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   18 December 2014
The Force Awakens Arrives In Exactly One Year!
Reported by Team Jedi News on 18 Dec 2014 05:00

The title of this story says it all. It's still hard to fathom that this is actually happening. The seventh installment in our favorite space opera is coming.

Let the official daily countdown begin.

You buy the drinks. We got the popcorn covered.

See you in line!!

   17 December 2014
Mersey ComicCon: 30th May 2015
Reported by Mark on 17 Dec 2014 23:37

In a year packed with Star Wars goodness here's yet another, the 2015 Mersey ComicCon.

Some of the amazing attractions will include:

A number of Film & TV stars in attendence - signing and in some cases photo ops are available
The A-Team Van
KITT from Knight Rider
Lightening McQueen
Green Screen photography
A Tattooist
A Q&A session with the guests
Disney Princesses will be performing songs for any attending children as well as Face Painting

Venue/Timing

Venue : Mountford Hall
Type Entertainments
Start date Saturday 30-05-2015 - 00:00
End date Saturday 30-05-2015 - 18:00
Capacity 2000

Contact Details

si-phi-entertainment@live.com

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 17 Dec 2014 23:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

Source 501st (via Roqoo Depot)
Jason Reitman re-staging The Empire Strikes Back with Aaron Paul and J.K. Simmons
Reported by Mark on 17 Dec 2014 22:55

It's the latest in a series of Jason Reitman's live reads and he couldn't have picked a better film to do.

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul will take on the role of Luke Skywalker in director Jason Reitman’s one-night-only live-read of The Empire Strikes Back this Thursday, while fearsome Whiplash star J.K. Simmons will let the hate flow through him as Darth Vader.
It’s part of an ongoing series of live performances of movie scripts Reitman stages each month, bringing in new actors to create a kind of cover version of beloved films. He has previously staged live-reads of The Princess Bride, Ghostbusters, American Beauty, and The Apartment, among others.

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Best of Star Wars Music Christmas Lights Show 2014
Reported by MarcZ on 17 Dec 2014 22:49

I take pride in decorating my house with lights for Christmas, but this video will even put the Griswold's to shame!

Here's my tribute to my favorite songs on Star Wars! Featured on ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight and twice on ABC's Good Morning America. I sequenced the show using LOR, mixed the music/sound effects with Digital Performer, and filmed it using a 35' lift at 3am :) This is now my second year decorating. I built all the props using wood, metal, acrylic and corrugated plastic. I am a music/teacher director for a living (COVA Conservatory in Oakland and Centerville Presbyterian Church in Fremont), hence the massive instruments! The guitar is 17', the piano is 19' and the drums are standard. About 12,500 channels running around 100,000 lights. Come by and see it in person on the corner of Lafayette and Ruschin in Newark most nights from 6-10pm. Because of the light beams on the roof, I turn off the display in heavy rain. Fair use for educational purposes. Merry Christmas everyone!

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Star Wars Fan Film Awards 2015 Trailer
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 22:30

The Star Wars Fan Film Awards, a celebration of fan creativity inspired by a galaxy far, far away, are back! In this trailer, revisit past winners and entries ranging from animation to live-action comedy, and get an important tip from Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo.

Entrants can submit their films now through January 16, 2015. The best selections in the categories of Animation, Non-Fiction, Comedy, Spirit of Fandom, Visual Effects, Audience Choice, and Filmmaker Select -- chosen by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy -- will screen in a special ceremony at the upcoming Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim in April 2015.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Unseen Concept Art, Max von Sydow's Character, Tri-Wing, & More
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 20:52

Star Wars 7 News has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to Star Wars: The Force Awakens via the titled link below.

Descriptions Of Unseen Concept Art, Max von Sydow's Character, Tri-Wing, & More

As is the case with all officially unconfirmed The Force Awakens rumors/reports posted out there on the interwebs, take the supplied link at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Expanded Fandomverse Episode 020 - David Bledsoe from Collectors Care
Reported by Mark on 17 Dec 2014 20:17

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

"Normally on The Expanded Fandomverse, we talk to Star Wars fans who are doing interesting and creative things with their love of that galaxy far, far away. This week we are breaking format for the holidays, as we talk to a Star Wars fan who has turned his love of collecting Star Wars toys into a nonprofit charity that collects toys all year long for sick and disadvantaged kids. Join us as we sit down with David Bledsoe from Collectors Care. – Also, we talk to film critic Joshua Starnes about the prequels, and what he has to say may make you rethink some things!"

