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   24 April 2014
Star Wars Actors Appearances Updates
Reported by Mark on 24 Apr 2014 21:19

Jedi News is working with Star Wars Actors Appearances to bring you the very latest in Star Wars actors convention appearances. Click here to view this weeks updates on the site and check below to see the new actors who've been added.

  • 21/4/14: Added appearance for Frank Henson
  • 20/4/14: Added appearances for Steve Ismay, Nalini Krishan, Dean Mitchell and Adam J. Smith
  • 17/4/14: Added appearances for Kenneth Colley, Michael Culver, Alan Harris and Mike Quinn
  • 16/4/14: Added appearances for Paul Blake, Jeremy Bulloch, Trevor Butterfield, Ken Coombs, Sean Crawford, Tim Dry, Mike Edmonds, Alan Flyng, Chris Muncke, Pam Rose, Alan Ruscoe, Femi Taylor and Brian Wheeler

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Announcing May the 4th: Spin-Offs and Parodies
Reported by AdamDB on 24 Apr 2014 20:00
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When Disney bought Lucasfilm back in late 2012 (has it really been almost a year and a half?), they announced that they were planning on releasing one Star Wars film per year. That means that in addition to the traditionally numbered Episodes, there would be a spate of character- centric spin-off films.

The reaction was…mixed at best. Many felt that this would create oversaturation for the franchise. Others felt that it would seriously dilute the mythos and take away from the story of the Saga proper. Even those who would like to see where they go with this are weary of how it’s handled.

While I understand and even agree with some of these attitudes, everyone is talking like this is the first time a Star Wars spinoff film was even a thought. How quickly we forget.

Indiegogo: Imperial USB-Stick 3.0
Reported by Mark on 24 Apr 2014 19:15

It's an information society that we live in, and when technology and practicality match, you have a winner. And for a Star Wars fan what could be more practical than this?

As part of the 501st Legion (biggest Star Wars costuming club worldwide) I wanted to do an imperial officer costume. Part of the costume are the so called “imperial code cylinders”. In the first three Star Wars movies (1977-1983) they used radiation dosimeters, but today these dosimeters are very rare and hard to come by and most of the time very expansive, so I thought about creating a replica and when I took the dimensions I realized that it had the perfect size for an USB-stick. In-universe the code cylinders are for data transportation and security codes – a perfect fit if you ask me!

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A Day In The Life Of A Stormtrooper
Reported by Mark on 24 Apr 2014 18:38

Our buddy Richard Smith from South Africa sent us a link to this wonderful selection of images showing the day in the life of a Stormtrooper action figure. Who knew eh?

We’re not the only ones who have rough days. Imagine the daily life of a “Star Wars” Stormtrooper — it can’t be easy. Unfortunately, no one’s been able to create a MTV reality show based on their daily lives yet. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time, though.

For now, we can just take a look at artist Zahir Batin’s awesome series where he photographs close-up shots of miniature “Star Wars” figurines going about their daily adventures. Using other awesome props and a few droids, Batin was able to create real lifelike environments for each photo.

Source Elite Daily (via Richard Smith)
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Game Update 2.9: Galactic Strongholds Producer Letter
Reported by Beth on 24 Apr 2014 18:10

Yesterday senior producer Bruce Maclean posted an official letter regarding the changes to the date for the Galactic Strongholds expansion coming to Star Wars The Old Republic in the coming months. The release date for Early Access has been pushed back to August 19th instead of June 24th. This extra time will allow more work to be done to expand and improve the content in the update. He explained "For this to truly feel like an expansion, it needs to include the full set of features, including those originally coming later in the year." The official launch date for people not in Early Access is October 14th.

The final result sounds very exciting and involved, and it's nice to see them taking their time to ensure the best results. A new Stronghold was also announced, a Tatooine Homestead!

In the letter he also discussed what features will be included such as customisation of your Stronghold with your vehicles and pets placed within it. Guilds are also getting additional content with this update; guilds can conquer planets in weekly events, which earns rewards. With a guild leaderboard system, this will add an extra incentive and competitive edge.

Check out the full letter here to read all of the details on the update and stay tuned here to the site for more information this year!

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Jedi News Comic Reviews: Star Wars Legacy #14
Reported by Skuldren on 24 Apr 2014 18:00
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With a bounty on her head for the murder of an Imperial Knight, Ania Solo has become the target of two competing bounty hunters—the relentless female hunter, who is arrived with an electrowhip, and Ramid, Ania’s old flame.

Ever since Ania was captured by Ramid, her friends Sauk, AG-37, and former Imperial Knight Jao Assam have been searching for her. Jao is unsure of her innocence, but he’s willing to wait for her story before passing judgment...if they can find her at all.

Meanwhile, on Coruscant, where the bounty originated, another Imperial Knight is digging into her past...

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 24 Apr 2014 17:46
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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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"Feel the Force Dining Event" Announced For 'Star Wars' Weekends 2014
Reported by Justin on 24 Apr 2014 16:37

Information describing a special "Feel the Force Dining Event" has just been announced for 'Star Wars' Weekends 2014. Check out the intro below and be sure to take the source link for the full read including how to purchase tickets to this exclusive occasion.

During Star Wars Weekends, fans will be immersed in a galaxy far, far away. And now, a special Feel the Force Dining Event gives you VIP status for viewing for the Star Wars “Legends of the Force” motorcade plus a nightly dessert party (featuring the event’s popular Darth Vader cupcakes) and up-close viewing of the “Symphony in the Stars” fireworks spectacular.

The Legends of the Force: Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade viewing experience is at 11 a.m.-noon each day. Soft drinks, water and a snack will be provided. The dessert party is 9-10 p.m., with fireworks starting at approximately 9:45 p.m.

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The WolfPack Podcast: Disney! Disney! Disney! (2-Part Show)
Reported by Dan on 24 Apr 2014 16:13

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

For your listening and viewing pleasure, the first tales of Dan's Disney Store VIP trip from the past few days is revealed on The Wolfpack Podcast! This invitation-only event in California included special Disney-themed tours and a revealing sneak peek of Disney Store-exclusive Star Wars toys coming soon. Dan retells his experience of the trip in this special 2-part show (due to technical difficulties, and a desire to not start oever again!) of The Wolfpack Podcast. Find out what was planned, what went down, and (more importantly) what's coming with the new Disney Store Star Wars line. Oh, and there was a little Star Wars Weekends announcement yesterday too!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Peter Mayhew Cancels Niagara Falls Comic Con Appearance
Reported by Justin on 24 Apr 2014 15:22

Its starting to look like the worst kept "secret" surrounding the return of a cast member for Episode VII, as we receive word via Cosmic Book News that actor Peter Mayhew has cancelled his guest appearance at another convention - this time the Niagara Falls Comic Con which is scheduled to be held June 6-8.

