Avatar news has been a bit slow, but yesterday the Daily Mail posted a few quotes from Brendan Cowell. While it isn’t much, it is a tiny bit of Avatar goodness, so I wanted to share. If you aren’t familiar with Brendan, it was first revealed that Brendan would be joining the cast of Avatar back in 2019. He will be playing the Captain of a private sector fishing vessel, and his character is named Mick Scoresby. This is the extent of the information that has been released about Captain Scoresby so far. Here are his quotes from the interview–
“I can say I play a character who is on the water. Yes, we shot in New Zealand. Yes, James Cameron is directing it. Yes, I worked with Jemaine Clement. The fact cinemas could open… it could be such a gift to the world, of this enormous visual and emotional spectacular. It’s really something special; [Cameron is] really something special. And from what I’ve seen, which is not a lot, it’s glorious.”
If you are wanting to start learning the Na’vi language, or are simply looking to connect with other Avatar fans then you need to come check out Kelutral.org. Over the past 11 years many of the fan communities have dried up. However Kelutral has a very active community, it’s a welcoming place, and you don’t have to speak any Na’vi to be a part of the chat. It’s also growing, and will continue to do so as we move closer and closer to the sequels. At the beginning of this year they hosted an online Avatar Con called Omaticon. There were games, trivia, two guest speakers, a community movie viewing, a Na’vi drawing lesson, and lots else. It was a lot of fun and a great break from all the stuff we’ve dealt with the last couple of years in the world. You won’t want to miss out on the next Omaticon.
If you’d like some really cool Avatar merch and want to help out Kelutral in the process you can swing by their Etsy shop. They have some really great shirts, hoodies, hats, and now have hand made ikran bracelets. Many of the items feature the Kelutral logo which is a top notch design. I can personally vouch for the quality of the products. What’s even better is some are eco-friendly, with the t shirts being 100% recycled fabric. You can view their Etsy Store here -> Kelutal Etsy
This post is going to be a little different, but different in a good way. Courtney Rosemont has spent the last few years working hard on the Avatar sequels. Since none of them have been released yet you may not yet have heard of her, but one day soon we will all get to see her hard work pay off. Until that happens you can help her out by checking out a children’s book she just had published. Thats right, not only has she been working hard on Avatar but she also is a published children’s author. Her new book is called, Howie Wash Your Paws. If you have a child, have a young family member, or have friends with children, this would make a fun addition to their bookshelf. The book features Howie in a rhyming story about cleaning your paws throughout the day. It features illustrations by Roberto Rivera, and is 36 pages long.
You can order a copy now at Amazon, I personally snagged two and they’ll be here Friday, I can’t wait to check it out and I’m so proud of Courtney, she’s such a hardworking, talented, and kind person. If you don’t have a need for a children’s book, don’t worry, you can help spread the word to others who might on social media. So far the book is off to a great start, and is the #1 Children’s book in its category on Amazon.
You can follow Courtney and Howie on their socials-
Courtney – Howie – Howie Tales
Howie Wash Your Paws
Back in May of 2019 a new Avatar book showed up on Amazon titled, The World of Avatar: A Visual Celebration. At that time it was slated to be released October 1st, 2019. That was later pushed back to October of 2020 due to an Avatar 2 delay. The book has now been updated on Amazon with a current release date of March 1st, 2022. It also has been updated with a three new photos of the books pages, if you’d like to see the original photos and book summary posted on Amazon, check out our previous post from 2019- The World of Avatar: A Visual Celebration
The new book summary has also changed ever so slightly from the previous listing-
Celebrate the first decade of James Cameron’s Avatar and the beginnings of an epic cinematic journey.
Delve into the majestic world of Pandora and discover the incredible wealth of creativity that led this story to become the highest-grossing film of all time and the winner of three Academy Awards.
The World of Avatar celebrates, explores and explains the spectacular world of Pandora – its extraordinary geology, flora and fauna, and the customs and beliefs of its people, the mysterious Na’vi. The book uniquely covers key content from all aspects of the burgeoning franchise. It combines original movie stills and artwork with stunning imagery from Cirque du Soleil’s Avatar-inspired show Toruk: The First Flight; Disney World’s Pandora–The World of Avatar; and the Dark Horse comic book series Tsu’tey’s Path.
Concluding with a preview of a new Avatar era, this rich, in-world guide will fuel excitement for the long-awaited release of Avatar 2 in December 2022.
As it did back in 2019, this book looks like it will be filled with Avatar goodness, I can’t wait to learn more about all things Avatar. I highly suggest pre-ordering now, the price was originally $19.99 back in 2019 but has now gone up to $21.99. You can pre-order from Amazon here- The World of Avatar: A Visual Exploration
In May of 2012 Hot Toys released Jake Sully. He was 1/6th scale and in my opinion the most lifelike representation we have received from the movie Avatar for any of the characters. At 18″ tall he felt great in hand, was poseable, had lifelike eyes, and a fantastic paint job. There was rumor of a future Neytiri release but since it was already two and a half years from the release of Avatar it never came to fruition. That has always been a huge hole in my collection as having this amazing Jake Sully figure without Neytiri is like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with no jelly, it just stinks. I have anxiously awaited Hot Toys or the fan community to create a worthy Neytiri to go along with Jake. An Avatar fan by the username of Fierox was the first person I saw working towards that goal. He had been making some amazing 3D models of Jake and Neytiri and was sharing them on his Deviant Art page and on the Avatar Forum, Tree of Souls. Eventually he started working towards taking the Neytiri model and making it a working 1/6th scale figure that could be 3D printed and cast, molded, and possibly sold. I was very interested, however an issue arose that was out of Fierox hands during development, and the project ended up stalling. He had come a long ways and created a unique looking and well designed Neytiri. You can check out his progress posts on Fierox Deviant Art, and on a thread he started on Tree of Souls.
