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PINNED: RADIO 1138 Episode 37
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 17:01

It's time to join Mark Newbold and James Burns for the latest episode of RADIO 1138, brought to you by the Jedi News Network.

Welcome to RADIO 1138, brought to you by the Jedi News Network. This episode we strike out for the Illenium system and bring you more exciting The Force Awakens and Star Wars Rebels season two interviews. We wax wookiee with Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo in his first ever podcast interview, discuss the arrival of a young Princess Leia to season 2 of Rebels with Julie Dolan in the first Star Wars interview she ever did and talk Tuanul village with Jakku villager 'girl with the rifle' Gloria Garcia. All this, The Force Awakens screening at Pinewood Studios, Darth Elvis, Brian Cameron talking with Steve Owens of the Glasgow Science Centre, Mark on the BBC and more on episode 37 of RADIO 1138.

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   Saturday, February 6, 2016
The Empire Strikes Back: A Bad Lip Reading
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Feb 2016 20:00

Yoda believes in the magic of song, while Vader struggles with technology. Bill Hader, Jack Black, and Maya Rudolph guest.

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Tosche Station Radio #141: The New Republic Flies Again
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Feb 2016 16:54

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

Coming up on this episode of Tosche Station Radio: Brian and Nanci are going on a boat, The Expanse is awesome, John Boyega is ripped, and the New Republic flies again!

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

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On The Shelves UK: 6" Series At Asda Price Drops
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Feb 2016 13:51

Jedi News reader Martyn Long founds these 6" Black Series figures in Asda in Cambridge for just £16.00. They are out there, so get them fast at this great price.

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Official Site: Star Wars 101: Servants of the Dark Side
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Feb 2016 13:22

Justin Bolger brings his insight back to as he looks at the servants of the dark side in his latest Star Wars 101 entry.

It’s been called the quick and easy path to harnessing the power of the Force. Stemming from anger, fear, aggression, and negativity. But to those who command it, the dark side of the Force is pure, unrestrained, unlimited power. Read on to begin your tutelage in a… larger view of the Force.

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Trade Federation Episode 41
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Feb 2016 06:41

The Trade Federation is the only podcast dedicated to Topps Star Wars Card Trader on iOS and Android devices! Join Joe Ryan and Bill Drewnowski each week as they break down the latest news and releases, talk about trade strategy, look at upcoming sets and awards, break down the pricing of cards on eBay and more!

The first-ever podcast of its kind, this IS the destination for Star Wars Card Trader users who need to know the most recent information, strategies, and predictions for the future. Join hosts Joe Ryan and Bill Drewnowski each week as they break down the latest news and releases, talk about trade strategy, look at upcoming sets and awards, break down the pricing of cards on eBay and more!

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Kylo Ren's Signature Sound Was A Purring Kitty
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Feb 2016 06:39

You can always count on Amy Ratcliffe to pull together an eminently readable piece and she does just that once again with this article looking at the sound design of The Force Awakens and some surprising elements that went in to the sound of Kylo Ren.

After the opening crawl of A New Hope stretched across screens on 1977, the ensuing film broke ground in several categories of filmmaking. Star Wars was a revolution on multiple fronts, including sound design. The tradition of creating a vast and rich soundscape continued with The Force Awakens; the film is nominated for an Oscar in sound editing.
I caught up with Matthew Wood, supervising sound editor, and David Acord, supervising sound editor and sound designer, to discuss their work on the movie. We spoke about the most sound-intensive scene in the movie, some of the weirdest sound sources (cat purring), creating the voice of BB-8, recording the “Traitor!” line, and developing sounds for Kylo Ren.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Crosses $900M Domestic Today; $2B Global Tomorrow
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Feb 2016 06:32

More records shattered as The Force Awakens continues its box office rampage through the galaxy. Just 53 days in and it becomes the first film to break $900 in the States (just for comparison, that figure alone would make it the 37th biggest movie of all-time worldwide) and only the 3rd film to break the $2 billion barrier.

“This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made Star Wars: The Force Awakens such an extraordinary success,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “The film’s achievements are truly astounding, and it’s our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the Star Wars legacy alive for many years to come.”

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Rebel Force Radio: February 5, 2016 with Steve Sansweet
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Feb 2016 06:30

Rancho Obi-Wan’s Steve Sansweet joins us to share his review of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. We review audio highlights of director Colin Trevorrow talking EPISODE IX at Sundance and Ewan McGregor on "Jimmy Kimmel Live". We open up the RFR Sound lab to deconstruct and reconstruct Sir Alec Guinness’s surprise vocal appearance in TFA. Plus, listener voice mail, Topps STAR WARS trading cards, TFA on BluRay and more.

