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   28 August 2014
'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. 

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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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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   26 August 2014
Star in Wars: Episode 2 - Dawn of Vader
Reported by Mark on 26 Aug 2014 21:36

Check out this new Star Wars mini fan made series by Magic Cape and be warned -- it's weird....

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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RADIO 1138: Episode 14
Reported by Mark on 26 Aug 2014 19:00

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

It’s time to scratch gravel as we haul off on another smugglers run with RADIO 1138. We chat with Insider editor Jonathan Wilkins, discuss passport issues with Laura ‘Skywalker’ Matthews, talk astromechs with UK R2 Builders Brad Oakley and go back in time to our interview with Irvin Kershner as well as discussing the latest news and gossip. All right here on RADIO 1138!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | RFR Landing Page | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Star Wars Coming To Disney Infinity In 2015?
Reported by Justin on 26 Aug 2014 17:49

Our friend Patrick K. from DeathStar.nl sends over the following news pertaining to when we might be seeing Star Wars characters added to the Disney Infinity video game lineup. Over to Patrick...

Hey Justin,

I came across an interesting interview over at Newsarama.com with Disney execs John Vignocchi and John Blackburn. It's a long and interesting read but the most interesting bit is right at the end:

Nrama: Very cool! I like to end things on a tease, so is there something you’re excited about, maybe a little down the road?

Vignocchi: Well I did my tease today. My favorite character is one that has not yet been announced. It’s a female character. A Disney character. And we will not tell retail who it is for a very long time in order to keep it a secret!

Blackburn: I like your other tease better. “We can talk about the future, but that’s far, far away.”

Vignocchi: 2015 is not so far, far away anymore, is it?

Thanks to Patrick as always for the heads up.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

Matt Booker ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by Matt on 26 Aug 2014 15:24

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SWFUK Episode 4: Shawn of the Jedi
Reported by Mark on 26 Aug 2014 14:23

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

Shawn of the Jedi is the fourth edition of the Star Wars Forum UK Podcast. This month sees a lengthy edition with an extra long Events section after the Podcast team all discuss their memories from the recent Farthest From event in Fordingbridge. Whilst at the event a member of the podcast team managed to speak to Palitoy Junky and Jamie Brown A.K.A. Fuzzy Buzzy Toys. The team also speak with Astons Auctions in this editions Market section as well as looking at the recent Aston Auctions Sales. This months interview is with the fascinating Shawn Kemple, whilst this months oddballs looks at the Star Wars Sigma items released back in the 80s. As well as all this we have the other usual sections, Latest Acquisitions, Forum Roundup, Rapid Fire and this months Boom Story.

Contact Information: Website | Forum | Facebook

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Sketch Of Star Wars Rebels Stormtroopers & TIE Pilot
Reported by Justin on 26 Aug 2014 14:07

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The Metro: As Filming Resumes Let's Hope There Are No More Setbacks
Reported by Mark on 26 Aug 2014 13:40

My latest article lands at The Metro as I look at the resumption of filming on Episode VII.

With a couple of months filming left until the live action element is largely in the can, the producers can only hope that they’ve had their share of bad luck on the film.

The original in 1977 suffered a storm which destroyed most of the tatooine sets, while The Empire Strikes Back fell victim to a fire on the soundstages of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, which was filming on adjacent stages and which affected Empire’s shooting schedules.

Return of the Jedi was plagued by dune buggy enthusiasts who had spotted the Yuma, Arizona sail barge set – at the time the largest set ever built – and who took numerous photos.

The Phantom Menace also suffered a storm which wrecked the sets, so Star Wars films are used to setbacks.

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20" Darth Vader and Stormtrooper Twin Pack
Reported by Mark on 26 Aug 2014 13:20

With thanks to Jedi News reader Mark Tackley, here's a look at the 20" Darth Vader and Stormtrooper Twin Pack which has just turned up on Toys 'R' Us.

Bring the ultimate Star Wars villain and his loyal subject to life with the exclusive Star Wars 20" Darth Vader and Stormtrooper Twin Pack! These larger than life high detailed figures measure in at over 45cm tall, and are great for children and collectors alike.

Darth Vader is a powerful Sith Lord who is dedicated to eradicating the Jedi and taking control of the galaxy. The Stormtrooper is an elite soldier of the Galactic Empire army. With these 20” figures, you can recreate your favourite scenes from the epic Star Wars galaxy or create your own adventures!

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 24
Reported by Mark on 26 Aug 2014 13:00
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at a great struggle, a fearsome starship, a cargo droid, a corporate magistrate, the Geonosian ruler, the mother of the chosen one, the ome of the wookiees, the legs of the sith, a gungan ground vehicle and a shape-shifters airspeeder. Let's grab our blasters and raise the rafters...

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T-Shirts: Boba Fett
Reported by Matt on 26 Aug 2014 11:35

He's never looked more deadly in deco and now he can be yours for just $11.00 via Unamee.

