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   02 March 2015
The Realm Recap: Episode #53 - Fire Across The Toy Aisles
Reported by Mark on 02 Mar 2015 16:24

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

Flyguy and Yakface are back once again to grind through the week's Star Wars collecting news. On this show, we continue to report good things on the retail front as more and more Star Wars Rebels figures are making their way to collectors. The Star War Rebels trading card series hit retail this week and we've partnered with Topps to give away a full box. Did you win? You'll have to listen to find out. We also dig into news this week from Revoltech, Gentle Giant, Funko and more. Finally, Star Wars Rebel wraps its first season on Monday. Who Will Fall? Who is Fulcrum? All this and more on Episode 53 of The Realm Recap!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

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Jedi News Comic Review: Darth Vader #2
Reported by Mark on 02 Mar 2015 16:00
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BOOK I

VADER

It is a period of insurgence. The Empires ultimate peacekeeping force, THE DEATH STAR was destroyed due to an unforeseen design flaw. Without this deterrent, the rule of law is in danger. Chaos looms!

Due to his responsibility for the disaster, Darth Vader has fallen in the eyes of Emperor Palpatine. Grand General Tagge is to command the response to the Rebellion.

Unknown to the Emperor, Vader is quietly pursuing his own interests: the mysterious Force-strong pilot who destroyed the Death Star....

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REPORT: Maisie Richardson-Sellers To Play Korr Sella In The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 02 Mar 2015 15:55

She first spoke openly with the website Refinery29 back in December about what it was like being officially cast in Episode VII. Now, according to her casting listing on Spotlight, actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers will be playing the character of Korr Sella in The Force Awakens.

Click the image below to check out a screen shot taken from the Spotlight website displaying her casting information.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Chris Weitz On Writing For First Star Wars Spinoff, Says Fans Should "Expect Everything"
Reported by Justin on 02 Mar 2015 15:32

Chris Weitz, who was initially rumored earlier this year to have been tabbed by Lucasfilm to continue the writing for the first planned Star Wars standalone film after the departure of Gary Whitta, reveals in an interview with Slashfilm that he is in fact penning the script for the movie and advises fans to "expect everything because it’s Star Wars."

How did you go about getting the Star Wars movie? Because originally Gary Whitta was writing and we thought that was the core but then you came on. Can you talk about how that happened?

Well I think it still is the core. But in terms of…in a weird way, it was like meeting for any assignment. Go in, talk about how you work and talk about the idea, but of course there was A) A huge security component to it. I wasn’t able to see the script until kind of after I was brought on board. And B) I saw Star Wars when I was 7 and it was a formative experience in my life, let alone in the notion of filmmaking. I’m probably only working on this stuff because I did have that experience then. But it completely possessed me when I was a child and it was a huge part of my kind of emotional make up. So I tried to be as cool as possible in these meetings while still being aware if I got the assignment I was going to be able to work on something I’ve been dreaming of doing.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Fly Casual Episode 27: Sith In Pits
Reported by Mark on 02 Mar 2015 15:23

It's time to join the team at Fly Casual.

In this episode of Fly Casual Podcast, Garrick tackles the latest Star Wars Rebels Episode, Marvel Star Wars #2 and the premier issue of Darth Vader #1. Mike wades through the ocean of rumors hitting the Web.

Contact Information: iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Jedi News Book Review: Star Wars: Heir To The Jedi
Reported by MarcZ on 02 Mar 2015 15:00
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Luke Skywalker’s game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he’s a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there’s no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot—and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there’s no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

A brilliant alien cryptographer renowned for her ability to breach even the most advanced communications systems is being detained by Imperial agents determined to exploit her exceptional talents for the Empire’s purposes. But the prospective spy’s sympathies lie with the Rebels, and she’s willing to join their effort in exchange for being reunited with her family. It’s an opportunity to gain a critical edge against the Empire that’s too precious to pass up. It’s also a job that demands the element of surprise. So Luke and the ever-resourceful droid R2-D2 swap their trusty X-wing fighter for a sleek space yacht piloted by brash recruit Nakari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul, who’s got a score of her own to settle with the Empire.

Challenged by ruthless Imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit. If ever he needed the wisdom of Obi-Wan Kenobi to shepherd him through danger, it’s now. But Luke will have to rely on himself, his friends, and his own burgeoning relationship with the Force to survive.

This week marks the release of the newest Star Wars novel by Del Rey, Heir to the Jedi. This novel was originally planned to be a part of the Empire and Rebellion series from the old Expanded Universe. When the announcement was made that they would be rebooting the Star Wars Universe, this book was pushed back until now and became a part of the official cannon. New to Star Wars novels, author Kevin Hearne is given the challenge of writing this first person view story. Hearne is known for his fantasy book series titled The Iron Druid Chronicles, also released by Del Rey. While I have never read these books, I understand that they are all told in the first person perspective. I, Jedi, a novel released in 1998, up until now was the only Star Wars novel to be told in the first person. While I was not sure if I was ready for another first person perspective, I was excited about a novel in this time frame.

Beware, mild spoilers ahead.

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Nissin Star Wars Cup Of Noodle Soup With Yoda Ad
Reported by Matt on 02 Mar 2015 14:09

Ok, so maybe it's not rootleaf stew but it's as near as Yoda's going to get today. Watch as he prepares Cup Noodles.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Fly Casual, a Sourcebook for Smugglers, Is Now Available
Reported by Jonathan on 02 Mar 2015 13:48

We know 'em. We love 'em. Scoundrels, smugglers and fledgling nerf herders take note - this sourcebook for the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire roleplaying game, is now available!

From the website:

As a Smuggler, you thrive on risk and adventure. You’re happy never knowing what your next job might be or where it might take you. You might transport spice for a Hutt kajidic on one trip and ferry stolen medical supplies to a Rebel cell on the next. You don’t mind taking on illegal jobs from nefarious crime lords, as long as the pay is good. You just want to avoid Imperial attention, remain independent, and stay alive.
For players who want to experience the thrills, dangers, and freedom of a Smuggler’s life, Fly Casual introduces new specializations, species, and signature abilities, along with new vehicles, and gear. For Game Masters, it provides copious information about smuggling in the Star Wars galaxy, from ideas for smuggling jobs to guidelines for quick-draw showdowns.

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Star Wars Report #157: A Moff by any other name… (Stephen Stanton Returns)
Reported by Mark on 02 Mar 2015 13:23

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

Stephen Stanton joins the crew to discuss Tarkin, The Clone Wars, Rebels, the Story Group in action, and so much more! All on this week’s STAR WARS REPORT podcast!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Coffee With Kenobi: Mickey’s Jedi Blend: My Star Wars Weekends Top 5 Celebrity Encounters
Reported by Mark on 02 Mar 2015 13:06

Aaron Harris brings us this great blog entry, listing some of the amazing people he's met so far on his Star Wars adventures over at Coffee With Kenobi.

So everyone right now is on a countdown to Celebration Anaheim and the excitement as the dates draw closer is electric. You can’t touch social media without Celebration being mention or discussed in some way shape or form. I can only imagine what it will be like with The Force Awakens right around the corner. Unfortunately, attending Celebration isn’t in the cards for me this year.
It’s all good though, it gives me the chance to focus on the upcoming Star Wars Weekends 2015. That’s right, not long after the close of Celebration Anaheim, fan focus turns to Orlando, Florida for the annual event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Now we do have a couple of months to prepare, and trust me I am. I’ll fill you in when I can and when plans are finalized, but for now, let’s reminisce of some of the best Celebrity encounters I have had at Star Wars Weekends. These are the most memorable ones for me.

