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   04 May 2015
Celebration Anaheim 2015 Thank You Video, Over 50,000 Fans Attended
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2015 21:23

On May the 4th, Disney and Lucasfilm thank fans for their tremendous support at Star Wars Celebration and wish everyone a Happy Star Wars Day!

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Peter Mayhew Reveals New The Force Awakens Electronic Chewbacca Mask
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2015 20:43

Earlier today we received the email copied below from Hunter PR that has the mighty Chewbacca himself, Mr. Peter Mayhew, showing off a new Hasbro electronic Chewbacca mask that will be available to purchase in stores as part of the debut of The Force Awakens merchandise on September 4.

Happy Star Wars Day!

By now you've seen the exciting announcement that the toy line for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available on #ForceFriday, September 4th. That's just a scant 123 days away!

We look forward to sharing more details on Hasbro's Star Wars: The Force Awakens toy line with you in the future. In the meantime, please enjoy this Star Wars Day surprise from our friend Peter Mayhew as we start the countdown to #ForceFriday.

May the Fourth be with you!

Your friends at Hasbro, Inc.

Brandon Rohwer & Justin Aclin

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Sideshow R5-D4 Sixth Scale Figure Pre-Order Now Up
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2015 19:46

Sideshow Collectibles has updated their website to include a pre-order link for their upcoming R5-D4 Sixth Scale Figure as seen on screen in Episode IV. The figures carries a $139.99 price tag and is scheduled to begin shipping in the March-April 2016 timeframe.

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Star Wars Day Force For Change UNICEF Kid Power Online Charity Auction
Reported by Team Jedi News on 04 May 2015 19:33

Please see the following announcement that was sent to various media outlets earlier today via an official Lucasfilm press release.


Iconic stormtrooper helmets decorated by artists from around the world up for bid on global Star Wars Day, May the 4th.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, MAY 4, 2015 — Star Wars: Force For Change, a charitable initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm, today announced its latest campaign, teaming with eBay Giving Works to auction off a selection of plaster stormtrooper helmet replicas uniquely decorated by artists around the world. The 10-day auction will kick off today and give bidders the chance to compete for these one-of-a-kind stormtrooper helmets at a starting price of $5.04. Lucasfilm has donated the helmets to U.S. Fund for UNICEF. U.S. Fund for UNICEF will receive 100% of the final auction sales price for each helmet and will direct these funds to support UNICEF Kid Power, an innovative new program that uses the world's first Wearable-For-Good to get kids active and provide lifesaving food packets to children in need around the globe.

This auction comes on the heels of a very successful Force For Change interactive event at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. During a globally-broadcast panel discussion about the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie to be released on December 18, 2015, director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy discussed their latest collaboration with the humanitarian children’s organization in support of UNICEF Kid Power and why the relationship is so important to Star Wars: Force For Change.

“The Star Wars movies have always inspired a desire in people to help others, and we are extremely grateful that our fan community has been so generous with their time and efforts on behalf of the many charitable causes they support,” remarks Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm Ltd. “Our hope is that Force For Change will harness that spirit of giving into a worldwide movement that uses the power and reach of Star Wars to help those around the world in need.”

“UNICEF Kid Power allows kids to become global forces for change with every step they take. The generous support from Disney and Lucasfilm along with the excitement generated by Star Wars fans will allow UNICEF to inspire even more kids to get active and save lives,” said Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "May the Force for change be with you!"

Star Wars: Force For Change and UNICEF Kid Power also hosted an obstacle course for kids on the Celebration floor with several Star Wars licensees and fan groups participating to raise over $50,000 in support of UNICEF Kid Power. By tapping into young people’s inherent desire to help others, Star Wars: Force for Change and UNICEF Kid Power are inspiring a new generation of global citizens. While participating in the program, kids wear UNICEF Kid Power Bands, which measure their activity while they are moving. Physical activity unlocks Kid Power Points – the more they move, the more points they earn. Kid Power Points are converted to funding by partners, and funds are used by UNICEF to deliver lifesaving packets of therapeutic food to severely malnourished children.

To participate in the eBay stormtrooper Helmet Auction, go to

Look out for more opportunities to participate in Star Wars: Force For Change throughout 2015. Go to to learn more.

Domhnall Gleeson Talks The Force Awakens With CNBC
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2015 19:06

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Star Wars Battlefront: Creating The Planet Sullust
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2015 18:48

The team over at DICE provides us with this latest update on how the development crew headed to Iceland to undergo the process of creating the extremely environmentally dangerous world of Sullust that will be featured in Electronic Arts' upcoming Star Wars Battlefront title.

When the DICE team first set foot on the Icelandic surface, parts were bubbling, giving off short yet intense bursts of heat. The solid ground gently rumbled, reverberations felt from head to toe. They stood still, looking far and wide only to see eerie streams of smoke rolling across the horizon and over awkward arrangements of gigantic black rocks. The air was cool but surprisingly calm, as if life was non-existent. It was in this moment that they knew this was what players need to feel when trudging through the cold, dark, and unstable terrain of a previously unexplored planet and bringing this to Star Wars™ Battlefront would be one of their biggest challenges yet.

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Dave Filoni Celebrates Star Wars Day With Pittsburgh Steelers Yoda Drawing
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2015 17:32

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The Force Awakens Character For Gwendoline Christie Revealed
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2015 16:46

Official The Force Awakens character reveals courtesy of the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine continue to roll in as we have now learned who Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie will be playing in the film. We had initially heard rumblings about her character's name back in December.

This latest round of casting news joins the earlier character reveals for Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong’o.

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Star Wars Rebels UK Coming July
Reported by StephenG on 04 May 2015 16:43

Well, okay, we get the month but not the day. Better than nothing though, eh?

HAPPY STAR WARS DAY!To celebrate, here’s a first look at the brand new and exclusive trailer for season two of Star Wars Rebels COMING THIS JULY - let us know what you think…

Posted by Disney XD UK on Monday, 4 May 2015

Coming July 2015 to UK Screens

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Happy Star Wars Day From SUBWAY Restaurants
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2015 16:12

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Star Wars Rebels Ultimate Guide To Season 1 Video
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2015 14:43

Our new cowboy Jedi, Kanan Jarrus, provides us with a look back at Season 1 of Star Wars Rebels via holorecord 26714, otherwise known as the Ultimate Guide video shown below that was recently posted on the Disney XD Rebels website.

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Happy Star Wars Day!
Reported by Team Jedi News on 04 May 2015 14:00

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing today, have an amazing Star Wars Day. Watch the saga, attend conventions, make Star Wars themed food, wear your favourite tee or talk the Wars with your pals, it doesn't matter.Have a blast celebrating the love!

The Force Awakens Characters For Lupita Nyong’o And Adam Driver Revealed
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2015 13:25

Following yesterday's cover reveal and the joy-inducing on set video with the cast which revealed the character that Adam Driver would be playing, we have also now learned via Vanity Fair the official name of Lupita Nyong’o’s character in The Force Awakens.

There's also a cool group photo of "assorted riffraff" that we'll see associated with Nyong’o’s character.

Take the source link below if you so desire!

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Star Puns: The Best Star Wars Puns in the Galaxy!
Reported by Mark on 04 May 2015 13:19

The best Star Wars puns in the galaxy is a bold statement, but there are definitely some gems in here including this one above which attacked my funny bone like a mynock chewing on a power cable.

Head on over to Star Puns for more puntacular examples.

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Jedi News Book Review: Ultimate Star Wars
Reported by BrianC on 04 May 2015 12:00
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Become an expert on the Star Wars galaxy! Ultimate Star Wars is an in-depth visual feast exploring the characters and storylines from the Star Wars galaxy. This is a beautifully illustrated guide that is structured chronologically and packed full of information about key characters and storylines from the Star Wars movie saga, The Clone Wars, and Rebels™. Ultimate Star Wars will get new and old fans caught up and knowledgeable on all things Star Wars.

Written by the team of Adam Bray, Tricia Barr, Adam Bray and Ryder Windham and providing as its title suggests; the ultimate reference resource for Star Wars characters, creatures, locals, tech and vehicles – Ultimate Star Wars is effectively the encyclopedia of the Star Wars universe. It is a tour de Force to refresh your memory of those things you forgot, never knew, or just never thought to ask. Written in a style that it is easy for everyone from the obsessive fan, to the newest reader, those who grew up with the original films, to the youngest fans of Star Wars Rebels – this work of passion is the ideal coffee table book that can enthrall the reader in minutes.

