2019 was another big year in TV with over 600 scripted series for viewers to choose from. Some of this year’s major highlights were the controversial final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the debut of Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher starring Henry Cavill, and the launch of the highly-anticipated Disney+ streaming platform. And with even more new original programs from streamers like NBCUniversal’s Peacock and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max launching in 2020, next year is poised to be an even bigger year for television.
While we don’t know what Star Wars stories will be told on the big screen in the future, Disney CEO Bob Iger has hinted at what the future of the franchise could potentially include. With the first season of The Mandalorian ending on the Disney+ streaming service, it’s entirely possible it or any of the service’s upcoming Star Wars offerings could wind up becoming movies.
“I don’t look at it as just television, I look at it as an extension of Star Wars storytelling,” Iger said during an appearance on The Star Wars Show [via Slashfilm]. “What Disney+ has given us the ability to do is to do just that, is to bring Star Wars to people in new ways, and to bring new Star Wars to people. It’s not the same places or the same characters. Just look at Mandalorian. While, obviously, there’s a lot shared, there’s a lot that’s really fresh, and I love that.”
And while Disney+ is allowing new corners of the Star Wars galaxy to be explored, Iger believes it would be easy to take those TV stories and continue them on film–or vice-versa. “I love the ability to really be agnostic in terms of what platform it’s being made for,” he explained. “And so it could be, down the road, that a TV show becomes a movie and a movie becomes a TV series. I’m not making any announcements here or not, but I think it’s important for us to be agnostic.”
As previously revealed, the second season of The Mandalorian started filming before Season 1 premiered. That will debut in fall 2020, with an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone series following. Based on what Iger is saying, though, either of these shows–or any of the others coming in the future– could be continued as films. With the Skywalker Saga over after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, perhaps now is the time to give Baby Yoda his own nine-movie series.
Fortnite‘s Winterfest event is almost over, but there’s still a little time left to complete its challenges and unlock special holiday-themed rewards. One task that may pose a bit of trouble, particularly if you don’t know where to look, is to destroy snowflake decorations. If you need help finding those, we’ve put together this guide explaining where to go.
Where Are The Snowflake Decorations?
Unlike ice boxes, which you need to track down to complete a separate Winterfest challenge, the snowflake decorations are much more difficult to spot because they’re small and typically hanging in windows, so it’s easy to overlook them. However, the decorations are fairly plentiful, and you only need to destroy three of them to complete the challenge, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble tracking the required number down once you know where to look.
As previously mentioned, the snowflake decorations are typically hanging on different houses, which can be found in specific named locations. We’ve spotted decorations in the following areas, so your best bet is to look in any of these places:
- Holly Hedges
- Frenzy Farm
- Pleasant Park
- Lazy Lake
- Retail Row
- Salty Springs
How To Complete The Challenge
Once you’ve tracked down a snowflake decoration, all you need to do is either shoot it with a gun you picked up or hit it with your pickaxe to destroy it. Repeat this process until you’ve destroyed three decorations and you’ll complete the challenge.
You don’t need to destroy all three within a single match, although you will most likely be able to anyway since the decorations are usually hung in bunches. After you’ve completed the challenge, you’ll unlock your reward: a special holiday back bling.
Fortnite’s Winterfest challenges will only be around a few more days, so you’ll need to act quickly if you’re hoping to complete them and unlock the special Winterfest rewards. You can see the full list of challenges, along with all of our maps and guides for this season’s trickier missions, in our ongoing Fortnite Chapter 2 challenges roundup.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a fun journey through the Star Wars universe where players assume the role of Cal Kestis, a Jedi-in-training who has been in hiding since Order 66. Explore new worlds and discover the power of The Force in this third-person action-adventure from Respawn Entertainment, and get it for almost 50% off on Amazon while you’re at it.
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Star Wars: The Mandalorian Funko Pops
Season 1 of The Mandalorian ended last week on Disney Plus, but don’t worry, Mando and our favorite son Baby Yoda will return in Fall 2020 for a second season. In the meantime, Mandalorian fans can look forward to a new wave of Funko Pops based on characters from the show.
The first wave of Pops was small and launched near the series premiere. Up until now, Mandalorian fans have only been able to purchase a generic Mando, Cara Dune, Kuiil, and the IG-11 droid. The second wave expands the roster significantly, adding 14 new Pops, four of which are retailer exclusives. Baby Yoda isn’t featured in the new wave, but an adorable Baby Yoda Pop (including a super-sized version) is already available for pre-order.
While none of the new Pops are currently available for pre-order, we imagine you won’t have to wait long to start adding to your collection. We’ll add pre-order links as soon as they’re available at major retailers. For now, check out all of the newest members of The Mandalorian Funko Pop lineup below.
Former magistrate turned Bounty Hunters Guild agent Greef Karga plays a major role in The Mandalorian. You’ll soon be able to own the Funko Pop version of Karga holding two blasters.
This Heavy Infantry Pop doesn’t have a real name, but that doesn’t matter. He looks cool, but we imagine he has terrible aim.
