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   28 August 2015
Daisy Ridley And The Empire Magazine Cover
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 15:37

Get the impression that she's happy? Daisy Ridley Instagrams the Empire cover, and be sure to have the sound on when you watch.

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Official Site: Studying Skywalkers: The Meaning Of Weather In Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 14:54

Dan Zehr looks to the skies to see what's brewing over at StarWars.com as he investigates the deeper meaning of Star Wars weather.

One of my favorite features of the new Star Wars app is the weather option. By clicking on this feature, you are instantly transported to the world of Star Wars, where the story of your day is told. The weather will affect your mood and may help navigate the course of your emotions. This is also a great literary tool with some real history behind it.
From William Shakespeare to Edgar Allen Poe to Mark Twain, weather has long been a literary device which reinforces our understanding of characters and events during integral plot points. What the reader or viewer gleans from the weather often is a reflection of the inner conflict of the heroes and villains.

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IGN Reviews Disney Infinity 3.0
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 12:59

The team over at IGN has posted their overall review of Disney Infinity 3.0 edition. Take the source link below to see what impressions they came away with after spending some time slashing battle droids in half and wielding the power of the Force in this new gaming world.

The “toys-to-life” genre is growing increasingly competitive, but nobody has a better collection of action figures at their disposal than the big kids behind Disney Infinity 3.0. This third entry in the series is the most polished, cohesive, and enjoyable one to date, fusing a rollicking, intergalactic Star Wars campaign with a staggeringly customisable Toy Box mode. In short, it’s an experience that really lives up to its line-up of all-star ingredients.

Source IGN
Boyega Tweets!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 12:42

Hats off to our pal Marty Ryan for getting a reply from Finn himself, John Boyega asking if he makes the sounds when using his lightsaber.

It's good to know that, like Ewan McGregor before him, he makes the lightsaber sounds.

Already looking forward to the Rey impressions in the extras next year...

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New Turtle Beach Sandtrooper Gaming Headset For Star Wars Battlefront
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 12:41
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Via an official email press release sent by Lucasfilm. Check out the intro below and then the full product announcement beneath the break.

TURTLE BEACH CORPORATION REVEALS STAR WARS-THEMED SANDTROOPER GAMING HEADSET FOR STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT VIDEO GAME AT PAX PRIME

An Exclusive, Limited Edition Star Wars Battlefront Sandtrooper Headset Will be Offered Only at Best Buy in the U.S., Featuring Individual Numbering and Including an Extra Set of Swappable Star Wars Speaker Plates

Fans Can Pre-Order Both the Standard and Limited Edition Star Wars Battlefront Sandtrooper Gaming Headsets Starting Today

San Diego, CA – August 27, 2015 – Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR), the leading-edge audio technology company and #1 in gaming audio, today announced the Star Wars™-themed Sandtrooper gaming headset for the eagerly anticipated Star Wars™ Battlefront™ video game. The standard version of Turtle Beach’s Sandtrooper gaming headset will be offered in the UK, Australia, and in select territories across Europe, while a limited edition Sandtrooper gaming headset will be offered only at Best Buy in the U.S. Each limited edition Sandtrooper headset will be individually numbered and include an extra set of swappable Star Wars speaker plates, truly making it something fans will want to add to their collection. Both the standard and limited edition Sandtrooper headsets are planned to be available this fall timed to Star Wars Battlefront’s launch, and PAX Prime attendees can get a first look at the new Star Wars-themed gaming headset this weekend at the Turtle Beach Booth (#442). Starting today, fans outside the U.S. can pre-order the standard Sandtrooper gaming headset at Turtle Beach, and fans in the U.S. can pre-order the limited edition version at Best Buy. Star Wars: The Old Republic: Get Your Very Own Zakuul Personal Dropship
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 12:30

You want it? Go get it over at Star Wars The Old Republic.

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Toyworld Mag: It’s Only A Toy…
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 11:55

Stock shortages are going to hit independant retailers hard as not enough Hasbro stock for Force Friday sees stock heavily allocated.

All of which I offer in mitigation, having been contacted by a number of indie retailers who are incandescent over their Star Wars allocation, which in some cases might just be the lowest percentage of the original order value I have ever heard. It’s easy to see why they are so disappointed: indies live and breathe toys, to many it is more – much more – than just another product to sell. Which is why, if it is true that some were told when complaining that – and I quote – “it’s only another toy”, I think there may have been a slight misjudgement of the situation. Multi-channel retailers have many product categories to profit from: specialists only have toys, and without them they don’t have a business. For many of them, Star Wars sales could make a major difference to the year’s performance.
Of course, if there is only so much stock to go round, a lot of people are going to lose out. And the painful fines doled out by major retailers for non-supply might possibly be a reason why certain difficult decisions fall the way I do. Does that make it any less painful for the indies being offered six light sabres? Absolutely not. Is it fair? I’ll leave you to be the judge of that. On the plus side, there are a large number of licensees with Star wars merchandise, and maybe they will be able to step into the breech and fill some of the gaps. Either way, it looks like the ‘Pimpernel’ award – occasionally offered by the TRA when a particular toy is in excessively short supply – may need to be dusted off in time for January.

