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   02 September 2014
RUMOR: Episode VII Filming NOT Returning To Skellig Michael Island In November
Reported by Justin on 02 Sep 2014 21:49

According to an article posted on The Movie Bit, additional filming for Episode VII will not be returning to Skellig Michael island in November, as was rumored earlier in a story from Latino Review last week.

Contrary to the rumours that we wrote at about yesterday, Star Wars Episode VII will NOT return to Skellig Michael, off the Kerry coast, in November. The Irish Film Board have confirmed that there is no filming scheduled for Skellig Michael in the coming months.

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NY Comic Con 2014: William Shatner Attending
Reported by Justin on 02 Sep 2014 19:21

Appearing: Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Location: NYCC Autographing Area, NYCC Photo Op Area

William Shatner has cultivated a career spanning over 50 years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, and horseman. He is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable figures and a major philanthropist.

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LEGO Star Wars Slave I (#75060) Images Revealed
Reported by James on 02 Sep 2014 18:54
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At last, images of the eagerly anticipated Ultimate Collectors Series (UCS) LEGO Star Wars Slave I have been revealed on YouTube by just2good.

The images show the 1,996 piece Slave I in all it's glory along with the four or five included minifigures, depending if you count the Carbonite block or not.  The minifigures included are a new Boba Fett (with arm print), Han Solo, a new Bespin Guard, Stormtrooper and the aforementioned Han Solo in Carbonite.

We don't know when this will be available yet or price but we expect some clarification very soon.

Read on for more images...

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Star Wars Rebels Resistance Kit On Disney XD Website
Reported by Justin on 02 Sep 2014 14:08

The official Disney XD Star Wars Rebels website has been recently updated to include a new section called Rebel Resistance Kit which has an assortment of items for fans to print out & utilize/collect such as bookmarks, character "Wanted" posters, and more.

Check it out for yourself right here!

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All 3 LEGO Star Wars Rebels Video Ads
Reported by Justin on 02 Sep 2014 13:37

Big thanks to my friend Johnamarie Macias for sending over the link to this awesome video.

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The Metro: Star Wars Episode 7: What role could Miltos Yerolemou play?
Reported by Mark on 02 Sep 2014 13:35

My latest article drops over at The Metro as I look at the possible roles Game of Thrones actor Miltos Yerolemou could play in Episode VII.

In the same manner that Andy Serkis is bringing his Imaginarium Studios team to the production to motion capture characters, perhaps he is providing motion capture material; for sword fights? Who knows, he might be the virtual stunt double for Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, who rumours claim starts the film as a captured Jedi who barely anyone has seen for almost 30 years.

At this stage of the production it’s likely that his role will be relatively minor, but taking into account his handiness with a sword it’s not beyond the bounds of reason that his involvement could extend beyond the end of principal photography and into the post production stage.

Source The Metro
Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 26
Reported by Mark on 02 Sep 2014 12:25
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at a daring rescue, a tank droid, a CIS general, a green dancer, a padawan turned bounty hunter, the home of the nightsisters, binoculars and STAPS. Hold onto your Ronto's, we're riding to Anchorhead for supplies...

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Skywalking Through Neverland 45: Michael Kogge - Rise Of The Rebels
Reported by Mark on 02 Sep 2014 11:38

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

Let’s get into some STAR WARS REBELS book discussion as we interview friend of the show and author, MICHAEL KOGGE. He wrote Star Wars Rebels: Rise Of The Rebels and is currently writing several more books related to the new Disney XD TV series.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Welcome to the family!

Source RebelForce Radio
Rusty Goffe In Doctor Who This Saturday
Reported by Matt on 02 Sep 2014 11:31

Yet another Star Wars alum joins Doctor Who as Rusty Goffe, who played a jawa and Kabe in A New Hope and an oompaloompa in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, joins the show for this Saturdays Robin Hood episode on BBC 1.

Jedi News Book Review: A New Dawn
Reported by Mark on 02 Sep 2014 04:00
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For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed—and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire.

Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives.

But even as the Emperor tightens his iron grip, others have begun to question his means and motives. And still others, whose lives were destroyed by Palpatine’s machinations, lay scattered about the galaxy like unexploded bombs, waiting to go off...

You couldn't pick a more apt title for the launch of this new and exciting era in Star Wars literature, or a more welcome author than John Jackson Miller. After the crowd- pleasing Legends entry that was Kenobi back in August of 2013 he returns to the galaxy far, far away with a first entry in not only the era of the story group (which will fold in books, comics, televison, movies and video games) but a time period that's been largely left alone, the fallow period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

Beware, mild spoilers ahead.

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John Jackson Miller: A New Dawn Interview
Reported by BrianC on 02 Sep 2014 02:00
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We've spoken to our latest guest on three previous occasions, back in 2006 and 2012 and now he's back once again with the first novel in the new 'canon' era, A New Dawn. Please welcome back to Jedi News John Jackson Miller.

JN: Dark Horse Comics has arguably changed the landscape of licensed comics by delivering sustained duration, quality and diversity - something the industry had began to struggle with in licensed properties. Many say that they have redefined and reshaped that part of the comic world. As a comic historian through your site www.comichron.com, how do you think Dark Horse Comics tenure as Star Wars licensee will be defined and remembered?

