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   30 July 2014
Jedi News Facebook Page Reaches 9000 Likes!
Reported by Mark on 30 Jul 2014 23:24

There are crazy days and there are crazy days. At 11.00am GMT we passed the 8000 mark on our Jedi News Facebook page, a figure that's taken since late 2010 to accumulate. Just over 12 hours later we passed the 9000 barrier and for that we are inordinately grateful.

So, onwards to 10,000, a target James set as a figure to aim for by the time we all meet up at Celebration Anaheim next April. Listen to the 13th episode of RADIO 1138 where he sets that lofty goal and keep liking us, keep sharing us and we'll keep working our lekku off to bring you the latest and best Star Wars news from the UK and beyond.

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Episode VII: Hamill and Ridley Make the Local Skellig Press
Reported by Team Jedi News on 30 Jul 2014 22:31

Not much to say on this one, click, enlarge and have a close look at the image to see what the Skellig local paper the Kerry's Eye had to say about the arrival on Skellig Michael of Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill for Episode VII filming.

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SDCC 2014: 501st and Friends
Reported by Mark on 30 Jul 2014 22:15

This has to take the prize as the photo of the weekend. Just check out the faces in this image and imagine where we'll be this time next year when Episode VII isn't 505 days away like it is today but a mere 140 days away. That'll be just 3360 hours, or if you prefer 201,600 minutes or 12,096,000 seconds. And we'll be counting down every single one!

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SDCC 2014: Jawa James Interviews Adam Bray, Author of Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
Reported by Mark on 30 Jul 2014 21:59

He covered a LOT of ground during San Diego Comic Con and to prove that here's Jawa James of Club Jade interviewing the author of Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide, Adam Bray.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 30 Jul 2014 21:45
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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Jedi News Facebook Page Reaches 8000 Likes!
Reported by ZakPT on 30 Jul 2014 21:30

Wahoooo! Earlier today we hit a whooping 8000 Likes on our Jedi News Facebook page page! A big thank you to all our followers for liking our page, we couldn't have done it without you! As always, we'll be trying our best to bring you the latest news from across the Star Wars galaxy 24/7 and the Jedi News Facebook page is one of the places for it.

Also want to say a great thanks to Matt Booker for helping out on the page and delivering some super news! And please share the page with friends and family! Here's to the next 1000 Likes! Thank you for your continued support, may the Force be with You!

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RADIO 1138: Episode 13
Reported by Mark on 30 Jul 2014 20:00

It's time to join Mark Newbold and James Burns for the latest episode of RADIO 1138.

You wanted the best Star Wars news, you got the best Star Wars news as we barrel roll through the stone needle in our battered T-16 to bring you the latest from Farthest From 6, news from San Diego Comic Con, chat with the delectable Ashley Eckstein, rock out with the king of sith Darth Elvis, look back to our chat with Irvin Kershner and discuss Star Wars Rebels on the 13th episode of RADIO 1138!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | RFR Landing Page | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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RUMOR: Daisy Ridley Part Of Episode VII Skellig Michael Filming
Reported by Justin on 30 Jul 2014 18:37

The latest article posted on Star Wars 7 News examines the possibility (including some photos) of actress Daisy Ridley being involved in the Episode VII filming that is currently underway on Skellig Michael island.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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RUMOR: WWE Wrestler Sheamus Linked To Episode VII
Reported by Justin on 30 Jul 2014 17:43

I'm just gonna include the first few paragraphs from this article posted on SESCOOPS (which was brought to our attention via a tweet from Yakface) and let you do with it what you will.

The Irish Mirror newspaper ran an article today speculating that WWE Superstar Sheamus will be playing Darth Vader in the new “Star Wars: Episode VII” movie that is currently in production.

Sheamus, who is currently in Ireland, where scenes for the movie are being shot, has appeared as Darth Vader for various Star Wars promotional tours in the past.

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'Skywalker' Signature Rejected By Passport Officials
Reported by Mark on 30 Jul 2014 17:35

There's a phrase here in the UK which perfectly describes the kind of person who wouldn't allow this name on a passport. The phrase is 'jobsworth', so when a perfectly harmless act - such as adding the middle name 'Skywalker' to your passport is denied for fear of copyright infringement - you really have to wonder why admin time and money is being spent on a trivial matter such as this when there are genuinely serious matters to attend to.

So, Laura Elizabeth Skywalker Matthews, we salute you. Happy trails, and may the Force be with you!

Laura Matthews, 29, changed her name by deed poll in 2008 "for a bit of a laugh". She recently tried to renew her passport and amended her signature to "L. Skywalker".

The Home Office said it "will not recognise a change to a name which is subject to copyright or trademark". "We have a duty to ensure the reputation of the UK passport is not called into question or disrepute," a spokesman said.

Ms Matthews, who lives in Southend, said she had never encountered problems with her middle name or signature before. "It's on my driving licence, my bank cards, everything. Everyone else is happy with that signature apart from passport office," she said.

Source BBC (via Paul Bateman and Brian Cameron)
John Jackson Miller Discusses The New Star Wars Status Quo
Reported by Mark on 30 Jul 2014 16:57

His latest Star Wars epic A New Dawn arrives 2nd September and over at Newsarama John Jackson Miller discusses the new state of the Star Wars empire.

Nrama: You worked in the world previously known as the Expanded Universe for many years in both comics and novels. What has this shift meant for you, and how is it different compared to when you were working in the EU and canon wasn’t a primary concern?

JJ Miller: I really think it’s a mistake for people to play the canon/not-canon parlor game. What they said when they made the announcement is that the previous material wasn’t being discarded, it would be drawn from – inspirations and ideas would come from it. The planets are the same; the species are the same. You know, the Rebels series uses the same manufacturer of the TIE fighters that was introduced in the Role Playing Games years ago. My book revolves around a strategic compound that I introduced back in KOTOR years ago! The universe is the same.

The thing about “Legends,” and that’s the word on the cover of the previous material: Legends can be true, in part or in whole. They inspire, they are sort of like the King Arthur story – parts of that, little bits of that here and there are true.

And don't forget, Miller's Kenobi arrives today in a shiny new Legends paperback edition.

Source Newsarama
Official Site: Essential Guide To Warfare: Authors Cut, Part 10: The Rise of the Empire
Reported by Mark on 30 Jul 2014 16:35

It's time for the 10th foray into the content that didn't make it into the Essential Guide To Warfare, amazing given the fascinating content this series on StarWars.com from Jason Fry, Paul Urquhart and Erich Schoeneweiss has given us so far.