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The Realm Recap: Episode #61 - May the Fourth Weekend Be With You
Reported by Mark on 04 May 2015 11:45

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

The Realm Recap returns with the week’s news from Hasbro, LEGO, Funko and several of the festivities tied to the May the Fourth Weekend.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

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Stormtroopers Shop Up A Storm In Shopping Centers Across The UK
Reported by Team Jedi News on 04 May 2015 11:15

Many of us will be visiting shopping centres across the UK today, engaging in a little retail therapy and enjoying the day off work. Well don't be surprised if you run into a few visitors from the galaxy far, far away while you are doing it.

Costumers from UK Garrison, Rebel Legion and other organisations will be bringing the might of the Empire and the resolve of the Rebellion to stores and malls across the country.


Spotted celebrating May the 4th in style…

Soldiers from the Galactic Empire made an unusual stop-off yesterday (Sunday 3rd May) in shopping centres across the UK where they indulged in some much needed retail therapy ahead of International Star Wars Day (May 4th).
The faceless enforcers were spotted shopping, dining and chatting to shoppers – enjoying some time off from their Star Wars duties fighting the Empire in The Bullring (Birmingham), Cabot Circus (Bristol) and Highcross (Leicester) and even made time for some selfies.
One onlooker commented, "I'm a massive Star Wars fan, so it was really cool to see the Stormtroopers up close in their full armour. They were just going about their own business and checking out the shops, it was quite surreal!"
Phil Drinkwater, Regional Marketing Manager at Hammerson said: "It's a big year for Stormtroopers with the release of Star Wars: Episode VII, so we are glad that we could provide some sanctuary away from the hype and help them celebrate May 4th in style. We hope they enjoyed their day out and look forward to welcoming them back soon. May the 4th be with you!"

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Virgin On The Awesome: Virgin Atlantic Celebrate Star Wars Day
Reported by Mark on 04 May 2015 10:46

As if it being Star Wars Day wasn't brilliant enough, Virgin Atlantic join in the fun and give passengers the chance of seeing THAT teaser trailer on selected flights.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: LEGO Day 1 Recap
Reported by Matt on 04 May 2015 10:39

It's the big dog in the yard of Star Wars toys and they had an amazing Celebration Anaheim. Here's a look at LEGO first day of Celebration Anaheim.

Day 1 of Star Wars? Celebration is over, and it was AWESOME!
Here's a recap of everything LEGO Star Wars! #LEGOSWCVII #SWCA #SWCVII

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The Metro: Star Wars Day 2015 events: May the Force (4th) be with you!
Reported by Mark on 04 May 2015 09:48

My latest article lands over at The Metro as I looks at the best things a UK Star Wars fan can be doing today to celebrate the greatest space fantasy of all.

It’s been recognised as the international Star Wars Day for a number of years and every year it’s got bigger and bigger, with a higher and higher profile.
But there’s never been a Star Wars Day (or May the 4th as our American cousins refer to it) that’s had as much attention as this years and that’s largely thanks to the incoming seventh episode of the saga, The Force Awakens which lands on December 18.
There are a variety of ways you can show your love for the saga today, from attending events and signings to watching the classic movies. Here’s a sampling of some of those events.

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Croque Monsieur: Bring Along-A-Lightsaber And Get A Pastry
Reported by Mark on 04 May 2015 09:18

If you are in the area get down to Croque Monsieur, 216a, Fulford Road, York where carrying a lightsaber will be rewarded by a pastry.

And that's not all...

I'll admit to some extra interest here, my brother-in-law Chris owns Croque Monsieur. Have a great Star Wars day bro!

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Watch The Force Awakens Cast On Set For Vanity Fair Cover Shoot
Reported by StephenG on 04 May 2015 07:09

Our pal Paul Bateman points us in the direction of this great video: Watch the "Star Wars" Cast on Set for "Vanity Fair's" Cover Shoot

And the mystery is solved as to who Adam Drivers plays in The Force Awakens

What a great time to be a Star Wars fan eh?

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   03 May 2015
Star Wars Report #166: Recapping Celebration Anaheim
Reported by Mark on 03 May 2015 21:29

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

In this episode, Karl from the Wampa’s Lair podcast joins Mark and Riley to recap our amazing time at #SWCA! Also Ian Doescher, known as the author of the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy series joins us to Talk about “The Phantom of Menace.” Good times abound!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Build A Free Wookiee Gunship At Toys 'R' Us UK
Reported by Matt on 03 May 2015 20:25

Get building on May 4th as Toys 'R' Us here in the UK give you the chance to build this LEGO microbuild Wookiee gunship for FREE this weekend.

Thanks to Rob Goult for the pictures.

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Original Trilogy Screening In Preston, May 4th
Reported by Mark on 03 May 2015 18:39

It's happening tomorrow from noon until late at the Attic, above the Roper Halls in Preston. It's the original Star Wars trilogy, back to back to celebrate Star Wars day.

Free entry, so if you are in the area head on down and enjoy the magic of the trilogy.

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Bombad Radio Episode 198: Star Wars Day with Star Wars News and Celebration Recap
Reported by Mark on 03 May 2015 18:31

It's time to join James and Jeremiah on the latest edition of Bombad Radio.

To Celebration May the 4th (Monday) we are having a massive episode just dedicated to Star Wars. We go over news about Rogue One, Battlefront, and other Star Wars stories as well as recap about Celebration with listeners. Jason gets to visit the Star Wars Costume Exhibit in Seattle, and we get to relax after a massive Star Wars episode.

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The Cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens On The Cover Of Vanity Fair
Reported by BrianC on 03 May 2015 18:12

Star Wars returns to the cover of Vanity Fair, once again photographed by the legendary Annie Leibovitz.

Chewie, they’re home. On the cover of the June issue of Vanity Fair, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) re-unites with his trusty co-pilot Chewbacca, and is joined by some new faces: Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and a little droid who goes by the name of BB-8. All will be featured in Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens, which opens December 18.

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Official Site: The Force Awakens Products To Arrive On 'Force Friday', September 4th
Reported by Mark on 03 May 2015 18:00

We've been talking about this date for a few months here on the site, and now makes the official announcement that The Force Awakens products will land on what is known as Force Friday, 4th September. is thrilled to announce that Star Wars: The Force Awakens products will land in our galaxy on September 4, 2015, at 12:01 a.m. — “Force Friday” — with stores around the world opening their doors at midnight for a special celebration of all things Star Wars. It will be a day long remembered.
Fans wanting to be the first to get their hands on Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise can set their hyperspace and social media coordinates now: They will be able to visit their local retailer starting at midnight on September 4, and are encouraged to document their experience using the hashtags #ForceFriday and #MidnightMadness. A wide-range of products — from toys and collectibles, to books and comics, ebooks and apps, to apparel and lifestyle accessories — will be available at mass retailers and Disney Store locations worldwide, as well as on

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Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know: Cole Horton
Reported by Mark on 03 May 2015 17:47

@colehorton author of the new book coming sept #teamjedinews

A video posted by (@jedinewsuk) on

Following on from our article yesterday, here's author and pal of the site Cole Horton with his book, Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, which arrives 4th September.

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Tosche Station Radio #113: Rogue One
Reported by Mark on 03 May 2015 11:15

It's time to join the moisture farmers down at Tosche Station for the latest episode, brought to you by Majestic Giraffe Productions.

Continuing our recap of Celebration, Brian Novicki from EU Cantina joins us to discuss what was learned about Rogue One. And, of course, engage in wild mass speculation

Nanci and Brian are the co-founders and writers of You can find Nanci on Twitter with the handle @Nancipants and you can find Brian with @LaneWinree.

Contact Information: iTunes | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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May 4th: Meet Jeremy Bulloch At Disney Store, Oxford Street
Reported by Mark on 03 May 2015 09:38

Noon on Monday 4th May is the time, the Oxford Street branch of Disney Store in London is the place and the reason? To mix it up with fellow Star Wars fans, buy lots of cool stuff and meet the one and only Jeremy Bulloch, aka Boba Fett himself.

What are your plans for the weekend? Star Wars Fan Fun Day? LEGOLAND Windsor? Disney Store? Or maybe watching the saga on Sky Movies. Whatever it is, let us know your plans on our various social media platforms (Instagram and Facebook as well as our @JediNewsUK on Twitter page) and whatever you do have a great time doing it.