JJM: It's up there with some of the really important long-duration licensed comics relationships in history, for sure. It's as long as Marvel's relationship with the Conan properties from the 1970s to the 1990s — yet I'm pretty sure the output in terms of number of pages produced for Star Wars was greater. For duration and number of releases, you might have to go back to Western Publishing and its Disney and Warner Brothers comics, which published under Dell and Gold Key from the 1930s to the 1980s to find something longer-running.

And yet what Dark Horse was able to do was a difference of more than scale. By working closely with Lucasfilm and its other licensees, it was able to participate in some unprecedented projects, like Shadows of the Empire, really adding to our notion of what comics inspired by a film series could do. So I think, yeah, it will be remembered as very important for a long time. They certainly helped me.

Jedi News Book Review: A New Dawn
Reported by MarcZ on 02 Sep 2014 00:00
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For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed—and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire.

Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives.

But even as the Emperor tightens his iron grip, others have begun to question his means and motives. And still others, whose lives were destroyed by Palpatine’s machinations, lay scattered about the galaxy like unexploded bombs, waiting to go off...

Author John Jackson Miller, who is coming off his award winning novel Kenobi, which is about one of the most beloved Star Wars characters, was assigned the task of A New Dawn. This story is set about eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, and six years before the new animated show Star Wars Rebels. Besides some short videos released, this is the first true introduction to Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla. While taking place in a time period that we have little to no information about, Miller does a great job of giving us a view of life in the galaxy without Jedi. With ties to events from the prequels and being able to bring in classic images like TIE fighters and stormtroopers, this is a great bridge between the two trilogies.

Beware, mild spoilers ahead.

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   01 September 2014
UPDATED: Tosche Station Radio: Dragon Con Coverage
Reported by Mark on 01 Sep 2014 19:00

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

The gang are at DragonCon 2014 and here's a list of their numerous podcasts from the con:

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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The Metro: Star Wars Rebels: Why the characters are about to become household names
Reported by Mark on 01 Sep 2014 18:34

My first article of the month arrives over at The Metro as I take a look at the recent Star Wars Rebels 3 minute episodes and discuss just why these characters will be household names in a very short window of time.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that Episode 7 is the only thing happening in the Star Wars galaxy right now.

On the contrary, while J.J. Abrams, the cast and crew, Lucasfilm and Disney focus their efforts on the next cinematic installment, a whole new chapter of the Star Wars story is about to explode onto small screens across the planet – Star Wars Rebels.

Over the past few months, fans have been steadily drip-fed information about the show, feeding the inevitable hunger that fans have for the stories of the Star Wars galaxy and building anticipation ahead of its launch in the States on October 3 on the Disney Channel with the regular series starting October 13 on Disney XD.

Source The Metro
REPORT: Miltos Yerolemou To Join Episode VII Cast
Reported by Justin on 01 Sep 2014 17:13

According to an article posted on the BBC, actor and Game of Thrones swordsman Miltos Yerolemou has joined the cast of Episode VII.

Actor Miltos Yerolemou, best known for his role in the first series of fantasy drama Game of Thrones, has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

He played expert and athletic swordsman Syrio Forel in Thrones and has taken on several other parts which involve sword fighting during his career.

His extensive experience will inevitably lead to speculation that he may use a lightsabre in the film.

However, his character in Star Wars is not thought to be a major one.

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar 75056 On Toys R Us Website
Reported by Justin on 01 Sep 2014 13:12

The LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar 75056 is now available to order from the Toys R Us website. Priced at $39.99, only the "Ship-To-Home" option is currently selectable as of the time of this post.

And if I'm not mistaken, weren't the previous LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendars priced at $49.99 when they debuted?

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UPDATED: Is This The Inquisitor's Castle/Fortress In Star Wars Rebels?
Reported by Justin on 01 Sep 2014 12:34

The image above was taken from the new Disney Empire promo video that was posted a few minutes ago. In the background you can clearly see what appears to be some sort of elaborate castle or lair.

Could this be our first look at the Inquisitor's fortress? Click the image for a larger view and I cannot WAIT to find out more about this structure.

UPDATE: Or maybe not.

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New Star Wars Rebels Clips Featuring Hera, Sabine, And The Empire
Reported by Justin on 01 Sep 2014 12:22

In addition to the fourth Star Wars Rebels short posted right beneath this story, we get two new promo vidoes courtesy of the Disney website.

Check out this minute-long video that puts the spotlight on Hera and Sabine, and then point your browser here for a 30-second clip featuring the Empire.

Is it October yet?

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Full 3-Minute Star Wars Rebels Short "Not What You Think" Featuring Ezra
Reported by Justin on 01 Sep 2014 11:56

The fourth and final Star Wars Rebels short, set to air on Disney XD later tonight, is now available for your viewing pleasure via the official Star Wars YouTube Channel. Initially thought to be titled "Property of Ezra Bridger", the correct title of this short featuring Ezra is "Not What You Think".

