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   26 July 2014
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Screening With Robert Watts
Reported by Mark on 26 Jul 2014 20:32

Having attended the only UK screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark back on 7th August 2010 at the Fordingbridge Film and TV Festival, where I paired producer Robert Watts with show runner Dave Tree, I can't even think of missing the opportunity to see Watts and art director Alan J. Cassie discuss and reminisce about Temple of Doom.

Genesis Cinema and Soundstage Events present this special event to mark thirty years since the release of the second Indiana Jones film. Following a screening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, there'll be an exclusive interview with its producer, Robert Watts, and its art director, Alan J Cassie.

Robert Watts was also the associate producer of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. He also worked closely with George Lucas as a producer on the original Star Wars trilogy. Robert was also the producer of the groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

As well as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Alan J Cassie was the art director on Dragonslayer; Patriot Games, also starring Harrison Ford; The Saint; The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Muppet Treasure Island.

Sunday September 14th 3pm / £20

Source Genesis Cinema (via Indiana Jones Adventure Post)
Now This Is Podcasting! The Hand of Luke Skywalker
Reported by Mark on 26 Jul 2014 19:30

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

This installment of Now, This Is Podcasting! is a doozy! Inside, you’ll find over 2 hours of Star Wars discussion and analysis with your hosts Jason Ward, Randy LoGudice, Johnamarie Macias and Jeremy Conrad! In this episode, we discuss Badass Digest's details about the opening of Star Wars: Episode VII, including the rumor of Luke Skywalker's hand! During the recording of this podcast, StarWars.com released an all new Star Wars Rebels extended trailer and the NTIP team discusses every exciting moment. Plus: last week in Star Wars news!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Making Star Wars
SDCC 2014: Remembering Aaron Allston
Reported by Mark on 26 Jul 2014 18:24

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RADIO 1138: New Landing Page At Shotglass Digital
Reported by Mark on 26 Jul 2014 17:54

RADIO 1138 gets its own landing page over at Shotglass Digital, allowing you the chance to go back through our ever-growing back catalogue of episodes as myself and James travel the UK, Europe, the US and beyond for all the latest Star Wars news.

Bookmark RADIO 1138 and we'll continue to do our best to bring you the latest from here in the UK, including content from tomorrows Farthest From 6 which you'll be able to hear on our 13th episode of RADIO 1138 early next week.

Source Shotglass Digital
SDCC 2014: Hasbro Official Image Gallery
Reported by James on 26 Jul 2014 16:35

Here's the Official Images from yesterday's Hasbro Star Wars Panel at San Diego Comic-Con, have a look through and let us know what you think on our Facebook page or on Twitter.  Happy hunting!

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SDCC 2014: Roundup Of Hasbro Post-Panel Image Galleries
Reported by Justin on 26 Jul 2014 13:06

As is their customary course of action, the Hasbro team updated their display booth at SDCC with new product revealed during their Star Wars panel that took place on Friday afternoon. Take each respective link below to check out all the awesome new images that have been added since the last round of Hasbro galleries.

Yodasnews

Jedi Temple Archives - Pictures

Jedi Temple Archives - Video

Rebelscum

Rebelscum - Closer Look

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

SDCC 2014: Complete Audio From Star Wars: A New Dawn Panel
Reported by Mark on 26 Jul 2014 10:27

It arrives in just a few short weeks time and we couldn't be more excited, especially with all the cool Star Wars Rebels reveals that have been landing the past few days. Here's the entire audio of the Star Wars: A New Dawn panel, recorded by @TheApexFan AKA Justin Bolger of The Force.Net.

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The WolfPack Podcast #79: SDCC 2014 Recap Part 1
Reported by Mark on 26 Jul 2014 09:55

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

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Curto, Corey, Logan, Chris, and guests Jayson from YakFace.com and The Realm Recap Podcast, James Burns from Jedi News and StarWars.Com, and Steve from Flyguy.net, A Boring Conversation Anyways Podcast, and The Realm Recap Podcast! We discuss all the latest SDCC 2014 Star Wars News, Rebels Products, and The Clone Wars announcements! 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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Kenobi Wins Scribe Award
Reported by Mark on 26 Jul 2014 09:32

Great news as John Jackson Millers LEGENDary novel Kenobi wins a major Scribe Award.

Many congratulations, hugely well deserved.

