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

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

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

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

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SRP: $29.95 each

Retailers: Disney Store and DisneyStore.com

Available: Starting May 4, 2014

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LEGO May 2014 Building Events USA
Reported by Matt on 22 Apr 2014 03:14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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

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

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

LEGO® model number: 9678

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bad Robot tease us again:

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

I DO hope it's Star Wars related

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

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

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

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

On sale July 16

FC, 40 pages

$3.50

Miniseries

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WonderCon 2014 Exclusive Clip, Composer Kevin Kiner Returning

Interview with Composer Kevin Kiner

Official StarWars.com Blog Report

LA Times Interview With Composer Kevin Kiner

IGN's WonderCon 'Rebel's Panel Recap

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The facts we learned today:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source YouTube (via Club Jade)
   19 April 2014
Tosche Station Radio #83: Extra Extra
Reported by Mark on 19 Apr 2014 23:42

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

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

Nanci and Brian are the co-founders and writers of Tosche-Station.net. You can find Nanci on Twitter with the handle @Nancipants and you can find Brian with @LaneWinree.

Contact Information: iTunes | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You thought right, many thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

       

 

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

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

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

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What else is there to say but what a trooper!

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

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

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

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

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

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

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://wgnradio.com/listen/

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   17 April 2014
Official Blog: Star Wars Toothbrushes: The Empire Strikes Plaque
Reported by Mark on 17 Apr 2014 22:18

My latest entry over at The Official Star Wars Blog arrives, taking a look at Star Wars toothbrushes of days past.

The Star Wars saga has shown us that Han, Luke, Leia, and company had regular brushes with danger, fighting their way out of close scrapes and situations. Here on Earth, the kids of the ’70s and ’80s faced similar terrors, albeit of a slightly less stellar nature. Moms and dads worldwide, desperate to find a way to get their kids to get into the daily routine of brushing their teeth, quickly realized that there was no better way to make it happen than to give their kids the coolest option in oral hygiene — Star Wars toothbrushes. And so it was that from the late ’70s to the mid ’80s kids were raging about their new toothbrushes, adorned with a selection of their favorite characters. Just think, you could brush and go with Threepio, fight the plaque to Hoth and back, scrub your gums with Rebel chums and safely chew thanks to Artoo. Battling tooth decay had suddenly become fun.

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2014 Topps 'Star Wars Wacky Packages' Trading Cards
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2014 18:20

Head on over to The Cardboard Connection for a preview of Topps' new 2014 'Star Wars Wacky Packages' trading card set.

The set mashes up two of the most popular and longest running entertainment card properties of all-time. It sticks with the Wacky Packages theme of poking fun at foods and other products you'd expect to find at a grocery store. But there's a twist. It's poking fun at products you might find in the world of Star Wars. There's some familiarity from both worlds.

The 2014 Topps Star Wars Wacky Packages base set has 100 cards. This includes 50 different card fronts, each with two different backs. Flip sides include a mix of puzzles, ads, coupons and checklists.

Reality TV puts a Star Wars spin on ten shows we're familiar with. For Star Tours fans, there are ten Postcards that tackle top tourist destinations in the Star Wars Universe. Coloring Cards offer line art from ten base cards that collectors can color as they see fit.

Four Bonus Stickers can be found exclusively in special value boxes.

As far as hits go, collectors can find randomly inserted sketch cards.

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 17 Apr 2014 17:18
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Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders, arrivals and a Spring Cleaning Sale...

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First Look at 'The Goldbergs' May 4 'Star Wars' Episode
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2014 15:17

TV Guide provides fans with the early first look pic shown above and the plot synopsis copied below of the upcoming episode of ABC's 'The Goldbergs' in celebration of 'Star Wars Day' on May 4 (the episode is actually scheduled to air on May 6 at 9:00pm ET).

The Force is with him! The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg, a lifelong Star Wars nut, will flash back to the 1983 release of Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi for the sitcom's May 6 episode (9/8c, ABC). The plot has young Adam (Sean Giambrone) blackmailing his sister, Erica (Hayley Orrantia), to wait in line with him on opening day of the movie, where they meet a bunch of costumed fans including guest star Thomas Lennon.