Due to a Star Wars filming scheduling conflict, unfortunately, Peter Mayhew will not make it down to Niagara Falls Comic Con this year. We're sorry folks, but Disney has cast all Star Wars alumni in the new film. Don't forget all of the other amazing guests including William Shatner, Giancarlo Esposito, Marina Sirtis, Dean Cain, Chandler Riggs, Ernie Hudson, Sylvester McCoy, Kevin Sorbo, Ric Flair, Jason Priestley, the Comic Book Men, Neal Adams, Kevin Eastman, and more!

We already knew of his Texas Comicpalooza Con cancellation and rumors of his involvement in Episode VII have already been reported by THR. At this point, all signs are clearly pointing to Mayhew donning the Chewie suit once again, but until we hear so officially from Lucasfilm/Disney...

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Always Two, There Are...
Reported by Justin on 24 Apr 2014 15:07

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6-Year Old Girl Known As "Jedi Golfer"
Reported by Justin on 24 Apr 2014 13:45

New Jedi News reader Mike Dovhey sends along this awesome story via an email about his daughter who, thru hard work and dedication, has earned the nickname "Jedi Golfer". Over to Mike...

I just discovered your web site and loved it. I've been a true Star Wars fan for 37 years now, hard to believe it's been that long. My 6 year old daughter has taken up golf and also loves Star Wars. I have made a connection between the two and have been training her as a Jedi Golfer for 2 years. Many of the same attributes of a Jedi apply to golf too, fearless, supreme confidence, patience, and being in the moment ( feeling the Force flow). She has won 71 golf tournaments under this training method. Just thought I would forward the link to a recent story about her. Unbelievably she has been featured on TV, magazines and news papers as the Jedi Golfer. Maybe you can share with some of your followers.

Thanks for the kind words Mike and congratulations to you and your daughter!

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RUMOR: Episode VII Title To Be Revealed at SDCC?
Reported by Justin on 24 Apr 2014 13:12

It is a fairly common opinion that I have seen mentioned in several areas across the interwebs in recent weeks/months, and now we get the tweet embedded below from Kyle Buchanan, Senior Editor at Vulture, that suggests when Disney/Lucasfilm will be officially announcing the title attached to Episode VII.

The wait continues...

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 24 Apr 2014 08:05
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Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders, arrivals and a Spring Cleaning Sale...

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Escape from the Jedi Temple Trailer
Reported by StephenG on 24 Apr 2014 04:43

Courtesy of the great folks over at MakingStarWars.Net, who brought this to my attention, we have the Trailer for The New Yoda Chronicles - Escape from the Jedi Temple

Looking forward to it!

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   23 April 2014
More Info on Star Wars Weekend on Disney XD UK
Reported by StephenG on 23 Apr 2014 23:35

Jedi News reader kamino_ghost pops in with an update to our story Star Wars Weekend On Disney XD UK

Hi, Just thought i'd drop you a line with some more information about the Disney XD Star Wars Weekend here in the UK

There will be only one new original Star Wars programme airing over the two days - Lego Star Wars - The New Yoda Chronicles: Escape From The Jedi Temple and this will be airing at the following times:

May 3rd at 10.00AM with a repeat at 3.00PM and further repeated May 4th at 6.55AM and 3.30PM.

Other programming during these two days will feature programmes that have Star Wars references in them such as Phineas and Ferb etc.

Hope this helps everyone plan their Weekend... May The Force Be With You, kamino_ghost

Again, big thanks to you guys out there who take the time to send us stuff!

Celebrity Guest List For 'Star Wars' Weekends 2014
Reported by Justin on 23 Apr 2014 19:35

The full slate of celebrity guests for 'Star Wars' Weekends 2014 has been announced, and the list has star power across all five weekends, including some new additions to the ever-growing 'Star Wars' family featuring voice cast members from the upcoming 'Star Wars Rebels' animated TV series!

(NOTE: All guest appearances subject to change)

Weekend I: May 16-18 -- Ahmed Best, Peter Mayhew, Vanessa Marshall

Weekend II: May 23-25 -- Warwick Davis, Jeremy Bulloch, Tiya Sircar

Weekend III: May 30-June 1 -- Ray Park, John Ratzenberger, Taylor Gray

Weekend IV: June 6-8 -- Mark Hamill, Ray Park, Billy Dee Williams, Taylor Gray

Weekend V: June 13-15 -- Dee Bradley Baker, Cat Taber, Tom Kane, Matt Lanter, Steve Blum

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Flash Gordon Movie Rights Secured by Fox
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2014 16:30

In what has to be one of the most ironic moves in cinema history 20th Century Fox - the company who greenlit Star Wars because George Lucas couldn't secure the rights to Flash Gordon back in the mid 70's - have now secured the rights to Flash Gordon.

Word of Fox’s Flash Gordon grab comes courtesy of Heat Vision. There’s currently no news as to which direction the reboot will go, or what exactly the tone might be. One thing’s for certain, there’s plenty of source material to explore and mine for an obvious film franchise. Most of Gordon & Co.’s travels take them across the planet Mongo where they explore diverse environments and interact with characters such as Prince Barin of the forest kingdom, Queen Frigia of the ice kingdom, and Prince Vultan of the flying Hawkmen just to name a few. The property was perhaps most famously adapted in Mike Hodges’ 1980 feature starring Sam J. Jones in the title role. While it’s unfortunate that the iconic rock band Queen is no longer around to liven up the reboot’s soundtrack (which had quite the presence in the aforementioned film), it does help Fox to have a clear slate for a 21st century adaptation.

Early rumours of George Lucas coming out of retirement to helm his ultimate dream project are unfounded.

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T-Shirts: Sumi Sith
Reported by Matt on 23 Apr 2014 15:16

Shirt Punch knock us out with another dark side tee, this time depicting the evil Lord Vader.

You've got 13 hours to grab this for a bargain price of $9.99, so hurry!

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May the 4th be Pink for you!
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2014 14:28

Here's R2-KT's man servant Albin Johnson with some info on their latest pink patch.

Nothing's more fun than Star Wars day! R2-KT loves to celebrate with her buddies (and that's you!) so Juan Jose Matamoros designed a gorgeous patch to commemorate. Just $7 free shipping to anywhere, paypal to r2kt@r2kt.com - all proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation which is dear to our heart. Ships in 3 weeks.

