Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has hit theatres and nearly his $300 million for its worldwide opening box office gross. Not bad for the first Star Wars spin-off of the Disney era. (Let’s pretend that the Clone Wars animated movie never happened and move on.) While there is a wide range of opinions about the film, it does show that there is a market for more Star Wars outside the Skywalker family saga. So where to next? Maybe this Star Wars travel guide can help us find some interesting places to focus future A Star Wars Stories on.
If there’s one way to create jobs, it’s through massive construction projects. Sure, the Imperial government spent scads of money to create those jobs but that might be nothing compared to the long-term costs of operating a Death Star. Maybe the Rebels were in cahoots with the Imperials to help them create construction jobs because X-Wings can’t melt main reactors. Anyway, with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming out today, here’s a look at the cost of running the Death Star.
I don’t know if you noticed but the first Star Wars anthology movie is coming out this week. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is hitting theatres on Thursday (or Friday depending on your location) and it’s a new telling of how the Rebels obtained the Death Star’s plans. But there’s more to the Death Star than a superlaser capable of exploding a planet nearly instantly. To find out more about the Death Star, we have this handy infographic for you.
We’ve brought you a lot of infographics pricing out the real world cost of some iconic pieces of movie worlds. Since this blog began, we’ve looked at the costs of the Millennium Falcon, Darth Vader’s suit, Yoda’s hut and Jabba’s Palace. Those are just a handful of countless great real world cost infographics that we’ve done. Today, we add to that with the real-world cost of building an AT-AT. Keep this in mind when prepping for Rogue One in three months.
We all know that to build the Death Star would cost in the quadrillions of dollars. I don’t know what it would cost to convert a planet into a superweapon but I can’t imagine that Starkiller Base would be any cheaper to construct. One thing that few talk about is how much it would cost to build and maintain Darth Vader’s suit. Surprisingly, it’s fairly cheap compared to most Imperial construction projects.
Most people have to go all the way to Los Angeles to try slices of upcoming games at E3. Some companies, though, have made demos of their games available to the general public so you don’t have to be one of the permitted few that are allowed to see games up close before they reach your living room. One of those companies is Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment who gave us a short, early look at their upcoming Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
EA was the first company to show off their upcoming games with their E3 press conference. While we knew what was coming ahead of time (a recurring theme of this E3 so far), they did have some pretty interesting trailers showing off their games. And FIFA has a story mode so I guess some lessons from the amazing Fight Night series live on at EA Sports.
EA is changing things up with their approach to E3 in 2016. Not only will they not be on the show floor at the LA Convention Center but they’ve dropped their Monday afternoon press conference for a Sunday afternoon presser to make them the first company to make their E3 presentation. There will be a lot of pressure on them to put on a good show to start E3 off right. Fortunately for the twice Worst Company in the World, they have some big franchises with big sequels due for release this year.
Thanks to the United States government, we know that the cost of building the Death Star will be about $850 quadrillion (or $852,000,000,000,000,000 if you want all the zeros spelled out for you). Suppose that you want something a little smaller, faster and more nimble. You would be looking for a YT class Corellian freighter, perhaps even the Millennium Falcon. Fortunately, building a Millennium Falcon is much more affordable and operating it is a positive bargain.
To find out how much your own Millennium Falcon will set you back, our friends at Varooma have put together a handy infographic for you.
During yesterday’s review podcast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I refer to the Mr. Plinkett reviews of the Star Wars prequels to explain what Abrams and company did right with Episode VII in comparison to George and company did with Episode I, II and III. Over the course of four hours, Red Letter Media’s Mr. Plinkett dissects what went wrong with the prequels and why the ended up being so disappointing. It sounds long but these make for incredibly easy viewing.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, you need to watch these. If you’re not a Star Wars fan, these will explain why your Star Wars loving friends hated the prequels.