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Jedi News Competition: Win Star Wars Rebels Trading Cards
Reported by Team Jedi News on 02 Mar 2015 00:00

It's time for our latest competition here on Jedi News and this time we're giving away a full set of Star Wars Rebels Trading Cards, courtesy of our friends at Topps.

To win you need to answer this question:

In Rebels, Hera is the pilot of what vessel?

  • 1: The Boast?
  • 2: The Toast?
  • 3: The Ghost?

Click here to enter and good luck!

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   01 March 2015
UPDATED: Interview With Pilot Who Filmed The Force Awakens Scenes During Abu Dhabi Shoot
Reported by Justin on 01 Mar 2015 19:07

UPDATE: The National updated their initial article to also include the interview they conducted with the other pilot Andrew Masterson. Thanks to Jedi News reader Dalton K. for sending over the link.

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Point your browser towards the following article posted on The National by Jessica Hill in which Andy Nettleton, a Helidubai pilot who was hired by director J.J. Abrams to perform aerial photography during Episode VII shooting in Abu Dhabi, talks about what it was like being part of the production team for The Force Awakens.

At one point during the interview, Nettleton mentions how he saw actor Simon Pegg on set. Does this add more weight to the earlier rumor that Pegg has an official part in the film? Check out the intro to the exclusive interview below and be sure to take the source link for the full read.

When did you find out you would be working on Star Wars?

I work for Dubai’s premier helicopter service, Helidubai. Myself and my colleague, Andrew Masterson, are the only two motion picture-approved filming pilots with Universal and Hollywood studios in the Middle East. I was contacted by email in September 2013 and thought, ‘This won’t come off, it’s too good to be true’. We did the shoot last May.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Jedi News Review: Star Wars Rebels: Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook
Reported by Mark on 01 Mar 2015 14:15
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She’s funny, creative and impulsive; an artist with spray paint and advanced weapons. She’s also a 16-year-old girl who happens to be flying around the universe, wreaking havoc on the Imperial army. Now you can read the private diary of Sabine Wren, the awesome new heroine of the Star Wars Rebels television series!
Wren is one of the most compelling and interesting female character in Star Wars since Princess Leia! She’s an explosives expert supreme, and a master of advanced weapons. She’s also a crazy artist, gifted at graffiti and sketching. She’s strong, bold, confident, cool – and only 16! Get to know Sabine through her own words and artistic expression in this replica journal filled with sketches, photos of her best work, stories, doodles and her observations of her fellow rebels. In Sabine's own writing, relive events that occur during the first 10 episodes of Star Wars Rebels, plus discover details about Sabine’s life and the rebel team.

Written by the always reliable Dan Wallace and illustrated by Annie Stoll, this colourful release is aimed at kids aged between 6 and 10 years old - just like Star Wars itself - but don't be fooled into thinking this is just for kids, as Star Wars Rebels: Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook is a bright and breezy 96 pages of fun with plenty of info and insight for readers of any age.

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New Star Wars Rebels Topps Trading Cards Found At Retail
Reported by Justin on 01 Mar 2015 12:03

Just a quick heads-up for all the card collectors out there - the debut series of Star Wars Rebels trading cards from Topps is now available at your local retail store (the photo above was taken at Target.)

So be sure to check the trading card aisle/section for them the next time you are out and about.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Official Site: Galactic Backpacking, Pt 7: Visiting Real World Endor And Naboo's Great Grass Plains
Reported by Mark on 01 Mar 2015 03:38

Join Sander de Lange as he takes us backpacking through the galaxy for the 7th time into the forests of Endor and the plains of Naboo over at StarWars.com.

Ewoks and Gungans, love them or hate them, are hugely important to the Star Wars saga — after all, both races were instrumental in overthrowing an evil regime. In this first part dealing with the shooting locations in the USA we will visit the places used to create their homeworlds of Endor and Naboo.

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   28 February 2015
Star Wars Bookworms #37: Galaxy Heist
Reported by Teresa and Aaron on 28 Feb 2015 22:29

Join Teresa and Aaron for the latest episode of Star Wars Bookworms.

Star Wars Bookworms is now two years old! In this episode we talk about Celebration, Darth Vader, Marilyn Monroe, Harry Potter, and football.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter Facebook

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MAD Magazine #532: A MAD Look At LEGO
Reported by Matt on 28 Feb 2015 21:49

Drawn by the legendary Sergio Aragones - he of Groo the Wanderer fame - here's a MAD Magazine look at LEGO, told from Sergio's unique perspective.

Visit Brickfan for more pages from the 532nd issue of MAD Magazine, which remember is comes inside an Episode 7 parody cover.

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Monster Artistry: A Quick Chat with Animation Legend Phil Tippett
Reported by Mark on 28 Feb 2015 20:44

Join James Clarke as he holds a brief chat with VFX maestro Phil Tippett where they discuss his illustrious career including the classic Jurassic Park.

If you know your modern visual effects maestros, and if you know your stop- motion tauntaun from your stop-motion ED209, then you’ll know that Phil Tippett has been at the forefront of the visual effects and animation industries for the past forty years. His visual effects outfit, Tippett Studio, can count the recent movies Twilight, Ted and the forthcoming Jurassic World amongst its feature film credits. Outside of the feature film world, Phil has also recently completed work on a stop-motion, independently funded short entitled Mad God.

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Official Site: Heir To The Jedi -Exclusive Excerpt!
Reported by Mark on 28 Feb 2015 19:32

Head on over to StarWars.com for another excerpt from 3rd March Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne.

Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi — the first-ever novel written from Luke Skywalker’s point of view — hits stores March 3. Written by Kevin Hearne and set between Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, it finds the not-yet-a-Jedi hero sent on a daring rescue mission by Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar. Showcasing Luke at a key point in his life, Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi is essential reading.
StarWars.com has a special preview — as well as a look at early designs for the cover by Larry Rostant (with Scott Biel). Check it out!

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Gimme LEGO: Jango Unchained
Reported by Matt on 28 Feb 2015 19:02

Join Dr Dave Watford and Gimme LEGO as he travels back to 2002 to investigate set 7153, Jango's Slave 1.

As some of you may have seen, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a pre-release copy of Set 75060 Slave 1 at the tail end of last year which I built and reviewed over at Brickset. This Ultimate Collectors Series version of the ship is the latest and greatest in a long line of Slave 1 iterations released by LEGO over the years. The vast majority are versions of Boba Fett's Slave 1; these are most readily identified by their green and dark red or brown colour scheme, and by my reckoning LEGO have released at least seven versions of Boba Fett's Slave 1 not including advent calendar builds since they kicked off the Star Wars theme in 1999 (make that eight if you include the bag charm released back in 2008). In marked contrast, Jango Fett's Slave 1, which sports a predominantly white and dark blue colour scheme, has received far less attention from LEGO. Not including advent calendar builds, I'm aware of only two LEGO versions of Jango Fett's Slave 1 - the System scale Set 7153 Jango Fett's Slave 1 from 2002, and Set 4487 Jedi Starfighter & Slave I which is a 53-piece mini building set from 2003. I therefore thought I'd shine a light on the larger of these two sets and dig out my copy of Set 7153 Jango Fett's Slave 1.