Source Toyworld Mag
Official Site: Droid Dreams. How Neal Scanlan And His Team Brought BB-8 To Life
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 11:47

Mr Blue Sky himself Dan Brooks brings us this insight into the creation of BB-8 over at StarWars.com.

How do you create a Star Wars droid that’s different from what’s come before, but authentic to a galaxy far, far away? How do you push forward in the spirit of Star Wars innovation, but not push too far? How do you hold on to the magic of Star Wars robotic design, but still make something imaginative? Those were the questions faced by the designers, engineers, and puppeteers working on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They answered by blending the old with the new, by staring down expectations, and by eagerly jumping into the unknown. They answered with BB-8: the lovable, practical-effect, ball-shaped droid.

Source Official Site
"Force Friday" - One Week To Go!
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 08:00

7 days, people. 7 days.

We are one week away from "Force Friday" that will see new The Force Awakens products arriving at retail stores for fans to gleefully add to their collections. To celebrate, I have included a photo of today's page from the awesome Hasbro #ForceFridayCountdown calendar.

I say again...7 days!!

   27 August 2015
On The Shelves UK: Tesco
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 21:49

#starwars cake sprinkles on shelf in #tesco UK. With mini #r2d2 candies

A photo posted by JediNews.co.uk (@jedinewsuk) on

Sprinkles? Yep, Star Wars sprinkles, perfect for adding that asteroid seasoning to your kids cupcakes, available now at Tesco.

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The StarWars.com 10: Best Star Wars Planetary Vehicles
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 20:09

In this installment, we’re picking the galaxy’s greatest modes of on-world transportation, from those built for speed to those built for sarlacc sightseeing.

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The New The Force Awakens Teaser Broken Down Into 25 Photos
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 19:16

Today Instagram released a new short teaser for The Force Awakens to mark the launch of their new landscape format.  To join in the fun here is 25 screencaps of the trailer in stunning landscape that we have uploaded to a Facebook gallery covering every half second of the new teaser.

25 Photos From The New 15 Sec Teaser

Posted by Jedi News on Thursday, 27 August 2015


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On The Shelves UK: Sainsbury
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 19:08

Via UK Toy Collector 1977, here is the full price range for the new Force Friday ranges at your local Sainsbury.

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How The Force Awakens Will Blow Up The Record Books With A $615M+ Global Opening
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 18:33

Some people dislike talk of box office figures, but it's all part of the fun. It's enjoyable watching Star Wars rip box office records to shreds and we can expect to be doing that again this December when The Force Awakens finally reaches our galaxy.

In a digital world where screen counts can be increased at a last moment’s notice to meet theater demand of walk-up business, a record opening of $300M stateside and $315M abroad is possible for Force Awakens. Insiders say that in any given 20-plex in December, Force Awakens will be on at minimum 10 screens. Like Jurassic World‘s success this summer, the key driving force to Force Awakens remains its multi-generational appeal. Disney has smartly planted the film in the year-end holiday corridor when families head to the cinema in bulk. The expectation is that Force Awakens will play in north of 4,000 theaters on at least 10,000 U.S. screens stateside and in every overseas territory. All except for China, which has a blackout period on Hollywood films during December. Both Furious 7 and JW played respectively on giant global screen counts of 14,687 and 23,886 in their first frames, with the latter including China.

Source Deadline (via Glen Ewing)
This Months UK Star Wars Magazines
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 18:23

Here are a few new Star Wars magazines to keep an eye out for. There's the Star Wars Rebels magazine with a free watch squirter, the Star Wars LEGO magazine which includes a bagged Slave-1 LEGO set and the Star Wars Adventures magazine which is bagged with 5 cool gifts.

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New The Force Awakens Video Clip Posted On Official Instagram Account
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 18:08

A brand new video clip from The Force Awakens has been posted to the official Star Wars Instagram account! Check it out by clicking the image above or the source link below!

Source Star Wars Instagram
Propstore Auction: 23rd September 2015
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 17:55

The Propstore hold their latest auction on 23rd September, bringing lot after lot of classic Hollywood awesomeness to the auction block.

The auction takes place at the Odeon BFI Imax in Waterloo, London.

Over 450 lots of original props, costumes and rare production material from more than 150 films and television shows will be auctioned at ODEON BFI IMAX, Waterloo, London. The spectacular live event will feature an interactive webcast with bidding available online, by phone or in person.
Prop Store and ODEON will also present a 2 week, museum-grade, free-to-enter exhibition showcasing over 250 of the auction lots. This display will allow visitors the opportunity to get up close with these incredible pieces of entertainment history.
#PropStoreLiveAuction

Source Propstore (via Glen Ewing)
Countdown Begins For The Launch Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Products
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 17:38

Our friends at Disney UK have sent out this press release detailing all the major outlets taking part in next weeks Force Friday events.