 

In “Not What You Think,” a special Star Wars Rebels short, Ezra finds a downed TIE fighter on the plains of Lothal. The young rebel opens the ship’s hatch -- pretending to help the ungrateful Imperial pilot -- and leaves with a few souvenirs.

In you happened to miss any of the previous three Rebels shorts, be sure to check them out at the respective links below.

"The Machine in the Ghost"

"Art Attack"

"Entanglement"

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   31 August 2014
The Metro: Why Star Wars matters so much to its fans
Reported by Mark on 31 Aug 2014 22:12

My latest article lands over at The Metro, looking at just a few reasons why we love Star Wars so much.

Anyone who was mesmerised by the adventures of Luke Skywalker back in late 1977 when it reached the UK will remember that for a good chunk of 1978 Star Wars was all kids could think to talk about.

Sure, here in the UK we had the ever-enduring Doctor Who and Blakes-7 flying the flag for sci-fi, Superman flying high on the big screen and in the comics world the launch of 2000AD, still a staple of the British comics scene.

But nothing before (or I’d venture to say since) captivated the imaginations like Star Wars.

Visually it was years ahead of its time, bolstered by top notch performances, mature direction and THAT iconic soundtrack.

Source The Metro
Star Wars Rebels Hero Series X-Wing Spotted In UK
Reported by Mark on 31 Aug 2014 16:48
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Our pal darthmackum drops us a line to tell us that the is now appearing in Toys 'R' Us stores in the north of England.

Hi there Just came back from Argos Sunderland Hylton Park and bought the new Star Wars Rebels X-wing Fighter as advertised in the new catalogue. Only one in stock but a further one showing stock in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

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Toys R Us "Secrets Of Star Wars Rebels" B-wing Video
Reported by Justin on 31 Aug 2014 13:20

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6" Black Series Reviews From The Wolfpack
Reported by Mark on 31 Aug 2014 12:17

Check out these three Black Series figure reviews courtesy of our pals at The Wolfpack. The Black Series 6 Inch Chewbacca, the The Black Series 6 Inch Darth Vader and the Walgreen exclusive Black Series 6 Inch Prototype Armor Boba Fett.

Star Wars Episode VII: Rumour Alert: Was Harrison Ford At Skellig Island?
Reported by Mark on 31 Aug 2014 11:52

Now here's an interesting piece of information hidden within an otherwise throwaway article. The National Enquirer are saying that Harrison Ford was present on the Skellig Island shoot, which previously was only thought to include Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill.

Under the attention grabbing headline “The Force” just ain’t with “Star Wars” icon HARRISON FORD!, the Enquirer wrote the following:

The 72-year-old star limped around Beverly Hills on crutches after busting a leg in an on-set accident; and now that he’s back at work on the “Episode VII” sequel, Han Solo’s getting totally crapped on – by stink-bombing seagulls!

During filming on the remote island of Skellig Michael, off the Irish coast, huge flocks of the sea birds – which were in the midst of their breeding season – suddenly started poop-bombing the set.

Said My Jedi Spy: “Experts told us the birds were upset by noise and vibrations created by the film crew. They’d swoop in, scare the hell out of everybody and snatch food left around. One day, we heard Harrison cursing that the birds had stolen his breakfast. But it got worse – the gulls would fly down in large flocks and drop poo-poo on him and others!

"We deflected these crap attacks by making noise, and finally frightened the birds off – hopefully to a planet far, far way!”

Bear in mind, this is the Enquirer, the newspaper that makes The Sun look like Time Magazine, but if their information is correct this could be the poop scoop of the day.

Source The National Enquirer (via Norm)
Star Wars Rebels: New Hasbro Lightsabers Shipping In The UK
Reported by Matt on 31 Aug 2014 11:38

Case mix is 2 each with repackaged sabers of movie Darth Vader and Yoda plus the brand new Kanan from the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series.

£30.00 each in striking new Star Wars Rebels branded packaging and hitting stores now.

   30 August 2014
Star Wars Rebels: Servants of the Empire 1: Edge of the Galaxy and The Rebellion Begins
Reported by Mark on 30 Aug 2014 21:32

Thanks to the good folks at Jedi Bibliothek here's a summary of Jason Fry's first Star Wars Rebels book, Servants of the Empire 1: Edge of the Galaxy.

Zare Leonis seems destined to become the flagship hero of the Empire. His sister Dhara has been included in the estimated Imperial Academy at Lothal and Zare is sure that he will follow her within a year there. But a year can bring a lot of unwelcome changes. He not only begins to uncover the destructive plans of the Empire for Lothal and the livelihood of its inhabitants, but his discomfort manifests itself also in his private life, as Dhara mysteriously disappears. Zare is forced to question everything, and again think about what it means to be a good servant of the Empire.

The first book in an original series, the readers insight into another part of the world of Star Wars Rebels will be.

And also a summary of The Rebellion Begins by Michael Kogge:

Ezra Bridger comes alone just fine. Ezra grew up in the shadow of the Galactic Empire and has always stolen, what he could to survive - and to the empire a wipe. But as one of Ezra's raids goes horribly wrong, he finds himself in the company of a team of rebels again. The rebels, who are led by swashbuckling loner Kanan Jarrus and fearless pilots Hera Syndulla, are on a mission to liberate enslaved Wookiees from an Imperial prison. Now Ezra must decide whether he will return to his simple life at Lothal, or wish to join the rebels in their fight for freedom.