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   Friday, February 5, 2016
Excerpt From Star Wars Bloodline
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Feb 2016 23:22

It comes our way 3rd May and focuses on the struggles presented to Leia Organa in the post-Imperial galaxy. Click on the link below for a fuller excerpt from the Claudia Gray novel.

An entire generation has prospered during an era of peace. The New Republic, governed by the Galactic Senate on Hosnian Prime, has held power for more than two decades. Yet conflict has begun to take shape within the Senate. As political gridlock threatens to cripple the fledgling democracy, the quarrels of the New Republic will soon radiate throughout the galaxy. . . .

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 109: Journey to Skellig Michael (with a Day Trip to Disneyland)
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Feb 2016 23:19

Star Wars, Disney, Marvel fans, Skywalking Through Neverland is the podcast for you! Husband-and-wife team Richard and Sarah Woloski (plus LOTS of interviews with amazing guests) cover Star Wars, Disney and pop-culture fandom–the stuff that surrounds us, penetrates us and binds us all together as instantaneous friends! So grab a glass of blue milk and take the second star to the right straight on to this podcast. Become a Skywalker!

Come with us on our day off at Disneyland! The day begins with a trip to…Skellig Michael? That’s right, before we take you with us to Disneyland, we spoke with Bryce and Carly Yelverton about their amaz­ing expe­ri­ence on Skel­lig Michael, which is where Luke Skywalker appears at the end of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. The island is far off the coast of Ireland, and the journey there is half the fun. And now back to Disneyland! Come with us as we visit Kylo Ren, Boba Fett and Chewbacca, and check out February’s new AP Days. We also recap Jedi Training Acad­emy: Trials Of The Tem­ple. Is The Seventh Sister as awesome as in pictures? Listen and find out.

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The Force Awakens had Indiana Jones Connection Beyond Harrison Ford
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Feb 2016 22:46

Star Wars has a long of history of Indiana Jones easter eggs, and The Force Awakens continued this tradition.

David Acord, the supervising sound editor and sound designer for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, revealed that he used the rolling boulder sound from the iconic Raiders of the Lost Ark scene for a similar moment in the latest space saga installment.

“When the rathtar is rolling down the hallway after Han and Chewie, I put in the sound of Ben Burtt’s boulder roll sound from Raiders of the Lost Ark when the boulder is chasing Indy,” Acord said in an interview with Nerdist.

The two hit George Lucas franchises have a history of referencing one another, and eagle-eyed fans were quick to find any references in The Force Awakens, including freights with the same serial number. This audio Easter egg is, of course, meant as a connector between Indiana Jones and Han Solo, both of whom are played by Harrison Ford.

Other Easter eggs in The Force Awakens include references to the original Star Wars, and vocal appearances from Kevin Smith, Daniel Craig, and even Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.

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Game Informer: Exclusive New LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Screens
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Feb 2016 21:53

Game Informer has posted their next article that focuses on the content and development of the new LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens title from TT Games on their website today. Check out the intro below and then take the source link for the full read.

A few days ago we announced that TT Games' return to Star Wars was our next cover-story game. Today, we're showing off some new and exclusive screens from the game, highlighting new and familiar faces (and places).

Take a look at the gallery for some shots from the upcoming game. You'll recognize locations including Jakku and Starkiller Base, along with heroes Rey, Finn, Han Solo, BB-8 and Chewbacca. You might notice a few moments from The Return of the Jedi in there, too. While the game features levels based on The Force Awakens and also some extra missions that canonically expand on the new movie's fiction, TT Fusion is also going back to Jedi in a special mission that features some of that film's biggest sequences.

Game Informer will be providing readers with updates on this new video game all month long, so be sure to visit their LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hub for their collection of articles in case you happen to miss anything along the way.

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Royal Scottish National Orchestra perform 'Rey's Theme'
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Feb 2016 21:17
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The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will perform the Oscar-nominated score from Star Wars : The Force Awakens in a series of special concerts in Glasgow and Edinburgh this weekend.  The Daily Record got a special behind the scenes look at rehersals, and here is their performance of Rey's Theme:

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Star Wars: A Bad Lip Reading
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Feb 2016 20:00

Vader keeps texting Leia, while Ben continues his quest for the Pickaxe of Cortez. Jack Black, Maya Rudolph, and Bill Hader guest.

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Cantina Cast Episode 116: The Han Solo Dissection Part 1
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Feb 2016 19:08

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

Mike and Joao welcome Cantina Cast blogger Ted to help them do one their most anticipated character dissections, Han Solo.

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Jedi News Competition: Win A BB-8 Patch And Pin
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Feb 2016 19:00

Our great pals at the Thylacine Squad of the 501st over in Tasmania have very kindly sent us this BB-8 patch and pin set and you have a chance of winning them.