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RUMOR: Episode VII Filming On Skellig Michael Island In Ireland To Start Next Week
Reported by Justin on 26 Jul 2014 02:54

Following up on our earlier report about Episode VII filming scheduled to take place on Skellig Michael island in Ireland, we now get additional details on the potential shoot via another article on Irish Examiner:

The Office of Public Works has confirmed that it will allow extra sailings for tourists to Skellig Michael after the famous island plays host to a Star Wars film shoot next week.

The Unesco World Heritage site has been earmarked for three days of shooting next week, beginning on Monday, for the eagerly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, which is due in cinemas in December 2015.

It is understood that at least 12 private boat operators have had their services booked up for the days of the shoot as they ferry cast, crew, and equipment over to Skellig in the morning and back again in the evening.

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Source Irish Examiner
   25 July 2014
Film Commentary with Sam Witwer: Attack of the Clones
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 23:45

Join Jason Swank, Jimmy Mac and Sam Witwer for the latest Film Commentary.

Sam Witwer is back to join Jimmy & Jason in the RFR screening room as our film commentary series continues with Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Listen in watch the second prequel film with tons of observation, analysis, and a few laughs along the way. If you are looking for a prequel-bashing hate fest, go somewhere else. Sam always brings incredible insight whenever we get together to watch a Star Wars flick and our discussions always have elements of discovery, enlightenment, and on occasion, shock! But all in all, a great time. Watch along with us or just listen to this as a stand-alone show. You know the film so well yet you will feel like you are watching it through a different lens when you join us for our commentary track for Attack of the Clones!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

Source RebelForce Radio
Official Site: Making the Galaxy Smaller: Inside Kenner's Micro Collection, Part Two
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 23:40

Tim Veekhoven brings his expert Star Wars knowledge to StarWars.com as he takes a second look at the much-loved Micro Collection.

The Micro Collection was a smaller diecast series of toys released in the Summer of 1982 by Kenner. Despite their huge success with the 3” ¾ line, Kenner still wanted to expand their horizons with Star Wars. The Micro Collection line consisted of several playsets that came multiple diecast figures about 1” ¼ tall. Although the line was heavily promoted and Kenner truly believed in its potential, the line proved to be a failure and didn’t sell as well as expected.

In the first part of this blog series, I discussed the worlds of the Death Star and Hoth. Now we’ll have a look at the Bespin world, ships/vehicles, and some of the many Micro Collection prototypes that would have been released if the line had been more successful.

Source Official Site
Full of Sith Episode LXXIV: Chris Taylor
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 23:30

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

Bryan, Mike, and Bobby interview Mashable’s Chris Taylor about his new book, “How Star Wars Conquered the Universe.” They discuss Chris’s first exposure to Star Wars, the research for his book, and then they delve into the latest Episode VII rumors together…

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

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SDCC 2014: Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos Novel by Christie Golden
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 23:20

Hot news from San Diego Comic Con, the story of Asajj Ventress and Star Wars: The Clone Wars is far from over as unaired scripts from the show form the basis of Christie Golden's latest foray into the Star Wars galaxy.

Exciting news from our panel Dave Filoni, executive producer and supervising director of Star Wars Rebels has announced Del Rey’s upcoming Star Wars novel. Starring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos based on unaired Star Wars: The Clone Wars scripts, the book is being written by Christie Golden and is scheduled for publication in the summer of 2015.

And Bonus! Check out the exclusive art by Aaron Mcbride featuring Ventress’s new look. — with Bradley Burtchell and Gabriell Angell.

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Star Wars Magazine #2 Featuring Chris 'Star Wars Kidscast' Hamilton
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 23:16

Check out this great email I received from our pal Chris Hamilton over at the superb Star Wars Kidscast.

Hi all, Sorry for the group email but I just wanted to share the exciting news that my first piece in an official Star Wars publication is out now! Star Wars Magazine (the kids' one) issue #2 is on newsstands in N. America now with my piece about Traveling on Tatooine. It was printed in the UK edition months ago but (due to some reasons that are not all that interesting) I hadn't seen it in print until last night. There are more articles to come but this one was printed first.

Anyway, you're getting this email because you either helped me in some way over the last year with my podcast or blog with spreading the word, encouragement and/or inspiration. That lead to getting the confidence to submit pieces to StarWars.com & Star Wars Magazine and now both have been published!

Thank you friends in the Force! You guys are all awesome.

