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   23 October 2014
My Troubled Relationship with Empire
Reported by AdamDB on 23 Oct 2014 20:00
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When I submitted my first May the 4th Saga reviews a year and a half ago, I maintained that The Empire Strikes Back was my personal second favorite film of the Saga.

About a month later, it was my fifth favorite.

A few months after that, it was third.

Hasbro Chopper Figure Spotted In UK
Reported by Mark on 23 Oct 2014 18:18

Matt Bookers words obviously caught some folks attention last night as he bemoaned the lack of Hasbro Star Wars Rebels figures on shelves in shops across the UK. Friend of the site Andy Dukes dropped us a line - and these images - to show that our intrepid heroes are indeed out there and available for purchase.

I saw another article today about the lack of Rebels figures in the shops, the Disney store at Westfield Stratford had a bunch of them yesterday, they said they had them before the TV series started and weren't allowed to put them out until it had.

Cincinatti Comic Expo: Star Wars Boba Fett Reunion Panel
Reported by John 'Dak' Morton on 23 Oct 2014 17:29

Star Wars Boba Fett Reunion Panel
Moderator: Andrew Setters
Panelists: John Morton, Dickey Beer, and Daniel Logan.
Listen to the men from their perspective of the most famous bounty hunter in the galaxy.

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Drew Struzan To Receive Saul Bass Award On October 23
Reported by Justin on 23 Oct 2014 17:29

Head on over to The Hollywood Reporter for a brief article that informs readers of a special award that will be bestowed upon one of the entertainment industry's most iconic artists ever to put a brush to canvas, the legendary Drew Struzan.

He's the artist who gave Rambo his gigantic gun (and sensitive gaze) in the poster for First Blood. He made Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia look like timeless movie icons with his poster for Star Wars. He turned Harrison Ford's face into a canvas all its own with his artwork for Indiana Jones.

His name may not be familiar in every household, but his work is. Over the course of his four-decade career, Drew Struzan, 67, has painted more than 200 film posters, always in a style all his own: heroism brushed with humanity, humor softened by a tinge of sorrow. Which is why, on Oct. 23, he'll be honored with the Saul Bass Award at THR's Key Art Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 51: Missing In The Mansion
Reported by Mark on 23 Oct 2014 17:00

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

Our Halloween Celebration continues as we explore the delicious delightful depths of Disney’s Haunted Mansion! On this week’s episode: Missing In The Mansion – we talk to the director and creator of this Haunted Mansion fan film, Jeremiah Daws. Haunted Mansion Fun Facts and Easter Eggs with our Ghost Host, Dave Skale. C-3PO Halloween Costume Safety Tips. Haunted Disney Short Report with Tracy & Scott Morris (Disney, Indiana Podcast). WINNER ANNOUNCED for Star Wars Rebels Prize Pack.

As always, much, much more. Never Land On Alderaan!!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified – “Fighter Flight”
Reported by Dan on 23 Oct 2014 15:01

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac for Star Wars Rebels: Declassified.

As we continue to work our way through Season 1 of Star Wars Rebels, we find ourselves learning more and more about our group of core characters, as well as the state of the galaxy on a whole. In “Fighter Flight”, Zeb & Ezra are sent on a simple errand to pick up some fruit in a Lothal town, but what happens next is anything but ordinary. Joining us at the Roundtable this week to provide analysis are movie producer/writer F.J. Desanto and Star Wars collecting guru Dan Curto.

Subscribe via iTunes here OR plug this RSS feed into your device's podcatcher or RSS reader OR download the episode directly here.

Listen you must!  Also, don't forget to LIKE their Facebook page here.

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'ASIS Film Models' Custom Star Wars Model Kits
Reported by Justin on 23 Oct 2014 13:55

A company by the name of ASIS Film Models contacted us here at Jedi News to inform us of their line of custom Star Wars model kits currently posted on their website for sale, including our good buddy Kyle Newman's favorite podracer pictured above.

Click the image above or take the source link below to check out their available models, which we think feature some pretty amazing design work.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Blocks Magazine Issue 1 Available Today
Reported by James on 23 Oct 2014 12:50

The first monthly issue of Blocks magazine is available today at all good newsagents.  Blocks magazine is a celebration of everything LEGO.  Aimed at enthusiast’s young and old it is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the world of plastic bricks when taking a break from your latest build.

Issue 1 - The cover star of this issue is the UCS Batman Tumbler. A set that uses every technique in the book to achieve the perfect replica of this iconic vehicle.

Delving deeper through the issue we examine the range of LEGO Imperial Star Destroyers released to date and compare them. There's an inside look at the new minifigure online game, and a chance to WIN a full set of series 12 minifigures.

Blocks' expert team takes you through in-depth reviews of their latest builds and give plenty of hints and tips. Tim Johnson discusses SNOT and which bricks work best. We also go behind the scenes of the extreme Exo suit PR campaign, plus detailed instructions on building your own assault cannon.

In addition to our own projects and builds (with instructions) we have some splendid creations in our showcase features. There's a chance to win a complete set of Mixels, and Sarah Harmen's new book Extreme Bricks.

With all this and much much more can you afford to miss out.

If you'd rather not wait, then take the link below and subscribe today. This magazine is a real must for any LEGO Star Wars fan.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Rewards for Your Service
Reported by Jonathan on 23 Oct 2014 10:00

Imperial Assault is available for pre-order, and these previews not only let you know what to expect from this highly anticipated game but also how to get the most out of it. This preview covers side missions, experience, and items in an Imperial Assault campaign.

From the website:

Enter the Star Wars universe with the thrilling campaigns and skirmishes of Imperial Assault, a tactical board game of cinematic missions for two to five players.

You can find two full games within Imperial Assault. The campaign game invites you and up to four friends to take part in a gripping narrative that pits a small strike team of Rebel heroes against the massive military power of the Imperial player. You’ll also uncover the tactical conflict of the skirmish game, which allow two players to muster their own forces and battle head-to-head over conflicting objectives. Whether you play the campaign game or the skirmish game, you’re sure to experience the Star Wars galaxy like never before.

In our most recent preview, we explored two of the heroes that you can play over the course of the campaign. In future previews, we’ll examine the skirmish game, as well as the various rewards and threatening options available to the Imperial player as he commands countless Stormtroopers, vehicles, and villains to crush the insignificant Rebellion. Today, however, we’ll turn our attention to the missions these heroes may choose to undertake, and the experience and items they collect along the way!

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New Tesco Clothing
Reported by Matt on 23 Oct 2014 08:15

 

The Force is definitely at Tesco as new Star Wars apparel lands on the rails.

Men's pyjamas from £7.50 and tees from £7.00. Who can argue with that?

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Tesco Star Wars Items Fill The Shelves
Reported by Matt on 23 Oct 2014 02:04

 

Tesco shelves are stocked full of all brands of new toys but are absent - like the rest of the world it seems - of Hasbro action figures.

But here is the first sighting of the Star Wars Rebels Hasbro vehicles and Inquisitor saber.

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Jedi News Book Reviews: Star Wars: Razor's Edge (UK Paperback Release)
Reported by Mark on 23 Oct 2014 00:00
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Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal.

But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: the fierce marauders come from Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star. These refugees have turned to pillaging and plundering to survive—and they are in debt to a pirate armada, which will gladly ransom the princess to the vengeful Empire...if they find out her true identity.

Struggling with intense feelings of guilt, loyalty, and betrayal, Leia is determined to help her wayward kinspeople, even as Imperial forces are closing in on her own crippled ship. Trapped between lethal cutthroats and brutal oppressors, Leia and Han, along with Luke, Chewbacca, and a battle-ready crew, must defy death—or embrace it—to keep the rebellion alive.

