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   28 March 2015
On The Shelves UK: Sainsbury
Reported by Matt on 28 Mar 2015 20:14

Via our pal Jedi News reader Mark Spriggs here's the latest wave of the Black Series as seen on the shelves in Sainsbury, yours for £12.99.

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Teen Action Comedy Barely Lethal Overturns R Rating
Reported by Mark on 28 Mar 2015 19:41

You may know that our pal Kyle Newman has a new film on the horizon, Barely Lethal. Great news, it's got passed the all-important censors and instead of an R it'll have a much more audience friendly PG-13 rating.

On Thursday, the Classification and Rating Appeals Board changed the R rating given to the movie for sexual material and teen drinking. EW can confirm that the film now has a PG-13 rating for sexual material, teen drinking, language, drug references and some action violence.
In February, DirecTV and A24 Film acquired the U.S. rights to the film and though no official date has been set, they are said to have planned an April release to both DirecTV and in select theaters.

Source EW
Covers For Issues 2 And 3 Of Star Wars: Kanan
Reported by Mark on 28 Mar 2015 18:33

 

Check out these very cool covers for May and June's second and third issues of Kanan: The Last Padawan, Marvels new 5 parter starting 1st April.

Source Jedi Bibliothek
Fantasy Flight Games: Star Wars: Armada Is Now Available
Reported by Jonathan on 28 Mar 2015 17:22

It's here! At last!

It's been a long wait but finally we've got the chance to dive into capital ship shootouts with the release of this long-anticipated game. We'll be checking it out at a special launch event at our local Titan Games, so check around at your local hobby stores and find out if they're doing something similar. This is going to be a huge game so be part of the action!

From the website:

The time to attack has come. Your fleet awaits your command. The fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance. Star Wars™: Armada is now available at your local retailer and online through our webstore!
The two-player miniatures game of epic Star Wars space battles, Armada places you and your opponent in command of rival fleets. Massive war machines and crews of thousands await your commands. You assemble a fleet of capital ships and starfighter squadrons, then upgrade it with elite pilots, crew members, and advanced weaponry. You select your objective. Then you head to battle.

Source Fantasy Flight Games
Comlink News (03/27/15) - Star Wars News and Commentary
Reported by Mark on 28 Mar 2015 03:46

David Collins hosts the latest and greatest from the past week from a galaxy far, far away...

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: The Folly of TK-421
Reported by Mark on 28 Mar 2015 01:05

It's the latest Celebration piece from our pal Chris Trevas (who you will remember designed our Caravan of the Force logo for Celebration Europe a couple of years back) and it answers a long asked question - how exactly did Han and Chewie silence the ill-fated duo of Stormtroopers who ventured onto the Falcon? Now we know.

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   27 March 2015
Fly Casual Episode 31: Come On, Aileen
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 22:55

It's time to join the team at Fly Casual.

In this episode of Fly Casual Podcast, Garrick talks Rebels finale and Mike goes crazy insane with rumors.

Contact Information: iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: Fully Operational Fandom: One Fan's Marvelous Ewok Diorama
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 21:47

Amy Ratcliffe takes a stroll through Bright Tree Forest and finds this amazing diorama over at StarWars.com.

If you can’t bring yourself to embrace and cherish Ewoks, don’t worry. David Mizejewski may have enough enthusiasm for all of us. The naturalist and spokesperson for the National Wildlife Federation rediscovered his passion for collecting and for Ewoks and built an incredibly detailed diorama so his Ewok figures are permanently on display in a habitat that resembles their home on the forest moon of Endor. After seeing his article about the diorama on Boing Boing, I talked with Mizejewski about his fandom and how he assembled his Ewok masterpiece.

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Tosche Station Radio #107: Fridges in Temples
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 17:54

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

Brian and Nanci get literary on this week's Tosche Station Radio! Kicking off the shows, the hosts highlight What's New on the Blog. Bria reviewed Princess Leia #2. Bria reviewed Darth Vader #3. She also outlined a new approach to recommending the Expanded Universe.

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

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

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New Avengers: Age Of Ultron Hero Edition Cereal Box
Reported by Justin on 27 Mar 2015 17:42

While out hunting for new Star Wars figures this afternoon, I spotted this new Avengers: Age of Ultron Hero Edition cereal box from Kellogg's at one of my local Target stores. There were other cereal boxes on the shelves that featured promos for winning movie tickets for the film.

From the name, one can easily assume that a companion Villain Edition is not too far behind.

Will we see a similar (if not larger) cereal marketing strategy for The Force Awakens later this year? I sure hope so!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Official Site: Kanan: The Last Padawan #1: Exclusive 5-Page Preview
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 17:11

Check out this 5 page excerpt of the fast-approaching first issue of Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 over at StarWars.com.

How did a Padawan named Caleb Dume survive Order 66 — and become the rebel hero called Kanan Jarrus? Marvel’s upcoming ongoing series, Kanan: The Last Padawan by writer Greg Weisman and artist Pepe Larraz, will explore the origins of Star Wars Rebels’ resident Jedi cowboy.
See Kanan take on the Separatist droid army in the Clone Wars with the exclusive preview pages below and continue the story when the book hits shelves on Wednesday, April 1st.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Ready for Takeoff Is Now Available for Star Wars: The Card Game
Reported by Jonathan on 27 Mar 2015 16:27

Your pilots are in their starfighter cockpits. Your capital ships are fully crewed and ready for action. Interstellar combat and breakneck dogfights come to the forefront of Star Wars™: The Card Game with Ready for Takeoff, now available at your local retailer and online through our webstore!
As the Rogue Squadron cycle begins, cutting-edge starships and the ace pilots who fly them take their place in the spotlight. The Force Packs of this cycle introduce the new Pilot keyword, allowing you to play Pilot units as enhancements on Vehicles instead of independent units. Every Pilot brings powerful new abilities and a unique style to the starship he flies, and with two brand-new fate cards introduced in this cycle, your edge battles also reach new strategic depths. Ready for Takeoff invites you to take to the stars, and fly alongside iconic characters like Baron Fel, “Mauler” Mithel, and Lando Calrissian.

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Coffee With Kenobi Show #34: Fostering Community in Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 16:09

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

In today’s show, Skywalking Through Neverland joins us to discuss our topic for Show # 34, fostering community in Star Wars, as we look at how to keep growing our Star Wars family. We will also discuss the news of the Standalone film title, the release date of Episode VIII, discuss the new Topps trading card app, and we also have the next offering of “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio” featuring Rob Wainfur. This is the podcast you're looking for!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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The Big Bang Theory Has A Skywalker Ranch Episode
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 15:55

Sheldon in the library? Raj in the screening room? Howard in the vineyard? Leonard in the tech building? It could all be happening as The Big Bang Theory crowd visit Skywalker Ranch.

