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   27 January 2015
Official Site: 7 Things You Might Not Know About The Mos Eisley Cantina
Reported by Mark on 27 Jan 2015 23:34

Amy Ratcliffe brings us yet another entry over at StarWars.com, looking into a wretched hive of scum and villainy that's fascinated us for nearly four decades.

The Mos Eisley cantina is a well known location in the Star Wars universe. It’s where we see Ben Kenobi use his lightsaber for the first time, it’s where Han Solo and Greedo have a standoff, and it’s where Ben and Luke Skywalker meet Han and Chewbacca. Beyond those key moments, think of the quotable lines that were spoken. “Sorry about the mess,” “You’ll be dead,” and “I’m not such a bad pilot myself,” were all uttered inside the cantina’s walls.

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Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 14
Reported by Mark on 27 Jan 2015 22:57

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

In this thrilling episode of Radio Free Tatooine, our heroes are joined by fangirl extraordinaire Amy Ratcliffe to talk about her starwars.com article “7 Topics Star Wars Fans Love To Debate.” SPOILER: We debate them. Also, we discuss George’s disappearing scripts, Casting rumors for the first Star Wars spin-off film, and celebrate the Comlink’s new home on YouTube. So activate your hyperdrive and follow us through the Outer Rim on Radio Free Tatooine!

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Smugglers Rants: Sep 24, 2005: Anakin and Palpatine - Not as Powerful as they Might Have Been?
Reported by Mark on 27 Jan 2015 22:05

A decade ago, StarWars.com began hosting the hugely popular and much missed blog at http://blogs.starwars.com/. Over the course of 8 years, friendships were made, opinions discussed and ideas formulated. I had my own profile on there called Smugglers Rants, and between 23rd September 2005 and 27th February 2009 I ruminated on a number of what-if subjects, such as Vader's motivations, Palpatine's tactical genius, the Jedi Orders mistakes and whatever was happening that week on lightsabre.co.uk.

If you were ever a member, get over there to http://web.archive.org/ and take a browse through the archived pages for a nostalgia blast.

Here's my second post, dated 24th September 2005 asking the question 'Anakin and Palpatine - Not as Powerful as they Might Have Been?' Bear in mind, this is a decade ago, we're a lot wiser about such matters now.

Palpatine groomed Anakin for 13 years, from when he first met him on Naboo to the final moments of Anakin and the birth of Vader. He cleverly guided Anakin in the directions Palpatine wanted him to go and manipulated situations and events around him so he could make him his new apprentice (poor Dooku...)
Now, we know that in Darth Vader (in the suit) Palpatine did not get the Sith apprentice he was hoping for. Vader in the original trilogy is nowhere near as powerful as Darth Vader pre-Mustafar (although the fearsome appearance of the suit instills so much fear he more than compensates). Anakin is the most powerful Jedi of them all, and without his terrible injuries he would have been even more powerful and dominant, likely taking Palpatine out and ruling himself. But we know all this, it's in the films.
But, a second question.
Perhaps that wasn't a bad thing for Palpatine. His fights with Mace (which took a huge toll on him) and Yoda must have taken something out of Palpatine too. Perhaps the Emperor we know from the original trilogy isn't as powerful as he might have been.
Both Anakin and Palpatine are physically scarred in terrible ways. The Emperor basically locks himself away and has Vader conduct his business for him under Tarkin. And Anakin - in many ways, as much to the general public as to himself, Anakin is dead. Annie wasn't only physically scarred but mentally and emotionally as well, and it takes Luke's love to bring the truth and the realisation that he is the Chosen One back to him.
(Doesn't Sith make the end of Jedi SO much more powerful now?)
So, in summary - while we all accept that Vader was diminished by his fight with Obi-Wan, perhaps Palpatine was also by his two battles with Mace and Yoda.

10 Questions with Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Reported by Mark on 27 Jan 2015 21:28

Mark and Lea over at Yodas News had the chance to throw some questions at Freddie Prinze Jr about Star Wars Rebels and the challenges of playing Kanan.

Lea: What do you do to get into Kanan’s character for a “Rebels” recording session? Is it a method acting mentality when you all get together?

Freddie: To me the Jedi are samurai. Disciplined, loyal, alone but not lonely. With Kanan, that was his life, was. At a young age his master is taken, I can’t say how, season 2 greatness. So now you have a kid, trained as a Jedi, who doesn’t question his worthiness in battle but certainly is more street than book-smart, forced into a roll of leadership. So he’s cocky, but complicated. He’s patient but aggressive. Tough line to walk as far as staying true to the Jedi rules we all know and respect. The writers and Dave (Filoni) do a great job of making him pay when he goes astray so my job is simple; once I have THAT guy in my head and Dave breaks down the world around us its just about committing to the moment, regardless of how heavy or light the moment is.

Mark: Lando Calrissian from “The Empires Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” makes his return to the galaxy with “Idiot’s Array,” that aired January 19 on Disney XD in the US, how awesome is that and did you have a chance to catch up with him when he did his lines?

F: The Lando episode was such a trip to read let alone perform. You know the writers were geeking out/steel cage fighting it out to write that episode. We weren’t able to record with Billy, but we had his recording to work with. He’s a living legend.

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 37
Reported by Mark on 27 Jan 2015 21:10
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at the siths plan, pit droids, the bearded general, Hondo! the most holy planet, tusken tech and the ultimate Firespray. Wrangle your wampas, we're heading away from Echo Base into the white...

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RUMOR: Disney Wants Chris Pratt As New Indiana Jones Lead
Reported by Justin on 27 Jan 2015 20:38

All has been pretty quiet on the Indiana Jones rumor front these past several months.

Until now.

Deadline is hearing that Disney has their sights set on having Chris Pratt continue the Indy franchise as it's new leading man.

I’m cautioned that while things are very early, I hear the studio has set its sights on Chris Pratt as the swashbuckling archaeologist they hope to build the new franchise around, the role made famous by Harrison Ford in Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Pratt jumped to leading-man movie status with his performance in last year’s blockbuster Guardians Of The Galaxy for Marvel and Disney. He starts The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua in April for MGM and Sony, and there’s the inevitable Guardians Of The Galaxy sequel. Disney won’t comment and all this is admittedly early, so let’s chalk it up as a dishy informed rumor for now and keep an eye on it.

If you recall, Disney acquired the Indy rights from Paramount Pictures in late 2013.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Bandai Namco Star Wars Battlepod Trailer
Reported by Matt on 27 Jan 2015 20:05

Check this out, via our great pal Paul Bateman, the trailer for the Star Wars Battlepod arcade game.

If this is making a showing at Celebration Anaheim then you'll see me in the queue. Right at the front if it.

Source YouTube (via Paul Bateman)
Chub Wars
Reported by Mark on 27 Jan 2015 19:12

This isn't the normal kind of video that we would post, but it's so well done I just had to. Check out the http://chubsuit.com/ website for a selection of chub suits - imagine affordable sumo suits and you're pretty much there - and enjoy the video.

Hi, my name is Zach Marshall and I work for a website called http://chubsuit.com/ and we sell inflatable fat suits. I made a video set in a new universe inspired by Star Wars to promote our Chub Suits. It is just a goofy parody video but I was proud of it and wanted to try and spread it to some of the Star Wars community. I would love to be able to post it on your website if possible. Thanks so much, -Zach

Source YouTube
Star Wars Action News Episode 441: 1995 - Now -- 20 Years of Modern Figures
Reported by Mark on 27 Jan 2015 18:40

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

Marjorie and Arnie go into the show archives for this classic review of the first wave of Hasbro's modern figure line!
2015 marks Hasbro's 20th consecutive year of making Hasbro Star Wars figures. In 1995 the first figures in what's dubbed "Hasbro's modern figure line" were released--the Power of the Force series. To commemorate this, Star Wars Action News hosts Marjorie and Arnie dug deep into the show archives to bring you an encore presentation of this episode from 1995!
Join Marjorie and Arnie as they review Wave 1 of Kenner's Power of the Force 2 figure line, including Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and the Stormtrooper!
Then join Brock for the review of the then-new novel Darksaber, and Nathan P. Butler reflects on the conclusion of the Dark Empire saga with the "new" release Empire's End!
All that, plus a look back on what it means to have 20 years of figures, on this encore presentation of Star Wars Action News!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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RUMOR: Chris Weitz To Continue The Writing For First Star Wars Spinoff Film
Reported by Justin on 27 Jan 2015 17:07

Word comes our way via The Hollywood Reporter that Lucasfilm has selected Chris Weitz to pick up where Gary Whitta left off in writing the story for the first planned Star Wars standalone film, which will be directed by Gareth Edwards and arrive in theaters in December 2016.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the latest scribe headed to a galaxy far, far away is Chris Weitz, whose credits include the 2002 film About A Boy and Disney's upcoming Cinderella.

The selection of Weitz is curious given what we heard earlier about Simon Kinberg taking over the writing duties for this particular film.

In any event, this is all rumor material until/if we hear so from an official Lucasfilm source.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source THR
ANOVOS AT-AT Driver Ensemble Pre-order
Reported by James on 27 Jan 2015 15:42

ANOVOS are now taking pre-orders for their new AT-AT ensemble if you life in North America (International sales will be made available at a later date).

Drawing lineage from the feared TIE Pilots first introduced in Star Wars, this Imperial driver variant utilizes select reference from existing AT-AT Driver ensemble artefacts at Lucasfilm Archives, featuring details never before seen or realized on licensed costumes. Unlike other items that may proliferate the illegal rogue markets outside of the Empire, all armor pieces and buckets feature finished interiors for the maximal comfort and efficiency of the driver. That also includes the environmental / air features built within the helmet, allowing the helmet to be worn longer periods at the time.