But be careful, he's likely to jet off at any time.

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   25 August 2014
Star in Wars: Episode 1 - Leia's Regret
Reported by Mark on 25 Aug 2014 22:16

Check out this new mini fan made series, made for -- pretty much- - peanuts.

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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Disney Talking Chewbacca Arrives
Reported by Mark on 25 Aug 2014 21:49

Look out,it's loose! That's right, the talking Chewbacca figure from Disney has hit stores here in the UK and you'd better be careful, or he might just pull your arms off.

And if you can guess who's finger is covering the top left portion of the photo you win a no-prize...

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Eurobricks: LEGO Star Wars 2015 Set Details
Reported by Matt on 25 Aug 2014 21:23

Check out this partial list of the 2015 LEGO releases, via Eurobricks.

  • Imperial Troop Transport (75078) – Similar to the Imperial Landing Craft (7659) from 2007. There are four Stormtroopers.
  • Shadow Troopers (75079) – Includes a small vehicle. Battle pack includes two Dark Guards which I assume could be the Emperor’s Shadow Guards and two Shadow Troopers.
  • AAT (75080) – Jar Jar Binks makes his return in a LEGO Star Wars set. There will also be another Gungan minifigure. No mentioning if it’s just a generic Gungan or a major character like Boss Nass or Captain Roos Tarpals. The set also has a Battle Droid. Retail price is about £25.
  • T-16 Skyhopper (75081) – Comes with some sort of pilot minifigure, a Tusken Raider, and a womp rat.
  • Geonosis Troopers (75089) – Includes a small AT-RT. Clone Troopers are the same as the Kashyyyk Troopers (75035), but with a sandy brown color.

Source Eurobricks (via The Brick Fan)
Official Site: Meet Milun Simpson: LEGO Star Wars Bedroom Contest Winner
Reported by Mark on 25 Aug 2014 20:33

Our own James Burns brings his latest entry to StarWars.com as he looks at a recent LEGO competition giving kids the chance to have their bedroom LEGO-tised!

After hundreds of entries, the winner was unveiled on May the 4th: Milun Simpson, 5, from Knebworth in Hertfordshire was the winner and he his design took inspiration from the Ewok Village on Endor from his favorite Star Wars film. Milun entered the contest after his grandparents bought him the comic as a gift following a holiday to India.

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Star Wars Bookworms #29: What Makes a Rebel?
Reported by Mark on 25 Aug 2014 20:16

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

Right before we head off to DragonCon we bring you an extra long, extra special episode featuring discussions of Adam Bray’s recent books and a comic review with Mark Newbold (Jedi News UK, Radio 1138).

Contact Information: Website | Twitter Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
Spielberg Pays Tribute To Sir Dickie Attenborough
Reported by Mark on 25 Aug 2014 19:42

Sir Richard Attenborough, one of British cinema's great and iconic father figures has passed away at the grand age of 90 and Steven Spielberg, who of course lost out on the Oscar in '82 for E.T to Attenborough's Gandhi and a decade later cast him as John Hammond in Jurassic Park, paid his own tribute.

Dickie Attenborough was passionate about everything in his life – family, friends, country and career.

‘He made a gift to the world with his emotional epic Gandhi and he was the perfect ringmaster to bring the dinosaurs back to life as John Hammond in Jurassic Park.

‘He was a dear friend and I am standing in an endless line of those who completely adored him.’

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Teresa Delgado does the #icebucketchallenge
Reported by Teresa on 25 Aug 2014 19:03

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Josh Feldman Named Head Of Hasbro Film Development
Reported by Justin on 25 Aug 2014 18:45

Please see the following Hasbro update as posted over on The Hollywood Reporter:

Hasbro Studios, the screen entertainment arm of toy company Hasbro, has set Josh Feldman as the newly created position of head of film development.

Feldman, who joins Hasbro from his role as director of development at Genre Films, will be responsible for the operation of the studio's film division.

"With his tremendous experience in brand-focused film storytelling, Josh is ideally suited for this role as we look to expand our feature business," said Hasbro Studio president Stephen Davis said. "His focus will be on both our franchise and new brands in live-action and animation, and Josh will work closely with the studio's TV development, brand, design, digital and licensing teams to deliver full storytelling integration across our brand blueprint."

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Daisy Ridley At Notting Hill Carnival
Reported by Matt on 25 Aug 2014 18:38

Well if Daisy's character ever needs a twin or a double, we know who to call. Here's Daisy and her sister enjoying the Notting Hill Carnival.

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Harrison Ford ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by Justin on 25 Aug 2014 14:50

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IndyCast Episode 193
Reported by Justin on 25 Aug 2014 13:41

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

This week I catch up with Indy performer Paul Townsend, we have some great audio from Connecticut ComiConn with the IndyCast’s Mitch Hallock, Laird Malamed and Joe Stuber, we speak with Further Adventures inker Bob Wiacek and we have more of your great emails!