An upcoming episode of the extremely popular series, The Big Bang Theory will see Sheldon, Leonard and the gang trying to break into Skywalker Ranch to try and grab a glimpse of their idols, mainly George Lucas. The show returns on April 2nd.
"When Leonard and Sheldon are invited to speak at UC Berkeley, they take a detour to try to meet an idol. Also, when Bernadette and Howard battle over the fate of his Dr. Who TARDIS, Raj and Amy offer to settle the dispute with a game of ping pong."
Guest stars include actor Tate Ellington as Mitchell and actors Michael Dempsey and Mark Barrett, who will play security guards.

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George Lucas On The Daily Show
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 15:44

Uncle George sure has been busy. Here he is in a sketch on The Daily Show.

Stewart also said that Hollywood had something to say and presented a short video of George Lucas, the very epitome of liberal Hollywood, apologizing and promising to in future only make films that were "blindly uncritical of America," with possible future films such as American Exceptionalism Graffiti, Star Wars: The Reagan Missile Defense Version, The Empire Strikes Back, Justifiably and Star Wars: The Clinton Menace.

Source Hollywood Reporter
Draw Star Wars Rebels
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 15:29

Check out the great review of Draw Star Wars Rebels over at our pals Star Wars Kidscast, as they break down the contents of this delightful book from Klutz.

This latest addition to our Star Wars book series is a how-to guide packed with expert tips, simple techniques, plenty of draw-right-in-the-book space, and translucent overlays to make you a master of drawing. Start with stick figures, move onto basic shapes, and finish up with the details. This sketchbook comes with everything you need, and we also include perhaps the most essential tool for any artist… an eraser. Because sometimes even a Jedi Master could use a do-over.
Comes with: 90 page book, 6 sheets of vellum tracing paper, mechanical pencil, black marker, 3 dual-tipped metallic colored pencils, block eraser

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Official Pix Photo-Ops Now Up For Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 27 Mar 2015 15:21

Official Pix has posted their photo opportunities with certain select guests that fans will be able to purchase for Celebration Anaheim 2015 courtesy of Epic Photo Ops. Among the guests participating in this photo service are Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams, and many more.

Timeslots for this service fill up pretty fast, so don't delay and place your pre-orders now!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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RebelForce Radio: March 27, 2015
Reported by Mark on 27 Mar 2015 15:20

You know him as the voice of Kit Fisto in Star Wars: The Clone Wars & Senator Bail Organa in Star Wars Rebels - Phil Lamarr talks to Jimmy Mac about working in Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, Mad TV and more! Stephen Stanton returns to give us an amazing Death Star-sized update to our Star Wars Celebration ticket giveaway that will blow you away. It's a RebelForce Radio miracle! Stephen also gives us the lowdown on what he has up his sleeve for the 501st party. Geek Out Loud superstar Steve Glosson sits in this week for a huge Celebration Anaheim Update with Star Wars artist extraordinaire Randy Martinez. We get all the deets from Randy about his booth at the show, and we review some of the Celebration programming schedule, including Smuggler's Bounty. SOLD OUT! That's right, all the tix for the massive RFR Celebration Kickoff Bash are gone! We fill you in on what will be happening at the bash and who will be there. Plus, Star Wars Aftermath, some new buzz about the long-in-development live-action Star Wars TV show, Will Ferrell as Little Debbie, music and good times! RFR is a STAR WARS CELEBRATION for your ears!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Fantasy Flight Games: Seven New Packs for Imperial Assault
Reported by Jonathan on 27 Mar 2015 12:43

There's just no stopping this game - you get lots of goodies in the original boxed game and the extras that are pouring out of Fantasy Flight Games is going to make this a collector's dream. Now available from FFG - a whole bunch of Ally and Villain packs!

From the website:

Each Ally Pack and Villain Pack includes detailed plastic figures as well as new Deployment, Reward, Agenda, and Command cards for your games of Imperial Assault. What’s more, each figure pack contains a new side mission that can be included in any campaign, and two new skirmish missions that use the same map, expanding your options for Star Wars adventure.
Read below to learn more about the destructive power of the Rebel Saboteurs, and pick up your Imperial Assault Ally Packs and Villain Packs today at your local retailer!

Source Fantasy Flight Games
   26 March 2015
Fantasy Flight Games: More Figure Packs for Imperial Assault
Reported by Jonathan on 26 Mar 2015 22:39

What? More figure packs for the incredible Imperial Assault game? Yes please? Get these in the second quarter of 2015 or be sent to the spice mines of Kessel, or smashed into who-knows-what.

From the website:

  • R2-D2 and C-3PO Ally Pack
  • Boba Fett Villain Pack
  • Kayn Somos Villain Pack

As you descend upon the desert planet of Tatooine with the Twin Shadows expansion, these new Ally Packs and Villain Packs bring Star Wars™ heroes and villains to life. Like previous Ally Packs and Villain Packs, such as the Luke Skywalker Ally Pack and the Darth Vader Villain Pack included in the Core Set, these expansions feature sculpted plastic figures to replace the tokens found in the Twin Shadows expansion and supplement your campaigns and skirmishes with new cards and missions. Journey to Tatooine and engage in fast-paced skirmishes with these new Twin Shadows figure packs!

Source Fantasy Flight Games
Pre-Order Darth Vader And Friends From Forbidden Planet For Free Tote Bag
Reported by Matt on 26 Mar 2015 22:26

It arrives 12th April 2015, will be packed with all the charm and fun of the books that preceded it and to top all of that you can grab this super tote bag if you order early from Forbidden Planet.

PRE-ORDER EXCLUSIVE - The first 100 customers to order 'Darth Vader And Friends' will receive a great tote bag featuring Jeffrey Brown art. Only from Forbidden Planet!
In this funny and sweet new book in the best selling Darth Vader series, Eisner Award winning author Jeffrey Brown offers an intimate look at the friendships between best pals in the Star Wars universe, from Darth Vader and the Emperor to Leia and her Ewok pals, Han and Chewie, C-3PO and R2-D2, the bounty hunters and other favourite characters.
Jealousy, birthday parties, lightsaber battles, sharing, intergalactic rebellion and more all come into play as Brown's charming illustrations and humour irresistibly combine the adventures of our friends in a galaxy far, far away with everyday events closer to home.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Gareth Edwards And Josh Trank Panel Announced
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 22:24

Great news, both Star Wars: Rogue One director Gareth Edwards and future stand alone director Josh Trank have been added to the amazing roster of guests attending Celebration Anaheim. Both will join Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart and Pablo Hidalgo for a Sunday morning discussion between 11.00am and 12.00pm on the Celebration Stage.

This exciting announcement was also posted on StarWars.com.

Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart and Pablo Hidalgo will be joined by directors Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank, who will share their experiences as the newest members of the Lucasfilm creative family. Learn how the teams came together and are collaborating to conceive and create the upcoming stand-alone films in the galaxy far, far away.

