Episode 401 – Tony McVey – from Jar Jar to Salacious Crumb (with Tom Spina)

This week on Blast Points we are honored to be chatting with an ILM legend, the great TONY MCVEY!  Listen in as we are once again joined by Regal Robot’s Tom Spina as we all talk to Tony about his passion for monsters, movies, joining the ROTJ creature department, Salacious Crumb, and then coming back to Star Wars with The Phantom Menace.   The gorgeous debut prequel item in Regal Robot’s Archive Collection is based on Tony’s incredible Jar Jar concept maquette and we are thrilled to let him share his humor, stories and vast knowledge with you all!   So celebrate the love and listen today!  

Pick up your own JAR JAR BINKS archive collection maquette on Tuesday 5/21 ! See all the details here:

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We asked for YOUR stories of seeing The Phantom Menace back on the big screen for the 25th anniversary and you delivered! We’re playing every single one of your wonderful messages and it is total Star Wars magic. PLUS – It was the most epic May the 4th ever and we’re looking back at all the Star Wars madness that happened in there! Celebration Japan tickets, a new Acolyte trailer, Tales of the Empire and The Phantom Menace returning to theaters! It’s a lot and we’re still trying to process it all. So, listen today and celebrate the love! 

Episode 400 – The QVC Phantom Menace Spectacular 

It’s our big 400 episode of Blast Points, the 25 anniversary of The Phantom Menace AND May the 4th so there is no better way to celebrate then by watching two full hours of a QVC special from August 1999 when Episode 1 mania was sweeping the nation!   It’s hosts Lisa Robertson from QVC and the legendary Steve Sansweet showing off comics, vinyl figures, watches, figures, a Battle Droid binocular camera and so much more!   So get a dancing Jar Jar for your roommate, listen today and celebrate the love!   

Watch the QVC special here on Youtube


Episode 398 – The Yoda Arc of the Covenant

With the re-release of The Phantom Menace days away and The Acolyte being right around the corner, the time is right to talk about one of favorite things from all of Clone Wars, the season six YODA ARC!  The dark side rises and it’s all about Qui-Gon Jinn as he sends Yoda to Dagobah to prepare for what’s coming after the Clone Wars.  It’s all about Force Priestesses (or are they Whills), dark Yoda, Darth Bane and Mundi being a total grump.   Join us as we go over all of these incredible 10 year old episodes and get deep with all the cosmic force weirdness!  So follow the balls of light like Gary Busey, celebrate the love and listen today!

Star Wars.com interview with Dave Filoni on the Yoda Arc :


Clone Wars The Lost Missions Q&A from Lucasfilm videos

Episode 397 – The Birth of Star Wars – May 1976 to May 1977

In May of 1976, things looked pretty bleak for George Lucas’ big space fantasy movie. It was over schedule, over budget, nothing worked and the studio was getting nervous. Somehow in 12 months, everything changed and the movie opened to sell out crowds and became the phenomenon that continues today.   This week we are talking about all the miracles that helped make Star Wars become Star Wars.  

So get your A New Hope punchcards out, listen today and celebrate the love!

Episode 396 – Japanese George Lucas Commercial Reports with Silver (Star Wars Thrifting) and “plus one” Miranda

We all know about the legendary Japanese George Lucas commercials but have you seen the one with double the George Lucas in it?  Have you looked and him standing in the tall grass and thought about the fit of his blue jeans?  Have you read a story to your little robot friend, Sparky?  If you answered no then this episode is for you!  Listen as we’re joined once again by our friend Silver from Star Wars Thrifting and her amazing sister, Miranda and we watch the ads and discuss every one of them!   

So be surprised and entertained, celebrate the love and listen today!

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Episode 395 – The Story of The Story of The Empire Strikes Back

In 1980 if you wanted to relive The Empire Strikes Back but couldn’t make it to the theater for the 88th time, the best you could do was this Story of Empire record!  It’s the whole movie cut down to about 45 minutes and as we do, we’re taking you all with us as we listen to the whole thing!   It’s a wild journey with combined scenes, a louder then ever score and a SHOCKING revelation that we will possibly never recover from.

So thanks or no thanks, it doesn’t matter!  Celebrate the love and listen today!

Acolyte First Trailer Freakout Bonus Episode 

The first look at the highly anticipated THE ACOLYTE is here and we are talking about it and generally freaking out over this whole thing!  It’s the Age of the Acolyte and it’s all about Jedi secrets and ancient Sith mysteries!  What’s happening, where’s it going and who’s throwing a red saber around?  

So listen today & celebrate the love!  

Episode 394 – PODRACE MONTH – The Many Versions of the Podrace

As we come into the final lap of PODRACE MONTH here at Blast Points, we’re taking the time to examine something that has confused us for decades, the many versions of the podrace.   In 2009, the podrace dazzled fans when The Phantom Menace arrived in theaters but there were some who said it was too long.  So when the DVD arrived in 2001, what did George Lucas do?  He made it even longer.   And there were deleted scenes on the disc that were even longer still!   And then it changed for the blu ray and then it changed again for the 3D release,  Listen as we go over as many changes as we can and wonder how we’ll survive this year’s big re-release!  So yell some nonsense for Jabba, celebrate the love and listen today!  

Watch every version of the podrace all at once here:

watch the original theatrical version here :