The UK paperback release of Razors Edge arrives, ditching the Empire and Rebellion tag and adding the now prevalent Legends banner to the top of the cover. But despite the changes, Martha Wells still brings us a vibrant and classic Star Wars tale.

Spoilers ahead.

Source Random House UK
   22 October 2014
Better Deal At Tesco On Star Wars Branded Bath Stuff
Reported by Matt on 22 Oct 2014 23:48

£3.00 for a Star Wars bathset? Yep, Tesco are really pushing the boat out with some crazy prices for the festive rush.

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New Toothbrushes At Home Bargains
Reported by Matt on 22 Oct 2014 21:45

There have been Star Wars brushes since the very start of the saga in the late 70's, right through to the present day. The latest Star Wars Rebels branded brushes from Firefly can be found hanging on the pegs in Home Bargains .

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Chewbacca Stops Mr Incredible Vs Batgirl Fight
Reported by Mark on 22 Oct 2014 21:41

It's certainly not a feel good story, not by any measure, but if there is one small spark of comfort it's that our very own mighty wookiee Chewbacca tried to break up this unsavoury scene.

Chewbacca and Freddy Krueger helped break up a brawl between Mr Incredible and Batgirl as the superheroes traded blows on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Wally, from the Where's Wally series of children's books, also joined attempts to separate the pair as the scuffle broke out in front of the TCL Chinese theatre.

As shocked tourists - and Queen Elsa of Arandelle - look on, Freddy Krueger can be seen trying to calm the situation as Chewbacca tries to hold back Mr Incredible. But Batgirl then scratches Mr Incredible - apparently overcoming his famously heightened resistance to harm - enraging the red-suited character.

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Star Wars Rebels To Air Spark of Rebellion With Vader Scene
Reported by Team Jedi News on 22 Oct 2014 21:20

Great news for UK fans, the updated/amened/tweaked/special edition of Spark of Rebellion will air on Sky 1 on Monday 27th October, which is this coming Monday.  NEW: Official image, click above for a closer look.

SKY 1 TO AIR STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION, ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 27 WITH A NEW SCENE FEATURING DARTH VADER

The critically-acclaimed epic adventure Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, will air on SKY1 MONDAY 27TH OCTOBER 4.30PM. Executive Producer Dave Filoni states, "We wanted to do something special. We've added a scene which gives audiences insight into the Inquisitor and includes a cameo by Darth Vader voiced by the distinguished actor James Earl Jones."

The television movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion delivered 6.5-million viewers in its premieres on Disney Channel and Disney XD around the world including the U.S. and 16 markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Canada. The Star Wars Rebels weekly series on Disney XD (Mondays 9:00 p.m., ET/PT), has been renewed for a second season.

Set between the events of Star Wars Episodes III and IV, the Star Wars Rebels story unfolds during a dark time when the evil Galactic Empire is tightening its grip of power on the galaxy. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet and are ruining the lives of its people. The motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost – cowboy Jedi Kanan, ace pilot Hera, street-smart teenager Ezra, the "muscle" Zeb, warrior firebrand Sabine, and grumpy old astromech droid Chopper – will face threatening new villains, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.

The voice cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra and British stars David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus and Jason Isaacs as the Inquisitor.

"Star Wars Rebels" is created by Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sherlock Holmes), and Carrie Beck. The Lucasfilm Animation production is also executive-produced by Filoni and Kinberg as well as Greg Weisman (Gargoyles).

Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, will air on SKY1 MONDAY 27TH OCTOBER 4.30PM

Fantasy Flight Games: A Preview of the Most Wanted Expansion Pack for X-Wing
Reported by Jonathan on 22 Oct 2014 21:05

This bounty hunter is my kind of scum, fearless and inventive.”
–Jabba the Hutt

Head on over to Fantasy Flight Games for a preview of their new expansion 'Most Wanted'. Scum operate best when they're left to their own devices, and and the sneaky, nasty upgrades available on the black market make them a deadly foe. Sounds fun!

From the website:

By repurposing some of your existing starships, the Most Wanted Expansion Pack kick starts your Scum faction with enough firepower that it can immediately take the fight to Rebel and Imperial forces. It comes with enough new ship cards and upgrades to field a whole fleet’s worth of the galaxy’s most fearsome thugs, hired guns, pirates, and spice runners. It also comes with three pre-painted miniature starfighters, one Y-wing and two Z-95 Headhunters.

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Jumbo JAKKS Half Price At Sainsbury
Reported by Matt on 22 Oct 2014 20:53

Just like it says in the headline, jumbo JAKKS figures are down to just £14.99 in the half-price sale at Sainsbury.

Impressive...most impressive...

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 22 Oct 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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Cool Custom Star Wars Saga Artwork Designs
Reported by Justin on 22 Oct 2014 14:02

Thanks to our own Mark Newbold for alerting me to this awesome tweet!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: These Aren't The Badges You're Looking For
Reported by Justin on 22 Oct 2014 13:35

We got an official response from none other than Mary Franklin herself about our possible Celebration Anaheim 2015 badge artwork preview story that we posted yesterday.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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RUMOR: Photo Of Episode VII Stormtrooper On Set; Han & Chewie's Big Adventure
Reported by Justin on 22 Oct 2014 13:25

Making Star Wars has updated their website to include the Episode VII rumors provided via the titled links below.

Photos Of A Stormtrooper On Set

Stormtroopers In Disguise?

Concept Description: Han And Chewie's Big Adventure

As is the case with all Episode VII rumors posted out there on the interwebs, take the links at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Marvel Comics Full Solicitations For January 2015
Reported by Mark on 22 Oct 2014 12:17

'Nuff said.

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The WolfPack Podcast Special Episode: James Arnold Taylor Interview (Obi Wan Kenobi)
Reported by Dan on 22 Oct 2014 11:29

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

In this episode Corey, Chris, Logan and Nabil interview James Arnold Taylor from Star Wars The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. We talk about his work as Plo Koon, Obi Wan Kenobi in Rebels, and much more!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Official Site: Star Wars Art: Posters - Special Preview
Reported by Mark on 22 Oct 2014 10:47

StarWars.com gives us a preview into Star Wars Art: Posters book, a lush production that brings the magic of the Star Wars poster right into your hands.

From Tom Jung’s iconic Star Wars one-sheet to Roger Kastel’s stunning Episode V painting to Drew Struzan’s peerless work across the saga, poster art has a great legacy in Star Wars expression. Star Wars Art: Posters, the fifth book in the George Lucas-curated Star Wars Art series, celebrates that legacy with the best artwork from all six Star Wars films, the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated television series, and limited-edition prints. Available now, the essential tome features a foreword and introduction by the legendary Struzan and Kastel, respectively, and includes a wide range of styles from all over the world.

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Daisy Ridley Signs With CAA
Reported by Mark on 22 Oct 2014 10:23

It seems Daisy Ridley (notably listed here as the lead of Episode VII) is playing musical chairs with her agencies as she shifts from UTA - who she only signed with 2 months ago - to CAA.

CAA has signed Daisy Ridley, the up and coming young actress who is the female lead in the JJ Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII. The plan is for her character to carry through the second and third films that will be directed by Looper helmer Rian Johnson. Ridley appeared in several TV series in London before she was set for the next batch of Star Wars at Disney, following a worldwide casting search. There was a stampede by agencies back then, and she first signed with UTA two months ago.