Both books arrive 21st October 2014.

Source Jedi Bibliothek
Gentle Giant 2014 Labor Day Sale
Reported by Justin on 30 Aug 2014 21:17

The Labor's Day Sale includes a selection of discounted items. Purchase any in stock Marvel item from August 29th through September 2nd and receive a FREE large M.O.D.O.K. Me T-Shirt.

You can now add as many in-stock items to a single order. Pre-Orders will be removed if placed on the same order.

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Video Of Unedited Cantina Scene From Episode IV
Reported by Justin on 30 Aug 2014 21:03

Thanks to Glen Ewing on Twitter for sending over the link.

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WATCH Disney XD Sneak Peek At Star Wars Rebels
Reported by Justin on 30 Aug 2014 20:41

The special sneak peek at Star Wars Rebels, which was made available earlier this week to current subscribers via the WATCH Disney XD app and website, is now available for your viewing pleasure right here courtesy of my good friend Johnamarie Macias.

Big thanks to Johnamarie for sharing this awesome video.

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The WolfPack Podcast #86: Nothing New Yet
Reported by Mark on 30 Aug 2014 20:40

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

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Corey, Marco, Nabil, Logan, and Curto talk about the latest Star Wars News! Including, Rebels Dates, episode titles, products, and more! We also disuses the The Clone Wars Season 6 On Blu Ray, and a new reveal from Logan's Custom Cardback Facebook page! So strap in, drink your blue milk, and get ready for the jump to hyperspace in this brand new episode!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Star Wars Rebels: First Episode Names Revealed
Reported by Mark on 30 Aug 2014 19:09

Via Rebels Report, here's a list of the first few Star Wars Rebels episodes, including the 4 short episodes.

Great to see Star Wars: The Clone Wars stalwarts Henry Gilroy, Justin Ridge and Steward Lee as well as former ILM-er Steven G. Lee.

Source Rebels Report
Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 25
Reported by Mark on 30 Aug 2014 18:05
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We leap the spacelanes once again as Official Star Wars Fact File takes a look at the fall of the Jedi, enemy droids, a passive Jedi, a pacifist leader, a legendary Imperial, a split world, the keepers of all knowledge and a versatile transport. Grab your things, we're leaving right away...

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   29 August 2014
Ian Doescher's Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 23:12

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Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 46
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 22:21

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

It’s another new episode of "Now, This Is Podcasting!" with your hosts Jason Ward, Johnamarie Macias, Jeremy Conrad, and guest commentator Andrew Riehle! This week’s episode breaks down all the most titlating Star Wars news, including: more Episode VII casting rumors, conflicting rumors about who may or may not die in Episode VII, new filming locations plus photos from Pinewood Studios, flashbacks and Rebels/Episode VII, Emperor Palpatine, and the Imperial civil war theory. Plus: official premiere dates for Star Wars Rebels, the latest novel about Quinlan Voss and Asajj Ventress, and Jason and Johnamarie discuss Sabine’s Madalorian armor with guest Tracy Gardner.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Team Jedi News: On The Ball At DragonCon
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 21:57

Dragon Con is underway and our intrepid team are on the ground and ready to report. Check out the gang, from left to right Aaron Goins, Riley Blanton, Teresa Delgado and Bethany Blanton. Riley and Bethany are of course from the excellent Star Wars Report.

It's set to be another amazing con, with plenty of great news, so stay tuned as always.

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RUMOR: More On Episode VII Skelling Michael Island Via 'Latino Review'
Reported by Justin on 29 Aug 2014 19:00

In their latest batch of potential Episode VII rumors, Latino Review offers up what they've heard Skelling Michael island could be used as the location for in the film. Their article also claims that additional Episode VII filming on Skelling Michael is scheduled to take place sometime in November.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

Source Latino Review
Star in Wars: Episode 3 - Luke's Choice
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 17:55

Here's the next episode of Star in Wars as Luke is faced with a choice...

Hi, I made 5 episodes of Star Wars parodies in my garage with some friends. Set was made from cardboard and PVC pipes. It was originally created for my son's birthday party. The medical ship is made out of a plastic bottle. I hope you like it.

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ForceCast #318: Reactor Shaft Mysteries
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 17:47

t's time to join your hosts Eric, Erik and Justin for the ForceCast.

This week's show focuses on a recent report that a famous face will be back to menace the galaxy in Episode VII. Eric debuts a brand-new mini-series with a friend of the show to break down that report and its implications. We also discuss Dave Filoni's comments about Star Wars Rebels, whether stormtroopers are elite professionals or comically inept blaster fodder, Marvel's Star Wars reprints, and more.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: How The 501st and Rebel Legions Became Part of Star Tours
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 16:41

It's time to join Amy Ratcliffe over at StarWars.com for her latest entry.