SDCC 2014: Her Universe Fashion Show
Reported by Teresa on 25 Jul 2014 23:12

Her Universe run by the talented Ashley Eckstein has grown exponentially over the last couple of years. The year of 2013 was big for the company as it began the Fangirl Of The Day campaign and had such an amazing response that it has continued into 2014 and is going strong. The company has also expanded and this year they have added 2 new licenses Marvel and Transformers with another one on the way.

Ashley has impressed us all with where she has taken Fangirl Fashion and today more than ever you see girls flaunting their geek passions and in amazing ways, they even wear it to work! The fashion show at San Diego comic con is icing on the cake to show just how amazing the world of geek fashion is and why Fangirls are more than meets the eye! To see some amazing coverage of the fashion show head on over to Fangirl Blog as Tricia Barr put together a stellar account of the fashion show. There were many different fandoms represented from Star Wars to Marvel to The Hunger Games. Congratulations to all the amazing designers and their stunning creations and congratulations to Ashley on being an amazing role model and one of my personal heroes. Thank you for all you do for us Fangirls.

Source Fangirl Blog
Star Wars Influences #8
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 23:01

Join Jimmy Mac and Paul Bateman as they present Star Wars Influences.

This week, we saw the reveal of the Star Wars Episode VII X-Wing in a Force for Change video featuring J.J. Abrams, an X-Wing Pilot, and a Mouse Droid. We discuss our thoughts on this old-yet-new design and explore the Ralph McQuarrie./Joe Johnston influence on it’s look. Also, we discover some artistic inspirations for the Wookiee, AT-AT, Bespin, Hoth, and R1-G4.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

Source RebelForce Radio
Star Wars The Old Republic: 5 Reasons Why You Should Play SWTOR
Reported by Beth on 25 Jul 2014 22:56
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1. Firstly, it's free to play. So there's no excuse not to try it.

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SDCC 2014: Fantasy Flight Games
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 22:46

The good folks over at Yak Face bring us this gallery looking at the new and forthcoming releases from the wizards over at Fantasy Flight Games.

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ThinkGeek Update 25/7/14
Reported by ZakPT on 25 Jul 2014 22:45

Over the past two weeks ThinkGeek have released some very awesome items. First, aren’t floors boring? There just there, looking bland and pointless. But now your floor can look super cool with the new Death Star Rug. It’s a highly detailed picture with a couple of TIE fighters flying around just to help make it that much more realistic. Next up the brilliant POP! brand has revealed series 5 of their Star Wars bobble-head collection. Perfect as a gift for the back to work week! But work is still a good few weeks away so get the barbie going and flip those burgers, they’re looking a little on the dark side (see what I did there).

And what better way to get flipping with a Lightsaber hilt BBQ fork. The R2-D9 car charger is also up for grabs. Use your Geek Points or head over to the TG stand at SDCC and pick one up before they go. Finally, you can never have enough t-shirts in this sweaty weather so check out the new Death Star Tech Support t-shirt, perfect for all those budding IT geeks.

Source ThinkGeek
ForceCast #313: The First Transport Is Away
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 22:41

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

J.J. Abrams reveals the first new starship of the sequel trilogy, Star Wars Rebels reveals the voice behind its "big bad," and we've got Episode VII rumors aplenty. Justin is out at San Diego Comic-Con, but Eric, Erik, and guest co-host Christian Blauvelt discuss the possible premise of the first sequel film, John Boyega's role, a gender-swapped character, a new rumored cast member, and much more. Tune in and sit back, because another news-packed ForceCast is coming right up!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Mapping Climate Change on Tatooine Over 110 Galactic Years
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 22:36

Think it's hot here in the UK? Well that's just peanuts compared to Tatooine. Check out this temperature chart showing the increase in heat across a 110 year period and try not to hog the air con...

Just because Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine is fictional doesn’t mean it’s immune to the effects of climate change. This map shows how, in the past 110 Galactic Standard Years, Tatooine has turned from a sprawling, desert wasteland into an even hotter sprawling, desert wasteland. It comes from Tatooine’s first Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change, written by 23 droids (not really) and a human named David Ng, a molecular biologist from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Source Wired (via Glen Ewing)
Harrison Ford in Expendables 3
Reported by Mark on 25 Jul 2014 22:16

Check out this image - Warholised, if there's such a word - of Harrison Ford from next months Expendables 3. He joins an amazing cast of action stars (which doesn't include Bruce '4 million for 4 days work' Willis) and it will go some way to satiating your appetite as the days trickle down towards Episode VII

And for those of you who heard about the film leaking early onto torrent sites, don't seek it out. This film will need to be seen on as large a screen as possible!