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Comlink News (02/27/15) - Star Wars News Roundup!
Reported by Mark on 28 Feb 2015 18:52

This week David talks Star Wars at the Oscars, The Force Awakens trailer possibilities, new Clone Wars rumors, and more!

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On The Shelves UK: Sports Direct
Reported by Mark on 28 Feb 2015 18:37

Spotted by our great pal Andrew 'Fearney' Fearnside. Two different styles, down from £32.99 to £8.99 and from £24.99 to £8.00.

Spotted these in Sports Direct Oxford. Not in my size unfortunately. MTFBWY, Andy

Know just how you feel mate!

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More Reprint Marvel Star Wars Covers
Reported by Matt on 28 Feb 2015 18:13

 

More reprint covers come our way with a 4th printing for Star Wars #1 and second print variant covers for Darth Vader #2.

STAR WARS #1 CASSADAY 4TH PTG VAR (75960608113400114)
MARVEL COMICS
From Marvel Comics. The greatest space adventure of all time returns to Marvel! Luke Skywalker and the ragtag band of rebels fighting against the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet - the destruction of the massive battle station known as the Death Star. But the Empire's not toppled yet! Join Luke along with Princess Leia, smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca, droids C-3PO and R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they strike out for freedom against the evil forces of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor. Written by Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thor: God of Thunder) and with art by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers), this is the Star Wars saga as only Marvel Comics could make it! Rated T. Scheduled to ship 04/01/15. (161)

DARTH VADER #1 GRANOV 2ND PTG VAR
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MARVEL COMICS
From Marvel Comics. The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series! Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience's dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A New Hope (and the pages of the new Star Wars comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire's war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, Journey Into Mystery, Iron Man) and artist Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, X-Men: No More Humans) bring us a peek behind the mask of evil! Scheduled to ship 04/01/15. (161)

DARTH VADER #2 GRANOV 2ND PTG VAR (75960608124000212)
MARVEL COMICS
From Marvel Comics. The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series! Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience's dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A New Hope (and the pages of the new Star Wars comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire's war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, Journey Into Mystery, Iron Man) and artist Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, X-Men: No More Humans) bring us a peek behind the mask of evil! Scheduled to ship 04/01/15. (161)

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Jedi News Comic Review: Darth Vader #2
Reported by MaxN on 28 Feb 2015 18:00
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BOOK I

VADER

It is a period of insurgence. The Empires ultimate peacekeeping force, THE DEATH STAR was destroyed due to an unforeseen design flaw. Without this deterrent, the rule of law is in danger. Chaos looms!

Due to his responsibility for the disaster, Darth Vader has fallen in the eyes of Emperor Palpatine. Grand General Tagge is to command the response to the Rebellion.

Unknown to the Emperor, Vader is quietly pursuing his own interests: the mysterious Force-strong pilot who destroyed the Death Star....

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   27 February 2015
RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Names Of Some Rebels
Reported by Justin on 27 Feb 2015 19:05

Making Star Wars has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens via this link.

As is the case with all unconfirmed The Force Awakens rumors/reports posted out there on the interwebs, take the supplied link at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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RIP Leonard Nimoy 1931 - 2015
Reported by Team Jedi News on 27 Feb 2015 18:21

There will be all manner of eulogies written for Leonard Nimoy, the iconic actor who portrayed Mister Spock in Star Trek since 1965, admiring his work as an actor and artist. But sometimes it's best to keep it simple.

Live long and prosper.

Official Site: 5 Classic Star Wars Games To Match Modern Tastes
Reported by Mark on 27 Feb 2015 18:13

Star Wars games run the gamut of styles, from the flight combat of X-Wing to the RPG of Knights of the Old Republic. But what attracts the modern gamer to Star Wars games? Anthony Gallegos over at StarWars.com investigates.

Most of us have a favorite genre of games. From RPGs to shooters, we’re drawn to titles that are familiar and fun. For some of us this means hitting up the next Call of Duty or Battlefield, while for others it’s checking out every new space flight simulator that comes out, such as Elite: Dangerous or the upcoming Star Citizen. After all, just because we’re Star Wars fans doesn’t mean we only play Star Wars games.
So, in lieu of simply waiting for the 2015 Star Wars: Battlefront, allow me to make some classic Star Wars game recommendations for fans of these other recent or upcoming major games.

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RebelForce Radio: February 27, 2015
Reported by Mark on 27 Feb 2015 17:36

Do you have your tickets to Star Wars Celebration Anaheim? Maybe you cannot afford them? Fear not, Force-Fanatic, RFR is leaving no fan behind with our 2015 Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Ticket Giveaway! Listen and learn how you can become eligible to win a pair of 4-day passes to the most anticipated Star Wars event of the spring! We have 2 chances for you to win! Plus, Ming Chen from AMC’s Comic Book Men joins us In The Cantina to discuss The ‘Wars, Kevin Smith, and growing up a Star Wars fan. And, we review the most recent comments from J.J. Abrams about The Force Awakens, Mark Draven from the Celebration Tattoo Pavilion helps solve a mystery, Harrison Ford looks into the crystal ball, and our Almost Famous 15 Minute Spoiler Alert gets you caught up on the latest Episode VII rumors. And that’s just scratching the surface of all the great Star Wars audio awesomeness we have for you this week on RFR!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Saga To Be Retold In LEGO Form In New Series Coming To Disney XD
Reported by Justin on 27 Feb 2015 17:29

If you are a fan of LEGO Star Wars (honestly, who isn't?) then you should be quite excited about the following announcement of a new series coming to Disney XD titled Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales that has been posted over on The Hollywood Reporter.

The Star Wars movies are getting a Lego re-telling just in time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Disney XD has picked up Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales, an animated take on the six Star Wars movies. The limited series entails of five 22-minute episodes that will air later this year. Force Awakens opens galaxy-wide December 18.

But this is not Star Wars in 22 minutes. The conceit is that the movies are being retold through the eyes of robots C-3PO and R2-D2 in a brand new story.

Set after the Rebel Alliance victory on Endor seen at the end of Return of the Jedi, the droids are regaling the assembled of their adventures that led them to their present situation. An accidental kidnapping leads to a new adventure that progresses to the re-telling of the saga in the chronological order, starting from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi.

Details of who is directing or writing the episodes were not revealed.

Lego and Disney XD will reveal airdate information in the coming months.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Jedi News Review: Bomb Squad Clone Trooper: Ordnance Specialist
Reported by Mark on 27 Feb 2015 17:00
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I was thrilled to be asked to review the new Bomb Squad Clone Trooper: Ordnance Specialist from Sideshow Collectibles as my usual collecting fare isn't the statues or sixth scale figures (as this piece is, coming from Sideshow Collectibles Military of Star Wars series) but I have to say now I've got one in my hands I'm more than happy that they did.

Shipping within the next couple of weeks, this 12" tall figure is fully poseable, allowing the Bomb Squad Trooper to kneel down, grab his weapons, his pliers, the backpack, the bomb itself via a series of interchangeable hands and feet which easily clip in and out of the arm and leg sockets. The details on the figure is admirable and the deco evokes a character who spends his/her days disarming bombs. The decals on the bomb are upside down, but that's a small error.