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

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A Special Holiday Card From Spencer Brinkerhoff
Reported by Mark on 17 Dec 2014 19:18

Take a look at the design and creation of our pal Spencer Brinkerhoff's 2014 Christmas card over at his official site.

Well, I’ve done it! I can now say that I have officially created a Holiday Card. I’m calling it a Holiday Card and not a Christmas card because there’s NO WAY that I’ll be getting these things out to everyone by Christmas. ;D
I had a pretty good time watching the animated section of the Star Wars Holiday Special to grab all the references for this image. I used my iPad to grab the screen shots and the mock up the scene. I even used it to draw the whole thing! One of these days I’ll post a bit more about my process.

And be sure to check out Star Wars Insider 154 and the Red 5 section for my piece with Spencer, and some exclusive art.

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Andy Serkis Answers 10 The Force Awakens Questions
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 18:57

Andy Serkis provides fans with some insight into The Force Awakens in a new article posted on Entertainment Weekly via a series of 10 questions he answered (which includes him addressing a few rumors) about the film.

When Entertainment Weekly caught up with him recently at the premiere for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, he did offer a few Star Wars teases – and happily debunked some of the rumors making the rounds. Here’s what we learned.

One of the rumors he put to rest was the one we heard about him possibly playing multiple characters in the film. Serkis confirmed he is only playing one character.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Adi Granov Cover For Darth Vader #3
Reported by Matt on 17 Dec 2014 18:37

Take a good look at this clean cover artwork for by Adi Granov for Marvels third issue of their new Darth Vader title, written by Kieron Gillen with art by Salvador Larroca.

If it follows the schedule for the first two issues it should land early April 2015.

Source Midtown Comics
Millennium Falcon's hyperdrive malfunction SFX demonstrated by Sound Designer Ben Burtt
Reported by Matt on 17 Dec 2014 18:15

Ever wondered how Ben Burtt made the Falcon sound effect for its failing hyperdrive system? Wonder no more as this vintage video clip explains it all.

It's details like these that make Star Wars what it is, just amazing.

Source YouTube (via Create Digital Music)
T-Shirts: New Stormtrooper Shirt At Asda
Reported by Matt on 17 Dec 2014 18:14

For £8.00, this tee from Asda is a steal, so troop on down to your local store and get one before they march out of the shop!

Thanks to Ian Taylor for the find.

SWFUK Episode 8: Jason and the Ugnaughts
Reported by Mark on 17 Dec 2014 18:01

It's time to join the team over at the SWFUK Podcast.

A year on from the Toy Toni revelations, the podcast team interview Jason Smith, A.K.A. Mr Palitoy. Jason has put in many hours of work in trying to unravel the mystery of the TT scandal and opens up to the podcast with his findings. In this months Oddballs, Mr Criddle catches up with Michael and Melinda from Retroblasting as we hear the first part of a two part special interview with them. We hear from the podcast crew regarding the recent Farthest From VII event and get to speak with Mark Newbold, James Burns, Dan Burgess and Podcast fan Neil whilst attending. As well as all this we have all the usual popular sections; Latest Acquisitions, Rapid Fire, Market, Boom and Forum Roundup. So get listening to the latest epic from the SWFUK Podcast crew!

Contact Information: Website | Forum | Facebook

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Mark Hamill On Playing The Bad Dad In Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas
Reported by Matt on 17 Dec 2014 17:54

Not content with playing an iconic character in The Force Awakens Mark Hamill drops into another much-loved franchise.

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Official Site: From World War to Star Wars: Tarkintown and Hoovervilles
Reported by Mark on 17 Dec 2014 17:42

Over at StarWars.com Cole Horton returns to his From World War to Star Wars series as he looks at the links between the slums of the Great Depression and how they influenced Tarkintown in Star Wars Rebels.

