Star Wars The Last Jedi First Teaser and Poster!

Images courtesy of Lucas films and Disney

Breathe… just breathe…

I’m not freaking out, you’re freaking out! Ok that’s a total lie I am freaking out! The first poster and teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII is here and it is AMAZING!
The next film in the Star Wars saga’s name was revealed in January which led to a lot of speculation and now this first look is only adding to it.

Currently Star Wars Celebration is taking place in Orlando, Florida. And like many I am watching from the sidelines wishing that I was there. I attended the Celebration back in 2015 when it was here in California, in Anaheim. It was a truly memorable experience and I can’t wait to go again (too bad we have to wait until 2019 for the next one). At Celebration a lot of inside information is given during panels about upcoming films, projects, tv shows and more. So it’s no surprise that during this years that a teaser for Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi was released since the film is set to hit theaters this December.

The teaser trailer starts with Rey who looks to be in the middle of her Jedi training. Just from this start you get the sense that this film is going to be much more intense. The rest of the teaser is nothing less than suspenseful. We see Finn in some type of chamber, Poe and BB-8 rushing to a ship, Rey training with Luke and (could it be) more of the Knights of Ren and why Luke disappeared!

“I only know one truth…it’s time for the Jedi to end”

This voice over by Luke is seriously chilling and I am already racking my brain for the meaning behind it.

Trying not to give away all the details so check out the teaser trailer for yourself below!

Cruzin Mama

Star Wars Tsum Tsums Coming!

Star Wars Tsum Tsum's

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Star Wars Tsum Tsum’s are coming February 16th

Recently there was quite a few leaked photos showing that a Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection for Disney was on the way. Well now it has been officially announced that February will feature a second Tsum Tsum Tuesday on February 16th which will be the first release of the Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection! The collection is based on the original trilogy with characters like Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett, an Ewok and a Storm Trooper. Along with the main characters; Luke, Leia, Han, Vader, and R2D2 to just name a few. Though not confirmed fully yet there is talk that a Force Awakens set will be coming as well as a line based on the Prequels.

Tsum Tsum Tuesday is a hit event at Disney Stores. There has been know to be lines for exclusive or popular collection releases. So if you are looking to collect your favorite characters arrive early! You can also shop the collection online at disneystore.com

Grab these out of this world cities before they blast off!

Cruzin Mama

Hour of Code Week

Image courtesy of Code.org

Image courtesy of Code.org

It’s Computer Science Education Week! Let’s get coding!

This week, December 7th to December 13th, is Computer Science Education week. This is a great time to get kids involved in STEM learning and coding. STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. These are fast growing career fields and are an important part of a well rounded education. *This may also be called STEAM, which is when Arts are included. Arts are none the less important for young learners, but for this week I’m shining the light more on computer science based STEM.*

What is Coding? Well coding is basically the tool to communicate your ideas with a computer or program to bring them to life. Technology is a big part of everyday life now, so learning to code even just having a basic understanding can help in so many ways. And just with anything it’s great to start learning you so you can build and retain the information.

So to celebrate this week lets get coding! Hour of Code is a Global event that is a great introduction to coding and computer science. Check out tutorials and ways to get coding on hourofcode.com From here you can see events and coding happening in your area and all around the World.

Great Sites for kids

Some great sites for kids to learn and explore coding are Code.org and Madewithcode.com.

Code.org

Code is making coding fun and out of this world with a new Star Wars themed activity. Join the fierce leading ladies of the Star Wars Universe build a galaxy. This game is recomended for children ages 6-106 years. And is accessible on smartphones, tablets and most browsers.

Made with Code

I’ve shared this awesome site before but Made with Code is a great site for all coding learners. There is activities for all levels, resources and information on events and classes in your community. Though the site is geared towards girls there’s no real rule that excludes boys from using it. The reason Made with Code is geared towards girls is because less than 1% of girls study computer science and Made with Code is aiming to change that. It is creating ways for girls to gain interest and take advantage of the growing field.

STEM is much more than just a week long event. The sites above can be visited anytime, the fun and learning can continue even after this week is done. So get to coding!

Cruzin Mama

Star Wars Takes Over Disney Parks

Star Wars at Disney Parks

Images courtesy of Disney Parks and Resorts

Star Wars has taken over Tomorrowland!

There has been some far far away galaxy additions to Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Disneyland guests will soon be able to expiernce some exciting new Star Wars features to Tomorrowland. As for the East coast park the new additions will be found at Disney Hollywood Studios in the Animation Courtyard.