All you have to do is visit their Facebook page by clicking here, join the group and then send us the answer to this question:

Which of these does BB-8 NOT have:

  • Olisteep-4D Nanopin Data port
  • Towerslee-15 accelerometer
  • Bakerken-83 minitone booster

Send your answer along with your address details to info@jedinews with 'BB-8 Patch And Pin' in the headline and remember to join, like and share Thylacine Squadron on Facebook and follow them on Instagram by clicking here.

Good luck, entries close Friday 12th February at midnight.

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On The Shelves UK: New Boba Fett Single Pack Disney Infinity Arrives
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Feb 2016 18:32

The long-awaited Disney Infinity Boba Fett was released on his own today here in the UK. Previously a Playstation bundle exclusive it seems the rest of world still has no single figure release scheduled.

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New Star Wars Rebels Sabine Eachez Vinylmations To Be Released February 12th
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Feb 2016 18:29

New Sabine Wren Vinylmations incoming February 12th with the chance to grab either a common or rare helmeted Sabine.

Next Friday, Disney will be releasing a new Star Wars Rebels Eachez Vinylmation. The new Eachez features a “common” Sabine Wren without a helmet and a “rare” Sabine Wren with a helmet. The common Sabine will be seeded at a rate of 9/10 and and the rare Sabine will be seeded at rate of 1/10. Look for the new Vinylmations at Disney D-Street and at Disney Springs Pin Traders on Friday, Feb. 12.

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Virtual Runner: Revenge Of The Sixth
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Feb 2016 18:26

Here's a great way of raising money for charity, getting fit and being a Star Wars fan. To enter it's £10 plus VAT with 20% going to the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. Run on or around May 6th, run any distance and submit your evidence to Virtual Runner website to claim your medal.

Virtual Runner UK are delighted to celebrate the international Star Wars day to offer you a very special virtual event with a special 'Star Wars' themed medal.
This is an any distance race and will take place on 6th May 2016, but as a challenge can you beat the time or distance that you had previously set yourself from the 4th May (even if you didn't enter our race)?? Medals will be distributed after your results are received. The race is limited to 1000 entries!!!!
Submissions for your day will be required by 7th May at 12noon to claim your medal and add your distances to the website. Examples of proof include running/cycling/walking apps, Garmin photos, Fitbit and VivoSmart data etc.
Pay £10 + VAT entry fee via Paypal (for UK entries only, International entries please enter via International Race Button £15 entry fee applies) – please contact for alternative methods. A 20% donation from every race fee will be donated to the MS Trust.
Wait for the post to arrive with your medal!
Return to our website to view the challenge results. Good luck!

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George Lucas Faces Museum Legal Challenge
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Feb 2016 17:43

In what can only be described as the ultimate facepalm Chicago non-profit organisation Friends of the Parks have instigated a legal challenge to the construction on the shores of Lake Michigan the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

A lawsuit that aims to block Star Wars creator George Lucas from building a $400m museum along Chicago's lakefront has been given approval to move forward.
Friends of the Parks, a non-profit organisation, wants to halt plans to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
The group argues the construction project violates public-trust laws that restrict development along Lake Michigan.
A judge on Thursday ruled the Friends of the Parks legal challenge could go forward, almost certainly delaying the build.
Chicago aggressively pursued the project - beating San Francisco, which is not far from Lucas' sprawling Skywalker Ranch.
The filmmaker said he chose Chicago because the California city was "doodling around".

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Fan Art: Luke Training Rey How To Construct A Lightsaber
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Feb 2016 17:32

The talented Star Wars artistic community continues to amaze with this simply stunning custom artwork that was posted on Twitter. Major kudos to the artist are in order.

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A Great Year to Celebrate a Decade at ROW
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Feb 2016 17:19

Those busy bunnies (or should we say hoojibs) over at Rancho Obi-Wan led by Anne Neumann had a banner year in 2015 and Anne brings us the lowdown on just what a great year it was.

Last year I wrote a blog celebrating my ninth year here at Rancho Obi-Wan. All of a sudden another year has swept past and now I’ve been here a full decade! And what a year it was! With the anticipation and build-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rancho Obi-Wan had more than a few irons in the fire.
Throughout the year we hosted more than 100 tours of the museum that included friendly folks from Lucasfilm, Disney, retailers and licensees, Forbes, ABC News, Agence France-Presse, CBS Evening News, KNTV, MTime China, B Magazine Korea, Santa Cruz Skateboards, Space Channel Canada, NHK Japan and five local schools. We contributed tours as prizes for local charities to auction off. And Steve gave scores of interviews to both U.S. and worldwide media.
We participated in at least one large project every month in 2015, some of which you might have missed:

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Wampas Lair #168: Use The Force
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Feb 2016 17:06

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

Karl and Jason discuss their Top 5 Force Use Moments in the Star Wars saga! From Jedi mind tricks to Force lightening, no power is left un-Force-pushed!

