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LEGO Star Wars Animation Panel Highlights and Interview with Moderator Steve Dunk

LEGO Star Wars Animation Panel Highlights

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Lucasfilm’s Leland Chee and LEGO’s Jason Cosler.

One of my must see panels at Star Wars Celebration Chicago was the LEGO Star Wars Animation Panel with Bill Motz and Both Roth. This panel, moderated by Steve Dunk, dived into the creative process and what it took to create both the LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures and All-Stars animation series. The panelists included the creators of these series, Bill Motz and Bob Roth, Lucasfilm’s Leland Chee and LEGO’s Jason Cosler.

Whiteboards at Lucasfilm were used to capture production notes

All shared stories of how these shows came together and included slides of story boards, whiteboard notes and drawings, character concept art and discussion of the creative and production process. There were a few videos shared including two unaired clips and a really funny video from Wil Film, who was the animation studio for both The Freemaker Adventures and All-Stars.

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Droidography as told by Roger

The biggest surprise of the panel was when Matthew Woods, who voiced Roger in both animated series came in near the end, just when they were discussing if Droidography was Canon or not. Matt not only talked about his role as Roger, but also his role as voice director for these series.

Alan Tudyk and Kelly Marie Tran reprise their roles in LEGO form

Overall, I was very happy I made it to this panel. As an added bonus, I was able to catch up with Moderator Steve Dunk after the panel was over and ask him about what it took to put this amazing panel together.

Interview with Steve Dunk

Steve Dunk introduces the panelists

Patty: What first gave you the idea to have this panel?

Steve: I had been watching/covering The Freemaker Adventures since it started. As a huge fan of the show naturally I reached out to Bill and Bob and we started a relationship, first just interviewing them and then into a friendship. So, when I heard All-Stars would be their last bit of Star Wars, and Celebration was coming up, it made sense that they should get a proper sending off.

Patty: How do you decide what to discuss in the panel in the time slot you had?

Steve: You start by writing down all the things you love about the shows and any unanswered questions you might have. Then you realize you’ve got hours of material that need to be cut down to one! So, you just start prioritizing, making cuts, and deciding what’s most important.
Getting behind the scenes content, video, and which guests are on your panel very much determines your schedule because that takes up a good chunk of the time. Each one needs to be paid attention to otherwise they’re just sitting up there for no reason.

Patty: How did this panel differ from other panels you have been involved with before?

Patty: It was more important to me because it was also very personal. I love these characters so much and I hold Bill and Bob in such high regard that letting them down wasn’t an option. You always have a stake in what your doing, but this was different.
Basically, I worked harder at this then anything I’d done in the past.

Patty: How difficult was to schedule the guests for the panel, especially Matthew Woods?

Steve: Aside from Bill and Bob, who were in from the start, Jason Cosler and Leland Chee were surprisingly easy. It helped that they were both already attending Celebration but when I reached out to them, they were ecstatic to be a part of celebrating Bill and Bob. At one-point Michael Kramer was going to be a guest but he had to drop out due to his schedule.
Matthew Wood was trickier. He was of course already attending but was very busy all weekend, particularly that day. This was something we worked on for weeks and even still that day we were ironing out the details. I owe him a lot because he basically ran to our panel, stayed to the end, and then had to run off to something else. It was crazy and somehow the timing worked out perfectly.

Patty: What kind of research did you have to do for this panel?

Steve: This was the easy part actually! Like I said, this show means a lot to me and of course I run the Freemaker Facts, so no research was necessary. Really, it was just preparing for the day itself and getting to Fan Stage for rehearsals which took place on Thursday.

Character concept art for LEGO Star Wars All-Stars by Kilian Plunkett

Patty: How difficult was it to get the behind the scenes photos and character artwork shown during the panel?

Steve: Not necessarily difficult as it was just a matter of getting Lucasfilm and LEGO to approve it. Bob helped with that part, making sure those requests went to the right people more quickly. Same as the unaired video clips, we put in the request and waited for the approval. It helped that I had a bit of a relationship going there, where they were familiar with me.

Patty: Did the fan community help you with planning for this panel?

Steve: Not the planning part, but the inspiration. I love the Freemaker fans and I heard from many who were excited about it, even ones that couldn’t be there. I had them in mind for some of the content, knowing they would enjoy it as much as I would.

Patty: Is there anything else you would like to share about the panel not already mentioned?

Steve: Sure. At one point I was going to assemble a video of cast members, in/out of character, saying hello to Bill and Bob. I just ran out of time and it’s too bad because it would have been amazing to see that.
Just a huge thanks to Wil Film, LEGO, Lucasfilm, and the fans that showed up. I had such a great time meeting everyone.