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Last Day: Win this Exclusive Phiiish Bracelet 'Straight from the dark side'
Reported by James on 03 May 2015 08:45

We love innovative products here at Jedi News and our friends at Phiiish have created a collection that provides a uniquely elegant way to create a bespoke piece of jewellery as a treat for you, or as a gift for someone you love.

Hand crafted with fine details in sterling silver 925, the Phiiish links are threaded onto a sleek snake chain bracelet. Choose as many Phiiish links as you wish, to create your own unique piece of jewellery.

Working directly with Phiiish we've come up with a Dark Side inspired design featuring gorgeous red frosted orbs, threaded through the bracelet to create a distinctive personal look and you can win by clicking the image above - today's the last day to enter so good luck and MTFBWY!

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   02 May 2015
The Project - Science Fiction Stories by New Authors
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2015 22:28

For 15 years I worked on fanzines and websites with Louis Turfrey, starting with Star Trek sites in 1994, through general sci-fi sites and then in 1998 creating Wirezone. In '99 Wirezone changed names and became Lightsabre, which is of course a huge part of the site you are reading right now.

Louis is hard at work preparing a collection of short sci-fi stories and he needs your help. Take a read of his proposed project, called The Project, grab a pen and get writing as you could be a part of this project too.

It is very difficult to get published in the genre of Science Fiction. Even the best writers are struggling to make a living in a world where media and the Internet are making it impossible to get a good book writing deal. Unless you provide something truly unique and are very lucky, it is very difficult for a new writer to get noticed.
So what happens to those authors who have talent and ability but are not being noticed? They either struggle alone waiting for their big break or fade into the wilderness of amateur science fiction sites and blog spots.
The aim of "The Project" is to get the best of these people noticed.

Click here to learn more.

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Star Wars Bookworms #41: Celebration Recap and Interviews
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2015 21:21

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

Now that some time has passed and we are down from our Celebration high, it’s time to think back on all the good times.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter Facebook

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Filmumentaries: Blast It Biggs Coming May 2015
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2015 20:51

He was a guest on our 25th episode of RADIO 1138 discussing his last short filmumentary, Slimy Piece of Worm-Ridden Filth – Life Inside Jabba the Hutt. Now Jamie prepares us for his next short, Blast It Biggs looking at the man behind Biggs Darklighter Garrick Hagon and his place in A New Hope.

And stay tuned as we'll be talking to Jamie about this on a future episode of RADIO 1138 Source Filmumentaries
Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2015 20:33

It's set to land on 4th September 2015 - make a note of that date, it's important - and will dazzle you with little known facts and information about the greatest galaxy in the universe.

Star Wars®: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

Hardcover: £17.99

Star Wars®: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know explores the world of Star Wars through lively lists, interesting facts, and questions and answers via a highly engaging infographic design. Whether it's a chart of who is the oldest Jedi, a list of all the owners of the Millennium Falcon, or a diagram showing all the Jedi Yoda has trained, this guide will excite readers of all ages and provide facts they never knew about the Star Wars Galaxy.

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RebelForce Radio: Celebration Recap: May 1st, 2015
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2015 19:24

We recall our experiences as stage hosts for Star Wars Celebration including panel recaps, backstage stories, celebrity encounters, and Bith heads. From the RFR Celebration Kickoff Bash to all the action on the Behind The Scenes Stage and more, it's our review of that amazing week in Anaheim. Plus, deets about the second annual RebelForce Radio Disney Star Wars Weekends Meet Up, and Billy Dee gets very quoteworthy at Star Wars Celebration.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Rise Of The Empire Cover Revealed
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2015 19:13

Via our great pal Eddie van der Heihjden, here's a look at the cover of Star Wars Rise Of The Empire, which lands on 6th October and pulls together A New Dawn and Tarkin as well as three short fiction stories.


Del Rey softcover (688 pages)
ISBN 978-1-101-96503-0
$ 15.00

During their panel at Star Wars Celebration, Del Rey announced that this fall they will publish a special bind-up entitled Star Wars: Rise of the Empire. This bind-up will feature two previously published novels — Star Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno and Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller­ — and three new pieces of short fiction.
These three short stories will connect the two books and provide further insight into the power of the Galactic Empire. Del Rey is now proud to reveal the cover for Star Wars: Rise of the Empire and announce the three authors who will contribute original works: Melissa Scott, John Jackson Miller, and Jason Fry.

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Star Wars Figures Worst to First Countdown Episode I Original 12 Backs
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2015 18:49

Here's a great fun video that I would very much like to see more of. For folks like me, who collected those original figures way back when but don't know all the ins and outs of the vintage era, it's the perfect way to learn something new and have a good time doing it.

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Free Comic Book Day 2015
Reported by Team Jedi News on 02 May 2015 18:38

The day is done here in the UK, but over in North, Central and South America as well as Canada it's in full swing.

So, drop by your local comic shop, grab some of the amazing free comic books and support your local store by buying a big bunch of them too!

The Wampa's Lair #127: Revenge of the Lairians
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2015 18:18

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

In their latest episode, Karl and Jason delve into all your Lairian Inquiries!!! From questions about the new TFA trailer to in-depth movie point questions, your hosts respond to the great input of our awesome listeners!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Rebels: Season Two Premiers On Disney XD 20th June
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2015 18:06

Get ready, if you are in the US then the thrilling premier episode of season 2 of Star Wars Rebels will be hitting your screens on 20th June on Disney XD.

First shown at last months Celebration Anaheim, this sets the tone for what looks set to be an action packed and plot heavy season of the show.

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LEGO Star Wars - Star Wars Day Milano 2015
Reported by Matt on 02 May 2015 17:58

May 4th is happening all over the world, and not only because it comes between May 3rd and May 5th. Star Wars is everywhere, including Milan. Where will you be celebrating Star Wars day?

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Classic FM Saturday Night At The Movies
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2015 17:42

Live, right now on Classic FM it's Saturday Night At The Movies, looking at the music of John Williams, principally his Star Wars themes. Head on over right now for a listen.

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Inside the Holocron - A New Hope Changes
Reported by StephenG on 02 May 2015 12:28
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Welcome to my look Inside the Holocron. A collection of articles from the archives of *StarWars.Com no longer directly available.

(*Archived here with Permission)

Continuing on, we have A New Hope Changes

Below are descriptions of the changes made to selected shots in the Star Wars Special Edition. A more detailed list of changes in the Special Edition is available at the bottom of this article.

Sandtroopers riding dewbacks in the Jundland Wastes of Tatooine in this scene from the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition.


Official Site: Fully Operational Fandom: Celebration Anaheim Memories
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2015 10:08

Join Amy Ratcliffe as she doles out another healthy dose of Fully Operational Fandom over at

Time is weird. I spent what felt like forever waiting for Star Wars Celebration to get here, and once the first day arrived, the hours flew by. Yes, it’s a cliche observation, but once I was among my extended Star Wars family, I didn’t want it to end — to the degree that I stayed up way past my usual bedtime every night at the convention because I wanted to soak it all in. The memories stacked up on top of each other every day to the point of bursting. Every time I talked with someone at Celebration — even on the first day — we spoke about the people we’d met, the panels we’d seen, the emotions we’d experienced. Celebration is just that special.

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Fangirls Going Rogue: Star Wars Celebration
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2015 08:19

Join Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr over at Fangirls Going Rogue.

The party didn’t stop after the Fangirls Going Rogue Pajama Party on the Podcast Stage at Celebration Anaheim. Hear highlights from the live show, along with some behind the scenes discussion about how Saturday at the convention unfolded. Tricia Barr asked the last question at the Star Wars Rebels Press Conference; listen to find out what Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg had to say in response. Teresa Delgado interviewed Freddie Prinze, Jr. after the Rebels panel, and Sarah Woloski represented the podcast on the Red Carpet, talking to Ashley Eckstein, Vanessa Marshall, Tiya Sircar and a few more surprises! With all the Ewok love on the show, Wicket and his furry friends are the focus of the character discussion. Be sure to stay tuned for a special sign-off featuring our listeners.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: This Weapon Is Your Life: A Study Of Historical Lightsabers
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2015 04:23

Join Tim Veekhoven as he discusses a very civilised weapon over at

Described to Luke Skywalker by Obi-Wan as an elegant weapon for a more civilized age, the lightsaber has become one of the most recognizable icons from the saga. The lightsaber fulfilled an important symbolic role in A New Hope. When Luke gets his father’s lightsaber, the young farm boy receives his talisman, a powerful symbol of his heritage. Similar moments in mythology occur when Arthur Pendragon receives the sword Excalibur or when the Norse hero Sigurd gets the sword Gram which he will use to kill the dragon Fafnir. In this feature we’ll have a look at the lightsabers of four Jedi who played a crucial part during the events of the Star Wars movies.