We still have plenty of My Little Pony patches to benefit the Morones family, as well as other charity patches so get any five for $30.

May the 4th be with you, R2-KT and friends

Alan Ladd Jr. Inducted Into 501st Legion
Reported by Justin on 23 Apr 2014 13:53

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Van X Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2014 13:20

When I was a kid we called them pumps, then during the 80's they were plimpsoles, trainers, who knows what else. All we know is, this new Star Wars range from Van X is cooool!

They arrive in this galaxy in June, so get saving.

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Official Blog: Bantha Tracks: The Kids Are All Right, Online Edition
Reported by Justin on 23 Apr 2014 13:14

Enjoy the latest official blog post courtesy of the Queen of 'Star Wars' Celebration herself, Lucasfilm's one and only Mary Franklin.

Bantha Tracks #82 in Star Wars Insider, scheduled for newsstands now, features stories of the young fans who are the true next generation of Star Wars fandom. Here are some additional stories and photographs to supplement that edition, with even more junior Jedi, clones, and Stormtroopers.

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T-Shirts: Boba Dib
Reported by Matt on 23 Apr 2014 12:11

The titanic team at TeeFury bring you this awesome fett tee which is available for just $11.00 in a range of sizes and colours for the next 16 hours.

Quick, buy it now and get it in the cargo hold before they're all gone

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 27: Saving Mos Espa
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2014 11:04

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

This is a great time to be a Star Wars fan! And there really is no bet­ter time to belong to one of the many clubs where fans from around the world join up to talk about, and cel­e­brate the last 37 years of the saga, as well as look for­ward to what’s about to come our way with new films, tele­vi­sion shows and conventions.

All of this and MUCH more. And remember, never land on Alderaan!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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That Was The Week That Wars
Reported by BrianC on 23 Apr 2014 00:15
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Welcome to our weekly look back at the highlights of the news from the past seven days – from the irrelevant, to the best of fan content / media, the latest official news, rumours and reviews…

   22 April 2014
Tina Fey-Amy Poehler Comedy to Face Off With New Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 22 Apr 2014 23:11

No, that's not Tina Fey and Amy Poehler re-enacting the final scenes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, but the two of them toasting the fact that their next project together, The Nest, is due to arrive in cinemas on the 18th December 2015.

Let's hope that this brave piece of counter programming lands them a decent box office take as it's likely the entire planet will be playing Wookiee Hooky that day anyway.

Universal sets a Dec. 18, 2015, release date for “The Nest,” a tale of two sisters returning to their high school haunts. The Tina Fey-Amy Poehler sister comedy “The Nest” will open on Friday, Dec. 18, Universal Pictures said Tuesday.

That's the same day that Disney will open “Star Wars: Episode 7,” so the studio is clearly making a counter-programming play against the latest installment in the classic sci-fi series. Sony is rolling out the thriller “Inferno” that day as well.

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T-Shirts: Despicable Twins
Reported by Matt on 22 Apr 2014 22:00

Despicable Twins, available via RIPT Apparel for just $10.00 and 8 hours. But do you know what would be truly despicable? Not ordering this tee...

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The Wampa's Lair Episode 82: There Is Good In Him
Reported by Mark on 22 Apr 2014 20:55

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

In their latest Easter-inspired episode, Karl and Jason talk about sacrifice and redemption in the context of the Star Wars saga. From characters who give up of themselves for others, to the great tale of Luke saving Anakin from the prison of Darth Vader, your hosts get in deep with this one!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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UPDATED: Special Disney Event Happening RIGHT NOW
Reported by Team Jedi News on 22 Apr 2014 18:35

Our roving reporters Teresa Delgado and Dan Curto are attending a very special Disney event right now in California, and there are reveals galore in store for them and for us. Be sure to stay tuned to the site throughout the day as the team collates the news, and glue yourself to the freshly minted Jedi News on Instagram account where the team are posting regular updates as they happen throughout the day.

Also be sure to check out Dan Curto on Facebook as he joins the party.

UPDATED: Here's the first batch of Teresa's images, taken from our Jedi News on Instagram feed. Stay tuned as there are plenty more to follow over the next few hours and days.

UPDATE 2: Here's another two batches of Teresa's galleries. First off it's a look at some Trading Cards, followed by a look at new in-store products arriving at Disney Stores.

These are taken from our Jedi News on Instagram feed, which is updating with new images as we speak.

Disney Expects $175-$200M Budget For Episode VII & New 'Star Wars' Films
Reported by Justin on 22 Apr 2014 17:51

The accompanying story to the tweet embedded below has been posted over on Variety that includes a bit more from Alan Horn on Episode VII and the future of 'Star Wars' and Disney.

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Official Blog: I’d Just as Soon Kiss a Wookiee: Star Wars Romances
Reported by Mark on 22 Apr 2014 17:45

Romance. Where would we be without it? Tim Veekhoven and Kevin Beentjes over at The Official Star Wars Blog take a look at the power of love in their latest blog entry

Where would the universe be without love? The fate of the Star Wars universe has been decided several times by the consequences of love for the better and for the worse. The forbidden love between Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala sealed the doom of the decaying Galactic Republic. Anakin’s fear of losing Padmé led him on a quick and dark path that enabled Darth Sidious to complete his triumph over the Jedi Knights. But then again, it was his compassion for Luke that made Darth Vader break free from Darth Sidious’ oppression and allowed him to spend the last moments of his tragic life in the companionship of his son. Luckily, not all romantic relationships in the Star Wars galaxy had repercussions that made the entire universe tremble with fear. In this blog we’ll have a look at some of the more unusual couples from the Star Wars universe.

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'Star Wars Pinball' Adds Free 'Masters of the Force' Table To 'Heroes Within' Pack
Reported by Justin on 22 Apr 2014 17:23

As a thank you to our fans, Zen Studios has decided that the new Star Wars™ Pinball: Heroes Within pack will include 4 tables instead of 3, and remain the same price as the previous packs.

The new Heroes Within pack will be available for download starting April 29th for $9.99 in North America and €9.99 in Europe on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Xbox 360 and Steam. Individual tables will be available for download on iOS, Google Play and Amazon for $1.99 each.

The past two years of Star Wars Pinball development have been tremendously rewarding. Masters of the Force™ feels like the culmination of all that we have learned, and we are truly moved by this experience to create an epic finale to the series.