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Official Site: Looking Back At Return of the Jedi Poster Magazine Issue 3
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Feb 2016 16:38

My latest blog lands over at as I look at the third poster magazine released in 1983 to celebrate the release of Return of the Jedi.

Of the many elements of Return of the Jedi that thrilled the crowds and delighted fans of the saga was the introduction of new and unseen vehicles. While in these current, new-canon days we learn that many of the vehicles introduced in Return of the Jedi had been around for awhile, back then they were welcomed as completely new and original ships. The TIE Interceptor, the B-wing, the A-wing and the Imperial Shuttle were just some of the new vessels on show, expanding upon what we’d seen before. The TIE Interceptor was the uber-TIE fighter, faster and more maneuverable than its predecessor. The B-wing was a heavy bomber in a similar style to the Y-wing but with a fascinating design, while the A-wing was the classic snub fighter.

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SPOILER: Scottish Supermodel Eunice Olumide Lands Role In Rogue One
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Feb 2016 14:31

Talking at the Zero Waste Scotland campaign, Scottish supermodel Eunice Olumide, 28, revealed that she has a role in the upcoming Rogue One.

Beware of potential spoilers ahead:
The model, who has worked with Vivienne Westwood and walked for Mulberry and Henry Holland, said she was very excited about her upcoming film roles.

In Star Wars Rogue One, part of a standalone series of films, Eunice plays a rebel leader.

She said: “I did a small feature in Star Wars Rogue One. That was a really awesome experience. I don’t have lines but it was an incredible experience to be part of such an iconic film.

“I was originally supposed to play a nomad, but since I’m athletic I ended up playing a rebellion leader.

“There’s a small scene where I run and there’s a tank that comes after me with 20 stormtroopers. There’s loads of explosions.

“I kept getting a fright whenever the explosions went off.”

She said: “If my scene gets cut or not cut I was entered into the George Lucas Archives. I got into a 3D scanner and they did a scan.

“They scan all the characters so they can reproduce individual toys or computer games.

“I will be a toy. It was an amazing experience.”
Eunice Olumide can also be seen in the upcoming Absolutely Fabulous film.

Source Edinburgh Evening News
   Thursday, February 4, 2016
Official Site: Start Your Engines: Star Wars Podracing Drivers, Part 1
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Feb 2016 22:39

Kevin Beentjes brings us a closer look at the eclectic array of podracers seen in one of the key scenes of The Phantom Menace over at

With the re-release of Star Wars: Racer Revenge for PlayStation 4, we can once again try our luck on podracing tracks across the galaxy. Where the original Racer game focused on the road towards the Boonta Eve Challenge, Racer Revenge takes place a decade after that pivotal moment for young Anakin Skywalker. New tracks, new challenges, and new racers. Without further ado, let’s have a look at the galaxy’s greatest podracing competitors, found in Racer Revenge and The Phantom Menace!

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Star Wars Rebels "We Jump" Preview From "The Call" Episode
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Feb 2016 21:05

In this clip from the Star Wars Rebels episode “The Call,” Sabine, Ezra, and Kanan take the fast way down to their destination. And they have some unexpected, big company.

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RUMOR: Hasbro And Mattel Looking To Merge?
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Feb 2016 20:46

Now here's one hell of a developing story that could have a potentially serious impact on the toy industry as we know it. According to an article posted on Bloomberg Business, toy manufacturing heavyweights Hasbro and Mattel have engaged in talks that could lead to the two companies merging together.

Hasbro Inc. and Mattel Inc. have held talks about merging two of the world’s biggest toymakers, according to people familiar with the matter, in a deal that would bring together the owner of the My Little Pony and Furby brands with Barbie and Hot Wheels.

Hasbro approached Mattel about a potential transaction late last year, and the companies have held on-and-off-again talks about a deal, the people said, asking not to be identified as the situation isn’t public. Details of how a transaction might be structured couldn’t immediately be learned. The talks may not lead to a deal, the people said.

Source Bloomberg Business
DK’s Star Wars Book Nominated for Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Feb 2016 20:38

Vote for one of 2015's best books Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know in the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and give Star Wars another chance at a big win.

A USA Today, Indiebound, and Publishers Weekly bestseller, Star Wars®: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know is crammed with weird Star Wars trivia, strange-but-true facts and fascinating "Did you know?" Q&As. Find out who cleans the floors of the Death Stars, what takes 1,000 years to digest its victims, and more in this ultimate fan guide that The Washington Post calls, “captivating enough that it could be projected by R2-D2.”
Last year over 500 million people voted around the world. Tune in on March 12, 2016 to see who gets slimed. In the meantime, consider casting your ballot by visiting or by vote on Twitter using hashtages #KCA and #VoteStarWarsBooks. Be sure to use BOTH hashtags for your vote to count.