The drivers of the feared AT-AT craft deserve quality hardware and soft goods, which was our mission statement when we began this project, and this is what we're delivering on with this release. Suit features everything you will need to start serving the Empire, with exception of the undergarments, socks and footwear, which you are to provide at your own discretion... The Empire will provide the AT-AT, and the Rebel scum will provide the targets of opportunity.

Source ANOVOS
Lanspeeder Available in Disney Infinity 2.0
Reported by James on 27 Jan 2015 15:34

Could this Landspeeder available in Disney Infinity 2.0, along with the Lightsabers in the original game, hint at Star Wars being the lead franchise for Disney Infinity 3.0?

You can currently get the Landspeeder in Disney Infinity 2.0 when you've purchased all the new version 2.0 characters and levelled them up (quite a costly affair).  However, you can also access it via a user generated Marvel Arena Toy Box available for all users of Disney Infinity 2.0 to download free-of-charge. 

Read the full article and watch the game-play video at Forbes.

Source Forbes.com
New Harrison Ford Autographs Available
Reported by James on 27 Jan 2015 12:01

Great news form our friends at Official Pix, bet these won't last long...

We are incredibly proud to announce that Harrison Ford has signed for us once again! In just 24 hours, these beautiful 11x14 Rolling Stones Cover Star Wars autographs will be available to order from our website right here. All are hand signed by Harrison Ford and come with our numbered Certificate of Authenticity (COA). Don't miss this rare opportunity to own one of the most sought after signatures in all of autographing...these are expected to go quick!

Source Official Pix
   26 January 2015
Full of Sith Special Release: Tasia Valenza
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 23:45

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

On this special episode, Tasia Valenza, the very talented actress and voice behind General Shaak Ti on the Clone Wars joins Mike, Amy and Bobby to discuss her craft, career, Star Wars and a miriad of other topics.

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

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Jogcast: J.J. Trek, Legends Review, Marvel Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 21:42

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

"Hi Jogcasters, lucky week this week, with a 2nd show, and an introduction to our newest genre host Andrew, who will be taking the TREK based Jogcast. We’ll have a good chat to him while we also talk about Legends Review, and how that’s going along with my review for the new Marvel Star Wars…join me, Alan R. Ryan, and Andrew Farrawel for Star Wars Jogcast."

Contact Information: Website

Source Jogcast
Star Wars Rebels: "Vision of Hope" Episode Preview Video "Chopper Unleashed"
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 20:33

In this clip from the Star Wars Rebels episode "Vision of Hope," Chopper springs into action -- much to the shock of his teammates.

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Star Wars Rebels: "Vision of Hope" Episode Preview Video "Caught by Kallus"
Reported by Matt on 26 Jan 2015 20:10

In this clip from the Star Wars Rebels episode "Vision of Hope," Agent Kallus and his men surround the Ghost crew and Senator Gall Trayvis -- but help may be on the way.

Source Star Wars on YouTube
The Comlink Channel Is Here!
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 18:08

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Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 63
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 17:32

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

Business: Free Star Wars Marvel #1 Giveaway, First listener to claim the code wins it, No women character Star Wars dolls, Pod People: Insane email from an insane person, Star Wars: Stand-Alone Spin-off News, Rumors from Pinewood, Several women have tested for lead roles in the first stand-alone spin-off, Star Wars: The Force Awakens News, George Lucas sees The Force Awakens teaser, Disney is not using George Lucas’ story ideas for The Force Awakens, Tons of code names discussed for sets, characters, places, and more, Extra Casting names confirmed with the sets in which they performed, UK Toy Fair and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Force Awakens Concepts: Fat Moebius Man and The Earliest Castle, Is the second video game hitting tied into the Han Solo spin-off, Star Wars Rebels’ Idiot’s Array discussion on Lando, Non-spoiler Star Wars Rebels: Vision of Hope impressions, Star Wars Marvel #1 Discussion, Johnamarie is a shock jock!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars, George Lucas, and the Pitfalls of ‘Auteur Theory’
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 17:13

One of the true treasures of the Star Wars saga - both on and off screen - is that it has never ceased to invite debate. The plot twists, the lives of the characters, the creatives that worked on it, the fandon that has swelled around it since the back half of the 1970's. And while you might not agree with many of the points raised, they certainly get the old grey matter throbbing.

Here's such a piece, by Robert Dean Lurie over at Liberty 21, discussing George Lucas the auteur and his control over his blockbuster franchise.

The 1970s are often portrayed as the true golden age of American filmmaking, a time when independently minded directors and maverick writers routed the once-powerful studio system. The big critical hits of the era—The Godfather, Mean Streets, The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now—all began as passion projects. Yet these were also dark, dour affairs. With the exceptions of Enter the Dragon and a few semi-okay James Bond flicks, the concept of fun vanished almost entirely from the silver screen during the first half of the ’70s—a deficiency Lucas recognized and exploited. By tapping into the simpler “good vs. evil” themes of an earlier period of storytelling, the young director delivered an enticing alternative to the emotionally draining films of his friends, and, in so doing, captured the imagination of a generation.

Source Liberty 21
Where Does Star Wars: The Complete Saga Rank In Number Of Blu-ray Sales In The United States?
Reported by Justin on 26 Jan 2015 16:50

According to the sales figures posted on The Numbers, Disney's animated feature Frozen is the best-selling Blu-ray title ever in the United States with nearly 7.5 million units sold.

Sales estimates are for sales since July 21, 2009, when our Blu-ray sales tracking started. Sales for The Dark Knight are therefore incomplete. All other titles have complete data. The release date is the date of the original release of the title on video.

And where might you ask does Star Wars: The Complete Saga fall in this ranking of the top 50 best-selling Blu-ray titles in the US? It comes in at #48 with a shade under 2 million units sold, which is shockingly low to me. If you asked me straight up where I thought this Blu-ray set would rank, I easily would have said in the top 20.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source The Numbers
Peter Mayhew Discharged From Hospital
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 16:49

Great news regarding everybody's favourite ex-porter and rampaging wookiee, Peter Mayhew has been discharged and is back home.

STAR WARS actor PETER MAYHEW is recovering at home after he was reportedly discharged from hospital following treatment for pneumonia.
The 70 year old, who plays wookie Chewbacca in the sci-franchise, gave fans a fright last week (ends18Jan15) when he canceled an appearance at a comic book store in Texas and was admitted to a medical facility suffering from the potentially deadly lung condition.
However, a representative for the actor took to Twitter.com on Wednesday (21Jan15) to reveal the towering actor was being released from hospital.
The post featured an image of Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks emblazoned with the note "Weesa going home". The post was captioned, "Thank you all for your sympathy and well wishes!"

Source The Indy Channel (via Harry Courtneay)
Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 36
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 15:50
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at Amidala's would-be assassin, battle droids, a clone commander, bounty hunters, the choking room, a blaster rifle and a hefty tank. Fire up the power converters, we're out of here...

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IndyCast Episode 204
Reported by Justin on 26 Jan 2015 14:55

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

In our first show for 2015, Indy gets the Mythbuster’s treatment, he goes to the dogs, Official IndyCast correspondent Mitch Hallock speaks with the cast of the Indiana Jones inspired series The Librarians, we talk retro Indy gaming plus we have more of your great emails!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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RUMORS: The Force Awakens - Two Speeder Designs & Concepts Of Salvage X
Reported by Justin on 26 Jan 2015 13:33

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

Two "Main Street" Speeder Designs

Concepts: Salvage X

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source MSW
General Grievous’ Wheel Bike Spotted In Marvel's Star Wars #1
Reported by Justin on 26 Jan 2015 13:09

Check out this little nugget of info our own Zak PT discovered while reading the new Marvel Star Wars #1. Over to Zak...

After reading that John Cassaday and Jason Aaron had planted some easter eggs in Marvel Star Wars #1 in StarWars.com’s interview with them I took the liberty to sift through the pages once more and found something peeping out from the junk lands of the Imperial moon. This item being General Grievous’ Tsmeu-6 personal wheel bike from Revenge of the Sith. And how do we know it’s his? Because he was the only one to replace the passenger seat with an nd-53 double laser cannon.

Click the image above for a larger view. Nice find Zak!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Domhnall Gleeson: It Was "Amazing" To Have The Force Awakens Filmed In Ireland
Reported by Justin on 26 Jan 2015 12:40

It's been well documented before how new Episode VII cast member Domhnall Gleeson has remained tight-lipped on his role in the upcoming film. However, he did recently express his happiness with the fact that some of the filming for The Force Awakens was performed in Ireland, which just so happens to be Gleeson's home country.

Domhnall Gleeson has admitted he found it “so cool” that some of Star Wars was shot in Ireland.

The Dubliner will shoot to even greater heights with his role in The Force Awakens – which was partly filmed in Kerry.

And the 31-year-old said it was particularly amazing seeing his home country being featured, as part of a hugely thrilling experience.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Win Sixth Scale R2-D2 with Sideshow Collectibles & Jedi News
Reported by Team Jedi News on 26 Jan 2015 09:01

You can win the awesome looking Sideshow Collectibles R2-D2 thanks to our friends at Sideshow.  If you haven't seen just how awesome this long awaited collectible is then check out these amazing photographs taken by D. Martin Myatt, one of our friends at Rebelscum, that were featured on the Blog at Sideshow Collectibles.

The competition runs through to Monday, February 9th at midnight PT (that's 7:59am on Tuesday 10th February for us in the UK) and you have to take this link to enter - good luck and MTFBWY!

UPDATE: For all those that asked, this competition is open to all, provided that Sideshow ship there!