Source Aint It Cool
SDCC 2014: Recap Of Star Wars Collectibles Panel
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 21:44

Wanna find out all the details from the Star Wars Collectibles panel that just went down at SDCC? Then point your browser towards the official site where Lucasfilm's Dan Brooks has been putting in the wrench work to liveblog all the reveals from the panel.

Kudos to Dan for yet another job done extremely well.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

Source Star Wars
LEGO Star Wars Rebels Ghost & Phantom Sets On Amazon For Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 21:27

For those fans out there who simply cannot wait for the two LEGO Star Wars Rebels sets slated for release this year to arrive on retail store shelves, they are now available for pre-order on Amazon via the links below.

Each set has an August 1 release date listed. 

The Phantom - $24.99

The Ghost - $89.99

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SDCC 2014: Hasbro Star Wars Panel LIVE
Reported by Dan on 25 Jul 2014 20:23

The Hasbro Star Wars panel is now LIVE over at our friends at Jedi Temple Archives! Follow the action as it unfolds. Stay tuned after the show for commentary on what was revealed today.  

In addition, our friends at Galactic Hunter are updating their Facebook page with photos from the event.

Not only that, but there's LIVE audio streaming over at Channel 1138.

And of course we have the liveblog (complete with the new product images) courtesy of Lucasfilm's Dan Brooks over on the official site.

Benedict Cumberbatch Confirms Simon Pegg's Episode VII Casting?
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 18:26

In an article posted on MTV, Benedict Cumberbatch may very well have added some credence to the Simon Pegg Episode VII casting rumor with the following comment:

“J.J. and I are friends, so yeah, possibly,” Cumberbatch said when asked if he and Abrams discussed a part in the “Star Wars” franchise. “But I think J.J. is very good at creating something original out of something known, and I think apart from his continuing use of Simon Pegg — and who can blame him, frankly — it made sense not to do it.”

Let’s rewind: Cumberbatch specifically says “apart from his continuing use of Simon Pegg.” Did he just confirm the rumors that Pegg has a role in the new “Star Wars” movie? Is he simply referring to Pegg’s consistent appearances in Abrams’ “Mission: Impossible” and “Star Trek” franchises, or is there something more?

Is this a non-official confirmation by Cumberbatch of Pegg's Episode VII involvement or are we making more out it than we should as suggested by Josh Horowitz? You decide!

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Source MTV
Episode VII Rumors From Latino Review - July 25, 2014
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 17:48

The latest round of potential Episode VII rumors have been posted up on Latino Review, which expands a little further on the earlier Badass Digest plot rumors.

Hit up the source link below and remember to take whatever you read with grains of salt accordingly.

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Source Latino Review
SDCC 2014: Gentle Giant & 3DSystems Booth Video Via Yodasnews
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 16:28

Yodasnews get the first video look at the Gentle Giant and 3DSystems Booth at San Diego Comic Con - SDCC 2014. Filmed with with full permission of Gentle Giant LTD and 3DSystems.

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SDCC 2014: Ahsoka Pictured In San Diego Newspaper
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 15:45

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SDCC 2014: Exclusive Star Wars Rebels "Kanan vs. The Inquisitor" Video Clip
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 15:27

After it's initial debut via EW, the Star Wars Rebels SDCC video clip of the Inquisitor clashing lightsabers with Kanan has now been posted on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel.

 

In this San Diego Comic-Con 2014 exclusive Star Wars Rebels clip, Kanan squares off against the Empire's powerful Inquisitor, who seeks to destroy the Jedi and Ezra.

Scheduled to premiere in October 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, Star Wars Rebels will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

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SDCC 2014: Exclusive Star Wars Rebels "We're Even" TIE Fighter Video Clip
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 15:07

In this San Diego Comic-Con 2014 exclusive Star Wars Rebels clip, Ezra is on the run from the Empire until a friend appears to rescue him...with a rather surprising getaway vehicle.

Scheduled to premiere in October 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, Star Wars Rebels will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

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Source YouTube
SDCC 2014: Amy Ratcliffe On Star Wars Rebels Special Screening
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 13:23

Fans at SDCC last night were treated to an exclusive special screening of the hour-long debut episode of Star Wars Rebels. While remaining spoiler free, Amy Ratcliffe provides her overall thoughts on what was shown via an article posted on IGN.