LONDON (August 27, 2015) – ‘Force Friday’ is now only one week away, with the global launch of merchandise inspired by the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens film. Toys, collectibles, gadgets, apparel and more will officially hit shelves at Disney Stores and other retailers on Friday, Sept. 4 at 12:01 a.m.
To celebrate this unique product launch, a variety of UK and Irish retailers are inviting Star Wars fans to line up outside their doors and countdown to midnight, including Disney Store, Toys “R” Us, Smyths, Forbidden Planet and more.
In London, a flagship event will be held at Disney Store on Oxford Street, where fans in Star Wars fancy dress can start lining up at 20:00 the evening of Thursday 3 September, with giveaways leading up to midnight. Then at 12:01 a.m., the Disney Store will open its doors for fans to experience its galactic line-up of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise – with an exclusive theme pin and other giveaways*, as well as an in-store competition and product demos.
The following retailers will open their doors at midnight to celebrate Force Friday:

Keep your eyes peeled as Team Jedi News members will be covering the event all across the country.

On The Shelves UK: Sainsbury
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 17:25

Shops and supermarkets across the country are gearing up for Force Friday, which is just 7 days, 6 hours and 36 minutes away (not that we're counting).

Thanks to Jedi News reader Marcus Doige for this image, showing the shelf edges at Sainsbury in Basingstoke.

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Star Wars Action News Episode 457:10th Anniversary from Wizard World Chicago
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 17:12

Join Marjorie and Arnie for the latest edition of Star Wars Action News...

A long time ago...on a web site far, far away
Ten years ago, August 30, 2005, two Star Wars collectors released the world's first podcast dedicated to Star Wars collecting: Star Wars Action News. From the Revenge of the Sith line through The Black Series, and even looking back at Vintage and 90s toys, Marjorie and Arnie have covered it all. This episode celebrates the milestone, bringing in Star Wars Action News team members Arnie, Marjorie, Brock, Jerry, Daryl, Andrew, and others as they look forward to a new era of Star Wars collecting with The Force Unleashed! Join them as they talk Wizard World Chicago, leaked images of The Force Awakens toys and figures, and their plans for next week's Force Friday event!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source SWAN
Xbox One Will Not Receive A Special Star Wars Themed Console
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 15:43

Bad news for Xbox One owners/potential buyers who saw the special Darth Vader themed Playstation 4 console that was recently announced to promote the release of Star Wars Battlefront and were hoping a similar Star Wars console design would be coming for Microsoft's current-gen system.

It's not.

There are no plans to release a special edition Star Wars: Battlefront Xbox One console, according to community manager Matthew Everett.

Sony and EA recently announced a special edition Star Wars PlayStation 4 console that features Darth Vader on the front plate. The bundle also includes a themed controller, a copy of Star Wars Battlefront Deluxe Edition, and four digital Star Wars games.

However, it looks like Xbox One fans are out of luck. “The exclusive console for Star Wars Battlefront is limited to PlayStation 4,” Everett wrote in a recent community update.

Source EGMNOW
First Look At Star Wars Battlefront "Battle Of Jakku"
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 15:09

Today's Star Wars Battlefront update courtesy of the development team over at DICE provides readers with their first look at the highly anticipated "Battle of Jakku" gameplay segment from The Force Awakens.

We are proud to give you a first visual glimpse of The Battle of Jakku, coming to Star Wars™ Battlefront™ on December 1st, 2015, for all who pre-order, and a week later for all other game holders. The Battle of Jakku was the pivotal moment when the New Republic confronted key Imperial holdouts on a remote desert planet.

Source EA Star Wars
Celebration Europe 2016: Saturday Adult Tickets Sold Out
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 14:17

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Target Installs Opening Crawl Register Belt To Promote "Force Friday"
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 14:01

I would like to take a moment to officially go record as saying this could very easily be the coolest and best real-world application of any Star Wars product I have ever seen.

Our friends over at Jedi Temple Archives received the image above of a new register belt installed at a Target store that features text promoting their upcoming "Force Friday" and "Share The Force" events.

Whoever came up with this marketing promo at Target deserves a hefty raise and that corner office!

Source Jedi Temple Archives
Empire Reveals BB-8 Subscriber Cover And Two The Force Awakens BTS Images
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 13:28

In addition to the two previously revealed covers for their new October 2015 issue, Empire has announced earlier today they will be releasing a third The Force Awakens themed cover for this issue - a special limited edition BB-8 cover that will be available for subscribers only.

Empire also released two new behind-the-scenes photos featuring John Boyega's Finn in action (well, if you can call standing and staring off into the distance "action"). Earlier this week Empire gave us an exclusive new Kylo Ren image as well. Click each of the images above for a larger view.

Source Empire Online
Follow The 501st UK Garrison On Instagram
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 10:51




Our very good friends, the incredible UK Garrison of the 501st Legion Star Wars Constuming Club have set a target of achieving 501 followers by Force Friday on Instagram.

They do incredible work, and deserve all of our thanks and support for representing our community over here in the UK - so lets help them reach their goal!