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Bombad Radio: Musical Procrastination #12 - Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 03:50

It's time to join Lee on the latest edition of Bombad Radio: Musical Procrastination

This month on musical procrastination host Lee is discussing the music of Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope! If that doesn't prep you for this, I have no idea what will!

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   25 January 2015
More Details Emerge For Star Wars: Battle Pod™ Arcade Game
Reported by Mark on 25 Jan 2015 23:47

It's like the 80's again as Star Wars hits the arcades, focusing on the original trilogy with clarity and detail beyond anything 80's arcade fans could possibly imagine.

Last October, BANDAI NAMCO Amusement America announced an exciting advancement in arcade entertainment with Star Wars™: Battle Pod™. Star Wars: Battle Pod features a special dome shaped screen that surrounds a player’s field of sight, controller and seat vibration synced with the action taking place on screen, special air blast technology that simulates wind that’s felt during flight, and 5.1 surround sound. All these features come together to provide the most cinematic Star Wars™ arcade gaming experience possible to fans.
Today additional information is revealed about the HOTH and VADER’s REVENGE stages in Star Wars: Battle Pod. The HOTH stage is taken directly from Star Wars™: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back™ and places players on the icy planet with an impending attack from Imperial forces. Players will find themselves in the pilot seat of a snowspeeder; their mission, to repel an Imperial forces attack on the Rebel Alliance base and provide air support to ally cargo ships as they escape to safety. The action in this stage is frantic and exciting filled with sights and sounds that Star Wars fans are sure to recognize and enjoy.
The VADER’s REVENGE stage presents an original storyline exclusive to Star Wars: Battle Pod. This special level places players in the role of Lord Darth Vader himself as he pilots a TIE Advanced fighter, a special variant of the famed TIE fighter. In this special mission, players are tasked with preventing the Rebel Alliance from seizing a secret superlaser from the remnants of the destroyed Death Star. Players will feel the visceral challenge of flying through the debris of the destroyed Death Star while engaged in intense battle.

Source Action Figure Insider
Marvel Star Wars And The Story Group
Reported by Mark on 25 Jan 2015 23:32

Interesting words from Marvels Jordan D White regarding the relationship between Marvel and the story group.

Anonymous asked:
How much input does the Story Group have on your Star Wars storylines? Have they given you guys notes, a bible, lists of characters, species, locations, ships, and organizations?

They have given us lots of notes, and will advise us if we are looking for characters, vehicles, organizations, or what not.  No master lists or bibles, though.

Source Jordan D White (via Alex Feola)
Oscar Isaac Reveals Director JJ Abrams' Reaction To Harrison Ford's Accident On Set
Reported by Mark on 25 Jan 2015 23:11

Well, if strictly true the this has to go down as one of the most unusual reactions to a man breaking his leg. Oscar Isaac describes how director J.J. Abrams dealt with the Harrison Ford 'Anklegate' episode the next day on set.

“JJ was in such high spirits, he was literally making jokes on the loudspeakers. We had a big schedule that day, but JJ stopped us all and he said, ‘Can everybody just stop and look at the moon right now?'
“He said, ‘Look how beautiful it is, and how lucky we all are to be here.’ “JJ knows what’s important, and he reminded us it was a beautiful experience. He made it very personal.”

Source Huffington Post
Ewan McGregor Is ‘Still Waiting For The Call’ On Those Star Wars Sequels
Reported by Mark on 25 Jan 2015 22:56

Ewan McGregor once again shows his love and affection for Star Wars in this chat with MTV, as he bemoans the fact that he's yet to be contacted for the new era of Star Wars.

“No! I’m still waiting for the call! But literally, I have had nothing. Nothing.”
“And I don’t know how it could work, because I don’t know what those stories are. I never discussed them with George [Lucas] when we made ours, so I have no idea what the three storylines are.”
“I suppose, after my last one, after ‘Episode III,’ I become Alec Guinness, and then Alec Guinness is cut down by Lord Vader, and goes into [The Force]. But then, if he came back from there wouldn’t he be Alec Guinness? Why would he suddenly be me?”
“I’m talking myself out of a job here, which is a silly idea,”

Source MTV (via Club Jade)
LEGO Star Wars 2015 Pictures and Rumors
Reported by Matt on 25 Jan 2015 22:45

Via Eurobricks, check out this new unreleased and unconfirmed LEGO Star Wars Rebels polybag, featuring a Stormtrooper Sergeant. 

Interestingly the piece count on the bag states 5 pieces but if you add up the legs, torso, head, helmet, gun and cloth sergeant wrap that's actually 6 pieces - whoops!

Source Eurobricks
Star Wars: The Old Republic As eSport – Can It Happen?
Reported by Mark on 25 Jan 2015 22:17

Sound like a crazy idea? Well, perhaps there's some mileage in the concept, as discussed over on SWTOR Strategies

So this is not the first time this question has been proposed but we want to open it up for a bit of discussion here. Could SWTOR make it as an eSport? With the growing popularity and demand on esports, it doesn’t seem far-fetched to think about other games getting into the scene. But is SWTOR a good choice? What aspects of SWTOR could be made into an eSport? We’d clearly be looking at PvP options, right?
There is a sect of players who love SWTOR solely for the PvP side, despite this not being what the game is specifically made for and branded to. There will always be players who love PvP and want to get specifically into that style of play. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at what might work for SWTOR in an eSports environment.
SWTOR PvP tournaments played out on Twitch? This is something I think fans would watch.

Source SWTOR Strategies (via sQren)
UK Hot Deals: Lucasarts Classics
Reported by Matt on 25 Jan 2015 22:05

Check out these insane prices for some Lucasarts classics. Tales of Monkey Island £2.39, Back To The Future The Game £2.49, Sam & Max Save The World £1.99, Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space £1.99, Sam & Max The Devil's Playhouse £2.39.

The legendary series returns from Davy Jones’ locker and onto your screen with lush 3D environments, rip-roaring humour, and Guybrush Threepwood himself!
While explosively stripping the evil pirate LeChuck of his demonic mojo, Guybrush Threepwood inadvertently infects the entire Caribbean with the arch-fiend's expelled voodoo, which threatens to transform buccaneers into unruly pirate monsters. Pursued by a notorious cut-throat pirate hunter and a creepy French physician who believes that Guybrush's eerily-infected hand holds the secret of eternal life, Threepwood sails the seven seas in search of La Esponja Grande, a legendary sea sponge with unparalleled voodoo exfoliating abilities. But little does Guybrush know, his quest is part of a larger, more sinister plot, and good and evil are not always as they seem…
Who can Guybrush trust? Where can he turn? Everything you think you know will be challenged as Tales of Monkey Island builds to its unexpected finale. Witness how one of the most cherished adventure gameworlds comes back to life in this modern point-and-click classic!

Source Hot UK Deals
Star Wars Holograms' Edge Closer to Reality
Reported by Matt on 25 Jan 2015 21:56

Star Wars hologram technology edges closer and closer, so maybe we can have that game of dejarrik sooner rathr than later.

The world has wanted to develop holograms ever since Princess Leia used it to appear before Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. Now, more than three decades later, the hologram could be edging closer to reality with a gadget that allows you to view projected 3D images in space, from any vantage point. The technology, dubbed ‘Help Me Obi’, has been created by a pair of Scottish artists who claim to be able to project 3D objects as large as 30cm (12 inches).

Source Daily Mail
The Realm Recap: Episode #49: They Are Toys After All
Reported by Dan on 25 Jan 2015 21:17

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

Join Flyguy and Jayson as we break down the latest in collecting news from Hasbro including details on the new Hero Mashers line, new Saga Legends reveals and preorders. UK Toy Fair was held this past week and while most info was kept on the down-low, some news did slip out including new 2015 LEGO sets and a swanky The Force Awakens tote bag given to corporate VIPs. Also this week, we have several custom features ranging from action figures to artwork to wearable costumes. Finally, we wrap things up with our reviews and acquisitions for the past week. All this and much more on Episode 49 of The Realm Recap!

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New Hasbro Saga Legends Figures Revealed
Reported by Dan on 25 Jan 2015 21:13



Our friends over at Jedi temple Archives have uncovered a few previously-unannounced figures in Hasbro's Saga Legends Line: Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia in their Endor outfits from Return of the Jedi, as well as Commander Bly from Revenge of the Sith (they still didn't get the deco correct, after all these years?!?).

No word on release dates yet...but no doubt these will be part of Hasbro's presentation next month in New York.

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The WolfPack Podcast #118: Where Is Everything?
Reported by Dan on 25 Jan 2015 21:02

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

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Curto, Corey, Marco, and Jayson talk about the long wait for the next few Rebels Waves and Rebels episodes, variant covers for Star Wars Kanan and Darth Vader. as well as the latest Standalone rumors. We also create a new game for the show, Curto VS Jayson Action Figure challenge!

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   24 January 2015
Latest Toy Palace Newsletter - Week 3, 2015
Reported by James on 24 Jan 2015 22:31

Here's the latest update from Site Sponsor Toy Palace...

Our first newsletter of the year! We have worked very hard the last couple of weeks to get our new Toy Palace smartphone app out. It can be downloaded in German language for Android or Apple by simply searching for "Toy Palace" in your favourite App Store (Windows Phone App coming soon). Give us some feedback if you like it.

If you want to see the latest in-stock products just click HERE! The latest pre-order products can be found HERE!

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Mark Guest Leaves Blocks Magazine
Reported by James on 24 Jan 2015 21:55
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Some sad news about the editor and co-founder of Blocks Magazine, Mark Guest, that features lots of LEGO Star Wars content and is a must read for any LEGO fan.  Here's today's Press Release (read on for full details) and we wish Mark the very best of luck in his future endeavours.

