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Lego Con 2022

Lego Con 2022

Officially announced yesterday at Lego Con 2022, was our first official look at an Avatar Lego set, Toruk Makto and the Tree of Souls. It was a fun presentation with Jon Landau kicking things off, followed by Josh Izzo being at Lego Con to talk about the set, no direct embeds were allowed on this video, however the link below should take you right to the start of the Avatar portion-

https://youtu.be/ZHSnx-smuUA?t=3355

I think Lego is an awesome brand, very high quality products that also is reflected in the price. I didn’t think I’d have any desire to grab any Lego sets until I watched the Lego Con stream. However after watching my mind was changed. This is such a fun looking set and it’s obvious a lot of thought and care went into designing it, I love the pa’li (direhorse) that is included, the toruk (Great Leonopteryx) is truly epic in size, and the mini figs, they look phenomenal. This set comes with Mo’at, Neytiri, Jake Sully as Toruk Makto, and Tsu’Tey. This set is supposed to be the largest of the Avatar sets that have been teased so far, and is $149.99 USD. With the hype for Avatar increasing as the original movie rereleases into theaters, and as Avatar 2 approaches I expect a lot of the merchandise to fly off the shelves this year. So if you want to make sure you get one you can preorder one now through Lego.com, which shows the set will ship out by October 1 of 2022. You can preorder it here-https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/toruk-makto-tree-of-souls-75574

While the other upcoming releases weren’t covered during Lego Con, here is a list of all known Avatar Lego sets so far-

Neytiri & Thanator vs. AMP Suit 75571: $39.99 | 560 pieces
Jake and Neytiri First Flight on a Banshee 75572: $54.99 | 572 pieces
Floating Mountains 75573: $89.99 | 887 pieces
Toruk Makto and the Tree of Souls 75574: $149.99 | 1,212 pieces

 

 

 

 

 

 

CinemaCon Recap-Avatar and Avatar 2 news

CinemaCon Recap-Avatar and Avatar 2 news

Here is a CinemaCon review of the Avatar 2 panel. If you’d like to read more about the details of the panel or the Avatar theater re-release I’ll link a couple more articles below. Some really exciting stuff announced today, however no trailer is available for the public just yet.

• Avatar 2 has an official title, Avatar:The Way of Water

• A trailer was shown to the audience, however it’s not available to the public yet

•The trailer had very little dialogue and showed various world elements of Pandora and a lot of underwater footage 

•The trailer will be shown before Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, premiering May 6th

•It’s expected the trailer will be shown online a week after Doctor Strange debuts

• The film is set a decade after the first film

• James Cameron prepared a prerecorded video in which he expressed excitement for the world to see the sequel film

• Jon Landau was in attendance and spoke about Jake and Neytiri’s family being the focus of the sequels

• Avatar will re-release into theaters on September 23rd with remastered audio and video

• Avatar:TWOW will release on December 16th

https://gizmodo.com/avatar-2-trailer-description-the-way-of-water-cinemacon-1848849670

https://www.ign.com/articles/avatar-2-is-officially-titled-avatar-the-way-of-water-remastered-avatar-1-hits-theaters-in-september

Avatar 2 trailer and footage expected at CinemaCon

Avatar 2 trailer and footage expected at CinemaCon

“Expect teasers and footage for Avatar 2 (yes, it’s really happening).”

-The Hollywood Reporter

Source-

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-features/cinemacon-box-office-recovery-summer-films-1235128586/

For several years we have gotten new updates and information about Avatar and it’s upcoming sequels from CinemaCon, directly from James Cameron and Jon Landau. Well it looks like this year we are getting something even better, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter we are supposed to get a trailer and footage from Avatar 2. CinemaCon isn’t months away, or even weeks away, it starts next week! It starts this coming Monday, April 25th, and runs through Thursday the 28th. It is the official Con of The National Association of Theater Owners and is held in Las Vegas. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us. This also will help us needlessly buying a ticket to another movie just to see the new Avatar trailer. I’m excited to be able to watch it and comb through it frame by frame from the comfort of my home.

