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Month: July 2022

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Delayed until 2023-2024

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Delayed until 2023-2024

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora the next gen game being developed by Ubisoft will be delayed past 2022. With very little information coming out about the game in the past year, sadly this isn’t a huge surprise to me. However it is a big let down, only because I am so looking forward to exploring Pandora virtually, and hoped I’d be doing so even before Avatar: The Way of Water came out. The game was first announced in 2017 and Ubisoft has said it won’t arrive before April of 2023 at the earliest. April is the start of Ubisofts next fiscal year, and it’s expected between April 2023-March 2024. I do want them to take their time and make this game be as great as I know it can. I’d rather have a delay than see it come out on time but not be up to par. I know Covid has impacted the ability of talent to come to the office and work directly on the game, as we’ve seen with so many facest of our lives, Covid has really made everything more difficult.

“We want to make [Avatar] a video game industry brand. It is important for us that we come with something that is perfect.”

-Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot

McFarlane Toys SDCC-Avatar Ikran/Banshee Reveled

McFarlane Toys SDCC-Avatar Ikran/Banshee Reveled

We got a quick reveal of 3 ikrans coming from McFarlane toys at the end of SDCC yesterday. There is two scales, like there was with Mattel and the first movie line of figures. Todd showed off a small ikran with limited size, looked very similar to the size of the old Mattel ikrans, probably for figures in the 3.75” scale, however the paint was even better than the Mattel figures we had, which were actually really solid in their own right. Then Todd showed the larger size, looks like it would scale perfectly with 6” to 7” figures, we didn’t get creatures in this scale in the original

line, the ikran he showed are HUGE, with wingspans a bit wider than a grown man’s shoulders. One was Jake’s ikran and the other was Seze, Neytiri’s. Nothing else was revealed but we should learn much more at D23 this coming September. It was really exciting finally getting a peek at this line, I’m super excited to see what McFarlane releases in this line.

SDCC 2022- New Avatar Lego Sets Shown

SDCC 2022- New Avatar Lego Sets Shown

Lego was at San Diego Comic Con this weekend and unveiled four new Avatar sets. Three of the sets we knew were coming, and one unknown set from the Brick Headz line.

Neytiri & Thanator vs AMP Suit Quaritch-75571

https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/neytiri-thanator-vs-amp-suit-quaritch-75571

This set inspired by the end of the original Avatar movie where Neytiri confronts Quartich as he is coming close to killing Jake. It includes Neytiri and Colonel Miles Quaritch Mini figs, a build-able thanator, and AMP Suit. It also includes some color Pandoran flora to build as well. It’s 560 pieces and is listed for $44.99 with a release date of 10/1/22.

Jake & Neytiri’s First Banshee Flight-75572

https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/jake-neytiri-s-first-banshee-flight-75572

This set is inspired by the original Avatar movie when Jake take’s his first flight after he completes Iknimaya, with Neytiri by his side. It includes Jake Sully and Neytiri mini figures, plus a build-able ikran for Jake and Neytiri. Also it has build-able flora that doubles as a stand for each ikran. It is 572 pieces, will cost $59.99, is set to release on 10/1/22, and can currently be pre-ordered through Lego.com. See the link above to secure your set.

Floating Mountains: Site 26 & RDA Samson-75573

https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/floating-mountains-site-26-rda-samson-75573

This set is inspired by Site 26 from the original Avatar movie, it was a remote site set up high in the Hallelujah Mountains where Grace could work with less interference from the RDA powers that be. It includes Jake Sully in his human form and in his iconic yellow wheelchair, human Grace, Trudy Chacon, Jake Sully in his Avatar, and Norm Spellman in his Avatar. It has a direhorse, a build-able link shack, Trudy’s Sampson, and flora that doubles as a stand for the Sampson. The Direhorse feels a little out of place with this set at they are at a location on top of a floating mountain, but I won’t complain they included an extra. Also of note, Trudy has her warpaint on that she had during the final battle of the movie, and her Sampson is also adorned in the paint shown in the final battle. Looking through the photos it looks as if the human Jake and Grace have a reversible head, one side with a mask and one side without, Trudy also looks as if you can display her with her warpaint or without. Very cool touches, I love the attention to detail. This set is 887 pieces, will cost $99.99 and release on 10/1/22.