The new experiences and enhancements include special exhibits and behind-the-scenes peeks of costumes and items from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There will also be a new seasonal experience coming at the start of 2016 called Season of the Force. This will bring special Star Wars entertainment, themed foods and more. Space Mountain will be given a hyped up makeover and become Hyper Space Mountain where guest will fly right through a X-wing Starfighter battle! Over at Hollywood Studios in Florida there will be a can’t miss fireworks show on weekends set to the iconic score from the Star Wars films. This is a special season event you won’t want to miss!

*Star Wars Launch Bay will open at Disneyland on November 16th and at Disney Hollywood Studios on December 4th*

Image courtesy of Disney Parks

Image courtesy of Disney Parks and Resorts

There is still even more Star Wars coming to the parks. Later this year Star Tours The-Adventures Continues will feature new locations and characters from the upcoming film The Force Awakens. And the new series on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels, will have characters from the show as well as a villain added to Jedi Training Academy.

There is so much great out of this world fun coming to the parks, so plan your trip now and don’t miss out!

Star Wars Epic Battles at Toys’R’Us

Star Wars Epic Battles at Toys'R'Us

Image courtesy of Toys’R’Us along with Walt Disney Studios and Lucas Films

Toys’R’Us has partnered with Disney to bring an out of this world event to Stores this fall/winter. Join in the Star Wars Epic Battles and be rewarded at any participating store. The fun is open to all ages and is simple to participate. Play Star Wars Epic Battles online, print up your certificate and visit a participating location during select dates to collect an exclusive Battle medal. No purchase necessary to play, only one medal per person per battle. Quantities are limit and no rain checks. Click here to get your certificate and join the battles.

Battle Dates

  • Hoth Battle : November 6th & 7th
  • Endor Battle:
    November 20th & 21st
  • Yavin Battle : December 4th & 5th
  • Tatoonie Battle(Final Battle) : December 26th

May the force be with you!

Cruzin Mama

Star Wars The Force Awakens New International Trailer

Image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios and Lucas Films

Image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios and Lucas Films

There is a brand new trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens that just came out from Japan. This one has even more revealing details than the much anticipated full US trailer. And we cannot get enough of both! So just to give fair warning this post my contain possible spoiler details about the new film so *Spoiler Alert*

Still from the new Japanese released Force Awakens trailer

Still from the new Japanese released Force Awakens trailer

The new trailer shows much more of a focus on the characters of BB-8 and Rey(Daisy Ridley). The trailer starts off very similar to the US version with Lupita Nyong’o’s voice over but from there is when the differences begin. It shows what looks like a first meeting between Rey and BB-8, where Daisy Ridley’s voice over states: “I know all about waiting…for my family”. That right there is revealing enough! So one can only begin to speculate who she is referencing. We are then shown Finn(John Boyega) and Rey teaming up and several images from the US trailer. But in a blink and you’ll miss it fashion we are shown what looks like a Rebel command center with C3-PO, Poe Dameron(Oscar Isaac) and Princess Leia(Carrie Fisher) looking pretty dismayed. Then an array of new images including the suspenseful one of Rey facing Kylo Rens saber blade. The trailer then concludes with Lupita’s voice over; “Hope is not lost today, it is found”. And it most definitely is!

One key point that still has not been addressed in this new look is Luke Skywalker(Mark Hamill). He is still absent from this trailer which only builds more mystery and speculation as to his part in the film. Guess we just have to wait until December 18th to find out.

There is less than two months left until this highly anticipated movies debut. Don’t forget to get your tickets now and also check out the marathons and other events going on by clicking here. And be sure to check out the revealing new trailer below, enjoy!

May the force be with you!

Cruzin Mama

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Exclusive Look

Image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios and Lucas Films

Image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios and Lucas Films

Here it is the much anticipated exclusive look for Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

So much excitement these past two days for Star Wars Fans with the release of the new official poster and the start of ticket sales. (I hope everyone was able to get theirs as a lot of the sites were down due to heavy traffic from Star Wars fanatics.) If you haven’t purchased your tickets just yet check out these awesome marathons and events I spoke about earlier. But let’s get back to the most exciting release, the new trailer!

I cannot contain how ecstatic I am about this new trailer. It is beyond amazing! So much is revealed in it. You see more depth of each character and it just builds more questions for the film. The best part was seeing Kylo Ren kneeling and talking about finishing something which then flashes to the dilapidated helmet of Darth Vader. The CGI is not over done and the film definitely has the feel and heart of the originals. December 18th (or 17th for some) cannot come soon enough. View the trailer for yourself below, enjoy.

May the force be with you!

Cruzin Mama

The Force Awakens – Premiere and Ticket News

Image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios and Lucas Film

Image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios and Lucas Film

5:20pmPST Update!: Tickets are on sale now!!!!!