When it came time to gather material that would be used in the queue, Disney put a request in with the 501st Legion’s Southern California Garrison and asked members to appear at a silhouette photo shoot. Though they didn’t know it at the time, the footage would be included in the silhouettes scene featured in the queue of Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. The panel features the silhouettes of stormtroopers, Imperial officers, and citizens as they walk through the spaceport. It gives you the impression that it’s a hustling and bustling joint.

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T-Shirts: Dark Side othe Force
Reported by Matt on 29 Aug 2014 15:06

$10.00 and this fearsome tee from Teeconomist featuring the one and only Lord Vader can be yours, but only for the next 13 hours, so hurry.

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'Big Shiny Robot' Interview With Star Wars Rebels Simon Kinberg
Reported by Justin on 29 Aug 2014 14:29

Bryan Young over at Big Shiny Robot has posted an in-depth interview he recently conducted with Star Wars Rebels executive producer Simon Kinberg. You know how we feel here at Jedi News about any & all interviews in which we get insight from the masterminds responsible for creating Rebels, so make sure you check it out!

For those who don't know, Simon Kinberg has his hands in every Star Wars pie there is right now. He wrote the fantastic "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and has been working on "Star Wars" for more than a year now. He also wrote the premiere episode and a number of others for "Star Wars: Rebels." I had the chance to talk to him about the show.

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T-Shirts: Tosche Station
Reported by Matt on 29 Aug 2014 14:21

It's Friday so it's time to go down to Tosche Station to grab those power converters, and if you do then what better tee to wear than this one, via Shirt Punch and yours for only $10.00.

Stop whining and get buying!

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Preview Of Star Wars Rebels "Property Of Ezra Bridger" Short
Reported by Justin on 29 Aug 2014 14:15

This is an exclusive preview of the fourth and final prequel short to 'Star Wars: Rebels.' The complete 3 minute short will premiere on September 1st, 2014 on Disney XD.

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Star Wars Episode VII: Regarding The Recent Stormtrooper Helmet Photos
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 13:50

The team at Making Star Wars present some evidence that - they claim - validates one of the recent stormtrooper helmets as being real.

When you take the original photo we released and put it into an iOS device, the location services activate, showing the photographs were in fact taken at Pinewood Studios. Can that be faked? I don’t know. I suppose anything can be faked. Also worth noting is that the artwork that was recently leaked does not have location services enabled and do not yield the same results (which doesn’t mean the pieces are fake, just that I checked so don’t bother). This might help sway the skeptics just a tad, or maybe not at all. I had the idea to put it on my iPad and then look at my photos from various locations and it worked, revealing the photo was in fact taken at the location sources claimed it was.

Interesting stuff and a clever catch if it turns out to be true.

Source Making Star Wars
Ashley Eckstein and Her Universe ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by Matt on 29 Aug 2014 13:45

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'The WolfPack Podcast' Review Of Hasbro Star Wars Rebels The Phantom And AT-DP
Reported by Justin on 29 Aug 2014 13:24

In the YouTube video below, our friends from The WolfPack Podcast provide their review of the new Hasbro Phantom Attack Shuttle from the upcoming Star Wars Rebels TV series.

They also uploaded a video reviewing the Rebels AT-DP as well, so be sure to check both of 'em out in the links provided.

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The Metro: Will this trilogy follow a similar pattern to the other two?
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 13:23

My latest blog over at The Metro takes a look at the similarities between the original and prequel trilogies and asks if the sequel trilogy will follow the same familiar patterns.

We’re just 470 or so days away from the arrival of the next Star Wars film, and fans worldwide are speculating, hypothesising, making assumptions and building up a wish list as the production goes back in front of the camera and the process of building and filming the worlds of the new trilogy continues.

But in previous episodes of the saga, George Lucas used familiar and tested motifs to construct his trilogies, and in many ways the original trilogy of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi mirror the prequel trilogy of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

You could even argue that his Indiana Jones trilogy does much the same.

But without the hands-on involvement of Lucas, can we expect the sequel trilogy to follow the same pattern?

Source The Metro
Jared the SUBWAY Guy Joins Forces With Stormtroopers
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 12:55

Here's a great way to eat fresh - make pals with a stormtrooper and get yourself down to Subway,where Jared will greet you with their new Star Wars Rebels promotion.

Jared “the SUBWAY Guy” Fogle, joins forces with Star Wars Stormtroopers at a SUBWAY® Restaurant to celebrate the chain’s birthday and the launch of the upcoming promotion with the Disney XD series, “Star Wars Rebels” on Thursday August 28, 2014 in New York, N.Y. SUBWAY® Restaurants is now the “Official Training Restaurant of Athletes and Rebels Everywhere”.

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RebelForce Radio: August 29, 2014
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 12:45

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

We’re back in the palatial RFR studios to review all the latest Star Wars news, rumors, and more. From Star Wars Rebels to Episode VII, we cover it all. Is there an unaltered release of The Original Trilogy on the horizon? Why was the Phineas & Ferb Star Wars special released and Star Wars Detours postponed? Why do the Lightsabers in Rebels look the way they do? Listen this week to find out! Plus, Simon Kinberg, Star Wars Commander, and a rapid-fire Episode VII Spoiler segment that will blow you away. Get all this and a vintage Billy Dee Quote of the Week on RebelForce Radio.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Find Disney XD Channel In Your Area
Reported by Justin on 29 Aug 2014 12:29

Not sure if your current TV service provider carries Disney XD and are worried you might miss out on all the exciting Star Wars Rebels action that is on the horizon? Have no fear, as you can simply click the image below to quickly find out if Disney XD is available through your cable or satellite provider.