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Competition: Win A Copy Of Star Wars Blueprints With Build The Millennium Falcon Magazine
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2015 02:00

Want the chance to win a limited edition prize: Star Wars – The Blueprints, which retails for£350? If you do, enter this quiz which is built up of nine questions and see how you do.

To enter, click here. The competition is for UK entrants only. Good luck!

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Josh Trank Departs Second Star Wars Anthology Movie
Reported by StephenG on 02 May 2015 01:06

Quite a surprise but may explain the real reason for not attending Star Wars Celebration. Check out the article below as well as the official announcement pertaining to Trank's departure posted on

Josh Trank, director of the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, was attached to direct the second Star Wars stand-alone film, has parted ways with the project.

His statement, via Lucasfilm: “After a year of having the incredible honor of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I’m making a personal decision to move forward on a different path. I’ve put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities. That said, the Star Wars universe has always been one of my biggest influences, and I couldn’t be more excited to witness its future alongside my millions of fellow Star Wars fans. I want to thank my friends Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart, Simon Kinberg, and everyone at Lucasfilm and Disney for the amazing opportunity to have been a part of this. May the Force be with you all.”

Hey guys, time to call in Kyle Newman.

Source EW.Com
Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 75: Author Jeffrey Brown and the Age Of Ultron
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2015 00:15

It's time to join your hosts over at Skywalking Through Neverland.

In this jam-packed episode, Jeffrey Brown, author of the wildly successful Darth Vader and Son series of books, joins us to discuss his NEW book, Darth Vader and Friends! We delve into his artistic process and it is fascinating. We got tons of interviews from the Autograph Hall at Star Wars Celebration which we will play throughout the next month. This week it’s RETURN OF THE JEDI creature shop technician KIRK THATCHER, and hang-gliding Ewok FELIX SILLA.
And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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   01 May 2015
Official Site: Studying Skywalkers: Mentors In Star Wars Rebels
Reported by Mark on 01 May 2015 23:55

It's time to join my good pal Dan Zehr as he takes us back into the GFFA and looks at more Star Wars mentors over at

Last month, we examined the role of the mentor in the cinematic Star Wars universe. However, the animated world of Star Wars Rebels features many wonderful examples as well. Both series present he saga with new characters, new relationships, and new opportunities for growth and change, courtesy of the mentor/mentee relationship. Each mentor passes on wisdom and knowledge, and allows opportunity for personal growth of the pupil (or Padawan, as the case may be). Looking at the relationships of these characters more closely reveals a wonderful continuation of the mentor relationship in Star Wars.

Source Official Site
May 4th: Hamley's Unveil UK's Only LEGO X-wing!
Reported by James on 01 May 2015 23:47

It's Star wars day the galaxy over on Monday, so prepare to feel the power of the brick at Hamley's!

Hamleys are celebrating official Star Wars™ Day ‘May 4th be with you’ in style!

In a year when Star Wars™ comes blasting back into cinemas, Hamleys are starting to build their fleet of Starfighters early. This May bank holiday weekend Hamleys are launching the UK’s first ever sit-on LEGO X-Wing Starfighter. Made of 100,000 LEGO bricks and at 40x the size of the current LEGO Star Wars™ X-wing kit, this brand new feature is one that every fan will have to see.
Visitors to Hamleys Regent Street will have the opportunity to have their photograph taken whilst sitting in the cockpit with their trusted droid companion.
The model itself took a team of four professional LEGO builders one whole month to build. It is the UK’s only LEGO X-Wing. Robert Phillips of Bright Bricks the professional LEGO builders said; "It was a tough but enjoyable build, we were worried whether we'd finish, but the force was strong with us and we are very pleased with the LEGO X-Wing."
Hamleys Marketing & Events Manager, Francesca Francois, said; “This is a very exciting year for Star Wars fans and we are delighted to have such a fantastic LEGO model added to our collection. But more than that we are looking forward to giving our customers another thrilling experience when they visit our toy shop.”
A LEGO® Star Wars™ spokesperson said: “The force is definitely building in the Hamley’s London store this weekend with the UK’s largest LEGO X-Wing flying into town! Made from over 100,000 bricks and taking expert builders a month to make, we are really excited to see all the LEGO Star Wars fans faces as they get to pilot their very own LEGO X-Wing. May the 4th be with you young Jedi!”
The Lego X-Wing will be unveiled on Friday 1st May at 10am on the 5th Floor of Hamleys, Regent Street. The new LEGO® Star Wars™ collection is available now nationwide at all good retailers.
For more LEGO® STAR WARS™ fun and Jedi training tips, check out cool games, mini movies, comic builders and loads more activities at

Source Hamley's
Star Wars May the 4th at ThinkGeek!
Reported by BrianC on 01 May 2015 23:28

Our good friends at ThinkGeek bring us their May 4th plans, and news of an exclusive pin which you can only get if your order through them.

We wanted to keep you & your readers posted on some May the 4th promotions at!

  • 20% off all Star Wars products on ThinkGeek--including Exclusives!: 1st to 4th May
  • Free Limited Edition May the Fourth Pin when you buy $20+ of Star Wars items: 1st to 7th May
  • Visit this page for all things Star Wars…

And here's a closer look at that pin.

Source ThinkGeek!
For The Love Of The Force: 5th December 2015
Reported by Mark on 01 May 2015 23:15

It arrives on 5th December at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Trafford Park, Longbridge Road, Manchester, M17 1SN and it's bringing with it a very special project which starts in May - the construction of a full-size chicken walker (that's AT-ST or scout walker for those folks who insist on saying 'C-3PO and not Threepio).

FOR THE LOVE OF THE FORCE - A STAR WARS FAN CONVENTION - will be the premiere Star Wars convention in the UK in 2015. The event will be held at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, a 7,850sq/ft exhibition Centre in Manchester, and take place a few weeks before the most anticipated film of all time... STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
The event will include...

  • Actors from the Star Wars movies
  • Full size Scout Walker & X-wing
  • Live Orchestra
  • Market Stalls
  • Costume Groups
  • Jedi Training School
  • Ewok Village
  • Props
  • Exhibitions
  • Comic book artists
  • and much more....

Source Star Wars UK
Mark Your Calendar: UGG Launches Limited Edition Star Wars By UGG® Collection!
Reported by Mark on 01 May 2015 22:44

We're big fans of UGG's here at Team Jedi News. In fact, we gave out so many UGG's in Anaheim, we're all UGG'ed out.

Luckily, if you want quality Star Wars footwear, these are the UGG's you're looking for.

On May 4th the UGG® brand, a division of Deckers Brands (NYSE:DECK), in collaboration with Disney Consumer Products, will be launching the limited edition Star Wars by UGG® collection. Available at select locations worldwide, the collection celebrates the passion, imagination, emotional connection and multi-generational appeal of two iconic brands. Star Wars by UGG® will honor the characters that have captured the hearts and minds of millions of fans around the world. Ranging in price from $100 to $225, the first series in the collection features eight styles for men, women and kids honoring Darth Vader of the original Star Wars trilogy.
“We are thrilled to work with Disney Consumer Products and to be a part of the cultural phenomenon that is Star Wars,” said Vice President Creative Director for the UGG® brand, Leah Larson. “We are proud to be a part of the Star Wars universe, and much like the UGG® brand, Star Wars has grown to be a part of our lives and families since the seventies.”
Thoughtful details are abundant in each collection and will appeal to the UGG® brand loyalist or avid Star Wars fan as each style includes a custom, inner-woven label featuring famed Star Wars quotes, original storyboard tissue paper and a custom Star Wars by UGG® box.
Both brands continue to evolve and innovate, adding new legions of fans to become a part of something that feels like nothing else. The Darth Vader line marks the first run of a three part series within the Star Wars by UGG® collection that will honor the iconic characters of the original films throughout the year, including the holiday season. This May, the collections can be purchased at the following North American UGG® brand stores, on and at select global locations:

  • Madison Avenue – New York, NY
  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki – Honolulu, HI
  • The Grove – Los Angeles, CA
  • Union Square - San Francisco, CA
  • Fashion Valley Mall - San Diego, CA
  • South Coast Plaza – Costa Mesa, CA
  • Rush Street – Chicago, IL
  • The Forum Shops, Las Vegas, NV
  • Aventura Mall - Aventura, FL
  • Mall of America – Bloomington, MN
  • Robson Street - Vancouver, BC
  • Yorkdale Shopping Centre - Toronto, ON

By UGG's we of course mean HUGS. And there are plenty left if anyone wants one.