 

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Win A Pair Of Tickets To Celebration From Rebelforce Radio And Stephen Stanton
Reported by Team Jedi News on 27 Feb 2015 16:48

Do you have your tickets to Star Wars Celebration Anaheim? Maybe you cannot afford them? Fear not, Force-Fanatic, RebelForce Radio is leaving no fan behind with our 2015 Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Ticket Giveaway! We’re teaming up with Star Wars Rebels Actor Stephen Stanton to give away a pair of four-day tickets to 2 lucky winners.

And, it gets even better…Our winners will get the opportunity to have their tickets delivered to them personally by Stephen Stanton in Anaheim! All the arrangements will be determined after the contest winners are selected.

RebelForce Radio along with Star Wars Rebels actor Stephen Stanton would like all Star Wars fans to check out all the great work being done by The Starlight Foundation. Click HERE to learn more about this great organization and to donate.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN BECOME ELIGIBLE TO WIN!

Leave us a voice mail or send us an MP3 explaining how you share Star Wars with a significant person in your life. Whether it’s a parent, sibling, friend, colleague…Anyone in your life who you share Star Wars with….Tell us yourstory.

LEAVE A V-MAIL – 708.320.1737 (or 1RFR)OR…

Simply tweet word-for-word:

“I’m joining @Stephen_Stanton and @RebelForceRadio in support of @StarlightOnline”

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Harrison Ford Confirmed For Blade Runner Return
Reported by Mark on 27 Feb 2015 16:34

It's confirmed - Harrison Ford is returning to the world of Blade Runner in a new 2016 film produced by Sir Ridley Scott.

Harrison Ford is to return as Rick Deckard in a sequel to Ridley Scott's dystopian 1982 Blade Runner classic.
The star's role was confirmed by Alcon Entertainment who said Scott will serve as an executive producer on the project.
The original movie was adapted from the Philip K Dick novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep.
Production on the film will begin in the summer of 2016.

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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: Rebel Resolve
Reported by Mark on 27 Feb 2015 15:31

Join Jimmy Mac and Jason Swank as they present Star Wars Rebels Declassified

We got a cliffhanger! The penultimate episode of Star Wars Rebels season one, “Rebel Resolve”, continues to follow the crew of The Ghost in their pursuit to rescue Kanan from Imperial captivity with the episode ending unRESOLVEd. What an amazing set-up for the season finale! Joining us at the RFR Roundtable to discuss “Rebel Resolve” are two incredible panelists: Star Wars fiction editor for Del Rey Erich Schoeneweiss and Fangirls Going Rogue’s Teresa Delgado.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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New Star Wars Jewelry & Apparel From Norse Legion
Reported by Justin on 27 Feb 2015 12:30

We have a new player in the market of Star Wars jewelry as Norse Legion has announced their new line of official Lucasfilm licensed jewelry and apparel based on characters and symbols from that galaxy far, far away.

Click the image above or take the source link below to check out their current line-up of products that will be vying for your republic credits.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Norse Legion
The Wampa's Lair #119: Prequel Dreams
Reported by Mark on 27 Feb 2015 00:53

It's time to join hosts Karl and Jason for the latest episode of The Wampa's Lair.

In their latest episode, Karl is joined by special guest co-host, and good friend Joe Hogan while Jason is away! Karl and Joe discuss some of the things they wish they had seen in the Prequel Trilogy! From expanded scenes between Anakin and Obi-Wan, to some pretty creative ideas for much of the character development in the stories! THIS IS NOT A PT BASHING SHOW in case you were wondering, but just a fun and creative take on some ideas for the PT!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
Official Site: Next Lives By Mary Franklin
Reported by Mark on 27 Feb 2015 00:03

She's been an invaluable part of the Star Wars machine for 14 years, linking with fans at close quarters, building bridges and casting her magic. Now, after news of her departure from Lucasfilm was announced earlier, Mary talks about those years and what's ahead over at StarWars.com.

After almost 14 years of working on Star Wars, it’s time for another life. I’m moving on from Lucasfilm. But I’m not completely moving on from Star Wars, thank the Maker. In my new job at ReedPOP I will remain working on Star Wars Celebration from their side, the show production side. Those of you working with me on the show now — on panels, programming, fan tables, etc. — will find me still there with you. I’ll just have a different email address

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   26 February 2015
Sneak Preview of Star Wars Insider #156
Reported by Mark on 26 Feb 2015 23:44

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TFNY 2015: 14th - 17th February 2015
Reported by Team Jedi News on 26 Feb 2015 23:30
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From 14th to the 17th February Team Jedi News - that's James Burns, Justin LaSalata and for the first time Mark Newbold - travelled to the icy wastes of New York to brave freezing tempratures and report on the 2015 New York Toy Fair.

Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 52
Reported by Mark on 26 Feb 2015 23:17
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at the early hints of Order 66, a cook droid, a one-eyed Jedi, Ani's Mom, the Generals castle, Jango's guns and a Bespin sky vehicle. We're leaving from the East...platform...

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Official Site: Fully Operational Fandom: Star Wars References In Pop Culture
Reported by Mark on 26 Feb 2015 23:02

Amy Ratcliffe turns her geektastic attention to the influence Star Wars has had on pop culture in her latest Fully Operational Fandom entry over at StarWars.com.

Star Wars is a difficult franchise to escape. Its longevity means different generations are continually introduced to the universe through the original trilogy and through newer releases such as Star Wars Rebels. The upcoming sequel trilogy will bring a wave of uninitiated fans to the fold — young and old — and storytellers will be among those fans. Like with other storytellers, chances are the Star Wars galaxy will burrow into their brains and affect their future work in small ways, maybe big ones. Just imagine, 30 years from now we could be hearing lines from the sequel trilogy quoted in television and films just like the original and prequel trilogies are referenced now.

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Auction For Signed The Force Awakens Cast First Table Reading Photo
Reported by Justin on 26 Feb 2015 20:01

You may want to pay off your credit card balances and double-check your available funds before proceeding ahead with this latest story. We just received an email from Brittany Welby of Glodow Nead Communications containing details on an extremely exciting auction pertaining to The Force Awakens and a once-in-a-lifetime tour courtesy of Lucasfilm.

Adam Driver has Joined Forces with IfOnly to Benefit Arts in the Armed Forces with a Unique Star Wars: The Force Awakens Online Auction

Star Wars Fans Can Bid to Win A One-of-a-Kind Signed Photo and Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Lucasfilm

SAN FRANCISCO (February 26, 2015) – IfOnly, a marketplace for experiences that donates a portion of its proceeds to charities, has announced the launch of its partnership with Lucasfilm and actor Adam Driver with a chance to win a hand-signed photo by the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a tour of the Lucasfilm campus in San Francisco. The auction, which will benefit Adam Drivers’ cause Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF), is open for bidding today and will end on March 19, 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18, 2015. www.ifonly.com/starwars

The signed photo includes faces and signatures from many of the cast members from the original films as well as the new members joining them in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The photo is only one part of the auction, however: the winning bidder will also receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the Lucasfilm campus at the Presidio in San Francisco.

Best of luck to each and every person who participates in this truly special auction!

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Star Wars Rebels "Fire Across The Galaxy" Season 1 Finale Trailer
Reported by Justin on 26 Feb 2015 17:09

Good Morning America provided us with our first look at this Star Wars Rebels Season 1 finale trailer earlier today. Now it has been posted on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel and embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

 

Get a first look at “Fire Across the Galaxy,” the season finale of Star Wars Rebels, in which the Ghost crew makes one last attempt to save their friend.