Source Star Wars Celebration
Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 71: Seen, Unseen Disneyland; Star Wars Artists and Ask Tink!
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 21:42

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

The last time you were at Disneyland did you happen to see The Walt Disney family crest on sleeping beauty’s castle? Or the signs on the bathroom door? The devil is in the details, and Russell Flores has seen and documented them in his book, “Seen, Un-Seen Disneyland”. It’s fascinating, and he has many stories to tell. Star Wars artist Randy Martinez is back to tell us about his Star Wars Celebration print. And this time he is joined by by his girlfriend and renowned Star Wars artist herself, Denise Vasquez. You don’t want to miss this because we reveal some details of our Interactive Fandom Adventure on the Podcast Stage. Guess who else is back? Our Fairy Pod(God?)Mother, Margaret Kerry! She flew in to help all of our Skywalkers with their questions in her ASK TINK segment.
And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Jedi News Comic Review: Darth Vader #3
Reported by MaxN on 26 Mar 2015 21:00
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BOOK 2, PART 3

VADER

Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Empire. After the destruction of THE DEATH STAR, the disgraced Sith Lord, DARTH VADER, has been demoted by his Master only to have his congtrol taken by Grand General Tagge. And when Vader discovered that a mole has been leaking information to pirate raiders, it was made clear to him that no person can be trusted.

Unknown to Emperor Palpatine and Tagge, however, Vader is also quietly pursuing his own interests: the mysterious Force-strong pilot who destroyed the Death Star and the identity of the stranger who is conspiring with the Emperor.

But for this he will need his own personal, secret forces....

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Variant Action Figure Cover For Star Wars #4
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 20:48

Variant cover for the upcoming (April 22, 2015):STAR WARS # 4Book I, Part IV: Skywalker StrikesMarvel...

Posted by Star Wars Upcoming Books & Comics on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Marvel Marvel continues their super run of variant covers with this action figure variant for issue 4 of Star Wars, coming our way 22nd April 2015.

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Official Site: 6 Ways Star Wars: The Clone Wars Changed Star Wars The Mythos
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 20:17

Join Lucas Siegel as he looks at the ways in which Star Wars: The Clone Wars changed the very fabric of the saga.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars was a generation’s introduction into the galaxy far, far away. The six season animated series introduced new concepts, new characters, and some fan-favorites from the broader spectrum of Star Wars into the minds and hearts of fans. Here are six of the most important ways The Clone Wars changed the Star Wars mythos.

Source Official Site
Doctor Who and Star Wars Crossover: Actors Who've Appeared In Both Sci-Fi Classics
Reported by Matt on 26 Mar 2015 19:34

You could argue that there's as much crossover between the universes of Doctor Who and Star Wars as any other, and to prove that here's a list of 20 actors who portrayed roles in both classic series.

Doctor Who and Star Wars have a lot of overlap, from their themes and settings down to the sci-fi fans that love them both. But they also share a few members of their cast – and you might be surprised who’s popped up in both universes.
Sure, we might not have seen Harrison Ford jet off in the Tardis (we’re sure he’ll get to it once he finally receives all our handwritten suggestions), but there have been plenty of actors who’ve traded the Time Vortex for a galaxy far, far away (or vice versa)...

Source Radio Times
Fantasy Flight Games: Organised Play Imperial Assault Retailer Tournament Pack
Reported by Matt on 26 Mar 2015 19:27

Many thanks to Colin and Sam from Moving Pictures in Exeter UK for forwarding on these awesome pictures of the shop exclusive organised play pack from Fantasy Flight Games.

They will be organising tournaments soon so keep an eye on their Facebook page and Moving Pictures website for more details. Visit Moving Pictures and our pals at Titan Games in Lichfield and play to win exclusive prizes.

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Baptism By Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 19:25

Ryder Waldron brings us his latest thought-provoking piece over at Cantina Cast, discussing the notion of baptisms in the saga.

Baptism is a religious custom that is strongly represented in the Star Wars saga, most notably in Revenge of the Sith. Baptism by immersion in water symbolizes a cleansing as one descends into the water and emerges purified, and it is required for admission into many Christian faiths. It also represents a type of death and resurrection. Either way there is a change after someone is baptized by water.

Source The Cantina Cast
RUMOR: First Star Wars Canon LGBT Character To Have An On-Screen Appearance?
Reported by Justin on 26 Mar 2015 19:16

Earlier this month it was revealed that the Star Wars saga would have it's first LGBT character included as part of the official canon in the upcoming novel Lords of the Sith written by author Paul S. Kemp. There might be a much larger future than simply existing as text on a page for this female character named Moff Delian Mors if the latest rumor posted over on Cinelinx is true.

While the addition of this character into canon is important, let's face it, coverage of this sort on a new character from a book isn't normally so publicized or pushed out there. The books so far have introduced a number of new characters and ideas, none of whom were given articles on this magnitude well over a month ahead of the book's release. Yes, I get that there's a very good reason to promote the inclusion of a LBGT character in Star Wars, but there are other reasons why Moff Mors has been so much attention ahead of her debut.

I've had two independent sources tell me that the Lucasfilm story group has plans for Delian Mors, plans that includes a big screen appearance, and possible outing in a live-action series. The primary thing I've heard is that Lucasfilm really wants to include Mors in one of the Star Wars spin-offs. My sources couldn't say specifically which standalone film, but were under the impression it could be Rogue One.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Does Star Wars Have A Negative Effect On Hollywood Careers?
Reported by Justin on 26 Mar 2015 18:33

Jedi News reader Alan M. sends along this link (by way of Star Wars 7 News) to an article posted on The Hollywood Reporter titled "Why More Star Wars Actors Haven't Become Stars" that briefly examines why numerous actors/actresses that have been involved the world's most popular film franchise have not gone on to establish hugely successful careers in Hollywood. Of interesting note is the paragraph below that pertains to the new Episode VII cast members:

"When you sign up for this, you're signing your life away, and you're keeping yourself from any other franchises out there," says an agent whose client is one of the stars of Episode VII. "They will not let you be in another franchise. They're going to be cranking out a new movie every year. These actors never get to read the script before signing on. They don't even know which [subsequent] one they are in. And then they become known for that role, and it's hard to see them in a Fault in Our Stars kind of movie." Also, the pay is meager. Sources say the newcomers can only command $65,000 to $125,000 for Episode VII, with sequel options exponentially greater. Still, agents will keep pursuing. Paradigm's Sarah Fargo, whose client, Domhnall Gleeson, was cast in Episode VII, sees only upside: "It secures all involved a place in film history and guarantees a huge global audience, enhancing an actor's marketability."

Thanks to Alan for the heads-up.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Star Wars Bookworms #38: Journey to Star Wars Celebration
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 18:16

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

Star Wars Celebration is almost here and we have so much to talk about. Sadly Teresa wasn’t able to join in for this episode, but we got a great guest host in Kay from Fangirl Blog and the Hyperspace Theories podcast.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
Forbidden Planet Boba Fett Giclee
Reported by Matt on 26 Mar 2015 17:54

Forbidden Planet are offering these Adi Granov limited edition giclees, featuring Boba Fett as he appeared on Forbidden Planet variant cover to issue 1 of Star Wars #1.