Source UGG
Celebrate Star Wars Day, May the 4th, At Lagunitas Brewing with Rancho Obi-Wan
Reported by Mark on 01 May 2015 22:28

Join the gang from Rancho Obi-Wan as they celebrate May 4th in style.

May the 4th “Star Wars” Day Fundraiser for Rancho Obi-Wan @ Lagunitas TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary, 1280 N. McDowell Blvd.
Monday, May 4, 2015 5:30pm-8:30pm
$20 Adult Donation at the Door
(Kids age 12 & Under Free)

May the 4th (as in “May the Force be with you!”) has become a fan-inspired “holiday” for Star Wars fans worldwide. Excitement is building as the first new Star Wars film in a decade, The Force Awakens, will premiere December 18th.
On Monday, May the 4th, Rancho Obi-Wan will host a fundraising event at the Lagunitas Brewing Company’s TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary in Petaluma. All proceeds from the door and sales of beer and soda go to support Rancho Obi-Wan’s mission of Inspiration!
Lagunitas frequently teams with schools and non-profit groups in the community to help them raise funds. Every year Rancho Obi-Wan gives free tours to schools and youth groups and donates thousands of dollars in tours to other charities.
All money raised for Rancho Obi-Wan is used for insurance, utilities, professional services, maintenance on the buildings, and protection and preservation of the collection. None is ever used to acquire collectibles.

Bring the family! Fun includes:

  • Snacks, beverages for purchase, music, and Star Wars in Pop Culture videos.
  • Photo opportunities with Star Wars costumed characters including Stormtroopers and Darth Vader and even a life-sized Jabba the Hutt!
  • Raffle prizes: Top prize is a birthday party for 10 at Rancho Obi-Wan!
  • Silent auction featuring Star Wars toys and collectibles for all ages.
  • Look for high-end and rare items on our simultaneous eBay Auction starting at Noon PST on May the 4th.

Source Rancho Obi-Wan
Tosche Station Radio #112: Rebel Yell
Reported by Mark on 01 May 2015 22:19

It's time to join the moisture farmers down at Tosche Station for the latest episode, brought to you by Majestic Giraffe Productions.

William from the Ion Cannon podcast joins us to break down what was learned about Rebels at Celebration!

Nanci and Brian are the co-founders and writers of You can find Nanci on Twitter with the handle @Nancipants and you can find Brian with @LaneWinree.

Contact Information: iTunes | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

Source Tosche Station Radio
Build a LEGO Wookiee Gunship at UK Toys 'R' Us Stores this Weekend
Reported by James on 01 May 2015 19:19

Our site sponsors at Toys 'R' Us here in the UK are celebrating Star Wars Day, May 4th, this weekend with an opportunity to build a LEGO Star Wars Wookiee Gunship.

From Saturday 2nd May until Monday 4th May, we will be hosting a Wookiee Gunship building workshop in *stores. You can build a Star Wars Wookiee Gunship in-store and then take it home with you!

Set up in-store will be 19 boxes full of the separate pieces needed to build the Wookiee Gunship, plus accompanying instructions.

This event is completely FREE to partake in and exclusive to Toys ‘R’ Us.  Please note only 1 Wookiee Gunship per customer - whilst stocks last. Parental supervision required at all times.

*Please call/ visit your local store to check for participation times by taking the link here.

Whatever you have planned to celebrate Star Wars Day - have fun and stay safe!

Source Toys 'R' Us UK Blog
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Rebels Production Leads Interview With
Reported by Justin on 01 May 2015 19:16

Line producer Athena Portillo and production manager Liz Marshall talk to about their roles on Star Wars Rebels, what it was like working on season one, and memorable moments from their first Star Wars Celebration.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Star Wars YouTube
How To Create Your Own Cardboard R2-D2
Reported by Justin on 01 May 2015 16:53

Looking for a cool Star Wars themed project to tackle this upcoming weekend in celebration of Star Wars Day on May 4? How about making your own life-size R2-D2 out of cardboard? Richard Protheroe from Packability provides us with a detailed breakdown on how to craft your very own version of everyone's favorite astromech droid.

May the fourth is approaching and we thought this was the perfect opportunity to give our newest member of staff a challenge. Our sales and marketing co-ordinator Rhian loves being crafty and this month she’s taken on the challenge of building a cardboard R2-D2! This is her step by step guide on how to do it, take it away Rhian..

Thanks to Richard for sending over the link.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Packability
Sky Acquires Exclusive Star Wars Broadcast Rights In UK
Reported by Justin on 01 May 2015 14:38

We get word via the update posted below that all of the characters we have come to love from that galaxy far, far away have found a new exclusive home to share in the UK.

U.K. pay-TV giant Sky has struck a deal to acquire exclusive broadcast rights to all six existing Star Wars features.

Alongside the first three films and three prequels, the deal also incorporates additional content, such as the two animated series, Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and a selection of other programming, including Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy and Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed.

Sky, in which Rupert Murdoch’s Fox owns a 39 percent stake, is set to show the films and featurettes on its Sky Movies channel, kicking off on May 4 with U.K. TV’s first ever 48-hour Star Wars marathon.

Sky claimed that the arrangement marked the first time all such Star Wars content would be broadcast all in one place.

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Source THR
Win A Lunch For Two With Mark Hamill In Los Angeles
Reported by Justin on 01 May 2015 13:43

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Jedi News Photos Of Some The Force Awakens Products
Reported by Team Jedi News on 01 May 2015 13:14

While the Star Wars collecting community eagerly waits for a plethora of all-new products from The Force Awakens to hit retail store shelves this coming September, we here at Jedi News can whet your appetite a bit with photos we are prepared to share with our readers of a few of those Episode VII items.

Check them out right here!

Star Wars Rebels Season 2 To Premiere June 20, Season 1 Blu-ray Release Still Unclear
Reported by Justin on 01 May 2015 12:21

Fans of the animated series won't have to wait much longer to get their Star Wars Rebels fix as Season 2 is set to premiere Saturday June 20 on Disney XD with a special one-hour movie event titled "The Siege of Lothal" which was shown last month at Celebration Anaheim 2015.

New Season 2 episodes after this initial debut are scheduled to arrive later in the Fall.

The official announcement also mentions a series of celebratory May the 4th events such as the Rebels Season 1 marathon that we reported earlier.

The early Summer debut for Season 2 (even just the special one-hour premiere) has me scratching my head quite a bit, as this all but assures we will not be getting the release of Season 1 on Blu-ray beforehand (I was almost certain the Blu-ray release date for Season 1 was going to be announced at Celebration, but it was not). This was a major sore spot for me with The Clone Wars series (the previous season being released on Blu-ray weeks aftter the new season had already begun to air) and was something I really hoped would be corrected with Rebels.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Star Wars
   30 April 2015
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Guests And Fun Times With Team Jedi News
Reported by Matt on 30 Apr 2015 23:50

We certainly had a good time covering the show both here on the site (great work Justin) and through social media, primarily our Jedi News on Instagram and Twitter @JediNewsUK pages.

Here on our Jedi News Facebook page is a gallery of images taken with some of the stars of the show as well as some pictures of us goofing around.

Source Jedi News on Facebook
Jedi News Competition: Topps Star Wars Illustrated: The Empire Strikes Back
Reported by Team Jedi News on 30 Apr 2015 23:38

It's competition time and you could be the lucky winner of an exclusive prize from our good pals at Topps, a HIT from the set (see below). All you need to do is answer this very simple question:

In The Empire Strikes Back what are the odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field?

  • 2500 to one?

  • 3600 to one?

  • Never tell me the odds

The first correct answer that we receive to our email address wins the prize. Good luck!


See ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ drama like never before with Topps Star Wars Illustrated: The Empire Strikes Back trading cards. Each base card uses brand new artwork to re-tell the radio drama from a unique and interesting vantage point. This set adds new background and expands on key scenes from the film. Insert cards include One Year Earlier, Movie Poster Reinterpretations, and The Mission: Capture Skywalker.

Hits Include:

  • Film Cel Relics from The Empire Strikes Back
  • Sketch Cards
  • Panorama Sketch Cards
  • Artist Autographs
  • Sketchagraphs
  • Printing Plates

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Official Site: Ultimate Star Wars: Research, Writing And Revelations
Reported by Mark on 30 Apr 2015 23:06

Join Adam Bray over at as he delves into the details behind the writing and researching of DK's new Ultimate Star Wars book.