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The 10: Best Lightsabers
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Feb 2016 18:05

If you love Star Wars, you love lightsabers – the coolest weapon in any galaxy. With the start of a new era in the Star Wars saga, we think it’s time to name the best laser swords, ranking them on design, impact, and cool factor.

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Jedi News Network Shows Reviewed Over At Roqoo Depot
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Feb 2016 17:22

Our great pal Skuldren over at Roqoo Depot has once again given one of our Jedi News Network shows a great review - in this instance the 8th episode of Galactic Fashion and the first on the network - and as always we're very gratetful.

Galactic Fashion: Episode 8–yes, I listened to all of the Galactic Fashion episodes that were out there. This one is special, though, because it marks a change. Now that the Galactic Fashion podcast has joined the Jedi News Network, Johnamarie is co-hosting the show with Teresa Delgado. So this show features both Johnamarie and Teresa, with Teresa serving as this episode’s guest. They talk about “Where Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day”, pockets, Kay Jewelers, Hot Topic, athletic wear, red carpet fashion, how Teresa got into Star Wars and scarves. Overall, I really enjoyed listening to this podcast and it’s definitely making the regular rotation. It covers a different aspect of the fandom. Whether you’re a female looking for fashion tips or news, or a guy looking to expand your knowledge of the broader Star Wars spectrum, there’s reasons for everyone to check this podcast out.

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Official Site: The Best Modern Star Wars Games
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Feb 2016 16:34

Join Anthony Gallegos as he dives back into his look at the great computer games of the Star Wars saga over at

Things slowed a bit for Star Wars releases after the release of Revenge of the Sith, but now, Star Wars gaming is back. Still, since the release of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, we’ve seen a pretty decent list of quality Star Wars games. Want to see what made the cut? Then let’s take a trip down memory lane into the very recent past.

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Adele - Hello (I'm Tired of the Dark Side) Parody
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Feb 2016 15:53

A billion plays on YouTube can't be wrong so it's ripe for a Star Wars parody. Here's Adele's Hello as done by Randy Turnbow in (I'm Tired of the Dark Side) Parody.

In this Star Wars parody spoof of Adele's Hello music video, Darth Vader imagines leaving the dark side and reconnecting with his children by reaching out to them via the force.

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John Boyega Packing On The Muscle For Episode VIII
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Feb 2016 14:20

Looks like Finn is gonna be invloved in some serious action in Episode VIII as John Boyega is hard at work bulking up his frame in this photo he shared on Twitter.

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Read An Excerpt From Star Wars: Bloodline
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Feb 2016 14:12

Bloodline, the upcoming novel from Claudia Gray has a cover, and an excerpt thanks to USA Today:
The new novel Star Wars: Bloodline gives Leia Organa — once a princess, later a general — a story, a journey and an adventure all her own.

So what is her dad Darth Vader doing on the cover, too? Well, that's a tricky question, according to author Claudia Gray.

"I find myself remembering the Episode I posters, where you see the boy Anakin with Vader's shadow stretching out behind him," she says. "In this book, we find out just how far Vader's shadow falls."

A follow-up to September's Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig (which reached No. 4 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list), Bloodline (Del Rey, out May 3) takes place some years before the events of the blockbuster The Force Awakens film. USA TODAY has a first look at the Bloodline jacket and an exclusive excerpt.

For the excerpt from the novel, take the link to the USA Today exclusive.

Source USA Today
Rebels Recon #2.13: Inside "Legends Of The Lasat"
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Feb 2016 02:33

In this installment of Rebels Recon, takes a deep dive into the Star Wars Rebels episode “Legends of the Lasat,” with creator interviews and more.

In “Legends of the Lasat,” we learn that Zeb was a captain in the Lasan Honor Guard. “People have recognized that Zeb seems to be the most militaristic of the bunch,” says the Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo. “So now we get to see where that comes from. Zeb meets fellow survivors, Gron and Chava — a significant development for the Ghost crew’s bruiser.

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   Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Cloud City Casino #35: Collecting The Force Awakens Merchandise And Pfeifer-con?
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 23:56

This week Bruce and Michael are joined by special guest Eric Pfiefer who own one of the largest Star Wars collections in the Mid-West and organizer of the annual Pfeifer-con!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
The Force Awakens Wins Big at the VES Awards
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 22:36

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
won the most awards in the feature competition of the 14th annual Visual Effects Society Awards, picking up four trophies.