 

Avatar: Adapt or Die

Avatar: Adapt or Die


As we enter further into the year of Avatar 2 we get our newest bit of Avatar media announced, Avatar: Adapt or Die from Dark Horse Comics. This is a 6 part series with issue one releasing on May 4th, 2022. So even us Avatar fans can have a good Star Wars day this year.

Decades into the advent of the Avatar program on Pandora, pressure to bridge the divide between human and Na’vi has hit a peak. As an ally of the Omatikaya clan, Dr. Grace Augustine begins negotiations to open a school for Na’vi children, but her plans for peace, hope, and unity could trigger an unprecedented disaster—one afflicting the most vulnerable and protected of Na’vi.

This sounds like a story diving further into the lore of Avatar 1. I love seeing things that happened off screen expanded upon. So I am very excited to see more of this book. I’m going to assume we will get more of the Neytiri/Sylwanin backstory from this as well, which I am very happy about. It will also be interesting seeing the Na’vi learn English from Grace at her school.

As more details are announced, previews shared, and preorders open up, well be sharing that info as well.

Screen Rant broke this story today, check their article out here- https://screenrant.com/avatar-pandora-adapt-or-die-miniseries-exclusive/amp/

Big thanks for sharing this to the community- @stevensullyshepard

Was Ninat in Avatar?

Was Ninat in Avatar?

I recently came across an old thread on the Tree of Souls forum titled, What do you think Ninat looks like? I must say that old threads like this hit me hard with the fun nostalgia hammer, there were so many things we didn’t and still don’t know about Avatar back then. However some of these questions have been answered in the years since. This is one of those question that has, we got some beautiful character art of Ninat when Pandora Rising was released. So we know what she looks like, however we aren’t sure if she shows up in Avatar the movie, so this is a topic I wanted to touch on. My guess is just that, my guess, this is totally for fun.

If you do a google search of Ninat you will come across speculation from various fans and sites who seem to agree the best possible guess for who Ninat is happens to be this lovely Na’vi to Neytiri’s right (I’ll refer to right vs left from our perspective as the movie viewer). This is by far the best shot we have of her face, the other screen shots I can get are just slightly different angles of this shot here.

It’s a logical guess, especially going off the lack of information we had at the time it was made. Which was simply her name, that she was the best singer, and that she could have been a potential mate for Jake. This particular photo is during the scene with the Omatikaya clan leaving their destroyed home and meeting at the Tree of Souls, which happens just before Jake shows up as Toruk Makto. However since we got a look at Ninat from the Pandora Rising game, I believe she could actually be the Na’vi on the left of Neytiri. As there are two Na’vi in this scene singing with Neytiri. Below we can see the three Na’vi women. Something else that makes sense in my mind is that the best singer would be in the middle vs on the end.

The 3 singers, including Neytiri.

Now let’s review what Ninat looks like in the art from Pandora Rising. Something important to note, this art is high quality, the pieces that depict characters we already know, such as Jake or Neytiri, look just like their movie counterparts. So I’m very confident if Ninat was in the movie she looked very close to this in the face.

When I study Ninats face and compare with the two women singing with Neytiri, I do think she is possibly the Na’vi to the left. The Na’vi woman on the right has a very uniquely shaped face, and her stripes don’t match at all. While the photos of the Na’vi to the right aren’t the greatest closeups, they show me enough to make me think she is not Ninat.

Neytiri with the singer to her left.

Ninat, the Na’vi to the right of Neytiri, and the Na’vi to the left.

The three best shots of the Na’vi who I believe to be Ninat, the left Na’vi. The stripe patterns don’t match up exactly with this singer either, that could be because there aren’t the highest of screen shots available so the artist took some liberties, or their is the possibility neither of these are Ninat. However I feel like if Ninat survived the Hometree destruction, which we don’t know, but if she did, as the best singer of the Omatikaya she would have been one of these two up front leading the singing for the clan. Looking at the face shape and what little information we have to go by, my best guess that this is in fact Ninat. Could I be wrong, absolutely, but they look very similar.

