m pretty thrilled at the news. We don’t know anything about the game at this point — which means I’m completely free to speculate on what I’d like in the game!

Four score and seven years ago…

I’m a fan of Ubisoft games like the Assassin’s Creed series, and I’m currently playing Watch Dogs Legion. I’m not so deep into video game culture as to have opinions on developers or really even dislike anybody. I find games to play and I play them. And if they’re Star Wars games and they’re open world games, you best believe I’m going to play it and hopefully love it! And considering my vast and varied knowledge of all things Star Wars, I’ve got plenty of ideas for what I’d want to see in the game. Let’s put Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order in our rear view mirrors and take hold of a bold new open world franchise!

Join me after the jump for six things I personally would love to see in an open world Star Wars video game! And feel free to share some of your own hopes and Star Wars video game dreams in the comments!

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Looks Like I’m Going to Give Star Wars: The High Republic a Try

Today is launch day for The High Republic — a new Star Wars imprint across novels — comics and probably more, telling new stories set 200 years before the regular Star Wars saga. It’s going to be the Jedi at the height of their power and influence. Here’s the launch trailer!

At first, I wasn’t going to pay any real attention to The High Republic. I’ve never cared about The Old Republic and saw no reason to get into this. But I’ve been reading some Star Wars novels recently, and am almost done with the last one I had on my pile, so I thought to myself…why not buy the new High Republic book? It’s coming out today, I need some new books to read, so why not give it a chance?

There’s also a new High Republic comic coming out from Marvel this week. And there are some young adult books, that I probably won’t read…but I could!

The High Republic starts now! Are you in? I guess I am.

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