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Full 3-Minute Star Wars Rebels Short "Entanglement" Featuring Zeb
Reported by Justin on 25 Aug 2014 13:23

The third Star Wars Rebels short entitled “Entanglement” featuring Zeb, scheduled to air on Disney XD later tonight, is now available for your viewing pleasure via the official Star Wars YouTube Channel.

 

In “Entanglement,” a special Star Wars Rebels short, Zeb fails to meet with Kanan at a specified rendezvous point…and instead finds himself joyfully battling many, many stormtroopers.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Mark Hamill ALS Ice Bucket Challenge; Nominates All New Episode VII Cast Members
Reported by Justin on 25 Aug 2014 13:16

In the video below, Mark Hamill accepts his ALS ice bucket challenge and sends out the challenge to all of the new Episode VII cast members. Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac have already gone thru their ALS dousing. Will the rest of the new cast members heed the call of the Jedi Master himself?

 

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T-Shirts: Jawa Droid Sales
Reported by Matt on 25 Aug 2014 11:27

$11.00 gets you this scraptastic tee via the folks at Unamee, which will instantly give you the edge when meeting in the Dune Sea for your annual swap meet.

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   24 August 2014
SDCC 2014: Dave Filoni Interview With 'Comic Book'
Reported by Justin on 24 Aug 2014 20:23

We're a month removed from SDCC and reports of interviews with Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni continue to hit the interwebs. His latest interview segment comes courtesy of Comic Book in which he speaks about the Force, what went into designing the characters of Hera and Sabine, and more.

During Comic Con International: San Diego last month, Filoni joined ComicBook.com and a small group of reporters for a roundtable interview to talk about the future of the (animated) Star Wars universe.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Oscar Isaac Accepts The Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by Mark on 24 Aug 2014 19:06

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T-Shirts: 1980 Something Falcon
Reported by Matt on 24 Aug 2014 17:39

Unamee bring us this $11.00 tee which only goes to show your love for the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon.

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Cantina Cast Episode 61: Troy Denning Interview
Reported by Mark on 24 Aug 2014 16:21

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

Join Mike and Joao as they break down the news with their innovative “Word Game.” They discuss the recent photo revealing the new prototype of the “Stormtrooper” for episode VII; as well the newest Rebels preview, including the “Toys R us” and IGN trailers. The guys reflect on Dave Filoni’s insights surrounding the “Inquisitor” in the SlashFilm interview, the rumors on Boba Fett making an appearance in Rebels, Disney’s newest acquisition to their theme parks, and Peter Mayhew’s latest testament regarding the new film. Last, but not least, they discourse over the most recent announcement from “Celebration Anaheim,” confirming Dave Filoni’s attendance. Then, Joao takes control of the microphone and goes “one on one” with the amazingly talented author, Troy Denning.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Daisy Ridley Accepts The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: "Oh my God oh my God oh my God!"
Reported by Mark on 24 Aug 2014 14:02

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Star Wars Insider 2015 Special Edition
Reported by Mark on 24 Aug 2014 13:38

Via our great pal and book timeline specialist Eddie van der Heijden, here's a look at the Star Wars Insider 2015 Special Edition, out November 12th.

edited by Jonathan Wilkins, $14.99. Collecting some of the best interviews and features from the only official Star Wars magazine, Star Wars Insider, plus some all-new surprises! From the Star Wars prequels to the original trilogy and beyond, read amazing behind the scenes interviews; meet the cast and crew of the movies, and enjoy thought-provoking articles that will alter your perceptions of the greatest space saga forever!

Plus, only in this edition, we've got an exclusive interview with Dee Bradley Baker, the actor who voiced the clone army in Star Wars: The Clone Wars; we meet the supporting players from A New Hope as they talk about their time on the set of the very first Star Wars movie, and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi creature consultant Chris Walas talks about his work on the film in a rare interview, and more!

Both myself and James have a number of articles in the 2015 special, so be sure to grab it as it would make the perfect seasonal gift for any Star Wars fan.

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Star Wars Kidscast: Read, You Must: Star Wars Rebels Ezra's Gamble
Reported by Mark on 24 Aug 2014 12:39

Chris Hamilton and the good people over at Star Wars Kidscast bring us this review of Ryder Windham's 154 page young readers novel Ezra's Gamble, which precedes the forthcoming Star Wars Rebels TV series.

This 154 page adventure novel for confident young readers begins with Ezra living on the streets of Lothal, swiping and swindling things from wealthy visitors who have arrived to see the illegal gladiator fights. Without parents he is on his own to steal or sell the things he nabs to take care of himself in the Imperial-controlled city. This lifestyle leads him to encounter many shady characters including the vicious bounty hunter Bossk. Star Wars: The Clone Wars fans will remember Bossk from several episodes. Bossk has been around much longer than that though: he’s standing by Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back when Darth Vader infamously says “No disintegrations”.

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T-Shirts: Sith Lord
Reported by Matt on 24 Aug 2014 12:23

You've got just 8 hours to grab this marvellous glow-in-the-dark Vader tee from Other Tees for just $11.00, giving you the chance to glow forth and execute order 66...