Source UK Garrison Instagram
Showmasters Film & Comic Con - Bournmouth Is This Weekend!
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 10:20

Film & Comic Con Bournemouth will be taking over the Bournemouth International Centre this weekend of Saturday 29th and Sunday the 30th of August 2015, Film & Comic Con Bournemouth promises to bring you some of your favourite stars from TV, Film and Comics as well as a whole host of fun activities including photo shoots, panels, autograph sessions and hundreds of stalls full of TV and Film memorabilia to browse.

Thirteen Star Wars guests will be there including David Prowse, Rusty Goffe, Paul Blake, Norman Chancer, Peter Allen, Hazel Allen, Wendry Allen, Robert Watts, Michael Carter, Peter House, Dean Mitchell, Frank Henson, and our very good friend Boba Fett himself, Jeremy Bulloch!

Our great friends at All The Cool Stuff will also have a stand, and it looks like an event not to be missed!

For full details and ticket information follow the link.


Source Film & Comic Con Bournemouth
On The Shelves UK: Toys 'R' Us
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 10:08



Spotted on the shelf of Toys 'R' Us in the UK, the huge Sith Infiltrator, Lego #75096 for only £94.99

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Force Friday: Toys"R"Us UK Midnight Madness Launch
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Aug 2015 00:01

We're delighted to announce the launch of the new products from The Force Awakens and the Star Wars Saga at site sponsor Toys"R"Us next week - Midnight Madness Strikes Back! Here's the full press release...

TOYS“R”US® TO LAUNCH NEW STAR WARS™ SAGA PRODUCTS WITH MIDNIGHT OPENING EVENTS

Maidenhead, UK (27th August 2015) – In September 1985, Toys“R”Us arrived into the UK and brought with it the most incredible must-have toys, games and merchandise from one of the UK’s favourite movie franchises, providing millions of Toys”R”Us kids and collectors alike with their most beloved memorabilia.

30 years on, the excitement is building yet again as Toys”R”Us celebrate the launch of brand new toys based on the next chapter of the Star Wars Saga - ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, with 5 UK stores opening their doors at Midnight (12.01am) on the day now known as Force Friday, 4th September.

Toysrus.co.uk is already counting down to the highly anticipated toy launch and will be the destination of hundreds of new products some of which are only available the giant toy retailer. On Force Friday, Toys“R”Us stores around the globe will open their doors for special midnight opening celebrations, providing customers of all ages the opportunity to be among the first to purchase must-have merchandise, receive exclusive giveaways and immerse themselves in all things Star Wars.

The giant toy retailer is encouraging fans of all ages to head to one of the following stores for a midnight opening;

  • Toys”R”Us Brent Cross – NW2 1LW
  • Toys”R”Us Warrington – WA5 7TT
  • Toys”R”Us Bristol – BS34 5TU
  • Toys”R”Us Oldbury – B69 4RJ
  • Toys”R”Us Glasgow Helen Street – G51 3HR

As part of the toy store celebrations, the first 75 customers to line up at midnight at each of these stores will receive Star Wars giveaways, including a limited edition poster and T-Shirt, as well as the chance to be among the first to purchase exclusive Star Wars merchandise in dedicated front-of-store feature shops.

Also at midnight on Force Friday, shoppers will be able to browse and purchase the new products online at www.toysrus.co.uk.

For updates and further information, follow @toysrusuk #TheForceAwakensAtToysRUs.

Jedi News will be out in Force at the Brent Cross, Bristol & Glasgow stores, and we hope to see you there!

Source Toys"R"Us UK
   26 August 2015
Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Aug 2015 20:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

Source 501st (via Roqoo Depot)
How BB-8 Was Created For The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Aug 2015 18:54

We first saw him hastily rolling across the screen in the first official teaser trailer for The Force Awakens and fans haven't stopped talking about him since. Lucasfilm's dandy Dan Brooks takes us down the rabbit hole as he provides readers with an inside look at the development of this little droid straight from BB-8's designers.

How do you create a Star Wars droid that’s different from what’s come before, but authentic to a galaxy far, far away? How do you push forward in the spirit of Star Wars innovation, but not push too far? How do you hold on to the magic of Star Wars robotic design, but still make something imaginative? Those were the questions faced by the designers, engineers, and puppeteers working on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They answered by blending the old with the new, by staring down expectations, and by eagerly jumping into the unknown. They answered with BB-8: the lovable, practical-effect, ball-shaped droid.

Here’s how they did it.

Source StarWars.com
The Empire Strikes Back Trailer Done In Style Of The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Aug 2015 18:46

Pretty damn cool, no? We sure think so.

Source YouTube
The Force Awakens Will Own All IMAX Theaters During First Four Weeks Of It's Run
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Aug 2015 16:09

Via an article posted earlier today on The Hollywood Reporter:

For Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Imax is going big — really big. For the first four weeks of its run, set to begin Dec. 18, J.J. Abrams' sequel will have all of Imax's large-format screens in North America and most of its foreign screens to itself. Imax reserving all of its screens for a single movie for a month is not unprecedented, but it is unusual. The company had a similar deal for the three Hobbit movies, but it struck that pact four years ago and hasn't made that type of commitment since.