It has been announced today that Blocks co-founder and Editor Mark Guest is to leave Blocks. Issue 5, (which comes out in February) will be the last issue with Mark at the helm.

Mark has been instrumental in creating Blocks form the start and it was his own obsession with LEGO that drove the one off project to become a monthly publication. It is fair to say the product has been well received amongst the LEGO fan community and has progressively strengthened under his leadership.

Back in June 2014, Mark first revealed Blocks to the world as a one-off WH Smith exclusive Bookazine. This was a small insight of what was to come and in the following months a team of experts and respected contributors assembled adding a great impetus that allowed the vision to grow into something the community had longed for.

Mark today commented on this shocking news, saying: ‘It is with great sadness that I am departing from what was my baby, but unfortunately sometimes circumstance dictates a difficult decision must be made.'

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Unbelievable Sand Sculpture Of Star Wars Rebels Crew
Reported by Justin on 24 Jan 2015 18:10

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Debbie Reynolds Confirms Once Again That Billie Lourd Is In The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 24 Jan 2015 17:50

While this isn't the first time we've heard about this, Debbie Reynolds, mother to Carrie Fisher and grandmother to Billie Lourd, has stated yet again via an interview posted on The Hollywood Reporter that Lourd will in fact be appearing in The Force Awakens in an unspecified role.

How did you feel about your daughter following you into the business? And now returning to the Star Wars franchise?

George Lucas is a great producer, and I'm very grateful to him for giving my daughter an opportunity to play a great part. My first [big] role was Singin' in the Rain, and my daughter's first [big] role was Star Wars. I had one bun for a hairdo, and Carrie had two buns! She just finished the new Star Wars — and my granddaughter, Billie Lourd, is playing a role in it, too! It's very exciting to see my granddaughter jumping into the fray also.

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Tosche Station Radio #102: Where’s Hera?
Reported by Mark on 24 Jan 2015 10:33

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

On this episode of Tosche Station Radio, Amy Ratcliffe and Bria join the hosts to answer a question that’s been bugging us all lately: Where’s Hera?

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

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Star Wars Bookworms #36: A Shattered Legacy
Reported by Mark on 24 Jan 2015 08:05

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

In this episode of Star Wars Bookworms we talk mostly comics and answer some listener emails. Bria from Tosche Station joins us and brings some impressive comic book knowledge to the discussion. She’s really cool.

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Jeffrey Brown's Darth Vader And Friends
Reported by Matt on 24 Jan 2015 04:42

Previews have this listed as arriving on 29th April, the next entry in Jeffrey Brown's delightful foray into the Star Wars galaxy.

In this funny and sweet new book in the bestselling Darth Vader series, Eisner Award-winning author Jeffrey Brown offers an intimate look at the friendships between best pals in the Star Wars universe, from Darth Vader and the Emperor to Leia and her Ewok pals, Han and Chewie, C-3PO and R2-D2, the bounty hunters, and other favorite characters. Jealousy, birthday parties, lightsaber battles, sharing, intergalactic rebellion, and more all come into play as Brown's charming illustrations and humor irresistibly combine the adventures of our friends in a galaxy far, far away with everyday events closer to home.

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Get Your Geek On: January 22nd 2015
Reported by Mark on 24 Jan 2015 02:25

Get your geek on every Monday night with host David Gremillion, as he interviews guests, takes your calls, and gives his take on the latest Star Wars news. Listen live every Monday at 9pm EST on www.channel1138.com.

Thoughts about doing this? I was going to say that all three of us were interested and ask for a more specific time frame for when this would happen and firgure the rest out from there. Sound good? Variants, variants, EVERYWHERE! We're talking about Marvel variants including how fast these are selling. We're going to hit up the latest news about George Lucas including the possibility of moving his famed museum out of Chicago and his upcoming movie "Strange Magic". We'll also find out what the fuss about "Idiot's Array" is all about before delving into finding out why the "light side" is the stronger side. Stay Geeky!

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Official Site: Social Scanner - January 23, 2015
Reported by Justin on 24 Jan 2015 01:20

It's time for the latest weekly installment in the Star Wars Social Scanner series provided by Lucasfilm's own social media guru Andi Gutierrez!

As a member of the (very small) social media team here at Lucasfilm, I have the honor of reading, responding to, laughing at, loving, and sharing all of your Star Wars conversations every day. Our fans are creative, passionate, funny, and very active across the Internet; every Friday, I’ll share my favorite social media posts from the week in the Social Scanner, so show me what you’ve got!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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RUMOR: A Star Wars Spinoff Film To Feature Two Main Characters?
Reported by Justin on 24 Jan 2015 01:03

Ever since the announcement came down that Disney would be releasing standalone films in addition to the Sequel Trilogy, signs/whispers pointed to Yoda, Boba Fett, and Han Solo as being the featured characters in those planned films.

Now a rumor comes our way via Latino Review that two of those characters may in fact be sharing a single film together.

Take the source link below for the details and be prepared to include as much salt as needed.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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   23 January 2015
T-Shirts: Rebellion
Reported by Matt on 23 Jan 2015 23:50

Available on 29th April in a range of sizes, another cool Star Wars t-shirt to get you through the long summer wait for The Force Awakens.

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Coffee With Kenobi Show #30: Vintage Kenner Star Wars Collectibles
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 22:22

It's time to join your hosts Dan and Cory over at Coffee With Kenobi.

In today’s show, Mark Bellomo, author of The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures, 1977-1985 joins us to talk about our topic for Show # 30, vintage Kenner Star Wars action figures. We also are joined by Lillian Skye of the Star Wars Underworld, as she talks about some exciting analysis she discovered in her classroom. We will also discuss 3D versions of the Prequels and other Celebration news, Disneyland discounts, new Star Wars headphones, and much more. We also have the next offering of “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio” featuring Rob Wainfur.

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More Dynamic Forces Star Wars Variants Coming In April
Reported by Matt on 23 Jan 2015 22:09

Dynamic Force bring another batch of variants, covering Star wars #1, Darth Vader #1 and Princess Leia, arriving in April.

Check out the details, prices and artists above.

Where the Party Started: Detention Block 2551 Patches
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 21:40

It's time to patch in the founder of the 501st, Albin Johnson as we get news of some new patches.

Detention Block 2551, the original birthplace of the Legion. Now commemorated in designs by Dave Liew and available for order. Two designs, because folks demanded it! We are running a very limited quantity of both designs:

  • Hex-shaped “unit” patch with the interrogation droid
  • Boots-Up Trooper original with no caption

Next month we will offer Boots-Up Trooper with one of the more popular captions, again in a very limited run.Collect 'em all but hurry we won't make many of each.
Just $7 apiece free shipping to anywhere. Paypal to trooper.tk210@gmail.com and indicate which you want and how many (DB2551 Droid ; DB2551 Boots Up Plain) Order as many as you like, when we’re out we’re out.
3.5” fully embroidered and set to ship mid- to late-February. Be looking for the next version in a month, and get it quick ‘cause we’re not doing many of these in favor of offering more variety.
For information on Detention Block 2551 and what this all means to the 501st, just browse by my website: http://www.albinjohnson.com/501stLegion/stuff/_page-stuff-501st-current.html
Now get back to your post
- AL (TK210)

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Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 Tops 300k Preorders, New Covers Revealed
Reported by Matt on 23 Jan 2015 21:30

We've just enjoyed the blockbuster return of Star Wars to Marvel and already we're looking ahead to the next release, Darth Vader, which is already hitting the stratosphere with 300,000 pre-orders.

Marvel Comics has confirmed exclusively with ComicBook.com that Darth Vader #1 has received over 300k pre-orders, making it another strong start from Marvel’s recently launched Star Wars comic book line.
Darth Vader #1 is written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Salvador Larroca, and is the first issue of Darth Vader’s first ever ongoing comic book solo series. Taking place after the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the series will tell Vader’s story following the Battle of Yavin.
Marvel has also provided ComicBook.com with an exclusive first look a several variant covers for the issue, including several retailer exclusives.

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Marvel Offers Star Wars #1 3rd Printing
Reported by Matt on 23 Jan 2015 21:15

No surprise but the 2nd print has sold out and earlier this afternoon retailers were offered a third printing of the biggest comic of the year. Selling well over a million copies at wholesale. There's no art yet, but this will likely be another recolour of the regular cover.

If you want a copy of this cover ask your local comic store asap.

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 02/25/15.

RebelForce Radio: January 23, 2015
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 21:00

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

Star Wars headlines this week: Billy Dee returns as Lando in Star Wars Rebels. RFR gets some ink in a national newsstand publication. And, George Lucas makes controversial comments about how his contributions to The Force Awakens have been scrapped. Plus, Star Wars meets Pawn Stars, Listener Mail, and more sequel casting rumors

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Official Site: Yavin 4 Rebels: Guardians of the Hidden Fortress
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 20:45

Check out the latest article by Tim Veekhoven, packed with amazing detail as always over at StarWars.com.

After abandoning their base on Dantooine, the Rebel Alliance established a new HQ in the ruins of the eerie Massassi Temples on Yavin 4. The Great Temple housed several levels of Alliance activity, including a hangar for the starfighters and a majestic audience chamber. After finally procuring the Death Star plans from Princess Leia Organa, General Dodonna spearheaded a search for a tactical weakness in the battle station’s construction. When the Death Star approached Yavin 4, a valiant attack with little chance of victory was launched. However, a new hope was given to the galaxy when Luke Skywalker destroyed the Death Star against all odds. Let’s meet the brave Rebels who were stationed at Base One during the Battle of Yavin!