Source Deadline (via Club Jade)
   21 October 2014
New Hot Wheels Five Pack Spotted In Asda
Reported by Mark on 21 Oct 2014 23:38

#hotwheels 5pack spotted in #Asda UK inc exclusive damaged #stormtrooper car.

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

Hitting UK shelves now, and available in Asda as we speak, the Star Wars Hot Wheels 5 packs collection, including the exclusive 'damaged' Stormtrooper car.

And stay tuned to Jedi News on Instagram, as Matt is posting news items over there that are separate from the main website. To get ALL the coverage, lock your targeting computers on Jedi News on Instagram.

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Star Wars Rebels: Ezra Bridger - One Jump Ahead
Reported by Mark on 21 Oct 2014 23:20

Simply too good not to post, with thanks for the heads up to David Gremillion of Get Your Geek On.

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Fangirls Going Rogue #12
Reported by Teresa on 21 Oct 2014 23:04

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

Teresa and Tricia explore the many ways Star Wars excitement is in the air – from Episode VII’s final weeks of filming and Star Wars Rebels hitting ABC this weekend. It’s a perfect time to talk about spoiler etiquette. Teresa shares two interviews with Steve Blum (Zeb) and Greg Ellis (Baron Ruhdor) from Fanboy Expo, then breaks down her New York Comic Con experience. Talk about Tricia’s Star Wars and Heroine’s Journey panels from GeekGirlCon rolls into a character discussion on The Clone Wars heroine Ahsoka Tano

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars In Character - The Mark Newbold Episode
Reported by Mark on 21 Oct 2014 19:23

It's time to join the gang over at Star Wars in Character.

Dave continues his “Star Wars Around the World” Mini-series. This time, Dave virtually travels to England to interview Jedi News very own Mark Newbold!

This episode was recorded in August 2014.

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Hans free: Harrison Ford ditches crutches
Reported by Mark on 21 Oct 2014 18:55

Despite ditching his crutches many weeks ago after his leg break back in June, Harrison Ford was seen last night in London at a party to celebrate Carrie Fishers birthday and the end of filming on Episode VII.

HARRISON Ford finally has his Hans free after ditching the crutches.

The 72-year-old actor walked unaided to London's posh Zuma restaurant last night, showing off his recovery after he broke his left leg on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Fans will be chuffed to see the veteran star - who shot to fame playing Hans Solo in the original 1977 film - back on his feet after a faulty hydraulic door collapsed on him during filming in June.

The dinner date last night also doubled-up as a wrap celebration, with the films' cast and crew marking the end of filming.

J.J. Abrams, who is directing the film, was seen leaving the restaurant, as was actor Adrien Brody.

Hans Solo. Fornax help us...

Source The Sun
Official Site: Admiral Ackbar Jumbo Figure By Gentle Giant - Exclusive Preview
Reported by Mark on 21 Oct 2014 18:37

Here's the ideal gift for someone who's fishing around for the perfect present. Check out this article over at StarWars.com.

No Star Wars collection can repel an action figure of this magnitude!

Gentle Giant presents their latest jumbo-size, vintage-style Star Wars figure: the fan favorite Admiral Ackbar, commander of the Rebel fleet in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Digitally scanned from Kenner’s original 3 3/4? Admiral Ackbar toy, this new oversize edition measures 12? tall, is fully articulated to match the classic figure’s release, comes with a faithfully re-produced Admiral staff, and features a Return of the Jedi-inspired cardback. Designed with collectors in mind, the figure comes in a re-sealable plastic outer clam shell — sure to protect it against Imperial traps.

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 42
Reported by Mark on 21 Oct 2014 18:24
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at a key dispute, an act of terror, some utility droids, a fatalistic species, the wisest of Jedi, the home of the Lurmen, a smugglers device, an espionage tool and an iconic speeder. Hold tight, we're heading for the bright centre of the universe...

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George Lucas Criticizes The Movie Industry
Reported by Justin on 21 Oct 2014 17:10

Legendary director George Lucas reflected on how much the film industry has changed, marked by increased clashes between creative filmmakers and studios concerned about the bottom line.

"You're selling creativity. Raw creativity from talented people," Lucas told "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose at Chicago Ideas Week. "Now, the problem has always been the studios. Although the beginning of the studios, the entrepreneurs who ran the studios were sort of creative guys. They would just take books and turn them into movies and do things like that. Suddenly all these corporations were coming in. They didn't know anything about the movie business."

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Discipline Calculator Now Available!
Reported by Mark on 21 Oct 2014 17:08

Here's a handy tool to help navigate your way through Star Wars The Old Republic.

Dulfy and SWToR_miner put together a discipline calculator that helps fans familiarize themselves with the new system in addition to experimenting with new setups. The calculator is still in beta and what’s even more impressive is that it was built from information retrieved from video streams.

Source SWTOR Strategies (via sQren)
Alex Ross Variant Cover For Marvel's Star Wars #1 Revealed
Reported by Dan on 21 Oct 2014 15:32



Marvel Comics upcoming Star Wars #1 will sport a variant cover from none other than Alex Ross! If that's not exciting enough, the cover illustration pays homage to the very first Marvel Star Wars #1 comic, originally illustrated by Howard Chaykin. Look for more variant covers as we get closer to the January 2015 publication date. 

Source Entertainment Weekly
Is This A Preview Of The Celebration Anaheim 2015 Badge Artwork?
Reported by Justin on 21 Oct 2014 15:14

Just saw the following tweet pop up in my Twitter timeline. If you recall, the badge artwork that was used for Star Wars Celebration VI (and Celebration Europe II) featured a background with floating Rebel insignias on each of the badges.

And now we see this from the official @StarWarsUK Twitter account.

I might be grasping at straws here, but could this tweet possibly show us the early artwork design being planned (or already officially chosen) for the Celebration Anaheim 2015 badges?

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Coffee With Kenobi: Becca's Chava Chats: No! Not Anakin! He couldn’t ….
Reported by Mark on 21 Oct 2014 15:12

Our recent RADIO 1138 guest Becca Benjamin takes a look at the devastating state of affairs that tore the marriage of Anakin and Padme apart over at Coffee With Kenobi.

Considering all that they have been through and all the events that are yet to take place, can you blame her for wanting to believe that this was all a lie or even a possible case of mistaken identity? I, for one, can completely empathize with Padme here. Maybe not to the same degree as hearing that my husband was guilty of committing murder(s), but facing a jury or trial for a crime of severe amplitude, absolutely!

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Slice Sabre, From Chicago Town
Reported by Matt on 21 Oct 2014 14:55

Alert alert! Now in freezers at supermarkets across the UK, the Slice Sabre. Not LFL approved it appears. And why does a Chicago Town pizza need slicing, it's tiny and bite sized!

And don't forget to go and play the game too.

Source Chicago Town (via Darth Sheppard)
Battlefront 3 Footage Available?
Reported by Mark on 21 Oct 2014 14:42

Want to check out some footage from the aborted 2008 Battlefront 3 game? SWTOR Strategies have some right here.

At first glance the game is nowhere near the graphical sophistication of the footage presented by DICE at E3 this year, but by 2008 standards, it is awesome. There’s a great variety of planets and heroes to choose from and the maps are alive with action. There are obviously massive frame-rate drops and lots of missing textures, but overall, the game does look like it could’ve been a genuine crowd-pleaser with a little bit of tweaking and TLC here and there. Having been denied the opportunity to play this Battlefront, the Star Wars community is all the more entitled these days to raise the bar sky-high on its expectations regarding the upcoming DICE title.