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IGN Rebel Base: Are Rumors Ruining The Force Awakens?
Reported by Justin on 26 Feb 2015 16:45

As fans we want to know more and more, and we fuel a culture of leaks and speculation. But are we ruining the movie for ourselves?

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Topps Star Wars Rebels Trading Cards
Reported by Mark on 26 Feb 2015 16:25

Topps bring us our first North American taste of Star Wars Rebels with their new Star Wars Rebels Trading Cards, which landed 25th February.

The Topps Star Wars Rebels Trading Cards contains 100 base cards plus 20 stickers and 10 temporary tattoos. The cards tell the story of the exciting time right before ‘A New Hope’ as The Empire is tightening its grip on the galaxy and we are introduced to a small band of Rebels who are challenging their rule. Our cards are available in mass retailers in the US and on sale at Topps.com. There are 6 cards per pack and $1.99 SRP. We are selling full boxes (24 packs per box) on Topps.com.

   

And stay tuned for your chance to win a 1 full box of Rebels cards next week!

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REMINDER: Farthest From 8: Sunday 1st March 2015
Reported by Mark on 26 Feb 2015 16:01

Don't forget, the 8th Farthest From takes place this coming Sunday in Fordingbridge and as always it's packed to the rafters with cool collectibles, knowledgeable collectors and much, much more.

Presentation schedule for the day:

  • 12.30pm Farthest From/ Roll Out Roll Call/ Twin of Power Show Announcements by Dave Tree.
  • 1.00pm Presentation: "Bend Ems, Star Wars Neglected Prodigal Son" Dave Tree wonders why there is so much snobbery towards Bend Ems, are they any better or worse than Vintage toys? Were they any better or worse than what followed by Power of the Force Two?
  • 1.30pm Presentation: "Collecting Luke X-Wing" A look at focus collecting by Jez Allinson.
  • 2.00pm Presentation: "Collecting Card Backs" Jason Smith takes us through collecting Star Wars Card Backs - Autographs may be subject to small charge.

Unfortunately due to production delays, the 10th Flocked Figure will not be available, but will be available at the summer show.

I'll be attending, as will Zak and Matt so we'll see you there!

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Official Site: Star Wars In Mythology: The Shadow
Reported by Mark on 26 Feb 2015 15:44

It's time to join Jason Hamilton as he explores the true meaning of the shadow over at StarWars.com.

The most obvious use of the Shadow is the dichotomy between light and dark sides of the Force. The dark side of the Force represents the Shadow, while the light side represents the ego. Balance is attained when the light side masters the dark. We see this explicitly in The Clone Wars. In the Season Six episode “Destiny,” Yoda is confronted by a literal Shadow of himself. The ensuing fight does little good. It isn’t until Yoda acknowledges and accepts the Shadow that he is able to master and control it. This is a direct parallel to Jung’s recommendation to merge with the Shadow, gaining strength and awareness.

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Exclusive: Paninis Next Four Rebels Comics Including Posters Magazine Preview
Reported by BrianC on 26 Feb 2015 15:37

Jedi Bibliothek bring us a look at the next four canon comic strips in Panini's Star Wars Rebels magazine, plus a look at the poster magazine, which lands next Wednesday.

Star Wars Rebels #3 (18.03.2015)
Title: The Fake Jedi
Author: Martin Fisher
Artist: Bob Molesworth

Star Wars Rebels # 4 (04/15/2015)
Title: Kallus' Hunt
Author: Martin Fisher
Artist: Bob Molesworth

Star Wars Rebels #5 (20.05.2015)
Title: Return of the Slavers
Author: Martin Fisher
Artist: Ingo Römling

Star Wars Rebels # 6 (06/17/2015)
Title: Eyes on the Prize
Author: Jeremy Barlow
artist: Bob Molesworth

 

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Mary Franklin Thanks Star Wars Fans On Twitter
Reported by Justin on 26 Feb 2015 13:53

In response to yesterday's big news about her leaving her position at Lucasfilm to become an official member of the amazing ReedPOP team, Mary Franklin posted the following tweet thanking all Star Wars fans for their generous and continuing support.

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Four New Lucasfilm Young Reader Novels To Be Released On September 4
Reported by Justin on 26 Feb 2015 13:41

Stitch Kingdom brings our attention to a series of four new novels coming from Disney Publishing that is targeted to be released on September 4. Each novel is recommended for the child/young teen age group.

We have already reported on a mysterious title currently known only as Winter Tales Book and Magnetic Play Set — which many are assuming is tied to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens — but now Disney Publishing has announced plans for four novels to be published a month earlier, all on the same date.

Known only as Autumn #1, Autumn #2, Autumn #3 and Autumn #4, all four titles are slated to be released on September 4, 2015. The first three titles are listed as having a page count of 240 pages each and recommended for readers aged 8-12, while the fourth skews slightly older at 10-14 and clocks in at 304 pages. All titles are described as hardcover titles, measuring 5.5" x 8.5".

It should be noted that only one title is currently being advertised as a Lucasfilm title, but as they are all named similarly and have a seasonal link to the Winter Tales title, we believe it’s a safe assumption the remaining three are Lucasfilm titles as well.

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Some Info On A Big Ol' Freighter
Reported by Justin on 26 Feb 2015 13:26

Making Star Wars has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to a character/aspect of Star Wars: The Force Awakens via this link.

As is the case with all unconfirmed The Force Awakens rumors/reports posted out there on the interwebs, take the supplied link at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

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Sneak Peek At Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Finale Via Good Morning America
Reported by Justin on 26 Feb 2015 13:23

We are treated to an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming Star Wars Rebels Season 1 finale via a short video provided by Good Morning America.

Take the source link below and be sure to tune in to Disney XD on Monday night at 9:00pm ET for what is sure to be a thrilling conclusion to a great first season.

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Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 67
Reported by Mark on 26 Feb 2015 11:00

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

Ready for another episode of Now, This Is Podcasting?! Join Jason, Randy, Jeremy and Sal for the latest in this week’s Star Wars news! On tonight’s episode of Now, This is Podcasting! John Williams and Jeremy go all the way, but are they ready?

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 26 Feb 2015 08:19
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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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Official Site: Studying Skywalkers: Mentors In The Star Wars Films
Reported by Mark on 26 Feb 2015 05:15

The always awesome Dan Zehr brings the latest entry in his Studying Skywalkers series to StarWars.com.

The term “mentor” goes all the way back to Homer’s classic, The Odyssey. In this famous epic, a character named Mentor (actually disguised as the goddess of wisdom, Athena), instructs Odysseus’ son, Telemachus, that he must stand up against his enemies, and search for knowledge. In this particular instance, the truth is in regards to the whereabouts of his father, but the power of what a mentor is transcends this legendary story, and finds itself present in the Star Wars saga in many different forms. A mentor shares knowledge and wisdom with a less experienced companion, and the Star Wars films have some of the most beloved and inspirational in all of fiction.

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   25 February 2015
Official Site: Star Wars Blasters: So Uncivilised, But So Awesome
Reported by Mark on 25 Feb 2015 23:58

Tim Veekhoven brings us another fantastically researched article, looking at the various blasters used across the various Star wars films and shows over at StarWars.com.