Congratulations to all the talent involved in picking up the following awards:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Roger Guyett
Luke O'Byrne
Patrick Tubach
Paul Kavanagh
Chris Corbould

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature
Falcon Chase / Graveyard Scene

Yanick Dusseault
Mike Wood
Justin van der Lek
Quentin Marmier

Outstanding Models in a Photoreal or Animated Project

Joshua Lee
Matthew Denton
Landis Fields
Cyrus Jam

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project
Falcon Chase / Graveyard Scene

Paul Kavanagh
Colin Benoit
Susumu Yukuhiro
Greg Salter

Source The Hollywood Reporter
No Rogue One Toy Reveals at Toy Fair NY
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 22:20

Similar to the announcement made last year for The Force Awakens, Hasbro have revealed to The Daily Superhero that no Rogue One toys will be revealed at this year's Toy Fair NY.  In a statement, Hasbro said:
"We wanted to let you know that there will be no toys based on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story shown at Toy Fair this year. While there will be a small selection of new Star Wars toys revealed at Toy Fair and in the days leading up to it, none of them will be directly based on the new characters from the upcoming film."

For Daily Superhero's full report take the link below.

Source DailySuperHero
The Evolution of Finn - What is Next for the Galaxy’s Newest “Big Deal?”
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 22:02

Retro Zap have a great piece up looking at the evolution of the character of Finn, and what could be next for the "Big Deal!"  Here is a flavour of the article:
FN-2187 was not an individual; he was a cog in the machine. He was taken from a family he doesn’t remember and only given an identity through a serial number like the rest of his stormtrooper brothers and fed First Order propaganda on top of their simulated training–training that the novel Before the Awakening mentions he excels at. It is all a cover though, as he is forced to keep his true feelings buried deep, wondering if he is the only one to have doubts and feel the way he does. FN-2187 is part of a squad of four that has yet to see true combat, yet General Hux and Captain Phasma notice the potential he has–potential that could enable him to join the officer corps. His one glaring weakness that is noted is his empathy for squad mate FN-2003, who is considered the weak link of the team. Captain Phasma even calls him out on this, noting that his allegiance is first to the First Order and everything comes second after that–even if it means the death of his squad. This is the hardest thing FN-2187 has dealing with and Before the Awakening covers this crisis of conscious well–even going so far as to mention how his inaction in helping made him feel sick inside.
For the full piece, take the link below.

Source RetroZap
Ion Cannon #47: Rebels 211 The Protector of Concord Dawn
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 21:59

It's time to join your hosts over at Ion Cannon.

Join your hosts Tom, Stephen, and William as they discuss the eleventh episode of Star Wars Rebels Season Two, “The Protector of Concord Dawn.”

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Marvel Comics Star Wars Editor Jordan D. White Looks Back at 2015
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 21:38

Speaking with IGN, Star Wars comics editor for Marvel, Jordan D. White has recounted how he got involved in the comic line, and how he felt the first year of publication went.  Here is an extract:

IGN Comics: What was your general plan and goal for all the Star Wars comics, and looking back at the first year, how do you think you did to meet that?

Jordan D. White: Well, when I was first brought in on the project, which was before it was announced that Marvel was going to be doing Star Wars books, before it was announced that Dark Horse was going to stop and things like that -- so this was in 2013 -- they said to me, "We're going to have you edit the Star Wars line," and they said to me, "The ideal situation would be this becomes its own group of books, like the Avengers books and the X-Men books. This would be another big franchise of books." I was very excited by that prospect.

Star Wars is such a huge, cultural thing. It was right at the beginning of the buildup to the movie at that point, so it felt like the right time to bring it back in a big way and make as much of a splash as possible. Realistically, I think we succeeded beyond our expectations completely.

The first time that I was told that our first issue was going to sell more than a million copies, I thought they were joking with me. I was like, "Haha, that's funny." And they were like, "No, we're serious." I couldn't believe it. It's amazing. Obviously, a lot goes into that -- a lot of marketing, a lot of variant covers, and there was a lot of excitement for the movie, and excitement for Marvel picking up the line. But I'm very proud of the fact that, after that crazy-huge launch, people seemed to really love the series, and it's continued to be a bestseller for the entire year. Star Wars itself has been in the Top 10 pretty much every month -- I'd have to double check -- which is amazing. And the fact that Darth Vader is right up there with it, people are just as excited for that book, if not more depending on the Originals' fans' taste.

In addition, every miniseries we've launched has launched huge. People are rushing to check out everything we do. It blew my mind. I mean, I've worked on popular books before, having worked on Deadpool -- which I'm still working on -- but nothing compared to this. This did absolutely better than I had expected it to do. Not to say I didn't expect it to do well, but it's kind of amazing and humbling how terrific the reception has been.

For the full interview including some hints as to what to expect in 2016, as well as a special three page look at the upcoming Darth Vader #16 check out the full interview over on IGN.

