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   01 April 2015
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Seven Daytime Emmy Nominations
Reported by Mark on 01 Apr 2015 01:34

Superb news as the much-missed but never forgotten Star Wars: The Clone Wars receives 7 nominations at the 42nd annual daytime Emmy's for it's 6th and final season The Lost Missions, shown last year on Netflix.

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

  • Executive Producer: George Lucas
  • Supervising Director: Dave Filoni
  • Producer: Cary Silver
  • Line Producer: Athena Portillo

Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

  • Mark Hamill as Darth Bane

Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

  • Writer: Christian Taylor

Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

  • Supervising Director: Dave Filoni
  • Directors: Brian Kalin O’Connell, Danny Keller, Steward Lee

Outstanding Sound Mixing – Animation

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

  • Production Mixer: Cameron Davis
  • Re-Recording Mixer: David Acord Foley Mixer: Frank Rinella Scoring Mixer: Mark Evans

Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

  • Supervising Sound Editor: Matthew Wood
  • Sound Designer: David Acord Music Editor: Dean Menta Sound Editors: Jeremy Bowker, Steve Slanec Foley Editors: Andrea Gard, Kevin Sellers Foley Artists: Dennie Thorpe, Jana Vance

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

  • Composer: Kevin Kiner

The show airs on 26th April at 20.00pm Eastern, 17.00pm Pacific.

Source Emmy Online
Full of Sith Episode CVIII: Greg Weisman
Reported by Mark on 01 Apr 2015 00:09

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

Bryan and Mike get together to chat Star Wars, and then Greg Weisman takes some time with Bryan to discuss his new comic book Kanan: The Last Padawan, Star Wars: Rebels, and everything else under the sun.

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

Source Full of Sith
   31 March 2015
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rakghoul Plague on Alderaan
Reported by Mark on 31 Mar 2015 21:30

It's a plague familiar to the denizens of the Star Wars galaxy - indeed, I wrote about it over on StarWars.com in my article The Phlegmpire Strikes Back - and now the Rakghoul plague is afflicting the players of Star Wars The Old Republic.

Source Twitter
Celebration Anaheim 2015: The Force Awakens Panel Titled The Rise Of The Force
Reported by Justin on 31 Mar 2015 21:07

A translated article posted on Disney.fr is reporting that the name of the highly anticipated special The Force Awakens panel featuring J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy that will be taking place on Thursday morning at Celebration Anaheim 2015 is titled Star Wars: The Rise of the Force.

Based on the loose translation, one can assume that the title might officially be called Star Wars: The Force Rises to give it a better "flow", but that is purely a speculative assumption I made on my part.

We'll be sure to update you accordingly if anything changes.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Disney.fr
May the Fourth LEGO Promotions Info
Reported by Matt on 31 Mar 2015 20:16

Check out this information regarding this years May 4th LEGO promotions.

Bricks&Blocks has just published an image of the May store calendar for USA and Canada which provides information on the promotions that will be running that month in brand stores and at shop.LEGO.com. They are:

  • 75095 TIE Fighter will be available from May 2nd.
  • 5002947 Admiral Yularen polybag will be free with Star Wars purchases over $75, May 2nd-4th.
  • 30305 Spider-Man Super Jumper polybag will be free with purchases over $50, for most of the month, I believe.

Source Brickset (via Bricks and Bloks)
Star Wars Report #161: Steve Sansweet: Collecting Celebrinality
Reported by Mark on 31 Mar 2015 20:15

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

In this week’s episode we invite the man, the myth, the Legend himself; Steve Sansweet, onto the show as we discuss the latest news in Fandom, Star Wars Celebration(s) past and future. How Steve had a hand in the creation of the first Celebration! As well as some of the many plans and happenings coming our way at Celebration Anaheim.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
Harrison Ford Visits Steven Spielberg After Recovering From Plane Crash Injuries
Reported by Mark on 31 Mar 2015 19:27

Everybody's favourite Corellian smuggler is well on the way to full health and was seen recently visiting an old friend.

An eyewitness tells E! News that the Age of Adaline actor was driving around the Pacific Palisades before arriving at none other than Steven Spielberg's house!
"Harrison was driving his Tesla and seemed to be in good spirits. He was wearing a hat so there weren't any visible signs of wounds on his head," the source tells us. "He was by himself but able to drive his car normally. He arrived at Steven Spielberg's house in the late afternoon and went straight through the gate. He was there for many hours and stayed all through the evening. He went home after 10 p.m."

Source E! Online
RC Imperial Star Destroyer - Shadow of the Empire
Reported by Mark on 31 Mar 2015 18:45

We've all seen A New Hope and Star Wars Rebels, where the arrival of a Star Destroyer strikes a dark note of awe and fear into those watching. Just imagine the shock you would have spotting the silhouette of this on the horizon as you walk the dogs on a dusky night.

French designer and builder Oliver C has struck again - what will he be building next?

Source YouTube (via The Metro)
#Fangirl Flail T-Shirts
Reported by Teresa on 31 Mar 2015 18:31

The ladies of Fangirls Going Rogue have created some amazing shirts that you can get now for a discounted price. That’s right you can get some amazing shirts to wear for Star Wars Celebration whether or not you are going to Anaheim. We would love the support to see our amazing listeners sporting our shirts and being willing to #fangirlflail with us! There are two designs to choose from and you can get both for the cost of one shirt.

Get our basic show shirt to show how much you love Fangirls Going Rogue. This shirt is available in men’s, women’s and kids sizes. You can get it in several colors as well and only for $14. Simply click on the image above and you will be taken to a page where you can purchase the shirt.

The second shirt that you can get will allow you to show your support for the #fangirlflail. We are proud to be a part of this amazing phenomenon and we had to capture it in a shirt! So for $14 you can get this shirt in Men’s, Women’s and Kids sizes. It also comes in several different colors we think you will enjoy.If you would like to purchase this shirt you can click on the image above

We hope you like the designs and that you order a shirt! See you all at Celebration Anaheim and if we don’t see you then post a picture to our Jedi News Facebook page, on Twitter @JediNewsUK or on our Jedi News on Instagram page with us in your Fangirls Going Rogue shirt.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Joe Corroney Pre-Orders
Reported by Mark on 31 Mar 2015 18:22

Roll up, roll up and get those pre-orders in for this magnificent Celebration Anaheim piece by our great pals Joe Corroney and Brian Miller.

Click here to get right through to the ordering page and be one of the very lucky 250 who owns this superb piece of art.

Source Store Envy
Chewbacca Gives a Haircut
Reported by Team Jedi News on 31 Mar 2015 18:09

Check out this video from Chive Cast and Archive member Skye Paine and take part in a great cause.