Disney and Lucasfilm have put the spotlight on Star Wars Rebels in various ways at Comic-Con. The upcoming animated series is the focus of the Lucasfilm Pavilion in the exhibit hall, there was a panel earlier today, and they even screened the first hour long episode tonight. While we’ll be back with a full review with the series premieres on Disney XD in October, we have some quick impressions and thoughts to share.

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Source IGN
Karen Gillan: Episode VII Wig A "Miscommunication"
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 12:39

Actress Karen Gillan clears the air on the "miscommunication" pertaining to the earlier rumor of her hair being donated to create a wig for an Episode VII character via the short BBC interview posted below.

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SDCC 2014: Pics Of LEGO Star Wars 15th Anniversary Minifigure Case
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 12:25

From Bricks To Bothans has posted a comprehensive image gallery of the special LEGO Star Wars 15th Anniversary Minifigure Case that is on display for fans at SDCC. Here's hoping desperately this case is brought to NY Comic Con for fans to experience in October...

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SDCC 2014: Images From eFX Collectibles & JAKKS Pacific Via Rebelscum
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 12:10

Our friends at Rebelscum continue to provide fans with excellent images from SDCC as they have uploaded their galleries from the eFX Collectibles and JAKKS Pacific booths. Click each link for the respective photo galleries.

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SDCC 2014: Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor Lightsaber Battle Video
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 11:53

It’s The Inquisitor in action! Here’s the first clip from Star Wars Rebels that gives us a long look at the galaxy’s new big bad (voiced by Jason Isaacs). Not just any look, either — the Jedi hunter is having a lightsaber fight with rebels Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Ezra (Taylor Gray) in this exclusive scene. The footage from Disney XD’s hotly anticipated new animated series just debuted at Rebels Comic-Con event Thursday.

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Source EW
SDCC 2014: Recap Of "Heroes of Star Wars Rebels" Panel; New Trailer Released
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 03:11

Lucasfilm's Dan Brooks has once again worked his magic and provided fans with a liveblog from the "Heroes of Star Wars Rebels" panel that just concluded at SDCC. Click the image above to check out all that was revealed during the panel.

In addition, a new HoloNet News website was announced.

And to top it all off, check out the brand new trailer that was shown!

 

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Source Star Wars
SDCC 2014: Pics From HitFix Star Wars Rebels Party
Reported by Justin on 25 Jul 2014 01:34

HitFix provides us with a brief recap and a few photos from their SDCC Star Wars Rebels party that took place on Wednesday night.

HitFix brought Comic-Con 2014 to life Wednesday night with our fifth annual Kick Off party. This year, we teamed up with Lucasfilm to celebrate the new Disney XD series "Star Wars Rebels."

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Source HitFix
   24 July 2014
SDCC 2014: Packaging For LEGO Star Wars Rebels Mini Ghost
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 22:03

The images tweeted below were courtesy of the SDCC photo gallery that has been posted on Toyark.

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SDCC 2014: Live IGN Star Wars Rebels Interview Today At 3:30pm PDST
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 21:14

Source IGN (via Twitter)
Star Wars Episode VII: Mark Hamill Talks At Guardians of the Galaxy Premier
Reported by Mark on 24 Jul 2014 20:37

BBC reporter Lizo Mzimba dropped us a line to point us towards this interview he's just conducted with the one and only Mark Hamill.

Mark Hamill, who has returned to the role of Luke Skywalker after more than 30 years, has said it feels like an "unexpected gift" to be back on a Star Wars set.

He said he was there to lend his support and grow a "contractually-obligated beard".

He praised the new generation of actors, including Daisy Ridley, taking part in Star Wars: Episode VII, in his first TV interview about the new film.

The actor was speaking to Lizo Mzimba in London.

Many thanks to Lizo for sending us the link.

Source BBC (via Lizo Mzimba)
How Hasbro Created its 6-inch Jabba the Hutt Action Figure
Reported by Matt on 24 Jul 2014 20:22

Have a read of this fascinating look at how Hasbro research and design their figures, specifically the Star Wars Deluxe Black Series 6" SDCC Jabba and Salacious Crumb.