£29.99 gets you the limited edition version with the logo, £39.99 the clear version without the logo signed by Granov and for £59.99 the black and white cover, also signed by Granov.

Source Forbidden Planet
The Coolest Nerf Herders In The Galaxy
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 17:45

In the pantheon of cool photo's, this HAS to rank pretty near the top. Billy Dee, Mark, Carrie and Harrison, early 80's (hence the fashion). If anyone can shoot a cooler photo at Celebration Anaheim we want to see it!

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Get Your Geek On: March 25th 2015
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 17:19

Get your geek on every Monday night with host David Gremillion, as he interviews guests, takes your calls, and gives his take on the latest Star Wars news. Listen live every Monday at 9pm EST on www.channel1138.com.

MARCH MADNESS drives on as we welcome SCRUFFY REBEL on as our guest. She will talk about her cosplaying experience, Celebration Anaheim, and tackle the increasing problem of harassment to cosplayers. Also, John Williams will NOT be composing the score for "Rogue One", is that a big deal? Stay Geeky and join us!

Contact Information: iTunes | Mixlr | Facebook

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Official Site: Comics At The Crossroads Of America
Reported by Mark on 26 Mar 2015 17:14

We join Dan Zehr for his latest article and report over at StarWars.com as he goes back to Indiana.

For many Star Wars fans, March 13th to the 15th, 2015, will be a day long remembered, thanks to Indiana Comic Con. It was an exciting time for fans in the central United States, as the annual Con brought many fans together to celebrate the best in pop culture. With over 400,000 square feet and 150 booths of comics, cosplay, toys, action figures, comic book talent, and much more, the con was the place to be this weekend. From Star Wars Indiana, to the Droid Builders, to cosplayers, a Rebel princess, and even a few podcasters, Indiana Comic Con was another great example of Star Wars fans coming together to celebrate the Saga.

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Vanessa Marshall Talks Star Wars Rebels Season 1, Looks Ahead To Season 2
Reported by Justin on 26 Mar 2015 17:07

Head on over to Comic Book for an in-depth interview Lucas Siegel recently conducted with the voice of Hera Syndulla herself, Vanessa Marshall, in which they chatted about all the exciting action Season 1 of Star Wars Rebels brought to the table as well as Marshall's thoughts on what lies ahead for fans in Season 2.

I had the privilege of speaking with Vanessa in her very first interview about Star Wars Rebels, just a couple days after being announced in the role. Today we look back at the first season, and get some intriguing teases about season two and what Ahsoka and the larger Rebel Alliance mean for our heroes.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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New Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions Mobile Game
Reported by Justin on 26 Mar 2015 16:14

A new mobile game from Disney titled Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions has recently been added to Google Play and the Apple App Store. The game is supported on Android platform 4.0 and higher and iOS 7.0 or higher.

Disney Interactive posted their official announcement for the game earlier today as well as a link to a 30-second trailer video.

Disney Interactive today launched “Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions” for iOS, Android and Windows Devices. “Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions” is the first mobile action-platformer set in the Star Wars Rebels universe that lets fans play as some of their favorite heroes in this extension of the hit TV show.

In this side-scrolling adventure, players battle as Ezra Bridger to thwart the actions of the Empire and save the citizens of Lothal from Imperial control. Fans can traverse across 35 levels while wielding a blaster, commanding an AT-MP, swinging a Lightsaber and more to battle Stormtroopers, Droids, TIE fighters, and other Imperial Forces.

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Star Wars Battlefront Listed In New Star Wars Canon Timeline
Reported by Justin on 26 Mar 2015 12:55

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RUMOR: Ben Mendelsohn To Join Rogue One Cast In Lead Role
Reported by Justin on 26 Mar 2015 12:22

An article posted by Mike Fleming over at Deadline is reporting that Ben Mendelsohn has the inside track on securing a lead role in the upcoming Star Wars standalone film Rogue One, which currently only has Felicity Jones as part of the official cast.

Word is that Ben Mendelsohn is circling a lead role alongside Felicity Jones in Rogue One, the Star Wars spinoff to be directed by Gareth Edwards. If Mendelsohn isn’t on your radar, he ought to be. The Aussie actor has been memorable in films that include Exodus: Gods And Kings, Killing Them Softly and The Dark Knight Rises. But he is overwhelmingly good in the stellar cast of the new Netflix series Bloodline, with a performance that has to put him smack in the middle of the Emmy discussion. As usual, Disney doesn’t comment on Star Wars business.

Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards, is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 16, 2016.

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   25 March 2015
Latest Toy Palace Newsletter Week 13 2015
Reported by James on 25 Mar 2015 22:15

Here's the latest Star Wars items available to pre-order or buy directly from stock at site sponsor Toy Palace...

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 25 Mar 2015 20:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Hallmark Exclusives Announced
Reported by Justin on 25 Mar 2015 19:48

One of my favorite Star Wars license holders, Hallmark, has announced that they will have not one, but two exclusive products available for fans to purchase at Celebration Anaheim 2015 next month. Check out all the details below!

Hallmark is doubling up on excitement at this year's Star Wars Celebration with a pair of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments and a pair of the popular itty bittys® plush collectibles to be available exclusively at the fan event.

The two-packs will be sold in limited quantities each day of the event, scheduled April 16-19 at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

An Epic Vision is the name of the Keepsake Ornament two-pack that features Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader locked in a heated lightsaber duel as inspired by the styling of famed artist Ralph McQuarrie in preproduction art for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Nearly 40 years since their creation, McQuarrie's original visions for the Star Wars galaxy of characters, craft and planets continues to inspire and delight fans. An Epic Vision has a total production run of 2,000 and sales will be limited to 500 per day ($40 per set).

Bossk and Dengar join Hallmark's itty bittys line with a Celebration-exclusive two-pack of the fearsome bounty hunters seen in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. More than a dozen heroes, villains and creatures of Star Wars are now among the iconic characters of film, comics and television to appear as sweetly and uniquely styled plush itty bittys exclusively in Hallmark Gold Crown® stores and online at Hallmark.com. This bounty hunter two-pack has a total production run of 2,200 and sales will be limited to 550 per day ($20 per set).

Limited quantity buttons featuring a sneak peek of the newest Star Wars itty bittys collectors set will also be given out at the Hallmark booth (#1434). There are four designs – one for each day of the convention – that will be given away daily in limited quantities of 1,000 of each design. A fifth, secret variant design, will be in limited quantities of 500. Visit the Hallmark booth at Star Wars Celebration to learn more.

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New Kurt Adler Yoda & Darth Vader LED Holiday Candles
Reported by Justin on 25 Mar 2015 19:30

Here in New York, we are finally starting to come out of the worst winter on record (those of you who attended Toy Fair last month know exactly what I'm talking about). But that doesn't mean we should be turning a blind eye towards new 2015 Star Wars holiday decorations. Oh no sir it doesn't. It's NEVER too early to start looking at new upcoming holiday ornaments and decorations.