Source SWTOR Strategies (via sQren)
The Metro: Happy 58th birthday Carrie Fisher
Reported by Mark on 21 Oct 2014 14:15

She's the birthday girl of the day so instead of sending her a slice of low calorie birthday cake I thought I'd write an article about how awesome she is instead. To read it, head on over to The Metro.

For Star Wars fans of certain age, who can only imagine Harrison Ford as a youthful 34-year-old, Mark Hamill as a fresh-faced 24-year-old and See Threepio as a shiny 200-year-old, it seems almost impossible to say that the one and only Carrie Fisher today celebrates her 58th birthday. Forever immortalised as a 19-year-old bun-headed, impetuous, strong-willed, shampoo bottle topping, warrior princess – today not only marks another year in an incredibly packed life, but another step towards her return in next December’s Star Wars Episode 7.

But what else is there to know about Carrie, other than the impact she’s had on popular culture – certainly geek culture – and THAT bikini?

Source The Metro
'Newsarama' Interview With Greg Weisman On Star Wars: Kanan Comic Series
Reported by Justin on 21 Oct 2014 14:10

After it was announced at NY Comic Con and sent the fan community into a state of euphoria, Lucas Siegel over at Newsarama sat down with Greg Weisman to chat about the new upcoming comic series Star Wars: Kanan.

We talked about what to expect from Kanan, how Rebels changed the way he looks at the character and Jedi in general, and even got his insight on comics and TV as similar but different storytelling mediums.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Rebels Recon #3: Inside "Fighter Flight"
Reported by Justin on 21 Oct 2014 13:18

Rebels Recon #3 features an in-depth look at the Star Wars Rebels episode "Fighter Flight," with a recap, cast and crew interviews, and answers to your Twitter questions -- plus an exclusive preview of next week's installment of Star Wars Rebels, "Rise of the Old Masters!"

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Star Wars Rebels “Spark Of Rebellion” Darth Vader Sneak Peek
Reported by Justin on 21 Oct 2014 13:16

Get a first look at Darth Vader in the new extended version of Star Wars Rebels’ premiere movie, “Spark of Rebellion,” airing Sunday, October 26 (7:00 p.m. ET/PT), on ABC!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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   20 October 2014
T-Shirts: Two Suns of Fun
Reported by Mark on 20 Oct 2014 23:10

Busted Tees bring us this tropical tee, featuring two suns of fun for $20.00 ($12.00 from midnight tonight). Order it now before the Bantha's get to it first!

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Official Site: LEGO Star Wars: The Golden Brickies UK Awards Recap
Reported by Mark on 20 Oct 2014 22:30

Our very own Jedi James brings us his latest article over at StarWars.com as he reports on the recent Golden Brickies awards.

On Saturday, October 11, I had the privilege of being one of four judges at the first ever Golden Brickies awards for a UK LEGO Star Wars competition, launched last month via their Facebook page. In homage to the legendary movie franchise and upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, LEGO invited families across the UK to take part in an epic challenge to discover the next generation of talent, including wannabee film makers and photographers. The reaction to the contest was overwhelming, the fan creations were astounding, and as judges we had difficulty in choosing the winners from the hundreds of entries, which just highlights the power of imagination when using LEGO bricks. The awards ceremony took place at the LEGOLAND Resort Hotel in Windsor.

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'Game Informer' Wish List For Next Indiana Jones Video Game
Reported by Justin on 20 Oct 2014 21:07

While the Indiana Jones news well continues to run pretty dry these days (except of course for Ed Dolista and his can't-miss episodes of The IndyCast), finding ANY updates pertaining to everyone's favorite globe-trotting archaeologist can be considered a treat. So point your browser towards Game Informer for their wish list on what they would like to see included (and not included) in the next Indy video game, should a new one ever see the light of day.

The Indiana Jones franchise has seen some troubled video game entries. It hasn’t even seen an entirely original installment since 2009’s Staff of Kings, which failed to properly emulate any of Indy’s inherent appeal. Each game either tarnishes Indy’s legacy or stagnates; the Lego spinoffs don’t add to the lore and Indiana Jones Adventure World barely starred the titular character at all. Nobody seems equipped to get Indy back on his feet in the gaming world.

Naughty Dog earns credit for filling an Indy-shaped hole with the Uncharted series, but Nathan Drake’s similarities to Indy begin and end with their (sort of) shared occupation. Indiana Jones is a franchise rich with gameplay possibilities, if only the right developer could hit the high notes – like these ones.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Game Informer
Far, Far Away Podcast Episode 24: Rebel Plans
Reported by Mark on 20 Oct 2014 20:19

It's time to join the team over at Far Far Away Radio.

It’s all Rebels, all the time! At least… until the end of this episode. Join the gang as they devote an episode to Disney’s new hit TV show, Star Wars Rebels.

Contact Information: Email - CONTACT@FARFARAWAYRADIO.COM | Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Oxygen Vol. 11: The Music of John Williams
Reported by Mark on 20 Oct 2014 19:44

It's time to join Jimmy Mac and David Collins for the latest Star Wars Oxygen.

Welcome back music lovers to Star Wars Oxygen as we continue to spin the tunes and discuss the famous music from the franchise. This month, we continue our focus on the music of Return of the Jedi. David W. Collins & Jimmy Mac have tons of info and trivia about the soundtrack to the 1983 film, along with several fun anecdotes & stories. We discover the many uses of “source music” within the film, specifically in Jabba’s palace where “Lapti Nek” is often heard being performed by the Max Rebo Group. Then, we travel to the Ewok village to appreciate some of the sounds of Endor. Plus, listener feedback, more Tuba the Hutt, and some spooky stuff to get you ready for Halloween - Star Wars-style!

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IndyCast Episode 198
Reported by Justin on 20 Oct 2014 18:22

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

This week Official IndyCast correspondent Mitch Hallock is back from his adventures at New York Comic Con with some great interviews, discussions and more, IndyCast listener Steve Rivers catches up with Indiana Paul and Co. at the opening of the Indiana Jones Adventure of Archaeology Exhibit in Canada, Dave Filoni cites Indy as a major influence, some one of a kind Indy memorabilia is up for auction and as usual, we have more of your great emails!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 28
Reported by Mark on 20 Oct 2014 18:00
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at a family day out, an arrival at a frozen world, the quintessential protocol droid, a grinning Jedi, the ultimate weapon and a hardy airspeeder. Let's set the navacomputer and hit the lanes...

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Full of Sith Episode LXXXVII: Star Dancing
Reported by Mark on 20 Oct 2014 17:32

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

Mike and Bryan are joined by Mashable’s Chris Taylor to discuss the forgotten legacy of Hal Barwood and his impact on Star Wars. They also touch on other instances of the Star Wars that almost was, but only after talking briefly about the latest episode of Rebels and Bryan’s desire to taste jogan fruit.

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Alex Ross cover for Marvel's Star Wars #1
Reported by Mark on 20 Oct 2014 17:07

Alex Ross has become to go-to guy for Star Wars #1 covers. Just 2 years after he painted the first 4 covers to the Dark Horse series he now does the same for Marvel, painting a variant cover for the forthcoming first issue.

Marvel published an ongoing Star Wars comic book for nearly a decade. The first issue went on sale in April 1977, and the series lasted until 1986, a time when it totally made sense for Lando Calrissian to wear whatever he’s wearing in this picture. In 2015, the Star Wars universe returns to Marvel, with the company launching a new ongoing Star Wars series in January 2015. Written by Jason Aaron and drawn by John Cassaday, the series focuses on the original-trilogy gang of Han, Luke, and Leia.