No matter which character they’re making a figure of, the team always starts by gathering reference. Usually, that means amassing as many photos of the character and its accessories as possible to ensure film-level accuracy. “Many of the classic archival items are based on image turns rather than 3D scans or renderings [of puppets] since the costumes are delicate and, in most cases, require a person to be in them to capture the images,” Smith says. “Instead we refer back to the many on-set photos, film screen shots, and Lucasfilm-approved reproduction art. In some cases, there are so many images and pieces of reference out there that you start to notice subtle differences in features, accessories, etc. Here we work closely with Lucasfilm to ensure we are replicating the approved, on-canon elements.”

Source Mental Floss (via Jedi temple Archives)
Star Wars Episode VII: Is This How Luke Appears In Episode VII
Reported by Mark on 24 Jul 2014 20:13

As if I wasn't excited beyond words for the film already, now this image arrives via the deep ocean that is Twitter of Mark Hamill at the UK premier of Guardians of the Galaxy.

The grey in the beard, the slightly crazy hair. It's clear Ben was more of a fashion leader than we previously thought. And they said Padme had style...

Source Twitter
SDCC 2014: JediDefender Photos Reveal 2015 Hallmark Star Wars Keepsake Ornaments
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 20:03

JediDefender has uploaded their images from SDCC and included in their gallery is a series of pics from the Hallmark booth which show us the Star Wars Keepsake ornaments fans will be adding to their collections in 2015, including a few ornaments from the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated TV series!

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SDCC 2014: Katee Sackhoff & Grace Park Star Wars Tribute Video
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 19:54

It's been more than a decade since Park, 40, and Sackhoff, 34, starred in Syfy's Peabody-winning Battlestar Galactica. Since then, Park has gone on to CBS' Hawaii Five-0, while Sackhoff is on A&E's Longmire, but if you get them together, it's like time hasn't passed at all.

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Cantina Cast Episode 59: Star Wars On Tap; The Pilot
Reported by Mark on 24 Jul 2014 19:36

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

Join us at the Cantina! Mike and Joao are accompanied by Chad, the newest addition to the Cantina Cast. Chad has been dubbed “Host” of the Cantina’s official audio blog; Star Wars on Tap. In this episode, the guys discuss the news by using the “Word Game,” filling in the ____. They confer about the spreading rumor on “No SW VII news at SDCC,” The Forest of Dean, and the two week halt on filming during the month of August. SWOT, the Pilot episode; “This is where the fun begins.” Chad takes his place in the pilot seat, no pun intended. Here the guys talk through the ideas of how SWOT originated and where future shows will be available to view/listen. After which, Chad leads the show in deliberating topics surrounding the current state of the SW fandom: influences, personal and canon POV’s, negative bashing amongst the fandom (is this now the norm?), discourse over the Disney merge, and most importantly, how should we, as “Fans” conduct ourselves? Even more so, those of us who hold a voice for the fans, aka Podcasters etc; shouldn’t there be a “Code of Conduct/Ethics?”

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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SDCC 2014: Video Of Hot Wheels Life Size Darth Vader Car
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 19:23

You already saw the photos taken at SDCC by Yodasnews and Rebelscum of the striking Hot Wheels Life Size Darth Vader Car. Now check out the stunning video below posted on the Hot Wheels YouTube Channel that showcases this beast in action.

 

Hot Wheels® and Star Wars™ join forces to create the ultimate ride for the dark side! The Hot Wheels ® Star Wars™ Darth Vader™ life-size car is complete with an LS3 engine, 526 horsepower, custom red line tires and heavy breathing sounds from the Sith Lord himself. Don't miss the Darth Vader™ car when it rolls into San Diego Comic-Con International on Wednesday, July 23rd. At Comic-Con, you can also catch a sneak peek of the amazing Star Wars™ inspired Hot Wheels® character cars and a world of replica die-cast starships and play sets coming later this year, too!

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SDCC 2014: Tiya Sircar & Vanessa Marshall Pose With Their Star Wars Rebels Hasbro Figures
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 18:52

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New Episode VII Pinewood Studios Set Image
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 18:44

Point your browser towards Star Wars 7 News for a new image they received that was taken from the set of Episode VII at the North Lot of Pinewood Studios.

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Source Star Wars 7 News
UPDATED: SDCC 2014: Pics Of Hot Wheels Life Size Darth Vader Car
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 18:11

UPDATE: Rebelscum has posted their pics of the Vader car as well.