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NOMCAST Episode 4
Reported by Mark and Jonathan on 24 Aug 2014 12:05

It's time to join Jonathan, Lisa, Nancy and Mark for Nomcast.

Episode 4 - 18th August 2014. The 'STAR WARS' Special. A podcast in which we talk about random nerd stuff. In this episode: Star Wars, Star Wars, and some more Star Wars. And some Star Trek. Of course, these are things we wanted to talk about, but there's plenty of digression. Thank you to Britain's Got Talent's Stu Arnold for the incredible Arnie introduction!

ALERT: Parents and guardians, please be advised, there is some colourful adult language in this episode.

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Toys R Us "Secrets Of Star Wars Rebels" AT-AT Video
Reported by Justin on 24 Aug 2014 11:56

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Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: The Expanded Visual Dictionary
Reported by MaxN on 24 Aug 2014 11:44

Check out this bizarre listing, arriving on June 1st 2016 over at Amazon.ca, and for just CDN$ 22.24. It's Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: The Expanded Visual Dictionary.

Hardcover: 96 pages

Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (June 1 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1465414134

ISBN-13: 978-1465414137

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Chris Jones Latest Masterpiece
Reported by Matt on 24 Aug 2014 11:19

Chris can now be seen on American TV every week in the new show Epic Ink on A&E. Episode one aired this week and it's getting repeats here in the UK on the History Channel at 9 after Pawn Stars if you missed it.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge | SithLord229 | www.alsa.org
Reported by Steven on 24 Aug 2014 11:04

Thanks to a nomination from Flyguy at www.flyguy.net, SithLord229 completes the viral challenge that has so far raised over $40 Million to help raise awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Disease.)

To complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I nominate the Star Wars Fan Fun Day Team, Wayne Collins at www.staractionfigures.co.uk & YouTuber DanielEast1000 (www.youtube.com/danieleast1000)

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   23 August 2014
Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 44: The Music of Disneyland with David Collins
Reported by Mark on 23 Aug 2014 16:44

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

David Collins is back! The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room, The Main Street Elec­tri­cal Parade, it’s a small world — these are just a few of the iconic sounds of Dis­ney­land. David Collins, Sound Designer and CoHost on STAR WARS OXYGEN, delves into some of the ear­li­est music in Dis­ney­land his­tory, which began with the Sher­man Broth­ers. EXCLUSIVE audio clips ahead…We also have some audio from the Friends Of The Magic Ghost Host Ban­quet where Paul Bar­rie brought in Corey Bur­ton as a guest (as well as Peter Rene­day). Some of you may not rec­og­nize the name Corey Bur­ton but you’d rec­og­nize his voices from STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS — Count Dooku, Cad Bane and Zero The Hutt. Our NEW Spot­light Fan Of The Week is DAN BERRY! Edi­tor of Dorksideoftheforce.com as well as Pod­cast 66.

And remember, #NeverlandOnAlderaan!

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Three Star Wars Rebels TV Spots Now On Star Wars YouTube Channel
Reported by Justin on 23 Aug 2014 15:41

The three Star Wars Rebels TV spot videos that were posted earlier on the Disney website are now also available for viewing on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel via the links provided below.

"Tough Guy" Featuring Zeb

"Tyranny of the Empire" Featuring Entire Crew

"Something Big" Featuring Ezra

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Amazon Germany Lists The Clone Wars Season 6 On DVD And Blu-ray
Reported by Justin on 23 Aug 2014 15:23

Our friend Patrick K. from DeathStar.nl sends over the following exciting update pertaining to the release of The Clone Wars Season 6 on DVD and Blu-ray. Over to Patrick for the details...

Hello Justin,

I just came across some new information, namely the release of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6 on both DVD and Blu-ray. Both titles will be released on November 20th, according to Amazon Germany. This is a Region 2 release. The DVD has both German and English audio. The Blu-ray page doesn't mention this info but will likely be the same.

Here's hoping big time that Season 6 is also released on home media formats here in the US and in as many locations as possible across the globe as well.

Thanks to Patrick as always for the heads up.

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Star Wars Rebels: SNEAK PEEK - JAKKS Unwrapped
Reported by Matt on 23 Aug 2014 15:22

The 20" line already seems to be hitting stores in the USA as we have seen store reports on Jedi Temple Archives, Star Wars Action News and other sites. Look closely in the background and you will see a 20" Greedo and stormtrooper plus a large scale R2-D2 that are new reveals, teases. For the price point this line is superb and top marks to JAKKS for doing a simple yet effective promo video for them.

Check out an exclusive look at JAKKS Pacific new line of Star Wars: Rebels Giant Figures on this episode of JAKKS UNWRAPPED.

JAKKS Pacific brings the power of Star Wars' iconic superheroes and villains to life with new large scale Giant Figures! These figures are larger-than-life and include seven points of articulation and highly-detailed features. Collect them all!