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Writers, Directors, & Episode Titles For Star Wars Rebels Shorts, Movie, & Episodes 104-106
Reported by Justin on 29 Aug 2014 12:15

Our friends over at Rebels Report provide us with the following Star Wars Rebels information that was taken from Issue #152 of Star Wars Insider. Take the source link below to find out the episode titles, writers, and directors for each of the four Rebels shorts, the one-hour Spark of Rebellion movie premiere set to debut on October 3 on the Disney Channel, and Episodes 104-106 of the weekly Disney XD series.

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   28 August 2014
Team Jedi News At Dragon Con
Reported by Mark on 28 Aug 2014 22:17

It's Dragon Con this coming weekend and two members of Team Jedi News are covering the event and taking part in two of panels on the Star Wars track. You can find Teresa Delgado and our newest Team Jedi News member Aaron Goins hosting these two panels:

  • A New Trope: Discussions with Star Wars Authors (Marriott-A706)
  • EU Legends: Authors Edition (Marriott-A706)

We'll also have reports from the event via our great pals Riley and Bethany Blanton from Star Wars Report, so stay tuned.

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Sainsbury 'Back To School' Range Now Half Price
Reported by Matt on 28 Aug 2014 21:30

Just a heads up to parents of cool girls and boys who love Star Wars, you can now grab their back to school goodies at half price at Sainsbury ahead of their imminent return to the classroom.

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Star Wars Episode VII Resumes Shooting After Harrison Ford Injury
Reported by Mark on 28 Aug 2014 20:56

Great news hits the interwebs as filming resumes on Episode VII. To quote a great golden ewok god, "Here we go again."

Star Wars: Episode VII has officially resumed shooting at Pinewood Studios outside of London after taking a brief hiatus due to the on-set accident that broke Harrison Ford’s leg on June 12. Since his character is a major part of the Episode VII story, this caused massive upheaval for the film schedule, which had to be reshuffled in the midst of production while the 72-year-old star recuperated.

As part of that reorganization, photography was placed on hold for two weeks this month, but the entire cast and crew returned to the U.K. this week and the film is officially going, well … full Force, according to sources close to the project.

Source EW (via Club Jade)
Official Site: Studying Skywalkers: Shared Motifs in Shakespeare and Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 28 Aug 2014 20:31

Our great pal Dan Zehr brings us his latest insights over at StarWars.com as he looks at the parallels between Shakespeare and the GFFA...

This summer featured the release of Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return, the finale of Doescher’s masterful re-working of the Star Wars saga into Shakespearean language. Once again, Doescher merges the storytelling brilliance of George Lucas and William Shakespeare to add another dimension to this saga that has become sacrosanct to so many. This series has brought many fans of Shakespeare to Star Wars and vice-versa, which is a testament to the framework that both of these storytellers exhibit through their respective crafts. Shakespeare used many motifs that are present in the saga, and these criteria all resonate to enhance our enjoyment of Star Wars.

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Coffee with Kenobi: Faith and the Force: A Guest Blog from Fr. James Worthington
Reported by Mark on 28 Aug 2014 20:22

The latest blog arrives over at Coffee With Kenobi, this time guest written by James Worthington.

Welcome to all who are running into my writing for the first time. We are always told to find something we love and then find someone to let you do it. Well, so far in my life that has worked out, and I am very grateful to our galactic baristas. I am a priest of the Orthodox Church, and nothing can make me happier. When I was ordained to the priesthood, I brought with me a beautiful young family and lots of other interests and hobbies. Among these interests was a love for the Star Wars universe. Well, it’s really only a galaxy. I have a clear memory of my aunt taking me to see Return of the Jedi in Yeadon, PA – I was only 5 when it came out, and in my mind’s eye I can still remember the Star Destroyer entering from the top of the screen and the rumble in that theater. My aunt likes to remind me and how I wouldn’t stop talking about the movie when it was all over.

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The StarWars.com 10: Best Fights
Reported by Justin on 28 Aug 2014 20:08

Welcome to The StarWars.com 10, a feature where StarWars.com's editorial staff huddles to discuss -- in committee -- various topics relating to a galaxy far, far away.

In this installment, we're looking at the galaxy's best scraps and tussles - usually involving lightsabers, blasters, and the occasional flame thrower. For this list, we're focused on fights from the Star Wars films only, ranking them on inventiveness, choreography, and emotional impact.

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Lord of the Rings Is The New Star Wars
Reported by AdamDB on 28 Aug 2014 20:00
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I love Star Wars. I talk about Star Wars all the time. It’s my most favorite of favorite things in the world.

But it’s not my only favorite thing.

Another film series that’s in my top five is Peter Jackson’s adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s novels “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.” Lately, though, I’ve been feeling pity for Peter Jackson, because I feel as though history is starting to repeat itself.