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New Events Room Opens at Rancho
Reported by Mark on 22 Apr 2014 16:47

Where better to hold a special event, be it Star Wars related or not, than the newly opened events room at Rancho Obi-Wan?

Rancho-Obi Wan has a new 700-square-foot events room. We inaugurated it on April 4th with a sit-down lunch and a tour for 65 guests of Choice Collectibles, an East Coast-based art publisher. We've since had two catered business dinners and evening tours.

You too can arrange a special event at Rancho-a wedding, business meeting, team-building event, special birthday, anniversary, or whatever-by contacting Rancho general Manager Anne Neumann at info@ranchoobiwan.org.

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Coffee With Kenobi Show # 17: The Star Wars Heresies
Reported by Mark on 22 Apr 2014 16:29

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

In today’s show we are happy to share a cup of coffee with Paul McDonald. Paul is the author of The Star Wars Heresies, an amazing book you will not be able to put down. It covers important and insightful themes throughout the Prequel trilogy. We also have the next offering of “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio” with Rob Wainfur. In addition, we talk Episode VII filming, the return of Star Wars Reads, discuss the victor of “This is Madness”, and much more. We will introduce our topic for Show # 18. This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Hasbro Reports Profits
Reported by Matt on 22 Apr 2014 15:44

Toyworld Mag report the news that Hasbro have posted a revenue increase, good news ahead of the surge towards Star Wars Rebels and Episode VII.

Hasbro reported $679.5m in first quarter revenue, a 2% increase over the prior-year quarter but a figure that falls just under the $683m that was expected.

Sales of toys aimed at girls grew 21% in the first quarter, while toys for boys rose just 2%, although the company’s boys lines will likely be boosted by the upcoming release of Transformer and Spider-Man movies.

First quarter net income (including special items) came in at $32.1m, or 24 cents per share, compared to a net loss of $6.7m, or a loss of 5 cents per share for the same time in 2013. Excluding a favorable tax adjustment that equated to 10 cents per share, Hasbro’s first quarter profit was 14 cents per share, four cents above the analyst consensus.

Source Toyworld Mag
Let the Wookiee Win: A Star Wars Quiz
Reported by Mark on 22 Apr 2014 15:19

4th May is only a few days away and the guys at Let The Wookiee Win want to invite you to a 27 city wide quiz across North America celebrating the saga.

“Oh Star Wars / Nothing but Star Wars / Give me those Star Wars / Don’t let them end.” - Bill Murray, 1978

We’ve quizzed you about the Bluths of Los Angeles, the Whites of Albuquerque, and the Lannisters of Westeros. On Sunday, May the Fourth, Geeks Who Drink proudly presents our eight round exploration of all things related to the Skywalkers of Tatooine. We’re calling it LET THE WOOKIEE WIN: A ‘STAR WARS’ QUIZ, and it’s going to be the biggest and grandest STAR WARS quiz event of all time.

Listen up, because we’re going to kill a TON of Bothans to bring you this quiz. Our questions will cover all three films from the original Star Wars trilogy -- that’s Episodes IV, V, and VI -- and material related to ONLY those three films. Study like a thorough padawan; they may never say the names of those bounty hunters Vader sends after the Millenium Falcon, but we consider that info fair game.

That also means no cartoons, no role-playing adventures, no videogames, no comic books, no Ewok Adventures, no Extended Universe novels, and absolutely ZERO questions about the prequels. Okay okay okay, we’ll do ONE question about the Holiday Special, and it’s going to be really, really hard

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New Line of Talking 'Star Wars' Action Figures Revealed at Disney Store Event
Reported by Justin on 22 Apr 2014 14:38

Our fellow The Force United teammate Yakface provides us with pics of some of the new 'Star Wars' merchandise that was unveiled during the Disney Store event going on in California, including a brand new series of Talking 'Star Wars' Action Figures!

SRP: $29.95 each

Retailers: Disney Store and DisneyStore.com

Available: Starting May 4, 2014

  • 15+ phrases
  • Lights and sounds
  • Activation buttons on right upper arm and chest/chest pack
  • Fully articulated
  • Light up blaster (Han Solo, Stormtrooper)
  • Removable helmet (Luke Skywalker)

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Alan Horn Confirms Episode VII Abu Dhabi Filming, Future May Releases Possible, & More
Reported by Justin on 22 Apr 2014 14:05

Brent Lang, a a media reporter from Variety, provides us with the following 'Star Wars' and Episode VII related tweets embedded below, including confirmation of our initial rumor about filming for Episode VII taking place in Abu Dhabi.

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The Metro: Disney To Publish New Star Wars Books: What Do We Know So Far?
Reported by Mark on 22 Apr 2014 12:31

My latest article arrives over at The Metro looking at the imminent arrival of new Star wars books from Disney.

Now, why would that be a headline worthy of mention here on Metro? Disney releasing Star Wars books shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, but there are a number of factors at play that make this very much worthwhile investigating.

First off, it’s making very clear the fact that the new Sequel Trilogy is going to be aiming for the aesthetics and action of the original trilogy, released by 20th Century Fox between 1977 and 1983. The first of the four books, The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, is written by Tony DiTerlizzi, the author of the Spiderwick Chronicles and uses the production art of the late, great Ralph McQuarrie from the first three Star Wars films. A retelling of Luke’s journey will not only refresh casual readers and young kids who have been fed Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the Prequel trilogy for the last 15 years but also prep newcomers for the ‘possible’ return of Luke Skywalker in the Sequel Trilogy next December.

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Little Debbie Sweetens Up Rancho Obi-Wan
Reported by Mark on 22 Apr 2014 11:43

We can absolutely guarantee that Little Debbie makes the best cakes, as our very first Jedi News Food Review explained a month ago. Now Steve Sansweet (soon to be renamed Sansweet-tooth) reveal Little Debbie's as their latest corporate sponsor.

Rancho Obi-Wan has a tasty new corporate sponsor. Little Debbie, largest producer of snack cakes in the U.S., has become the official snack cake of Rancho Obi-Wan, home of the world's largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia. Fans who already have toured Rancho know that there are snacks waiting near the end of each tour, served on a large TIE fighter display that first appeared on the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars" and then at a VIP party at Star Wars Celebration VI. The display will now be filled by delicious Little Debbie Cosmic Cupcakes, Cloud Cakes and other goodies. Little Debbie, which has signed on for a multi-year sponsorship, is the main brand of McKee Foods, a Collegedale, Tennessee family-owned and run company.