The majority of my time was actually spent in research. This means weeks of weeding through piles of books, comics, maps, and diagrams, endless Internet searches, jumping through scenes on DVDs and Blu-rays, recalling gems from podcasts and cast and crew interviews, and keeping John Williams on at all other times for some extra motivation.
My contributions to the book included sections about Star Wars Rebels, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and a little foray into Return of the Jedi. The sections on Rebels were a welcome return to my favorite new subject matter, after writing Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide. Ultimate Star Wars builds on that book and was expanded to cover material from the entire first season of Rebels.

Source Official Site
LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer 2
Reported by Matt on 30 Apr 2015 23:04

Ok, so he's no Bric Olie but I think this Han Solo character just might take off...

Check out this LEGO version of the second teaser trailer for The Force Awakens.

Source YouTube
Barely Lethal Out TODAY Exclusive To DirecTv In The US
Reported by Mark on 30 Apr 2015 22:50

It hits theatres on 29th May but to tide you over until then Barely Lethal is available from today on DirecTV. If you are in the US and have access, watch it right now, you know it will be awesome!

A teenage special ops agent coveting a "normal" adolescence fakes her own death and enrolls in a suburban high school. She quickly learns that surviving the treacherous waters of high school is more challenging than international espionage.

Source DirecTV
Latest Star Wars News From Japan
Reported by Mark on 30 Apr 2015 22:46

Our friend Yasuyuki Kobayashi of brings us the latest on what's happening over in Japan right now regarding Star Wars, a country that has always held a deep affection for the saga.

Get Google Translate on standby, you're gonna need it...

Hi there, I’m Yasuyuki Kobayashi of Here is the latest from Japan.

Disney Store Oxford Street: Meet Jeremy Bulloch!
Reported by Team Jedi News on 30 Apr 2015 22:38

Get yourselves down to Oxford Street on Monday 4th May, as you could not only purchase the new Disney talking Yoda figure but meet Boba Fett himself, Jeremy Bulloch!


Disney Store events and activities to celebrate “May the 4th”. Opportunity for fans to meet Boba Fett actor, Jeremy Bulloch.

LONDON, UK – April 29th, 2015 – To celebrate Star Wars Day on “May the 4th” (#starwarsday), the global fan-driven celebration of all things Star Wars, Disney Store will host a number of exciting in-store events and activities for families and fans to enjoy over the bank holiday weekend.
On Monday, May 4th, fans will have the chance to meet actor Jeremy Bulloch, who plays Boba Fett in the Star Wars films, at Disney Store, Oxford Street, London, between the hours of 12:00pm and 3:30pm(*). Guests at Disney Store, Oxford Street, London, can also take their picture with the amazing likeness of Jedi Master Yoda, before the figure appears at the new Star Wars experience at Madame Tussauds London, which opens on Saturday, May 16th.
At Disney Stores across the UK from May 2nd-4th, guests of all ages can take part in the free ‘Ways of the Force’ (#waysoftheforce) activity and learn some of the skills of the Jedi, including how to use a lightsaber. A Stormtrooper mask and medal will be given to each guest upon completion of the Jedi training.
As part of the Star Wars celebrations, guests can take part in Disney Store’s “Return of the Jedi” collector cards activity. With 12 cards to collect, Disney Store will release sets of three each week for four weeks beginning Thursday, April 30th. Each Friday during the four weeks, a ‘code phrase’ will be released on the Disney Store UK Facebook page and guests can use this in store to collect the cards for that week.
New Star Wars products will also be introduced to the current range, including a selection of mugs and t-shirts featuring fun character artwork. Visit Disney Store online for further information on the full collection.
Don’t forget to share your photos from this weekend’s Star Wars celebrations at Disney Store (#waysoftheforce)
(*) Limited to one item per guest to be signed (a personal item or supplied free photograph is welcome). Photography is permitted. Disney Store accept no responsibility for guests who return outside of times stated and are unable to meet Jeremy Bulloch. Timing and breaks in signing may vary.

Jogcast Radio: Episode 3: Star Wars Radio Drama Special
Reported by Mark on 30 Apr 2015 22:17

Grab your running shoes, it's time for the Jogcast.

The new look Jogcast Radio continues with one massive two hour Star Wars Jogcast Special. We are looking at the Star Wars NPR Radio Dramas, with guest Jeremiah from Bombad Radio. Jeremiah is an expert on the NPR Radio Dramas, and the audio drama world in general, and he joins us to give us a background on where the dramas originated from, and who was involved. You are going to hear some amazing facts on the cast of the dramas, the writer: Brian Daley, and also how much George Lucas just loved the idea and let them have as much as they liked in terms of sounds and audio effects from the films. We also go through our thoughts on The Force Awakens and speculate when we’ll see the next trailer, along with a little Marvel and DC talk thrown in for good measure.

Contact Information: Website

Source Jogcast
8th August 2015: I've Got A Bad Feeling About This
Reported by Mark on 30 Apr 2015 21:57

Mark your calendars for Saturday August 8th 2015 and punch in the co-ordinates for the Oasis Academy, Romsey Road, Lord’s Hill, Southampton SO16 0XN as that's where a brand new Star Wars related event will be taking place.

Femi Taylor - Oola - Return of the Jedi
Brian Muir – Darth Vader Sculptor
Nathalie Cox -Juno Eclipse -Star Wars Unleashed
Simon J Williamson- Max Reebo- A New Hope
Alan Ruscoe - Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace-Daultay Dofine / Plo Koon / Bib Fortuna
Andrew Lawden- Qui-GonJinn ( StuntDouble)
Andrew will also be giving you the oppertunity to join him in his Jedi fight Academy where you can learn the art of the lightsaber. (A free attraction for kids)

Jedi News are a part of the event, so stay tuned for updates as they arrive.

Source Nerdageddon
Star Wars: The Old Republic: May 4th Promotion Details For SWTOR
Reported by Mark on 30 Apr 2015 21:50

Check out the latest news from the worlds of Star Wars The Old Republic and their plans for May 4th.


In honor of May the 4th, we are giving the M4-1S Astromech Droid to the entire Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ community!*

  • Log in by May 4th to claim your new Astromech Droid via in-game mail.
  • Join the battle by May 4th to to claim your new Astromech Droid.

* To qualify for the M4-1S Astromech Droid, you have to have logged in to your SWTOR account between April 4, 2015 at 12:01AM PDT // 7:01AM GMT and May 4, 2015 at 11:59PM PDT // May 5, 2015 at 6:59AM GMT. The M4-1S Astromech Droid will be delivered to you via in-game mail within 24 hours after the promotional period ends.


Inspired by the popularity of the 12x XP Boost, Subscribers can level faster while experiencing a deeper and more engaging story-telling experience. The Epic Story XP Boost includes reduced cool down on quick travel options and increased commendations to facilitate acquisition of the gear you need when you need it.
Level your characters from 1 – 55 at an accelerated rate
Now you have the ability to toggle on/off the Epic Story XP Boost once acquired
Act now, the Epic Story XP Boost ends this Fall

Source SWTOR Strategies (Via Soeren Kamper)
Judge Them Not Equally
Reported by AdamDB on 30 Apr 2015 20:00
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Describe Gungans here.

If you asked someone this question, odds are you’d get a description of Jar Jar Binks, the Gungan we spend the most amount of time with. When talking about appearance, Jar Jar is very much the standard. But something I’ve noticed is that often people will assign personality traits to Gungan culture that is very uniquely Jar Jar. Traits such as clumsiness, obnoxiousness, and stupidity.

Celebration Anaheim 2015: Howard Roffman Interview With
Reported by Justin on 30 Apr 2015 18:36

Howard Roffman, EVP of franchise management for Lucasfilm, talks to about the tremendous scope of the Star Wars franchise, the anticipation surrounding The Force Awakens, and the importance of embracing the fan community.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Star Wars YouTube
AMC Theatres To Host Star Wars Saga Marathon In December
Reported by Justin on 30 Apr 2015 17:06

Our good friends over at Yakface notify us that AMC Theatres will be hosting a special Star Wars saga marathon before the arrival of The Force Awakens in December. Over to Yakface...

Franchise marathons seem to be the trends these days as sequels and universe type films get release as seen most recently with the Marvel franchise. Our friends at Star Wars Action News have received confirmation via an AMC manager that there will be a Star Wars marathon planned for the launch of The Force Awakens. Often times, these events have free swag and commemorative items to give away so you may want to start planning.