Long before he was blowing up planets as commander of the Death Star, Grand Moff Tarkin was known as the Imperial Governor of the Outer Rim. One of Tarkin’s legacies was the forced relocation of citizens on the planet Lothal, where displaced people took refuge in a slum they called “Tarkintown.” A nod to the historic “Hoovervilles” made famous during the Great Depression, this location in Star Wars Rebels draws inspiration from the economic difficulties of the 1930s: an event that led to World War II.
In Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, our heroes make a stop in a slum removed from the capital city of Lothal. There, they find hungry citizens displaced by the Empire who wanted their land. Left with almost nothing, the citizens of Tarkintown find temporary relief from the crew of the Ghost who share food stolen from the Imperials.

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Spanish Star Wars Rebels Hasbro Toy Commercial
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 17:07

Rebelscum has posted a link to a Spanish-speaking Star Wars Rebels Hasbro commercial featuring an assortment of action figures and vehicles from the hit Disney XD animated series.

Check out the video on YouTube right here.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 17
Reported by James on 17 Dec 2014 17:01
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It's December 17th and just a week to go to Christmas Eve when we open up the last door of the LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar, but what's behind today's seventeenth door?

Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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Life-Size Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor Statue At Toys R Us
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 14:32

Take a look at this magnificent beauty. Here's hoping more Toys R Us stores located across the globe are graced by his sinister presence!

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Gentle Giant AT-AT Mini Bookends Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 12:40

Gentle Giant has updated their website to include a pre-order link for their new set of AT-AT Mini Bookends. The bookends are available to pre-order now for $225.00 and are expected to ship in Q4 2015.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Concept Details For A "SIE" Fighter
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 12:20

MakingStarWars.net has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to Star Wars: The Force Awakens via the titled link below.

Concepts: "SIE" Fighter

As is the case with all officially unconfirmed The Force Awakens rumors/reports posted out there on the interwebs, take the supplied link at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Star Wars: R2-D2's Droid Workshop Book Trailer
Reported by James on 17 Dec 2014 11:48

It's time for another trailer but this one is for a book!  It's a book with a difference and enables you to build your own R2-D2 droid from cardboard.  The video was put together by the folks at Lucasfilm and features footage from the original Star Wars films as well as a time lapse guide of how to put the press-out R2-D2 together.

You can get your own press-out R2-D2 as part of Star Wars: R2-D2's Droid Workshop Book which is out now, published by our friends at Egmont, and available at all good booksellers including Amazon (just search for R2-D2 Droid Workshop) whilst stocks last.

BBFC Approves The Force Awakens Teaser for UK
Reported by BrianC on 17 Dec 2014 11:39

British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) passed the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens (Trailer A) at an approved running time of 1m 21s (that's 7 seconds less than the global internet release) on the 8th December.  The teaser trailer was passed in an uncut state for both 2D and 3D releases which we'd expect to see in UK cinemas very soon - better late than never!

Click on the image above for a closer look or take the link below for more info.

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Maisie Richardson-Sellers Confirms She Is Part Of The Force Awakens Cast
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 01:01

After rumors of her potential involvement in Episode VII first surfaced earlier this year, Maisie Richardson-Sellers has revealed via an interview segment posted on Refinery29 that she has in fact been cast in The Force Awakens.

Does all of this feel new to you?

It really does. I graduated from university last summer, where I was studying archeology and anthropology, so quite a different thing than acting. But, my parents are both actors and I’ve always wanted to act, so after school I started auditioning and that’s when I got Star Wars. That was my first job and The Originals is my second job, so I’m still trying to find my feet.

That must be a strange sentence to say 'My first acting job was Star Wars?'

It is really strange, but it’s also fantastic. I’d always done theater, and his was my first screen experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to introduce me to the world of screen acting.

Take the source link below for the full interview in which she also reveals what she had to go through in order to help keep her casting in the film a secret.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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   16 December 2014
Official Site: Star Wars, A Family Affair
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 23:52

Sander de Lange takes a look at the familial off-screen connections between cast and crew members in his latest article over at StarWars.com.

The Star Wars saga is the story about the Skywalker family and how their lives had an impact on an entire galaxy. This family connection also exists outside of the movies, with a lot of actors and crewmembers being related to each other. This holiday season we bring you and your family a look at these special bonds.

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T-Shirts: The Trisaber!
Reported by Matt on 16 Dec 2014 23:43

Tee Fury are on an Ep 7 roll as the present this trisaber tee, designed to glow in the dark.

Just 5 hours left to make this yours, so get ordering.

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Tonigate - One Year Later
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 23:15

Any vintage carded collectors will be or should be aware of the Toy Toni scandal that rocked the collectors community.