It is expected to open on 375 to 400 screens domestically and more than 400 abroad — there's no exact count yet because Imax tends to install and open theaters in the fall.

Source THR
Stormtrooper Display Comes To Broad Street Mall, Reading
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Aug 2015 15:57



On Saturday 29th August, The Hollywood Special Effects crew will be bringing a special Star Wars themed Stormtrooper filled show to the Broad Street Mall, Reading.
 
This display is an exclusive preview of what can be expected from their full show which takes audiences behind the scenes of their favourite movies to see how incredible special effects are created for the screen.

The Hollywood Special Effects show will be coming to The Hexagon on Sunday, September 27. Tickets are still available after the link.

Source GetReading
Walmart in Florida Showcase Three The Force Awakens T-Shirts
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Aug 2015 15:45

Over on Instagram @propsink has found these three The Force Awakens t-shirts out on display at a Walmart in Florida.  They won't ring up at the till, so you can't purchase them - but it's always nice to see more product ready for purchase in only eight days time.








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Darth Punk - The Funk Awakens
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Aug 2015 15:44

One day Vader and Fett will recruit for the the dark side, disguised as an electronic music duo... they will be arresting ears and administering intergalactic rhythm and beats. The Rebels won't stand a chance. This is their music video, featuring 'Dj Gonk'.

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Mads Mikkelsen Provides Info On His Rogue One Character And Filming Details
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Aug 2015 13:27

He plays the role of the villain extremely well, so when actor Mads Mikkelsen was announced as being part of the official Rogue One cast earlier this month during the D23 Expo, fans immediately assumed he would be going down that same path in the film.

Not so fast my friend.

Mikkelsen has revealed that his character in Rogue One is "very important" and, contrary to popular initial thought, not a bad guy.

"No, my character is actually not a bad guy, and then I can not say more. I can also say that the movie will be shot in Iceland and England. And the filming will last for three months."

Source IGN
Hallmark Star Wars itty bittys Stormtrooper And Hoth Collector Set
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Aug 2015 12:48

Hallmark has announced two new entries in their plush Star Wars itty bittys line - a Stormtrooper (priced at $6.95) and a Hoth Collector Set. The Hoth set (priced at $29.95) features an adorable stuffed Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, wampa, and tauntaun.

For more on these new additions and to place your order, click here for the Stormtrooper and then here for the Hoth set.

Source Hallmark
Hot Wheels Kylo Ren & Zeb Character Cars Found At Retail
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Aug 2015 12:33

Head on over to Rebelscum to check out a few photos they received of new Hot Wheels character cars that were spotted hanging from retail store pegs in the St. Louis region of Maplewood, Missouri - specifically the new Kylo Ren and Zeb cars. The photos also reveal that the current line-up of character cars will be re-packed in the new black packaging color scheme that we saw initially with the First Order Stormtrooper car.

Source Rebelscum
Official Site: 9 Creatures In The Star Wars Galaxy We'd Like To Keep As Pets
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Aug 2015 11:09

Amy Ratcliffe takes a look at a galactic menagerie of creatures that - perhaps - we'd like to keep as pets over at StarWars.com.

The rancor living at Jabba’s Palace caused some trouble in Return of the Jedi. He almost made a light afternoon snack out of Luke Skywalker, and goodness knows how many beings he ate while in Jabba’s care. Still, I felt sympathy for Malakili after the rancor’s death. The keeper obviously cared for the creature, and maybe the rancor would have been nicer if it wouldn’t have been stuck taking care of Jabba’s dirty business. Maybe the rancor could have been a loyal friend and pet. Assuming he was tame, I wouldn’t mind keeping him in my backyard.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Enter the Shadows
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Aug 2015 10:42

Star Wars: Imperial Assault expands as the Twin Shadows expansion hits the dirty streets of Tatooine and every other planet in the galaxy.

From the website:

"You can either profit by this or be destroyed. It’s your choice, but I warn you not to underestimate my power.”
–Luke Skywalker, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

The dusty streets of Mos Eisley and the sweeping dunes of the Jundland Wastes are full of danger for the unaware or underprepared. So when Han Solo disappears during a reconnaissance mission on Tatooine, the High Command of the Rebel Alliance dispatches two of its best agents to uncover the truth behind Imperial activity on Tatooine.
Now, you can journey there yourself and fight alongside iconic characters with the Twin Shadows expansion for Imperial Assault! This expansion, together with the C-3PO and R2-D2 Ally Pack, the Boba Fett Villain Pack, and the Kayn Somos Villain Pack, is now available at your local United States retailer.

Source Fantasy Flight Games
The Force Awakens Who Plays The Officer To Captain Phasma's Right?
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Aug 2015 10:39

A very generous anonymous Jedi News reader dropped us this cool bit of news regarding an actor who - so far - you've only seen one side of.