TIE FIGHTER TRAINING

Jason Fry: The idea that TIEs are mass-produced, unshielded, and largely disposable is an old one in Legends, and to be honest it’s always struck me as odd. Even for a callous, unforgiving Empire, a capable veteran starfighter pilot seems like too valuable a commodity to risk losing because of a lucky shot or a chance encounter with a space rock. It wasn’t my place to challenge a well-established bit of lore, though, so I tried to trace the TIE’s origins back to clones and their being treated essentially as living droids. I think I did an OK job with that, but the results still felt like a bit of throat-clearing.

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J.J. Abrams Talks Film And Digital Video
Reported by Justin on 30 Jul 2014 16:09
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In an interview posted on The Wall Street Journal, director J.J. Abrams touches on why continuing to shoot movies using film is such an important aspect of the filmmaking industry.

Check out the edited questions and quotes from Abrams after the break. SDCC 2014: Boba Fett Gets Some Simpsons Love
Reported by Matt on 30 Jul 2014 16:08

As Homer says, "Boba Fett. He's quiet but he's super funny." We couldn't agree more!

Source YouTube (via Boba Fett Fan Club)
Episode VII: Unesco Asks For Report On Use Of Skellig Michael Island
Reported by Justin on 30 Jul 2014 12:05

An article posted on the BBC points to some concern that has come to the forefront about the impact Episode VII filming on Skelling Michael island could potentially have on the local wildlife.

Unesco, the international culture and heritage agency, has asked the Irish government for a report on the use of an island for a Star Wars film.

Parts of Star Wars Episode VII are being filmed on Skellig Michael.

The Unesco World Heritage Site is home to puffins, manx shearwaters, storm petrels, guillemots and kittiwakes.

Roni Amelan, of Unesco headquarters in Paris, said they want information about the preservation of the site and particularly any impact on wildlife.

"We can't speculate what the filming of Star Wars on the site will do to the wildlife," he said.

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Episode VII Tweets: Daisy Ridley - July 30, 2014
Reported by Justin on 30 Jul 2014 11:53

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 30 Jul 2014 07:27
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Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders and arrivals...

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Episode VII: Interview With Cafe Owner At Skellig Michael
Reported by Justin on 30 Jul 2014 00:31

Head on over to Independent.ie (or simply click the image below) for a brief interview that was conducted with the owner of the local cafe at Skellig Michael as she discusses how business has changed since the arrival of the Episode VII cast and crew.

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Jedi News Comic Review: Star Wars Rebel Heist #4
Reported by ZakPT on 30 Jul 2014 00:00
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PART FOUR OF FOUR

Han Solo and Jan, a new recruit for the Rebellion, were captured by the Empire near one of Corellia’s moons. Solo’s attempt to escape from a low-security installation ended with him being placed in a high-security holding cell.

On the planet Feddasyr, with operative Sarin, Princess Leia retrieved a secret code—a stormtrooper who held the information in his DNA. When Leia was captured by the Empire, Sarin’s sister delivered the trooper to his next contact: Chewbacca.

Chewbacca and the trooper successfully unlocked the code and sent the information to the imprisoned Han Solo. But now they too are imprisoned—in a rancor pit. Still, there is one more Rebel out there who might save the day...

Scripter Matt Kindt, artist Marco Castiello, inker Dan Parsons, colourist Gael Eltaeb, letterer Michael Heisler and cover artist Adam Hughes bring us the fourth and final issue of Rebel Heist.

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   29 July 2014
Star Wars Action News Episode 429: SDCC Part 1 - Hasbro and High End Presentations
Reported by Mark on 29 Jul 2014 23:27

Join Marjorie and Arnie for the latest edition of Star Wars Action News...

On this first part of Star Wars Action News' coverage of 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International hear about new products straight from Hasbro, Kotobukiya, Sideshow Collectibles, Gentle Giant, and eFX Collectibles. 2014's San Diego Comic-Con International is in the books, but there was so much at the convention it is impossible to absorb it all in 5 days--both for those at the convention as well as fans watching from home. But now that the chaos is over take time to absorb all the news about new and upcoming releases from Hasbro, Sideshow Collectibles, eFX Collectibles, Gentle Giant, and Kotobukiya!If you missed their panels on Friday you can relive them on Star Wars Action News' first part of their SDCC coverage. Watch these presentations and find out about all the upcoming new items.Then join us later for the second part of San Diego Comic-Con coverage with exclusive interviews, product reviews, and news about all the exclusives at the convention!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Rancho Obi-Wan and I Take On San Diego Comic-Con
Reported by Mark on 29 Jul 2014 22:54

Steve Sansweet represented Rancho Obi-Wan at San Diego Comic Con this past weekend, and documents his adventure over at the Rancho Blog.

I didn’t go last year; somehow the “hassle” didn’t seem worth it, especially after I got a hotel room five miles out. This year, I didn’t get any hotel room in the insane lottery system—but I persevered.

And that’s because for anyone whose life is devoted to pop culture, or even one part of it, SDCC is like Mecca, even if you can go only once in your life. I had added reasons to go this year. I wanted to learn as much as I could about the upcoming Star Wars REBELS TV series on Disney XD. Star Wars Action News was kind enough to make Rancho Obi-Wan a beneficiary of it’s now always sold-out fan breakfast and I wanted to connect with fellow fans and Licensees about all the great stuff going on at Rancho Obi-Wan.

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UPDATED: Episode VII: Harrison Ford Walking Without Crutch
Reported by Justin on 29 Jul 2014 21:58

UPDATE: Multiple people have notified me via email that the image of Ford below was included in a NY Daily News article.

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The title of this story post says all that needs to be said. Thanks to our great friend Paul Bateman for the tweet below!

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The Black Series 6" Shadow Squad Available For Pre-Order
Reported by Matt on 29 Jul 2014 19:21

All UK residents should head to their local comic book store this weekend and pre-order the Comic book shop exclusive Shadow Squadron 6" set as stores have to get their pre-orders in by next Monday 4th August at the latest to guarantee stock for late October!

The RRP for the Shadow Squadron 6" set is £50.00

Boring Conversation Anyway #55: SDCC 2014 Star Wars Overview
Reported by Dan on 29 Jul 2014 18:23

It's time to join FlyGuy for the latest Boring Conversation Anyway!

The gang is back with a long in-depth review of all things Comic Con! Regulars +Dan Curto, +Yakface.com, +Dorksidetoys, +Tamer of the Shipyards & Jedi Temple Archives chew the fat over Hasbro, Sideshow Collectibles & more.

Contact Information: Google+ | Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Report #138: The Hand of Skywalker
Reported by Mark on 29 Jul 2014 18:10

It's time to join your hosts Riley and Mark over at Star Wars Report.