Just yesterday Star Wars released the official poster for Episode VII: The Force Awakens. And everyone is talking about it. As many like myself are pointing out a big character is missing from this new poster leading to much speculation as to Luke Skywalkers role in the upcoming installment. The unveiling of this new image also came with news of an exclusive look at the film would premiere today!

Tonight during ESPN’s Monday Night Football program the newest trailer will air during halftime. This is a can’t miss event for any Star Wars fan. Disney and Star Wars Instagram accounts have both teased parts of this new trailer.

TOMORROW #TheForceAwakens

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But that’s not the only excited news that came along, tickets for the movie are also going on sale today too! With only 2 months left until the theatrical release fans will be able to be ahead of the line with this earlier ticket sale. Tickets will go immediately on sale following tonight’s special trailer release.

The World Premiere has recently been announced that it will be on December 14th in Los Angeles. While the official release date of the film is December 18th (US) with the first screenings beginning on December 17th at 7pm. This is a great move as Star Wars is a big hit amount families. The star studded event will be a highly coveted event but there are still so many great events happening for those who can’t make the World Premiere. Below is all the information of marathons and theater events happening in honor of The Force Awakens!

El Capitan Theatre

The El Capitan is always the place to be for big Disney films. On top of seeing the film at this awesome theater attendees will also be able to view the costume and prop display from the film. There will be a new laser lightsaber curtain show before the film. And opening day guests can pick up an exclusive and limited supply collectable BB-8 button.

Regal Cinemas

Every Saturday (December 19th to January 9th) is Star Wars Saturday at Regal Cinemas. The first 500 movie goers to the IMAX showings will recieve collectable ticket stubs that feature unique Force Awakens artwork. Each week will debut new art.

AMC Theaters

Sunday’s will be Star Wars Sunday’s at AMC Theaters from December 20th until January 10th. And the first 10 guest to purchase IMAX 3D tickets for The Force Awakens will recieve an exclusive print, a new poster will be revealed each week. There will be some great celebrations at Disney located AMC Theaters as well. Tickets for these galatic celebrations can be purchase at AMCtheaters.com/StarWarsWDW

Cinemark

Recieve exclusive 3D Star Wars glasses by one of three ways. 1.) Attend a Star Wars Marathon Event on December 17th. 2.) Attend the first screening of The Force Awakens in Cinemark XD on December 17th. 3.) Or purchase the Star Wars concession combo that comes out this November.

Fandango

All ticket purchasers will be entered into an out of this world sweepstakes. The prize being a chance to attend the World Premiere. And if you purchase within the first 24 hours of ticket sales you will increase your chances. There will also be 10 “runner-up” prize packs collectibles for either the Dark Side or the Light Side.

Star Wars Marathons

This ultimate fan experince is happening at select theaters where you can view the Saga in its entirety. View the first six Star Wars films in digital 2D and then enjoy The Force Awakens in 3D! Attendees recieve a special lanyard feature exclusive marathon artwork.

Click here to see a full list of participating theaters.

May the force be with you!

Cruzin Mama

Force Friday Events!

Image courtesy of Disney Store  © & ™ LucasFilm Ltd.

Image courtesy of Disney Store
© & ™ LucasFilm Ltd.

It’s the final countdown to Force Friday!

So what is Force Friday, well if I have to tell you then you aren’t a true Star Wars fan, I’m just kidding. Force Friday is Friday September 4th and it is the release day of all the new merchandise for the upcoming film. And basically everyone is throwing an event. So let me get right to what’s happening this Friday and where and what celebrations are going on throughout the weekend.

Toys’R’Us

Doors open Friday September 4th at 12:01am at all stores. Get first access to all-new Star Wars toys. There will be an exclusive FREE poster and LEGO commemorative brick only while supplies last. I can guarantee lines will start forming Thursday. *If you happen to be in New York, stop by the Toys’R’Us Times Square location for an out of this world celebration. The fun beings there at 9am on Thrusday with exclusive giveaways, demos and an Ewok victory party.* Visit toysrus.com for more information.

Target

Many locations will be celebrating Force Friday on Friday September 4th with a special opening at 12:01am. Not only will stores be premiering the all-new Star Wars toys there will also be new products and collectibles. And each participating store is hosting a giveaway for a 4-foot Chewbacca doll valued at $199! Then all stores will be hosting in-store events on Saturday September 5th at 11am. Saturday’s event will include demos of the new toys and fun photo ops. Check for participating locations here.

Visit Target on Force Friday to try to win this Wookie!

Visit Target on Force Friday to try to win this Wookie!

