Execute Chapter 66: Episode I

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The Skywalker saga may be over, but there are enough books to keep Star Wars fans satisfied for years to come. Chad, Ryan, and Beth have started a series to keep you up to date on all the action. Join our book club as we run down the best that canon, legends, and comics have to offer.

For our first episode we’re starting with one of the most iconic characters of the star wars legends recently brought back to canon: Grand Admiral Thrawn. Listen in as we discuss the first two books in the Thrawn trilogy. Don’t worry, we’ll be talking about the third book and the original series next time.

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Needless Things Podcast 300 – The Mandalorian Season One or: Baby Yoda and His Fabulous Friends

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Fans have been hearing about the possibility of live action Star Wars television shows for decades. In November of 2019, as part of the launch of Disney’s new streaming service, we finally got one. While not on a network or even cable, The Mandalorian, is a weekly episodic series that eschews the saga of the Skywalkers and examines life in a galaxy far, far away from a different perspective.

Listen in as Dave and the Execute Chapter 66 crew (minus Beth, who was recovering from a fight with a mudhorn) discuss the premiere season of The Mandalorian on the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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The 5 Best Star Wars Video Games

We’ve all got Star Wars fever right now. I kind of have it all the time if I’m honest. Despite the initial bad reviews of The Rise of Skywalker I’m all in. It’s just that my life in retail hell won’t allow me to see the movie this weekend. I hope to see it sometime next week, but who knows. Until after New Year’s Day my schedule sucks. So I won’t be on the podcast Dave, Chad, Arian, and Schweck are recording this weekend. I take comfort in the fact that we will be able to start recording our podcast about Star Wars books shortly after the new year starts though. In the meantime, to help you all get even more hyped for the new movie I’ve complied a list of the best Star Wars games I’ve played. Not the best of all time, but the best I’ve played. Some of these were arcade only, some are from rather old consoles, but don’t let that stop you from picking up any Star Wars game that makes you happy to kill some time.

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Needless Things Minicast Episode 15 – Star Wars: The Vintage Collection The Mandalorian AT-ST Raider Unboxing w/ Phantom, Jr.

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Dave and Phantom, Jr. open and review an exclusive vehicle from Hasbro’s Star Wars Vintage Collection!

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Needless Things Minicast Episode 14 – Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Imperial TIE Fighter Unboxing w/ Phantom, Jr.

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Dave and Phantom, Jr. open and review an exclusive starship from Hasbro’s Star Wars Vintage Collection!

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Needless Things Podcast 295 – May the Toys Be With You

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Dave and Head of Research Ryan Schweck dive into everything that’s happened in the world of Star Wars toys since Triple Force Friday, as well as sharing some thoughts on The Mandalorian!

October 4th, 2019 was the launch date for the newest barrage of Star Wars merchandise, only this time Disney was tying their products into not just one, not two, but three new media projects.
The first, obviously, was December 20th’s Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. This is the latest cinematic Star Wars release and the conclusion of the so-called “Skywalker Saga” that began with Star Wars in 1977.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a new video game from publisher Electronic Arts. It was released on November 15th, 2019 and so far has seen a positive reception.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, after decades of speculation and false starts, the first-ever live action Star Wars show debuted on the Disney+ streaming service on November 12th.
Each of these landmarks in the era of Disney Star Wars has waves of merchandise currently available. Starting with the main rollout in October and followed by seemingly weekly additions by way of exclusives and new reveals, Hasbro, Funko, and many other manufacturers have flooded the market with new and exciting products.
PLUS! A very special Christmas memory from Dave’s Mom!
Listen in as Ryan and Dave take a close look at the last two months of Star Wars on the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
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The Geeky Gift Guide

Someone at work was trying to talk to me about this year’s Oprah’s Favorite Things list and using it to do their holiday shopping. I could not make her understand how much I don’t care what Oprah does or doesn’t like. I’m a nerd and I don’t need whatever throw blanket or lounge pajamas she likes this year. Or any year for that matter. I checked around for lists of gifts for nerds, but most of those had too much un-fun tech stuff. I kind of want a robot vacuum, but I definitely don’t want one for Christmas. I decided to put my own geeky list together for anyone who needs help picking out a present for their favorite dork. Okay so this is a list of things that I really want for myself, but I think a lot of this stuff is universal. I’m not getting paid to advertise anything here. I just included links in case any of these goodies strike your fancy.

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Toy Review – Star Wars Black Series Mandalorian, Cara Dune, & IG-11 from Hasbro

SPOILER WARNING – THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE DISNEY+ PROGRAM THE MANDALORIAN

As you’ll be seeing over the course of the month, Triple Force Friday got me a little more than I expected.

Due to the impending conclusion of the Skywalker Saga and the recent launch of The Mandalorian. Star Wars is going to be getting a little extra love here on Needless Things. And I’m glad I did get seduced by the marketing because I’ve ended up with some of the best Star Wars toys ever. Unfortunately it’s a mix of Black Series and Vintage Collection, but in this day and age you take what you can get or you stop collecting. And I think we all know that I’m not about to stop collecting.

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I’m Not Getting Disney+…Yet

I did not jump on Disney+ the instant it became available. I feel wrong for this, but I don’t know that I’ll be getting it for foreseeable future. I’m not as excited about it as I probably should be, and I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Taking a long hard look at the launch line up did explain a few of my misgivings to me though. The list is way too long for me to copy here so I’ll just throw up a link if you want to check it out. Strangely, the biggest thing to jump out at me was that I never knew the Brave Little Toaster went to Mars. Where the hell was I when this historic space mission went down?
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At first I thought maybe I wasn’t the right demographic. I don’t have kids, and I don’t want to watch Cinderella. I felt like I might be too old for it because I’m not interested in Lizzie McGuire. Then again, maybe I’m too young since I don’t want to watch Darby O’Gill and the Little People either. I am also not a fan of any Pixar movie. I’m a monster, I know. They do certainly have things I like. Marvel, The Simpsons, and Star Wars are all things I include in my fandom. Here’s the thing though. For now FXX shows around 6 episodes of The Simpsons five nights a week. I’m not sure how that will change with Disney+ taking over the territory. So I can see The Simpsons pretty much anytime I want without paying anything extra. If I see that they’ll be taken off FXX then I’ve still got time to get some of my favorites onto my DVR. I own every Marvel movie I’d want to watch again, and if I do get a wild hair up my ass for something I don’t already own my father has every single one of them on his computer hard drive. I can get a copy of Iron Man 2 pretty easily if that desire ever comes up. It probably won’t, but it’s there if that were to happen. Would I like to watch some varying degrees of awesome X-Men cartoons again? You bet, but not so much that I’m getting yet another streaming service for them. As for the newer Marvel cartoons I’m not invested. I’ve watched a few on Disney XD, but none of them really grabbed me.
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Needless Things Podcast 285 – Star Wars Halloween Special

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Welcome to the spooky season on the Needless Things Podcast!

On today’s episode the Irregulars discuss an oft-overlooked aspect of the galaxy far, far away – the horror of Star Wars!
From bizarre aliens to scary swamps to the indescribable horrors of blue milk, the beloved Star Wars franchise has provided more than its fair share of chills. Horror comes in many forms and this week’s special episode of the Needless Things Podcast will take a look at some of the ways George Lucas’ unstoppable pop culture juggernaut has explored the genre.
Listen in as Dave, Beth, Ryan, and Chad share the things that spooked them the most a long time ago (or perhaps even now)!
PLUS – Dave announces the winner of the first 2019 Needless Things Halloween Prize Pack and the prize for next week! So follow @needlessthingspodcast on Instagram for your chance to win!
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