Hey James & Mark, its Skye, from the ‘Chive Cast and the Archive. I am contacting you to help publicize a little Star Wars related charity thing that I have going on at the moment.
As you may know, I have been a Chewbacca focus collector for over 20 years. In 2008 I made a video in which I cut of my hair for “Locks of Love” and connected it to my collection. Well, at Celebration 6 I made another video for them in which Peter Mayhew himself cut my hair. Since that time Danny, a friend of my children, died of neuroblastoma. The original video was for him since he had suffered hair loss from chemotherapy and this new one is trying to raise some money for his charity, Danny’s fund.
The main way I’m hoping to get donations is have people voluntarily donate $.98 to download a very catchy and strange song that I made for the project “Hairy Wookiee No More.” Please forgive my mock british accent. It just seemed to fit the tune. :^)

Source YouTube
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Battlefront Panel Details Announced
Reported by Justin on 31 Mar 2015 17:01

The Star Wars team over at Electronic Arts have provided fans with the following update on their plans for Celebration Anaheim 2015 next month.

The team at DICE is zeroing in on the final details for our appearance at Star Wars Celebration and we’re ready to make good on our promise to reveal more details around Star Wars Battlefront.

It has been hard to keep these secrets from the community, but we’re excited to announce that we will be hosting a panel at Celebration on April 17th, kicking off at 10:30AM PT, where we will debut the official reveal trailer for Star Wars Battlefront. Make sure to get to the show early to secure your seat. But that is not all… All attendees will have a chance to see gameplay behind closed doors during the show at our official booth along with a few other activities starting that Friday.

Not gonna be in Anaheim to experience all the exciting festivities in person? No worries, EA has got you covered.

Not going to the show? We know fans of Star Wars Battlefront span the entire globe, so we definitely do not want to leave you out in the cold without a tauntaun. Make sure to watch our official EA Star Wars channels and website during the show to be among the first to see our official reveal trailer and to learn more about Star Wars Battlefront.

Can’t wait to see you at Star Wars Celebration.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source EA Star Wars
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Cartamundi Exclusives
Reported by James on 31 Mar 2015 15:00

Our friends at Cartamundi have shared their Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Exclusives with Jedi News and we're proud to reveal all. As always they have some aces up their sleeves with a great daily giveaway as well as some VERY limited edition merchandise too. 

  • Each day you can get a Limited Edition "Lucky Sevens" Playing Card!  These exclusive to Celebration Anaheim playing cards feature photographs of the most iconic “4 of a kind” characters in the Star Wars galaxy! Each giveaway card features a different card back design from an existing deck of Cartamundi-made Star Wars playing cards. Limit 1 per person per day. Each card is available for one day only and these are the characters that are featured: -
    • 7 of Spades: Darth Vader
    • 7 of Diamonds: Obi-Wan Kenobi
    • 7 of Clubs: Han Solo
    • 7 of Hearts: Yoda
  • Four Limited Edition Individual Playing Card Plaques $45 each (based on the characters above).  Exclusive to Celebration Anaheim this series of collectible, mounted plaques features artwork of the most iconic “4 of a kind” characters in the Star Wars galaxy. The oversized playing cards are printed on brushed aluminium, sublimated metal and mounted to black wood. It’s been 38 years since Star Wars premiered, so they've only produced and individually hand numbered 38 of each plaque.  Ready-to-hang plaques are 12'' x 15" and boxed.
    • Buy 1 for $45, 2 for $80, 3 for $120 or all 4 for $150
  • Very Limited Playing Cards Framed $150 - Exclusive to Celebration Anaheim this luxuriously framed piece features artwork of the most iconic “4 of a kind” character cards in the Star Wars galaxy. The four playing cards are printed on brushed aluminium, sublimated metal, matted with both red suede underneath black suede and set in a black, wooden frame. They've produced and individually hand numbered only 25 of the framed Lucky Sevens.  Ready-to-hang frame is 15'' x 17" and boxed.

You can buy all 5 exclusive items for $250 (saving $50).  They will also have a handful of the Royal Flush 3D Cards framed from Celebration VI which will be sold for $75 each - 50% off previous price.

For a close up look at all the images take the link below for our gallery or click on the image above.  See you at Celebration and happy hunting!

Source Cartamundi Celebration Anaheim Exclusives Gallery
Oscar Isaac Confirms His Uncle Is Part Of The Force Awakens Cast
Reported by Justin on 31 Mar 2015 13:38

Oscar Isaac reveals how his uncle earned a walk-on role in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Happy Birthday Mark - All the 4's... 44!
Reported by Team Jedi News on 31 Mar 2015 12:59

Team Jedi News wishes Mark Newbold a very Happy Birthday! 

Have a great day and show us what Star Wars presents you get... we're waiting!

Team Jedi News Star Wars Rebels Screening
Reported by Team Jedi News on 31 Mar 2015 12:53

Yesterday evening Team Jedi News met at Disney's European HQ in London, along with some of our friends from the UK Star Wars community, for an exclusive showing of the last three episodes of season one of Star Wars Rebels on the big screen.  We were also lucky to be joined by Femi Taylor and Paul Bateman.

It was a fun evening and we also got to see a preview of some of the new products coming to Disney Store for May 4th and beyond.  Look for the third series of 12 trading cards in store for Star Wars Day which feature images from Return of the Jedi.  More news on other products soon including their next 12" scale talking figure - judge him by his size you must not!

Big thanks to Charlotte, Evren, Hayley, Stephen and everybody else at Disney for putting this on.  We hope this will be the first of many exclusive Jedi News screenings and next time we hope to be able to invite some of our readers along too - watch this space!

This also marked the last time that Team Jedi News got together before Star Wars Celebration and marks the start of our countdown to the event - we leave in 12 days!  In the picture above (from left to right) is Brian Cameron, Mark Newbold, Matt Booker and James Burns along with two Stormtroopers supplied by the Disney events team.

   30 March 2015
Star Wars Pinball: Star Wars Rebels Announced
Reported by Justin on 30 Mar 2015 18:30

Zen Studios has announced that they will be releasing a new Star Wars Rebels themed pinball table to their existing line-up of awesome Star Wars tables.

We’re astronomically overjoyed to reveal our next pinball table, Star Wars Pinball: Star Wars Rebels, based on the critically acclaimed animated TV show on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars Pinball: Star Wars Rebels will take players on a journey to a galaxy far, far away, teaming them up with the crew of the starship Ghost, including Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Zeb Orrelios, Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla and the grumpy astromech Droid Chopper as they join forces to take on the evil Empire. The table will feature fully-animated starships including the Ghost and TIE fighters, a flaming engine thruster spindisk, Chopper’s own mini playfield, and seven exciting missions inspired by the show.

We know you’ve all been anxious to see if we would continue working with Lucasfilm to create new Star Wars pinball tables, and we are excited to say that we are doing just that! This new table is set during a time period never explored in the films, so we’re happy to be able to bring our own blend of pinball magic to this new phase of the Star Wars universe.

The table will be available across many of our pinball platforms, including Pinball FX2, Zen Pinball 2, and Star Wars Pinball, on console, PC, and mobile during the week of April 27, 2015, just in time for May the Fourth celebrations! Stay tuned for specific release dates and pricing information.