Star Wars Rebels Program Part Of San Francisco Film Society 2014 Fall Season
Reported by Justin on 28 Aug 2014 18:56

The 2014 Fall Season schedule for the San Francisco Film Society was revealed earlier this month and included in the programming list is a special Lucasfilm Star Wars Rebels presentation to be held on October 23 at the Letterman Digital Arts Center.

SFFS Education: The Art & Science of Lucasfilm, October 23, Premier Theater, Letterman Digital Arts Center

Kicking off the seventh season of this collaborative educational series, this program will highlight the work of the Lucasfilm Animation division and their new animated series Star Wars Rebels, with a behind-the-scenes interactive multimedia presentation for Bay Area middle and high school students presented by executive producer Dave Filoni.

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'TheStreet' On Episode VII December 18 Release Date
Reported by Justin on 28 Aug 2014 14:13

When Lucasfilm announced the December 18, 2015 release date for Episode VII back on November 7, more than a few eyebrows were raised at the decision to go with a winter release timeframe as opposed to the traditional late spring timeframe. TheStreet offers up their take on the December 18 release from a financial perspective and what might have been the driving influence behind a winter date being selected.

A May release, for instance, would better serve the company and its shareholders. A spring debut would allow Disney to show the film in movie theaters during the summer and then release the home video in the fall, putting it in position to take advantage of lucrative holiday spending for DVD versions and loads of ancillary products.

Though Disney certainly wants to make the film as good as it can be, and therefore didn't feel comfortable with a spring release date, Iger and his movie-exec minions should consider releasing this next Star Wars in November, preferably around Thanksgiving, just before the holiday buying season. December will miss a lot of that profitable window.

So why has Iger opted for a winter release date? The answer is movie theater owners. As a group, theater owners remain a major stumbling block for media company executives. It's no secret that entertainment companies would like to sell consumers a digital download of films sooner rather than later, better to generate as much cash flow from a cinematic project when the hype is the hottest.

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Star Wars Toys From 'Thinkway Toys' Coming In Fall 2015
Reported by Justin on 28 Aug 2014 13:42

The team over at Rebelscum have received word about a new series of Star Wars products scheduled to be released by Thinkway Toys in the Fall of 2015. If you scroll down to the bottom of the Thinkway Toys homepage after clicking the image above, you will see placeholder icons for product lines labelled Classic Saga, Star Wars Rebels, and Episode VII.

Hopefully details on these new toys will be officially released in the very near future. Or better yet, we get to see some of them up close & personal at Toy Fair NY in February. 

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   27 August 2014
Simpsons ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Wampa wampa
Reported by Matt on 27 Aug 2014 21:32

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New Star Wars Rebels "Timeline" Promo Video
Reported by Justin on 27 Aug 2014 20:14

A new 30-second Star Wars Rebels promo video entitled "Timeline" has been uploaded to the official Disney website.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 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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Blade Runner Sequel Written, Harrison Ford To Feature
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 19:23

While he doesn't say if Ford is the star of the film or a supporting character, it's clear that Ridley Scott and Harrison Ford have well and truly buried any hatchets from the past and are looking forward. Great news for sci-fi fans and let's hope that this great sci-fi classic from 1982 is treated better than Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was recently.

It’s written and it’s damn good. Of course it involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years—despite the accident. So yes, that will happen.”

Source Entertainment Weekly (via Ain't It Cool)
Marvel Star Wars Legends Epic Collection Announced
Reported by Team Jedi News on 27 Aug 2014 19:05

Marvel Entertainment announced today the release of an oversized dose of a galaxy far, far, away — Star Wars comics are coming to Marvel’s prestigious Epic Collection format — Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1 TPB.

Let the dark times begin! Marvel welcomes Star Wars to the Epic Collection program, with this first volume of a series focusing on the years that follow Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith! After the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic has fallen and Palpatine exerts his ruthless grip on his new Galactic Empire. Now, the few Jedi that remain must decide whether to hold true to their faith, or abandon it completely in the face of a brutal purge — one carried out by the new Dark Lord of the Sith. Rise, Darth Vader!

“We’re thrilled to be bringing our innovative Epic Collections to a galaxy far, far away,” says Marvel SVP sales & marketing David Gabriel. “We’ll be bouncing around to different periods of Star Wars history with each Epic Collection, constructing one huge tapestry, collecting full unbroken runs of all the greatest Star Wars comics from the past 35 years.”

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1 TPBwill offer a new way for fans to collect and read iconic Star Wars stories across the past 35 years of published titles. These oversized, self-contained color collections will bring the adventures of the Rebellion, the Galactic Empire and more to the masses with exciting new Epic Collections.

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Dave Filoni Teases Us With Star Wars Rebels Hasbro Figures
Reported by Justin on 27 Aug 2014 18:50

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Lucasfilm ALS Ice Bucket Challenge; Dave Filoni Nominated
Reported by Justin on 27 Aug 2014 18:48

Lucasfilm's Howard Roffman, Lynne Hale, and Mike Vollman accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and call out, among others, Dave Filoni, executive producer of Star Wars Rebels.