Source Rancho Obi-Wan
LEGO May 2014 Building Events USA
Reported by Matt on 22 Apr 2014 03:14

LEGO fans in the States are in for a treat next month as Star Wars Day is celebrated by a Build Your Own Starfighter event, allowing kids of five or older to build either an X-Wing and a TIE Fighter similar to those found in the LEGO advent calendar.

Source The Brick Fan
Baby Predator vs Tiny Boba Fett
Reported by Matt on 22 Apr 2014 02:27

No prizes for guessing who I think would win this battle but hey, with heroes this cute everybody wins!

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Win a Chance to be a Co-Host on Coffee With Kenobi!
Reported by Mark on 22 Apr 2014 01:23

Want the chance to co-host Coffee With Kenobi? Then you've come to the right place, because that's exactly what the guys are offering. Read on...

Have you ever dreamed of being on a Podcast, and sharing your insights, passions, and ideas with Star Wars fandom? Now is your chance, as Coffee With Kenobi presents a contest to be eligible to win a chance to share a cup of coffee with Dan Z & Cory Clubb! Each week this summer, we will be dissecting the Lost Missions of the Clone Wars, and we want to give you an opportunity to be on the show and share your thoughts, analysis, and rhetoric with our listeners. To enter, all you need to do is write a review on iTunes for our show, and be sure to include #clonewars in the review. That’s it! The winner will be picked at random in the upcoming weeks. Don’t forget the #clonewars to be eligible to win!

Enter for a chance to win a co-hosting opportunity with Dan Z. & Cory Clubb on A Cup of Clone Wars!

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Win 2 Celebration Anaheim Jedi Knight VIP Tickets at C2E2 'Star Wars Rebels Ghost Hunt'
Reported by Justin on 22 Apr 2014 00:41

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Action Figure Insider Reveals Gentle Giant Jumbo Kenner TIE Fighter Pilot
Reported by Justin on 22 Apr 2014 00:25

Action Figure Insider exclusively revealed earlier today that Gentle Giant will be releasing a TIE Fighter Pilot in their highly successful line of Kenner 12" Jumbo figures. The figure will cost $80 and is scheduled to ship in Q1 2015.

Pre-orders are slated to go up later this week on Gentle Giant's website.

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Argos: LEGO® Star Wars Twin-Pod Cloud Car and Bespin - 9678.
Reported by Matt on 22 Apr 2014 00:09

You can't resist the power of the Force...not when the prices are this good! LEGO Star Wars Planet Bespin for £2.99.

Gas planet Bespin plays a key role in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back when Luke Skywalker travels to Cloud City to rescue his friends. However, it's a trap and he is forced to battle evil Darth Vader. This set includes an accurate model of Bespin, a Lobot minifigure, a twin-pod cloud car mini-model, a weapon, and a display stand with name plaque. Collect the other Series 2 sets: 9677 X-wing Starfighter and Yavin 4 and 9679 AT-ST and Endor!

LEGO® model number: 9678

  • LEGO Star Wars.
  • One supplied.
  • For ages 6 years and over.
  • EAN: 5702014841161.

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   21 April 2014
Full of Sith Episode LXI: Jeremy Bulloch Live from Fan X
Reported by Mark on 21 Apr 2014 23:57

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

Bryan, Mike, and Bobby take questions from a live audience at Salt Lake Comic-Con’s Fan X. Then, they’re joined by the one and only Jeremy Bulloch to discuss his first experience with Star Wars, what the future holds for Boba Fett, and debunking rumors about his involvement with the future of Star Wars.

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

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Super7: May The 4th Be With You!
Reported by Mark on 21 Apr 2014 23:49

The good folks at Super7 dropped us a line with information on their latest release and the event that accompanies it. For event details, check out the embiggenable image.

Super7 and Acme Archives Proudly Present a New Series of Limited Edition Star Wars Prints

Each silkscreened print is produced in a numbered edition of 200, and designed by and available exclusively from Super7.

The series debuts with Space Vader on May 4th. To celebrate the official holiday of the Star Wars Universe, Super7 presents a vision in outer space of the Dark Lord of the Sith. Gaze deep into the night sky, and a familiar pattern from the dark side will emerge in the stars. The Space Vader print is silkscreened on black 16" x 20" heavy archival stock with light grey and glow-in-the-dark inks Available Sunday, May 4th, 12noon PST at super7store.com, $50 ea.

The printed saga continues with Tauntaun Cuts. Perfect for a galactic butcher's shop far, far away, the Tauntaun Cuts print highlights the choicest cuts of meat inside the furry snow-romping creature which, though they smell bad on the outside, are delicious on the inside. The Tauntaun Cuts print is silkscreened on 16" x 20" heavy archival stock with white, black, and grey with metallic silver flake inks. Release date TBD, $50 ea.

Facing off against the GalacticEmpire for the third print in the series is a single X-Wing Fighter! In the face of impossible odds, it sometimes helps to break a large probleminto smaller pieces, just as the mighty Death Star is dismantled in Death Star Breakout. This print connects the classic Star Wars Galaxy with an era of gaming long gone by. Each Death Star Breakout print is silkscreened on 16" x 20" heavy archival stock with black, grey, white and silver inks. Release date TBD, $50 ea.

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What's in the Box?
Reported by StephenG on 21 Apr 2014 21:24

Bad Robot tease us again:

I wish I could show you what’s inside this box. Soon!

I DO hope it's Star Wars related

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Dark Horse Comics 'Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir' Issue #3 Coming July 16
Reported by Justin on 21 Apr 2014 20:18

Newsarama has posted the Dark Horse Comics solicitations for July 2014, which includes release details on the third issue in the 'Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir' series.

Star Wars: Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir #3 (of 4)

Jeremy Barlow(W), Juan Frigeri(A), Mauro Vargas(I), Wes Dzioba(C), and Chris Scalf(Cover)

On sale July 16

FC, 40 pages

$3.50

Miniseries

Darth Maul has captured Darth Sidious’s new apprentice! Mother Talzin and Maul attempt to sway Count Dooku to their cause, revealing surprising facts about Maul’s past. But an attack by an elite Jedi strike force throws everyone’s plans into chaos!

Issue #1 is scheduled to arrive on May 21 and Issue #2 on June 18.

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New 'The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures, 1977-1985'
Reported by Justin on 21 Apr 2014 13:52

There is a listing on Amazon for a new 'Star Wars' action figure collecting book entitled 'The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures, 1977-1985' that is scheduled to arrive on November 14. The paperback contains 272 pages and is written by author Mark Bellomo (check out his bio below).