May the Force be with you.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Zen Studios
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Diorama Workshop Giveaways
Reported by Justin on 30 Mar 2015 18:08

For more information on what has become a true staple of Star Wars Celebration and details on how you can help donate to the action figure fund, click here.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Twitter
Andy Serkis' Wife Knows What The Force Awakens Is All About
Reported by Justin on 30 Mar 2015 17:56

We all know information on the overall plot and character details for The Force Awakens has remained in secrecy since production on the film started. None of the cast members have been willing to spill any juicy tidbits to the public, with some of them not even knowing the entire plot (or so they claim.)

However, there is one person (outside of Lucasfilm and the production team obviously) who knows all there is to know about Episode VII - Andy Serkis' wife Lorraine.

Andy Serkis has revealed the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' plot to his wife.

The 50-year-old actor has been sworn to secrecy over the upcoming blockbuster, but admitted his wife knows everything about the film because he practices his lines with her.

Questioned on whether he had let any plot details slip, he said: ''Well obviously my wife, Lorraine, you know, I'm not averse to telling her everything.''

When asked if he reads through his script with his actress wife Lorraine Ashbourne - who he has children Ruby, Sonny and Louis with - he continued: ''Oh yes, oh no, no, she knows the whole thing so if you really want to find out I can point you in her direction.''

Even the star's role in the movie - which has the full title 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens' - remains a mystery, although he insisted it has been easy to keep it a secret because he hasn't been able to give any information away about the film.

Speaking to Magic Radio at the Jameson Empire Awards 2015 - where he picked up the Best Actor accolade - he explained: ''I actually can't talk about anything so it's very easy [to keep it a secret]. I mean it's fantastic the effort that people go to to try and squeeze out just a little nugget but I, you know, what can I do, it's embargo. I think it's better for that, it's more exciting.''

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source TV3.ie
Critiquing Star Wars Novels vs. The Insider Short Stories
Reported by John 'Dak' Morton on 30 Mar 2015 16:32
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Last week, I read a provocative tweet from Jason Hamilton, a fellow StarWars.com contributor that piqued my curiosity and prompted me to respond:

Based in Provo, Utah, Jason is a blogger and podcaster who is well versed in the short stories published in the Star Wars Insider and has read all the canon Star Wars novels to date. This past Saturday, I Skyped him to get a little more on what was behind his tweet. His observations follow after the break.

Sketch A Day On Tumblr
Reported by Mark on 30 Mar 2015 15:06

Nicholas Diak decided to take on the mammoth task of drawing a Star Wars image right up to the release of The Force Awakens (which is only 270 days away!). We've been following his progress here on the site and with that in mind we'll steer you towards his Tumblr page.

Stay tuned to RADIO 1138 where Nicholas will be our guest soon.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Ralph McQuarrie: Star Wars Art
Reported by Mark on 30 Mar 2015 14:12

There's a new book looking at the art of Ralph McQuarrie, and at next months Celebration Anaheim J.W. Rinzler, Eric Klopfer, Brandon Alinger, David Mandel and Wade Lageose will discuss the Spring 2016 release.

Lucasfilm executive editor J.W. Rinzler, Abrams senior editor Eric Klopfer and authors Brandon Alinger, David Mandel and Wade Lageose discuss the seminal Star Wars artist and the upcoming book on his work. The new Abrams publication, set for release in Spring 2016, will be the most comprehensive volume of Ralph McQuarrie’s extensive Star Wars work ever assembled. McQuarrie’s long history with Lucasfilm will be covered in the discussion, from his early days working directly with George Lucas through the publications he worked on in the mid-90s. The team will talk about the process of creating the coffee-table book and show many highlight artworks in this exclusive preview.

Source Celebration Anaheim
On The Shelves UK: Tesco
Reported by Mark on 30 Mar 2015 13:22

Via our pal Mark Quarton, check out this fantastic offer at Tesco to grab some awesome Ralph McQuarrie Cartamundi cards for a bargain £2.50.

Great cards, amazing artwork - it's a win/win situation!

Source Twitter (via Mark Quarton)
   29 March 2015
Harrison Ford Released From Hospital Following Plane Crash
Reported by Justin on 29 Mar 2015 22:31

Looks like Harrison Ford has recovered nicely from the various non-life threatening injuries he sustained as a result of the plane crash he had to endure earlier this month as he has apparently been released from the hospital according to the report below.

Star Wars actor Harrison Ford has been released from hospital after suffering painful injuries following a plane crash earlier this month.

The 72-year-old is reportedly back behind the wheel as he was spotted driving around Los Angeles over the weekend, an insider has told People.

Harrison was rushed to UCLA Medical Center on March 5th after he crashed his vintage single-engine PT-22 plane into a golf course in Venice, Calfornia.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Mirror
Cantina Cast: Star Wars In Japan: Merchandising And More
Reported by Mark on 29 Mar 2015 14:39

Head on over to the always interesting Cantina Cast where Kat gives us a great insight into the Japanese collecting scene.

When I moved to Japan two years ago, I had no idea there had been a Celebration Japan held in Tokyo in 2008. I didn’t know there was such a thing as a Japanese Star Wars fanbase. I had never even given it any thought. But truth be told, when I moved to Japan, I wasn’t really thinking about Star Wars at all. I was too busy worrying about getting a place to live, cell phone, means of transportation, and sorting out my cat’s quarantine paperwork. That’s not even including the process of overcoming culture shock and my sudden limited ability to read or communicate. But that’s beside the point.
The point is, the longer I live here, the more the Japanese fandom surprises me – in a good way!
The biggest telltale sign of the fandom’s presence is the merchandise. The Japanese love collectibles. This combined with their love of Star Wars has culminated into a grand medley of unique SW items. It’s pretty fantastic.

Source Cantina Cast
Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Randy Martinez: It’s Midnight Madness!
Reported by Mark on 29 Mar 2015 13:21

Great news from our pal Randy Martinez, you can pre-order his Celebration Anaheim print Darth Vader: Beyond Borders.

Mark your calendars and make a bookmark on your browser because pre-sale of Randy Martinez’s Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Exclusive print, Darth Vader: Beyond Borders will start at 12:00 AM Midnight March 30th!

Darth Vader: Beyond Borders
By Randy Martinez
16” X 20”
HD Giclee print on fine art paper
250 prints
numbered and signed
Only 200 prints available through pre-sale***
No limit

Pre-sale available at: www.randymartinez.storenvy.com

This item is HOT, so get your order in fast before these prints are all gone!
*** Orders must be picked up at Booth #1512, The Art of Randy Martinez. These items are for pick up ONLY!

Visit the Art of Randy Martinez Webpage: www.randymartinez.net

Midnight is only a few hours away, so get prepared and start ordering!

Source Randy Martinez
Fantasy Flight Games: Organised Play X-wing Retailer Tournament Pack
Reported by Matt on 29 Mar 2015 12:40

Many thanks to Colin and Sam from Moving Pictures in Exeter UK for forwarding on these awesome pictures of the shop exclusive organised play pack from Fantasy Flight Games.