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'Latino Review' Expands On Our Episode VII Emperor Rumor
Reported by Justin on 23 Aug 2014 15:10

A source has reportedly told Latino Review that the Emperor will be making an appearance in both Episode VII and VIII. If you recall, we first reported about the rumor of the Emperor returning to the Sequel Trilogy in some capacity over a year ago, so could this latest round of unconfirmed news add some weight to our original story?

Time will tell of course, so until then take both our story and this story from Latino Review with as much salt as you need.

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Zak PT Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by ZakPT on 23 Aug 2014 14:30

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Official Site: Rise of the Mandalorian Mercs Part 4: Helping Through Charity
Reported by Mark on 23 Aug 2014 14:07

We delve into the rise of the Mando Mercs over at StarWars.com as the focus shifts to their charitable endeavours.

One of the cultural aspects written into Mandalorian society by Star Wars authors is the open adoption of war orphans by the group’s warriors. I felt like this was something that Mandalorian Mercs could build on as a theme for focusing on charitable purposes. In 2007 we created the “Verd’ika Fund” (verd’ika = Little Warrior in the Mandalorian language) which would focus on helping provide a happy holiday for children who would not receive one normally. That first year, members of Mandalorian Mercs donated around $250 in a four-month-span, which was used to buy presents for a child in Ohio. Seeing as MMCC was less than a year old with maybe 30 members, this was a huge accomplishment to coordinate in such a small amount of time.

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The WolfPack Podcast #85: One Year of the Wolfpack Podcast
Reported by Mark on 23 Aug 2014 13:43

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

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Logan, Corey, Marco, and Nabil celebrate our one year anniversary with our good friend Steve from Flyguy.net, A Boring Conversation Anyway Podcast, Dorksidetoys, and the Realm Recap. We talk about all the latest Star Wars figure news, Star Wars Rebels News, and much more! Sit back, drink your blue milk and get ready for the jump to hyperspace in this brand new episode!

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Wawick Davis ALS/Motor Neurone Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by James on 23 Aug 2014 09:12

My favourite so far... well done Warwick!  Keep donating and raising awareness for this awful disease.

The icy gauntlet of the Ice Bucket Challenge was thrown down by 5 challengers - James Burns of Jedi News, JJ Lucia-Wright of Feel the Force, Hayley Burroughs, Max Landis, Stephen Merchant and Simon Lane of The Yogscast. I picked up that gauntlet and promptly got drenched in ice cold water. Oh, and if you'd like to donate to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, please Text ICED55, plus your donation amount to 70070. Cheers.

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 23 Aug 2014 09:10
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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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   22 August 2014
Coffee With Kenobi: A Cup of Clone Wars: The Lost One
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 20:24

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

Welcome to A Cup of Clone Wars, where Coffee With Kenobi examines Star Wars: The Clone Wars through a critical lens. On today’s show, returning guest Bryan Young of Full of Sith and Big Shiny Robot joins us to discuss this intriguing episode, where we discover the mystery of Sifo Dyas. We also explore the Clone Army, Palpatine, and debate balancing the Force. This is the Podcast you’re Looking For!

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Jedi News Comic Review: Classic Star Wars The Early Adventures #3
Reported by ZakPT on 22 Aug 2014 19:00
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The great Rebel heroes Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia have travelled to the gamblers world of Vorzyd 5. Their mission is to rendezvous with fellow Alliance members and destroy the Emperor’s main source of funding. But the Rebels are ambushed and become held captive by Darth Vader’s new ally, the mysterious Blackhole.

After the Rebels were captured by the sinister Blackhole it was up to Artoo and Threepio to save them. They successfully hacked the holding cell and set their friends free at the cost of Alliance member Faluds’ life. They now seek fellow members to help try and track down their high priority contact.

They manage to find Sanglui, a former anti-Empire protester. He reveals that a message droid sent him the top secret instructions on how to find their contact. But there is a problem, only one of the group can go. Deciding that the matter should be solved fairly, three straws, two long and one short will be placed and pulled. Whoever receives the short straw gets to meet the contact!...

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Coffee With Kenobi: Becca's Chava Chats: Hey, it’s me!
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 18:29

Becca Benjamin returns with yet another insightful investigation, this time turning the light on the one and only Han Solo.

Ah…Han, what’s not to love? The original “Space Pirate” and the smoothest scoundrel to ever skirt-by the Maw black hole cluster, making the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. Yeah, it doesn’t get much better than that. Oh, let’s not forget his awesome ride, the Millennium Falcon. Sure, it dates back to the decades before the Clone Wars and the rise of the Empire, but she is (was?) the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy! Of course, this so called mantel is yet to be determined with the Ghost ship so close on the horizon. Quite possibly, the Falcon might just meet her match, but that’s a topic for another day. Move along, move along …

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ForceCast #317: Domo Arigato, Sith Lord Roboto
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 18:21

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

A raft of rumors about Star Wars: Episode VII has us speculating about the heroes, villains, troopers, and planets of the first sequel. Find out which rumor makes Justin and Eric crack up laughing and which rumor supports one of Erik's predictions. All that and more, including the premiere date for Star Wars Rebels and tales from Erik and Eric's vacations, in this week's show!