Hi if you're wondering who the actor on the right of Captain Phasma is. It's Scottish actor Rony Bridges, First Order Admiral. Valhalla Rising, Decoy Bride etc etc.

To give you a better idea of what Rony looks like, here he is from the front.

Official Site: Force Friday: The Force Awakens Around the World
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Aug 2015 09:52
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This from Disney and Lucasfilm...

The Force Awakens Around the World: Star Wars Fans Invited to Join Epic Global Event on YouTube

Toy unboxing phenomenon goes live globally for the first time ahead of ‘Force Friday’

Online event featuring talent from the Maker Studios network gives fans first look at film-inspired toys ahead of midnight madness at retail

Glendale, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2015) – Star Wars: The Force Awakens products are set to be unveiled in the world’s first-ever global live toy unboxing event. Unfolding over 18 hours in 15 cities and 12 countries, the event will see highlights from the range of epic merchandise revealed in a rolling New Year’s Eve style celebration featuring top digital stars from the Maker Studios network. 

“Star Wars toys have always played an important role in how our fans interact with the Saga,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “They’ve inspired multiple generations to relive the experience of the movies and to create new adventures all their own. These spectacular Star Wars: The Force Awakens products will continue that tradition.”

Kicking off in Sydney, Australia on the morning of September 3, and continuing through Asia, Europe, Canada, and North & South America, selections from the new toy line will debut to global fanfare leading up to retailers around the globe opening their doors at midnight.

“Over the course of 18 hours, some of Maker Studios’ biggest stars will each be unboxing a new toy from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens product line in a different city around the world and sharing the experience live on YouTube.” said Leslie Ferraro, President, Disney Consumer Products. “We’ve seen tremendous excitement for these new products and can’t wait to see the global reaction from the Star Wars fan community.” 

The Star Wars YouTube channel will host the live stream, which kicks off with the first unboxing in Sydney, Australia at 7:45 a.m. local time on Thursday, Sept. 3 (5:45 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 2), with the grand finale at Lucasfilm in San Francisco at 8 a.m. PDT  (11 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, Sept. 3. Each of the 15 locations will reveal a new product inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

These “unboxing” videos will feature online personalities sharing the excitement of opening the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys. Unboxing videos overall have captivated millions of Internet viewers and continue to grow in popularity. Eighteen of the top 100 most viewed YouTube Channels worldwide are dedicated to toys and toy unboxings. These 18 channels accounted for 8.1 billion views in Q1 2015.

“We’re excited to be part of this first-of-its-kind initiative,” said Chris M. Williams, Chief Audience Officer, Maker Studios. “The unboxing world continues to expand rapidly as audiences around the world connect with digital creators who share their passions. This shared fandom helps attract billions of monthly views and consistently puts the genre at the top of the YouTube charts.”

The global unboxing event will incorporate traditional toy unboxers such as the popular EvanTubeHD, channels featuring families such as Bratayley, lifehack specialists such as ExpCaseros, gamers such as AlexBy11 and Star Wars fans from around the world, including Chris Pirillo, bringing with them a broad audience and appeal.

Read on for the global line-up and timetable...

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   25 August 2015
Fantasy Flight Games: The Massing at Sullust
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2015 22:20

Mark the dates in your diary as this October, Star Wars: Armada The Massing at Sullust gives you the chance to get your hands on preview copies of the game's second wave of expansions and its first large-base ships, the Imperial-class Star Destroyer and MC80 Mon Calamari Star Cruiser at a retailer near you.

From the website:

FFG's The Massing at Sullust is a special preview event, showcasing the second wave of Armada starships and squadrons at exclusive preview tournaments taking place the weekend of October 2nd – 4th.
Only a limited number of kits are available, so retailers should apply today. This exclusive event will provide players their first opportunity to see some of the Star Wars galaxy's most powerful and iconic starships launched into action for the very first time!

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Brews and Blasters #33: Hothston
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2015 21:10

It's time to join the gang over at Brews and Blasters.

It’s a jam-packed episode this week as John and Daryl from Super Awesome Geek Show join us to talk all things Star Wars and much more.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: Disney Launches Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend In Anaheim And Orlando
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2015 19:44

Join Cole Horton over at StarWars.com as he brings us the latest news on the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend In Anaheim and Orlando.

Star Wars fans and runners across the galaxy have a lot to look forward to in 2016. Many Star Wars fans have already signed up for the second runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort in January. Now, Star Wars is coming to Florida for an all new Half Marathon at the Walt Disney World Resort! If you want to take part in these Force-filled fitness events in 2016, here is what you need to know.

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Star Wars Report #181: The Falcon’s Cloth
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2015 15:35

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

Mark’s back from the wilds of Scout camp to join Riley and Bethany, as they talk Star Wars, and more, all on this week’s episode of the STAR WARS REPORT!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Soundstage Events: 12th December: Kevin Jenkins
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2015 15:12

The date is Thursday December 10th, 7.00pm for 7.30pm start, the cost is £12.50 and the guest is none other than the Supervising Art Director of the London branch of ILM, Industrial Light & Magic Kevin Jenkins.