They will be organising tournaments soon so keep an eye on their Facebook page and Moving Pictures website for more details. Visit Moving Pictures and play to win exclusive prizes.

Source Facebook
Official Site: Heeding The Call: The Gift Of Armor
Reported by Mark on 29 Mar 2015 11:51

Tom Hutchens, the founder of the Mandalorian Mercs, looks into the gift of armour in a fascinating article over at StarWars.com.

One our favorite traditions in the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club is to honor our allies and friends with their very own piece of Mandalorian armor, normally in the form of a helmet. Dave Filoni, Katie Sackhoff, Simon Pegg, Vanessa Marshall, and Tiya Sircar are just a few of the individuals we’ve been able to thank this way over the years. There’s a feeling of “awesomness” you get when you’re wearing a Mandalorian helmet, plus they work great for walking around conventions “incognito” (as Simon Pegg learned at San Diego ComicCon in 2013).

Source Official Site
   28 March 2015
On The Shelves UK: Sainsbury
Reported by Matt on 28 Mar 2015 20:14

Via our pal Jedi News reader Mark Spriggs here's the latest wave of the Black Series as seen on the shelves in Sainsbury, yours for £12.99.

Source Sainsbury
Teen Action Comedy Barely Lethal Overturns R Rating
Reported by Mark on 28 Mar 2015 19:41

You may know that our pal Kyle Newman has a new film on the horizon, Barely Lethal. Great news, it's got passed the all-important censors and instead of an R it'll have a much more audience friendly PG-13 rating.

On Thursday, the Classification and Rating Appeals Board changed the R rating given to the movie for sexual material and teen drinking. EW can confirm that the film now has a PG-13 rating for sexual material, teen drinking, language, drug references and some action violence.
In February, DirecTV and A24 Film acquired the U.S. rights to the film and though no official date has been set, they are said to have planned an April release to both DirecTV and in select theaters.

Source EW
Covers For Issues 2 And 3 Of Star Wars: Kanan
Reported by Mark on 28 Mar 2015 18:33

 

Check out these very cool covers for May and June's second and third issues of Kanan: The Last Padawan, Marvels new 5 parter starting 1st April.

Source Jedi Bibliothek
Fantasy Flight Games: Star Wars: Armada Is Now Available
Reported by Jonathan on 28 Mar 2015 17:22

It's here! At last!

It's been a long wait but finally we've got the chance to dive into capital ship shootouts with the release of this long-anticipated game. We'll be checking it out at a special launch event at our local Titan Games, so check around at your local hobby stores and find out if they're doing something similar. This is going to be a huge game so be part of the action!

From the website:

The time to attack has come. Your fleet awaits your command. The fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance. Star Wars™: Armada is now available at your local retailer and online through our webstore!
The two-player miniatures game of epic Star Wars space battles, Armada places you and your opponent in command of rival fleets. Massive war machines and crews of thousands await your commands. You assemble a fleet of capital ships and starfighter squadrons, then upgrade it with elite pilots, crew members, and advanced weaponry. You select your objective. Then you head to battle.

Source Fantasy Flight Games
Comlink News (03/27/15) - Star Wars News and Commentary
Reported by Mark on 28 Mar 2015 03:46

David Collins hosts the latest and greatest from the past week from a galaxy far, far away...

Source The Comlink
Celebration Anaheim 2015: The Folly of TK-421
Reported by Mark on 28 Mar 2015 01:05

It's the latest Celebration piece from our pal Chris Trevas (who you will remember designed our Caravan of the Force logo for Celebration Europe a couple of years back) and it answers a long asked question - how exactly did Han and Chewie silence the ill-fated duo of Stormtroopers who ventured onto the Falcon? Now we know.

Source Twitter
   27 March 2015
Fly Casual Episode 31: Come On, Aileen
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 22:55

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

In this episode of Fly Casual Podcast, Garrick talks Rebels finale and Mike goes crazy insane with rumors.

Contact Information: iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

Source Fly Casual
Official Site: Fully Operational Fandom: One Fan's Marvelous Ewok Diorama
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 21:47

Amy Ratcliffe takes a stroll through Bright Tree Forest and finds this amazing diorama over at StarWars.com.

If you can’t bring yourself to embrace and cherish Ewoks, don’t worry. David Mizejewski may have enough enthusiasm for all of us. The naturalist and spokesperson for the National Wildlife Federation rediscovered his passion for collecting and for Ewoks and built an incredibly detailed diorama so his Ewok figures are permanently on display in a habitat that resembles their home on the forest moon of Endor. After seeing his article about the diorama on Boing Boing, I talked with Mizejewski about his fandom and how he assembled his Ewok masterpiece.

Source Official Site
Tosche Station Radio #107: Fridges in Temples
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 17:54

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

Brian and Nanci get literary on this week's Tosche Station Radio! Kicking off the shows, the hosts highlight What's New on the Blog. Bria reviewed Princess Leia #2. Bria reviewed Darth Vader #3. She also outlined a new approach to recommending the Expanded Universe.

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.

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

Source Tosche Station Radio
New Avengers: Age Of Ultron Hero Edition Cereal Box
Reported by Justin on 27 Mar 2015 17:42

While out hunting for new Star Wars figures this afternoon, I spotted this new Avengers: Age of Ultron Hero Edition cereal box from Kellogg's at one of my local Target stores. There were other cereal boxes on the shelves that featured promos for winning movie tickets for the film.

From the name, one can easily assume that a companion Villain Edition is not too far behind.

Will we see a similar (if not larger) cereal marketing strategy for The Force Awakens later this year? I sure hope so!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Official Site: Kanan: The Last Padawan #1: Exclusive 5-Page Preview
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 17:11

Check out this 5 page excerpt of the fast-approaching first issue of Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 over at StarWars.com.

How did a Padawan named Caleb Dume survive Order 66 — and become the rebel hero called Kanan Jarrus? Marvel’s upcoming ongoing series, Kanan: The Last Padawan by writer Greg Weisman and artist Pepe Larraz, will explore the origins of Star Wars Rebels’ resident Jedi cowboy.
See Kanan take on the Separatist droid army in the Clone Wars with the exclusive preview pages below and continue the story when the book hits shelves on Wednesday, April 1st.

Source Official Site
Fantasy Flight Games: Ready for Takeoff Is Now Available for Star Wars: The Card Game
Reported by Jonathan on 27 Mar 2015 16:27

Your pilots are in their starfighter cockpits. Your capital ships are fully crewed and ready for action. Interstellar combat and breakneck dogfights come to the forefront of Star Wars™: The Card Game with Ready for Takeoff, now available at your local retailer and online through our webstore!
As the Rogue Squadron cycle begins, cutting-edge starships and the ace pilots who fly them take their place in the spotlight. The Force Packs of this cycle introduce the new Pilot keyword, allowing you to play Pilot units as enhancements on Vehicles instead of independent units. Every Pilot brings powerful new abilities and a unique style to the starship he flies, and with two brand-new fate cards introduced in this cycle, your edge battles also reach new strategic depths. Ready for Takeoff invites you to take to the stars, and fly alongside iconic characters like Baron Fel, “Mauler” Mithel, and Lando Calrissian.

