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Pandora-The World of Avatar releases new merchandise

Pandora-The World of Avatar releases new merchandise

While the many Disney parks may be closed that hasn’t stopped Disney from rolling out some new merchandise. To kick off April Shop Disney is releasing some Pandora figures in their Wishables line. If you are new to Disney’s Wishables, they are small plush figures sometimes available as a single figure or also in blind bags where you can open one of several in a line. The Pandora line is all between 5-6 inches and includes 5 unique figures and two variants of the figures that aren’t yet known. You can purchase either, The Shaman of Songs, who is available individually, or you can get the blind bags, which includes a chance at a hexapede, viperwolf, banshee, or Na’vi sentry, and two mystery variants. These are listed as a “Limited Release” however I don’t know exact numbers.

As you can see from the links above these seem to have all sold out on the first day. I’ll be reaching out to Disney to see if more will be available or if that was it. I’ll update the post accordingly.

Pandora-The World of Avatar empty as seen from an ikran

Pandora-The World of Avatar empty as seen from an ikran

Check out this amazing photo of Pandora from an ikrans eye view. The only thing missing…all the guests. Disney has closed all it’s parks due to the COVID-19 virus and this photo just shows how empty Pandora is these days. If you want more information on the Disney closures check out this write up by Walt Disney World News Today. One thing I spy are the three Sagittaria in their pond. They look like they are ready to squirt some water at guests once again. Do you spy any stingbats (Na’vi name-riti) roosting on the mountains, or even a Na’vi lurking about? I for one would love to explore Pandora with a few close friends and no other guests, that would be a dream.

Photo Copyright @bioreconstruct

As always click on the photo for a full size view, and be sure to check out Bioreconstruct on twitter to see more of the epic Disney photos he has taken from the skies, including more pictures of Pandora- https://twitter.com/bioreconstruct.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy with plenty of supplies. Don’t forget to limit exposure to others as much as possible.

 

Update on Avatar live action filming from Jon Landau

Update on Avatar live action filming from Jon Landau

 

I applaud the decision makers at Lightstorm for doing the right thing. They want to get Avatar 2 and all the sequels out more than anyone, this is how they stay in business after all. However it sounds like they are making the best decision for the whole team staying in LA and working from there. I think it’s great they considered everyone families as well. After all these are just people, they may be struggling finding food or supplies just like the rest of us, they may be dealing with friends and family who have the virus. How can one pour their whole self into a movie when your family is thousands of miles away quarantined or even worse. If you follow any of the cast and crew on the various social media platforms send them a thoughtful message, they’ll probably appreciate it. It’s a great time to share love and compassion with one another, everyone has a lot on their plate to deal with right now.

Follow Jon on his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JonLandauLA/

Avatar Sequel filming in New Zealand delayed due to Covid-19

Avatar Sequel filming in New Zealand delayed due to Covid-19

Jon Landau spoke to the New Zealand Herald about the live action filming delay,

“If I told you we are going to know something in two weeks I’d be lying. I might not be wrong – even a broken clock is right twice a day. But I would be lying because I don’t know.

“We’ve delayed it. We had plans to come down Friday night with a group of people and start back up and we made the decision to hold off and continue working here [Los Angeles], and come down there a little bit later than we’d planned.

“We’re in the midst of a global crisis and this is not about the film industry. I think everybody needs to do now whatever we can do, as we say here, to flatten the [coronavirus] curve.”

Jon also went on to say that they would be reassessing the delay daily, and that they are trying to do whats in the best interest of the crew. He also said that even though there is a delay they will be working on getting as many minutes of film as possible to WETA who is working on all the digital effects.

You can read the full article here- NZ Herald

There is no official word yet if this will lead to another delay in the release of Avatar 2 which is currently slated for release on December 17th, 2021.