To mark the occasion, Marvel asked photorealist comics illustrator Alex Ross to design an homage to Howard Chaykin’s iconic original cover of Star Wars #1. EW is excited to share this Alex Ross variant cover. Check it out!

Source Entertainment Weekly
Dave Filoni On Vader's Look In Star Wars Insider #153
Reported by Justin on 20 Oct 2014 16:47

On page 14 of the latest issue of Star Wars Insider (#153), Dave Filoni offers up a rather unique and interesting viewpoint on the iconic look of the helmet and suit worn by Darth Vader throughout the Star Wars saga.

Click the image above to see what he had to say and remember to subscribe to Star Wars Insider.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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New LEGO Feature Wall Going Up In Toys R Us UK
Reported by Matt on 20 Oct 2014 16:17

Check out the new LEGO feature wall, currently popping up across the UK at Toys 'R' Us. Taking pride of place is the new LEGO AT-AT cut out with a nodding motorised head.

And check out Jedi News contributor John DAK Morton attacking in the snowspeeder!

Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan (History & Lore before SWTOR 3.0)
Reported by Mark on 20 Oct 2014 16:07

He's one of, if not the most important character of the Star Wars The Old Republic era and here's a video charting his history right up to the start of SWTOR 3.0.

Vulkk have uploaded an excellent video about on History, Lore & Facts about one of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars Universe – REVAN. The video also includes Biographies of Theron & Lana prior to SWTOR 3.0.

Source SWTOR Strategies (via sQren)
T-Shirts: Converse Death Star
Reported by Matt on 20 Oct 2014 15:07

What could be cooler than a Converse Death Star? Not much,and the gang at Unamee know it, which is why they're bringing you this super tee for just £11.00 in a variety of colours and sizes.

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REPORT: Christina Chong Finished Her Episode VII Filming
Reported by Justin on 20 Oct 2014 14:59

Remember our earlier posted rumor that dealt with actress Christina Chong landing a role as part of the Episode VII cast? Well, the tweet embedded below appears to add some serious truth to it now.

We have yet to hear any official word concerning Chong's casting in the film from either a Lucasfilm or Bad Robot source.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Hasbro 3rd Quarter Earnings Up 7% From Last Year
Reported by Justin on 20 Oct 2014 14:02

Check out the details on the 3rd quarter earnings report from Hasbro as posted on Variety.

Hasbro reported a % jump in third quarter revenue, Monday, with sales of “Transformers,” Marvel and “Star Wars”-related toys boosting earnings.

Overall, Hasbro generated $1.47 billion in revenue, up 7% over the same year-ago-frame, and net income of $180.5 million, compared with $126.6 million.

In its boys category, Hasbro saw sales surge 22% to $478.5 million. While a new animated series “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” won’t launch on Cartoon Network until next year from Hasbro Studios, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” was released by Paramount during Hasbro’s second quarter and crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office helping boost interest in related toys. Toys based on Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” this summer were also popular, while Disney XD is introducing a new series, “Star Wars Rebels” this month, that includes a new line of playthings based on the long-running sci-fi franchise.

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How Abu Dhabi Nabbed Filming For Episode VII
Reported by Justin on 20 Oct 2014 13:31

Head on over to The Hollywood Reporter for a brief article that touches on the subject of director J.J. Abrams' 11th hour decision to move production for Episode VII from Jordan to Abu Dhabi instead.

"If you can hold Star Wars in your country, the sky's the limit," says Emirati filmmaker Ali F. Mostafa, whose feature From A to B -- shot in both Abu Dhabi and Wadi Rum -- is opening the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which runs Oct. 23 to Nov. 1. "It's definitely a huge boost. It was important that they walked away with smiles on their faces, which they did."

And as a quick recap, check out some of our earlier reported stories pertaining to the Abu Dhabi set location here, here, and here.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Toys R Us "Secrets Of Star Wars Rebels" Agent Kallus Video
Reported by Justin on 20 Oct 2014 13:18

The latest entry in the Toys R Us "Secrets of Star Wars Rebels" series of promo videos has been posted on their site. This video places the spotlight on one of the newest villains added to the Star Wars saga - Agent Kallus from the Imperial Security Bureau!

Kallus, codenamed "ISB-021," is an Imperial officer who held the title of agent of the Imperial Security Bureau during the reign of the Galactic Empire. He reported to a Pau'an Inquisitor regarding his search for rebel groups. He commanded stormtroopers and wielded a large blaster and custom armor.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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T-Shirts: Our Dark Lord and Savior
Reported by Mark on 20 Oct 2014 11:55

Unamee bring us this dark side delight as Lord Vader bows to his master. And for just $11.00 and this sartorial sithly shirt can be yours, so fly out of one hangar and put this shirt on another right now.

Source Unamee
Jedi News Review: Star Wars Rebels: Fighter Flight
Reported by Teresa and Aaron on 20 Oct 2014 11:38
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Rebels gave us a little change of pace this week but we were totally ok with it. We are starting to see the type of range this show is going to give us. Some episodes are going to be just good fun.

Feel The Force Day Lands In Peterborough
Reported by Mark on 20 Oct 2014 11:26

The second annual Feel The Force Day landed in Peterborough yesterday and just like the first it was a magnificent event, attended by over 2000 people and featuring Episode VII star Warwick Davis.

Star Wars actor Warwick Davis was among more than 2,000 people to attend a film and television fans' convention that uses touch, smell and texture. The Feel the Force Day took place at the Kingsgate Centre in Peterborough.

Co-founder JJ Lucia-Wright was inspired to help organise it after spending the past 10 years teaching a friend who is deaf and blind about Star Wars. He believes it is the only film and television convention in the UK to focus upon sensory experiences.

Many congratulations go out to the team on a superb event.

Source BBC
UPDATE: New Matthew Stover Star Wars Book On The Way in 2015?
Reported by MaxN on 20 Oct 2014 11:00

Upon some investigation on Amazon I found this listing for a book from author Matthew Stover, due June 18th 2015.

Star Wars 44
Matthew Stover
ISBN: 1780893744
ISBN-13: 9781780893747
Publisher: Century - 2015-06-18
Format: Hardcover
List price: GBP 19.99

UPDATE: This just in via Star Wars Books:

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Jedi News Competition: Win Copies of The Jedi Doth Return
Reported by Team Jedi News on 20 Oct 2014 00:00

It's time for our latest competition here on Jedi News and this time we're giving away copies of The Jedi Doth Return by Ian Doescher, released by Quirk Books.

To win you need to answer this question:

What was Shakespeare's first name?

  • 1: WILLIAM?
  • 2: MIRIAM?
  • 3: BIG WILLY?

Good luck!

Source Jedi News Competition
   19 October 2014
Fantasy Flight Games: Announcing the 2014 World Championship Schedule, November 6-9 2014
Reported by Jonathan on 19 Oct 2014 22:25

Preregistration for the 2014 World Championship Weekend closes on Thursday, October 23rd. Register now to guarantee a spot in your favorite tournament and join us for the largest event of the year! There's plenty of Star Wars action going on as well as other games in the Fantasy Flight Games catalogue.

As November draws closer, hundreds of players around the world have begun to plan their treks to FFG’s hometown in Minnesota. Some will take the bus across town or pile into a car full of friends and drive a couple of hours, but others will be hopping on planes and flying halfway around the world to the Twin Cities. Will you join them and test your skills against the best in the world?