Mark Bellomo is one of the top toy experts in the United States, having written hundreds of magazine articles and a number of amazingly detailed books on toys and popular culture, including The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe: 1982-1994 and Transformers: Identification & Price Guide, both widely considered the definitive resource in the genre. In addition to serving as editor of the popular reference book Toys & Prices, Bellomo wrote the wildly entertaining Totally Tubular 80's Toys.

It will be very interesting to see how this book release differs in any way to the magnificent 'Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection' we received two years ago.

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Celebration Anaheim: Art Show Submissions Start Today
Reported by Justin on 21 Apr 2014 13:18

Just a friendly reminder that submissions to the Celebration Anaheim Art Show are now being accepted starting today and will run thru July 21.

Star Wars Celebration will feature exclusive, limited edition art by official Lucasfilm Star Wars artists. Always a highlight for fans, the Celebration Art Show will showcase talent and pieces chosen from a juried selection process.

Want to apply for the Celebration Art Show? View its submission guidelines and schedule. Please note that we will begin accepting applications on April 21, 2014. Also, note, we do not issue individual invitations for the Celebration Art Show, so check back here in April and direct your artist friends here as well. We will not be registering submissions before April 21, 2014.

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Dark Horse: Solicitations For July 2014
Reported by Dan on 21 Apr 2014 00:02
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Dark Horse have sent out their solicitations for July 2014, including 4 Star Wars comic book titles, and a few other titles that are of interest. Read the full story for the full list and images.

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   20 April 2014
Full of Sith Special Release: Vanessa Marshall
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 23:38

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

Vanessa Marshall, the voice actress behind Twi’lek pilot Hera Syndulla on the new show Rebels, takes time out of her schedule to nerd out with Bryan about Star Wars and what we can expect from the new show that hits TV screens this fall.

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

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Exclusive Disney Store Star Wars Event
Reported by Team Jedi News on 20 Apr 2014 18:14

There is something brewing in California this week and the Jedi News team will be there to cover it for you. The Disney Store will be hosting a Disney Store Star Wars event Monday April 21st to April 22nd. Team members Teresa Delgado and Dan Curto will be at the event. They will be sharing everything they can through the Jedi News social media and here on the Jedi News website. They will be sharing live via Twitter and Instagram. Make sure you are following Jedi News to get all of the exclusive updates as they happen.

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One Week To Go Until Farthest From 5
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 15:47

Don't forget, next Sunday in Fordingbridge in the New Forest, the 5th Farthest From will be taking place. It'll be a feast of vintage goodness and not only will show organiser Dave Tree be there but me, Zak and Matt Booker will be there covering the show for Jedi News and RADIO 1138 as well as special guest Paul Bateman.

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Star Wars Chocolate Eggs Easter Surprise!
Reported by Matt on 20 Apr 2014 14:36

Check out this post from the good folks at Mint in Box as they unwrap their look at the easter eggs available this year.

And in case we forgot to say it, Happy Easter to all our readers.

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The Bad Motivator Podcast #5 Attack of the Chopper
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 13:38

It's time to join the restraining bolts over at the Bad Motivator podcast for their latest episode.

Welcome to another episode of The Bad Motivator Podcast! In this episode I discuss recent collectibles announced by gentle giant & Star Wars weekends, Whats new to the photo album, Recent Items in the mail and much more!

Contact Information: Email: badmotivatorpodcast@gmail.com | Facebook

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News Roundup: 'Star Wars Rebels' at WonderCon 2014
Reported by Justin on 20 Apr 2014 13:30

In an effort to consolidate all of the news/reports that came out of yesterday's 'Star Wars Rebels' panel at WonderCon Anaheim 2014 into one single post, check out the following links below respectively.

WonderCon 2014 Exclusive Clip, Composer Kevin Kiner Returning

Interview with Composer Kevin Kiner

Official StarWars.com Blog Report

LA Times Interview With Composer Kevin Kiner

IGN's WonderCon 'Rebel's Panel Recap

With Comic-Con only a few months away, chances are we'll be seeing more of this highly anticipated TV series ahead of its fall debut.

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Official Blog: WonderCon 2014: Star Wars Rebels Panel Report
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 12:29

The convention season is in full swing and The Official Star Wars Blog has it covered as they take a look at what's happening at WonderCon 2014.

Star Wars Rebels — and the age of the Empire — is almost here. While details regarding the upcoming animated series have been closely guarded, fans at Lucasfilm’s WonderCon event today were treated to a brand new clip, never-before-seen concept art, insights into the making of the show, and some major announcements. Hosted by Dave Collins, the panel featured executive producer Dave Filoni, voice actress Vanessa Marshall (Hera), and art director Kilian Plunkett. If you were unable to attend, fear not — StarWars.com has you covered with all of the day’s highlights, images, and videos!

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Star Wars Rebels: An Interview with Composer Kevin Kiner
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 11:34

Kevin Kiner, composer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, returns to a galaxy far, far away with the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series. In this exclusive interview, he discusses his writing process, musical background, and previews the theme for Lucasfilm's new show.

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Making Star Wars Exclusive: Star Wars Episode VII Disney Executive Breakfast
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 11:20

The team at Making Star Wars take a closer look at an upcoming Disney event that seems set to reveal some interesting news.

The facts we learned today:

  • Disney will host a Star Wars executive breakfast this Thursday, April 24th.
  • George Lucas will be in attendance.
  • Classic cast members will be in attendance (we have no names).
  • The VIP event will be for about 100 people.
  • The menu will be Star Wars themed (edible characters, Yoda was mentioned).
  • Only top executives from Disney are attending.


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Star Wars Writers panel at SLCC FanX 2014 (2 of 2)
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 04:28

Via SLCC FanX 2014, here's the second part of the Star Wars Writers panel, filmed by Jawa James, moderated by Bryan Young and featuring Kevin J Anderson, Dave Wolverton and Mike Stackpole.

Kevin J Anderson, Dave Wolverton and Mike Stackpole discuss writing in the Star Wars Expanded Universe at Salt Lake Comic Con Fan Xperience on April 18, 2014. Moderated by Bryan Young of BigShinyRobot.com. Part 2 of 2

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Cantina Cast Episode 52: Impromptu
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 03:37

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

Mike, Joao and Chad decided to do a late night podcast on all the recent Star Wars news.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Black Series 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures Wave 4 Set
Reported by ZakPT on 20 Apr 2014 02:47

Check out these images from Entertainment Earth. Newly released images for the Black Series Wave 4 which won't be released until June but is available for pre-order right now.