On this week’s podcast, Riley interviews Father Roderick Vonhogen about his time in the early days of internet fandom.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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T-Shirts: Pikachewie
Reported by Matt on 29 Jul 2014 17:56

$11.00 plus $3.00 P&P in the States and this feisty little Pokémon/Wookiee hybrid can be yours. But hurry, there's not long left so catch'em if you can!

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SDCC 2014: Lightsticks
Reported by Mark on 29 Jul 2014 17:28

 

Spencer Brinkerhoff is one of my fave folks to bump into at conventions. Not only is it often his birthday (*rubs tummy waiting for ice cream cake*) but he's a ridiculously creative fellow.

Check out these images from San Diego Comic Con 2014 to see just how popular these awesome Lightsticks are.

LightSticks all started when my Nephew sent us a picture of himself with what looked to be a red glowing lightsaber. He sent it to us while he was working as a missionary in Equador, and we all knew that he wasn’t spending his time playing around on the computer making lightsaber pictures, so there had to be a trick. It turns out the effect was quite simple, but then I took it a step further and found the right material to enhance the effect and created LightStickFX, the in-camera special effects.

The product was launched at the 2012 Phoenix Comicon. I hand made 300 LightSticks just to see how they’d do at the show, and I sold 250 of them. Needless to say, I continue to make them and take them with me to the various conventions that I attend. Look for them soon in counter top displays at your local comic shops.

Source Facebook (via Matt Booker)
Black Series 2014 Wave 1 Hits The UK
Reported by Team Jedi News on 29 Jul 2014 17:10

Almost 8 months into the year and the first wave of The Black Series arrives in the UK via Diamond Comics wholesale. Two of each figure per case, £10.00 RRP and a reissue of Bastila Shan from the Vintage collection, which is very welcome.

This wave arrives in store at All the Cool Stuff on Thursday, so get over there and get ordering!

Source All The Cool Stuff
Interview with John Jackson Miller, Author of A New Dawn
Reported by Mark on 29 Jul 2014 16:56

The one, the only, the irreplaceable Jawa James caught up with the Scribe Award winning author of A New Dawn, John Jackson Miller at last weekends San Diego Comic Con.

ClubJade.net interview with John Jackson Miller, author of Star Wars: A New Dawn from Del Rey Books. Filmed at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 27, 2014.

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First Look At Sideshow Arc Clone Troopers Echo & Fives Sixth Scale Figures
Reported by Justin on 29 Jul 2014 13:51

The official Star Wars site provides us with a detailed first look at the previously revealed Arc Clone Troopers Echo and Fives Sixth Scale Figures from Sideshow Collectibles.

Echo and Fives, heroic Republic soldiers from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, are coming to Sideshow’s Sixth Scale line of premium figures. Both are beautifully sculpted with a high level of detail, multiple points of articulation, and a wide array of accessories, resulting in stunning recreations of the beloved characters.

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Star Wars Force For Change Episode VII Winner Announcement Date
Reported by Justin on 29 Jul 2014 13:19

As you can see from the image above, the name of the extremely lucky winner who will be joining the cast of Episode VII as part of the Star Wars Force For Change charity will be announced on or around August 11.

Big thanks to all who supported in whatever way they could.

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   28 July 2014
Official Site: Star Wars In The UK: Together We Shall Ruler The Galaxy
Reported by Mark on 28 Jul 2014 22:41

My latest article, looking at the many stationary releases by Helix back in 1978, arrives on StarWars.com.

Established in 1887 as The Universal Woodworking Company, the Helix brand was launched in 1894 and by 1960 the company was known as the far more familiar Helix International Ltd. In 1977 the company was thriving, buying up smaller companies such as cash box makers Dunn & Taylor and eraser makers Colonel Rubber Ltd, and so it was that Helix became one of the very first licensees, taking on the nascent Star Wars license and bringing a wide array of branded products to the UK market in early March of 1978. Those products included vinyl and wooden pencil cases, rulers, pencils, maths, school and pencil sets, erasers and die-cut erasers, and the infamous Death Star pencil sharpener made famous by its prominence in Steve Sansweet’s now iconic From Concept to Screen to Collectables book.

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Photos Of Episode VII Cast & Crew On Skellig Michael Island
Reported by Justin on 28 Jul 2014 21:53

Our good friends over at Making Star Wars have linked to a few sources that contain photos of Episode VII cast and crew members supposedly confirming the earlier report of filming scheduled to take place on location on Skellig Michael island in Ireland.

Take the source link below to check 'em out.

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The Realm Recap: Episode 24 - A SDCC To See
Reported by Mark on 28 Jul 2014 19:45

It's time to join Jason and the Yakface crew for the latest Realm Recap.

SDCC has hit in full force for this week's show so we attempt to cover all of the announcements and surprises from your favorite manufacturers including Hasbro, Sideshow, Gentle Giant and more! In addition, we also discuss new Star Wars Rebels footage and trailers that are sure to make believers out of those still on the fence for this series.?

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

Source Yakface
Red Cross Blood Drive at ComiCONN
Reported by Mark on 28 Jul 2014 19:21

Saturday 16th August is the date to be a part of the Red Cross blood drive at Connecticut ComiCONN. Do your part (like our buddy Dan Curto has done for many years) and give blood.

Ryder Windham and Ray Park are there and it's set to be a brilliant event. Check it out.

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Samsonite: A Range Of Luggage Star Wars
Reported by Matt on 28 Jul 2014 18:57

Every year is Star Wars year and you're going to need the space, and what better way to move your goodies around than these Samsonite cases?

The San Diego Comic Con is over, and yet a new licensee makes its appearance.

You have recognized, it is Samonite the famous manufacturer of luggage which invites in a very, very distant galaxy. For the moment no presented luggage but it would not be long.

Source Mint in Box
Full of Sith Episode LXXV: Q & A Extravaganza
Reported by Mark on 28 Jul 2014 18:37

Join Tha Mike Pilot, Bryan Young and Bobby Roberts for the latest episode of Full of Sith.

This week while Bryan and Amy do their reporting out at San Diego Comi-Con, Mike and Bobby answer the questions that you so kindly submitted over the past two weeks. Find out what color our lightsabers would be, what our favorite piece of merchandise is and the answers to MANY other questions.

Contact Information:Voicemail - 206-426-5592 | Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Architects For New Lucas Museum Announced
Reported by Justin on 28 Jul 2014 18:16

Please see the following official announcement revealing the name of the architect firm that will be responsible for bringing the upcoming Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to life.

CHICAGO (July 28) – Following a global search, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) announced today that Beijing-based MAD Architects has been selected as the principal designer for the LMNA site while Chicago-based Studio Gang will design the landscape and create a bridge to connect the LMNA to Northerly Island. VOA Associates, based in Chicago, will serve as the executive architect and lead the implementation of MAD’s design.