Kevin Jenkins is Supervising Art Director of the London branch of ILM, Industrial Light & Magic, the world’s leading film visual effects company. It was formed 40 years ago by George Lucas to create the groundbreaking effects for Star Wars. Kevin recently worked as an art director on its forthcoming sequel, The Force Awakens. This interview will provide an exclusive insight into his work, including on this much anticipated film. His other credits, as an art director or a concept artist, partly with visual effects company Framestore, include Guardians of the Galaxy, Edge of Tomorrow, X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Art directors and concept artists play a key role in realising the creative vision for all the sets, locations and visual effects that give productions their look and feel.

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2016 Theatrical Release For 1991 Isao Takahata Anime Classic "Only Yesterday"
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2015 14:55

Not only is the unseen masterpiece Only Yesterday finally being released in North America, the English-language version is being produced by Studio Ghibli and is set to star two very prominent Star Wars voices - Ashley Eckstein and Daisy Ridley.

GKIDS has announced that it has entered a distribution agreement with Studio Ghibli for the North American rights to Only Yesterday, from studio co-founder and Academy Award nominee Isao Takahata (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya). Long considered an unseen masterpiece by critics and fans, the film has never before been released in North America. GKIDS plans a theatrical release in early 2016, coinciding with the film’s 25th anniversary.
The deal was negotiated by Eric Beckman from GKIDS and Geoffrey Wexler from Studio Ghibli, with GKIDS taking all theatrical, non-theatrical, home video and television rights in North America. An English-language version is being produced by Studio Ghibli with cast to include Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Ashley Eckstein (HerUniverse, Star Wars Rebels) and Alison Fernandez (Orange is the New Black).

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J.J. Abrams: Kylo Ren Is Not A Sith, Details On The Origins Of The First Order
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2015 13:40

Following up on their exclusive image reveal of the broadsaber-wielding villain Kylo Ren, Empire provides readers with the following bit of background information on this shadowy and ruthless character from The Force Awakens as well as the genesis of the First Order straight from director J.J. Abrams himself.

From the moment Kylo Ren first ignited his vicious-looking broadsaber in the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans have speculated about the true nature of the character, this mysterious Knight Of Ren. Why is his lightsaber so ragged? Why is his title not 'Darth'? The answer to the latter, it turns out, is actually very simple, as some fans had already surmised. "Kylo Ren is not a Sith," confirms JJ Abrams in the new issue of Empire. "He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.”

Snoke, you will recall, is a performance-captured digital character played by Andy Serkis, who can be heard growling the voiceover on the first teaser. Aside from shedding a little light on Ren’s origins, Abrams gave some background on the state of the universe when The Force Awakens begins, including the origins of the First Order, who are not quite the Imperial remnant many had taken them to be.

“That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again?’” Abrams reveals. “What could be born of that? Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didn’t get done?”

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Target Announces New ShareTheForce.com Website
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2015 13:32

Last week we posted the news about Target stores holding a special event on Saturday September 5 called "Share The Force Saturday" in celebration of the release of new The Force Awakens merchandise. Check out the video below that Target uploaded to their YouTube Channel announcing a brand new website for Star Wars fans of all ages across all four corners of the globe titled ShareTheForce.com.

 

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The Force Awakens Audiobook To Be Released In The UK On December 18
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2015 13:20

We received the following email along with the accompanying photo shown above from Jedi News reader Colin H. surrounding the release date of The Force Awakens audiobook in the UK. Over to Colin for the scoop...

Greetings Jedi News! Looks like we will be getting 'The Force Awakens' audiobook here in the UK on the same release date as the movie and e-book. This is great news as we haven't been able to access any of the new canon novels in this format in the UK. Priced at £21.99 but it is currently on sale at Audible.co.uk so you can preorder for £13.19. Hopefully audiobooks for Dark Disciple, etc will be coming as well!?

Keep up the good work team Jedi News.

Excellent news indeed and big thanks to Colin for the heads up!

Tamashii S.H. Figuarts Battle Droid
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2015 12:13

With eternal thanks to Google Translate, info on the new Tamashii S.H. Figuarts Battle Droid.

November 2015 release
Manufacturer's suggested retail price: 4,860 yen (tax included)
It can be completely deformed from impressive in the play "storage mode" to "combat mode"! It can do because the range of motion of SHFiguarts, rich expression seems to battle droids. Blaster rifle can be mounted to the back pack.

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Official Site: Collectibles From The Outer Rim: Vintage School Supplies
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2015 11:21

Matt Dracula presents another nostalgic edition of Collectibles From The Outer Rim as he brings us a look at vintage school supplies over at StarWars.com.

August is almost in the can, and if you have kids, they’re probably losing their minds over their dwindling summer vacations. Go easy on ‘em: September used to be a rough transition for us, too.
Thinking back, the one thing that made the back-to-school season halfway tolerable was getting all-new supplies. Oh, the thrill that came with a shiny new Trapper Keeper, or a Jansport bookbag patterned in army fatigues. The world was our oyster!