Star Wars heroes and villains. 3 3/4-inch Hasbro Star Wars action figures return with The Black Series bringing you characters from the entire Star Wars saga! Each Action Figure comes with awesome accessories. Exciting black series Star Wars packaging showcases the figure!

Set includes 6 Star Wars heroes and villains! These 3 3/4-inch scale Star Wars action figures feature heroes and villains from across the galaxy! Longtime fans of Star Wars are going to love the great style, bringing returning favorites with new style like you've never seen before. Each Star Wars Black Series Action Figure comes individually packaged with terrific accessories like blasters, lightsabers, and removable helmets. Don't miss this awesome assortment of Star Wars heroes, villains, and more! Ages 4 and up.

This Star Wars Black Series 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures Set includes 6 individually packaged Star Wars Action Figures, including:

  • 1x Luke Skywalker (Jedi Training on Dagobah)
  • 1x Yoda (Jedi Training on Dagobah)
  • 1x Snowtrooper Commander
  • 1x Toryn Farr
  • 1x Bastilla Shan
  • 1x Dak Ralter (subject to change)

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Star Wars Writers panel at SLCC FanX 2014 (1 of 2)
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 01:03

Via SLCC FanX 2014, here's the first part of the Star Wars Writers panel, filmed by Jawa James and moderated by the one and only Bryan Young. Check back later for the second part.

Kevin J Anderson, Dave Wolverton and Mike Stackpole discuss writing in the Star Wars Expanded Universe at Salt Lake Comic Con Fan Xperience on April 18, 2014. Moderated by Bryan Young of BigShinyRobot.com. Part 1 of 2

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   19 April 2014
Tosche Station Radio #83: Extra Extra
Reported by Mark on 19 Apr 2014 23:42

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

It’s catching up on the news and rumors on this week’s Tosche Station Radio!

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+

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'Star Wars Rebels' WonderCon 2014 Clip, Composer Kevin Kiner Returning
Reported by Justin on 19 Apr 2014 23:09

The big news revealed during today's 'Star Wars Rebels' panel from WonderCon was that Kevin Kiner (who composed the memorable themes from 'The Clone Wars') will be providing the musical scores for 'Rebels' as well.

This special Star Wars Rebels preview clip, which premiered at WonderCon 2014, features an introduction from voice actress Vanessa Marshall and an exciting sequence from the upcoming animated series.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Star Wars Weekend On Disney XD UK
Reported by Mark on 19 Apr 2014 19:34

Jedi News reader Emi Tayeh dropped us this line letting us know about a great day of Star Wars action on Disney XD here in the UK on the weekend of the 4th May.

Hi, Hope you are all well today. I just thought I'd let you know that Disney XD in the UK are hosting a Star Wars Weekend to celebrate Star Wars Day (May 4th) It will kick off with the channel premiere of STAR WARS - The New Yoda Chronicles on Saturday May 3rd at 10AM. Also there are 2 trailers currently being shown on Disney XD, one is to advertise the Star Wars Weekend and is 15 seconds long and has been broadcasting since April 12th and the other is a trailer for the Yoda Chronicles and is 30 seconds long and is brand new on the channel today. May The Force Be With You, Emi

We don't say it enough, thank you to our readers for sending information like this in to the site, it's greatly appreciated.

Pre-Orders For 6 Movie 3D Blu-Ray Star Wars On Amazon?
Reported by Mark on 19 Apr 2014 19:10

That's what we hear via Jedi News reader LadyFerry, who dropped us this info earlier today.

Hello! it's me LadyFerry! Just a quick message to say that I was looking online for blu-ray pre-orders and found this, it's a pre-order notification for the six 3D Star Wars movies coming out on blu-ray. Just thought it would be an interesting titbit for the front page at Jedi News:

You thought right, many thanks!

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Gentle Giant/3DSystems: Darth Vader Life Size Vintage Monument
Reported by James on 19 Apr 2014 09:55

Darth Vader Life Size Vintage Monument – At a staggering 6 feet 9 inches tall, the TOWERING Darth Vader Life Size Vintage Monument is the latest addition to Gentle Giant's line of vintage Kenner-inspired pieces. Their master artisans accomplished an incredible feat with this piece when they digitally scanned an original 3 ¾” action figure and re-scaled it to life-size.

This piece includes all of the features of the original figure, including the extending lightsaber blade from the figure’s right arm, and a vinyl cape. An impressive centerpiece for any display or collection which will go well with the Stormtrooper Life Size Vintage Monument which is also still available for pre-order too!

Darth Vader Life Size Vintage Monument will be shipping in Q1 2015 but can be pre-ordered now for $2,600 by taking the link below.  Happy hunting!

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Gentle Giant/3DSystems: Ezra & Chopper Maquette from Star Wars Rebels
Reported by James on 19 Apr 2014 09:46

Ezra and Chopper Maquette – From the highly anticipated new series, Star Wars Rebels, Gentle Giant Ltd. is proud to introduce you to Ezra and Chopper! Ezra is an intergalactic con-artist on the cusp of discovering his skills with the Force. Chopper is an astromech droid cobbled together from spare parts, with an attitude to match.

Together, they’ll leave their mark on the galaxy and will be available in your collection from Q1 2015.  You can pre-order this great looking maquette for $120 now by taking the link below.  Happy hunting!

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Gentle Giant/3DSystems: Surprise Reveal on April 21st
Reported by James on 19 Apr 2014 09:42

Head over to ActionFigureInsider.com on April 21st for a surprise reveal from Gentle Giant/3DSystems - we're guessing it's from The Empire Strikes Back and it's Kenner related - a new Big Fig or perhaps a Creature?  Only a couple of days till we find out!  Happy hunting!

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New Designs from Mark Daniels at Sublevel Studios
Reported by James on 19 Apr 2014 09:34

Our good friend Mark Daniels at Sublevel Studios has two new items to share with us...

First up is a brand new t-shirt available exclusively from the folks at WeLoveFine.com and features the most notorious bounty hunter in the Galaxy - Boba Fett.  This Kenner inspired t-shirt is a must have for all old school collectors, I'm ordering mine now!

Next is another awesome print available now at Dark Ink. Run to the Suns is a silk screen measuring 12" x 24" costing $50, each print has Mark Daniels' authorized signature and it's limited to just 250 prints.  There will also be a 100 piece variant available exclusively at Disneyland's D-Street Gallery in the Downtown Disney District very soon.  Happy hunting!

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Latest Toy Palace Newsletter - Week 12, 2014
Reported by James on 19 Apr 2014 09:04
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Here's the latest update from Site Sponsor Toy Palace with details of the latest Star Wars products that came in or were added for pre-order within the last week...