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New 'Star Wars Rebels' Poster Featuring The Inquisitor
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2014 14:18

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Corsham Sci-fi Family Funday: 26th April 2014
Reported by Mark on 17 Apr 2014 13:15

Charity Sci-Fi are proud to present their 6th annual event in the Wiltshire town of Corsham. Special guests this year include Dave Prowse the original actor behind the mask of cinemas most iconic villain Darth Vader from the original Star Wars trilogy and joining him from The Empire Strikes Back is John Morton from the USA making his second ever UK appearance. He played Dak Ralter, Luke Skywalkers snowspeeder gunner in the battle of Hoth and also donned the legendary armour and helmet for two days as Bespin Boba Fett in a scene with Vader and Lando.

Other guests include Virgina Hey - Farscape, Mad Max 2 - The stars of the modern Doctor Who - Sean Knopp- Paul (Bells of St. John) , John Davey - Cyberman, Ood and various monsters in over 25 modern episodes, Sarah Louise Madison - weeping angel and Freya Faraday - big finish audio adventures.

In 2013 Charity Sci-Fi raised over £30,000 for charity and last years event was a fantastic one. Check the video from the event here. http://youtu.be/nHLc9lpa3tM

The event will take place in the lower school halls of the Corsham comprehensive school SN13 9DL from 10:30 - 5pm on Saturday the 26th of April. Thanks to the support of local town council we have free parking in all the towns car parks for the day and there's plenty of local independent shops and eateries in the town where attendees can grab a bite to eat.

Some of the staff from Skynet the Mod Satellite Communication System will be bringing a display and talking about the technology. Other activities include Wiltshire Scrap Store. Cat House Observatory, Dave Hickory Balloon Modeller, Angel Art Face painting, Traders and Costumers.

The event will be dividing the profits between Wiltshire Young Carers, Whizzy Bug Bath, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The event would not have been possible without help from Corsham Town Council, Automattic Comics and Toys, Manor Garage Box, Corsham Print, Memory Lane Cars and the Premier Inn Chippenham.

More details on the event can be found at Charity Sci-Fi and for the latest news follow the groups official page at Charity Sci-Fi.

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Chicago Mayor Wants a Site Found For Lucas Cultural Arts Museum
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2014 12:53

On the heels of news earlier this month about George Lucas' desire to add Chicago to his list of potential locations for the development of his Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is apparently eager to find a suitable landing spot in his city.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday gave a dozen civic leaders until mid-May to find an “accessible” site for a project with huge tourism potential: an interactive museum spearheaded by movie mogul George Lucas to house his formidable collection of artwork and filmmaking memorabilia.

The task force — co-chaired by Polk Brothers Foundation CEO Gillian Darlow and Kurt Summers, senior vice-president of Grosvenor Capital Management — is working on a tight time frame with clear marching orders from the mayor.

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Three LEGO 'Star Wars' Covers Revealed for 'Star Wars Insider' #150
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2014 12:42

We are rapidly approaching another milestone in the publication life of 'Star Wars Insider' magazine with issue #150 set to arrive in June.

In honor of this celebratory event, we learn via the official site that issue #150 will have three different LEGO 'Star Wars' themed covers!

Star Wars Insider is hitting issue #150, and the magazine is celebrating this milestone in a brick-tastic way: with three LEGO Star Wars covers, revealed exclusively on StarWars.com!

Be on the lookout for two newsstand covers featuring LEGO clone troopers and LEGO Han Solo, and a special Diamond exclusive comic book store cover featuring LEGO Obi-Wan Kenobi. Available on June 10, 2014, this anniversary issue includes part one of an in-depth look at the LEGO Star Wars phenomenon, a special piece on Star Wars Rebels, and lots more.