Galaxy’s Edge Experience at Star Wars Celebration

During Star Wars Celebration 2019 in Chicago, one of the most popular booths was the Galaxy’s Edge preview.

Kiosks were set up to start planning a trip to Galaxy’s Edge

I took the time on the first day of Star Wars Celebration to experience what this booth had to offer as a preview of this exciting new Star Wars themed park.

Photo ops of rides and settings

They had photo ops available where attendees could have their picture taken with a mock up of the ride attractions and Black Spire backdrops.

Galaxy’s Edge themed merchandise

The most interesting part of the booth to me was the examples of the merchandise that will be on sale when Galaxy’s Edge opens. All I could think of was…

I have to wait until the park opens to buy these! Why are they not for sale NOW!

The booth also hosted meet and greets with Imagineers who worked on creating the attractions for Galaxy’s Edge. Unfortunately, none of the Imagineers were available when I visited the booth. However, my friends Richard and Sarah from Skywalking Through Neverland were able to meet and interview Imagineers Scott Trowbridge and Chris Beatty and that interview is available to view above.

Overall, this Galaxy’s Edge preview gave me an general idea of what to see and experience when the park opens later this year.

Almost There: Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Begins

Almost There: Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Begins

In less than 24 hours, the Star Wars Rebels fourth and final season will begin on Disney XD! This final season will start October 16 at 12:30AM EDT/PDT with the one-hour premiere, “Heroes of Mandalore: Parts One and Two“, on the Disney XD and the DisneyNow App! If you miss the first airing do not worry, there will be additional airings throughout the day (3:00am, 7:30am, 5:30pm and 9pm EDT/PDT)!

In this premiere episode, Sabine leads Ezra, Kanan and an army of her fellow Mandalorians back to her home world to rescue her father from the clutches of the Empire.  When she discovers the Empire has resurrected a devastating weapon, she must decide whether to destroy it or use it herself.

Not only will you see more of Sabine’s family and Fenn Rau in these episodes, but this also marks the Star Wars Rebels debut of Star Wars: The Clone Wars character, Bo-Katan!

I saw Part One at Star Wars Celebration Orlando back in April and I cannot wait to see the next part and of course discuss this with fellow Star Wars Rebels Fans, especially with Johnamarie and her Ma via RebelsChat!

Before season four begins, binge-watch seasons one through three of “Star Wars Rebels” available now on the DisneyNow App.

Adventures During Force Friday II 

Today is Force Friday II and I spent most of my day looking and buying some of the new Star Wars merchandise.

A Quick Morning Stop!

A few of the new Star Wars Figures available at my local Meijer

A few of the new Star Wars Figures available at my local Meijer

Since I had to work today I was not able to go to any of the Force Friday II midnight opening events. However, I was able to stop by my local Meijer on the way to the office. This store was in the process of setting things up for Force Friday II. Fortunately, they did put out a few of the action figures so I was able to score a Black Series Thrawn, Jedi Traninee Rey and Hera Syndulla!

Morning spoils!

Morning spoils!


Afternoon Adventures: At The Mall

Fortunately, the office closed early for the holiday and I was able to do some looking and shopping at a mall near my office. My first stop was a quick stop at The Disney Store since this was the closest to my office. This had the appropriate atmosphere for buying Star Wars merchandise including a video screen playing Star Wars scenes and clips, tracks from the Star Wars soundtracks and demonstrations by the staff showing the new mechandise to younglings! It is here that I bought my first Porg, a very soft PLUSHIE, a Die Cast Rey figure and the Die Cast droid gift pack on clearance! I also received a bonus, a set of the new The Last Jedi posters!

Afternoon Spoils at The Disney Store!

Afternoon Spoils at The Disney Store!

Next I decided to make a quick stop by there was The Lego Store, since this was only a couple of doors down from The Disney Store. I personally did not see much in the way of new merchandise that I wanted to buy. However, I saw a few displays that interested me including a display of The Phantom II from Star Wars Rebels, The Arrowhead from The Freemaker Adventures and a huge Millennium Falcoln!

Some of the displays in The Lego Store

Some of the displays in The Lego Store


The last stop at the mall was at The Apple Store.  Here I saw the new app enabled droids including BB-9E and R2-D2.  There was also a STEM learning opportunity where they presented a class for kids on how to program these droids using coding techniques! 

Droids and Demos at The Apple Store

Droids and Demos at The Apple Store

Evening Stops

After dinner with my family, I made two additional stops to check out what other new Star Wars merchandise is available!  I first made my way to Target where I found lots of new merchandise available! There was so much I could not decide what to buy with my limited budget. I bought the new Forces of Destiny Sabine figure, a Rose figure and a few Star Wars items to give my hubby for his upcoming Birthday.  