If you are looking to attend Worlds or just want to tune in as the action happens, download the schedule now and start sketching out the most important days and times for you. The schedule for each game’s side events will be posted soon.

If you haven’t already, preregister now and solidify your spot among the hundreds of players from around the world coming to Minnesota for the 2014 World Championship Weekend. But don’t wait too long because preregistration closes October 16th! While players can still register on site the day they arrive, the cost will increase to $50.

Source Fantasy Flight Games
Rebels Roundtable #2: Droids in Distress (or Gratuitous Droids)
Reported by Mark on 19 Oct 2014 21:30

It's time to join your hosts over at Rebels Roundtable.

The Star Wars Report’s Rebels Roundtable returns this week to check out the Season 1 episode Droids in Distress, the first “regular” episode in the series’ run. Join Johnathan, Berent, Nathan, and guest Shawn as they discuss the episode. Were the cameos used well? What does the team think of Zeb now that he has actually gotten some characterization? Where might this all be leading? All this and more in this episode of Rebels Roundtable.

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The Collector Strikes Back
Reported by Mark on 19 Oct 2014 19:51

The Sun takes a look at some more amazing Star Wars auctions on the evening that Antiques Roadshow features a TIE Fighter pilots helmet valued at between £40 - 50,000.

THE Force is not strong with Antiques Roadshow star Fiona Bruce after she described a Star Wars pilot helmet as just "a bit of plastic" on the show. That bit of plastic from the set of the original 1977 flick directed by George Lucas goes on to be valued at around £50,000 by experts on tonight's episode.

The helmet, believed to be one of only 12 ever made, belonged to collector Stephen Lane who travels the world hunting down film props. But it is not the first time a piece of memorabilia from the sci-fi film series has a seen whopping valuation.

Here, we take a look at six other rare finds. Could you have something similar lurking in the dark side of your attic?

Put the kettle on and get switched onto BBC One right now, the show starts in just under 15 minutes.

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Buy The Millenium Falcon at Argos.co.uk For Half Price
Reported by Matt on 19 Oct 2014 19:26

This seems crazy. A new product released at half price. That's how you kill a line before it's even grown any legs.

Take your Star Wars adventures to a whole new level with this incredibly detailed Millennium Falcon vehicle! The many features of this realistic, 2½-foot-long vehicle let you re-enact the most amazing scenes from the Star Wars Rebels series - and then create brand new ones!

The vehicle can detect Imperial ships with its rotating radar dish, and fend them off with the rotating cannon that lifts and lowers! Head for the stars with this awesome Millennium Falcon vehicle!

  • One supplied.
  • Size H26.7, W34.3, D6.4cm.
  • For ages 4 years and over.
  • EAN: 5010994813154.

WARNING(S):

Not suitable for children under 3 years old. Only for domestic use.

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Star Wars Light Up Watches At K-Mart
Reported by Justin on 19 Oct 2014 18:46

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George Lucas Reveals New Details About Chicago Museum
Reported by Mark on 19 Oct 2014 18:30

More details arise regarding the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art , which is set to set up home in the Museum Campus on Chicago's Lakefront (which makes Jimmy Mac a very happy camper).

"It's going to be organic architecture, connected to the ground. And it will look like a living thing."

Lucas wants a showcase for his collection of popular art, including illustrations by Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish and N.C. Wyeth as well as works by Lucas's visual effects company, Industrial Light and Magic, and other companies. The museum will also feature art linked to film and digital media, as well as a theater that will screen films and host lectures and workshops.

"Illustrative art and narrative art has been short-shrifted. Critics weren't dealing with narrative art. They were interested in modern."

The city will provide the land, but Lucas said he would bankroll construction and the endowment to maintain it.

"I pay for the whole thing and the endowment, and everything," Lucas said.

"You can afford a museum?" Rose asked.

"Yeah, I can," Lucas answered.

How much do I love this guy? I guess if George can write about Marcus Brody getting lost in his own museum it only makes sense for Lucas to OWN said museum.

Source Hollywood Reporter
Official Site: Galactic Backpacking, Part 4: Visiting Real-World Tatooine
Reported by Mark on 19 Oct 2014 17:54

Sander De Lange returns to StarWars.com with the fourth part in his look at the real world locations of Star Wars, this time focusing on Tatooine.

The planet of Tatooine may very well be the most important planet in the saga. It was here that Luke watched the twin suns set in the sky, where Qui-Gon battled against a Sith Lord, marking their return to the galaxy, and where Anakin Skywalker and his son Luke grew up. It is also the only planet that appeared in five of the six movies, receiving a mention in the one movie it was not seen, The Empire Strikes Back. We start to explore this planet by going to the country where most, but not all, of the exteriors shots were filmed: Tunisia, maybe the most famous of Star Wars locations.

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Fantasy Flight Games: An X-Wing Strategy Article by Guest Writer Neil Amswych
Reported by Jonathan on 19 Oct 2014 17:19

Are you into the Star Wars: X-Wing™ Miniatures Game? Enjoy blasting about a tabletop annihilating your friends? Over at Fantasy Flight Games they've got an interesting article about A-Wings that just might help you with your builds and strategies.

From the website:

It’s a good time to fly A-wings in X-Wing™!

The recent release of the Rebel Aces Expansion Pack has added a great deal of power and versatility to the Rebellion’s lightning-quick interceptor. You can now outfit your A-wing with a Chardaan Refit to make it a more efficient dogfighter, or you can outfit it with the highly efficient Proton Rockets to launch a devastating alpha strike. Meanwhile, the Title card A-Wing Test Pilot allows your A-wing pilots to draw upon as many as two elite pilot talents at the same time, adding all sorts of new combinations and creative wrinkles to your squad building.

Today, guest writer Neil Amswych (aka “The Tusken Tactician”), one of the A-wing’s leading advocates and the author of “A Guide to A-Wings,” picks up where he left off in that earlier article and explores some of the new, advanced strategies and squad builds now permitted by the release of Rebel Aces.

Source Fantasy Flight Games
Fiona Bruce on Antiques Roadshow fails to feel the force of Star Wars helmet worth £50k
Reported by Mark on 19 Oct 2014 17:06

UK readers, make sure you're tuned in to the Antiques Roadshow tonight at 8pm as one of the shows presenters Fiona Bruce shows her own vintage by her show of disbelief at the value of this TIE Fighter pilot helmet, one of only 14 made and valued at between £40 - 50,000.

Star Wars fans may be forgiven for thinking Fiona Bruce lives on another planet. After all, the Antiques Roadshow presenter dismissed one of the helmets from the iconic film as a worthless ‘bit of plastic’ – when in fact it is valued at almost £50,000. Bruce, 50, displays her ignorance of the Star Wars phenomenon in tonight’s edition of Antiques Roadshow, from Chenies Manor, Buckinghamshire.

The presenter is so taken aback by the helmet’s value she even conducts a straw poll of members of the public taking part in the filming, asking: ‘What do you think, £40-50,000 for this, surprising?’ She then adds: ‘I think to anyone who is not in your world it’s astonishing.’

The helmet featured in the first Star Wars film in 1977 and is owned by sci-fi collector Stephen Lane, who took it along for a valuation.

Source Daily Mail
Fandom Focus: Hip Hop Trooper, body popping the galaxy
Reported by ZakPT on 19 Oct 2014 16:32

Now there are many Star Wars costume organisations around the world today. Some raise money for charity’s and some cheer up the mood at conventions. The 501st are always present whatever the charity or convention, making people smile and collecting money for a good cause while also spreading the love of Star Wars.