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Dan Curto ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by Justin on 22 Aug 2014 17:14

Accepting challenge from James Burns...even though I'm technically on vacation. Not sure how dumping ice water on my head helps, but it actually felt pretty good!

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Official Site: From World War to Star Wars: Imperial Officers
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 17:05

Over at StarWars.com my part-time stalker Cole Horton brings us his latest entry in his 'From World War to Star Wars ' series as he takes a look at Imperial Officers.

The fact that fascism inspired the look and feel of the Empire is no secret. In fact, Star Wars creator George Lucas even refers to the Imperial officers in The Empire Strikes Back as “Nazis” while giving his commentary of the film. He specifically mentions their militaristic dress, noting, “The Nazis are basically the same costume as we used in the first film and they are designed to be very authoritarian, very empire-like.”

This motif is significant, and is one of the defining themes of this era in the Star Wars saga. “You’ll see as time goes on [the officers] don’t really appear in the movie about the Republic, which is the first three movies,” says Lucas. “You don’t have that same militaristic look as in the first three films because the Jedi are the ones that keep peace in the universe not the military.”

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Official Site: Die Wanna Wanga: Encounters of the Twi'lek Kind
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 16:29

Our great pal and ally Tim Veekhoven gifts us his latest entry over at StarWars.com, looking at the many and various Twi'leks we've met over the last 31 years since Bib Fortuna and Oola first graced our screens in 1983's Return of the Jedi.

Twi’leks are among the most popular alien species in the Star Wars universe. Since their first appearance in Return of the Jedi, Twi’leks have appeared in all three prequel movies, their home planet Ryloth was shown in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and they have been an indispensable species in numerous Legends stories. Looking to brush up on your Twi’lek trivia? This article will introduce you to standout members of the species; you will never mistake Pampy for Supi and you‘ll recognize Ann from Tann Gella. Now let’s meet some beautiful, devious, corrupt, and brave Twi’leks!

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James Arnold Taylor #ALSIceBucketChallenge
Reported by Matt on 22 Aug 2014 15:33

Okay, here's my Ice Bucket Challenge with a little help from my cartoon friends! Also I call out a few of my VO friends to take the challenge as well.

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Preview Of Star Wars Rebels Zeb Short Via 'The Hollywood Reporter'
Reported by Justin on 22 Aug 2014 15:27

In an exclusive preview of Zeb's character short, which officially debuts Aug. 25 on Disney XD, viewers get right in on the action. Inspired by original Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie's design for Chewbacca, Zeb (voiced by Steve Blum) — the "muscle" of the group — expertly fends off a dozen Stormtroopers, all while showcasing his unique snark and attitude during his rogue mission.

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Rancho Obi-Wan 2nd Annual Gala: Unique Mark Raats Artwork Up For Auction
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 14:04

The Rancho Obi-Wan 2nd Annual Gala 2014 is only 4 weeks away and there are still a few tickets remaining for the event, giving you the chance to not ony tour Rancho Obi-Wan, view the worlds greatest Star Wars collection, meet Steve Sansweet himself as well as a glut of other celebrities and fellow Star Wars fans but also enjoy entertainment, the chance to win prizes on the night and spend an evening at what will be THE focal point of Star Wars on the planet.

This unique original artwork is being donated by artist Mark Raats for the live auction at Rancho Obi-Wan on September 20th. Even if you can not attend our Gala you can still donate and get the incredible Gala swag bag and the ability to absentee bid on the live and silent auctions -- it's the next best thing to being there. Board member Duncan Jenkins will be bidding on your behalf and we will ship your winnings directly to you. Go to http://www.ranchoobiwan.org/?p=3213 and make the donation to either attend the Gala or absentee bid. Thank you for your support!

It's not too late to be there, so order your ticket for the Rancho Obi-Wan 2nd Annual Gala 2014 right here.

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Disney Stock Earns A+ Score From TheStreet Ratings
Reported by Justin on 22 Aug 2014 13:18

If you are currently on the fence about whether you should add shares of Disney stock to your investment portfolio, this might help make your decision a little easier.

TheStreet Ratings team rates DISNEY (WALT) CO as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DISNEY (WALT) CO (DIS) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

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Fangirls Going Rogue #10
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 13:09

Join Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr over at Fangirls Going Rogue.

Steve Glosson joins the show to fangirl with Teresa and Tricia over Star Wars Rebels, Episode VII and the future of Star Wars. Teresa and Tricia answer questions from listeners, and Steve weighs in on the issue of gate-keeping in fandom. The character discussion considers what Chewbacca brings to the galaxy far far away.