Check out these new Yoda & Darth Vader LED Candles that will be available from manufacturer Kurt Adler later this year.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Exclusive Star Wars Pendant Necklace From Norse Legion
Reported by Justin on 25 Mar 2015 17:56

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Star Wars Insider 158
Reported by Matt on 25 Mar 2015 17:10

Here at Jedi News we're counting down to The Force Awakens and so are the team at Star Wars Insider.Here's an advance look at issue 158, which will be focusing on everyone's favourite Corellian smuggler, Han Solo.

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Toys 'R' Us UK Offers - Hasbro, LEGO and More...
Reported by James on 25 Mar 2015 17:03

Now's a great time to visit site sponsor Toys 'R' Us here in the UK where they have lots of offers on...

Some of these deals stack - so on LEGO if you spend over £40 you'll actually get £20 worth of gift cards (for a later redemption) free! 

These deals are available on-line and in store - happy hunting!

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 25 Mar 2015 16:54
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Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders and arrivals...

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2016 Star Wars Calendars
Reported by Matt on 25 Mar 2015 16:01

Check the collage image above for a little look at the range of 2016 calendars coming our way to support the release of both Star Wars Rebels and The Force Awakens (of course, those calendars are not shown as yet).

  • Darth Vader And Friends 2016 Wall Calendar
  • x2 Star Wars Rebels 16 Month Calendars
  • Star Wars Rebels 2016 Special Edition Wall Calendar
  • Star Wars Saga 16 Month Wall Calendar
  • Star Wars Saga 16 Month Art Wall Calendar
  • Star Wars Saga 16 Month Box Calendar

The Force Awakens:

  • Wall Calendar
  • Deluxe Wall Calendar
  • Collectors Edition Wall Calendar
  • Oversized Wall Calendar
  • Mini Wall Calendar

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Star Wars 3D Wall Night Lights
Reported by Matt on 25 Mar 2015 15:18

Who wouldn't want the severed heads of Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Yoda lurching out of the wall towards you? Not any fan I know of, so get ordering and grab one of these 3D wall lamps before they're all gone at the great price of £50.00.

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Hasbro Discontinues Current Star Wars Saga Legends Figures
Reported by Justin on 25 Mar 2015 14:40

If you were holding out hope that the current assortment wave of Hasbro Star Wars Saga Legends figures, which includes figures from the Disney XD Star Wars Rebels animated TV series, would eventually be making their way to retail stores in your area, the following update from Andrew's Toyz will NOT put you in a good mood.

Hasbro has discontinued the current Saga Legends figure assortments and will not be making additional shipments. We may receive some cases of Wave 7, but we are not sure at this time. While unconfirmed, this is likely to devote resources towards The Force Awakens product line.

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The Wampa's Lair #123: Hokey Rituals And Ancient Habits
Reported by Mark on 25 Mar 2015 14:02

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

In their latest episode, Karl and Jason discuss some of their own personal rituals and habits surrounding their Star Wars fandom! From waving at automatic doors, to decorating Star Wars rooms, they share all their little habits around their love for Star Wars!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Production Members, Including From The Force Awakens, To Attend
Reported by Justin on 25 Mar 2015 13:50

While fans yesterday were giddy with excitement (and rightfully so of course) as they poured over the official Celebration Anaheim 2015 Program Schedule, they might have missed that the Special Guests section was also updated to include a few new additions as well. Included in the list now are some prominent Lucasfilm heavy-hitters such as John Knoll, Doug Chiang, Dennis Muren, and the two production designers who worked on The Force Awakens - Rick Carter and Darren Gilford.

Here's hoping these guests are part of some of the yet-to-be-announced Celebration panels.

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22 Photos from The Flash Episode 1.17, Featuring Mark Hamill
Reported by Matt on 25 Mar 2015 13:27

Returning to his classic 90's Flash role, here's the legend that is Mark Hamill from the forthcoming episode Tricksters, airing on 31st March.

A copycat killer who goes by the name “The Trickster” (guest star Devon Graye) starts setting off bombs in Central City. In order to stop the villain, Barry (Grant Gustin) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) meet with the original Trickster, a criminal mastermind named James Jesse (guest star Mark Hamill), who has been imprisoned for 20 years. Things quickly go from bad to worse when the Tricksters unite and take Henry (John Wesley Shipp) prisoner. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) asks Eddie (Rick Cosnett) for help with a case, and flashbacks show how Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) came up with the idea for the particle accelerator.

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List Of The Force Awakens Target DCPI Numbers
Reported by Justin on 25 Mar 2015 12:45

As fans continue to eagerly wait for the debut of the first wave of official The Force Awakens merchandise to arrive on September 4, we get word via Venganza Media Gazette of the new Target DCPI numbers that have been assigned to the various Episode VII products that will be on shelves for consumers to devour in their retail stores.

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A Certain Point of View Episode 2 - Star Wars Debate Show
Reported by Mark on 25 Mar 2015 12:34

The rapid fire Star Wars debate show you've been waiting for! Join host James Arnold Taylor as he moderates this weeks guests Catherine Taber (Star Wars The Clone Wars) and Trevor Devall (Lego Star Wars) as they debate the hottest controversial topics circulating around everyone's favorite saga.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Costume Group Photo
Reported by Justin on 25 Mar 2015 12:31

Star Wars cosplayers attending Celebration Anaheim, prepare yourselves for the biggest group photo of Star Wars costumers ever seen!

The All-Star Wars Costume Group Photo will be held during Celebration on Friday, April 17 at 9:00am sharp, in the Grand Plaza area in front of the Anaheim Convention Center.

Scott Allen, Celebration Liaison to the 501st Legion and Mark Edwards of Mark Edwards Photography, will be organizing the event, the first of its kind at Celebration! This photo is open to all attendees who are wearing Star Wars costumes; including but not limited to; the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, Saber Guilds, Dark Empire, casual Star Wars costumers and more!

The photo will take place at the Fountain closest to the main hall entry. Costumers should gather between 8:30 - 8:50am to be included.

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Official Ahsoka Tano Star Wars Rebels Costume Color Guide
Reported by Justin on 25 Mar 2015 12:18

Just like he did earlier for our band of heroes and then later on for various prominent members of the Imperial army, executive producer Dave Filoni has provided fans with the official color guide for Ahsoka as she appears in the hit animated series Star Wars Rebels, which includes a detailed look at her all-new lightsaber hilt designs.

There isn’t much time, but just in case you are working on a version of Ahsoka from Rebels, here are the necessary colors. I look forward to seeing all of your great costumes at Celebration, Rebels or otherwise.

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Darth Vader #3 Has Sold Out And Gone To 2nd Print Thanks To Aphra And The Droids
Reported by Mark on 25 Mar 2015 11:19

In a streak that will soon rival that of the Undertaker's Wrestlemania streak, Marvel send yet another Star Wars comic back for a second printing.