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Coffee With Kenobi Show #34: Fostering Community in Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 16:09

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

In today’s show, Skywalking Through Neverland joins us to discuss our topic for Show # 34, fostering community in Star Wars, as we look at how to keep growing our Star Wars family. We will also discuss the news of the Standalone film title, the release date of Episode VIII, discuss the new Topps trading card app, and we also have the next offering of “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio” featuring Rob Wainfur. This is the podcast you're looking for!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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The Big Bang Theory Has A Skywalker Ranch Episode
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 15:55

Sheldon in the library? Raj in the screening room? Howard in the vineyard? Leonard in the tech building? It could all be happening as The Big Bang Theory crowd visit Skywalker Ranch.

An upcoming episode of the extremely popular series, The Big Bang Theory will see Sheldon, Leonard and the gang trying to break into Skywalker Ranch to try and grab a glimpse of their idols, mainly George Lucas. The show returns on April 2nd.
"When Leonard and Sheldon are invited to speak at UC Berkeley, they take a detour to try to meet an idol. Also, when Bernadette and Howard battle over the fate of his Dr. Who TARDIS, Raj and Amy offer to settle the dispute with a game of ping pong."
Guest stars include actor Tate Ellington as Mitchell and actors Michael Dempsey and Mark Barrett, who will play security guards.

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George Lucas On The Daily Show
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 15:44

Uncle George sure has been busy. Here he is in a sketch on The Daily Show.

Stewart also said that Hollywood had something to say and presented a short video of George Lucas, the very epitome of liberal Hollywood, apologizing and promising to in future only make films that were "blindly uncritical of America," with possible future films such as American Exceptionalism Graffiti, Star Wars: The Reagan Missile Defense Version, The Empire Strikes Back, Justifiably and Star Wars: The Clinton Menace.

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Draw Star Wars Rebels
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 15:29

Check out the great review of Draw Star Wars Rebels over at our pals Star Wars Kidscast, as they break down the contents of this delightful book from Klutz.

This latest addition to our Star Wars book series is a how-to guide packed with expert tips, simple techniques, plenty of draw-right-in-the-book space, and translucent overlays to make you a master of drawing. Start with stick figures, move onto basic shapes, and finish up with the details. This sketchbook comes with everything you need, and we also include perhaps the most essential tool for any artist… an eraser. Because sometimes even a Jedi Master could use a do-over.
Comes with: 90 page book, 6 sheets of vellum tracing paper, mechanical pencil, black marker, 3 dual-tipped metallic colored pencils, block eraser

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Official Pix Photo-Ops Now Up For Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 27 Mar 2015 15:21

Official Pix has posted their photo opportunities with certain select guests that fans will be able to purchase for Celebration Anaheim 2015 courtesy of Epic Photo Ops. Among the guests participating in this photo service are Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams, and many more.

Timeslots for this service fill up pretty fast, so don't delay and place your pre-orders now!

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RebelForce Radio: March 27, 2015
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 15:20

You know him as the voice of Kit Fisto in Star Wars: The Clone Wars & Senator Bail Organa in Star Wars Rebels - Phil Lamarr talks to Jimmy Mac about working in Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, Mad TV and more! Stephen Stanton returns to give us an amazing Death Star-sized update to our Star Wars Celebration ticket giveaway that will blow you away. It's a RebelForce Radio miracle! Stephen also gives us the lowdown on what he has up his sleeve for the 501st party. Geek Out Loud superstar Steve Glosson sits in this week for a huge Celebration Anaheim Update with Star Wars artist extraordinaire Randy Martinez. We get all the deets from Randy about his booth at the show, and we review some of the Celebration programming schedule, including Smuggler's Bounty. SOLD OUT! That's right, all the tix for the massive RFR Celebration Kickoff Bash are gone! We fill you in on what will be happening at the bash and who will be there. Plus, Star Wars Aftermath, some new buzz about the long-in-development live-action Star Wars TV show, Will Ferrell as Little Debbie, music and good times! RFR is a STAR WARS CELEBRATION for your ears!

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Fantasy Flight Games: Seven New Packs for Imperial Assault
Reported by Jonathan on 27 Mar 2015 12:43

There's just no stopping this game - you get lots of goodies in the original boxed game and the extras that are pouring out of Fantasy Flight Games is going to make this a collector's dream. Now available from FFG - a whole bunch of Ally and Villain packs!

From the website:

Each Ally Pack and Villain Pack includes detailed plastic figures as well as new Deployment, Reward, Agenda, and Command cards for your games of Imperial Assault. What’s more, each figure pack contains a new side mission that can be included in any campaign, and two new skirmish missions that use the same map, expanding your options for Star Wars adventure.
Read below to learn more about the destructive power of the Rebel Saboteurs, and pick up your Imperial Assault Ally Packs and Villain Packs today at your local retailer!

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   26 March 2015
Fantasy Flight Games: More Figure Packs for Imperial Assault
Reported by Jonathan on 26 Mar 2015 22:39

What? More figure packs for the incredible Imperial Assault game? Yes please? Get these in the second quarter of 2015 or be sent to the spice mines of Kessel, or smashed into who-knows-what.

From the website:

  • R2-D2 and C-3PO Ally Pack
  • Boba Fett Villain Pack
  • Kayn Somos Villain Pack

As you descend upon the desert planet of Tatooine with the Twin Shadows expansion, these new Ally Packs and Villain Packs bring Star Wars™ heroes and villains to life. Like previous Ally Packs and Villain Packs, such as the Luke Skywalker Ally Pack and the Darth Vader Villain Pack included in the Core Set, these expansions feature sculpted plastic figures to replace the tokens found in the Twin Shadows expansion and supplement your campaigns and skirmishes with new cards and missions. Journey to Tatooine and engage in fast-paced skirmishes with these new Twin Shadows figure packs!

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Pre-Order Darth Vader And Friends From Forbidden Planet For Free Tote Bag
Reported by Matt on 26 Mar 2015 22:26

It arrives 12th April 2015, will be packed with all the charm and fun of the books that preceded it and to top all of that you can grab this super tote bag if you order early from Forbidden Planet.

PRE-ORDER EXCLUSIVE - The first 100 customers to order 'Darth Vader And Friends' will receive a great tote bag featuring Jeffrey Brown art. Only from Forbidden Planet!
In this funny and sweet new book in the best selling 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 favourite characters.
Jealousy, birthday parties, lightsaber battles, sharing, intergalactic rebellion and more all come into play as Brown's charming illustrations and humour irresistibly combine the adventures of our friends in a galaxy far, far away with everyday events closer to home.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Gareth Edwards And Josh Trank Panel Announced
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 22:24

Great news, both Star Wars: Rogue One director Gareth Edwards and future stand alone director Josh Trank have been added to the amazing roster of guests attending Celebration Anaheim. Both will join Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart and Pablo Hidalgo for a Sunday morning discussion between 11.00am and 12.00pm on the Celebration Stage.