Pandora temporarily closing due to COVID-19

Pandora temporarily closing due to COVID-19

Photo Copyright: Matthew Cooper

 

Walt Disney world along with 11 other Disney properties are closing or have already closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. For Pandora (Disney World) it will be closed at the end of business hours March 15th and will stay closed through the rest of March. At that time things will be reevaluated and we will either see the park reopen or it will continue on closed until officials think public health isn’t at a significant risk by being reopened.

Most of us are already being effected by the virus indirectly, from toilet paper and hand sanitizer being scare to large runs on food and medicines. One of my good friends in the Avatar community who is Italian already has relatives with the virus and is quarantined to their home. It may not be bad in your country or area yet but stay alert to whats going on and prepare the best you can, it is spreading rapidly. It’s a great time to help one another out, and have patience with others if you are out getting food or supplies. The virus is affecting our normal daily lives either directly or indirectly and will be doing so even more in the coming days and weeks. There is lot of great information on what you can best do, I’ll share some links and hopefully it will be of some help to someone.

To show some sobering facts, as I write this article on 3/14/20 we have 142,649 confirmed worldwide cases, 5,393 deaths, affecting 135 countries. I’ll share the current statistics from the top ten countries that visit this site. The USA currently has 1,678 cases and 41 deaths. The UK has 802 cases and 10 deaths. Spain has 4,231 cases and 120 deaths. Italy has 17,660 cases and 1,268 deaths. The Netherlands has 804 cases and 10 deaths. Germany has 3,062 cases and 6 deaths. Canada has 176 cases and 1 death. France has 3,640 cases and 79 deaths. Russia has 34 cases and 0 deaths. India has 82 cases and 2 deaths. Australia has 197 cases and 3 deaths. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected, hopefully we can overcome this very soon.

CDC Website for more information on the virus-

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

WHO website-

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Map using WHO statistics showing the infections across the world-

https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/685d0ace521648f8a5beeeee1b9125cd

 

Avatar 2 Concept Art by Dylan Cole

Avatar 2 Concept Art by Dylan Cole

Also unveiled at CES 2020 by James Cameron is our first official images of concept art for Avatar 2 by artist Dylan Cole. We’ve been hearing that Avatar 2 will be heavily featuring the oceans of Pandora, and these images only reinforce that. They are quite stunning and I am more excited than ever to travel back to Pandora.

I am certain this first image is of Jake and Neytiri. Jake being an Avatar has a different body build than the Na’vi males. Here you can see how muscular this male is, who also seems to be wearing Jake’s warrior outfit. This also looks like a Neytiri model that’s been used before, and is also the one Sideshow collectibles used to create a statue of (they used the image reversed, bow in the left hand). The biggest difference being they altered where her left arm is, putting it behind Jake in this instance. I’ll include a picture of the sideshow statue I’m referencing at the end of the post. Also I really like those trees we see in the top left, I love the huge exposed roots.

This image is my favorite of the 4 we received. I’d love to know what clan this is. My first thought was this is the Tayrangi, and I’ll share why. Per www.avatar.com “Like the Kekunan, the Tayrangi are expert banshee riders. What sets them apart, however, is how the clan has adapted this relationship to its coastal surroundings. Rather than hunt game from the air, Kekunan-style, the Tayrangi will ride their banshees out over the waters of the Easter Sea to catch aquatic animals. This means they have a deep knowledge of both the air and the sea, including underwater migratory and feeding patterns. As masters of their coastal territory, they are also some of the strongest swimmers on Pandora, and revere many of the large aquatic predators in their midst.” From only having a single picture to go off of this seems like it could be the Tayrangi clan. Again this photo shows the trees I really liked in the first picture, the color of the sea is so beautiful.

Again we see that same model of Neytiri as the first image overlooking what appears to be rock type formations that go into the sea. We see two Na’vi possible spear fishing, I wonder if these are two of Jake and Neytiri’s children or members of the Metkayina reef clan. I really look forward to seeing the sea’s of Pandora all lit up with bioluminescence at night time.