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Head on over to our buddies at Yodasnews for a few images of the Hot Wheels Life Size Darth Vader Car that is on jaw-droppingly display for fans to drool over at SDCC.

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Source Yodasnews
SDCC 2014: Tiya Sircar & Vanessa Marshall Pose At Lucasfilm Pavilion
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 17:34

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SDCC 2014: Vanessa Marshall Poses With Star Wars Rebels Hera
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 17:29

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SDCC 2014: Funko Luke Hoth & Wampa POP! Set Available Via Barnes & Noble
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 14:36

The SDCC exclusive Funko Luke Skywalker Hoth & Wampa POP! set is now available to order on the Barnes & Noble website for $29.95.

Limited Edition Summer Convention Exclusives Hoth Luke and Wampa Pop! set is a super-stylized bobble-head pairing. 3.75” Hoth Luke is packaged with the 6” tall Wampa in a window display box. Wampa features a removable arm.

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Source Barnes & Noble
SDCC 2014: Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor & Ezra Peavey Guitars
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 13:41

Our friends at Rebels Report have posted two awesome images of the new Inquisitor and Ezra guitar designs from manufacturer Peavey. We had seen other Star Wars Peavey guitars at their Toy Fair NY booth earlier this year. Click the image above or the source link below for the two images.

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SDCC 2014: Sideshow Collectibles & JAKKS Pacific Booth Images
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 11:59

More amazing SDCC image galleries come our way as Rebelscum provides us with a look at the impressive Sideshow Collectibles booth and Yodasnews dives into the new JAKKS Pacific 20" Star Wars line.

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RUMOR: Episode VII Filming To Take Place On Skellig Michael Island In Ireland
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 11:43

While the attention has been focused squarely on the new Star Wars products that have been revealed so far at SDCC, we haven't forgotten about Episode VII news, as we continue to scour the interwebs for any and all information pertaining to the upcoming film. This latest story comes via Irish Examiner that states filming for Episode VII will be heading to Skellig Michael island located in Ireland.

Part of the new Star Wars movie will be filmed on the Skelligs in Co Kerry.

Filming on the much-anticipated Star Wars 7 began earlier this year at locations in Abu Dhabi and London.

The local Kerry's Eye newspaper reports today that the World Heritage island off the Kerry coast will become one of the major film location sites after the Office of Public Works gave filmakers the go-ahead to shoot on Skellig Michael.

This isn't the first time we've heard Ireland being mentioned as a possible destination for Episode VII, as it came up in a story back in May of 2013 and again in June of 2013.

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 24 Jul 2014 09:15
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Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders and arrivals...

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Star Wars: Force For Change: One Day To Go
Reported by Mark on 24 Jul 2014 05:38

You can help millions of kids around the world by supporting Omaze and their Force For Change campaign, which has just one day left to go before it ends.

And an incentive - if you need one - is the chance to win an advance screening for you and 20 others of Episode VII before it's release on 18th December 2015. What better motivation do you need than that? But hurry, the clocks ticking.

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SDCC 2014: Pretty Sick Star Wars Rebels Booth I'll Say
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 03:16

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SDCC 2014: Hasbro Booth Photos From Yakface
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 03:00

Our fellow The Force United teammates at Yakface have uploaded their images from the Hasbro booth at SDCC. One can never get tired of seeing photos of new Hasbro products on display so check 'em out at the link below.

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SDCC 2014: Star Wars Rebels Sabine & Hera Hasbro Figures
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 02:34

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New Disney XD Star Wars Rebels Website Character Page
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 02:32

The official Disney XD Star Wars Rebels website has been updated with a new dedicated Characters page, which includes short bios of all the main cast members that have been revealed to date.

Check it out via the source link below!

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SDCC 2014: Official Hasbro Press Release
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 01:34

Our friends over at Jedi Temple Archives have posted a copy of Hasbro's official SDCC press release. The Star Wars portion has been included below, so be sure to take the source link for the full read.

STAR WARS

With Lucasfilm and Disney's new animated series, STAR WARS REBELS, premiering this fall, STAR WARS fans will be eager to stop by Hasbro's booth at Comic-Con for exclusive giveaways, an autograph signing and interactive panels. On Friday, July 25th at 12:00 p.m., Hasbro will welcome STAR WARS fans to a special panel with members of the Hasbro brand and design teams as they discuss the popular Hasbro STAR WARS line and share a sneak peek of upcoming, never before seen action figures from the highly anticipated STAR WARS REBELS animated series.

