Star Wars: The Force Awakens

(2015)

Continuing the Star Wars saga where Return of the Jedi left off, Luke Skywalker aims to restore the Jedi Order while Leia and Han Solo work with the New Republic against the remnants of the Galactic Empire and a new potential threat.

Watch ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Toys Unboxing Live

Watch ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Toys Unboxing Live

Last week, we reported that fans will be in for a special treat, leading up to the highly-anticipated Force Friday event, where the first merchandise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will go on sale. Today marks the start of a massive unboxing event, that will take place over 18 hours in 15 cities and 12 countries, starting in Sydney, Australia today at 5:45 PM ET/2:45 PM PT. The day is finally here, and we have the live stream for you to watch the first unboxing below.

The Star Wars YouTube channel will host the live stream, which kicks off with the first unboxing in Sydney, Australia at 7:45 a.m. local time on Thursday, Sept. 3 (5:45 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 2), with the grand finale at Lucasfilm in San Francisco at 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, Sept. 3. Each of the 15 locations will reveal a new product inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. These "unboxing" videos will feature online personalities sharing the excitement of opening the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys.

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‘Star Wars 7’ Star Destroyer Gets a Menacing Name

‘Star Wars 7’ Star Destroyer Gets a Menacing Name

Director J.J. Abrams and his team have had a lot of fun slowly dolling out the names of each new character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, some of which, including John Boyega's Finn and Daisy Ridley's Rey, haven't even been fully revealed yet. But the humans, aliens and ball droids in this latest sequel aren't the only mysteries to be cracked. Each vehicle and domicile seen on screen seems to be getting a unique new name, too. We learned that Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux resides on a space station known as the Starkiller Base, a direct nod to Luke Skywalker's original last name in the first draft of George Lucas's Star Wars screenplay. Now, we get to learn the name of the foreboding new Star Destroyer.

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, thirty years have passed since the events seen in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. And technology has advanced in the galaxy since then, despite both the Rebel Alliance and the Empire suffering great set backs. As the Empire slowly morphed into the First Order, so have their modes of transportation. Though they haven't gone too far off the beaten path. When we saw the new Star Destroyer in the trailer, we still knew it, and recognized that it was a Star Destroyer.

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This ‘Star Wars 7’ Poster Can Be Yours on Force Friday

This ‘Star Wars 7’ Poster Can Be Yours on Force Friday

Next Friday not only marks the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend, but it will also be a big day for Star Wars fans around the world. Friday, September 4 is also known as Force Friday, when the first merchandise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available for purchase. Several retailers are offering special items for consumers, and today we have word from Star Wars Junk that Toys "R" Us is giving away a special Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster, which you can check out below. But be warned, supplies are limited. You will definitely want to start lining up well before midnight to get your hands on it.

The promo poster features Finn (John Boyega), who is flanked by Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). The poster gives us yet another look at John Boyega's AWOL Stormtrooper holding a blue lightsaber, which we first saw in the new Drew Struzan poster unveiled at the D23 Convention, and in the brief teaser trailer that debuted yesterday. There has long been talk that Finn will either become a Jedi Knight, or at least start his training in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This lightsaber in question actually belonged to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) before he lost it in the battle against his father Darth Vader on Cloud City. It is believed that Kylo Ren wants it for his collection.

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Are ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Box Office Predictions Too High?

Are ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Box Office Predictions Too High?

The buzz swirling around Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been insanely high ever since the project was first announced way back in October 2012, after Disney purchased LucasFilm. With a new trailer arriving sometime this fall, the buzz will only keep growing, with some box office analysts already predicting huge opening weekend numbers months before the sequel hits theaters on December 18. Deadline reports that some analysts are predicting a $615 million worldwide opening weekend, which would shatter a box office record that was just set a few months ago.

Universal Pictures' Jurassic World broke a number of box office records back in June, taking in $208.8 million domestically and $315.3 million internationally in its opening weekend, for a worldwide haul of $524.4 million. All three of those figures set new records, but if these new predictions about Star Wars: The Force Awakens are accurate, those records may not stand for long. Jurassic World was the first movie ever to earn over $500 million worldwide in its opening weekend, but if these predictions hold up, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be the first to crack $600 million in one weekend.

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Is Getting a ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Episode

‘Big Bang Theory’ Is Getting a ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Episode

‘Star Wars 7’ will interrupt the lives of Leonard and Sheldon in a major way during ‘Big Bang Theory’ Season 9.
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Teaser Has Kylo Ren, Finn & Lightsabers

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Teaser Has Kylo Ren, Finn & Lightsabers

John Boyega's Finn is seen wielding a light saber, squaring off with the villainous Kylo Ren in new footage from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.
‘Star Wars 7’ Photos Go Behind-the-Scenes with Finn & BB-8

‘Star Wars 7’ Photos Go Behind-the-Scenes with Finn & BB-8

New details emerge about the creation of ball droid BB-8 in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ along with new photos.
Who Is This Mysterious New ‘Star Wars’ Character?

Who Is This Mysterious New ‘Star Wars’ Character?

A mysterious new female character has been introduced on the ‘Shattered Empire’ issue #2 cover.