This exciting announcement was also posted on StarWars.com.

Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart and Pablo Hidalgo will be joined by directors Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank, who will share their experiences as the newest members of the Lucasfilm creative family. Learn how the teams came together and are collaborating to conceive and create the upcoming stand-alone films in the galaxy far, far away.

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 71: Seen, Unseen Disneyland; Star Wars Artists and Ask Tink!
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 21:42

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

The last time you were at Disneyland did you happen to see The Walt Disney family crest on sleeping beauty’s castle? Or the signs on the bathroom door? The devil is in the details, and Russell Flores has seen and documented them in his book, “Seen, Un-Seen Disneyland”. It’s fascinating, and he has many stories to tell. Star Wars artist Randy Martinez is back to tell us about his Star Wars Celebration print. And this time he is joined by by his girlfriend and renowned Star Wars artist herself, Denise Vasquez. You don’t want to miss this because we reveal some details of our Interactive Fandom Adventure on the Podcast Stage. Guess who else is back? Our Fairy Pod(God?)Mother, Margaret Kerry! She flew in to help all of our Skywalkers with their questions in her ASK TINK segment.
And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan.

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Jedi News Comic Review: Darth Vader #3
Reported by MaxN on 26 Mar 2015 21:00
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BOOK 2, PART 3

VADER

Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Empire. After the destruction of THE DEATH STAR, the disgraced Sith Lord, DARTH VADER, has been demoted by his Master only to have his congtrol taken by Grand General Tagge. And when Vader discovered that a mole has been leaking information to pirate raiders, it was made clear to him that no person can be trusted.

Unknown to Emperor Palpatine and Tagge, however, Vader is also quietly pursuing his own interests: the mysterious Force-strong pilot who destroyed the Death Star and the identity of the stranger who is conspiring with the Emperor.

But for this he will need his own personal, secret forces....

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Variant Action Figure Cover For Star Wars #4
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 20:48

Variant cover for the upcoming (April 22, 2015):STAR WARS # 4Book I, Part IV: Skywalker StrikesMarvel...

Posted by Star Wars Upcoming Books & Comics on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Marvel Marvel continues their super run of variant covers with this action figure variant for issue 4 of Star Wars, coming our way 22nd April 2015.

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Official Site: 6 Ways Star Wars: The Clone Wars Changed Star Wars The Mythos
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 20:17

Join Lucas Siegel as he looks at the ways in which Star Wars: The Clone Wars changed the very fabric of the saga.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars was a generation’s introduction into the galaxy far, far away. The six season animated series introduced new concepts, new characters, and some fan-favorites from the broader spectrum of Star Wars into the minds and hearts of fans. Here are six of the most important ways The Clone Wars changed the Star Wars mythos.

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Doctor Who and Star Wars Crossover: Actors Who've Appeared In Both Sci-Fi Classics
Reported by Matt on 26 Mar 2015 19:34

You could argue that there's as much crossover between the universes of Doctor Who and Star Wars as any other, and to prove that here's a list of 20 actors who portrayed roles in both classic series.

Doctor Who and Star Wars have a lot of overlap, from their themes and settings down to the sci-fi fans that love them both. But they also share a few members of their cast – and you might be surprised who’s popped up in both universes.
Sure, we might not have seen Harrison Ford jet off in the Tardis (we’re sure he’ll get to it once he finally receives all our handwritten suggestions), but there have been plenty of actors who’ve traded the Time Vortex for a galaxy far, far away (or vice versa)...

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Fantasy Flight Games: Organised Play Imperial Assault Retailer Tournament Pack
Reported by Matt on 26 Mar 2015 19:27

Many thanks to Colin and Sam from Moving Pictures in Exeter UK for forwarding on these awesome pictures of the shop exclusive organised play pack from Fantasy Flight Games.

They will be organising tournaments soon so keep an eye on their Facebook page and Moving Pictures website for more details. Visit Moving Pictures and our pals at Titan Games in Lichfield and play to win exclusive prizes.

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Baptism By Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 19:25

Ryder Waldron brings us his latest thought-provoking piece over at Cantina Cast, discussing the notion of baptisms in the saga.

Baptism is a religious custom that is strongly represented in the Star Wars saga, most notably in Revenge of the Sith. Baptism by immersion in water symbolizes a cleansing as one descends into the water and emerges purified, and it is required for admission into many Christian faiths. It also represents a type of death and resurrection. Either way there is a change after someone is baptized by water.

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RUMOR: First Star Wars Canon LGBT Character To Have An On-Screen Appearance?
Reported by Justin on 26 Mar 2015 19:16

Earlier this month it was revealed that the Star Wars saga would have it's first LGBT character included as part of the official canon in the upcoming novel Lords of the Sith written by author Paul S. Kemp. There might be a much larger future than simply existing as text on a page for this female character named Moff Delian Mors if the latest rumor posted over on Cinelinx is true.

While the addition of this character into canon is important, let's face it, coverage of this sort on a new character from a book isn't normally so publicized or pushed out there. The books so far have introduced a number of new characters and ideas, none of whom were given articles on this magnitude well over a month ahead of the book's release. Yes, I get that there's a very good reason to promote the inclusion of a LBGT character in Star Wars, but there are other reasons why Moff Mors has been so much attention ahead of her debut.

I've had two independent sources tell me that the Lucasfilm story group has plans for Delian Mors, plans that includes a big screen appearance, and possible outing in a live-action series. The primary thing I've heard is that Lucasfilm really wants to include Mors in one of the Star Wars spin-offs. My sources couldn't say specifically which standalone film, but were under the impression it could be Rogue One.

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Does Star Wars Have A Negative Effect On Hollywood Careers?
Reported by Justin on 26 Mar 2015 18:33

Jedi News reader Alan M. sends along this link (by way of Star Wars 7 News) to an article posted on The Hollywood Reporter titled "Why More Star Wars Actors Haven't Become Stars" that briefly examines why numerous actors/actresses that have been involved the world's most popular film franchise have not gone on to establish hugely successful careers in Hollywood. Of interesting note is the paragraph below that pertains to the new Episode VII cast members:

"When you sign up for this, you're signing your life away, and you're keeping yourself from any other franchises out there," says an agent whose client is one of the stars of Episode VII. "They will not let you be in another franchise. They're going to be cranking out a new movie every year. These actors never get to read the script before signing on. They don't even know which [subsequent] one they are in. And then they become known for that role, and it's hard to see them in a Fault in Our Stars kind of movie." Also, the pay is meager. Sources say the newcomers can only command $65,000 to $125,000 for Episode VII, with sequel options exponentially greater. Still, agents will keep pursuing. Paradigm's Sarah Fargo, whose client, Domhnall Gleeson, was cast in Episode VII, sees only upside: "It secures all involved a place in film history and guarantees a huge global audience, enhancing an actor's marketability."