No word yet if other movie theater chains will be participating in their own viewing marathon, so we'll keep you posted if we hear more.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Yakface
Celebration Anaheim 2015: "Untold Clone Wars" Panel Video
Reported by Justin on 30 Apr 2015 01:47

Creative director Dave Filoni and creative executive Pablo Hidalgo share the “Untold Clone Wars” story with, revealing never-seen-before scripts, drawings, story reels and animated footage from the popular television series.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Star Wars YouTube
Celebration Anaheim 2015: The Clone Wars "Bad Batch" Panel Video
Reported by Justin on 30 Apr 2015 01:43

Join Star Wars: The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni, voice actor Dee Bradley Baker, and writers Matt Michnovetz and Brent Friedman for a special discussion on the unfinished Bad Batch story arc. Moderated by host David Collins, they talk about the original idea for the story, bringing the Bad Batch to life, and much more!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Star Wars YouTube
   29 April 2015
Star Wars Helmets Collection
Reported by Mark on 29 Apr 2015 23:26

What other galaxy contains so many iconic masked characters? None like Star Wars, that's for sure. Now DeAgostini bring us their latest partwork, giving you the chance to own miniature versions of these legendary masks.

D?e Agostini presents a unique series of 1:5 scale replica helmets as worn by the most iconic characters in the Star Wars Universe. This collection of exclusively designed miniatures brings you, for the first time, the helmets of the most awe-inspiring figures in the galaxy. Start collecting today!

Source DeAgostini
Make This Mini BB-8 With A Hacked Sphero
Reported by Matt on 29 Apr 2015 22:37

He was the hero of the show at Celebration Anaheim, and now an inventive engineer has made this home made BB-8 out of a hacked Sphero.

As an industrial designer, I’ve been particularly fascinated by products that have personality and emotion. And I think the droids in Star Wars have always been really great at capturing a character without facial expression and drawing you in. And BB-8 was no different when they brought it out onstage for the first time.
As I watched it roll around my only thought was “need!” …So I made one.
Part of what I really enjoyed about the process of making it was the timeline. Most projects I work on end up taking weeks, if not months to finish. With BB-8, I pushed myself to make it in a day.

Source Makezine
USA Star Wars Day To Take Place At Toys R Us
Reported by Matt on 29 Apr 2015 22:11

Toys 'R' Us will be your destination for all things Star Wars around the world on 4th May. Here's what they are planning in the USA.

The adventure begins in the U.S. on Sunday 3rd May, with Star Wars Day events taking place at all Toys R UsToys-R-Us-wordpress locations across the country, during which families are invited to visit in Star Wars fancy dress and receive giveaways. Shoppers can also browse hundreds of products based on the blockbuster franchise, including exclusive items at Toys R Us stores and
On Sunday 3rd May, fans of all ages who visit stores from 12 noon – 2pm are invited to dress as their favourite Star Wars character, take a picture with Geoffrey the Giraffe and experience a Lego Star Wars build and giveaway, while supplies last.

Source Toyworld Mag
Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 29 Apr 2015 22:00
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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:

Source Roqoo Depot
Star Wars Fans Launch X-wing Into The Stratosphere
Reported by Mark on 29 Apr 2015 21:11

This has to rank pretty high on any list of insanely cool things. A British team sent a model of an X-wing into space, and here's the footage.

Two amateur astronomers have launched a model of a Star Wars 'X-wing' vehicle into the stratosphere. The duo hope to attract the attention of Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams with their effort. The model was attached to a weather balloon that ascended to around 36,190m (118,000ft) before bursting and returning to Earth. The mission took around six months to complete and cost the duo around £1,200.

Source BBC (via Paul Bateman)
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Interviews With Ian McDiarmid And Anthony Daniels
Reported by Justin on 29 Apr 2015 20:44

A couple of new can't-miss interview segments (in addition to the Carrie Fisher interview posted earlier) that were conducted during Celebration Anaheim 2015 have been uploaded a short time ago to the official Star Wars YouTube Channel. Check them out via the respective links provided below.

Ian McDiarmid Interview with

Anthony Daniels Interview with

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

RADIO 1138: Episode 27 Celebration Anaheim Live!
Reported by Mark on 29 Apr 2015 20:36

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

At 5.30pm on 16th April 16th RADIO 1138 invaded the Star Wars Celebration podcast stage and brought a gaggle of galactic guests to the party. Tim Stanton from the He Said, He Said podcast, the godfather of Star Wars Celebration Steve Sansweet, Dak Ralter AKA Jedi News contributor John Morton as well as a rowdy live crowd, members of Team Jedi News, thoughts on THAT teaser trailer and much, much more

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

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DJ Elliot Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 501st Bash
Reported by Matt on 29 Apr 2015 20:20

Check out DJ Elliot's set from the 501st bash at Celebration Anaheim. Makes you wish you could go back and do it all over again.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Randy Martinez sings Padme at Rebel Force Radio Party 2015
Reported by Mark on 29 Apr 2015 19:34

Thurs night Rebel Force Radio held a private party at the Sheraton Hotel. This video is of one of the coolest Star Wars artist and Musicians - Randy Martinez.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Carrie Fisher Interview With
Reported by Justin on 29 Apr 2015 19:28

Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, sits down with to discuss the impact of her character in popular culture, the effect of strong women in film, and what it means to play the same role more than 30 years later.

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Volkstock 2015
Reported by Mark on 29 Apr 2015 19:12

If you are anywhere near Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire between 10th and 13th July then head on over because the one and only \Warwick Davis will be in attendance. Warwick is a big Volkswagon fan and is also one of the show 'n' shine judges at the event.

Tickets are available at, so make like Herbie, buy a bunch of tickets and go bananas.

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Star Wars Insider #159
Reported by Matt on 29 Apr 2015 18:55

Covers to #StarWars #insider 159 out soon

A photo posted by (@jedinewsuk) on

Here's a look at the possible covers to the news stand and subscription editions of Star Wars Insider #159, due in a couple of months.

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The Clone Wars "Bad Batch" Story Reels Now Up On
Reported by Justin on 29 Apr 2015 18:28

Were you unable to attend Celebration Anaheim 2015 earlier this month and are upset that you missed out on seeing the special "Bad Batch" story arc from The Clone Wars? Have no fear, as the story reels from those unfinished episodes that fans got to see at Celebration are now available to watch on the official site!

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NY Comic Con 2015: Tickets Go On Sale May 13
Reported by Justin on 29 Apr 2015 18:16

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WeLoveFine Announces New Star Wars Apparel For Women
Reported by Justin on 29 Apr 2015 13:32

Great news for those female Star Wars fans out there who are looking for new ways to proudly display their love for the 'Wars each and every day. WeLoveFine has introduced a new line of Star Wars themed apparel for women. Check out the official announcement below that was posted on

Looking for more fashionable Star Wars clothes? Found them, you have, we would say.

WeLoveFine, makers of stylish pop culture apparel for fans both super and casual, have launched an exciting new line of women’s Star Wars apparel by Goldie. The collection, which debuted at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, features sweaters, T-shirts, a complete Han Solo look, and tie-back tanks, all with both retro and photorealistic designs.

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The Force Awakens Poster Spotted In Movie Theater
Reported by StephenG on 29 Apr 2015 10:36


Courtesy of MSW.Net and the wonderful @Darren Hayes.

Someone whom we really enjoy both as a person and a Star Wars fan, Darren Hayes (who you might know from The He Said He Said Show podcast and Savage Garden) recently posted a tweet (link above)

Darren is based out of Los Angeles so I’m going to assume this is in a U.S. theater. Also it just kind of looks like it.

Nice Teaser eh?

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Star Wars Action News Episode 449: Celebration Anaheim 2015 Coverage Part 2
Reported by Mark on 28 Apr 2015 23:27

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

Marjorie and Arnie team up with three other podcasts to wrap up Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015! Toys, panels, autographs, swap meets, trading, exclusive reveals and more -- Star Wars Celebration Anaheim had so much to do that no one podcast can contain it all. So in this episode we get four! Marjorie and Arnie from Star Wars Action News, Matt Fox from This Week in Star Wars, Jason Luttrull and Ryan Beise from Galaxy of Toys, and Amy Sjoberg from Star Wars Collecting Cosmos came together for the biggest podcast of the convention! Join the gang as they discuss Star Wars collecting at Celebration, The Force Awakens, and so much more! If you missed Celebration this show will make you feel like you were there! If you attended the con, relive the experience, all with this mega-packed podcast!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Emperor Trailer
Reported by Mark on 28 Apr 2015 22:50

It's time to join the worlds of Star Wars The Old Republic.