However, one specific cosplayer has caught my attention over the past couple of weeks. This person is the one and only, Hip Hop Trooper. He combines childhood memories of Star Wars with his passion for old skool Hip Hop like Run DMC to create one sweet looking Storm Trooper suit accompanied by his custom boombox known as the Def Star Thumper. He travels around many conventions bringing smiles to all and hosting all kinds of crazy dance battles. Originally an Oxford homie who now resides in the sweet city of Los Angeles, he came down from the Death Star and swapped his blaster for his nifty Boombox in order to save true old skool Hip Hop.

But it’s not all about getting down to that funky beat for Hip Hop Trooper. He also plays a great part in charity events and organisations. He’s currently raising money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation and will be taking part in the Los Angeles NF walk to raise awareness for CTF and to help put a stop to neurofibromatosis (NF). He’s also completed the cancer walk, and has just finished selling some personalised figures where 15% of income goes towards the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Check out his Facebook page and Instagram (@HipHopTrooper) for all the fresh updates.

   18 October 2014
RUMOR: Episode VII V-wing Fighter; Man Witnesses Filming From Black Park Outside Pinewood
Reported by Justin on 18 Oct 2014 18:53

Making Star Wars has updated their website to include the following Episode VII rumors provided via the titled links below.

The V-wing Fighter

Man Witnesses Episode VII Filming From Black Park Outside Pinewood Studios

As is the case with all Episode VII rumors posted out there on the interwebs, take each link at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Gentle Giant Admiral Ackbar Kenner Jumbo Figure Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 18 Oct 2014 18:44

Gentle Giant has posted a pre-order link for their new Admiral Ackbar Kenner Jumbo Figure. The figure carries an $80.00 price tag and is scheduled to begin shipping in Q3 2015.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Gentle Giant
New Star Wars Rebels Endcap Display At Walmart
Reported by Justin on 18 Oct 2014 18:31

While out on my routine toy run earlier this morning, I found this awesome new Star Wars Rebels endcap display at one of my local Walmart stores. Of course no actual Rebels figures were hanging from the pegs, but I absolutely LOVE any & all Star Wars display signage, so I just had to share these pics with you.

Click the images above and below for a larger view.

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Carrie Fisher's Secret Method for Learning Star Wars Lines (Without Using Jedi Mind Tricks)
Reported by Mark on 18 Oct 2014 12:14

She's nothing if not honest. Carrie Fisher has difficulty learning with lines, which is kind of surprising...

Seated next to Mark Hamill, Fisher said she is having the time of her life on the J.J. Abrams pic, except for acting.

“I’m bad at learning my lines — it’s humiliating. There’s no way unless you put cards and stuff or write the lines on my hand.”

Source Hollywood Reporter
The Comlink: Ep. 102 - Kevin Smith. Star Wars News, Interviews, & More!
Reported by Mark on 18 Oct 2014 11:13

The latest news from the week of October 17th, plus Kevin Smith talks about his Star Wars Episode 7 set visit and Adrianne Curry hits the streets to talk to Star Wars fans. The Comlink is your weekly show for Star Wars entertainment!

Source Seesmod
John Boyega Gets His Nerd Fix
Reported by Matt on 18 Oct 2014 10:36

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Big thank you to forbidden planet for allowing me to shop after opening hours! Literally had no time to go but they let a nerd have his fix! I used to come to this store all the time a few years back! Can't wait to annoy harrison with a Han Solo figure in my hand :D

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Remember, even future global mega stars need their nerd fix and John Boyega is no exception. Here he is enjoying the treasures of Forbidden Planet after hours, a very cool service they offer celebrity guests.

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   17 October 2014
Fantasy Flight Games: Zach Bunn on Regaining Control in Star Wars: The Card Game
Reported by Jonathan on 17 Oct 2014 23:08

Get on over to Fantasy Flight Games for another article by Zach Bunn, player extraordinaire. In this feature he talks about controlling the game and making sure the odds stay in your favour. A must read for even experienced players.

From the website:

In my last article, I laid the foundation for a definition of control in Star Wars: The Card Game, and I even claimed it was the most important concept in the game! I want to continue the discussion of board control, but this time I want to show a very real and practical example of board control at work

Source Fantasy Flight Games
ForceCast #325: Rebels in the Empire State
Reported by Mark on 17 Oct 2014 23:00

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

Eric is back from New York Comic Con with a report on all the Star Wars panels, an interview with Star Wars Rebels panel moderator Christian Blauvelt and panelist Vanessa Marshall, and audio from the show floor. In other news, Rebels gets more strong ratings, canceled Rogue Squadron videogame footage emerges, and Marvel has a new Kanan Jarrus comic. All that and so much more, including a special Star Wars book giveaway, in this week's ForceCast!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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New Star Wars Rebels Shorts In Toon TV
Reported by Matt on 17 Oct 2014 22:56

Playing any of the Angry Birds games? If so, go and check out the Toon TV section and watch the Star Wars Rebels shorts. I found it on the new Transformers Angry Birds game. Kinda fun new gaming style too!

T-Shirts: 1980 Something Falcon
Reported by Mark on 17 Oct 2014 22:40

You need to hit the boosters and scratch gravel if you're going to be able to grab this awesome tee via the good people at Unamee, because once the rest of the galaxy knows it's out there it'll be gone in a flash.

$11.00 in a variety of sizes, cuts and colours, this will ease that leap into hyperspace better than a bottle of Flameout ever could.

Source Unamee
New Tarkin Mini Excerpt At Star Wars Books
Reported by Mark on 17 Oct 2014 22:27

November 4th is the landing date and here to partially satiate your hunger for Tarkin is a short excerpt from the book.

Tarkin shook his head in aggravation. In part, the deep-space mobile battle station was meant to put an end to harassments of any sort, whether driven by greed, political dissent, or revenge for acts committed during the Clone Wars or since. Once everyone in the galaxy grasped the weapon’s capabilities, once the fear of Imperial reprisal took hold, discontent would cease to be a problem.

But just now—and notwithstanding the covert nature of the Geonosis project—the Imperial Security Bureau and Naval Intelligence were continually trying to quash rumors and prevent information leaks. In the three years Tarkin had been commanding Sentinel and hundreds of nearby supply and sentry outposts, as well as administering a vast slice of the Outer Rim, no group had been successful in penetrating Geonosis space.

The chance that that could change shook him to the core.

Source Star Wars Books
ILM London on Bringing New Star Wars Films to the Big Screen
Reported by Matt on 17 Oct 2014 21:55

Check out this insight into Wednesdays event at ILM Soho heralding the arrival of ILM to the UK and the amazing slate of films - including future Star Wars projects - it has to look forward to.

It's one of the most anticipated films in years – the new Star Wars movie is shooting in the UK at the moment – and now its special effects will be made in Britain as well.

Industrial Light and Magic, the special effects division behind the Star Wars films, celebrated their launch in London ahead of post-production work beginning on Episode VII.

With added Simon Wilkie.