There are in no way enough copies in comic book stores to match demand. Though unofficial yet, I understand the comic has sold out from Diamond Comic Distributors and a second print is being hurried through.
For two reasons. First, up front, this is Aphra, Darth Vader’s new sidekick. A lot of heat and speculation about her.
But second, and this is what I think is going to catch most people by surprise. I understand that the comic in question will feature the two cover robots, in the C3PO and R2D2 mode – except than instead of being good, helpful and moral robots, if a little cowardly, this pair are expert torturers and rather relish their vocation.
Evil C3PO and Evil R2D2. As Star Wars canon.
There just aren’t enough copies to go around. Expect this to sell out of stores a picosecond after they open…

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Randy Martinez
Reported by Mark on 25 Mar 2015 11:03

Check out Randy's plans for the big show next month, try to stop drooling and tune in to the 26th episode of RADIO 1138, coming to your galaxy next week when we chat with the man himself.

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Star Wars AT-AT Retro Vinyl Bag
Reported by Matt on 25 Mar 2015 10:51

It lands 27th May and is set to retail at-at around the £28.00 price point. Who wouldn't want to walker down the street with one of these over their shoulder?

Rumour: Live Action Star Wars TV Show In The Works?
Reported by Team Jedi News on 25 Mar 2015 10:43

Running off the back of a recent Making Star Wars rumour, it seems that the live action TV series Rick McCallum was talking about a decade ago might be moving closer to fruition. Elaborating on the potential of a series, Cinelinx chew over some thoughts and ideas surrounding the show.

We've heard for a while that Disney has been actively trying to get a Star Wars live-action series off the ground, and the fact that this news is popping up again means something changed or was figured out. This sent me digging for more and I've come up with some information on the development of the series that you may find interesting.
I'll warn you now, it's nothing Earth-shattering (like plot info or start date), but it does show us about where they are in the process, why we're hearing about it now, and the liklihood that we won't see it anytime in the near future. I've heard from a couple sources now that until the film schedules have all been ironed out (we've got at least two movies getting that sorted now), the show is in a holding pattern.
But why would the movie shooting schedules matter to them? That's pretty simple. The plan is to film the TV show at Pinewood between the movies, with the intention of using the film sets for the series during down time. This makes a lot of sense, as reusing the sets for multiple purposes can save a bunch of money for production and maintain a sense of continuity, visually, between the movies and show.

Nothing concrete, nothing announced but it's certainly worth staying alert at Celebration Anaheim next month as there's sure to be a glut of news flowing out of the 4 day event.

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Star Wars Itty Bittys Seek Big Fans
Reported by Matt on 25 Mar 2015 10:31

They're quickly becoming a cute plush phenomenon and there's more to come. Check out the newest addition to the Itty Bitty range, making an appearance at Celebration Anaheim next month.

Each stuffed Itty Bitty collectible measures 4 inches tall and 3 inches wide and costs $7 (around £5 or AU$9).
Or you can also get multiple "Star Wars" Itty Bittys like in this "Star Wars: A New Hope" collector set, which includes dolls of Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, Obi-Wan Kenobi and a Jawa. The set retails for $30 (around £20 or AU$38).
Han Solo and Princess Leia are also sold as a couple (without C-3PO butting in) for $15 (around £10 or AU$19).
A two-pack of new characters will be available only at the Star Wars Celebration, April 16 to 19 in Anaheim, Calif., while a different two-pack will be available only at Comic-Con International, July 9 to 12 in San Diego, Calif., and at New York Comic Con, October 8 to 11 in New York City.

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Jedi News Comic Review: Darth Vader #3
Reported by Mark on 25 Mar 2015 00:00
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BOOK 2, PART 3

VADER

Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Empire. After the destruction of THE DEATH STAR, the disgraced Sith Lord, DARTH VADER, has been demoted by his Master only to have his control taken by Grand General Tagge. And when Vader discovered that a mole has been leaking information to pirate raiders, it was made clear to him that no person can be trusted.

Unknown to Emperor Palpatine and Tagge, however, Vader is also quietly pursuing his own interests: the mysterious Force-strong pilot who destroyed the Death Star and the identity of the stranger who is conspiring with the Emperor.

But for this he will need his own personal, secret forces....

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   24 March 2015
Official Site: 6 Of Palpatine's Key Manipulations
Reported by Mark on 24 Mar 2015 23:39

Amy Ratcliffe investigates the compelling and twisted manipulations of the Emperor over at StarWars.com.

The next time you watch the prequel trilogy or Star Wars: The Clone Wars, pay particular attention to Palpatine. When you start tracking the subtle way he guides conversations and popular sentiment, you may find yourself marveling at him. He’s quite impressive in the original trilogy as well, but if you visit earlier periods, you can see his devotion to his twisted plan. Palpatine was a masterful and patient manipulator. Emphasis on the word patient. He put things in motion long before we saw him in The Phantom Menace and carefully played countless people like pianos. His intelligence coupled with his desire for power makes him one of the most formidable villains you’ll encounter in fiction.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Onsite Pins Revealed For Pin Trading Program
Reported by Justin on 24 Mar 2015 21:04

In addition to the assortment of pins that are available for Celebration Anaheim 2015 badge holders to order online as part of the official Pin Trading Program, it has been revealed that there will also be a selection of 5 pins available for purchase onsite at various booths at the convention.

  • Biker Scout - Samsonite booth
  • Boushh - Anovos booth
  • Emperor - EFX booth
  • Lando - ThinkGeek booth
  • Royal Guard - PPW Toys booth

Included in this onsite pin selection is a Biker Scout pin that...well, let's just put it this way - I'll do almost ANYTHING within reason to acquire.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Program Schedule Now Up
Reported by Justin on 24 Mar 2015 20:43

The wait is finally over. The day we've all been anxiously waiting for has arrived. The Celebration Anaheim 2015 Program Schedule has been posted! Take the source link below and start planning your desired schedule of events now!

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Star Wars: Aftermath Synopsis Crawl
Reported by Mark on 24 Mar 2015 19:04

Don't you think all Star Wars book synopsis should be revealed via a crawl?
Excited to see the Journey to the Force Awakens debut entry from Del Rey Books and author Chuck Wendig. Star Wars: Aftermath will be released in Hard Cover and eBook formats on 9/4/15.

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Official Site: Collectibles From The Outer Rim: Star Wars Bend-Ems!
Reported by Mark on 24 Mar 2015 12:21

Matt Dracula sinks his fangs into another juicy subject as he looks lovingly back at the brief craze of Bend-Ems (which really tested the waters for the return of 3 3/4 action figures) over at StarWars.com.

For fans, these were desperate times! The retail world had largely forgotten Star Wars, but we sure didn’t. To us, those movies and that universe were as relevant as ever, and there was nothing we wanted on our shelves more than Star Wars junk.
…which brings me to today’s topic. Many of you have likely seen those old Star Wars Bend-Ems figures at one point or another, but unless you were a collector in the early ‘90s, you couldn’t possibly understand why they were so important.