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Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 43 - CGI Slippers? REALLY!?
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2015 10:25

It’s time to join Sean & John for Radio Free Tatooine, the Star Wars podcast that’s better than some, worse than others.

Rumors are everywhere these days! Fortunately, we’re here to help spread the ones we like and kill the rest. Amy’s out this week, but we still cover a lot of ground with Force Friday leaks, the new Empire exclusive, and Drew Struzan’s take on The Force Awakens.

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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The Metro: The Force Awakens: Why We Need Our Classic Characters As Much As The New Ones
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2015 09:48

Over at The Metro I look at why having a mixture of classic and new cast members is so essential to the success of The Force Awakens.

There’s no doubt about it, in a year of unbelievable box office success – three of the six biggest grossing movies ever have been released in 2015 (Jurassic World at number 3, Furious 7 at number 5 and Avengers: Age of Ultron at number 6) – the film most people are talking about is The Force Awakens.
No other major movie has countdown clocks littering social media and counting the minutes until release and in no other year would analysts be confident that a movie like Jurassic World and it’s $1.6billion dollar box office haul could be overturned.

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   24 August 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens News From Randy Martinez
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Aug 2015 22:25

Fantastic news from our buddy Randy Martinez. Anyone who's seen his amazing artwork will be well aware just how great it is, and what good news it is for people who adore eye candy.

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SEGA Star Wars Trilogy Arcade For Sale
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Aug 2015 22:15

If you are in the market for an excellent condition SEGA Star Wars Trilogy Arcade machine then head on over to Ebay right now, because going live this very second is the machine I won when I was victorious earlier this year on Sky One's The Fanatics.

Regrettably the machine is just a few inches too tall for my collection room and so it needs to find a new home.

Click here to visit the listing and check it out.

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Jurassic World Blu-ray and Digital HD Coming in October
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Aug 2015 21:29

It's the top grossing film of 2015 - so far - the 3rd biggest movie in motion picture history and it's heading for blu ray and DVD this October.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainmentannounced today that Jurassic World will be available on Digital HD on October 1 and on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on October 20. You can get more details on the Jurassic World Blu-ray and watch a clip from the bonus features below. The film is the third-highest grossing movie of all time with nearly $1.623 billion worldwide.

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On The Shelves UK: Asda
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Aug 2015 21:19

Some interesting news comes our way via Jedi News reader Chris about his local Asda in Norwich and an Ep7 planogram.

Hello! Just seen your article about the new pricing structure in an Asda up north (can't believe the 5poa figures will be a tenner!) Thought I would send some photos I took in the Norwich asda today.
There's a massive blank space in the Star Wars section and they'd left an A4 memo talking about where to place the new Ep7 stuff (careless!) - bit early to have cleared shelves isn't it? Just looks odd....

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Bombad Radio Episode 206 - Star Wars Rogue One, Disney Parks, and Disney Infinity 3.0
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Aug 2015 21:12

It's time to join James and Jeremiah on the latest edition of Bombad Radio.

Episode 206 is our coverage of D23 with Steve C from Inside Infinity your source for Disney Infinity News and Commentary (also the Media Meltdown Mousecast). Steve, Ket, and Jeremiah talk about Star Wars Rogue One (casting news and production team), Disney Infinity 3.0 with Rebels, Clone Wars, classic ans sequel trilogy people, and of course Disney Parks and the new Star Wars land coming to Disneyworld and Disneyland!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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A Super Star Destroyer Is Manhattan Sized
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Aug 2015 21:06

Useful information via io9, in case you ever need to park one.

Reddit user movielover278 made a neat comparison photo that puts a the size of a super Star Destroyer into perspective: it’s the size of Manhattan, give or take a couple of blocks.

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Empire Releases New Image Of Kylo Ren From The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Aug 2015 18:51

Empire has just released a new image of the villain Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens on their website. As a reminder, their October issue featuring two awesome Episode VII fold-out covers arrives this week.

As you may have gathered from our previous posts, the new issue of Empire is out on Thursday, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As a sneak preview of our coverage, here is a brand new image taken from the issue, of Kylo Ren with his broadsaber.

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Expanded Fandomverse Episode 36, with Albin Johnson, founder of the 501st Legion
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Aug 2015 17:37

It's time to join Tim and Jason over at The Expanded Fandomverse.

The Expanded Fandomverse is a show about Star Wars fans, and our guest today is probably one of the most famous Star Wars fans out there. We welcome Albin Johnson, founder of the 501st Legion. Albin and the Legion's origin story is pretty well known, so we asked him about the little details, the parts of the story not often told. We not only talk about the past, but the present and future of the Legion, and we press Albin for any details he may know about the upcoming films! - Also, this week, we discuss out Force Friday plans, and invite you to be a part of the show for the big day!

Contact Information: Website | Voice Mail - 205-383-3663 | Twitter | Facebook

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