Source IB Times
RebelForce Radio: October 17, 2014
Reported by Mark on 17 Oct 2014 21:41

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

James Earl Jones is back as the voice of Darth Vader, Palpatine gets a first name, and whispers of a possible Obi-Wan Kenobi trilogy are in the air. Thank the Maker RebelForce Radio is here, just in time, to provide our own brand of commentary & discussion! We talk about all the latest Star Wars news, rumors, and Episode VII speculation. Star Wars Oxygen host David W. Collins and Hughes The Force director J.C. Reifenberg join us to talk about their new YouTube show for Kevin Smith's See Smod channel - The Comlink. Plus, hear exclusive audio from The Comlink with special guests James Arnold Taylor and Kevin Smith himself! Plus, Mark Hamill's beard, Carrie Fisher on "Ankle-Gate", and our almost-famous 15 Minute Episode VII Spoiler Alert!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

Source RebelForce Radio
New York Comic Con 2014: Jedi News Galleries
Reported by Team Jedi News on 17 Oct 2014 20:22

After a whirlwind time at NY Comic Con this past weekend, we've finally been able to organize all of our photos taken during the convention for your viewing pleasure - from various exhibitor booths to costumed fans and more. We've also included the official Hasbro product images that were released after the special 'Twas The Night Before...' preview party.  Enjoy...

The Realm Recap: Episode #35 - NYCC Wrap Up and More
Reported by Mark on 17 Oct 2014 20:15

It's time to join Jason and the Yakface crew for the latest Realm Recap.

The Realm Recap is back again this week picking up where we left off with NYCC news as we touch on a few developments released through QnAs from various sites in attendance. Hot Toys surprises this week with the tease of a new 12” Stormtrooper - which may be more than meet the eye (oops, wrong franchise). 2015 LEGO set images were revealed/leaked this week, again running the gamut of source material and they all impress. Lots of Star Wars Rebels news this week with new (and free) shows, the return of James Earl Jones and Kanan getting an original story in 2015. This and much more in Episode 35 of The Realm Recap!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

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Lupita Nyong'o Tweets Pic Wearing An Episode VII Crew Hat
Reported by Justin on 17 Oct 2014 20:03

Cargando

Geeking out! #SWVII

Ver en Instagram

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Official Site: Rancho Obi-Wans 2nd Annual Gala: Here We Go Again
Reported by Mark on 17 Oct 2014 20:00

My latest article hits StarWars.com as I follow up James' article last week with a look at the events at the Rancho Obi-Wan 2nd Annual Gala 2014.

By now you will have read James Burns’ look at the lead up to Rancho Obi-Wan’s second Annual Gala, as we traveled across the Whale Pond from the UK to Petaluma to help owner Steve Sansweet, manager and VP Anne Neumann, and the Rancho team get ready for the event on Saturday, September 20. I’ll take up the story as we move forward to 4 p.m., as the guests start to arrive, pulling up, and signing in, checking in coats and bags, collecting their passes, and entering the museum. For those who’ve had the pleasure of visiting before, it’s a welcome return. For the first-timers it’s a mind-blowing experience that one, two, or a hundred visits won’t diminish.

Source Official Site
Fantasy Flight Games: Heroes of the Rebellion
Reported by Jonathan on 17 Oct 2014 19:49

Imperial Assault will soon be with us, so in this Fantasy Flight Games preview they focus on the campaign game, especially heroes in the campaign, and two heroes in particular: the valiant commander and the sly smuggler.

From the website:

In an Imperial Assault campaign game, the Rebel players aren’t just any characters – they’re heroes of the Rebellion! To reflect this, heroes are the only figures that can use more than one action to attack, but they also have access to certain special abilities and actions.

Source Fantasy Flight Games
Tosche Station Radio #95: A New Dawn with John Jackson Miller
Reported by Mark on 17 Oct 2014 19:40

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

On this all-new Tosche Station Radio, author John Jackson Miller joins us to discuss A New Dawn!

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.

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The Empire Strikes Fat: Company offers lightsaber combat classes
Reported by Matt on 17 Oct 2014 19:35

If you fancy fighting the flab with the Force then get yourself to Chelmsford, where there's more power of the Force than sour, sweet or sauce...

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The Metro: Warwick Davis to star in new movie but what role will he play?
Reported by Mark on 17 Oct 2014 19:28

My latest article lands over at The Metro as I investigate what possible role Warwick Davis could be playing in Episode VII.

We already know he’s the busiest man in showbusiness, with quizmaster duties on Celebrity Squares, starring in his own sitcom Life’s Too Short and hosting conventions worldwide. And with Star Wars Episode 7 on the way it somehow didn’t seem right that he wasn’t an integral part of it.

But now Star Wars fans can breathe easy as Warwick’s participation is finally confirmed. With just three weeks of shooting left, Kathleen Kennedy has made good on her promise made last July at Celebration Europe 2 in Essen, Germany and brought Warwick into the production.

With the director’s chair already filled by J.J. Abrams, an acting role in the movie made the most sense, and with his vast experience in the saga he’s set to add yet another character – or could it be characters? – to his Star Wars repertoire. But what role will he play, a goodie or a baddie?

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Marvel's Variant Star Wars #1 Covers
Reported by Dan on 17 Oct 2014 14:31



MTV.com has revealed 3 variant covers to Marvel's upcoming Star Wars comics. These interconnected illustrations are by artist Scottie Young. In order, they are variant covers for Star Wars: Princess Leia #1 (coming in March 2015), Star Wars #1 (coming in January 2015), and Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 (coming in February 2015).  

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Delay In Arrival Of Star Wars Rebels Hasbro Figures
Reported by Justin on 17 Oct 2014 13:09

Our fellow The Force United teammate Jedi Temple Archives has posted some pretty disappointing news for fans out there (including me) who have been waiting in eager anticipation for the opportunity to add the new Star Wars Rebels figures from Hasbro to their collections.

According to their report, November 25 (!) has been selected as the new distribution arrival date, at least according to Amazon.

Take the source link below for the full read and keep those fingers crossed this is NOT the case across all retail store locations.

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Disney Mulling Star Wars Broadway Theater Possibilities
Reported by Justin on 17 Oct 2014 12:45

In an interview posted over on The Hollywood Reporter, Thomas Schumacher, who holds the title of president and producer of the Disney Theatrical Group, was asked about the possibility of Disney dipping into the Marvel and Lucasfilm property pools for new theater content. His response? Check it out below.

With Lucasfilm and Marvel now under Disney, are there theater plans for those vaults?

I have been talking with Marvel about theatrical opportunities. I have a very cool idea, but it would not be what you're expecting. There is a very interesting Lucas-oriented live event that could happen, but there's no rush on that.

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   16 October 2014
Full of Sith Episode LXXXVI: Of Rebels and Kenobi
Reported by Mark on 16 Oct 2014 22:32

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

Bryan, Mike, and Bobby gather to discuss a number of topics. First, they discuss the new episode of Rebels and then move on to talk of a rumored trilogy of Obi-Wan Kenobi films. Afterward, Mike has a surprise announcement for which he deserves congratulations.

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Official Site: Luminous Beings Are We: The Great Star Wars Halloween Shortage Of 1977
Reported by Mark on 16 Oct 2014 21:32

Halloween is fast approaching so it's time to not only change your Twitter handle to something vaguely spooky (I shall soon be known as Mark Ghoulbold) but to get on over to StarWars.com and Brad Ricca's fascinating article on classic Star Wars Halloween costumes.

For me, Halloween always began in a store aisle. I would be shopping with with my mom, sometime in September, and would notice that there was more candy. My mom would push me along. It wasn’t time, not yet, but there was a sense — some sort of subtle disturbance in the retail ether — that something was on its way.

As October came, an aisle would appear in those stores. Almost out of nowhere. What had been there before? Swimwear? Porch furniture? Sunscreen? It didn’t matter. The costumes had arrived.

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T-Shirts: Rebels!
Reported by Mark on 16 Oct 2014 20:57

TeeFury are spoiling us today by bringing this second mega tee for just $18.00.

But hurry, the Rebels are waiting.

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