“We are bringing together some of the top architects in the world to ensure that our museum experience begins long before a visitor ever enters the building,” said George Lucas, founder of the LMNA. “I am thrilled with the architectural team’s vision for the building and the surrounding green space. I look forward to presenting our design to the Chicago community.”

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IndyCast Episode 191
Reported by Justin on 28 Jul 2014 18:09

Join Ed Dolista and his crew for the latest adventure-filled episode of The IndyCast - your source for Indiana Jones news from all four corners of the globe!

This week I chat with Official IndyCast correspondent Mitch Hallock about Indy, Comic Con and other pop culture topics, I catch up with an IndyCast listener in Waikiki, we hear rumours of Indy moving out of WDW, have more of your great emails plus lots more!

Right-click here to download the episode.

Like what you hear on the show? Then leave a review on the IndyCast iTunes page!

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The Metro: Star Wars Rebels Explodes At San Diego Comic Con 2014
Reported by Mark on 28 Jul 2014 15:15

My latest article lands over at The Metro as I take a look at the awesome Star Wars Rebels reveals at San Diego Comic Con.

If there was a better place in the world for a geek to be last weekend (other than on the set of Episode VII) then it HAD to be across the pond at San Diego Comic Con. Once a year the world of comics, television and film converge at the San Diego Convention Center for a four day long celebration of all things geek, with events hosted by and starring the world’s top movie and TV talent, writers and artists from the comics industry (comics being the genesis of the event which began back in 1970 with special guests Forrest J Ackerman and Mike Royer speaking to around 100 attendees) and hordes of cosplayers who see the event as the mecca of the convention year.

With Episode VII still well over a year away the Star Wars focus of SDCC2014 isn’t on the J.J. Abrams film but on 2014's forthcoming series Star Wars Rebels.

Source The Metro
   27 July 2014
SDCC 2014: Sideshow Collectibles Booth Video From Yodasnews
Reported by Justin on 27 Jul 2014 21:28

Take a tour with Yodasnews.com of Sideshow's Booth at San Diego Comic Con 2014. Life Size to 1/6 scale.

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Rian Johnson Chats Briefly On Episode VIII
Reported by Justin on 27 Jul 2014 21:19

While we have yet to receive an official Lucasfilm/Disney statement announcing his involvement with Episode VIII and Episode IX (aside from these earlier comments made by one of his representatives), we do get the following brief comments from Rian Johnson as posted on Sun Times.

Johnson Skyped into the Filmspotting taping from San Fransisco, where he is already working on “Episode VIII.” The director of indie faves such as “Looper” says he took the job because “The thought of it made me so completely joyfully happy.

“I wanted to to play in this world, of literally the first movie my dad put me in the car to see,” he said. As for how he scored the gig, Johnson laughed, “I can only assume it was a clerical error, like in the movie ‘Brazil.’ There’s a Brian Johnson out there who is really mad.”

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SDCC 2014: Photos Of Celebration Anaheim 2015 Booth
Reported by Justin on 27 Jul 2014 12:48

James Floyd from Club Jade did me a solid and sent over a few pics from the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015 booth area that was part of the grand Lucasfilm pavilion at SDCC. Click each image below for a larger view and big thanks to James for the images.

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SDCC 2014: Preview Of New Marvel Star Wars #1 Comic
Reported by Team Jedi News on 27 Jul 2014 12:22

Following on the heels of yesterday's big Marvel Star Wars comics announcement at SDCC, Bleeding Cool provides readers with the update below.

Announced during the Cup O’ Joe panel today is the new on-going Star Wars series from Marvel Comics. It will be written by Jason Aaron and drawn by John Cassaday and we have some preview pages from the first issue.

Source Bleeding Cool
SDCC 2014: Dave Filoni & Simon Kinberg Star Wars Rebels Interview With 'Clevver Movies'
Reported by Justin on 27 Jul 2014 11:59

Our friends over at The SWU alert us to an interview Clevver Movies posted up on their YouTube Channel with Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg at SDCC. Check out the video below.

 

We sat down with Star Wars Rebels creator Simon Kinberg and writer David Filoni to talk about the origin of the new animated series, how it fits into the larger universe, which character they'd like to see make an appearance in Episode VII and why fans of the original trilogy will want to tune in.

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SDCC 2014: Hasbro Star Wars Q&A Sessions
Reported by Justin on 27 Jul 2014 11:51

Head on over to the websites of our fellow The Force United teammates Jedi Temple Archives and Yodasnews for their respective Q&A sessions that they conducted with the Hasbro Star Wars team at SDCC.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

Marvel's New Star Wars Comics
Reported by StephenG on 27 Jul 2014 08:05

Courtesy of io9:

Marvel's plans for their new Star Wars comics were easier to come by than the plans for the Death Star.

The main title will be Star Wars, as Luke and the others continue the fight against the Empire. Princess Leia, following the Rebel leader as she deals with the loss of her planet. And Darth Vader features the Sith Lord trying to reclaim his rightful place in the Empire following the destruction of the Death Star.

Be sure to also check out the official announcement posted on the Star Wars site.

Sounds good to me!

Source io9
   26 July 2014
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Screening With Robert Watts
Reported by Mark on 26 Jul 2014 20:32

Having attended the only UK screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark back on 7th August 2010 at the Fordingbridge Film and TV Festival, where I paired producer Robert Watts with show runner Dave Tree, I can't even think of missing the opportunity to see Watts and art director Alan J. Cassie discuss and reminisce about Temple of Doom.

Genesis Cinema and Soundstage Events present this special event to mark thirty years since the release of the second Indiana Jones film. Following a screening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, there'll be an exclusive interview with its producer, Robert Watts, and its art director, Alan J Cassie.

Robert Watts was also the associate producer of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. He also worked closely with George Lucas as a producer on the original Star Wars trilogy. Robert was also the producer of the groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

As well as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Alan J Cassie was the art director on Dragonslayer; Patriot Games, also starring Harrison Ford; The Saint; The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Muppet Treasure Island.

Sunday September 14th 3pm / £20

Source Genesis Cinema (via Indiana Jones Adventure Post)
Now This Is Podcasting! The Hand of Luke Skywalker
Reported by Mark on 26 Jul 2014 19:30

It's time to join your hosts Jason, Randy, Johnamarie and Jeremy over at Now, This Is Podcasting!