After things didn’t work out with the Fierox version of Neytiri I didn’t see any more attempts by fans until 2019. I stumbled across a 1/6th scale customizer who goes by MB Custom Figures. I saw on his Facebook page that back in 2017 he had created his own 1/6th scale Neytiri, and she looked great. After speaking to MB I found out he was working on updating that figure and working some kinks out. So I followed his work on Facebook and stayed in contact with the hope one day I’d be able to purchase a Neytiri for myself. In September of 2020 MB was ready to take orders and I put my name in for one. He kept me updated with photos, messages, and videos along the journey until Neytiri was finished and shipped. I really can’t express how great she is, the tiny details are incredible, and she looks even better than the Hot Toys Jake. The level of detail and care that went into hand crafting her is evident, and MB was professional and courteous. You can check out MB’s Facebook and see what else he’s been working on and his other versions of Neytiri. I was able to choose between 3 heads, and a couple different versions of her movie accurate looks. I choose to go with a face and look that would match Jake. That is why she has her warpaint look with a subdued facial expression.
Hot Toys Jake Sully with Fierox Neytiri (picture from ToS)
Hot Toys Jake Sully
Hot Toys Jake Sully next to MB Custom Figures Neytiri
Last summer we were supporting a Lego set creation by Bulldoozer. If he was able to get his Avatar inspired Lego set to 10,000 likes then he would be able to get the set reviewed, after being reviewed he would have the possibility the set would be produced for sale. Through the support of all of the amazing Avatar and Lego fans out there he was able to reach his 10,000 likes mark. He recently found out however the set wasn’t accepted to be produced. What a bummer, I was really pulling for him, but perhaps this means Disney has good reasons to allow it not to be made. Perhaps they are working on their own Lego sets, or have an agreement with a competitor such as Mega Construx. I thought the public announcement he made was great however and wanted to share-
Avatar: The Illuminated World of Pandora
This is a letter that was shared by James Cameron back on July 23, 2020. I never posted or spoke on it at the time, what else was there to say? We were in the middle of a pandemic with no end in sight, the sequels were going to suffer yet another delay, and it was a frightening time for many. Almost a year later as I look back I can say I’m glad this delay happened. I want James Cameron, Jon Landau, and the rest of the crew working on these sequels to be able to make them the best possible version that they can. I also want them to be safe, and at that time there were so many questions and very few answers in regards to Covid. I’m thankful with time they were able to overcome and complete the live action and motion capture to Avatar 2 and 3. It’s also nice to see improvements in the fight against Covid-19 with mass roll outs of vaccines. I realize there are places and countries still struggling mightily with the virus and many people have been deeply affected. My heart and my prayers go out to those people affected. I hope by December 16, 2022 that Covid will be a thing of the past and we can gather together in our theaters and watch Avatar 2 in celebration of Avatars arrival and Covid-19s departure.
Oel ngati kameie ma frapo.
There is some really exciting news for those of us who have been patiently waiting for Avatar: Pandora Rising to launch. This week a new update was sent to current users and it included some very interesting details. The update shared that on Wednesday June 9th, the current game will be removed from app stores for new players, and the ability to make in-app purchases will be disabled. Following that the next phase of development will be implemented, making some major changes to the game. There is a plan to bring the current players into the next phase of the game, although it’s not specific if you will be able to keep your current progress or not. It is highly encouraged you link your Facebook account and take a picture of your PID in your player profile as a precaution against losing progress. That leads me to believe you will keep your current progress when the game gets it’s official global launch. It sounds like we are getting really close to a point where everyone will soon be able to play Pandora Rising together.
You can read the full update here- https://avatarpandorarising.com
Avatar social media has shared several photos of the many women who’ve helped make Avatar a success in honor of International Women’s day. So first let me say thank you to all the amazing women out there, I hope you all have someone to appreciate you on this day of honor and recognition.
One of the photos posted today by Avatar was of Dr. Augustine. I did a little digging and we have seen her with what appears to be the same blue and white shirts while in The Shack. That leads me to believe this is a flashback scene, however how is she able to breath without a mask, is this a controlled environment she had on Pandora or are there areas the humans can breath without a mask, what kind of plant is this, it looks really interesting with that bright green light, is this going to be a flashback or will Grace be alive again some how? The Avatar social media accounts haven’t made any mention of the new photo specifically so there doesn’t seem to be any new information on it just yet. I am heavily leaning towards flashback though.
Here we can see Grace in The Shack from a screenshot in Avatar 1. She appears to be wearing what seems to be the very same shirts just without the tan vest.
For good measure this was posted on 4/29/20 by Jon Landau. This one also looks like a flash back, again in The Shack. We saw Grace and Norm both wearing these clothes in Avatar 1. For reference Grace had this outfit on when she was shot by Quaritch, and Norm can be seen with his tank on during the final battle scenes.