So much Star Wars goodness can be found at Target

So much Star Wars goodness can be found at Target

My final stop of the day was at Walmart! Since I already spent my budget at the other stores, I did not buy anything here.  However, this did not prevent me from looking and adding new items to my list once I save a little. What I found while looking around was more new merchandise including some exclusives not found at other retailers.  

Lots of stuff available at Walmart

Lots of stuff available at Walmart

Well that was how I spent Force Friday II.  So how did you spend your Force Friday? Which retailers did you go to? What did you buy?

At Star Wars Celebration We Are Family

At Star Wars Celebration We Are Family

Part of my Star Wars Family waiting in line for 501st goodie bags picture by Kevin M. Reitzel

Part of my Star Wars Family waiting in line for 501st goodie bags picture by Kevin M. Reitzel


Many of those that attended Star Wars Celebration Orlando were all about getting autographs from Star Wars celebrities, like Mark Hamill or Hayden Christensen, watching the latest Star Wars trailers with thousands of fellow fans or buying exclusive Star Wars merchandise for their collections. However, for me, the goal for this Star Wars Celebration was to meet and hang out with my friends in the Star Wars Fan Community, who I met via social media. I am happy report that I not only met this goal was met, but well exceeded my expectations! I felt that each one treated me like a member of their family, one big happy Star Wars Family!

My Many Encounters

Just a few of the many friends I encountered throughout the event

Just a few of the many friends I encountered throughout the event

I knew that as an active member of the Star Wars community, I had a small following. However, I did not realize that so many would recognize me among the sea of people at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. I was very surprised at how people many shouted my name while I was walking around and wanted to meet me. I am very humbled by all this attention and I really appreciate every single one who stopped and talked with me! It was a real honor to encounter each and every one of you!

Fellow Star Wars Fangirls

Fangirls happy about cupcakes from left to right: Patty Hammond, Margot Mays and Melissa Villy

Fangirls happy about cupcakes from left to right: Patty Hammond, Margot Mays and Melissa Villy

At this Star Wars Celebration, I was able to meet many of the Fangirls in the Star Wars community that I have been wanting to meet in person. Many of these Fangirl encounters were unplanned and unexpected, but made my Star Wars Celebration Orlando experience so much better! Because of these unexpected, unplanned encounters we got got to hang out and Fangirl flail over all the things we just did or saw on the convention floor.
John Boyega on his way to the Star Wars Show Live Stage

John Boyega on his way to the Star Wars Show Live Stage

One of those Fangirl Flail moments was when John Boyega walked by four of us Fangirls while we were just standing around talking behind the Star Wars Show Live Stage. There was much love and many Fangirl flails from all these encounters, especially when many of attended the Fangirls Going Rogue Podcast Panel.  Thanks to all my fellow Fangirls! I really appreciate each and every one of you as Sisters in The Force! 

Families in The Force

Skywalking Through Neverland meet up at EPCOT picture by Brian Sims

Skywalking Through Neverland meet up at EPCOT picture by Brian Sims


Star Wars Celebration Orlando not only gave me many opportunities to meet, in person, many of those I met via social media, but I was able to spend time with them as well. I would not be the person I am today without all the people I have met and interacted with on social media. Each person I encountered really made me feel that I was indeed part of their family, a big, happy and supporting family! Thank you to everyone I met and interacted with at Star Wars Celebration Orlando and for confirming that we are all one big Star Wars family!
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Patty Hammond, Pattybones2, is the Everyday Fangirl from Michigan. You can find her on Twitter @PattyBones2 or blogging at everydayfangirl.com, TheFutureofTheForce.com, TheCantinaCast.com or TheBeardedTrio.com talking about Star Wars and much more!

Agony and Excitement at SWCO

Agony and Excitement at SWCO

Well I have experienced two days of Star Wars Celebration Orlando.  For me this experience has been both frustrating and exciting.

The Agony: Lines

At any convention you expect lots of lines, but Day One of the Star Wars Celebration Orlando is the worst I have ever experienced.

EverydayFangirl waiting in line to get in the doors

EverydayFangirl waiting in line to get in the doors

My husband and I arrived to the convention center on Day One at just after 5:45AM. Due to the organizers having a single entry point into the Convention Center, the line to just get in through security was over 1 hour and 45 minutes and those that arrived later, experienced much longer wait than we did.