I’m curious what other fans think, Left, Right, or neither?

 

 

Empire: Meet Spider, Jake And Neytiri’s Adopted Human Son

Empire: Meet Spider, Jake And Neytiri’s Adopted Human Son

Photo Credit: Empire Online

Empire Online gave us a sneak peek into an Avatar 2 article that will be featured in their upcoming February issue. The article focuses on Jack Champion who plays “Spider” in the sequels. Not much was known about the character outside of a few previously shown photos, but the article sheds some new details on the character.

  • Jake and Neytiri have a family, featuring 3  Na’vi children*, and an adopted human, Miles “Spider” Socorro
  • It’s worth noting that Spiders first name has changed, originally it was Javier Socorro as shown in the photo from 2017 below
  • Spider was born on the military base on Pandora (Hells Gate I assume)
  • He was too small to return to Earth (possibly an issue with the cryo affecting a young child)
  • Jake took him in, Neytiri see’s him as one of the people who destroyed her home and killed Eytukan

“This time around, we’re taking Jake and Neytiri and building the most universal theme of all around them. Which is family. Jake comes from the human world, Neytiri from the Na’vi world. So, they’re like a modern mixed-race couple, raising kids who perhaps feel they don’t belong to one world or another.”

Jon Landau

From left to right: Jack Champion (Javier “Spider” Socorro), Trinity Bliss (Tuktirey of the Sully Family), Bailey Bass (Tsireya of the Metkayina Clan), Jamie Flatters (Neteyam of the Sully Family), Britain Dalton (Lo’ak of the Sully Family), Filip Geljo (Aonung of the Metkayina Clan), and Duane Evans Jr (Rotxo of the Metkayina Clan).

*The three Na’vi children the Sully family consists of-

Jamie Flatters: Neteyam (neh-tay’-ahm), Jake and Neytiri’s first born son.
Britain Dalton: Lo’ak (loh’ ahk), Jake and Neytiri’s second born son.
Trinity Bliss: Tuktirey: (took-tee’-ray), goes mostly by “Tuk” (rhymes with “nuke”). She is youngest of the Sully family.

This Facebook post from 8/27/20 makes a lot more sense now, before we had no idea why “Spider” was being included in the Sully family.

Two additional photos that have been shown of Spider-

You can read the Empire article in it’s entirety here- https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/avatar-2-spider-jake-neytiris-adopted-human-son-exclusive-image/

Purchase the February issue of Empire here- https://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/single-back-issues/

Total Film: Avatar Preview

Total Film: Avatar Preview

The newest Total Film magazine released today, and as promised included more information on Avatar 2. I will say the best details were included in yesterdays teaser, however we still learned some new information and they shared an amazing piece of art, and a photo that wasn’t discussed in the article, my best guess is that it is a Metkayina necklace.

The article starts off by covering the Jon Landau quotes and narrative we shared in yesterdays post. Then Jon goes on to say that the sequels are going to take advantage of HDR, a higher resolution, and brighter light levels. All with the objective to help the 3D picture look better. He emphasized that they want Avatar 2 to be an amazing cinematic experience. Landau went on to say that they aren’t out to beat Avatars box office record, they want to make a great movie people want to see in theaters.

If you want to read the whole article, you can purchase the issue digitally for $3.99-https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/total-film-magazine/id451467025

(Photo Illustration by Andy Fairhurst)

 

(Image credit: Disney, Games Radar+/Total Film)

 

 

Total Film: Avatar 2 teaser

Total Film: Avatar 2 teaser

(Image credit: Disney, Games Radar+/Total Film)

Tomorrow, 12/8/21, the magazine Total Film is set to release their January issue that includes a preview article on Avatar 2. Today a portion of that article was released as a teaser. Here are the quotes from that article, taken directly from Avatar 2 producer Jon Landau-

“The scripts are the blueprint from which we work. So a large portion of our time was writing… with the challenge that each of those four scripts had to individually resolve itself in a story that concludes with a big emotional resolution – but when you look at them as a whole, the connected story arc of all four movies creates an even larger epic saga.”