I think this is my second favorite picture of the new art. Again I feel like that male on the right is Jake, with the extremely muscular torso and I believe a Na’vi male opposite of him. What is super cool is seeing them riding an ilu. If you are unfamiliar with the ilu, I’ll share what little information we have on it so far at the end of the post. This makes me think this is Jake with a member of the Metkayina clan. I love seeing the floating coastal rocks, they are a little different than the floating mountains we’ve seen, but very cool regardless.

This is the LSF Neytiri statue from Sideshow, which was based on concept art from the original Avatar and has the same pose as Neytiri in these pictures, with the image reversed.

As of now this is the only official information we have on the ilu creatures, it comes from an Avatar guide that was given out at Pandora-The World of Avatar.

 

AVTR Vision Avatar Inspired Concept art

AVTR Vision Avatar Inspired Concept art

I thought these were fantastic, they show where some of the inspiration for particular pieces of the Mercedes Benz AVTR Vision came from. I especially like the atokirina (woodsprite) inspired wheel design. Even though this is a one off design we won’t be seeing on the road there are some fascinating things that went into this car that I hope to see carry over to production models in the future.

Mercedes Benz AVTR Vision

Mercedes Benz AVTR Vision

At the 2020 Consumer electronics show Mercedes Benz unveiled the Vision AVTR. Mercedes partnered with Avatar to create something very much from Earth that is inspired by Pandora. It has some truly unique features such as, “for the first time, the revolutionary battery technology is based on graphene-based organic cell chemistry and thus completely eliminates rare, toxic and expensive earths such as metals. Electromobility thus becomes independent of fossil resources. An absolute revolution is also the recyclability by composting, which is 100% recyclable due to the materiality.” While we will never see this particular car on the road, it sounds like it is helping Mercedes progress towards a more sustainable e-car in the future. I think we can all benefit from the technology gained in creating this beautiful car. Check out the link for even more information, and enjoy the video and pictures. Mercedes AVTR Vision

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Well we made it to 2020! We are a little less than two years away from Avatar 2 and I’m excited to see what’s in store for this coming year. I know to the casual observer Avatar is currently in hiatus until closer until Avatar 2 drops, but when you look back at 2019 there were several nice Avatar experiences that happened or were continuing from previous years.

Starting in January we got the first issue of Tsu’tey’s Path from Dark Horse comics. In all the series spanned 6 issues and lasted until August.

  • We also saw the end of Toruk-The First Flight from Cirque su Soleil, the show lasted from December 2015 until June of 2019. Some of the final show was even broadcast live on Facebook by Cirque.
  • For the holidays, Pandora-The World of Avatar, got into the spirit by decorating the land with lights and ornaments.
  • Plus most recently in December we had the 10 year anniversary celebration of Avatar. The celebration included cast and crew interviews, Pandora/Disney offering limited edition merchandise and cupcakes, and a social media celebration of the film.

So while we are all waiting for the big release of Avatar 2 on 12/17/21 (only 715 days away), there have been things to keep us in the world of Avatar and revisiting Pandora. I look forward to seeing what 2020 brings us.

Today is also an extra special day for me as it’s my personal 10 year anniversary of seeing Avatar for the first time.

Hayalovay.

 

Toruk-The First Flight DVD now available online from Cirque

Toruk-The First Flight DVD now available online from Cirque

TORUK: The First Flight DVD | Cirque du Soleil

I know people have been looking for a way to get this for a decent price, and I just found it online directly from Cirque du Soleil. It is $25 plus shipping. For me I have 3 options for shipping, the first is USPS first class (arrives in 3 business days) for $3.51. The second is USPS Priority mail (arrives also in 3 business days) for $8.40. Third is USPS Priority Mail Express (arrives in 1 business day) for $26.31. So they seem to offer very reasonable shipping as well. Also taxes were $1.06, for a grand total of $29.57. Prices will obviously vary depending where you are located, but hopefully this gives you a rough idea of what to expect for total pricing.