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Star Wars Report #141: What’s Up with Dragon Con?Jimmy Mac is Back!
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 12:40

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

On this week’s podcast, Riley, Bethany and Mark are joined by Jimmy Mac from Rebel Force Radio to chat all things Star Wars.

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Official Site: McQuarrie Memories
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 11:55

Over at StarWars.com Ross Plesset takes a look back at an interview he conducted back in 1998 with the legendary Ralph McQuarrie.

In December of 1998, I interviewed Ralph McQuarrie in his Bay Area home. We both agreed an in-person discussion would be best because we’d be looking at the same material. While most of our interview appeared in Filmfax (issues 72 and 73), some significant findings and observations were not included for space reasons. Here, then, is more from that meeting.

I flew to Oakland Airport and reached his home via BART train and various (very reliable and convenient) buses. Despite his great renown and my shyness, I felt comfortable around him. During the visit, I discovered for the first time his sweet and humble nature. In ensuing months and years, I would learn more, from others, about this aspect of him.

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Badass Digest: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Star Wars Again
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 11:17

He's certainly a polarizing character but there's little doubt he loves Star Wars, and with that in mind here's an article by Devin Faraci that looks at his personal journey so far with Episode VII, a look at a whole bunch of rumours (so if you wish to stay entirely free of rumours and educated guesses at the plot then don't click through) and why he is confident the film will rock.

When Episode VII was announced my cynicism was high. I wrote about the film because it brought hits, and they’re important to keep the site running. I viewed the Star Wars stories as the price I paid to run articles about old movies or weird history. Nobody reads that stuff, so Star Wars was subsidizing their existence.

Then, about a month ago, I began to get information. People in various levels of the Star Wars machine began telling me things about the movie. Some of them were incredulous - “Can you believe this is what they’re doing?” - but what they told me piqued my interest. I have a number of sources, and they all started giving me puzzle pieces that were shockingly intriguing*.

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The Wampa's Lair Episode 95: Top 5 Action Scenes7: Unexpected This Is
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 10:48

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

In their latest episode, Karl and Jason discuss the unexpected events which help to shape the rest of Anakin and Luke Skywalker’s lives! They look at how Anakin responds to his invitation from Qui-Gon to go train to be a Jedi and they also look at Luke’s own invitation to learn about the Force from Obi-Wan. This show is all about how our two main characters in Star Wars respond to unexpected invitations!

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Star War's Hans Solo: On The Slide
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 10:34

...and to think, sites like this get fed the big reveals first...anyway, great to see the star of Star War's, Hans Solo himself Harrison Ford back to his bombastic best as he tackles a 2,500ft mega-slide near his home in Wyoming.

With shooting about to recommence after their scheduled 2 week August break (incidentally a very cool thing to do in regards to the UK crew, who would get to spend a couple of weeks with their kids and loved ones during the UK's six week school break) it's encouraging to see Ford back at his breakneck norm.

Harrison Ford seriously messed up the shooting for Star Wars VII earlier this year when he broke his leg on set after a hydraulic door fell on him. So we doubt JJ Abrams is going to be pleased to know the 72 year-old was spotted on a 2,500ft mega-slide at the Alpine Slide, near his home in Wyoming, during a break in filming.

He might be due back on set in a few days after recovering from the injury, but Ford was Indiana Jones, so don't expect him to sit out the fun, according to TMZ who got snaps of the legendary actor on the ride. Harrison was reportedly at the park in Jackson hole with his family and must've been enjoying some quality time with them, before heading back to film.

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   21 August 2014
Jedi News Book Review: Sith Wars
Reported by Mark on 21 Aug 2014 23:00
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Star Wars™ Sith Wars is a 'Confident' reader, perfect for children who are proficient readers, developing the habit of reading widely for both pleasure and information. DK Reads proves that good reads build great readers.

The galaxy is at war and the Sith are determined to seize ultimate power. Learn all about their dark plans and follow Count Dooku, Darth Maul, Darth Sidious, and Darth Vader in their quest to defeat the Jedi once and for all. Plus, get a rule book of the Sith code, a map of the chancellor's office and a catalogue of Sith vehicles.

Star Wars Sith Wars is part of the new DK Reads series, a three-level reading scheme that helps children become confident readers, featuring engaging and illustrated topics. DK Reads is created in consultation with literacy experts and adheres to leveled reading scheme guidelines so the grammar, vocabulary, and content are spot on for each stage.

While we all naturally want our kids to follow the heroic and just ways of the Jedi and the heroes of the Star Wars saga, they also need to know the ways and means of the evil Empire and their sith masters, and this book via DK does just that, bringing the sith wars to kids in a handy and concise format.

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Jedi News Book Review: Jedi Battles
Reported by Mark on 21 Aug 2014 22:00
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Star Wars™ Jedi Battles is a 'Confident' reader, perfect for children who are proficient readers, developing the habit of reading widely for both pleasure and information. DK Reads proves that good reads build great readers.