“I think the story of Avatar 2, and the strength of the story, is what Jim always does in any of his movies: he writes in universal themes that are bigger than any one genre. And if you think about this, there’s really no more universal theme than family. At the center of each of our sequels is the Sully family. What are the dynamics that parents go through to protect their family?”

“The Sullys’ idyllic life is disrupted when the RDA mining operation returns to Pandora, forcing Jake to take the family to what is perceived as a safe harbor at the reef. And when you get to the reef, there’s a clan we call the Metkayina. The Sullys are no longer in the environment that they know, the rainforest. They become the fish out of water. They become the fish out of water both culturally and just environmentally.”

Link to the preview article in it’s entirety-https://www.gamesradar.com/avatar-producer-teases-the-four-sequels-the-connected-story-arc-creates-an-even-larger-epic-saga/

Purchase a digital copy of Total Film tomorrow to read the rest of the article. Simply download the Total Film app from the iTunes App store here-https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/total-film-magazine/id451467025

 

January 22 issue of EW to give exclusive look at Avatar 2

January 22 issue of EW to give exclusive look at Avatar 2

The cover for the January 22 issue of Entertainment Weekly has been shown. Blink and you could have missed this…

Avatar 2 season is starting to ramp up, I’ll admit I have never been a subscriber of Entertainment Weekly, but I saw the issues normally debut a couple weeks before the listed cover month. So keep your eye out for this in another two weeks right at mid December. I cannot wait to see what they show us. *Update* I have confirmed this issue will release on newsstands December 17th.

You can currently subscribe to the magazine through Amazon for only $5 for your first year. Might be a great idea for the Avatar fan as EW will probably have more Avatar features in the coming months leading up to the Avatar 2 release.

https://www.amazon.com/Meredith-Corporation-Entertainment-Weekly/dp/B0037STB02

If the digital route is more your style you can download the EW app here, and will be able to purchase the issue when it drops.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/entertainment-weekly-magazine/id475466600

Here is a look at the full January 2022 cover-

Tech Noir: The Art of James Cameron

Tech Noir: The Art of James Cameron

James Cameron has a new book, Tech Noir,  set to come out this December 14th, 2021. It covers rare and never before seen commercial and personal art from James’ collection. The book is up for preorder now from Amazon and is currently $72.50 for a hardback edition. I am really curious how much Avatar art that we’ve never seen will be included. Amazon has a few preview pages listed, but none of them are unseen art, however that doesn’t mean there won’t be some really great new pieces in the book.

Preorder-https://www.amazon.com/Tech-Noir-Art-James-Cameron/dp/1683838785

From the Amazon listing-

Explore the creative evolution of James Cameron through this exclusive journey into his personal art archives, showcasing a range of rare and never-before-seen works from the acclaimed director’s private collection.

James Cameron has blazed a trail through the cinematic landscape with a series of groundbreaking films that have each become deeply embedded in the popular imagination. But while Cameron has created and employed advanced filmmaking technologies to realize his unique vision, his process of creative ideation began with pen, pencil, and paints long before he picked up a camera.

Cameron displayed remarkable ability at an early age, filling sketchbooks with illustrations of alien creatures, faraway worlds, and technological wonders. As he grew older, his art became increasingly sophisticated, exploring major themes that would imbue his later work—from the threat of nuclear catastrophe to the dangers inherent in the development of artificial intelligence. Working in the film industry in his twenties, Cameron supported himself by illustrating theatrical posters and concept art for low-budget films before creating the visionary concept pieces that would help greenlight his first feature, The Terminator.

For the first time, Tech Noir brings together a dazzling and diverse array of personal and commercial art from Cameron’s own collection, showcasing the trajectory of ideas that led to such modern classics as The TerminatorAliensTitanic, and Avatar. Including everything from his earliest sketches through to unrealized projects and his acclaimed later work, this book features the filmmaker’s personal commentary on his creative and artistic evolution throughout the years.

A unique journey into the mind of a creative powerhouse, Tech Noir is the ultimate exploration of one of cinema’s most imaginative innovators.