Many of us were waiting in the woods just before dawn

Many of us were waiting in the woods just before dawn

Even when we finally got into the event, there were lines everywhere, even the vending machines had a line.

Want line for vending machine

Want line for vending machine

Fortunately, ReedPOP was able to correct some of these long line experiences very quickly.  Day Two went smoother with less lines getting in due to having multiple entry points.

The Excitement: Seeing and Meeting Social Media Friends

Despite all the lines, my favorite moments of the event so far is meeting and hanging out with friends who I only knew through social media.  This is one of the reasons that going to an event like this is worth all the agony that might be encountered.

Just a few of my exciting encounters with Social Media friends

Just a few of my exciting encounters with Social Media friends

 

I am looking forward to the next two days and find out what adventures and of course, the people I will discover while wandering around Star Wars Celebration.

I will be continuing to post my adventures here and of course via Twitter @PattyBones2.
Are you at Star Wars Celebration Orlando?

What adventures have you experienced?

CLASH of AGES Renaissance Faire


CLASH of AGES Renaissance Faire

On Saturday January 28, 2017, my husband, my sister and two of our friends went to the CLASH of AGES Renaissance Faire. This is an indoor event held in Birch Run, MI where the Renaissance, Viking, Pirate, Fantasy and Steam Punk cultures collide.

The event organized tried very hard to make this a fun and exciting event. They put a lot of work into the set up, displays and programming. It including activities for all ages including…

Watching combatants fight with swords

Sword wielding combatants show off their moves

Sword wielding combatants show off their moves

Admiring all the creativity, enthusiasm and effort of the Cosplayers. –My husband was suprised by the number of people who were displaying their love of these cultures via Cosplay at this event.

Some of the fabulous outfits worn by attendees

Some of the fabulous outfits worn by attendees

Watching a parade with participants playing instruments, carrying banners and wearing outfits from many different cultures.

A parade winds through the faire

A parade winds through the faire

Watching a baudy pirate show

Two sea going lasses confronting a pirate

Two sea going lasses confronting a pirate

Of course, as with any Renaissance Faire, there was plenty of vendors to peruse and shop at. Some our favorites were…

Buying Fairy merchandise

Fairy dust necklaces

Fairy dust necklaces

Perusing the ‘Hogwarts Shop’

Time turners and other Harry Potter merchandise for sale

Time turners and other Harry Potter merchandise for sale

Shopping for your favorite weapon.

Edged weapons for sale

Edged weapons for sale

You could even shop for items for your ‘cave’

Sample of the Star Wars items available for sale

Sample of the Star Wars items available for sale

The only draw back to this event that we can identify was that the usual atmosphere, like the forest or a castle, usually found at Renaissance Faires, was missing.

Faire atmosphere

Faire atmosphere

Overall, this is good event.  If you are in the Birth Run area on January 29, 2017, I would recommend checking this event out.

 

Review of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine 

Review of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine

As a Gold member of Disney’s D23 Fan Club, I receive the quarterly publication, D23 Magazine. The recent edition just arrived and I decided it is time to share with my blog readers, who may not be aware that this magazine exists or what kind of content is available within it, my thoughts about this issue and what I found within it.

Without further delay, below is my review of the Winter 2016 issue

Front (top) and Back (bottom) Covers of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine

Front (top) and Back (bottom) Covers of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine

Front and Back Covers 

As you can see both covers are Star Wars themed and feature characters from the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. On the front cover it shows the Main character of Rogue One, Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, with Imperial Storm Troopers coming out of the water. The back cover shows the one of the geatest villians of all time, Darth Vader, as he is looking away from the viewer. As a Star Wars fan and a fangirl anticipating this new film in the franchise, these two covers just increased by desire to read this issue.

Quote from Actress Felicity Jones about making Rogue One

Quote from Actress Felicity Jones about making Rogue One

Content about Rogue One 

Of course, this issue inclues two articles related to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story…The first is an article that gives readers “…a glimpse into the making of the film, which is centered on a group of rebels determined to steal the plans for the menacing Death Star.”* The article includes conversations with Felicity Jones, Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, and Director Gareth Edwards. *decription from Winter 2016 issue web page.

Alan Turak Interview

Alan Turak Interview

The second article related to Rogue One is an interview with Actor Alan Tudak, who plays and voices K-2S0 in Rogue One. The article touches on his work in Rogue One and many of the other work he has done for Disney Animation Studios. 