       

 

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   18 April 2014
ForceCast #299: Meet Your New Favorite Twi'lek
Reported by Mark on 18 Apr 2014 23:05

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

Episode VII may be filming in Abu Dhabi, Celebration Anaheim stage hosts are revealed, and Benedict Cumberbatch crushes some dreams with a Star Wars announcement. Then, ahead of her appearance at WonderCon this weekend, Vanessa Marshall, the voice of Hera on Star Wars Rebels, joins us to talk about her Star Wars fandom and her new role as the captain of the Ghost.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Episode VII: Rumour Alert: Is Jeremy Bulloch Involved In Episode VII?
Reported by Mark on 18 Apr 2014 22:44

So, is the galaxy's baddest bounty hunter taking part in the next Star Wars movie? During a panel entitled, The Two Boba Fetts: Spotlight on Daniel Logan and Jeremy Bulloch moderator Bryan Young of Full of Sith asked a leading question.

Bryan Young: So neither of you have gotten a call for Episode VII yet?

Jeremy Bulloch: Not yet, but I oops (slaps hand to mouth)

Daniel Logan: He's like ‘I only got a fax’.

Jeremy Bulloch: … I'm not allowed to say. I'm sorry.

We'll take a look down the throat of the Sarlacc and see what we can find out!

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 18 Apr 2014 22:07
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Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders, arrivals, a Spring Cleaning Sale and lots of new Star Wars goodies...

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Jason Wingreen Interview
Reported by Matt on 18 Apr 2014 21:31

Take 3 minutes and watch this fascinating interview, conducted during a private autograph signing with actor Jason Wingreen where he discusses his involvement with Yoda, his work as the original voice of Boba Fett and meeting George Lucas.

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TeeFury - Coldest in the Galaxy T-shirt Available Today
Reported by James on 18 Apr 2014 21:29

You've got just over seven hours left to get today's shirt from TeeFury which features a design by BeastPop called Coldest in the Galaxy and comes complete with sticker too.

TeeFury were founded in 2008 and work with independent artists to create Limited Edition, $11 shirts that are available for 24 hours only through their site. They print to order, but fans can vote to have their favourite designs brought back. Those with the most votes are re-printed and made available in the TeeFury Gallery here for for $18.

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What A Trooper: Fundraiser Turns Heads Dressed In 25lb Stormtrooper Costume For Run
Reported by Beth on 18 Apr 2014 20:10

What else is there to say but what a trooper!

A FUNDRAISER dressed as a Stormtrooper turned heads in Christchurch during a recent run. Justin Arnold, a long-distance runner, originally from Bournemouth, who is training to take part in a series of gruelling events across the UK, donned his costume for a trial run on Sunday.

Justin is raising money for children’s charity Kidscape, the first organisation in the UK to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse.

He will be tackling a growing list of long distance runs, including half and full marathon distances whilst dressed in authentic 25lb Stormtrooper armour.

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RebelForce Radio: April 18, 2014
Reported by Mark on 18 Apr 2014 19:02

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

This week on RFR, Jimmy & Jason begin the countdown to Celebration Anaheim including a BIG announcement in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider, Steve Sansweet joins us with an update on all the cool things happening at Rancho Obi-Wan, and Geek Out Loud’s Steve Glosson sits in on the news, including Episode VII updates, The George Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, and Star Wars connections in Captain America Winter Soldier. Plus, Star Wars In Pop Culture, The Billy Dee Quote of the Week and much more!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Classically Inspired Artwork By Randy Martinez
Reported by Mark on 18 Apr 2014 14:17

'Classically Inspired'? It sure is! If you have a listen to the latest episode of RADIO 1138 you'll hear me chat with two Marvel Star Wars legends, Dez Skinn of Marvel UK and Mary Jo Duffy of Marvel US. With the classic comics firmly in mind, this stunning piece - why hasn't anyone thought of doing this before? - couldn't be better timed.

By the multi-talented Randy Martinez, here a new painting in tribute to Star Wars Marvel Comics Issue 1.

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Star Wars Collectors Cast #2
Reported by Mark on 18 Apr 2014 12:28

Join James Burns and Dan Curto for Star Wars Collectors Cast.

Star Wars Collectors Cast looks back at the questions we asked Hasbro after their presentation during last month’s New York Toy Fair, with guest Paul Harrison from JediTempleArchives.com. As usual there’s a roundup of the latest news and rumors and our regular visit to Steve Sansweet at Rancho Obi-Wan (the home to the world’s largest Star Wars collection) – all not to be missed!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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UPDATED: Disney Publishing 4 New Star Wars Books
Reported by BrianC on 18 Apr 2014 12:11
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Check the video above for information on four new young readers Star Wars books that are described as "bridging... in anticipation of Episode VII."

The first book focuses on Luke Skywalker while the rest are adaptations of A New Hope The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Could that hint that Luke will be the centre-point for Episode VII if he is the focus of these books. Only time will tell.

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) announced today the upcoming global release of four new books based on the original Star Wars film trilogy. The classic Saga will come to life like never before through adaptations by bestselling children's authors Tom Angleberger, Tony DiTerlizzi, Adam Gidwitz, and R.J. Palacio. Each of these celebrated authors will bring their contemporary, unique voice to the galaxy far, far away, bridging the multi-arc storyline in anticipation of the release of Star Wars Episode VII in December 2015.

UPDATED: Read on for the full Press Release...

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Harrison Ford In The Premiere Episode Of Years of Living Dangerously
Reported by Mark on 18 Apr 2014 11:30

It's a well known fact that Harrison Ford has long been battling against the effects of climate change and is an advocate of making the world a more secure and safe environment for the long term. Here he is in the premiere episode of Showtimes Years of Living Dangerously.

It's the biggest story of our time. Hollywood's brightest stars and today's most respected journalists explore the issues of climate change and bring you intimate accounts of triumph and tragedy. YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY takes you directly to the heart of the matter in this awe-inspiring and cinematic documentary series event from Executive Producers James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Ashley Eckstein on Chicago Radio
Reported by Mark on 18 Apr 2014 00:42

If you have access listen in to Ashley Eckstein as she chats with Wendy Snyder and Bill Leff on WGN Radio with Bill & Wendy.

Check out Ashley Eckstein on WGN Radio with Bill & Wendy FRIDAY at 9:35am CENTRAL! Click below tomorrow to listen live!

http://wgnradio.com/listen/

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