This installment of Now, This Is Podcasting! is a doozy! Inside, you’ll find over 2 hours of Star Wars discussion and analysis with your hosts Jason Ward, Randy LoGudice, Johnamarie Macias and Jeremy Conrad! In this episode, we discuss Badass Digest's details about the opening of Star Wars: Episode VII, including the rumor of Luke Skywalker's hand! During the recording of this podcast, StarWars.com released an all new Star Wars Rebels extended trailer and the NTIP team discusses every exciting moment. Plus: last week in Star Wars news!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Making Star Wars
SDCC 2014: Remembering Aaron Allston
Reported by Mark on 26 Jul 2014 18:24

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RADIO 1138: New Landing Page At Shotglass Digital
Reported by Mark on 26 Jul 2014 17:54

RADIO 1138 gets its own landing page over at Shotglass Digital, allowing you the chance to go back through our ever-growing back catalogue of episodes as myself and James travel the UK, Europe, the US and beyond for all the latest Star Wars news.

Bookmark RADIO 1138 and we'll continue to do our best to bring you the latest from here in the UK, including content from tomorrows Farthest From 6 which you'll be able to hear on our 13th episode of RADIO 1138 early next week.

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SDCC 2014: Hasbro Official Image Gallery
Reported by James on 26 Jul 2014 16:35

Here's the Official Images from yesterday's Hasbro Star Wars Panel at San Diego Comic-Con, have a look through and let us know what you think on our Facebook page or on Twitter.  Happy hunting!

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SDCC 2014: Roundup Of Hasbro Post-Panel Image Galleries
Reported by Justin on 26 Jul 2014 13:06

As is their customary course of action, the Hasbro team updated their display booth at SDCC with new product revealed during their Star Wars panel that took place on Friday afternoon. Take each respective link below to check out all the awesome new images that have been added since the last round of Hasbro galleries.

Yodasnews

Jedi Temple Archives - Pictures

Jedi Temple Archives - Video

Rebelscum

Rebelscum - Closer Look

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SDCC 2014: Complete Audio From Star Wars: A New Dawn Panel
Reported by Mark on 26 Jul 2014 10:27

It arrives in just a few short weeks time and we couldn't be more excited, especially with all the cool Star Wars Rebels reveals that have been landing the past few days. Here's the entire audio of the Star Wars: A New Dawn panel, recorded by @TheApexFan AKA Justin Bolger of The Force.Net.

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The WolfPack Podcast #79: SDCC 2014 Recap Part 1
Reported by Mark on 26 Jul 2014 09:55

It's time to join the gang over at the Wolfpack podcast for the latest episode.

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Curto, Corey, Logan, Chris, and guests Jayson from YakFace.com and The Realm Recap Podcast, James Burns from Jedi News and StarWars.Com, and Steve from Flyguy.net, A Boring Conversation Anyways Podcast, and The Realm Recap Podcast! We discuss all the latest SDCC 2014 Star Wars News, Rebels Products, and The Clone Wars announcements! So strap in, drink your blue milk, and get ready for the jump to Hyperspace in this brand new episode!

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Kenobi Wins Scribe Award
Reported by Mark on 26 Jul 2014 09:32

Great news as John Jackson Millers LEGENDary novel Kenobi wins a major Scribe Award.

Many congratulations, hugely well deserved.

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RUMOR: Episode VII Filming On Skellig Michael Island In Ireland To Start Next Week
Reported by Justin on 26 Jul 2014 02:54

Following up on our earlier report about Episode VII filming scheduled to take place on Skellig Michael island in Ireland, we now get additional details on the potential shoot via another article on Irish Examiner:

The Office of Public Works has confirmed that it will allow extra sailings for tourists to Skellig Michael after the famous island plays host to a Star Wars film shoot next week.

The Unesco World Heritage site has been earmarked for three days of shooting next week, beginning on Monday, for the eagerly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, which is due in cinemas in December 2015.

It is understood that at least 12 private boat operators have had their services booked up for the days of the shoot as they ferry cast, crew, and equipment over to Skellig in the morning and back again in the evening.

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   25 July 2014
Film Commentary with Sam Witwer: Attack of the Clones
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 23:45

Join Jason Swank, Jimmy Mac and Sam Witwer for the latest Film Commentary.

Sam Witwer is back to join Jimmy & Jason in the RFR screening room as our film commentary series continues with Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Listen in watch the second prequel film with tons of observation, analysis, and a few laughs along the way. If you are looking for a prequel-bashing hate fest, go somewhere else. Sam always brings incredible insight whenever we get together to watch a Star Wars flick and our discussions always have elements of discovery, enlightenment, and on occasion, shock! But all in all, a great time. Watch along with us or just listen to this as a stand-alone show. You know the film so well yet you will feel like you are watching it through a different lens when you join us for our commentary track for Attack of the Clones!

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Official Site: Making the Galaxy Smaller: Inside Kenner's Micro Collection, Part Two
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 23:40

Tim Veekhoven brings his expert Star Wars knowledge to StarWars.com as he takes a second look at the much-loved Micro Collection.

The Micro Collection was a smaller diecast series of toys released in the Summer of 1982 by Kenner. Despite their huge success with the 3” ¾ line, Kenner still wanted to expand their horizons with Star Wars. The Micro Collection line consisted of several playsets that came multiple diecast figures about 1” ¼ tall. Although the line was heavily promoted and Kenner truly believed in its potential, the line proved to be a failure and didn’t sell as well as expected.

In the first part of this blog series, I discussed the worlds of the Death Star and Hoth. Now we’ll have a look at the Bespin world, ships/vehicles, and some of the many Micro Collection prototypes that would have been released if the line had been more successful.

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Full of Sith Episode LXXIV: Chris Taylor
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 23:30

Join Bryan, Mike and Bobby for the latest episode of Full of Sith.

Bryan, Mike, and Bobby interview Mashable’s Chris Taylor about his new book, “How Star Wars Conquered the Universe.” They discuss Chris’s first exposure to Star Wars, the research for his book, and then they delve into the latest Episode VII rumors together…

Contact Information: Voicemail - 206-426-5592 | Website | Twitter | Facebook

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SDCC 2014: Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos Novel by Christie Golden
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 23:20

Hot news from San Diego Comic Con, the story of Asajj Ventress and Star Wars: The Clone Wars is far from over as unaired scripts from the show form the basis of Christie Golden's latest foray into the Star Wars galaxy.

Exciting news from our panel Dave Filoni, executive producer and supervising director of Star Wars Rebels has announced Del Rey’s upcoming Star Wars novel. Starring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos based on unaired Star Wars: The Clone Wars scripts, the book is being written by Christie Golden and is scheduled for publication in the summer of 2015.

And Bonus! Check out the exclusive art by Aaron Mcbride featuring Ventress’s new look. — with Bradley Burtchell and Gabriell Angell.

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Star Wars Magazine #2 Featuring Chris 'Star Wars Kidscast' Hamilton
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 23:16

Check out this great email I received from our pal Chris Hamilton over at the superb Star Wars Kidscast.