Watch the new Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ “Rise of the Emperor ” trailer and prepare to confront the Sith Emperor’s terrifying assault on Ziost in Game Update 3.2!

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Official Site: 5 Of Yoda's Funniest Moments
Reported by Mark on 28 Apr 2015 22:48

Amy Ratcliffe brings us 5 of Yoda's many funny moments over at

Quite serious, Yoda seems to be. When we first met Yoda on Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back, he went through a string of amusing actions but then settled into the role of the wizened mentor with the galaxy on his shoulders. His sense of humor popped up now and again throughout the saga, and even though the little green Jedi Master never cracked obvious, laugh-out-loud jokes along the lines of “Why did the mouse droid cross the road?” (no stand up routine in the clubs of Coruscant for him — as far as we know), he was amusing in his own wry way. He made astute and funny observations in serious situations and wasn’t afraid to needle those around him. His playfulness was on display in Legends titles but also in the films and animated series.

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Charles Soule Talks New Lando Mini Series
Reported by Mark on 28 Apr 2015 21:48

He blew up the Death Star, he turned Han Solo into a coffee table and he made wearing your best pals clothes cool and now Lando Calrissian returns in a new Marvel mini series.

Lando is looking to steal one of the galaxy 's most valuable ships. Any hints?

Charles Soule: Not yet. [Laughs] The reveal of what that ship is a big part of the first couple of issues and I really want to leave it for that but it's a cool ride, for sure. And Lando gets in over his head quickly, which is also pretty characteristic of the way we've seen the character before. He is very confident. He thinks he can handle any situation that comes his way and then the situation starts to handle him a little bit over time.
But as we see in the first issue, he puts together a crew of mostly new characters -- there is one familiar face, which is Lobot. He is a very cool character to write. When we see him in "Empire Strikes Back," he was always one of those weird side characters. The action figure always tended to be left on the shelf at Toys "R" Us or wherever so I figured it was time to give Lobot his moment in the spotlight.

Source Comic Book Resources (via Club Jade)
Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 27
Reported by Mark on 28 Apr 2015 21:43

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

Trailers galore! Since Celebration Anaheim gave us four trailers last week, we spend this show mostly analyzing them now that we have John back. Is there or isn’t there a casting call for Rogue One? Lords of the Sith drops TODAY. Are you ready? And of course, more Topps Star Wars Card Trader babble.

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Daleks, Droids and Doctor Who Draw Crowds To Corsham Sci-Fi Fun Day
Reported by Matt on 28 Apr 2015 21:22

Here's a look at another fantastic Corsham Sci-Fi event last weekend, which brought in huge crowds once again, raised a bunch of money and brought a lot of smiles to a lot of people.

Visitors were also treated to guest appearances from Star Wars actors Trevor Butterfield, who played a Stormtrooper and Trandoshan bounty hunter Bossk, Mike Edmonds who was Ewok shamen Logray, Femi Taylor who played Oola, and the original Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse.
It is the second time Mr Prowse, the bodybuilder turned actor, has returned to the event to talk to fans about appearing in Return of the Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back.
The 79-year-old from Bristol said: “It's a nice homely, friendly event. We are not raced off our feet with people queuing for miles and miles, so we have time to talk to people. Hopefully I will be invited back next year.”

Source Wiltshire Times
Mark Hamill Interview with
Reported by Matt on 28 Apr 2015 21:11

Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga, speaks with backstage at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, showing vintage photographs of his family on the Return of the Jedi set, and discusses Star Wars: The Force Awakens and much more!

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Star Wars Marathon on Sky Movies May 4th and 5th
Reported by Mark on 28 Apr 2015 21:02

Find that comfy space on the sofa and grab a BIG bucket of popcorn. Sky Movies are showing the entire Star Wars saga. Well, 'entire saga' until December 18th that is.

May The 4th is Star Wars Day, an annual celebration of all things Jedi. And to mark the occasion, we're showing all six Star Wars movies, back-to-back, on Monday May 4.
Then, on Tuesday May 5, it's the Revenge of the Fifth: celebrating the dark side with another epic movie marathon.
All six movies in the saga - A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith - will be shown back-to-back on Sky Movies Showcase over the two days.

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Boba Fett Fan Club: Interview with Daniel Logan
Reported by Matt on 28 Apr 2015 20:47

Take a look at this interview between our friends over at the Boba Fett Fan Club and young Fett himself, Daniel Logan.

We at the Boba Fett Fan Club ( had the pleasure of interviewing Daniel Logan (Young Boba Fett) one-on-one at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Learn more about his take on Boba Fett in "Attack of the Clones" and later in "The Clone Wars," including his conversations with George Lucas, Temuera Morrison, and Dave Filoni.

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Official Site: Inside Celebration Anaheim's Podcast Stage
Reported by Mark on 28 Apr 2015 20:09

Over at my good friend Dan Zehr takes a look at the Celebration podcast stage which - in my totally biased opinion - was a huge success.

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim saw the premiere of the Celebration Podcast Stage, and with it, fans got to experience some of their favorite podcasts live! Located in room 208A of the Anaheim Convention Center, the Podcast Stage allowed for fans to enjoy many different types of Star Wars podcasts in person, as well as the opportunity to interact with listeners, both old and new

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Coming Soon: New Classic Pop! Star Wars Series!
Reported by Mark on 28 Apr 2015 19:51

Heading your way in July comes this latest wave of Classic Pop, bringing us 6 classic characters from the saga.

  • 43: Unmasked Vader
  • 49: Luke Skywalker (Tatooine)
  • 50: Princess Leia (Boussh)
  • 51: TIE Fighter Pilot
  • 52: Nalan Cheel
  • 53: Bib Fortuna

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Tattoos, A Convention Tradition
Reported by Matt on 28 Apr 2015 19:27

The tattoo pavillion has become a staple of Celebrations, as last weeks Celebration Anaheim proved once again. Take a read of this piece over at Hero Complex for a deeper look into this growing phenomenon.

A still-growing tradition of Star Wars Celebration is getting inked, as 45 tattoo artists set up makeshift shops on the convention floor this weekend and engraved “Star Wars”-only designs on the faithful. Getting tattooed, however, however, meant essentially giving up one’s day . For some, that entailed seven or eight hours of missed panels, missed autographs, missed photos and missed networking.
But again, “Star Wars” fans are a patient lot, and coming home from Celebration with a personalized tattoo was worth skipping out on an afternoon of, say, watching droid races.

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RebelForce Radio: The Force Awakens Trailer #2: Fan Feedback
Reported by Mark on 28 Apr 2015 19:25

You guys jammed the RebelForce Radio hotline voice mail inbox after the release of the amazing second teaser trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens. Jimmy Mac has returned from Anaheim to listen to what you have to say – unscreened & unscripted. You heard us discuss the trailer indepth with Sam Witwer earlier this week. Now, hear Star Wars fans from all over the globe provide their feedback. Join us as we turn the show over to you and your reaction to the latest tantalizing 2 minutes of Star Wars magic

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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The Force Awakens Cast Interviewed In Entertainment Weekly
Reported by Mark on 28 Apr 2015 19:03

The gang at Club Jade bring us this piece from Entertainment Weekly over on their Tumblr page, chatting with the cast of The Force Awakens.

We're definitely feeling that awakening now!

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Hallmark Admiral Ackbar Keepsake Ornament Will Be Their Limited Quantity In-Store Release
Reported by Justin on 28 Apr 2015 13:21

In light of our story posted yesterday concerning Hallmark's plans to release two Keepsake Ornaments from The Force Awakens near the end of this year, I received several emails from Jedi News readers inquiring about the status of the Admiral Ackbar ornament that Hallmark had on display in their booth at SDCC last year and earlier this month at Celebration Anaheim 2015.

The Ackbar ornament is not listed in their 2015 Keepsake Ornament Dreambook, which led some fans to think the ornament was cancelled or delayed. So I reached out to my public relations contact at Hallmark to see what the deal was with this ornament. Here is the response I received back:

Hi Justin,

The Admiral Ackbar Keepsake Ornament will be available in limited quantities for Ornament Premiere, starting July 11. The Dream Book does not include the limited quantity ornaments, so you got a sneak peek at Celebration!

There you have it. The Ackbar ornament is in fact coming this year as the special Star Wars Limited Quantity in-store ornament.

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