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Star Wars Battlefront: Is THIS How Heroes Work?!
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 20:30

News comes in via SWTOR Strategies regarding the fortthcoming Star Wars Battlefront.

Star Wars: Battlefront is yet to receive its official release date for Xbox One, PC and PS4. DICE and EA are busy at work at creating the game that so many fans of the series have been waiting for. There have been a great deal of shifts in the video game industry as of late concerning FPSs, but will Star Wars Battlefront 3 be following Titanfall for its heroes?
Modern shooters have changed a great deal, though in many ways they’re just catching up on Halo’s transformations years before them. But that’s for another day. Star Wars: Battlefront is to be DICE’s biggest FPS of next year, so are they going to give us more of what we’ve seen with Battlefield or are we getting some new changes?

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Join The Rebellion At Club Penguin
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 20:19

Our friends at Disney have dropped us this fantastic Club Penguin news. Check it out.

Club Penguin, the #1 virtual world for kids on web and mobile, has been taken over by the evil Empire, and it is up to penguin citizens to join the growing rebellion and strike back against the Imperial forces.
For a limited time starting Thursday 22nd January, Club Penguin will be transformed into Lothal, home planet of the hit Star Wars RebelsTM TV show, and players are challenged to prove their skills in a variety of special Star Wars Rebels quests to save the Island. As they fight the evil Empire, members will be able to dress up in new Star WarsTM-themed outfits like Agent Kallus, Vizago, R2-D2 helmets for puffles and many more.
Throughout the event, players will be tasked with missions from Ezra Bridger, Zeb Orrelios, Hera Syndulla, and Kanan Jarrus of the Ghost crew and earn special Star Wars Rebels-themed items along the way.
Members can use their virtual coins to buy Star Wars-themed outfits from the Penguin Style catalog, shop for galactic furniture and igloos and earn special Star Wars Rebels costumes for their efforts. Members will also be able to earn different LightsabersTM with unique moves that they can use in epic duels. Once proving their rebellious skills to the Ghost crew by completing special tasks, players must ultimately take on the nefarious Inquisitor.
Players can join the rebellion from 22nd January to 4th February on ClubPenguin.com and in the Club Penguin app on iOS and Android devices.
Catch Star Wars Rebels on Thursdays and Fridays at 8am or on Saturdays and Sundays at 9am and 3pm on Disney XD.

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Star Wars Jogcast: X-wing Rogue Squadron Legends Review
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 19:44

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

"Hi all this is Alan R. Ryan, resident Jogcaster, and tonight we are going to be talking about X-Wing Rogue Squadron series of novels, and the one that started it all. Written by the always entertaining Michael Stackpole I am a huge fan of his work and the characters he created in this series so sit back and relax as we kick back with this week’s Legends Review minicast."

Contact Information: Website

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Official Site: 6 Things You Don't Know About Star Wars #1
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 19:39

Dan Brooks takes a deeper look into the smash hit Star Wars #1, with half a dozen fun facts over at StarWars.com.

Marvel’s Star Wars #1 arrived last week, officially ushering in a new age of Star Wars comics. Set right after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the issue features Han and Leia at their flirting-meets-bickering and Imperial-blasting best, Chewbacca as a sniper (!), and a thrilling cliffhanger ending. In short, it’s Star Wars to the core, it feels like a fresh start, and it’s fantastic.
In celebration of Star Wars #1’s release, StarWars.com spoke with the landmark comic’s creators, writer Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday, for some Bothan-spy-worthy behind-the-scenes secrets.

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Fat Moebius Man Concepts
Reported by Justin on 23 Jan 2015 19:33

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

Concepts: Fat Moebius Man

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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The Making Of Strange Magic Featurette
Reported by Justin on 23 Jan 2015 19:18

Lucasfilm has notified us via an email press release about the new Strange Magic video embedded below featuring the film's creator George Lucas and some of the cast members.

And in case you missed it earlier, be sure to check out our previous story about Lucas and Stange Magic's composer Marius de Vries commenting on what went into selecting the musical score of the film.

 

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Oscar Isaac: It Was "Wild" Working On The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 23 Jan 2015 15:02

It's a slow time for official The Force Awakens news, so why not share some more comments made by the cast members? Oscar Isaac offered up the following quote when asked to describe what it was like working on the set of Episode VII.

Oscar has been lucky enough to land a part in the upcoming Star Wars movie, Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Written and helmed by J. J. Abrams the actor can't believe his luck at joining the franchise.

"It was wild. It was definitely nothing I could have ever anticipated. It's pretty cool to be able to add to that continuing story and to be a part of the incredible Star Wars culture," he smiled.

We're sure it was one hell of a wild time.

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 35
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 13:41
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at a bounty hunters vengeance, gonk, a Jedi relative, her royal highness, Amidala's cycloptic guard, droid factories, THE classic Imperial weapon and the Admirals star cruiser. On my mark...PUNCH IT!

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Stunning Star Wars Models Crafted From Paper
Reported by Justin on 23 Jan 2015 13:29

Wow. Just wow. Feast your eyes on this assortment of Star Wars models that were created using nothing but paper.

That's right - PAPER.

The level of craftsmanship and expertise required to design something of the quality of these builds is nearly immeasurable. Exceptional work to say the very least.

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Dave Filoni, Henry Gilroy, & Kilian Plunkett Talk TCW And Rebels Part 2
Reported by Justin on 23 Jan 2015 12:31

As promised, Making Star Wars brings us Part 2 of their exclusive video of Dave Filoni, Henry Gilroy, and Kilian Plunkett discussing The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels at Comics FTW as part of the Marvel Star Wars #1 launch party.

Be sure to check out Jason's first video if you didn't catch it already.

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Early Castle Concepts
Reported by Justin on 23 Jan 2015 12:25

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

Concepts: The Earliest Castle

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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Brews and Blasters #6: Caravan of Courage Commentary
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 08:10

It's time to join the gang over at Brews and Blasters.

We did it! The first in The Ewok Adventures commentary series is now live! We had a TON of fun on this one, so pop in the movie, turn on the podcast, and have a good time! Please subscribe, rate, and review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

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Star Wars And The Power Of Costume Exhibition Grand Opening
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 05:00

30th January at the EMP Museum brings a phalanx of Star Wars guests to celebrate the opening of Star Wars And The Power Of Costume exhibition.

Anthony Daniels is joined by Billy Dee Williams, Brandon Alinger and Agie Gueraard Rogers at the event between 7pm and 1am.

With thanks to Marcus Dohring for the info.

Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: Idiots Array
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 00:31

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac for Rebels: Declassified.

Billy Dee Williams returns as Lando Calrissian in the latest episode of Star Wars Rebels “Idiot’s Array”. What did we think of Billy Dee’s debut in Rebels? Did he bring more character or caricature to his performance? Does the depiction of early Lando jibe with what we know about the character in The Empire Strikes Back? We talk about it all on this episode with our special guests – Official Star Wars artist Randy Martinez and co-author of the upcoming Ultimate Star Wars, Fangirls Going Rogue‘s Tricia Barr.

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   22 January 2015
RADIO 1138: Episode 24
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 23:50

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

The news and announcements just keep on coming and RADIO 1138 is all over it. This episode we discuss the UK Toy Fair, chat Fact Files and Millennium Falcon with Iain Lowson, conclude our chat with Anthony Daniels and weave our way through issue 155 of the Star Wars Insider with Jonathan Wilkins...and all with a nasty dose of the Blue Shadow Virus. Catch it here on the 24th episode of RADIO 1138.

Contact Information: info@radio1138.co.uk | iTunes | RSS Feed | RFR Landing Page | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Official Site: Critical Opinion: Revenge of the Sith Original Reviews
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 22:46

My latest entry arrives over at StarWars.com as I take a look at the critical opinion a decade ago to the arrival of Revenge of the Sith.

Check your calendars. Yes, it’s 2015 and that means the arrival of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the continuation of Season One of Star Wars Rebels and a glut of other new and exciting Star Wars ventures. But it’s also a big anniversary year. Not only is it 35 years since the arrival of The Empire Strikes Back but this year also marks the 10th anniversary of Revenge of the Sith, the episode which — until the announcement of a sequel trilogy in late October 2012 — marked the final chapter in the six film Star Wars cycle.

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Padmé Didn’t Die of a Broken Heart
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 21:50

My pal Joseph Tavano has written a very thought-provoking piece, postulating the thought that Padmé didn't simply die of a broken heart but that other forces (pun intended) were at play.

I find it odd that one of the most pivotal and mysterious moments in the Star Wars saga is discussed infrequently, and when it is the case is closed. Some time between 2005 and now the greater part of people who’ve watched this movie have all come to the same conclusion, and all that is debated is if they like this course of events or not.
Of course, I’m talking about the end of Revenge of the Sith, one of my all-time favorite films. I haven’t been counting, but I’ve seen this movie 500 times, and I’m still finding new things to consider. The final hour of this movie is densely packed with information, but it doesn’t hold your hand. Where a lesser film would have wrapped thing up with an expositive voiceover, Revenge of the Sith demands that the viewer watches how things unfold, and then asks the viewer to put the pieces together themselves. Unfortunately, not everyone has put them together the proper way, and that leads to a lot of differing conclusions regarding the anticlimax of the movie.
I’m talking about Padmé’s death, the cause of which has been said by many to be “a broken heart.”
Yuck. Nope.
I’m here to tell you that this theory does not hold up, and I’m going to show you why. Listen to my case, consider the evidence, re-watch the movie, and rethink the flawed broken heart theory.