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Photos Of The Force Awakens Creature FX Apparel
Reported by Justin on 24 Mar 2015 11:31

We've already seen images of various crew apparel featuring the Episode VII logo emblazoned on them. To add to that, Making Star Wars was recently sent photos of some of the apparel worn by members of the Creature FX department. Click the image above to check 'em out!

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London Symphony Orchestra Comments On John Williams Scoring Episode VII In Los Angeles
Reported by Justin on 24 Mar 2015 10:58

Following the official announcement that John Williams would be recording the score for The Force Awakens in Los Angeles, the London Symphony Orchestra tweeted the following in response to questions/comments they received from fans pertaining to this news.

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   23 March 2015
Official Site: Star Wars In Mythology: Twins
Reported by Mark on 23 Mar 2015 22:15

Jason Hamilton brings us another look at Star Wars mythology over at StarWars.com as he looks at twins.

In ancient times, twins were a subject of curiosity. Perhaps society didn’t understand the science of birthing twins, or perhaps they were an easy comparison to the strange duality of the universe, but they have always been a large part of ancient and modern mythology.

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Full of Sith Episode CVII: Bruce Campbell – Special Edition
Reported by Mark on 23 Mar 2015 19:32

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

Bryan, Mike, and Amy discuss the latest news, the TOPPS card trading app, and more. Then Bruce Campbell, star of Evil Dead 2 and the upcoming Last Fan Standing, tells us about his first experience with Star Wars and his opinion on the Special Editions, which leads to a discussion about them. Finally Amy tells us of her Carrie Fisher adventures.

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

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Star Wars: The Original Trilogy Stories
Reported by Mark on 23 Mar 2015 19:08

304 pages, illustrated by the brilliant Brian Rood and a part of the multi-title Journey To The Force Awakens series of books planned for later this year, this is Star Wars: The Original Trilogy Stories.

Team up with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia for an action packed adventure after another! This collection contains 18 stories from the original Star Wars trilogy of Star Wars were illustrated Artists Brian Rood beautiful. With foil on the cover, gilded pages and over 250 smaller extent, partly covering the whole page art works, this history book is a must-have for fans!

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Celebration Anaheim: JTA Exclusive Vintage Kenner Poster
Reported by James on 23 Mar 2015 18:20

This just in from one of our partners at The Force United, Jedi Temple Archives - over to Chuck...

Jedi Temple Archives is proud to announce one of our exclusives for Celebration Anaheim next month: Our tribute to the Vintage Kenner collection of released carded figures! A beautiful full-color 18"x24" poster featuring a total of 197 Vintage Kenner card backs. The full run of 196 card backs (plus one of the most famous figure variations) can be found featured in amazing detail seen together like never before! The GOOD NEWS is that everyone will have the opportunity to get this poster if he/she wants one!

Get the poster at Celebration VII:  Attendees of Celebration Anaheim will have a chance to pick one of these posters up at the show for free. A total of 250 will be given out during the show (a small amount will also be available after the show for a small fee for those that could not attend).

We will make a limited amount of these available each day, to be given away at The Force United booth (booth 1074) at various times throughout the show. We will use our Social Media outlets to announce when the posters will be available each day, so MAKE SURE you follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook so you will know when to get one!

For more information on how you can get this awesome poster, take the link below...

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Disney To Delay Marketing Of Rogue One Spinoff Title Name
Reported by Justin on 23 Mar 2015 17:52

Looks like Disney has been put in a little bit of an awkward situation with the official registration (and subsequent marketing) of the title of the first planned Star Wars standalone film, Rogue One.

Paramount registered and cleared the [Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation] title with the Motion Picture Association of America in January, well before Walt Disney chairman-CEO Robert Iger announced the name of the Star Wars spinoff at a shareholder meeting March 12.

Sources say Disney didn't clear its title, meaning Paramount could have fought to block Disney and Lucasfilm from using it at all, even though Rogue One won't open until Dec. 16, 2016, long after Rogue Nation has come and gone.

Instead, the two studios quickly worked out a deal whereby Disney will refrain from referring to Rogue One this summer in any promotional materials aimed at the general consumer (an exception is a Star Wars fan event in April).

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Celebration Anaheim: Rancho Obi-Wan Exclusives
Reported by James on 23 Mar 2015 15:55

The Rancho Obi-Wan online members-only store is now open for pre-orders of exciting new merchandise for pickup at The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience exhibit at Celebration Anaheim April 16-19. 

The ordering deadline for Celebration pickup is Monday, April 6, 9pm PST. All current members will be allowed entrance into the exhibit via a lightspeed entrance. There’s still time to buy a Rancho membership to permit advance purchases and special entry - take the link here to join and put Jedi News in the referrer field for some extra goodies from Jedi News.  Also, 2015 membership kits made to order will be available for purchase at the exhibit.

Items available include (click on the above image for a closer look): -

  • Inspired by the Force: Star Wars Fan Artifacts & Art. This beautiful new 72-page full-color hardcover book is a guide to the Anaheim exhibit, chock-full of photos and stories. Author and photographer Steve Sansweet and Anne Neumann will be present to sign and personalize copies.
  • A new 3D reel that is a companion to the book. The original 3D viewer with two Rancho reels also will be available at the show.
  • Two amazing prints taken from parts of the world’s largest Star Wars oil painting. The 20th Century Space Opera by Robert Xavier Burden will have its world premiere at The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience booth. There will be 100 Light Side and 100 Dark Side prints available, signed and numbered by the artist, who will be present to personalize the prints. Each is printed on 13 by 17-inch 100% cotton 300 gsm paper, bagged and backed. All proceeds go to support the mission of Rancho Obi-Wan.
  • Exclusive Rancho Obi-Wan Celebration 2015 patch. Based on art by Keven Reinke, the patch features silver metallic thread. Available ONLY to current members of Rancho Obi-Wan.
  • Credit-card sized bottle opener. This 2 by 3.5-inch strong metal opener matches the Keven Reinke patch art and fits easily into your wallet or purse.
  • New Rancho Obi-Wan reusable bag/grocery tote. It sports the Rancho logo and slogan, “Inspiring through the Force of imagination.”

The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience store at Celebration will have their full complement of merchandise available to ALL visitors to the booth.

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Review: Sideshow Collectibles Sixth Scale R2-D2
Reported by James on 23 Mar 2015 15:32
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There really aren’t enough positive superlatives to express just how good the sixth scale R2-D2 figure from Sideshow Collectibles is.  It ticks every box in relation to the original trilogy and includes all the accessories we saw our favourite astromech use during those films.

I’d go so far to say that this is definitely the best sixth scale (12”) version of R2 we’ve ever got and quite possibly the best version of R2 ever!  I do have a couple of issues in that some of the compartments are difficult to open and a little flimsy but for the asking price of $149.99 we’ve got something that is truly amazing.  I’ll let the images in this gallery do the talking.  I'll be talking more about this amazing figure in the next Collectors Cast.