Jake Sully & his Avatar-40554

https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/jake-sully-his-avatar-40554

The last set shown at SDCC was from the stylized Brick Headz line. It features Jake in a build-able human form, and Avatar form. It is 246 pieces, will cost $19.99 and release on 10/1/22.

For our previous coverage of Lego Avatar sets-https://avatarsequels.com/lego-con-2022/

Empire Magazine Exclusive Avatar content

Empire Magazine Exclusive Avatar content

Over the last few days Empire Magazine has been dropping Avatar bombshells on us all, it’s really been quite amazing. From never before seen photos to new quotes and information about the Avatar sequels. This is a break down of those articles.

6/30-We got to see the two covers for the upcoming August release of Empire magazine, the standard cover has Ronal on it, and the subscriber cover has Kiri on it. This is our first official confirmation of who Kiri is. It was recently speculated that Kiri was Grace/Sigourney Weaver, we now know that Sigourney is indeed playing the character, and she is the adopted daughter of Jake and Neytiri. While that still leaves a lot to be answered about the character it was awesome getting that confirmation so quickly. If you’d like to order a copy of Empire you can do so here- https://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/empire-august-2022 It hits newsstands on 7/7/22.

7/1-Next up was a new photo showing Ronal (Kate Winslet) and Tonowari (Cliff Curtis). Kate describes Ronal as- “She is deeply loyal and a fearless leader. She is strong. A warrior. Even in the face of grave danger, and with an unborn baby on board, she still joins her people and fights for what she holds most dear. Her family and their home.” Kate also goes on to brag about her achievement of holding her breathe for 7 minutes and 14 seconds while free diving for the movie. We also learn that when Jake and Neytiri are displaced from their home and flee to the Metkayina’s waterworld, we are supposed to expect friction, drama, and conflict. It’s not going to be easy for the Sully family.

7/1-Also on July first we learned more about Sigourney Weaver playing Kiri, and got a new photo. The photo is very interesting, showing Kiri watching a video of Grace, further cementing the theory that she isn’t simply a new character played by Sigourney, but has serious ties to Grace herself. Recently a few of us theorized on who Kiri could be among other things, all that information was put together in a lovely blog post by EanaUnil and can be read here- https://layonyayo.com/clearing-up-the-confusion-about-the-children-avatar-2-the-way-of-water/

In this article we are told there are things about Kiri that we need to know. The only thing we haven’t already discussed however is that she’s a Na’vi. Which is very interesting as we can see she has 5 fingers and toes through photos already released, plus she still has that Grace nose that was very specific to Graces Avatar.

7/2- “What I said to the Fox regime at the time was, ‘I’ll do it, but we’ve got to play a larger game here. I don’t want to just do a movie and do a movie and do a movie. I want to tell a bigger story.’ I said, ‘Imagine a series of novels like The Lord Of The Rings existed, and we’re adapting them.’ Now, that was great in theory, but then I had to go create the frickin’ novels from which to adapt it. I had to think long and hard whether I even wanted to make another Avatar film, because it was kind of ours to lose. When you’ve done something that’s been that transcendent in terms of success, do you really want to go try and do that again? There’s a lot of pressure on it. I thought about it for a good two years before we finally made a deal.” -James Cameron, Avatar director and creator

I think what might be even more interesting that the James Cameron quotes is this photo of a Tulkun and Jake and Neytiri’s son, Lo’ak. If you remember when the Avatar Sequel titles were leaked several years back they were-

Avatar: The Way Of Water

Avatar: The Seed Bearer

Avatar: The Tulkun Rider

Avatar: The Quest For Eywa

The Way of Water has turned out to be the title they stuck with for Avatar 2, but look at what could be the title for Avatar 4, The Tulkun Rider. Could Lo’ak end up being the Tulkun Makto? That question won’t be answered for years, but it’s something to file away. The first trailer for Avatar 2 and this photo has been sure to make sure and create a connection between Lo’ak and a tulkun.

