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What We’re Talking About

In order to throw even the cast and crew off the scent about Luke Skywalker’s appearance at the end of The Mandalorian Season 2, concept art was circulated showing The Clone Wars favorite Plo Koon in the role. As executive producer Dave Filoni has a massive soft spot for Plo, this was totally plausible. 

It seems Paramount are trying to reclaim their catalog ahead of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Prodigy premiering Paramount+ as The Original SeriesVoyager, and Enterprise are all coming off Netflix at the end of September. These sorts of distribution deals are complex and often long-term, so keep your eyes on the scanners.

In related newsFringe and Sleepy Hollow veteran John Noble has been announced as voicing the big bad in Star Trek: Prodigy, the Diviner. Westworld‘s Jimmi Simpson is the voice of his robotic flunky, Drednock.

The soundtrack for the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy videogame is causing as much excitement as the game itself. Not only is there an original rock opera but the expected playlist of ’80s bangers beloved by Peter Quill has been integrated into combat. I don’t fully understand it, but it sounds as though the tracks you queue direct affect the tempo of the fight.

What We’re Watching

The first teaser trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home landed last week following a leak that flooded Twitter. Does anyone else detect a hint of the controversial One More Day story arc?

The new gameplay trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is far more moving than it has any right to be.

What We’re Buying*

*These aren’t sponsored, we don’t get a cut, and nobody sends us freebies. It’s just some cool stuff we’re lusting over hard.

Sand and Dust, the first Dune RPG sourcebook, is up for pre-order priced £29.99 UK/$43 US. It covers Arrakis in detail, with new houses, new powers, and plenty of spicy story hooks.

Mattel Creations have gone back to the drawing board – literally – to bring us three Street Sharks characters that never saw the light of day. My favorite is Ripster, the beachfront beefcake.

Limited to 1,000, preorder yours for $75 US (approx £55 UK).

Bioworld’s faux leather Ahsoka Tano mini-backpack from Entertainment Earth is simply too damn cute. Pre-order yours now from Entertainment Earth for $73.99 US (approx £54 UK).

Perfect for packing up your locker when you quit the Jedi Order.

Star Trek: A Celebration, an epic new 55th-anniversary coffee-table volume by our own Ian Spelling, is up for pre-order priced at $31.46 US/£24.64 UK.

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