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The Force Awakens Likely To Break $900 Million Domestic on Friday
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 21:21

Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to stretch it's box office takings, and looks likely to smash too landmark figures this weekend.

On Friday it looks like the $900 million domestic barrier will be broken in the United States, and on Saturday the $2 billion mark worldwide should go!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens did nothing exceptional today. But for those who want their Star Wars box office news first, the film earned $928,000 on Tuesday for a $897.47 million domestic total. As we wait for Star Wars: The Force Awakens top cross the magical $900 million mark in America (Friday or Saturday) and the vaunted $2 billion mark worldwide  (presumably over the weekend), it should be noted that the first big blockbuster of the 2016 calendar year is going ever stronger.
If you need another excuse to go and the film, go this week and be a part of box office history!

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On The Shelves UK: Star Wars Villain Playing Cards From Cartamundi
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 21:06

Cartamundi have launched a series of Star Wars Villian Playing Cards based around The Force Awakens, which are now available from all good retailers.

For more images from the pack, check out Jedi News on Facebook.

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Potential Episode VIII Filming Locations In Mexico City Mentioned
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 20:47

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy revealed back in December that certain scenes in Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and Rian Johnson's Episode VIII would be filmed on location in Mexico. Now we learn via an article posted on (via Star Wars News Net) which specific locations in Mexico could be potentially targeted by Lucasfilm for the filming of Episode VIII.

Star Wars producers scouted “otherworldly” locations in Mexico City for the possible filming of Episode VIII, local media reported Tuesday.

Likely locations in the capital's southeast include the densely- populated Iztapalapa and the rural Tlahuac, which is quickly becoming ubanized, a staff of Mexico City's Filming Commission told the daily Reforma.

"They were interested in types of caves or grottoes that are there. Given their features, they thought they could appear to be another planet," the staff added.

The sites were also explored by teams from Lucasfilm and Disney at the end of 2015, the daily said.

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Rian Johnson Has Perfect Response To C-3PO Actor's Episode VIII Script Threat
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 20:38

Episode VIII Director, Rian Johnson, has responded perfectly to Anthony Daniels threat to reveal the storyline of his movie with this brilliant tweet.

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Game Informer: How LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Adds To The Movie's Lore
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 20:16

Game Informer has posted their next article that focuses on the content and development of the new LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens title from TT Games on their website today. Check out the intro below and then take the source link for the full read.

One of the concerns I had about the latest entry in the Lego Star Wars series orbited around its seemingly small scale. Where previous entries compiled the events from several movies or seasons of a show, I assumed that Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be solely devoted to what you saw from that movie. It's a fun film, to be sure, but it didn't seem like a bounty of content. As it turns out, that's only part of the story. TT Fusion is indeed retelling the story from that movie, but it's also using the events as a launching point for a slew of side content, including exclusive story missions that add to Star Wars canon. We've got a few examples, too.

Game Informer will be providing readers with updates on this new video game all month long, so be sure to visit their LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hub for all their latest news in case you happen to miss anything along the way.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 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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Here's Why Star Wars Battlefront Content Is Sticking With The Original Trilogy
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 19:25

There's been a certain element of consternation regarding this statement. Not simply that Star Wars Battlefront will stick tightly to the original trilogy era - which includes the Battle of Jakku - but that EA consider including the prequel trilogy would 'violates the canon of Star Wars.

Star Wars Battlefront will only include content based on the original trilogy, in the interest of preserving the franchise's canon, according to EA.
"You can't make a game in Star Wars that violates the canon of Star Wars," said EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen during a quarterly earnings call yesterday, according to a transcript from Seeking Alpha. Since Battlefront is explicitly set during the era of the original trilogy, adding events from films set earlier or later than Episodes 4 through 7 would be unfaithful to the franchise, he explained.
EA is open to including these characters and stories in future Star Wars games, Jorgensen went on to say.
Ea confirmed that Battlefront itself wouldn't include The Force Awakens back in December. However, this marks the first confirmation that EA will also leave the prequel trilogy out of ?Battlefront?'s upcoming expansion packs.
The interest in abiding by the Star Wars franchise's canon speaks to the major reset it received prior to The Force Awakens' premiere. Its deep, complicated expanded universe of stories was largely thrown out, with a new status quo derived from the existing movies instead. Going forward, Lucasfilm announced, the expanded universe and cinematic universe are considered two separate canons; future films will not be based upon expanded Star Wars lore.