Throughout the centuries, blasters evolved into a myriad of models and sizes with specific functions. Powerful mega corporations such as BlasTech Industries, Merr-Sonn Munitions Inc., SoroSuub Corporation, and Czerka Arms were the most successful weapons manufacturers. Blaster pistols could be used with one hand and were easy to carry on a belt or in a holster. The difference between a blaster pistol and a heavy blaster pistol (such as Solo’s DL-44) was that the latter models were heavier to use and delivered more powerful blasts, albeit with a shorter maximum range. A generic blaster pistol weighed about 500 kilograms, could deliver 100 shots per pack, and had a maximum range of 120 meters. In this article we’ll check out some better-known blaster pistol models (don’t expect any hold-out blasters, sporting blasters, heavy blaster pistols, or blaster rifles).

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Jedi News Review: Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Resolve
Reported by Teresa and Aaron on 25 Feb 2015 22:30
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In what feels like the second act of a three-part season finale, our rebels attempt to rescue Kanan against the orders of Hera and ultimately the mysterious Fulcrum. Who better to put their faith in than the always even-keeled astromech Chopper. This one should be fun.

Heir To The Jedi Excerpt
Reported by Mark on 25 Feb 2015 22:16

It lands on 3rd March, it's by Kevin Hearne and here's an excerpt from the 1st person perspective novel via the always excellent Star Wars Books.

When I’d first felt the Force on the Millennium Falcon, it had been the barest tickle of a presence in my consciousness and in the air around me that wasn't attributable to my five senses. Since then I had reached out to the Force on numerous occasions, and each time it grew marginally easier to make that contact and feel the Force swirl and coalesce around me, a not-quite-tangible but very real sensation, sort of like exercising and discovering over time that the same routine requires less effort because your strength and endurance have increased.
I didn't have any goal in mind other than increasing my awareness of the Force; there were no vegetables or other objects to nudge around in the cockpit, anyway, and I figured a greater grasp of the Force would help me perform such tasks more quickly later on, and perhaps allow me to move larger objects, or accomplish any number of other Jedi exercises.
The streaming starlines of hyperspace were excellent for clearing my mind. No distractions, just visual white noise. I remembered training with the remote, wearing a helmet with the blast shield down and feeling the Force as a power within and without that worked with me and yet was not me. That had been a twinge, a tiny awakening of a new part of my mind, like a half-glimpsed dawn through sleep-encrusted eyes. I knew I wasn't fully awake yet; I think part of me wanted to go back to sleep. But the dawn comes whether you sleep through it or not, and I think the Force might be like that—always there, but unseen until you make the effort.
My breathing slowed and deepened, and soon I became aware that there were others breathing on the ship. Drusil was nearest, sitting in an attitude of prayer or perhaps meditation like myself, attempting to soothe away her worries. Perhaps the activity of her mind was pure math. Farther back and to the left, Nakari felt happy, though I didn't know about what. Her breath was uneven and sort of purred—was she humming to herself? I couldn't hear that to confirm...

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Official Site: The Modal Nodes vs Max Rebo Band
Reported by Mark on 25 Feb 2015 21:52

It's time for the battle of the bands, brought to you by Amy Ratclife and StarWars.com.

We saw both groups in action on Tatooine in the original trilogy. They played their tunes in rough and tumble locales on the dusty Outer Rim planet — either the pay must have been stellar or they were desperate for gigs. Max Rebo reportedly worked for free food, and Jabba the Hutt’s promise of endless edibles was enough for the leader to sign a lifelong contract with the gangster. I don’t really blame him. Though the bands did compete for contracts from time to time, this breakdown isn’t about which band rocks more. It would be impossible to choose. This is an overview of members, instruments, and more from canon and Legends.

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Update On Rancho Obi-Wan 2015 Membership Kits & Exclusive Celebration Anaheim Patch
Reported by Justin on 25 Feb 2015 21:31

Rancho Obi-Wan has released product and shipping information on their upcoming 2015 Membership Kits earlier today. Check out the details below.

The Rancho Obi-Wan 2015 Membership Kit is in its final stages of production and will start shipping soon to new members and current members as they renew.

This year’s patch and membership card art are based on a painting by the talented Daniel Bergren, which was done expressly for Rancho Obi-Wan for a fundraising auction. In addition to the patch and hand-signed membership card, the kit contains a letter from Rancho chairman Steve Sansweet and the second in a series of costume designer John Mollo’s historic sketches that led to the final costume worn by Alec Guinness in Star Wars.

The Mollo sketch in this year’s kits is dated January 8, 1976, just a short time after Mollo had been hired. As the description on the back of the collectible card notes, the artist had changed the costume’s look from that of a more military-style outfit to a full length kimono-style robe with sash. The Japanese word for a kimono sash is obi. Mollo won an Academy Award for his work on the film.

They also revealed an image of their exclusive and highly-collectible Celebration Anaheim 2015 patch!

In addition to the 2015 patch, as has become tradition, Rancho Obi-Wan will offer an exclusive Celebration Anaheim patch for sale to members only. The patch is based on a beautiful black and white pencil sketch of Obi-Wan by gifted artist Keven Reinke, also done specifically for a Rancho fundraiser. Both patches were designed by Curt Hanks. The Celebration patch will be included in the price of new membership kits purchased and personalized at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim April 16-19 at the Rancho Obi-Wan booth. They also will be available for sale to existing members. The Celebration patches are limited and will not be remade.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 25 Feb 2015 20:00
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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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Mary Franklin Leaves Lucasfilm To Officially Join ReedPOP
Reported by Justin on 25 Feb 2015 19:58

Please see the following announcement pertaining to the Queen of Star Wars Celebration herself, Mary Franklin, that has been posted on our great friend Steve Sansweet's Facebook page.

Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to my good friend Mary Franklin as she moves on from Lucasfilm and goes to work on the east coast for Reed Pop, which runs Star Wars Celebration under contract--so she still will be intimately involved with the event while working on Reed's international pop culture conventions.

I am so proud of the fact that I hired Mary in 2001 and that she far exceeded everyone's expectations from the first day--and remains a passionate Star Wars fan. From cattle herding, penguin wrangling, weight lifting, commercial fishing, and public relations to director of events and fan relations at Lucasfilm, it's not a cliche to say she's done it all!

We wish Mary nothing but the absolute best in her new position with ReedPOP, as we all know she will continue to perform outstanding work for the entire Star Wars fan community well into the future.

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RUMOR: Journey Of The Millennium Falcon In The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 25 Feb 2015 19:28

Making Star Wars has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to a character/aspect of Star Wars: The Force Awakens via this link.

As is the case with all unconfirmed The Force Awakens rumors/reports posted out there on the interwebs, take the supplied link at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Another Promo Trailer For Star Wars Rebels "Fire Across The Galaxy" Season 1 Finale
Reported by Justin on 25 Feb 2015 14:43

Embedded below is another short video clip promoting the Star Wars Rebels Season 1 finale episode titled "Fire Across the Galaxy" which will be airing on Disney XD on Monday March 2 at 9:00pm ET. The episode will also feature the debut of Darth Vader to the animated series in non-holographic form.

 

The season finale episode of Star Wars Rebels "Fire Across the Galaxy" premieres Monday night, March 2nd at 9/8c!