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What Are The Chances Comic-Con Leaves San Diego?
Reported by Justin on 22 Jan 2015 20:52

Slashfilm provides readers with a look at the possibility of Comic-Con leaving the city of San Diego in the near future for other hotbed tourist destinations located across California such as Anaheim or Los Angeles.

Check out the intro below and then take the source link for the full read.

Comic-Con and San Diego go hand-in-hand, and have ever since Comic-Con was founded in San Diego in 1970. But Comic-Con has expanded much faster than San Diego has. As anyone who’s waited overnight for a Hall H spot or spent 10 minutes trying to cross Harbor Drive can attest, it feels at times like Comic-Con has outgrown San Diego altogether.

Now, with the current deal between Comic-Con International and the city of San Diego set to expire in 2016, the event is fielding proposals from other cities. Could Comic Con leave San Diego for Los Angeles or Anaheim?

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Latest Dennis The Menace and Gnasher Epic Magazine Features Star Wars Rebels
Reported by Matt on 22 Jan 2015 20:44

It's a good time to be a kid comic collectors as the latest Dennis The Menace and Gnasher Epic Magazine gives ius a hefty dose of Star Wars Rebels, inviting you to join the Rebellion.

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Brickset: London Toy Fair Report
Reported by Matt on 22 Jan 2015 19:31

Our friends over at Brickset bring us their review of the recent London Toy Fair, focusing of course on the many and various LEGO releases planned for 2015.

Following on from Huw's assessment of the unlicensed themes I will be taking a look at the licensed sets that were on display this year at the London Toy Fair. Overall I am a little disappointed to be honest, although there are some outstanding sets and minifigures to make up for others that are lacking.
I noted down prices and the minifigures included in most sets as well as some features that stood out to me of the models themselves. If I don't say much about a particular set, that is probably because I wasn't very keen on it so didn't take much time to pore over the details!
Please note that all prices are provisional and subject to change prior to release.

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Official Site: Star Wars Planets We'd Like To Visit
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 18:22

Amy Ratcliffe takes us on a tour of the Star Wars galaxy over at StarWars.com.

Luke Skywalker would have you believe Tatooine is the farthest planet from the bright center of the universe, but the Star Wars galaxy is a packed place. Plenty of teenagers on other planets probably say the same thing. There are several Outer Rim locales tarnished with an unappealing sheen, Core planets filled with luxuries and promise, and everything in between. A handful of locations are featured as Star Tours attraction destinations at Disney parks, and though the virtual experience is better than nothing, we’re itching to get our feet on the ground in the galaxy far, far away and explore. These planets are at the top of our list:

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 63: Star Wars Half Marathon RECAP
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 18:10

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

Star Wars + Disney + Running = the incredible Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland! Richard and I had an amazing time, and on this episode we’ll give you our personal experiences, we’ll hear from some runners just after we finished the Half Marathon, including Linda Hansen-Raj from FANgirlBlog and Dave Parfitt of AdventuresByDaddy.com. Read his Race Recap here. Then we go behind-the-scenes with Shannon Abeyta, runDisney event manager at Disneyland. Just what does it take to put on such a huge event!?
Star Wars Celebration is right around the corner! In our segment “Skywalking To Celebration” we talk with our podcast composer, Rob Dehlinger, to see what he is doing to get ready for the big event.

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Star Wars Trailer Done In Avengers: Age Of Ultron Style
Reported by Justin on 22 Jan 2015 17:54

The above trailer from YouTube user The Unusual Suspect takes the score from the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailers and edits together footage from the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy to craft a new, totally epic trailer. Even the way the footage is edited together is reminiscent of the ‘Age of Ultron’ trailers, with pulsating fade-outs to punctuate the transitions between scenes.

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Latest Toxic Mag Features Star Wars
Reported by Matt on 22 Jan 2015 17:41

The latest Toxic Mag is on the shelves, bringing all the usual goodies as they do every issue but this month they manage to pack in some cool Star Wars treats.

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Strange Magic: Interview With George Lucas
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 17:30
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Our friends at Feats Press Agency reached out to us with this fascinating interview they conducted with George Lucas, talking about the release tomorrow in North America of Strange Magic (out here in the UK 11th February).

Q: Why did you turn down directing Star Wars to do what has been described as a passion project?

GL: “I had two daughters and Star Wars was a movie for 12-year-old boys so I thought I’d make a movie for 12-year-old girls. The 12-year-old boy one worked for everyone from eight months to 88 years. Boys, girls, dogs, whatever... it really worked. So I thought maybe I could do one like this but make it more female-centric. It’s a story that will hopefully work for everyone but I just wanted to have fun. I was directing Star Wars while I was doing these. I’d go out and shoot, and put this on the shelf for a while. I had a little group of guys and girls working on this thing.”

Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 62
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 17:11

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

In this episode of MakingStarWars.net's "Now, This Is Podcasting!" Johna, Jason, and Randy discuss: Tatooine and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the description of the toy packaging for Star Wars: The Force Awakens products, Force Awakens ads in Tokyo, Amybeth Hargreaves possibly playing a woman Stormtrooper, Lucas' intention to finish The Force Awakens before selling Lucasfilm, Mark Hamill on the secrecy revolving around Star Wars: Episode VII, Simon Kinberg replacing Gary Whitta on first Star Wars stand-alone spin-off, Marvel's Star Wars #1 impressions, the first look at Kanan as a Padawan from a new Marvel comic, Star Wars Rebels episode titles for 3 future episodes, and Dave Filoni, Henry Gilroy, and Killian Plunkett at FTW Comics! And we share our opinion about the latest Pod People question: Are Mandalorians in the sequel trilogy?

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On The Shelves UK: Tesco
Reported by Matt on 22 Jan 2015 16:55

Great prices for these fairly new Star Wars mugs, down to a bargain price of just £1.25.

So, for a swig of the dark side get one of these before they're all gone.

Expanded Fandomverse Episode 23 - Mr. Black and Team Negative 1
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 16:28

It's time to join Tim and Jason over at The Expanded Fandomverse.

"After interviewing Harmy and Adwan, Jason was contacted by the mysterious Mr. Black from the secret group Team Negative 1. These guys have hunted down and obtained their own 35mm theatrical prints of the Star Wars films for use in the fan film and film restoration community. We discuss the preservation of the original films and their latest release The Empire Strikes Back - Renegade Grindhouse. Dan and Jason go on a couple of Star Wars rants, Jason tries to giveaway more toys, and we hint at future guests. Plus, one of the oddest Etsy items of the week! "

Contact Information: Website | Voice Mail - 205-383-3663 | Twitter | Facebook

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Jedi News Review: Star Wars Rebels: Idiots Array
Reported by Teresa and Aaron on 22 Jan 2015 16:00
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Dave Filoni and his team hit us hard with the start to this back half of Season 1 for Star Wars Rebels. The first episode was filled with temptations to the dark side and overcoming fears, while this second episode was full of swagger, feels and a little Chopper pizazz.

Star Wars Rebels Propels Disney XD Canada To Record Growth
Reported by Justin on 22 Jan 2015 15:57

Looks like Lucasfilm's hit animated TV series Star Wars Rebels has had a major impact on increasing the number of viewers tuning into the Disney XD network in Canada. 

DHX Media Ltd. ("DHX" or the "Company") (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, announces that its digital specialty network, Disney XD Canada, continues to be the country's leading digital channel. The network is reporting its best fall on record since its launch in June 2011.

The record-breaking performance of Disney XD Canada during Fall 2014 can be largely attributed to the network's new top-rated series, Star Wars Rebels, which was the highest ranking animated program across all kids digital channels for the fall. In addition, on October 26, the new Star Wars Rebels episode brought in Disney XD Canada's highest recorded fall audience since launch with 274,500 viewers (2+).

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SWFUK Episode 9 : Guardians of the Plastic Galaxy
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 15:49

It's time to join the team over at the SWFUK Podcast.

IT'S 2015 and the crew from The SWFUK podcast return with their longest episode to date. On this month's show we hear from Plastic Galaxy director Brian Stillman as he sits in with Stuart and Grant for this months feature interview. Grant concludes his latest two part oddball section as we hear the final part of his interview with Retroblastings Michael and Melinda. As well as these cracking interviews we have all the regular sections. Ben looks at the latest acquisitions thread off the forum, Richard looks at a post that was put up on RS which sent shockwaves throughout the forums and facebook groups. Pete brings his Market section including a look at the recent Vectis auction and a Return of the Jedi climbing frame. We also hear from friends of the podcast, Jez Allinson and Chris Mann, who we chatted to at the Farthest From event back in December. So put your feet up and kick back for the current epic podcast from the boys from StarWarsForum.co.uk

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The Future of Disneyland Paris
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 15:37

As reported on Micechat and brought to our attention by our pal Graham Hughes, i seems there are some very interesting and potentially thrilling times ahead for the future of Star Wars at Disneyland Paris

There is more about DLP Discoveryland as the news was confirmed to ED92 by insider sources: Star Tours will close at the end of the 2015 Christmas season to reopen a year later in January 2016 with some exciting changes. Logically, to support the release of Star Wars Episode 7, all versions of Star Tours 3D in all parks should welcome new “destinations” and characters from the new trilogy. We can therefore expect to have this “2.5? version of Star Tours when the attraction reopens.
Otherwise, but to be taken with a pinch of salt, the project is supposed to have a total budget around 150 million Euros. Which seems a lot indeed, especially considering that Tokyo Disneyland spent “only” 50 million euros for its Star Tours 2 upgrade. So, if this €150M budget for the DLP attraction is right, it’s a surprise as it is more or less a budget equivalent to what they’ve spent for the Ratatouille ride.
Therefore, if the budget is correct, we could logically expect that some additional Star Wars related land enhancements will also be involved. Likely, at least Star Traders and Captain EO will close for additional transformations. In this case, the project could include not only the 3D version of Star Tours, but the first phase of a Star Wars Land. that would make DLP the first Disney theme park to open a Star Wars Land – even if it’s a small one in this first phase – and that would be more than enough to revive the interest of European guests for Disneyland Paris.
I remind you that in one of their previous updates, ED92 had spoken about a Star Wars characters Meet & Greet to be installed inside Star Traders as well as the creation of a new huge Star Wars store instead of Captain EO. But again, the €150M budget seems a bit high for these 3 projects only… Is The Pizza Planet living its last hours to be replaced by a new Star Wars culinary experience? We’ll see…
An improved version of “Jedi Academy” at Vidéopolis will arrive in summer 2015. This will provide DLP guests their “dose” of Star Wars during the long Star Tours closure. It is increasingly likely that the Force will be at the heart of Disneyland Paris’ 25th Anniversary…

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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Gone With The Wind
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 15:28

Bryan Young continues his look at The Cinema Behind Star Wars over at StarWars.com with a closer look at the legendary Gone With The Wind.