Hi all, Sorry for the group email but I just wanted to share the exciting news that my first piece in an official Star Wars publication is out now! Star Wars Magazine (the kids' one) issue #2 is on newsstands in N. America now with my piece about Traveling on Tatooine. It was printed in the UK edition months ago but (due to some reasons that are not all that interesting) I hadn't seen it in print until last night. There are more articles to come but this one was printed first.

Anyway, you're getting this email because you either helped me in some way over the last year with my podcast or blog with spreading the word, encouragement and/or inspiration. That lead to getting the confidence to submit pieces to StarWars.com & Star Wars Magazine and now both have been published!

Thank you friends in the Force! You guys are all awesome.

SDCC 2014: Her Universe Fashion Show
Reported by Teresa on 25 Jul 2014 23:12

Her Universe run by the talented Ashley Eckstein has grown exponentially over the last couple of years. The year of 2013 was big for the company as it began the Fangirl Of The Day campaign and had such an amazing response that it has continued into 2014 and is going strong. The company has also expanded and this year they have added 2 new licenses Marvel and Transformers with another one on the way.

Ashley has impressed us all with where she has taken Fangirl Fashion and today more than ever you see girls flaunting their geek passions and in amazing ways, they even wear it to work! The fashion show at San Diego comic con is icing on the cake to show just how amazing the world of geek fashion is and why Fangirls are more than meets the eye! To see some amazing coverage of the fashion show head on over to Fangirl Blog as Tricia Barr put together a stellar account of the fashion show. There were many different fandoms represented from Star Wars to Marvel to The Hunger Games. Congratulations to all the amazing designers and their stunning creations and congratulations to Ashley on being an amazing role model and one of my personal heroes. Thank you for all you do for us Fangirls.

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Star Wars Influences #8
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 23:01

Join Jimmy Mac and Paul Bateman as they present Star Wars Influences.

This week, we saw the reveal of the Star Wars Episode VII X-Wing in a Force for Change video featuring J.J. Abrams, an X-Wing Pilot, and a Mouse Droid. We discuss our thoughts on this old-yet-new design and explore the Ralph McQuarrie./Joe Johnston influence on it’s look. Also, we discover some artistic inspirations for the Wookiee, AT-AT, Bespin, Hoth, and R1-G4.

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Star Wars The Old Republic: 5 Reasons Why You Should Play SWTOR
Reported by Beth on 25 Jul 2014 22:56
Show Full Story

1. Firstly, it's free to play. So there's no excuse not to try it.

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SDCC 2014: Fantasy Flight Games
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 22:46

The good folks over at Yak Face bring us this gallery looking at the new and forthcoming releases from the wizards over at Fantasy Flight Games.

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ThinkGeek Update 25/7/14
Reported by ZakPT on 25 Jul 2014 22:45

Over the past two weeks ThinkGeek have released some very awesome items. First, aren’t floors boring? There just there, looking bland and pointless. But now your floor can look super cool with the new Death Star Rug. It’s a highly detailed picture with a couple of TIE fighters flying around just to help make it that much more realistic. Next up the brilliant POP! brand has revealed series 5 of their Star Wars bobble-head collection. Perfect as a gift for the back to work week! But work is still a good few weeks away so get the barbie going and flip those burgers, they’re looking a little on the dark side (see what I did there).

And what better way to get flipping with a Lightsaber hilt BBQ fork. The R2-D9 car charger is also up for grabs. Use your Geek Points or head over to the TG stand at SDCC and pick one up before they go. Finally, you can never have enough t-shirts in this sweaty weather so check out the new Death Star Tech Support t-shirt, perfect for all those budding IT geeks.

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ForceCast #313: The First Transport Is Away
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 22:41

It's time to join your hosts Eric and Erik for the ForceCast.

J.J. Abrams reveals the first new starship of the sequel trilogy, Star Wars Rebels reveals the voice behind its "big bad," and we've got Episode VII rumors aplenty. Justin is out at San Diego Comic-Con, but Eric, Erik, and guest co-host Christian Blauvelt discuss the possible premise of the first sequel film, John Boyega's role, a gender-swapped character, a new rumored cast member, and much more. Tune in and sit back, because another news-packed ForceCast is coming right up!

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Mapping Climate Change on Tatooine Over 110 Galactic Years
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 22:36

Think it's hot here in the UK? Well that's just peanuts compared to Tatooine. Check out this temperature chart showing the increase in heat across a 110 year period and try not to hog the air con...

Just because Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine is fictional doesn’t mean it’s immune to the effects of climate change. This map shows how, in the past 110 Galactic Standard Years, Tatooine has turned from a sprawling, desert wasteland into an even hotter sprawling, desert wasteland. It comes from Tatooine’s first Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change, written by 23 droids (not really) and a human named David Ng, a molecular biologist from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Source Wired (via Glen Ewing)
Harrison Ford in Expendables 3
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 22:16

Check out this image - Warholised, if there's such a word - of Harrison Ford from next months Expendables 3. He joins an amazing cast of action stars (which doesn't include Bruce '4 million for 4 days work' Willis) and it will go some way to satiating your appetite as the days trickle down towards Episode VII

And for those of you who heard about the film leaking early onto torrent sites, don't seek it out. This film will need to be seen on as large a screen as possible!

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SDCC 2014: Recap Of Star Wars Collectibles Panel
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 21:44

Wanna find out all the details from the Star Wars Collectibles panel that just went down at SDCC? Then point your browser towards the official site where Lucasfilm's Dan Brooks has been putting in the wrench work to liveblog all the reveals from the panel.

Kudos to Dan for yet another job done extremely well.

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LEGO Star Wars Rebels Ghost & Phantom Sets On Amazon For Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 21:27

For those fans out there who simply cannot wait for the two LEGO Star Wars Rebels sets slated for release this year to arrive on retail store shelves, they are now available for pre-order on Amazon via the links below.

Each set has an August 1 release date listed. 

The Phantom - $24.99

The Ghost - $89.99

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SDCC 2014: Hasbro Star Wars Panel LIVE
Reported by Dan on 25 Jul 2014 20:23

The Hasbro Star Wars panel is now LIVE over at our friends at Jedi Temple Archives! Follow the action as it unfolds. Stay tuned after the show for commentary on what was revealed today.  

In addition, our friends at Galactic Hunter are updating their Facebook page with photos from the event.

Not only that, but there's LIVE audio streaming over at Channel 1138.

And of course we have the liveblog (complete with the new product images) courtesy of Lucasfilm's Dan Brooks over on the official site.

Benedict Cumberbatch Confirms Simon Pegg's Episode VII Casting?
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 18:26

In an article posted on MTV, Benedict Cumberbatch may very well have added some credence to the Simon Pegg Episode VII casting rumor with the following comment:

“J.J. and I are friends, so yeah, possibly,” Cumberbatch said when asked if he and Abrams discussed a part in the “Star Wars” franchise. “But I think J.J. is very good at creating something original out of something known, and I think apart from his continuing use of Simon Pegg — and who can blame him, frankly — it made sense not to do it.”