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Oscar Isaac "In The Dark" On The Force Awakens Story
Reported by Justin on 25 Feb 2015 13:26

With principal photography for Episode VII having been completed for several months now, new cast member Oscar Isaac was asked in an interview recently conducted with TimeOut Dubai if he knew the overall storyline of The Force Awakens that will be playing out on the silver screen for scores of eager fans come December 18. His response? Check it out below.

You’ve finished shooting Star Wars. Are you one of the handful of people in the world who knows what the film is about?

No. I’m just as in the dark as everyone else as to how it will all come together. But I do know it will come together beautifully. [Director] J.J. Abrams has so much passion and love for the story. I can’t wait to see more of it. That trailer was incredible. Just like the rest of the world I was floored by it.

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   24 February 2015
Full of Sith Rumor Control 03
Reported by Mark on 24 Feb 2015 23:38

Join Bobby Roberts for the latest episode of Rumor Control.

This is an episode about things you thought you knew about The Force Awakens, but you didn’t really know until now, when you’ll DEFINITELY know them, although that could change between now and December. Sounds confusing! It isn’t though. Well, until it is. This episode locks down the beginning of the movie, the VEEEEERY end of the movie, (Yes, really) and how those events affect our Original Trilogy heroes in The Force Awakens – one of whom is going to have a REALLY rough time in this movie. There’s big, BIG stuff in here, so remember: This is a spoiler show. You don’t want the spoils? Do not click play on this thing.

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

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Marvel: Darth Vader #2 Variants And Star Wars #1 3rd Printing
Reported by Matt on 24 Feb 2015 23:00

Arriving tomorrow, variant covers for Darth Vader #2 and the 3rd printing of Star Wars.

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Official Site: Dave Filoni Star Wars Rebels Interview With Dan Brooks - Part 1
Reported by Justin on 24 Feb 2015 22:43

Continuing his stellar can't-miss interview segments with notable creative personalities from the Star Wars universe (be sure to check out his 3-part Rebels interview with Simon Kinberg from last year), Lucasfilm's Dan Brooks has posted Part 1 of his new interview series he recently conducted with Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni.

In this first installment, Filoni pulls back the curtain on how Star Wars Rebels was created. He discusses early story concepts, the continuing influence of Lucas, and, surprisingly, opens up his own personal archives.

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RUMOR: Robert Boulter To Play A Young Luke In The Force Awakens?
Reported by Justin on 24 Feb 2015 22:33

Making Star Wars has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to Star Wars: The Force Awakens via the titled link below.

Is Robert Boulter Playing A Young Luke Skywalker?

As is the case with all officially unconfirmed The Force Awakens rumors/reports posted out there on the interwebs, take the supplied link at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 51
Reported by Mark on 24 Feb 2015 22:17
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at a dangerous reunion, the ultimate battle bots, a Tusken Jedi, the gungan boss, the BMF of all Jedi, the temples of Yavin, the DC-15A, confederate vessels and T-65 manoeuvers. Switch to targeting computers...

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Official Site: Collectibles From The Outer Rim: Hi-C Freebies From 1983
Reported by Mark on 24 Feb 2015 19:30

Matt Dracula brings us this really fun article over at StarWars.com looking back over three decades to the Hi_C promotions of 1983.

Hi-C is still made today, but back in the early ‘80s, that stuff was the proverbial poodoo. And, as anyone reading this site should know… so was Return of the Jedi.
If you were a fan of Luke Skywalker and wild cherry juice, 1983 was a great year. Hi-C ran numerous Return of the Jedi promotions, offering everything from hats to T-shirts. Yes, we were rewarded with Star Wars junk just for drinking fruit punch. What a deal!

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Full of Sith Episode CIII: Carrie Fisher and Ray Park
Reported by Mark on 24 Feb 2015 18:33

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

Bryan gathers through the crew to listen and talk about his interviews with Carrie Fisher and Ray Park at the 2015 Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience.

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

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Exclusive MintInBox.net Series Of Ralph McQuarrie Artwork
Reported by Justin on 24 Feb 2015 17:50

Now this is exceptionally cool and about as high up the must-have ladder as you can get. Our fellow The Force United teammates over at Mint In Box have posted details on their Celebration Anaheim 2015 exclusive that pays homage to the iconic work of the one and only Ralph McQuarrie. Over to MIB (translated)...

As you know Mintinbox will be attend to Star Wars Celebration with a booth in the fan area for the first time outside Europe.

Of course we will have gifts with us for the visitors ! We will distribute an exclusive new series of 4 artworks in the memory of the great Ralph McQuarrie, designed by our favorite artist "KOSEPT" aka Sebastien Lasnon.

Every day a new artwork will be available on our booth to be able to assemble them into a big piece of artwork (see below).

Warning ! The quantities are limited and we are expecting many of you on our booth.

Soon for more information...

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Official Site: Star Wars Heir To The Jedi Audiobook - Exclusive Preview
Reported by Mark on 24 Feb 2015 17:35

The latest canon novel is just a few days away - and stay tuned for our reviews of the book here on the site - but until then have a listen to this excerpt from the Random House audiobook of Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne.

How did Luke Skywalker grapple with the loss of his mentor? How did his role in the Rebel Alliance change after the destruction of the Death Star? Was he ready for the next step in his journey?
There are many unanswered questions in Luke’s life following the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi, a new novel by Kevin Hearne coming March 3 — written, for the first time, entirely in Luke’s first-person perspective — will begin to answer those questions.

And keep watching the site as we will - as we always do - offer you the chance to win copies of the audiobook in an upcoming competition.

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Jogcast Blog: The State of Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 24 Feb 2015 17:19

Join Adam O'Brien as he gives his opinions on the current state of Star Wars.

As a Star Wars fan from the early eighties, I find it hard to reconcile the dreams I once had as a child of seeing an old Luke as a Master, busting heads, and taking names, but we are about to see it.
It’s once again a reality, and will it live up to the vision in me head, and give me the nirvana of a fan’s mind.
NO, it won’t.
Mark Hamilll himself has said so. This is key as fans, we hold Star Wars not only in our grasp but in our hearts too, and no matter what we do to try and kindle the flame of fandom, we cannot be anything but wrong in our mind’s eye.
No, the film will not be what we think it is, because no film and capture that kind of magic, and still keep going.

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Radio Free Tatooine Episode 18
Reported by Mark on 24 Feb 2015 16:02

It's time to join Sean and Amy for Radio Free Tatooine.

Last Tuesday, you may have sensed a disturbance in the Force. That's because Amy's baby, Bruno, finally arrived! We give an update on the status of our missing cohost, talk about the penultimate episode of the first season of Star Wars Rebels, stand firm against spoilers, and indulge in many, many tangents in episode number 18!

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: 50 Days To Go
Reported by Justin on 24 Feb 2015 15:24

The title of this story says it all - we're down to 50 days now before members of the Star Wars fan community from all four corners of the globe descend upon the Anaheim Convention Center for Star Wars Celebration.

In case you missed it when the information was first posted on the official site, be sure to check out the Will Call details for picking up your admission badge (if applicable) once you arrive in Anaheim.

And of course, make sure you download the Celebration Mobile App for your desired platform if you haven't done so already.

50 days till our world is officially ROCKED.

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2015 Topps Star Wars Wrapper Wall Art, More Images From Star Wars Rebels Card Set
Reported by Justin on 24 Feb 2015 13:30

If you are a current Star Wars trading card collector or are interested in becoming one as we usher into this new era of Star Wars content, check out the following Topps product update posted over on The Cardboard Connection.

