Star Wars Episode VIII Is a Real Movie Now Because It Has Its Own Swag

Illustration for article titled iStar Wars Episode VIII/i Is a Real Movie Now Because It Has Its Own Swag

Rian Johnson is nearing the end of filming on Star Wars Episode VIII and, for the director, that’s now actually sunk in as being real. That’s because his movie has finally reached that all too important Star Wars milestone: merchandise.

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Johnson tweeted the following, which puts a nice period on a week that featured lots of Star Wars news.

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I mean, it’s nothing, but that’s incredibly cool. Especially because Star Wars and merchandise have a long, important relationship. Read about it here:

The now-it’s-really-real Episode VIII opens December 15, 2017.

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DISCUSSION

Pedantry warning: There is pedantry afoot!

This is likely a crew gift or other complimentary item (“swag”) and not an item meant for retail (“merchandise”).