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Official Site: 5 Symbols In The Star Wars Universe
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 18:42

Amy Ratcliffe gives us a brief tour through just a few of the symbols seen in the Star Wars universe over at

Do you remember the first time you noticed the symbols of the Empire and Rebellion appear in the original trilogy? The Imperial insignia can be seen on uniforms, and the Rebel Alliance starbird appears on the helmets of the X-wing pilots who take on the Death Star. Symbols like those appear throughout the Star Wars universe in the films, television series, books, games, and comics. Like emblems in our world, the symbols allow you to tell which organization someone has pledged his or her allegiance to with a quick glance. Here are five such symbols from the galaxy far, far away

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Star Wars Report #207: Why We Like Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 18:23

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

Riley, chats with Brian Brushwood on this week’s episode of the Star Wars Report Podcast!

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How BB-8 Got His Voice
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 18:02

Bryan Young over at Now delves in to the voice behind BB-8, just one of the many elements that made 'ball' work so well.

Matthew Wood and David Acord brought the sounds in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to life. The two Academy Award-nominated sound effects editors had the job of making sure every bit of sound was in its proper place, as well as creating new soundscapes to make audiences feel immersed in the film.
The duo modulated Adam Driver’s voice to create the sound of Kylo Ren and oversaw the dialogue of the Stormtroopers, amid dozens of other duties. But one of their most difficult tasks may have been giving the rolling ball-droid BB-8 a voice.
Wood walked us through the process over the phone, and it was unlike any that most movies would go through for this level of detail.
“BB-8 was obviously one of those early things that was going to be something very unique to the movies, so it was going to have a high level of interest to make sure it was going to be something really cool,” Wood says. “We need to differentiate this droid from R2-D2, because there's going to be a conversation between them later in the film, and we wanted them to sound very distinct.”

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UPDATE: Black Series 6" At Asda Drops Price
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 17:37

The new wave of the Black Series 6" figures has hit Asda shelves here in the UK. Our pal Steve 'thesithlord229' Allsopp found them in a Sheffield branch of Asda for £21.97 each.

Han Solo, Jango Fett, FN2187 and Flametrooper. Go get them before they're gone.

UPDATE: An update to this story, we were contacted by Paul Fowles from the Wirral who told us he'd found these at an even better price.

Just wonder if you were interested in an update on the Finn Stormtrooper/Han Solo wave, as you article doesn't mention a reduction in price. After seeing your article I went to my local ASDA today where they had them now for £16.00 each. I was able to get the whole of this wave, plus Captain Phasma. My Location is Wirral.

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Cincinnati Reds MLB Team To Host Star Wars Weekend May 6-8
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 17:33

We received the following email earlier today from Jarrod Rollins, Senior Manager of Communications and Web Content for the Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball team informing us of a special Star Wars weekend that is being planned for May 6-8. Over to Jarrod...


I’m not sure if you would be interested in posting about this, but the Cincinnati Reds are hosting a Star Wars weekend May 6-8 this season. These weekend is going to be filled with the following activities:

  • Post-game fireworks on Friday night featuring a STAR WARS-themed soundtrack
  • Free STAR WARS and Reds-themed poster to the first 20,000 fans on Friday
  • Free STAR WARS X-Wing Fighter Mr. Redlegs bobblehead to the first 25,000 fans on Saturday
  • Free STAR WARS Fathead® Wall Decal to kids 14 and younger on Sunday
  • Appearances by STAR WARS characters throughout the weekend

Additionally, Friday night we’re offering a special ticket package that includes a limited-edition Yoda bobblehead.

The Yoda ticket package is available now at Single-game tickets go on sale for the remaining games on Feb. 27.

Thought this may be of interest to your fans. I’ve attached images of both the Yoda bobble and the Mr. Redlegs/X-Wing Fighter bobble.

Many thanks to Jarrod for sending over this update.

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Star Wars Rebels Season Pass Issues Explained
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 17:24

Our pals over at the always essential Full of Sith contacted Lucasfilm regarding the recent confusion regarding the status on iTunes and Amazon of the second season of Star Wars Rebels and the season pass.

"Because Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels contains seven episodes more than Season 1 (20 versus 13), it has been broken down into lower priced volumes to make it more accessible.
Unfortunately, this was not made clear for those buying a "season pass." We regret the confusion and are happy to report that, in response, iTunes, Amazon and Google Play have reduced the price for the second half of Season 2 to $19.99.
Thank you again for alerting us to this issue and for your continued support of Star Wars Rebels.
May the Force be with you!"

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Daisy Ridley, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift Among Kids Choice Awards Nominees
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Feb 2016 16:49

Awards season is in full swing and The Force Awakens is well and truly in the mix with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega up for awards at the Nickleodeon Kids Choice Awards.

“Star Wars,” “Jurassic World,” and “The Big Bang Theory” all pick up multiple nominations
Nickelodeon announced the full list of nominees for the Kids Choice Awards on Tuesday.
In the movie categories, “Jurassic World,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will compete for the title of Favorite Movie. Chris Pratt, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley are also competing in the acting categories.

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