This past weekend at Farthest From 7 Jason Smith did a superb talk and here's the PDF slides that went along with his panel.

Hats off to Jason for the research and collation of this information. Well worth a read if you collect vintage carded.

Source Jason Smith
Tosche Station Radio #100: Century Mark
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 23:09

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

This week on Tosche Station Radio, we recap and review the first half of Rebels season one!

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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Official Site: Boba Fett Reunions: It's Getting To Be A Family Affair...For Clones!
Reported by John 'Dak' Morton on 16 Dec 2014 23:00

My latest article arrives over at StarWars.com.

Bespin Boba (a.k.a. Dak) most recently joined two other Fetts, Daniel Logan and Dickey Beer, for another billed Boba Fett Reunion. Fans will recall the Fett tradition started at Celebration Europe II in Essen, Germany, that was capped by five Fett’s performing a Maori haka onstage with Warwick Davis before 7,000 ecstatic fans. This September’s three-Fett reunion was during the 2014 Cincinnati Comic Expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The highpoint was a rollicking Reunion Panel before a full house on day three of the con, captured by an Expo video that the organizers have just posted on YouTube.
Followers of Jedi News may have read Dak’s report of the panel highlight: Dickey Beer’s reveal that Princess Leia literally saved his life during shooting of Return of the Jedi’s Sarlacc Pit battle scene.
Attendees — and his fellow panelists — were stunned to hear that Slave Leia laid on him the kiss of life…for real.

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Marvel Remasters Thomas, Chaykin's Star Wars Adaptation As Oversized Hardcover
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 22:57

With the licence back at the House of Ideas, Marvel are going all guns to not only provide fresh new adventures in key Star Wars era's but also to reintroduce classic tales with a twist.

Check out this news regarding an oversize hardcover of the original Star Wars adaptation.

Under a new cover by Adi Granov, Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin's adaptation of "A New Hope" -- fully recolored by Chris Sotomayor -- will be reprinted in full, including the scenes which Marvel readers experienced in 1977 that never made it to the big screen in Lucas' final cut.
"When Star Wars took the world by storm in 1977, Marvel Comics was right there with exciting comic adaptations and new stories set in a galaxy far, far away," Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel said via press release. "With new Star Wars comics being published by Marvel in 2015, we’re proud to look back on this exciting remastered adaptation of the original film, with remastered adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi coming later in 2015."

Source CBR (via Ken Kraly Jr)
Star Wars Battlefront: Space to Ground Combat Confirmed?
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 22:45

Ground combat in Battlefront 3? Sounds great to us, and the team over at SWTOR Strategies investigate the rumour further.

Star Wars: Battlefront has yet to receive a release date for 2015, but we’re sure it’ll be hitting the Xbox One, PC and PS4 during the Holiday season of next year. A Star Wars christmas is all that we could ask for (oh wait…we got that film and it was horrendous…)!
There is certainly a great deal that we expect from the Battlefront series, and from a Star Wars NextGen game made by DICE and EA. Each player is going to carry their own preferences and expectations for the title, but there’s certainly one thing that we all desire: Space to Ground combat. And I really feel like a little game we’ve all seen bits of has confirmed its presence. The idea of space to ground combat has been a desire for Star Wars and Battlefront fans for years. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 gave us space combat, but unfortunately it was only limited to final frontier and we couldn’t venture to the planets we fought outside of (the space combat was insanely cool though!).
But with the power of Frostbite and NextGen consoles, we want to see this become a reality. Either be fighting in space and have the option to leave at any time and focus your attention on a ground base on Hoth, or vice versa. All we know is that we want it. And I think that this Indie game has confirmed it.

Source SWTOR Strategies (via sQren)
Fantasy Flight Games: Imperial Assault available this week at your local retailer!
Reported by Jonathan on 16 Dec 2014 22:39

It's here! IT'S HERE! Imperial Assault from Fantasy Flight Games is landing at your local store this week! It's only taken, oh, you know, like FOREVER TO GET HERE, but that's more to do with my insane levels of impatience than anything else.