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Full of Sith Episode LXXIX: Jeffrey Brown
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 18:15

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

Jeffrey Brown, author and illustrator of Vader and Son, Vader’s Little Princess, and Goodnight, Darth Vader, joins Amy, Mike, and Bryan to talk about his books and evolving understanding of Star Wars. Then, the hosts discuss the latest rumors about Star Wars: Episode VII…

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

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T-Shirts: Are You My Mummy?
Reported by Matt on 27 Aug 2014 17:11

Here's one Zebra Tees t-shirt guaranteed to get you noticed at a convention, premier or anywhere else you where it. One can only imagine the aftermath of this...unusual question.

$9.00 in mens, womens and youths sizes. Buy it, it's a gas....

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Official Site: Stormtroopers Of Great Renown
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 17:08

Albin Johnson over at StarWars.com offers us a look at some notable stormtroopers from the past 37 years in his latest article.

In my last blog, I talked about what a deep well of story possibilities the stormtrooper was. Some of them stand out in my memory as some of the most intriguing, and not all of them would come to mind if you had to guess. Over the years, some of the Empire’s faithful have been featured in books, comics, and animated films where they get a lot more time for development than a feature film can offer. Here are a few of the ones that stick out in my mind for one reason or another, but all of whom have contributed to my own personal passion for troopers.

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Star Wars Rebels Jakks Pacific Kanan Jarrus 20 inch Action Figure Review
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 14:13

The guys over at the Wolfpack podcast review the latest release from JAKKS Pacific, the Kanan Jarrus 20" figure.

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Star Wars Rebels Jakks Pacific Ezra Bridger 20 Inch Action Figure Review
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 13:19

The gang over at the Wolfpack podcast review the latest release from JAKKS Pacific, the Ezra Bridger 20" figure.

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T-Shirts: Red Five
Reported by Matt on 27 Aug 2014 13:05

Zebra Tees bring us this iconic tee, featuring the hero of the Rebellion Luke Skywalker as Red 5.

$9.00 in mens, womens and youths sizes - to not buy this would be like missing a HUGE thermal exhaust port from 10 paces.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Season 6 Blu-ray On Amazon.de
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 12:51

Bear in mind, this is only a preliminary cover but the order page for Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 6 blu-ray has just landed over at Amazon.de.

Note the release date of 20th November, and the studio releasing it - Walt Disney.

Rated: Suitable for 12 years

Studio: Walt Disney

Release date: 20th November 2014

Source Amazon.de (via Timo)
Star Wars Rebels: LEGO Ads Running On Disney XD
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 12:40

More evidence that the world is quickly gearing up for the arrival of Star Wars Rebels via Jedi News reader Rich Pepperell.

Hi, thought I'd let you know that while my son was watching Disney XD this morning a trailer for Star Wars Rebels popped up which is apparently sponsored by Lego. The trailer featured a Lego Ezra being escorted by three Lego Stormies and a Lego Inquisitor - the first time I have seen this minifigure. Cheers. Rich

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George Lucas To Be Inducted In Society Of Motion Picture And Television Engineers
Reported by Justin on 27 Aug 2014 12:20

We learn via The Hollywood Reporter that the Maker himself, Mr. George Lucas, will be adding another entry to his most impressive list of filmmaking achievements at the end of October.

George Lucas is best known as the filmmaker behind Star Wars, but he's also recognized for adopting new technologies for motion picture production and exhibition.

For the latter achievements, he will receive honorary membership in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the highest accolade handed out by the global engineers society and standards-setting body, during its Oct. 24 Honors and Awards ceremony.

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The Official Star Wars Fact File To Include Star Wars Rebels
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 12:20

Great news arrives via our pal Iain Lowson and Continuo Creative regarding future issues of The Official Star Wars Fact File.

Thanks to the efforts of the wonderful Samantha Holland, the marvellous Leland Chee, and all at LFL, those of us putting together the Star Wars Fact Files are properly excited to announce that we're getting to cover 'Star Wars: Rebels'. We'll be fully integrating the new material across every thread in the magazine; so that's Battles & Events, Characters, Locations, Droids, Vehicles, and Weapons & Technology. The only challenge is going to be that the wait until the October launch of the series is now doubly difficult. 'Star Wars - Rebels' is phenomenal, and all of us at the Star Wars Fact File are honoured and delighted to be able to add it to the magazine.

What better reason is there to subscribe to The Official Star Wars Fact File than that? Get over there and start collecting, and check out our reviews of the partworks here.

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Jedi News Comic Review: Star Wars Legacy #18
Reported by Skuldren on 27 Aug 2014 00:00
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By systematically seeking out and killing fellow Sith, Darth Wredd became the enemy of all Sith. Eventually the Sith located Wredd on the desolate floating planet where he was holding Imperial Knight Jao Assam captive.

Ania Solo, Sauk, and AG-37 arrived with a contingent of stormtroopers to rescue their friend Jao, and found themselves in the middle of a war. Hopelessly outnumbered by Sith warriors, they fought as best they could, not knowing that word of their situation had been sent to the Empire.

Empress Fel arrived, bringing scores of Imperial Knights to the fight, hoping to wipe the Sith from the galaxy, and bring Darth Wredd to justice...

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