More Content Found Within

Of course, there are more articles in this issue than those related to Rogue One. Other Content of interest included are…

Other content of interest in Winter 2016 issue

Other content of interest in Winter 2016 issue

    An article focusing on the character of Daisy Duck.
    An article about creating theme park maps. (The artwork of the Fantasyland may included in the article is just awe inspiring)
    An article with the actress behind the newest Disney Animated film, Moana
    An article about the Enchanted Tiki Room Marvel Comic series (I somehow missed that this one was coming out.)
    An article on the life and work of Walt Disney through photos of Walt Disney and his family.
    An article about the Iron Man Stark Industries Expo attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland (Iron Man is not my favorite Marvel Super Hero. Where is the Thor or Black Widow attraction?)
    An article about little known Disney characters. (I have to admit I did not know any of these characters.)
    An article about the Disney Wonder and a page that contains Disney Cruise facts (The data analyst in me loves these!).

 
Overall, some very interesting articles to read in this issue. If you are not a member, like I am, you may want to become one just to receive this quarterly publication full of Disney goodness.

So are you a D23 member?
If not, would you become a member just to get access to this issue?
Did you like the Winter 2016 issue?

The Force Awakens Questions


December 18, 2015 saw the offical release of Star Wars The Force Awakens. I, like many fans, had questions going into the film based on what had been revealed through the trailers, posters, commercials and other promotional materials. Below are some of these questions and my thoughts on what was revealed when I watched this film

Warning: May contain light spoilers, but trust me, nothing major, yet….

Who are all these new characters and what is their role in the Star Wars saga?

This has been a big question since the names were revealed through the trading cards, especially Rey and Finn, who did not have last names. The Force Awakens reveals a bit about who each of these characters are, but does this, for me, in an unexpected, but satisfying way. This film also leaves room to reveal more about their pasts and of course their role in the entire Star Wars saga. I will need to watch the movie again, a few more times, before I dive deep into each of these characters.

Where is Luke?

Ever since the release of the official posters, there were many, like me, that asked this question. I thought that this was a marketing decision on Lucasfilm’s or Disney’s part to increase the hype. However, this is actually a plot point in the movie that carries all the characters in the story forward.

What is a Snoke?

This is the question asked by my friends at Fangirls Going Rogue.  Supreme Commander Snoke, Leader of The First Order, can be seen and heard during the film, but I really do not believe we get enough about who or what this character really is. Hopefully, Star Wars Episode VIII will reveal more.

What happened to Han and Leia after Return of The Jedi?

When I heard confirmation that these characters were to appear in the film, this is one of the biggest questions I had. I like many others believe they lived ‘happily ever after’ after the Battle of Endor. The Force Awakens not only shows us what happened to them, but it is for me, one of the most emotional arcs of the entire film.

What were your questions going into the film?

The Everyday Fangirl and #ForceFriday

Today is #ForceFriday!

Unlike many of my online friends and fellow fangirls like Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr, I was not able to attend any of the midnight launch events. Based on their Facebook and Twitter posts along with others I was not sure if any Rey or BB-8 merchandise would be left. However, this did not deter me from stopping by a local Target on my way to the office this morning.


As I hoped, despite some holes (see example above), there was still an abundance and a variety of Star Wars merchandise including T-Shirts, bikes, board games, Lego toys, costumes, video games, lightsabers and collectible figures in multiple sections of the store. Because I was on my way to the office, I was only able to spend about 20 minutes looking around.

As a Star Wars fan and Fangirl, I was happy to see all this new Star Wars merchandise on the pegs and shelves of a local store! My quest this morning was to find Rey and BB-8 related merchandise.


This display of Funco Pop figures really caught my attention right away because all of these are Star Wars The Force Awakens characters including:

Rey <Yep bought that one!>, Finn, Captain Phasma <Yep bought that one too!>, Chewbacca, C3-PO and Kylo Ren.


As I looked around I saw these Finn and Chewbacca figures and as I hoped there was another figure hiding behind Finn, it was a Poe Dameron figure that I just had to buy!


Adult female costumes including a Darth Vader one! I was tempted, but did not buy that costume yet. I need to consult with Darth Makenna first to determine which accessories will work for that outfit.


Large Kylo Ren and a First Order Stormtrooper are promently featured at the beginning of the Star Wars section. Too bad it was not a BB-8 though.

Overall, I did not have any exclusives, but I was able to find a few items to add to my collection including the Rey Black Series figure with BB-8, a BB talking plush, a Black Titanium series Rey and her speeder mini figure and an R2-D2 Thermos!

I admit I did a mini Fangirlflail when I found the Rey Black series figure AND the BB-8 plush!

So did you buy any of the new Star Wars merchandise? Did you go to a #ForceFriday event? Did you find something that made you excited and do a Fangirlflail like I did? <Yes, Fanboys who support Fangirls do qualify to Fangirlflail!>

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