From the website:

“General, prepare your troops for a surface attack.”
Darth Vader, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Imperial commanders and Rebel strike team leaders, gather your soldiers and prepare for tactical Star Wars™ combat. Imperial Assault will arrive at your local retailer this week!
You’ll have twice the opportunities to immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe with the two complete games included in Imperial Assault. In the campaign game, up to four players command heroes of the Rebellion, battling against a single Imperial player in a narrative campaign that changes every time you play through it. The skirmish game, on the other hand, gives you the chance to go head-to-head with a single opponent – mustering your own armies and fighting to complete conflicting objectives. Whichever game you play, your tactical decisions decide the fate of the galaxy!'

Source Fantasy Flight Games
Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 9
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 22:33

It's time to join Sean and Amy for Radio Free Tatooine.

How long do we get this week? There’s no way we can fit all this into one show, right? This was going to be our Holiday Holiday Special Special, but once again, Lucasfilm threw a nice straight fastball down the center of the plate. We can’t help but knock this one out of the park. This week: Count Dooku feels the Christmas spirit, putting The Clone Wars on wax, a fat stack of Rebels news, and The Naming of the Crew

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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T-Shirts: Episode Seven
Reported by Matt on 16 Dec 2014 22:22

$11.00 is the fee and the clock is ticking. Just 6 hours remain to make this amazing Episode VII tee yours, via Tee Fury.

Hurry, before Rey's choc ice melts...

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Hot Toys is Now the Sole Distributor of Sideshow's Star Wars Collectibles in Asia
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 22:15

Big changes happening as Hot Toys become the sole distributor of Sideshow products in Asia. Over to Raymond Chan to fill in the details.

Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles have a long history of partnership in bringing high quality collectibles to fans and now the collaboration will get even bigger. Today we are pleased to announce that Hot Toys is the sole distributor for Sideshow Collectibles’ Star Wars products in Asia.
Hot Toys will distribute Sideshow’s finely crafted 1/6th scale figures from the Star Wars saga throughout Asia. The distribution will expand even more in Hong Kong and include Sideshow’s amazing life-size figures and Premium Format statues.
With the new and highly anticipated Star Wars films coming in the next few years, Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles will definitely be here to expand your high-end Star Wars collectibles collection!

Source Hot Toys
Jedi News Short Story Review: The End Of History
Reported by MaxN on 16 Dec 2014 22:15
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This tale begins very abruptly and we are quickly introduced to the main character: Antron, an old man with a very Star Warsy/sci-fi sounding name. He witnesses a crashed starfighter on his homemoon, and is reluctant and apprehensive in approaching it (as anyone would be.) He, however, musters his courage with the thought that if Jedi Master Vonkhel could befriend the Sith Lord of Gairm, then he could do this.

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Barnes and Noble Exclusive Star Wars R2-C4 ARTFX Statue
Reported by Matt on 16 Dec 2014 22:07

For fans of astromechs, this 4" Kotobukiya statue is an essential purchase, available via Barnes and Noble.

Barnes and Noble will have an exclusive Kotobukiya Star Wars R2-C4 ARTFX+ Statue. The astrodroid was seen in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The 1/10 scale statue will be about 4? tall. It will include a collectable commemorative coin and a magnetic stand. The statue can be displayed standing straight up or inclined. It’s priced at $44.95 and is available now.

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6-Minute Episode IV Behind-The-Scenes B-Roll Video
Reported by Justin on 16 Dec 2014 21:58

We feel pretty confident in stating that all fans, similar to the entire staff here at Jedi News, simply cannot get enough of behind-the-scenes Star Wars videos. We'll watch 'em wherever and whenever possible.

So be sure to check out this YouTube video uploaded yesterday by user account "Eyes On Cinema" that features a 6-minute BTS video from the production of Episode IV back in 1976. Sadly, the video does not contain any audio, but that shouldn't deter you from letting your eyes soak in the vintage goodness.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Star Wars Action News Episode 438: Tarkin 'Bout Toys
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 21:39

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

It's been a long time since Star Wars action figure collectors could shop exclusively at their local brick-and-mortar stores to get the figures they wanted. Since the release of Hasbro's The Vintage Collection in 2010 store supplies have been scarce. Now, however, that seems ready to change! Across the country collectors are finding new Black Series figures in both 3.75-inch and 6-inch lines, plus new Rebels and Mission Series figures too! On this episode of Star Wars Action News you can listen to find out which stores to hit to score full waves of new figures.
Also on this week's show, Arnie and Marjorie discuss Hot Toys' first exclusive release in their Star Wars Movie Masterpiece Series--the Shadow Stormtrooper. A repaint of their basic Stormtrooper figure, this release sold out in just a few hours at Sideshow Collectibles. What's the fuss all about? Listen to find out!
With a review of James Lucino's new Star Wars novel Tarkin and Jerry looking back on books of yesteryear, and ThinkGeek plushes too, you'll find all this and more in this Episode of Star Wars Action News!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Check Out This Star Wars Rebels Chopper Bounce House From Japan
Reported by Justin on 16 Dec 2014 20:59