1939 is considered by many to be one of the best years in film that Hollywood has ever had, and so after Gunga Din, we go back there to see the influence the Best Picture winner that year had on Star Wars. At first blush, it might not seem like Gone With the Wind has much to do with Star Wars.
I mean, Star Wars, tells the story of two generations of Skywalkers and their struggles through a Civil War across the galaxy, and Gone With the Wind is about the O’Haras and their struggles through the Civil War of the United States.
Okay, maybe they’re a little more alike than we’d have guessed. For those who don’t know, Gone With the Wind is the story of a young girl named Scarlet O’Hara, played by Vivien Leigh. She’s a perfect southern belle in the waning days of the South, but the Civil War breaks out and she’s forced to do a lot of things to survive. The film is equal parts comedy, romance, action, and a document of a time on that is now only “a dream remembered, a civilization gone with the wind.”

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Bombad Radio Episode 183: Star Wars and Science Fiction Author Walter Jon Williams
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 15:19

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

Episode 183 we discuss (Jason and Jeremiah) about the 5 books, if we could choose five to keep as canon, that we would pick as canon from here on out. Then we dive into an interview with Destiny's Way author Walter Jon Williams. In the interview we discuss his inspirations and starting in historical fiction, how he transitioned to science fiction and many other genres and of course the writing, philosophy, and even deleted parts of his New Jedi Order Novel, Destiny's Way.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens: Rumour Alert: X-Wing drawings fool fans
Reported by Ryan on 22 Jan 2015 15:11

Over at my other site Total Geeks I took a look at the furore surrounding the recently discovered X-wing images that were doing the rounds, apparently being from The Force Awakens.

Star Wars artist Robert Bailey has found that his awesome X-Wing drawings were confused for official concept art. After three rather cool drawings appeared on Robert Bailey’s Facebook page, the internet ran wild with speculation. After all, he’s an officially licensed ‘Star Wars’ artist and has created a number of concept art pieces for other productions. But is this the first official ‘Star Wars VII’ concept art? Actually, no…
Appearing on the ‘Star Wars’ fan site Star Wars Underworld, these rather awesome artworks were assumed to be connected to the upcoming ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.
“Unlike most of the concept art we’ve seen leak over the past few years, these pieces come from an official source,” they said. “Robert Bailey, who was originally an aviation artist until being discovered by George Lucas, is now an officially licensed artist for Star Wars, Disney and Marvel.”

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TAKARA TOMY new bottle cap collection
Reported by Matt on 22 Jan 2015 15:05

Takara Tomy are releasing their new bottlecap collection to the Japanese market, as shown here on Toy People.

And thanks to the magic of Google translate, here's some information.

TAKARA TOMMY [Star Wars] head caps series center have · ? ? ? zu head with white soldiers have set Corps? ! Too pull it!
PET bottle caps series of works has been a little Star Wars people will buy a lot of toysPlaything, but in recent years, most red theme avatar merchandise is why many manufacturers have locked markets. The combination of head and cap the launch of the works began to slowly emerge. Of course, being the most dominate force in the Star Wars series cap works certainly will not miss this opportunity. TAKARA TOMMY company also recently announced its latest Star Wars picture function works to increase the cap. This new Star Wars role of head caps series of works first wave will launch five roles: Black Wu Roth Si Weide "inter?su · Bakelite?inter?" white soldiers "su Suites one woods · Suites suitable for have pa?" clone troopers "ku as have nn Suites suitable for have pa?" Boba fee special "ba · fu Epolight??Suites" strong Gefei Te "nn Gosenol · fu ji??Epolight Suites." In addition to high quality and detailed picture than in the portion of the base is a classic word STAR WARS! Even more value this series of works. TAKARA TOMMY center have zu??·??ki??Suites Hikaru ku pu U Rayon Silicone?nn Suggested retail price: 300 yuan per turn Japanese yen; the types of goods: Gashapon toys; expected release date: January 2015.

So, anyone out there fancy being our Japanese language translator?

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RUMOR: Kate Mara Being Considered For Female Lead In First Star Wars Spinoff Film
Reported by Justin on 22 Jan 2015 13:23

Cinema Blend brings our attention to this tweet sent by Variety's Justin Kroll (cool name by the way) that adds Kate Mara to the previous list of female actresses rumored to be in contention for a leading role in the first planned Star Wars standalone film.

When you consider the fact that Rooney Mara and her sister Kate Mara are only two years apart in age, it makes a lot of sense that they would be considered for the same roles. This surely doesn't help in any kind of sibling rivalry sense, and one can imagine the competition growing more intense in direct correlation with the size of the project or part they are pursuing. That in mind, the two Mara siblings might soon get ready to go to war, as apparently both of them are going out for the female lead in Gareth Edward's upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie.

This interesting tidbit comes directly from Variety reporter Justin Kroll, who dropped the scoop about Kate Mara potentially being up for a role in the new Star Wars movie on his personal Twitter account.

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 34
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 12:42
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at a tragic destruction, a recording droid, the fearsome Count, senate protectors, a Naboo captain, a festival, clone weapons and a ten mile long ship. Let's dump our garbage and just float away...

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Pin Trading Program Hoth Pin Set News
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 21:32

Due to overwhelming demand from Star Wars Celebration ticket-holders, we will produce a second, very limited run of the Hoth Pin & T-Shirt 2-Pack. These sets will be made available for sale beginning on Wednesday, January 21. Act now! This batch is expected to sell out quickly. Also, please note that all orders placed prior to January 21st will ship before the end of February, as originally announced. Orders placed on or after January 21st will ship later, likely before the end of March.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Discounts And Deals
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 21:04

The official Celebration Anaheim 2015 website has been updated today to contain a new Event listing titled Discounts and Deals, which will include some special offers available exclusively to Celebration admission badge holders.

Be sure to visit the supplied link each & every day to see which new discounts have been added!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Tattoo Pavilion
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 20:55

At the Star Wars Tattoo pavilion at Celebration Anaheim, some of the best tattoo artists in the world will perform their craft live at the show, all weekend long. Sign up in advance for an appointment with the artists, or stop by the pavilion to book your time for the ultimate Star Wars souvenir! Whether you already have a Star Wars tattoo, or get a new one at the show, you can sign up for the Star Wars Celebration Tattoo Competition, scheduled for Sunday April 19.

Body art enthusiasts and Star Wars fans will find the long-anticipated sequel to The Force in The Flesh book by Shane Turgeon in the Celebration Tattoo Pavilion, as well as limited-edition Star Wars Ink Fusion tattoo t-shirts. There will be free giveaway items every day of the show, as well as surprise special guests.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Nerd Nite Speed Dating
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 20:50

The smart-yet-fun folks of Nerd Nite are bringing Speed Dating back to Star Wars Celebration! Register online for one of our special Celebration sessions of 20 three-minute dates. You’ll no longer have to look for love in a galaxy far far away. Choose from one of five hetero speed dating sessions or one for LGBT. If the Rebels can blow up the Death Star in eleven minutes, let’s see if you can make a love connection in only three.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Rare Navajo Screening Of Episode IV
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 20:45

Star Wars: A New Hope was the first mainstream movie to be dubbed into the Navajo language, and fans at Celebration can see a behind-the-scenes documentary on how that came to be, created especially for the event.

Following the never-before-seen documentary footage, and a Q&A session with key players from the Navajo Nation and the film industry, Star Wars: A New Hope will be screened in the Navajo dub – a treat for Star Wars movie fans, and fans of languages, and of course for anyone who speaks Navajo!

Presenting the documentary and available to answer questions before the screening will be Manuelito Wheeler, Shana Priesz, and Michael Kohn.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 21 Jan 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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CURE Childhood Cancer Fundraising Event
Reported by Team Jedi News on 21 Jan 2015 19:11

The Geek Out Loud podcasting network otherwise known as the GOLiverse is teaming up with CURE to fight childhood cancer this Saturday January 24th, 2015.

CURE Childhood Cancer is an organization that has been around since 1975. They are dedicated to curing Childhood Cancer in our lifetime. All the funds they generate go to research specifically targeted at the cancers that effect children. They also lend support to the families and the patients affected by these illnesses.

We here at the GOLiverse are proud to partner with them to raise money for a cause we believe in.

Here is how you can help on Saturday January 24th, 2015 while enjoying some of your favorite Geeky programming.

The podcasting fundraising marathon will begin at 10am eastern time. Join podcasting legend Steve Glosson and his amazing team of co-hosts, Kristin from Jersey, Teresa Delgado and Dave Jones as they Geek Out for Curing Cancer.