7/3- Now we have official confirmation that Quaritch is back, in an Avatar. It’s something we already knew from the trailer however again it hadn’t been touched on in an official capacity. Empire goes on to tell us that this time Quaritch is back in Na’vi form, his consciousness having been added to an avatar body. Something I want to touch on here, is they say Na’vi form, they also said that Kiri is an Na’vi, it could be they are using the word Na’vi incorrectly. Obvioulsy Avatar’s have Na’vi DNA and look roughly like them, however I think Empire is possibly using the word incorrectly with Kira and with Quaritch.

Stephen Lang goes on to say about Quaritch, “He’s bigger, he’s bluer, he’s pissed off. But there may possibly be an aspect of humility. When you take two Na’vi arrows in the chest, that’s gonna have some kind of effect on you. [He] was always a character who moved in straight lines and at right angles, but now he is as lithe as they come. He can move with the same kind of cunning and feral quality that any of the Na’vi can.”

Empire also explains that the RDA has a whole set of Recoms, aka Recombinants, which are Avatars embedded with the memories of human soldiers. So this is an explanation for who or what the new Quaritch is, and why we see him with Lyle Wainfeet in the trailer, who was also previously killed in Avatar. Jon Landau also brings up the Recoms and the RDA.  “They are coming back with an armada to take back the prized possession that they lost. This time, they’ve built an entire new city, Bridgehead, and are stripping away the resources of Pandora’s oceans and they have a weapons-spewing 3D printing facility that means they’re even more tooled-up this time around. This is RDA scale,” promises producer Jon Landau.

7/4- We got an amazing photo of the Sully family. The Sully Clan L-R-Kiri (Sigourney Weaver), Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), Neteyam (Jamie Flatters), Spider (Jack Champion), Lo’ak (Britain Dalton), Tuktirey (Trinity Bliss), and Jake Sully (Sam Worthington). We didn’t get much new information, a couple nice quotes and this fantastic photo.

“I’m a father of five. I look around, I don’t want to specifically say the Marvel Universe, or the DC Universe, at current fantasy and science-fiction and all these heroes seem unbound in the mire of relationships, the stuff that pulls you down and clips your wings, that stops you running around and risking your life. I thought, ‘What if I take these incredible characters of Jake and Neytiri and give them a family?’ That gives them feet of clay right there.” -James Cameron

“It’s about what you are teaching your children as they develop, and grow. Jake comes from the point of view of being a Marine and leans into that way of thinking because that’s what was ingrained in him about surviving. Pacifism and militarism are definitely going to come clashing.” -Sam Worthington/Jake Sully

7/4- James Cameron is unsure if he will direct Avatar 4 and 5.

“The Avatar films themselves are kind of all-consuming. I’ve got some other things I’m developing as well that are exciting. I think eventually over time – I don’t know if that’s after three or after four – I’ll want to pass the baton to a director that I trust to take over, so I can go do some other stuff that I’m also interested in. Or maybe not. I don’t know. Everything I need to say about family, about sustainability, about climate, about the natural world, the themes that are important to me in real life and in my cinematic life, I can say on this canvas. I got more excited as I went along. Movie four is a corker. It’s a mother******. I actually hope I get to make it. But it depends on market forces. Three is in the can so it’s coming out regardless. I really hope that we get to make four and five because it’s one big story, ultimately.” -James Cameron

7/5- James Cameron addresses the Avatar trolls, Avatar has made 2.84 billion and is the all time highest grossing film, after losing the spot temporarily to Avengers: Endgame. It’s set to raise that number even higher (can we say first film to reach 2 billion and 3 billion) when it’s rereleased this September (9/23/22) in the US. The first Avatar movie was 162 minutes long and Avatar 2 The Way of Water is going to be almost 3 hours in length.

“The trolls will have it that nobody gives a shit and they can’t remember the characters’ names or one damn thing that happened in the movie. Then they see the movie again and go, ‘Oh, okay, excuse me, let me just shut the f*** up right now.’ So I’m not worried about that.” “I don’t want anybody whining about length when they sit and binge-watch [television] for eight hours. I can almost write this part of the review. ‘The agonisingly long three-hour movie…’ It’s like, give me a f***ing break. I’ve watched my kids sit and do five one-hour episodes in a row. Here’s the big social paradigm shift that has to happen: it’s okay to get up and go pee.” -James Cameron