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Postal Apocalypse: Will Fan Toxicity Ever Get Better? Postal Apocalypse: Will Fan Toxicity Ever Get Better?

Hello, all! It’s your friendly neighborhood postman, except I’m not that friendly, there are no more neighborhoods since I live in the post-apocalypse, and also I’m a fake postman anyway. It’s been a year since I last answered your letters, so let’s just get to it—it being the futures of Star Wars: Episode IX,…

The Washington Post's Analysis of Star Wars' Toxic Fandom Doesn't Go Deep Enough The Washington Post's Analysis of Star Wars' Toxic Fandom Doesn't Go Deep Enough

This morning, the Washington Post published an article titled “Who hates Star Wars for its newfound diversity? Here are the numbers.” It comes to the perhaps unsurprising conclusion that, as ferocious as it has become lately, the toxic subculture that has developed in Star Wars fandom is a vocal minority. But its…

An Amazing Japanese Take on C-3PO, and More of the Loveliest Toys of the Week An Amazing Japanese Take on C-3PO, and More of the Loveliest Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of all things merch. This week, Tamashii Nation’s “movie realization” range takes on Threepoio, an incredibly detailed Keanu Reeves emerges from the Continental, and Doctor Who’s Bill Potts finally gets her own action figure. Check it out!

Kelly Marie Tran Speaks Out Against Racist Star Wars Fans With Some Powerful Words Kelly Marie Tran Speaks Out Against Racist Star Wars Fans With Some Powerful Words

Earlier this year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran suddenly logged off the internet in what appeared to be in response to an outpouring of racist, sexist trolls who felt the need to voice their distaste for her existence within one of the most popular franchises in the world. Today, the actress…

Kylo Ren's Design Might Have an Interesting Connection to a Classic Adaptation of Hamlet Kylo Ren's Design Might Have an Interesting Connection to a Classic Adaptation of Hamlet

Kylo Ren’s design owes an obvious debt to the aesthetics of Darth Vader. But that’s not the only piece of film history that influenced his look and feel.

The New Star Trek Show Is a Chance to Last Jedi the Hell Out of Captain Picard The New Star Trek Show Is a Chance to Last Jedi the Hell Out of Captain Picard

Star Trek Las Vegas 2018 confirmed a huge piece of news for the Trek universe last weekend: the rumors were true, and Sir Patrick Stewart would be returning to television to reprise his role as an older, wiser Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series. We know little else about the series beyond that, but I really…

This Fan Film Lovingly Parodies Rian Johnson's Brick to Show Support for Diversity in Star Wars [UPDATED] This Fan Film Lovingly Parodies Rian Johnson's Brick to Show Support for Diversity in Star Wars [UPDATED]

What happens when you take the plot of Rian Johnson’s directorial debut, high school noir Brick, and run it through the current state of Star Wars fandom? You get Star Wars: Revenge of the Incels, a clever short film that works as a parody, a statement, and a love letter.

A Shockingly In-Depth Examination of How Star Wars Characters Hold Their Weapons A Shockingly In-Depth Examination of How Star Wars Characters Hold Their Weapons

The Star Wars films may be about a bunch of warriors, smugglers, and monarchs fighting for the fate of the galaxy, but it’s also about how good they look while doing it. That’s thanks in part to their iconic poses. Every Star Wars character has a preferred stance for how they hold their weapon of choice pre-combat.…

Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill Confirmed for Star Wars: Episode IX Cast [UPDATED] Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill Confirmed for Star Wars: Episode IX Cast [UPDATED]

Disney has revealed the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX, which will see the directorial return of J.J. Abrams. Among the cast are the expected stars, like Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. But it looks like Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) will be back and we’ll even see the return of the late Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa. It…

Luke's Magical Last Jedi Trick Gets an Equally Magical Poster Luke's Magical Last Jedi Trick Gets an Equally Magical Poster

How does one take both the reality and fantasy of Luke Skywalker’s final moments and display them in a single image? How about glow in the dark? That’s what artist Mark Englert has done in his brand new poster for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi called “I Will Not Be The Last Jedi,” which io9 can exclusively…

Your Very Own Lifesize Replica of BB-8 Will Cost You Almost $4,000 Your Very Own Lifesize Replica of BB-8 Will Cost You Almost $4,000

Considering how he steals almost every scene he’s in, it didn’t take long for BB-8 to become a fan favorite, and for everyone obsessed with Star Wars to want a rolling droid of their own. Sideshow Collectibles is about to make that dream come true, or at least as close as possible, with a new life-sized figure that…

A Closer Look at The Last Jedi's Fight Scenes Could Reveal an Intriguing Link Between Rey and Kylo

They may not be of the same blood (as far as we know), but the connection is strong with Rey and Kylo Ren. Star Wars: The Last Jedi heightened the link between the new Jedi and her sometimes-shirtless nemesis, and a new image from Reddit shows a surprising way that bond may have manifested.

And Now, Here's Mark Hamill With a Truly Grim Realization About Luke's Arc in The Last Jedi And Now, Here's Mark Hamill With a Truly Grim Realization About Luke's Arc in The Last Jedi

The characterization of Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi has become the flashpoint in a raging wildfire of a debate about the current trajectory of the Star Wars saga. But with time to reflect since the release of the movie, it seems that Mark Hamill has come to a rather depressing realization that Luke’s fall is much…

Rian Johnson Hilariously Endorses Fan Remake of The Last Jedi Rian Johnson Hilariously Endorses Fan Remake of The Last Jedi

Twitter was abuzz this morning when news of a “fan remake” of Star Wars: The Last Jedi went viral. Then the man behind The Last Jedi put the cherry on top of the fun.

Hot Wheels' Joy-Riding Porg Exclusive Is the Only Reason You Need to Visit Comic-Con Hot Wheels' Joy-Riding Porg Exclusive Is the Only Reason You Need to Visit Comic-Con

The breakout star of Star Wars: The Last Jedi wasn’t Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico, it was those half-bird-half-pug creatures called Porgs that endeared themselves to Chewbacca, and audiences. So is it any surprise that one of Hot Wheel’s forthcoming San Diego Comic-Con exclusives is a Porg that’s commandeered the…

Tiffany Haddish Spoofed the Hell Out of Black Panther and The Last Jedi at the MTV Awards

The first Challenge Day sequence in Marvel’s Black Panther is one of the film’s best moments, full of majesty and great touches of world-building. When comedian Tiffany Haddish takes the place of M’Baku, like she did at last night’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, the ritual combat gets... freaky.

Andy Serkis Thinks Performance Capture Will Just Be How All Actors Work in 100 Years

The man who’s played Gollum, King Kong, and Supreme Leader Snoke is undoubtedly the best performance capture artist in the world. A new video from the Academy Awards features Andy Serkis talking about how his craft has changed over the last decade.

George Lucas' Ideas for His Own Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Aren't as Wild as They First Seem George Lucas' Ideas for His Own Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Aren't as Wild as They First Seem

The internet has been abuzz recently thanks to a few very intriguing quotes from George Lucas, addressing where the director would’ve taken the Star Wars saga if he had not sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012. But while on the surface Lucas’ ideas sound wild, in some ways they’re just a different spin on ideas we’re…

This Video Interrogates the Actual Ideology of the First Order in Star Wars This Video Interrogates the Actual Ideology of the First Order in Star Wars

Okay, we get they’re bad, but what do they actually believe? Beyond thinking that the Empire rules, I mean.

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