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SDCC 2014: Images From Gentle Giant & Kotobukiya Booths
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 00:45

Rebelscum has posted image galleries from the Gentle Giant and Kotobukiya booths at SDCC. Click each link to check out the respective photos.

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SDCC 2014: Some Early Photos From The Floor
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2014 00:11

Head on over to Galactic Hunter to check out a gallery of early pics they have up on their Facebook page from the floor at SDCC including images from the Hasbro booth, Gentle Giant, and more.

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Star Wars Actors Appearances Updates
Reported by Mark on 23 Jul 2014 21:00

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.

  • 21/7/14: Added appearances for Cas Anvar, Stephen Costantino, Nick Joseph, John Ratzenberger John Stocker and George Takei
  • 20/7/14: Added appearance for Tabitha St. Germain
  • 19/7/3/14: Added appearances for Nick Joseph, Simon Pegg and Kari Wahlgren
  • 18/7/14: Added appearances for Phil LaMarr, Ian Liston, James Marsters and John Morton
  • 17/7/14: Added appearance for Dave Prowse
  • 16/7/14: Added appearance for John Morton
  • 15/7/14: Added appearances for Alan Flyng, Nick Joseph, Peter Mayhew and Pam Rose
  • 14/7/14: Added appearance for Alan Flyng and Andy Herd
  • 13/7/14: Added appearances for Paul Blake, Nick Joseph, James Marsters and Peter Roy
  • 12/7/14: Added appearance for Tim Rose
  • 11/714: Added appearances for Chris Bunn, James Marsters and Femi Taylor

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I Sense Something, A Presence I’ve Not Felt Since…
Reported by Mark on 23 Jul 2014 20:23

She's been bringing us her unique insights over at Coffee With Kenobi and now Becca Benjamin graces the pages of the newly redesigned Cantina Cast.

There’s a moment of placidity, a brief connection, or dare I say it, an emotional link joining Vader and Leia. The man behind the mask stares relentlessly at the distressed and trembling Princess, causing her to falter as she takes a step back. Garbed in white, almost reminiscent of someone he once knew, no, not possible. That was somebody else’s life, or quite possibly a dream, no, a reoccurring nightmare; “You are in my very soul, tormenting me…”-Anakin Skywalker.

Or is it déjà vu? Impossible, he’s incapable of feeling; he’s numb. Yet, she reminds of him of someone, although they’ve crossed paths before, still…”I sense something, a presence I’ve not felt since…” -Vader

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 23 Jul 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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Star Wars: Battlefront aiming to launch alongside Episode VII
Reported by Mark on 23 Jul 2014 19:43

December 2015 is just getting better and better as Battlefront 3 seems increasingly likely to be arriving the same time as Episode VII.

Star Wars: Battlefront is aiming to launch alongside Episode VII.

Speaking to investors, EA's Patrick Soderlund said that while the game isn't necessarily linked to the upcoming film, the company would prefer a similar launch window.

"What we're building is more rooted in the traditional Star Wars universe and not so much necessarily linked to the movies being made, and that's just because we wanted to make a game that celebrated the history of Star Wars.

"Obviously there will be things in there that are somewhat tied to the new movie. I wouldn't say that we have a particular tie to the movie. Now, obviously we would prefer to be close to the movie, but I wouldn't say that we're directly tied to it.

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The Story of SWTOR, 2014
Reported by Beth on 23 Jul 2014 19:17

The title above is the beginning of the entry for a post written today by Charles Boyd, lead writer on Star Wars The Old Republic. He is discussing the future of the story within the game.

Currently there are two flashpoints available; Assault on Tython and Korriban Incursion, which begin the three-part storyline 'Forged Alliances'. He said " Part I will introduce you to some key new allies as well as the central mystery of the content yet to come."

And some very exciting news for players... The third part of this storyline leads straight into their next big story expansion! With this news, they released the teaser image below.

I'm really looking forward to the new story content & hope you are too!

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Hot Toys Announces 1/6th & 1/4th Scale Star Wars License
Reported by Team Jedi News on 23 Jul 2014 18:29

We are extremely excited to officially announce today, Hot Toys has acquired the right to manufacture 1/6th scale and 1/4th scale collectible figures from the STAR WARS universe, including the upcoming highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VII that is set to hit theatres in December, 2015. Look forward to the high-end collectibles from the new movie and the original Episode I – VII!

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