Let’s rewind: Cumberbatch specifically says “apart from his continuing use of Simon Pegg.” Did he just confirm the rumors that Pegg has a role in the new “Star Wars” movie? Is he simply referring to Pegg’s consistent appearances in Abrams’ “Mission: Impossible” and “Star Trek” franchises, or is there something more?

Is this a non-official confirmation by Cumberbatch of Pegg's Episode VII involvement or are we making more out it than we should as suggested by Josh Horowitz? You decide!

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Episode VII Rumors From Latino Review - July 25, 2014
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 17:48

The latest round of potential Episode VII rumors have been posted up on Latino Review, which expands a little further on the earlier Badass Digest plot rumors.

Hit up the source link below and remember to take whatever you read with grains of salt accordingly.

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SDCC 2014: Gentle Giant & 3DSystems Booth Video Via Yodasnews
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 16:28

Yodasnews get the first video look at the Gentle Giant and 3DSystems Booth at San Diego Comic Con - SDCC 2014. Filmed with with full permission of Gentle Giant LTD and 3DSystems.

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SDCC 2014: Ahsoka Pictured In San Diego Newspaper
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 15:45

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SDCC 2014: Exclusive Star Wars Rebels "Kanan vs. The Inquisitor" Video Clip
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 15:27

After it's initial debut via EW, the Star Wars Rebels SDCC video clip of the Inquisitor clashing lightsabers with Kanan has now been posted on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel.

 

In this San Diego Comic-Con 2014 exclusive Star Wars Rebels clip, Kanan squares off against the Empire's powerful Inquisitor, who seeks to destroy the Jedi and Ezra.

Scheduled to premiere in October 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, Star Wars Rebels will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

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SDCC 2014: Exclusive Star Wars Rebels "We're Even" TIE Fighter Video Clip
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 15:07

In this San Diego Comic-Con 2014 exclusive Star Wars Rebels clip, Ezra is on the run from the Empire until a friend appears to rescue him...with a rather surprising getaway vehicle.

Scheduled to premiere in October 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, Star Wars Rebels will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

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SDCC 2014: Amy Ratcliffe On Star Wars Rebels Special Screening
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 13:23

Fans at SDCC last night were treated to an exclusive special screening of the hour-long debut episode of Star Wars Rebels. While remaining spoiler free, Amy Ratcliffe provides her overall thoughts on what was shown via an article posted on IGN.

Disney and Lucasfilm have put the spotlight on Star Wars Rebels in various ways at Comic-Con. The upcoming animated series is the focus of the Lucasfilm Pavilion in the exhibit hall, there was a panel earlier today, and they even screened the first hour long episode tonight. While we’ll be back with a full review with the series premieres on Disney XD in October, we have some quick impressions and thoughts to share.

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Karen Gillan: Episode VII Wig A "Miscommunication"
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 12:39

Actress Karen Gillan clears the air on the "miscommunication" pertaining to the earlier rumor of her hair being donated to create a wig for an Episode VII character via the short BBC interview posted below.

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SDCC 2014: Pics Of LEGO Star Wars 15th Anniversary Minifigure Case
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 12:25

From Bricks To Bothans has posted a comprehensive image gallery of the special LEGO Star Wars 15th Anniversary Minifigure Case that is on display for fans at SDCC. Here's hoping desperately this case is brought to NY Comic Con for fans to experience in October...

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SDCC 2014: Images From eFX Collectibles & JAKKS Pacific Via Rebelscum
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 12:10

Our friends at Rebelscum continue to provide fans with excellent images from SDCC as they have uploaded their galleries from the eFX Collectibles and JAKKS Pacific booths. Click each link for the respective photo galleries.

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SDCC 2014: Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor Lightsaber Battle Video
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 11:53

It’s The Inquisitor in action! Here’s the first clip from Star Wars Rebels that gives us a long look at the galaxy’s new big bad (voiced by Jason Isaacs). Not just any look, either — the Jedi hunter is having a lightsaber fight with rebels Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Ezra (Taylor Gray) in this exclusive scene. The footage from Disney XD’s hotly anticipated new animated series just debuted at Rebels Comic-Con event Thursday.

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SDCC 2014: Recap Of "Heroes of Star Wars Rebels" Panel; New Trailer Released
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 03:11

Lucasfilm's Dan Brooks has once again worked his magic and provided fans with a liveblog from the "Heroes of Star Wars Rebels" panel that just concluded at SDCC. Click the image above to check out all that was revealed during the panel.

In addition, a new HoloNet News website was announced.

And to top it all off, check out the brand new trailer that was shown!

 

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SDCC 2014: Pics From HitFix Star Wars Rebels Party
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 01:34

HitFix provides us with a brief recap and a few photos from their SDCC Star Wars Rebels party that took place on Wednesday night.

HitFix brought Comic-Con 2014 to life Wednesday night with our fifth annual Kick Off party. This year, we teamed up with Lucasfilm to celebrate the new Disney XD series "Star Wars Rebels."

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   24 July 2014
SDCC 2014: Packaging For LEGO Star Wars Rebels Mini Ghost
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 22:03

The images tweeted below were courtesy of the SDCC photo gallery that has been posted on Toyark.

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SDCC 2014: Live IGN Star Wars Rebels Interview Today At 3:30pm PDST
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 21:14

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Star Wars Episode VII: Mark Hamill Talks At Guardians of the Galaxy Premier
Reported by Mark on 24 Jul 2014 20:37

BBC reporter Lizo Mzimba dropped us a line to point us towards this interview he's just conducted with the one and only Mark Hamill.

Mark Hamill, who has returned to the role of Luke Skywalker after more than 30 years, has said it feels like an "unexpected gift" to be back on a Star Wars set.

He said he was there to lend his support and grow a "contractually-obligated beard".

He praised the new generation of actors, including Daisy Ridley, taking part in Star Wars: Episode VII, in his first TV interview about the new film.

The actor was speaking to Lizo Mzimba in London.

Many thanks to Lizo for sending us the link.

Source BBC (via Lizo Mzimba)
How Hasbro Created its 6-inch Jabba the Hutt Action Figure
Reported by Matt on 24 Jul 2014 20:22

Have a read of this fascinating look at how Hasbro research and design their figures, specifically the Star Wars Deluxe Black Series 6" SDCC Jabba and Salacious Crumb.