You can buy R2-D2 directly form Sideshow Collectibles now here.  If you want to know what R2-D2 comes with then read on.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Collecting Club Patches
Reported by Justin on 23 Mar 2015 14:15

Our fellow The Force United teammates over at Yakface bring us the following update on the series of custom Kenner-inspired Star Wars collecting club patches that will be available in limited supply at Celebration Anaheim 2015 next month. Over to Yakface...

Continuing a tradition that started in 2005 and has carried through all U.S. Celebrations since, six regional Star Wars collecting clubs will be giving away custom patches at their booths at Celebration Anaheim 2015. Each Lucasfilm-approved patch is fully embroidered and depicts an action figure from the vintage Star Wars line by Kenner. Collect all six to complete your set of Bounty Hunters from The Empire Strikes Back!

The patches will be available free of charge, and only 1000 sets will be produced. Each club will set their own distribution schedule and policies. You can find the patches at the following booths:

  • California Vintage Star Wars Collectors’ Club (IG-88) – Booth 1065
  • Indiana Star Wars Collecting Community (Boba Fett) – Booth 1067
  • Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club (4-LOM) – Booth 1076
  • Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society (Bossk) – Booth 1077
  • Star Wars Grand Florida Alliance (Dengar) – Official Pix Autograph Drop-Off Table
  • Washington DC Area Star Wars Collecting Club (Zuckuss) – Booth 976

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2015 DK Publishing Program & Marketing Plans
Reported by Team Jedi News on 23 Mar 2015 12:48

It goes without saying that 2015 is gonna be one HELL of a year for Star Wars fans with an abundance of new content coming our way in every shape and form. Check out these images of what DK Publishing is planning for 2015 to celebrate all-things Star Wars from a marketing perspective, including various social media campaigns and a big push in December for a little film you might have heard is coming out.

Big thanks to our friend Florian at Jedi Bibliothek for providing us with these images.

IndyCast Episode 208
Reported by Justin on 23 Mar 2015 12:15

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 Stephen Hall gives us an update on Harrison’s lucky escape, we have more new Indy merchandise, we get a diary of a stuntman, a new Harrison Ford movie debuts next month, Double T’s joins us for another review segment and we have more of your great voice and emails!

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Mary Franklin Teases "Nine Feet Of Awesome" For Celebration Anaheim 2015
Reported by Justin on 23 Mar 2015 12:10

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Shakespeare's The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars Part the 2nd
Reported by Mark on 23 Mar 2015 11:38

It's due 7th July via Quirk Books from our RADIO 1138 guest Ian Doescher. It's the second part of the prequel trilogy, Shakespeare's The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars Part the 2nd.

In time so long ago begins our play, In clash-strewn galaxy far, far away.

To Shmi or not to Shmi?

Torn between duty to the Jedi, attraction to Padmé, and concern for his beloved mother, yeoman Jedi Anakin Skywalker struggles to be master of his fate. But the path he chooses will determine not just his own destiny, but that of the entire Republic. And thereby hangs a tale.
Alack the day!
A noble lady in danger. A knight and squire in battle. And a forbidden love that’s written in the stars. Once again, the quill of William Shakespeare meets the galaxy of George Lucas in an insightful reimagining that sets the Star Wars saga on the Elizabethan stage. The characters are familiar, but the masterful meter, insightful soliloquies, and period illustrations will convince you that the Bard himself penned this epic adventure.

Source Quirk Books (via Cnet.com)
Star Wars: Dark Disciple Based On 8 The Clone Wars Scripts
Reported by Mark on 23 Mar 2015 10:35

Some great investigative work here by Andrew Halaby as he asks Christie Golden (@ChristieGolden) whether or not Dark Disciple is based on 4 or 8 unproduced Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes.

The answer?:

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Prove Yourself To Be The Font Of All Knowledge
Reported by Mark on 23 Mar 2015 09:52

Our buddy Paul Bateman is on a mission. A mission to find out the name of this iconic 70's font. First person to let us know wins a no-prize. Aaaaaand....GO!

   22 March 2015
A Certain Point of View: Star Wars Debate Show - Episode 1
Reported by Mark on 22 Mar 2015 21:28

The rapid fire Star Wars debate show you've been waiting for! Join host James Arnold Taylor as he moderates this weeks guests Catherine Taber (Star Wars The Clone Wars) and J.C. Reifenberg (Hughes the Force) as they debate the hottest controversial topics circulating around everyone's favorite saga.

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Two Hours of Rockin' Star Wars Music for the Road
Reported by Mark on 22 Mar 2015 18:54

Check out this fantastic 'mix tape' of awesome Star Wars tunes compiled by my good pal Joe Mignano. What better way to hit the lanes to Anaheim?

I just compiled a little over two hours of some of the most rockin' Star Wars fan music out there, and put it all in one place for fans to download "for the road." I figure it would be a great thing for fans to have, especially if they have a long trek to Celebration next month (did I say "trek?")

Yes you did Joe, but as a die-hard Trekkie myself I'll forgive you.

Source Dark Empire Radio
Mission: Impossible 5 Gets a 'Rogue' Name, Trumps Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 22 Mar 2015 18:00

It seems we almost had a Revenge of Khan - Revenge of the Jedi - Wrath of Kahn - Return of the Jedi situation as Disney and Paramount neatly dodged the name-change game ahead of the releases of Mission: Impossible 5: Rogue Nation and Star Wars: Rogue One.

Paramount registered and cleared the title with the Motion Picture Association of America in January, well before Walt Disney chairman-CEO Robert Iger announced the name of the Star Wars spinoff at a shareholder meeting March 12.
Sources say Disney didn't clear its title, meaning Paramount could have fought to block Disney and Lucasfilm from using it at all, even though Rogue One won't open until Dec. 16, 2016, long after Rogue Nation has come and gone.
Instead, the two studios quickly worked out a deal whereby Disney will refrain from referring to Rogue One this summer in any promotional materials aimed at the general consumer (an exception is a Star Wars fan event in April).

And we'll be seeing you at that Star Wars fan event in April, just 26 days away. Don't forget to order your t-shirts!

Source Hollywood Reporter
Star Wars Report #160: One Hoodie in my Closet
Reported by Mark on 22 Mar 2015 17:44

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

In this week’s episode we invite Mike Pilot of Full of Sith onto the show as we discuss the latest news in Fandom, Star Wars in general, and Celebration(s) past and future…

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
Star Wars Rebels Beach Towel Featuring Ezra & Chopper
Reported by Justin on 22 Mar 2015 17:40

You certainly wouldn't know it by the weather outside here in NY, but retailers have started to put out their new items for the Spring season. Check out this new Star Wars Rebels beach towel (man, the beach is sooo far from reality right now with the temperature in the low 40s here) that I picked up at one of my local Walmart stores.

Here is a pic of the tag that was attached to the towel.

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R2-D2 How Do You Do?
Reported by Mark on 22 Mar 2015 17:16

He was our guest on episode 14 of RADIO 1138, now watch this short film detailing the work of R2 Builders member Brad Oakley.

Source Vimeo (Via Mike Filippidis)
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