Some of the shows you can catch will be:

  • Geek Out Loud
  • The Big Honkin’ Show
  • Mark Out Loud
  • Disney Vault Talk
  • Rock Out Loud

The shows will roll all day and into the evening. You will be able to catch them all live on mixlr.com/goliverse

During the marathon you will be able to donate to CURE via this website www.geekoutonline.com/cure

We hope to see you in our live chat and enjoying the programming. We also hope you will donate to such a great cause and join the GOLiverse in helping to CURE Childhood Cancer.

For more information about CURE you can visit them at http://www.curechildhoodcancer.org/

George Lucas And Composer Marius de Vries On The Music Of Strange Magic
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 18:48
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Lucasfilm has sent out the following email press release pertaining to the approach creator George Lucas and music producer Marius de Vries had in selecting the musical score for their upcoming animated film Strange Magic.

Check it out beneath the break!

Strange Magic arrives in theaters this Friday January 23. Official Site: runDisney Star Wars : The (Trench) Run...With Photos
Reported by Mark on 21 Jan 2015 18:47

Cole Horton brings us his latest look back at last weekends runDisney event over at StarWars.com.

The inaugural runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend is complete and thousands of runners from around the world have crossed the finish line in three amazing races through the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. After all of my own training, it was finally time to put my running skills to the test. But for all my preparation, I never expected what happened to me on the course this weekend.
When I started this fitness journey a month and a half ago, I hadn’t run in years. I was out of shape, uninspired, and unfocused. Star Wars was the only thing in this galaxy that could interest me in running, but I was still uncertain how I would fare. When I took up the challenge of running the 5k and 10k races, I was simply hoping to finish, not looking to be competitive. But I underestimated just how motivating a runDisney event could be.

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Marvel's Star Wars Comics For April 2015
Reported by Dan on 21 Jan 2015 17:50
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Marvel has sent out solicitations for their April 2015 titles, including 4 Star Wars comics and a trade paperback!

Brian Blessed collapses on stage - but returns to finish show
Reported by Matt on 21 Jan 2015 16:42

Once again proving that you can't keep a good man down - especially Brian Blessed - the Boss Nass actor suffered a scare on Monday night, but didn't let the incident stop him from carrying on with the show.

Actor Brian Blessed has collapsed on stage with an apparent heart problem while playing King Lear - but later returned to finish the performance. The 78-year-old had just started the play at Holy Trinity Church in Guildford, on Monday, when he fainted and fell off a raised platform.
Walking back on stage after 20 minutes and a cup of sweet tea, Blessed said: "I feel such an idiot and am not in the habit of doing this, but I have a little fibrillation." Daily Mail theatre critic Quentin Letts was at the performance, and said "There was no stopping him. 'Let's keep going!' I heard him whisper as he made his first exit after the resumed start."
Guildford Shakespeare Company director Caroline Devlin said "We are not entirely sure why he became so dizzy but he is a 20 year old in a 78 year old's body. There was no stopping him."
The actor returned to the stage without problem for Tuesday night's performance, and will appear for the rest of the show's sold-out run.

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UK Toy Fair 2015: LEGO
Reported by James on 21 Jan 2015 16:08

As usual our visit to the UK Toy Fair included a look around the closed LEGO stand.  If you'd not made an appointment before the show you stood no chance of getting on, but fortunately we had made an appointment in advance with our friends at Norton & Co PR who were there to take us round and show us the sets coming for the Summer.  Like some other companies there was a closed room for The Force Awakens but the product hadn't arrived yet so those fortunate enough to get in were being shown images on a laptop - not ideal but that's the way it goes.

For Summer 2015 we'll be getting five new sets as we revealed previously here.  When we get to New York we'll be allowed to take photos but until then here's the descriptions of the five new sets and a photo of the Imperial Assault Carrier taken from Star Wars Rebels.

  • Classic Flash Speeder (#75091) £34.99, from Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Green Flash Speeder comes with 5 minifigures including 2 x Battle Droids, 2 x Naboo Security Guards along with a Gungan Warrior.  The Speeder itself looks great especially the large gun at the rear of the vehicle.
  • Naboo Starfighter (#75092) £54.99, from Episode I: The Phantom Menace.  Another new version of the iconic yellow Naboo Starfighter which looks just like the other versions we've got albeit without the silver plating which would've been great - especially at this price point. It comes with a stand and steps for the pilot to get into the cockpit and a support vehicle too.  Minifigures include a Young Anakin Skywalker, Young Obi-Wan Kenobi R2-D2, Naboo Pilot, 2 x Battle Droids and 2 x Droideka's.
  • Death Star Final Duel (#75093) £69.99, from Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.  This playset (think of the previous sets like Jabba's Palace or last year's Cantina) comes with Emperor Palpatine in his Throne Room with lots of moveable parts and areas including sliding door access that's protected by two Royal Guards.  Also Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader are included taking the minifigure count to five.  Darth Vader features an all new helmet design and looks great (from the box art we were shown since none of the new minifigures from the Summer sets were on display). 
  • Imperial Shuttle Tydirium (#75094) £79.99, from Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.  A smaller version of the UCS shuttle, but still a great looking ship with lots of hidden compartments.  Comes with the crew in Endor like disguises straight from the scene from the film.  Includes Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and two Endor Rebels.
  • Imperial Assault Carrier (#75106) £99.99, from Star Wars Rebels.  This is a troop carrier and TIE Fighter deployment vehicle that comes complete with 4 mini TIE-Fighters and lots of hidden features too.  The top has a carry handle and also lifts off to reveal a small area to play.  It features a new minifigure versions of Agent Kallus, Sabine Wren (with her helmet at last), a green astromech droid, Imperial Officer and 2 x TIE Fighter Pilots.

In addition, we'll also be getting a new LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (#75097) at the back end of the year which features Santa is C-3PO along with R2-D2 which both look reminiscent of the Ralph McQuarrie Christmas Card from the '70's making this a must buy for a lot of fans.

Marvel's Darth Vader #1 Tops 300,000 Pre-Orders
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 16:04

Marvel Comics has confirmed exclusively with ComicBook.com that Darth Vader #1 has received over 300k pre-orders, making it another strong start from Marvel’s recently launched Star Wars comic book line.

Darth Vader #1 is written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Salvador Larroca, and is the first issue of Darth Vader’s first ever ongoing comic book solo series. Taking place after the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the series will tell Vader’s story following the Battle of Yavin.

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UK Toy Fair 2015: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Coming Spring/Summer 2016
Reported by Team Jedi News on 21 Jan 2015 15:28

Team Jedi News is on the ground at the 2015 UK Toy Fair, bringing you all the latest news/products that will be coming at you from that galaxy far, far away. Photos from the event have been posted on our Facebook page, including the image above of the Episode VII UK merchandise plan. While it doesn't reveal anything earth-shattering, it does list the Blu-ray/DVD for The Force Awakens with a Spring/Summer 2016 release, which is pretty much expected given the film's December 2015 theatrical debut.

Be sure to keep checking our Facebook page for more photos from the UK Toy Fair as we get 'em!

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Here’s Where the Fun Begins!
Reported by Mark on 21 Jan 2015 15:10

The always awesome Becca Benjamin reminds us that there are only 85 days to go until Celebration Anaheim over at the Cantina Cast.

Oh-My-SW-Goodness! As of today, January 21th there are only 85 days left until Celebration Anaheim! It’s so surreal to think that we are almost there and for anyone who has ever attended a Star Wars convention can attest, there truly IS nothing else remotely like it. From the moment of entry, it’s a phenomenon like no other; the feeling is hypnagogic … dreamlike. It’s as if you have finally stepped foot in that wonderland of galactic proportions and started off on your own Epical Hero’s Journey.

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New LEGO Star Wars Tie Fighter Spotted
Reported by Matt on 21 Jan 2015 14:46

Could there be a new TIE Fighter LEGO model winging its way in? Neoape certainly seem to think so.

A new LEGO Star Wars Tie Fighter model that we haven’t seen before was spotted in a promotional Darth Vader poster. In the poster, Darth Vader is pictured with 2 Tie Fighters on each of his sides. It’s hard to tell based on the size in the poster, but it may be the rumored LEGO Star Wars UCS Tie Fighter model. Thanks to Arkanta974 from Eurobricks for finding it.

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RUMOR: Filming For First Star Wars Spinoff Headed To Mexico, Bounty Hunter Plot Revisited
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 14:06

Our friends at Making Star Wars have reportedly received a bit of info on the production of the first planned Star Wars standalone film being directed by Gareth Edwards, including filming possibly taking place in Mexico.

They also expand a little further on the rumored bounty hunter featured plot we had heard earlier.

Take the source link below for the full read.

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Fly Casual Episode 22
Reported by Mark on 21 Jan 2015 14:04

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

In this episode of Fly Casual Podcast, the boys are back after a long holiday break, ready to throw you right back into the thick of all things Star Wars with News and the Toy Report.

Contact Information: iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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2015 Star Wars Valentine's Day Plush Yoda Greeter & Metal Mailbox With Stickers
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 13:31

My latest trek down the seasonal aisles at retail have revealed a few more 2015 Star Wars themed Valentine's Day items. I found this adorable Yoda Plush Greeter and this metal mailbox that contains 24 stickers inside.

Both items were spotted at one of my local Walmart stores. Click each image for a larger view.

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 33
Reported by Mark on 21 Jan 2015 12:17
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at the Battle of Naboo, a sentry droid, a Gran, a wise General, the Nemoidian who doesn't feature in RebelForce Radio podcasts, Watto's world, the weapons of a Jedi and a heroic frigate. Plot the course, we're heading for the core...

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