No matter which character they’re making a figure of, the team always starts by gathering reference. Usually, that means amassing as many photos of the character and its accessories as possible to ensure film-level accuracy. “Many of the classic archival items are based on image turns rather than 3D scans or renderings [of puppets] since the costumes are delicate and, in most cases, require a person to be in them to capture the images,” Smith says. “Instead we refer back to the many on-set photos, film screen shots, and Lucasfilm-approved reproduction art. In some cases, there are so many images and pieces of reference out there that you start to notice subtle differences in features, accessories, etc. Here we work closely with Lucasfilm to ensure we are replicating the approved, on-canon elements.”

Source Mental Floss (via Jedi temple Archives)
Star Wars Episode VII: Is This How Luke Appears In Episode VII
Reported by Mark on 24 Jul 2014 20:13

As if I wasn't excited beyond words for the film already, now this image arrives via the deep ocean that is Twitter of Mark Hamill at the UK premier of Guardians of the Galaxy.

The grey in the beard, the slightly crazy hair. It's clear Ben was more of a fashion leader than we previously thought. And they said Padme had style...

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SDCC 2014: JediDefender Photos Reveal 2015 Hallmark Star Wars Keepsake Ornaments
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 20:03

JediDefender has uploaded their images from SDCC and included in their gallery is a series of pics from the Hallmark booth which show us the Star Wars Keepsake ornaments fans will be adding to their collections in 2015, including a few ornaments from the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated TV series!

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SDCC 2014: Katee Sackhoff & Grace Park Star Wars Tribute Video
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 19:54

It's been more than a decade since Park, 40, and Sackhoff, 34, starred in Syfy's Peabody-winning Battlestar Galactica. Since then, Park has gone on to CBS' Hawaii Five-0, while Sackhoff is on A&E's Longmire, but if you get them together, it's like time hasn't passed at all.

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Cantina Cast Episode 59: Star Wars On Tap; The Pilot
Reported by Mark on 24 Jul 2014 19:36

It's time to join Mike and Joao for The Cantina Cast.

Join us at the Cantina! Mike and Joao are accompanied by Chad, the newest addition to the Cantina Cast. Chad has been dubbed “Host” of the Cantina’s official audio blog; Star Wars on Tap. In this episode, the guys discuss the news by using the “Word Game,” filling in the ____. They confer about the spreading rumor on “No SW VII news at SDCC,” The Forest of Dean, and the two week halt on filming during the month of August. SWOT, the Pilot episode; “This is where the fun begins.” Chad takes his place in the pilot seat, no pun intended. Here the guys talk through the ideas of how SWOT originated and where future shows will be available to view/listen. After which, Chad leads the show in deliberating topics surrounding the current state of the SW fandom: influences, personal and canon POV’s, negative bashing amongst the fandom (is this now the norm?), discourse over the Disney merge, and most importantly, how should we, as “Fans” conduct ourselves? Even more so, those of us who hold a voice for the fans, aka Podcasters etc; shouldn’t there be a “Code of Conduct/Ethics?”

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SDCC 2014: Video Of Hot Wheels Life Size Darth Vader Car
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 19:23

You already saw the photos taken at SDCC by Yodasnews and Rebelscum of the striking Hot Wheels Life Size Darth Vader Car. Now check out the stunning video below posted on the Hot Wheels YouTube Channel that showcases this beast in action.

 

Hot Wheels® and Star Wars™ join forces to create the ultimate ride for the dark side! The Hot Wheels ® Star Wars™ Darth Vader™ life-size car is complete with an LS3 engine, 526 horsepower, custom red line tires and heavy breathing sounds from the Sith Lord himself. Don't miss the Darth Vader™ car when it rolls into San Diego Comic-Con International on Wednesday, July 23rd. At Comic-Con, you can also catch a sneak peek of the amazing Star Wars™ inspired Hot Wheels® character cars and a world of replica die-cast starships and play sets coming later this year, too!

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SDCC 2014: Tiya Sircar & Vanessa Marshall Pose With Their Star Wars Rebels Hasbro Figures
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 18:52

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New Episode VII Pinewood Studios Set Image
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 18:44

Point your browser towards Star Wars 7 News for a new image they received that was taken from the set of Episode VII at the North Lot of Pinewood Studios.

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UPDATED: SDCC 2014: Pics Of Hot Wheels Life Size Darth Vader Car
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 18:11

UPDATE: Rebelscum has posted their pics of the Vader car as well.

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Head on over to our buddies at Yodasnews for a few images of the Hot Wheels Life Size Darth Vader Car that is on jaw-droppingly display for fans to drool over at SDCC.

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SDCC 2014: Tiya Sircar & Vanessa Marshall Pose At Lucasfilm Pavilion
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 17:34

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SDCC 2014: Vanessa Marshall Poses With Star Wars Rebels Hera
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 17:29

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SDCC 2014: Funko Luke Hoth & Wampa POP! Set Available Via Barnes & Noble
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 14:36

The SDCC exclusive Funko Luke Skywalker Hoth & Wampa POP! set is now available to order on the Barnes & Noble website for $29.95.

Limited Edition Summer Convention Exclusives Hoth Luke and Wampa Pop! set is a super-stylized bobble-head pairing. 3.75” Hoth Luke is packaged with the 6” tall Wampa in a window display box. Wampa features a removable arm.

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SDCC 2014: Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor & Ezra Peavey Guitars
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 13:41

Our friends at Rebels Report have posted two awesome images of the new Inquisitor and Ezra guitar designs from manufacturer Peavey. We had seen other Star Wars Peavey guitars at their Toy Fair NY booth earlier this year. Click the image above or the source link below for the two images.

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SDCC 2014: Sideshow Collectibles & JAKKS Pacific Booth Images
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 11:59

More amazing SDCC image galleries come our way as Rebelscum provides us with a look at the impressive Sideshow Collectibles booth and Yodasnews dives into the new JAKKS Pacific 20" Star Wars line.

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RUMOR: Episode VII Filming To Take Place On Skellig Michael Island In Ireland
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 11:43

While the attention has been focused squarely on the new Star Wars products that have been revealed so far at SDCC, we haven't forgotten about Episode VII news, as we continue to scour the interwebs for any and all information pertaining to the upcoming film. This latest story comes via Irish Examiner that states filming for Episode VII will be heading to Skellig Michael island located in Ireland.

Part of the new Star Wars movie will be filmed on the Skelligs in Co Kerry.

Filming on the much-anticipated Star Wars 7 began earlier this year at locations in Abu Dhabi and London.

The local Kerry's Eye newspaper reports today that the World Heritage island off the Kerry coast will become one of the major film location sites after the Office of Public Works gave filmakers the go-ahead to shoot on Skellig Michael.

This isn't the first time we've heard Ireland being mentioned as a possible destination for Episode VII, as it came up in a story back in May of 2013 and again in June of 2013.

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