Pesky scavengers who make Mando’s life hard in one episode, the Offworld Jawa translate to a pretty cool (and kind of creepy) Pop.
Perhaps the only Stormtrooper that can aim (not exactly a compliment given his weapon), the Incinerator Stormtrooper makes for a really neat Funko Pop.
Easily one of the weirdest droids in Star Wars history, Q9-Zero’s big eyes perfectly align with the Funko Pop aesthetic.
The Covert Mandalorian arguably has a sleeker design than Mando himself.
The first Mando Funko Pop was rather boring. This one is at least somewhat better.
The Armorer upgrades Mando’s armor after he completes fetch quests throughout the show. She was one of the coolest characters in season one, despite appearing in a minor role.
This is essentially a Werner Herzog Funko Pop, which makes it a must-buy in my opinion.
Mandalorian on Blurrg (Deluxe)
A deluxe Funko Pop (it’ll be pricier than the rest), Mandalorian on Blurrg is arguably the best of the bunch. Blurrgs are strangely cute.
Death Watch Mandalorian – GameStop exclusive
This stunning Death Watch Mandalorian is exclusive to GameStop. It could sell out pretty quicly.
Mandalorian with Flame – Target exclusive
Exclusive to Target, this Mando Pop is apparently shooting a flame. I’d prefer the flame to look more like the Incinerator Stormtrooper’s, though.
Trandoshan Thug – Walgreens exclusive
A Trandoshan Thug gets vaporized by Mando in Season 1. The creature doesn’t exactly play an important role, but it did appear in a great scene. The Trandoshan Thug Pop is exclusive to Walgreens.
Mandalorian with Beskar – Amazon exclusive
The best solo Mando Pop has the upgraded Beskar armor. It’s exclusive to Amazon.
The intro movie for the Final Fantasy VII Remake demo has leaked, and it will look awfully familiar to long-time fans of the classic RPG. The PS4 version is almost a shot-for-shot remake of the original PlayStation version, with a few notable changes.
Like the original, it opens with Aeris viewing wisps of lifestream energy through a grate in the city of Midgar. She walks away–this time seemingly spooked by approaching footsteps–and steps out into the bustling street. One addition to this version is that she drops some of her flowers, and one gets ignobly stepped on by a passer-by, but otherwise the rest remains very faithful. The camera pans back to show a wide shot of Midgar accompanied by the logo, and then pulls back in to show Cloud and his companions staging their attack from a train.
The leaked movie also shows a demo title screen with options, and the moment when control reverts to the player. It wasn’t released through any official PlayStation or Square Enix channel, so it appears that the demo must have leaked in some way.
The Final Fantasy VII Remake is coming on March 3, 2020, and it’s one of our most anticipated games. Unlike the original, though, this one is being split into individual chapters. The first part will focus on the beginning of the game in Midgar, while other chapters will fill in the rest of the story. Square Enix hasn’t detailed when to expect the other games to come. For more details, check out everything we know about the Final Fantasy VII Remake.
We’re in the final stretch of Fortnite‘s Winterfest event, which means you only have a few days left to complete the limited-time Winterfest challenges and unlock some festive rewards. One of the holiday-themed missions asks you to search ice boxes, but unless you’re well acquainted with the game’s map, you may have some trouble tracking them down. If you fall in that camp, don’t worry; we’ve put together this map and guide to help you out.
Where Are The Ice Box Locations?
To complete this challenge, you’ll need to search two different ice boxes. This may seem daunting at first if you don’t already know where to look given the size of the island, but fortunately, there are many more than that scattered around the map, so tracking down two shouldn’t be too difficult. We’ve marked down the ice box locations we’ve encountered on the map below:
- Dirty Docks
- East of Pleasant Park
- Sweaty Sands
- West of Holly Hedges
- Weeping Woods
- Northwest of Slurpy Swamp
- In the mountains southeast of Lazy Lake
How To Complete The Challenge
Now that you know where the ice boxes are located, all you need to do is track them down. A few of the locations, such as Dirty Docks, house more than one box, so you should only need to head to one of areas listed above and you’ll be able to complete the challenge fairly quickly. The ice boxes look like typical freezers, so they shouldn’t be too hard to spot. Once you’ve searched two of them, the mission will be complete and you’ll unlock a special spray for your troubles.
The Fortnite Winterfest challenges will only be around a few more days, so you’ll need to act quickly if you’re hoping to complete them and unlock the special Winterfest rewards. Another task that may pose some trouble asks you to destroy snowflake decorations, so be sure to check out our guide for help completing that mission. You can see all of our other maps and guides for this season’s trickier missions in our ongoing Fortnite Chapter 2 challenges roundup.
This is a mostly spoiler-free review of The Mandalorian Season 1, which is now streaming in its entirety on Disney+. (The only spoiler is the existence of Baby Yoda, which, unless you’ve been living without internet access for the past two months, is pretty unavoidable at this point.) Read our spoiler-filled reviews for every episode of The Mandalorian below.