Thanks to Alan for the heads-up.

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Star Wars Bookworms #38: Journey to Star Wars Celebration
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 18:16

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

Star Wars Celebration is almost here and we have so much to talk about. Sadly Teresa wasn’t able to join in for this episode, but we got a great guest host in Kay from Fangirl Blog and the Hyperspace Theories podcast.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter Facebook

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Forbidden Planet Boba Fett Giclee
Reported by Matt on 26 Mar 2015 17:54

Forbidden Planet are offering these Adi Granov limited edition giclees, featuring Boba Fett as he appeared on Forbidden Planet variant cover to issue 1 of Star Wars #1.

£29.99 gets you the limited edition version with the logo, £39.99 the clear version without the logo signed by Granov and for £59.99 the black and white cover, also signed by Granov.

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The Coolest Nerf Herders In The Galaxy
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 17:45

In the pantheon of cool photo's, this HAS to rank pretty near the top. Billy Dee, Mark, Carrie and Harrison, early 80's (hence the fashion). If anyone can shoot a cooler photo at Celebration Anaheim we want to see it!

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Get Your Geek On: March 25th 2015
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 17:19

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.

MARCH MADNESS drives on as we welcome SCRUFFY REBEL on as our guest. She will talk about her cosplaying experience, Celebration Anaheim, and tackle the increasing problem of harassment to cosplayers. Also, John Williams will NOT be composing the score for "Rogue One", is that a big deal? Stay Geeky and join us!

Contact Information: iTunes | Mixlr | Facebook

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Official Site: Comics At The Crossroads Of America
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 17:14

We join Dan Zehr for his latest article and report over at StarWars.com as he goes back to Indiana.

For many Star Wars fans, March 13th to the 15th, 2015, will be a day long remembered, thanks to Indiana Comic Con. It was an exciting time for fans in the central United States, as the annual Con brought many fans together to celebrate the best in pop culture. With over 400,000 square feet and 150 booths of comics, cosplay, toys, action figures, comic book talent, and much more, the con was the place to be this weekend. From Star Wars Indiana, to the Droid Builders, to cosplayers, a Rebel princess, and even a few podcasters, Indiana Comic Con was another great example of Star Wars fans coming together to celebrate the Saga.

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Vanessa Marshall Talks Star Wars Rebels Season 1, Looks Ahead To Season 2
Reported by Justin on 26 Mar 2015 17:07

Head on over to Comic Book for an in-depth interview Lucas Siegel recently conducted with the voice of Hera Syndulla herself, Vanessa Marshall, in which they chatted about all the exciting action Season 1 of Star Wars Rebels brought to the table as well as Marshall's thoughts on what lies ahead for fans in Season 2.

I had the privilege of speaking with Vanessa in her very first interview about Star Wars Rebels, just a couple days after being announced in the role. Today we look back at the first season, and get some intriguing teases about season two and what Ahsoka and the larger Rebel Alliance mean for our heroes.

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New Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions Mobile Game
Reported by Justin on 26 Mar 2015 16:14

A new mobile game from Disney titled Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions has recently been added to Google Play and the Apple App Store. The game is supported on Android platform 4.0 and higher and iOS 7.0 or higher.

Disney Interactive posted their official announcement for the game earlier today as well as a link to a 30-second trailer video.

Disney Interactive today launched “Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions” for iOS, Android and Windows Devices. “Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions” is the first mobile action-platformer set in the Star Wars Rebels universe that lets fans play as some of their favorite heroes in this extension of the hit TV show.

In this side-scrolling adventure, players battle as Ezra Bridger to thwart the actions of the Empire and save the citizens of Lothal from Imperial control. Fans can traverse across 35 levels while wielding a blaster, commanding an AT-MP, swinging a Lightsaber and more to battle Stormtroopers, Droids, TIE fighters, and other Imperial Forces.

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Star Wars Battlefront Listed In New Star Wars Canon Timeline
Reported by Justin on 26 Mar 2015 12:55

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RUMOR: Ben Mendelsohn To Join Rogue One Cast In Lead Role
Reported by Justin on 26 Mar 2015 12:22

An article posted by Mike Fleming over at Deadline is reporting that Ben Mendelsohn has the inside track on securing a lead role in the upcoming Star Wars standalone film Rogue One, which currently only has Felicity Jones as part of the official cast.

Word is that Ben Mendelsohn is circling a lead role alongside Felicity Jones in Rogue One, the Star Wars spinoff to be directed by Gareth Edwards. If Mendelsohn isn’t on your radar, he ought to be. The Aussie actor has been memorable in films that include Exodus: Gods And Kings, Killing Them Softly and The Dark Knight Rises. But he is overwhelmingly good in the stellar cast of the new Netflix series Bloodline, with a performance that has to put him smack in the middle of the Emmy discussion. As usual, Disney doesn’t comment on Star Wars business.

Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards, is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 16, 2016.

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   25 March 2015
Latest Toy Palace Newsletter Week 13 2015
Reported by James on 25 Mar 2015 22:15

Here's the latest Star Wars items available to pre-order or buy directly from stock at site sponsor Toy Palace...

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 25 Mar 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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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Hallmark Exclusives Announced
Reported by Justin on 25 Mar 2015 19:48

One of my favorite Star Wars license holders, Hallmark, has announced that they will have not one, but two exclusive products available for fans to purchase at Celebration Anaheim 2015 next month. Check out all the details below!

Hallmark is doubling up on excitement at this year's Star Wars Celebration with a pair of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments and a pair of the popular itty bittys® plush collectibles to be available exclusively at the fan event.

The two-packs will be sold in limited quantities each day of the event, scheduled April 16-19 at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

An Epic Vision is the name of the Keepsake Ornament two-pack that features Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader locked in a heated lightsaber duel as inspired by the styling of famed artist Ralph McQuarrie in preproduction art for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Nearly 40 years since their creation, McQuarrie's original visions for the Star Wars galaxy of characters, craft and planets continues to inspire and delight fans. An Epic Vision has a total production run of 2,000 and sales will be limited to 500 per day ($40 per set).

Bossk and Dengar join Hallmark's itty bittys line with a Celebration-exclusive two-pack of the fearsome bounty hunters seen in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. More than a dozen heroes, villains and creatures of Star Wars are now among the iconic characters of film, comics and television to appear as sweetly and uniquely styled plush itty bittys exclusively in Hallmark Gold Crown® stores and online at Hallmark.com. This bounty hunter two-pack has a total production run of 2,200 and sales will be limited to 550 per day ($20 per set).

Limited quantity buttons featuring a sneak peek of the newest Star Wars itty bittys collectors set will also be given out at the Hallmark booth (#1434). There are four designs – one for each day of the convention – that will be given away daily in limited quantities of 1,000 of each design. A fifth, secret variant design, will be in limited quantities of 500. Visit the Hallmark booth at Star Wars Celebration to learn more.

