Ahead of the release of the new Ghostbusters movie, director Paul Feig (who seems to have made it his personal quest to ensure that a boatload of toys are licensed to the new characters, following the abysmal mess companies have done with female characters like Black Widow, Gamora and Rey) this week announced a Lego set which features all four of the new Ghostbusters, their car, and their receptionist.
Fro left-to-right that’d be Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy with the busting packs, along with some kind of demon thing. Chris Hemsworth, who plays their receptionist, is the one on the bike, which is called “Ecto-2”.
Now I don’t like the vehicle sets from Lego – give me a location or set any day – but I do really like how they’ve worked to make the minifigures look like the actresses who play them. The Kristen Wiig figure has a somewhat generic look, from the pictures released, but the other three all look incredibly like the cast. Nice hairpieces! This also continues my belief that Kate McKinnon’s effortlessly going to steal this film.
Spoilers below for The Force Awakens.
That’s General Leia, rather than general Leia, although I would like to see more stories about Leia in general from time to time.
Author Claudia Gray has written a canonical novel called Star Wars: Bloodline, which’ll be connecting a few dots for central character Leia Organa. Setting the story before The Force Awakens, and during a time where Leia has taken up a position on the Senate for the New Republic, this’ll likely play more into the political thriller genre than anything else. Her role as politician seems to be at the fore of the story, although as you’ll have guessed from the cover by a sadly unnamed artist above – family are coming into this one too.
No news on the role that Han or Ben Solo may or not play in the book, although we do know that some of Leia’s struggle in the narrative will come from living in the shadow cast by Darth Vader. It also sounds like she’s going to have to beat up some snotty Imperial-admiring politician doof, too, which should be fun.
Published by Del Rey, the novel will be out May 3, because…. May the Third be with you, I guess?