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The WolfPack Podcast: Dave Filoni Interview
Reported by Mark on 17 Apr 2014 12:23

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

In this very Special episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Corey, Dan, Chris, Logan, Marco, and Mike chat with Dave Filoni (Supervising Director Of Star Wars The Clone Wars and Executive Producer Of Star Wars Rebels) as we talk about the latest Season of Star Wars The Clone Wars, and take a look back at past seasons. Dave tells us a lot of great answers to questions the Star Wars community have been wondering about, such as "How would Ahsoka and Bo Katan work together? And "Is Barriss Offee still alive? We also talk a little bit about the upcoming Star Wars Rebels, and Star Wars Weekends. So strap in, drink your blue milk, and get ready for the jump to hyperspace in this new exciting episode!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Latest Toy Palace Newsletter - Week 11, 2014
Reported by James on 17 Apr 2014 11:42
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Here's the latest update from Site Sponsor Toy Palace with details of the latest Star Wars products that came in or were added for pre-order within the last week...

       

       

   

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Geek Fest, Folkestone: 10th May 2014
Reported by Mark on 17 Apr 2014 11:36

Check out this roster of Rebels and Imperials coming to Leas Cliff Hall on 10th May.

" An epic celebration of TV and movie related sci-fi" With guest signers, Phizzog Sci Fi body painting jam, Fragfest Halo projector gaming, sci fi traders and more......

Fundraising for The Rainbow Centre and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Guests attending: David Prowse, Ken Colley, Chris Barrie, Lalla Ward, John Leeson, Katy Manning, Michael Jayston, Caroline Munro, Martine Beswick, Ken Coombs, Pam Rose, Alan Flyng, Michael Henbury, Nick Joseph, Paul Markham, Kevin Wilson, Peter Roy, Brian Wheeler, Wolf Kahler, Derek Lyons, Virginia Hey, Louise Jameson, Michael Culver. All guests appear subject to work and health commitments and their charges for autographs will vary in price depending on the individual.

Costume and model groups who will be attending including the Sw3po, members from the UK Garrison and Reel Icons, Lord of the Rings and more.

Tickets Prices:

  • Adults = £5.00
  • Children = £3.00
  • Under 5's = Free

Sponsored by Absolute Graphix and the Movie Poster Store

And a great pal of ours will also be attending the show.

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Star Wars Rebels: New Book Covers Revealed
Reported by Mark on 17 Apr 2014 10:55

Pete and Andy at Rebels Report bring us this selection of images from the forthcoming Star Wars Rebels publishing program. They include Ezra's Gamble by Ryder Windham, Rise of the Rebels, the World of Reading Level 1 Book Zeb to the Rescue, the sticker book Chopper Saves The Day and finally A New Hero by Pablo Hidalgo.

   

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Nick Frost on the Sequels
Reported by StephenG on 17 Apr 2014 03:52

Nick Frost weighs in on the next Star Wars trilogy

Nice

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Official Blog: Happy Rancor: Mail-Away 'Star Wars' Action Figures
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2014 00:15

Enjoy the latest official blog post courtesy of Lucasfilm's Dan Brooks.

Happy Rancor explores hidden gems in and around the orbit of Star Wars — from old video games to comics to underrated novels — that have maybe been forgotten, but deserve a little more consideration. In this installment, we take a look at Star Wars toys that require proofs of purchase, postage, and patience.

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   16 April 2014
'Star Wars Rebels' Costuming 101: Hera Syndulla
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2014 22:51

With convention season set to start heating up with WonderCon arriving this weekend, the esteemed Dave Filoni has graciously taken the time to provide fans with a detailed breakdown of the costume worn by Hera, the ace pilot of the 'Ghost' who will be appearing in the upcoming 'Star Wars Rebels' animated TV series this fall.

Sorry for the delays between posts, but I’ve been pretty busy as you can imagine. Things are going really well on Star Wars Rebels, and I’m very proud of the work the team is doing. I also know that you guys are hard at work getting ready for Comic-Con, and other conventions for this summer, and many of you have asked for some insights as far as what materials are used in some of the costumes on Rebels. It is always a challenge taking an animated style and translating into an actual costume, so I thought I would do a quick breakdown of some of the characters, as we head into Con Season. I might not be able to get to them all, but I will start with one that has been requested quite a bit: Hera. I hope this breakdown helps. Any other need-to-know questions are welcomed and I will try to answer them as I have time. Thanks, and good luck with the costumes.