From epic battles in space to gripping one-to-one lightsaber duels, the galaxy has seen a lot of thrilling action. Learn what it takes to be a Jedi master, what to wear in a battle situation, how to handle a lightsaber, and ultimately, how to defeat the Sith!

Star Wars Jedi Battles is part of the new DK Reads series, a three-level reading scheme that helps children become confident readers, featuring engaging and illustrated topics. DK Reads is created in consultation with literacy experts and adheres to leveled reading scheme guidelines so the grammar, vocabulary, and content are spot on for each stage.

If you are looking for an engaging, detailed but easy to read way of introducing your padawans to the worlds of Star Wars, then you'd be hard pushed to find a better or more engrossing book than this. released by DK, who are past masters at both the intricate and highly detailed Visual Guides, Cross Sections and Encyclopedias as well as multi level kids books, this takes the reader through the various corners of the Star Wars galaxy, all the while informing and imparting snippets of information. For any kid hungry to know more about the galaxy far, far away, this book is a must.

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Official Site: Star Wars In The UK: Lock S-Foils In A Snack Position
Reported by Mark on 21 Aug 2014 20:46

My latest article arrives over at StarWars.com as I take a look at the tasty offerings available to UK, Star Wars loving crisp eaters back in the late 1990's.

As every die-hard Star Wars follower knows, it’s an increasingly hungry business being a Star Wars fan. Running around conventions worldwide, chasing down an ever expanding array of collectibles, playing with toys new and old, using your fertile imagination to act out Star Wars adventures — it’s energy sapping and the Force can only sustain a Jedi hunger for so long. Thank goodness back in the ’70s someone decided it would be a good idea to release Star Wars-themed snacks and treats, starting with the first release and running all the way through to today. And what Star Wars crazy kid wouldn’t want to nibble away on Star Wars themed munchies?

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Daily Mail LEGO Polybag Promotion Returns in Sept
Reported by Matt on 21 Aug 2014 19:21

The Daily Mail's LEGO polybag promotion returns next month, and with it comes 30244, Anakin's Jedi Starfighter.

Our source has once again come up trumps to tell us first that the LEGO promotion is once again returning to the Daily Mail in September. From the 20th September you will be able to collect a different polybag every day till the 27th September, at participating WHSmiths stores while stock lasts. No word yet if you can also pick up from Toys R Us but if we do will post further update.

  • 30310 City Arctic Scout
  • 30265 Legends of Chima Worriz Fire Bike
  • 30271 TMNT Mikey’s Mini Shellchaser
  • 30264 Legends of Chima Frax Phoenix Flyer (subject to change)
  • 30227 City Police Watercraft
  • 30281 The LEGO Movie Micro Manager (subject to change)
  • 30229 City Repair Truck
  • 30244 Anakins Jedi Interceptor

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Never Give Up, Never Surrender
Reported by Mark on 21 Aug 2014 17:58

As a fully paid up and lifelong wrasslin' fan I couldn't resist sharing this tweet from former WWE heavyweight champion John Cena, posted after his crushing defeat to Brock Lesnar on Sunday at the 27th annual Summerslam PPV. John made a very relevant reference when discussing his desire to never give up and continue his quest for another title.

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Brickset LEGO Review: 75055 Imperial Star Destroyer
Reported by Matt on 21 Aug 2014 16:19

Check out Bricksets review of LEGO set 75055, Imperial Star Destroyer.

The Imperial Star Destroyer is a real favourite of many fans, and it is therefore no surprise to see that LEGO have at last returned to this iconic vehicle by releasing 75055 Imperial Star Destroyer. The last edition in a similar playset style was 6211 from 2006, and despite the fact that the two are based on the same source material, they vary enormously. This new version is priced at £119.99 or $129.99 and contains 1359-pieces, so although the piece count is very similar to the 2006 edition, the price has gone up enormously.

75055 is certainly not a perfect set and there is plenty of room for improvement, but there are undoubtedly plenty of improvements which have been made over the original version.

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The Metro: What will the galaxy be like 30 years on?
Reported by Mark on 21 Aug 2014 15:09

My latest in a series of articles over at The Metro arrives, looking at how the galaxy might have altered in the intervening three decades since Return of the Jedi.

It’s all too easy to imagine that after the events of Return of the Jedi, with the seeming destruction of the Sith and the Empire and celebrations ringing out across the Star Wars galaxy, that the millions of star systems eased back into a time of peace and prosperity.

After all, for the last six movies all we had seen – for the most part – was war and destruction. The outbreak of conflict in The Phantom Menace and A New Hope, and the crushing battles and effects of war in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith (the Clone Wars) and The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (the Galactic Civil War).

But there are a number of possible scenarios that could have befallen the galaxy in the three decades between Return of the Jedi and Episode VII, so let’s take a look at a few of the potential options:

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T-Shirts: Vintage Leia
Reported by Matt on 21 Aug 2014 15:06

Fresh Brewed Tee bring us this vintage Leia tee, yours for only $12.00 and avail