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New Kurt Adler Yoda & Darth Vader LED Holiday Candles
Reported by Justin on 25 Mar 2015 19:30

Here in New York, we are finally starting to come out of the worst winter on record (those of you who attended Toy Fair last month know exactly what I'm talking about). But that doesn't mean we should be turning a blind eye towards new 2015 Star Wars holiday decorations. Oh no sir it doesn't. It's NEVER too early to start looking at new upcoming holiday ornaments and decorations.

Check out these new Yoda & Darth Vader LED Candles that will be available from manufacturer Kurt Adler later this year.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Exclusive Star Wars Pendant Necklace From Norse Legion
Reported by Justin on 25 Mar 2015 17:56

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Star Wars Insider 158
Reported by Matt on 25 Mar 2015 17:10

Here at Jedi News we're counting down to The Force Awakens and so are the team at Star Wars Insider.Here's an advance look at issue 158, which will be focusing on everyone's favourite Corellian smuggler, Han Solo.

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Toys 'R' Us UK Offers - Hasbro, LEGO and More...
Reported by James on 25 Mar 2015 17:03

Now's a great time to visit site sponsor Toys 'R' Us here in the UK where they have lots of offers on...

Some of these deals stack - so on LEGO if you spend over £40 you'll actually get £20 worth of gift cards (for a later redemption) free! 

These deals are available on-line and in store - happy hunting!

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 25 Mar 2015 16:54
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Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders and arrivals...

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2016 Star Wars Calendars
Reported by Matt on 25 Mar 2015 16:01

Check the collage image above for a little look at the range of 2016 calendars coming our way to support the release of both Star Wars Rebels and The Force Awakens (of course, those calendars are not shown as yet).

  • Darth Vader And Friends 2016 Wall Calendar
  • x2 Star Wars Rebels 16 Month Calendars
  • Star Wars Rebels 2016 Special Edition Wall Calendar
  • Star Wars Saga 16 Month Wall Calendar
  • Star Wars Saga 16 Month Art Wall Calendar
  • Star Wars Saga 16 Month Box Calendar

The Force Awakens:

  • Wall Calendar
  • Deluxe Wall Calendar
  • Collectors Edition Wall Calendar
  • Oversized Wall Calendar
  • Mini Wall Calendar

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Star Wars 3D Wall Night Lights
Reported by Matt on 25 Mar 2015 15:18

Who wouldn't want the severed heads of Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Yoda lurching out of the wall towards you? Not any fan I know of, so get ordering and grab one of these 3D wall lamps before they're all gone at the great price of £50.00.

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Hasbro Discontinues Current Star Wars Saga Legends Figures
Reported by Justin on 25 Mar 2015 14:40

If you were holding out hope that the current assortment wave of Hasbro Star Wars Saga Legends figures, which includes figures from the Disney XD Star Wars Rebels animated TV series, would eventually be making their way to retail stores in your area, the following update from Andrew's Toyz will NOT put you in a good mood.

Hasbro has discontinued the current Saga Legends figure assortments and will not be making additional shipments. We may receive some cases of Wave 7, but we are not sure at this time. While unconfirmed, this is likely to devote resources towards The Force Awakens product line.

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The Wampa's Lair #123: Hokey Rituals And Ancient Habits
Reported by Mark on 25 Mar 2015 14:02

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

In their latest episode, Karl and Jason discuss some of their own personal rituals and habits surrounding their Star Wars fandom! From waving at automatic doors, to decorating Star Wars rooms, they share all their little habits around their love for Star Wars!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Production Members, Including From The Force Awakens, To Attend
Reported by Justin on 25 Mar 2015 13:50

While fans yesterday were giddy with excitement (and rightfully so of course) as they poured over the official Celebration Anaheim 2015 Program Schedule, they might have missed that the Special Guests section was also updated to include a few new additions as well. Included in the list now are some prominent Lucasfilm heavy-hitters such as John Knoll, Doug Chiang, Dennis Muren, and the two production designers who worked on The Force Awakens - Rick Carter and Darren Gilford.

Here's hoping these guests are part of some of the yet-to-be-announced Celebration panels.

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22 Photos from The Flash Episode 1.17, Featuring Mark Hamill
Reported by Matt on 25 Mar 2015 13:27

Returning to his classic 90's Flash role, here's the legend that is Mark Hamill from the forthcoming episode Tricksters, airing on 31st March.

A copycat killer who goes by the name “The Trickster” (guest star Devon Graye) starts setting off bombs in Central City. In order to stop the villain, Barry (Grant Gustin) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) meet with the original Trickster, a criminal mastermind named James Jesse (guest star Mark Hamill), who has been imprisoned for 20 years. Things quickly go from bad to worse when the Tricksters unite and take Henry (John Wesley Shipp) prisoner. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) asks Eddie (Rick Cosnett) for help with a case, and flashbacks show how Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) came up with the idea for the particle accelerator.

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List Of The Force Awakens Target DCPI Numbers
Reported by Justin on 25 Mar 2015 12:45

As fans continue to eagerly wait for the debut of the first wave of official The Force Awakens merchandise to arrive on September 4, we get word via Venganza Media Gazette of the new Target DCPI numbers that have been assigned to the various Episode VII products that will be on shelves for consumers to devour in their retail stores.

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A Certain Point of View Episode 2 - Star Wars Debate Show
Reported by Mark on 25 Mar 2015 12:34

The rapid fire Star Wars debate show you've been waiting for! Join host James Arnold Taylor as he moderates this weeks guests Catherine Taber (Star Wars The Clone Wars) and Trevor Devall (Lego Star Wars) as they debate the hottest controversial topics circulating around everyone's favorite saga.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Costume Group Photo
Reported by Justin on 25 Mar 2015 12:31

Star Wars cosplayers attending Celebration Anaheim, prepare yourselves for the biggest group photo of Star Wars costumers ever seen!

The All-Star Wars Costume Group Photo will be held during Celebration on Friday, April 17 at 9:00am sharp, in the Grand Plaza area in front of the Anaheim Convention Center.

Scott Allen, Celebration Liaison to the 501st Legion and Mark Edwards of Mark Edwards Photography, will be organizing the event, the first of its kind at Celebration! This photo is open to all attendees who are wearing Star Wars costumes; including but not limited to; the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, Saber Guilds, Dark Empire, casual Star Wars costumers and more!

The photo will take place at the Fountain closest to the main hall entry. Costumers should gather between 8:30 - 8:50am to be included.

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Official Ahsoka Tano Star Wars Rebels Costume Color Guide
Reported by Justin on 25 Mar 2015 12:18

Just like he did earlier for our band of heroes and then later on for various prominent members of the Imperial army, executive producer Dave Filoni has provided fans with the official color guide for Ahsoka as she appears in the hit animated series Star Wars Rebels, which includes a detailed look at her all-new lightsaber hilt designs.

There isn’t much time, but just in case you are working on a version of Ahsoka from Rebels, here are the necessary colors. I look forward to seeing all of your great costumes at Celebration, Rebels or otherwise.

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