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Pics of Trimmed Down Carrie Fisher
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2014 20:32

Looks like everyone's favorite princess Carrie Fisher has been sticking to her reported Episode VII training/dietary regimen, as we get a few photos of her taken yesterday while she was out with her dogs grocery shopping in Los Angeles.

Keep up the great work Carrie!

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 16 Apr 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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Jedi News Comic Review: The Star Wars #7
Reported by Skuldren on 16 Apr 2014 16:00
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Escaping the Imperial attack on Aquilae, the ship carrying General Luke Skywalker and his companions is shot down above the jungle planet Yavin.

When their escape pods land in separate parts of the Forest of the Gargantuas, Luke, Han Solo, and the droid Threepio decide their best course is to protect Princess Leia’s two younger brothers, trusting Luke’s apprentice, Annikin Starkiller, and plucky little Artwo to look after Leia.

But Princess Leia is captured by slave trappers and Annikin, attempting to rescue her, is carried off by the native Wookiees! Meanwhile, General Skywalker and the others encounter anthropologist Owen Lars, who warns them of the Empire’s presence on the planet...

Join scripter J.W. Rinzler, artist Mike Mayhew, colourist Rain Beredo, letterer Michael Heisler and cover artist Nick Rudge as we continue the story of The Star Wars.

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The Week That Wars…
Reported by BrianC on 16 Apr 2014 14:00
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Welcome to our weekly look back at the highlights of the news from the past week – from the irrelevant, to the best of fan content / media, the latest official news, rumours and reviews…

Changes Coming To 'Star Wars: The Old Republic' PvP Season 2
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2014 13:28

Check out the latest 'Star Wars: The Old Republic' update posted over on EGMNOW pertaining to the upcoming second season of PvP.

Following the conclusion of Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s first PvP season, developer BioWare has revealed the changes it will be making for season two.

The first major change will be made to the season length. Season one lasted 21 weeks, beginning in November 2013 and ending with update 2.7 last week. “This was too long of a length to get the best experience out of the Ranked Seasons, mainly queue population,” the developer explained.

“With a roughly five month long season there were valleys/weeks where the queue population stagnated and thus dipped in participation.”

Season two will begin with update 2.7.1, in two weeks, and will last roughly three months, ending with a major game update. This new shorter length will mean that BioWare won’t be offering a new tier of gear with each new season.

The second change will be made to rewards. Season one saw five tiers of rewards offered to players, however season two will only offer three tiers. As an added bonus, the “top three characters of each Advanced Class in Group and Solo” will be given a unique reward at the end of the season. “That means that the top 96 players in the world will get something to show off their elite status!”

Finally, starting with update 2.7.1, players will finally have a daily and weekly quest for completing ranked arenas to help improve the queue population.

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T-Shirts: The Kawaii Wars Saga: Hope, Empire & Return
Reported by Matt on 16 Apr 2014 13:23

You've got 15 hours to grab one or even all three of these cool tees before they're gone for good. Via Fresh Brewed Tee there's Hope, Empire & Return, and if you order all 3 tees for a mere $33.00 you save $3.00.

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Official Blog: From World War to Star Wars: Spaceships, Submarines, and Seismic Charges
Reported by Mark on 16 Apr 2014 12:16

Cole Horton returns to The Official Star Wars Blog with another blockbuster entry looking at the correlations between the real world and the GFFA.

While many of the ships from Star Wars were inspired by planes from World War II, the space combat seen in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Two episode “Cat and Mouse” took space combat to new depths — literally. This Clone Wars story introduces Star Wars fans to a Republic stealth ship that draws on many parallels to submarine warfare of the past.

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Guardians Of The Star Wars Galaxy
Reported by Mark on 16 Apr 2014 11:32

With the imminent arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy in August, and the galactic repercussions it will have on the Marvel Universe, this fan art by artist Scott Blair couldn't be better timed.

Rocket Han Solo - it couldn't be more perfect!

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