Disney Store

Stores are closing early on September 3rd in preparation for Force Friday. They will then reopen on Friday September 4th at 6am. The first 100 guests to make a purchase on Friday will receive a FREE exclusive Star Wars pin. All new Star Wars merchandise will be available then as well. All stores will have a Galactic themed opening on Friday. And the in-store events for the occasion will be: R2-D2 craft, Animation Academy- learn to draw R2-D2, Ways of the Force training, Star Wars storytime, and FREE trading cards while supplies last upon completion of an in-store activity.

Walmart

Select locations will be participating in a midnight opening on September 4th. The new products for The Force Awakens will be available. Only at Walmart will the Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Kanan Jarrus Figure. Find a participating store at walmart.com

World of Disney

The World of Disney store located in Downtown Disney is also taking part in the celebration. Opening at midnight on Friday September 4th. All new Force Awakens products will then be available along with parks-exclusive merchandise.

Lastly you can catch all the live-stream unboxing, which gives a first look at all the new products on the Star Wars YouTube channel.

Forget Black Friday it’s all about Force Friday in my home!

Cruzin Mama

Star Wars Rebels Season 2 and Celebration Panel (Star Wars Celebration Recap Part 2)

Star Wars Rebels Celebration Panel

Star Wars Rebels Is Back on Disney XD With a Special Season 2 Premier

With San Diego Comic Con in full swing and my wishing I could be there I decided to share my experience and insights of the Star Wars Rebels Panel from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. I attended both the Celebration Panel and also the exclusive press panel to get some behind the scenes details for the upcoming season.

Star Wars Rebels has become a big success for Disney’s continuation of Lucas Film’s Saga. The show is a hit amount young and mature fans alike. Like the previous Star Wars animation series The Clone Wars, Rebels has given new life to the Saga and a chance for a younger generation to become introduced to the Star Wars franchise.

Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD

Rebels is set between the Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. The shows premise is the focus on a Jedi that discovers his abilities when there is no longer a Jedi Order. On top of that he is also an orphan who is trying to navigate life with the Empire in rule while coming to terms with his Jedi abilities. The young man is Ezra and he soon finds himself in the company of a rag tag group, who are apart of the start of the rebellion against the Empire. The Rebel group consists of Kanan the leader, Hara the ships pilot and co-leader, Zeb the strong arm, Sabine a young and tenacious Mandalorian, and Chopper the precocious droid. Season 1 of the series main focus was on the group accepting Ezra in and of Kanan being a reluctant teacher to the young Jedi. The crew becomes more of a family dynamic but Erza still struggles with his Jedi training and trying to find out what happened to his parents. Rebels seemlessly ties in familiar characters from the original films and a special character comeback from The Clone Wars.

SWCA Rebels Panel

SWCA Rebels Panel

The Celebration Panel was filled with fans of all types. And with the entrance of each Celebrity the cheers grew louder and louder. The excitement was contagious, I have enjoyed watching Rebels with my kids but during the Celebration I became a full fledged fan. All the Voice Actors were all as happy to be there as everyone in attendance. All spoke of their knowledge of Star Wars previous to being apart of Rebel, Freddie Prinze Jr., who voices Kanan, shared his childhood lightsaber battles. While Taylor Gray, voice of Ezra, said he had no knowledge of the franchise prior to Rebels but is now appreciating it and the fans tremendously. As the Actors spoke with the host they mostly answers about their take on the series and how being apart of such an enormous and well loved franchise.

SWCA Rebels Panel

Little details were given about the upcoming season during this panel, but it was revealed that Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex from The Clones will be part of the second season, a way of tying the two series together. Also to be seen in the new season will be Lord Vader in his full form and showing why he is feared throughout the Galaxy. One ambitious young attendee asked Rebels Producer Dave Filoni how Captain Rex escaped Order 66 and made it out of the Clone Wars series. Dave gave some very vague answers but in the Press Panel did say that this season will reveal a lot of backgrounds for the characters. One the characters whose background will be featured is Kanan. We were informed that more information about his master will be coming.

Another former Master and Padawan making an appearance this season is Anakin (now fully Darth Vader) and Ahsoka. There were hints as to a face off between the two, which will be a must see interaction. My favorite part is that James Earl Jones, Vader himself, will be back as the iconic voice.

SWCA Rebels Press Panel

Like Kanan, there will be much more background given on everyone this season. Along with that characters family’s will be brought up, such as Sabin’es and Ezra’s. So the mystery of Ezra’s family from Season 1 will be featured with possible answers coming.

Star Wars Rebels has really helped bring the franchise to a younger generation. It’s a show that is enjoyable for new and longtime fans alike. Rebels shows the same odd-ball family dynamic that was seen in the original series. I believe that Disney has done a great job with this series and hope that there are many more seasons to come.

May the force be with you!

Cruzin Mama