If you collected cards back when the movie first came out, chances are you remember busting into packs of 1977 Topps Star Wars. Even if you didn't collect cards, there was a good chance you were busting packs. It's one of the most popular trading card sets ever. With that comes some iconic wrappers. It's that pop art that'd being revisited with 2015 Topps Star Wars Original Wrapper Wall Art.

The full 1977 Topps Star Wars set spanned not just one but five series. Each came with their own wrapper. Those five wrappers are being recreated as limited edition metal prints. Available exclusively on the Topps website starting on February 24, they are limited and numbered to 99 copies each. Each piece of 2015 Topps Star Wars Original Wrapper wall art measures 10 x 14 inches.

This is the first of several wall art offerings Topps has planned for Star Wars in the months ahead.

We also get a look at a few more cards that will be part of the upcoming Topps Star Wars Rebels set that we reported on earlier (click the image below to be taken to the Topps product page for the images.)

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Sneak Peek At Darth Vader In Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Finale
Reported by Justin on 24 Feb 2015 12:46

Next Monday March 2 brings us the exciting conclusion to Season 1 of Star Wars Rebels with the episode titled "Fire Across the Galaxy" and also provides us with our first physical on-screen appearance of Darth Vader in the series!

If you simply cannot wait for this week to pass and are unable to hold back the desire to be spoiled, Slashfilm provides readers with a sneak peek at Vader as well as an accompanying 30-second teaser video clip.

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Rebels Recon #13: Inside "Rebel Resolve"
Reported by Justin on 24 Feb 2015 02:39

In Rebels Recon #13, StarWars.com goes behind the scenes of the Star Wars Rebels episode "Rebel Resolve,” with creator interviews and much more!

In "Rebel Resolve,” the Ghost crew struggles to find intel on where the Empire is holding Kanan. Ezra makes a risky deal with Vizago, and learns that the Empire is using courier droids to relay information from the ground to orbiting ships. In a desperate mission, Chopper goes undercover as an Imperial droid and discovers where Grand Moff Tarkin plans to take their friend: Mustafar.

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   23 February 2015
Star Wars Action News Episode 443: Toy Fair 2015 Part 2 - Kotobukiya, Funko and More
Reported by Mark on 23 Feb 2015 22:35

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

Take a virtual tour of the Jacob K. Javits Ceonvention Center with Marjorie and Arnie as they recall all the new Star Wars collectibles on display! Want to lift X-Wing starfighters with the power of your mind? Or proudly display figures showing Darth Vader as a feudal samurai? What about having a rubbery vinyl toy of a Wampa with blood spilled down his front? From new Celebration Anaheim exclusives to toys that boggle the mind, all that and more was revealed in New York City's Javits Center during Toy Fair International 2015! On this episode of Star Wars Action News join Marjorie and Arnie for a virtual tour around the booths of Toy Fair featuring Statues, Role Playing Games, toys, housewares and more! Find out about the funky new Funko collectibles including a rainbow Bossk! Then hear an exclusive interview with Kotobukiya's Dan Lujan to find out about upcoming statues, including the fate of the female Stormtrooper Bishoujo. The Force Awakens in 2012, but not for 10 more months, so find out all the Star Wars goodies coming before then in this Star Wars Action News show!

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 50
Reported by Mark on 23 Feb 2015 21:37
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at some Geonosian justice, our favourite Swiss army knife, your Gran, a wookiee Jedi, the dark lord, the other desert hut, a fearless and inventive weapon and the Empire's fastest fighter. Load up the Dewbacks, we're heading for the homestead...

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Chris Pratt Has Not Been Contacted About New Indiana Jones Film
Reported by Justin on 23 Feb 2015 20:56

In response to the latest rumor going around about Disney's desire to cast him as the titular lead character in the next Indiana Jones film (and the report about Steven Spielberg looking to work with him as well), Chris Pratt told MTV's Josh Horowitz in the video below during last night's Oscars that he has yet to be contacted by Disney about this potential project.

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Bob Chapek Named Chairman Of Disney Parks And Resorts
Reported by Justin on 23 Feb 2015 20:35

According to an article posted on The Wrap, Bob Chapek has been named the new chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Thomas Staggs, who had held this title previously with Disney, was recently named COO earlier this month.

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Bob Chapek has been named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, it was announced today by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Thomas O. Staggs, Chief Operating Officer, The Walt Disney Company.

A 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, Mr. Chapek has served since 2011 as President of Disney Consumer Products, driving a technology-led transformation of the Company’s consumer products, retail and publishing operations. He assumes his new role effective immediately.

“Under Bob’s leadership, Consumer Products has seen great success, focusing on brands and a franchise-driven strategy while launching new products and retail experiences that combine technological innovation and creativity,” Mr. Iger said. “He is an experienced and versatile executive well-suited to lead Parks and Resorts into the future.”

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Toy Stories: How Will The Force Awakens Stay Ahead Of The Competition?
Reported by Mark on 23 Feb 2015 20:00
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Welcome to 2015. As fans of Star Wars, this is the year we've been waiting for since October 30th 2012, when the impossible dream of Episode 7 was announced. Actually, scratch that. The truth is we've been waiting since May 19th 2005 when Revenge of the Sith perfectly completed the circle of six films and two trilogies. Or perhaps we should go the whole hog and step back to a day many readers won't remember because they weren't even born -- May 25th 1983 and the release of Return of the Jedi, the chronological predecessor to The Force Awakens. Whatever day we choose to acknowledge, the fact of the matter is its 2015, we have new Star Wars just 300 days away and the galaxy is rightfully excited.

Official Site: Interview: Kjell Lindgren Of NASA
Reported by Mark on 23 Feb 2015 19:23

NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren talks his latest mission and the science of Star Wars over at StarWars.com.

Lindgren, a NASA astronaut, is set to launch for the International Space Station this May as a part of Expedition 45. Last week, as is customary for ISS Expeditions, NASA released a specially-themed poster commemorating the event. This one (see above), however, features the crew dressed as lightsaber-wielding Jedi, a starfield backdrop with an X-wing-like satellite, and a very Star Wars-esque title: Space Station: Expedition XLV The Science Continues. Lindgren, who came up with the idea for the image, is pictured in the lower left…with a red lightsaber. StarWars.com caught up with him to get the full story on the poster and to talk Star Wars science.

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Oscars 2015: Dancing Stormtroopers?
Reported by Mark on 23 Feb 2015 18:34

Yep, the might of the Empire was represented at last nights Oscars as were other elements of the galaxy far, far away as Felicity Jones was up for Best Supporting Actress, David Oyelowo was nominated for Best Actor and ILM was nominated for Best VFX.

But just wait until next February and Oscars 2016, when The Force Awakens (I'm looking into my crystal ball) has almost reached 2 billion dollars at the worldwide box office, about to catch Titanic as the second biggest grossing film ever and chugging towards the 2.7 billion total of Avatar. We'll be bringing home some gold in more ways than one.

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Fly Casual Episode 26: A Beer and a Bucket of Sadness
Reported by Mark on 23 Feb 2015 18:13

It's time to join the team at Fly Casual.

In this episode of Fly Casual Podcast, the boys discuss news and toys during their latest joygasm over all things Star Wars.

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