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 16
Reported by James on 16 Dec 2014 17:01
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This month is flying by and it's already December 16th, which means it's time to open up the sixteenth door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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Droidel, Droidel, Droidel... Happy Chanukah!
Reported by Team Jedi News on 16 Dec 2014 17:00

We'd like to wish all those that celebrate a very Happy Chanukah - tonight marks the first of eight nights of light, fried food, playing dreidel and sharing presents.

You can download/print the excellent droidel from Star Wars: Craft Book written by Bonnie Burton here - have fun!

RUMOR: Is Captain Phasma A New The Force Awakens Character Name?
Reported by Justin on 16 Dec 2014 16:22

As being reported by an article posted on Stitch Kingdom:

Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios recently announced the names for several of the characters featured in the trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015). On December 11, Lucasfilm went ahead and registered several related applications for several of these characters, including: BB-8, the ball-droid; Kylo Ren, the sith; and Poe Dameron, the X-Wing Fighter pilot.

Among the registrations, however, were many for a ‘Captain Phasma,’ for which we were unable to find any previous documentation outside of an extensive fan-fiction titled Tarkin’s Fist and random usernames.

We will continue to provide more information as it becomes available to us, including monitoring trademark applications for additional characters, considering there are still several already-known characters who have yet to show up in the applications.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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New LEGO Star Wars 2015 Images
Reported by Team Jedi News on 16 Dec 2014 14:35

Click on the above image for a closer look at some of the new LEGO Star Wars minifigures coming in early 2015; then head over to our friends at Brickset.com who have added lots of images from the LEGO server to their site for your viewing convenience.

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Official Site: Ghosts Of Star Wars Holiday Blogs Past
Reported by Justin on 16 Dec 2014 13:24

To help ramp up your holiday cheer this season (and, if you happen to be in the same boat as me, get over an absolutely dismal season from your favorite NFL team), check out this collection of past holiday content posted over on the official site.

Life Day has come and gone (and we hope you had a great one), but the holiday season isn’t over! To quote everyone’s favorite boots-wearing, magical, bearded old man — Count Dooku — “This is just the beginning!”

StarWars.com has always been active around the holidays, with videos, blogs, and crafts to help celebrate the season. So, just like getting the decorations out of the attic, we’re going into the archives for some of our best content that only comes once a year. Check them out below and enjoy!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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The Realm Recap Episode 44: Guardians of the Galaxy Far, Far Away
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 06:11

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

Even as the holidays quickly approach, the deluge of collecting news and speculation is flowing as fast as ever. On this week’s show, Flyguy and I break down the latest info from Hasbro, Sideshow, Bandai, S.H.Figuarts, Hot Wheels, and more. Gentle Giant looks to be teasing some great product for 2015, what it is exactly is anyone’s guess but we are giddy in its potential. The biggest news of the week though was the (partial) character names released for The Force Awakens. What do they mean and will we have to “unlearn what we have learned” based on prior speculation and leaks? Finally, Flyguy and I run down a few reviews and new acquisitions — all this and much more on Episode 44 of The Realm Recap.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

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   15 December 2014
The Force Planet: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions Q&A
Reported by Justin on 15 Dec 2014 21:57

In this segment of a special Q&A on Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions, supervising director Dave Filoni talks about Yoda's trip to the mysterious Force planet.

The Force Planet is featured in the four-part Yoda arc from The Lost Missions. It's the source of the midi-chlorians and all life, conceived by George Lucas and brought to the screen by supervising director Dave Filoni. "I don't see this as like, 'This is this one place.'" says Filoni. "You can't think black and white when you're dealing with the Force or balance. So, I think these places exist in the universe at different times and they manifest. And then life emanates from them, and then you can go there, and [at other times] they're just dead, empty spaces, as well."

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Star Wars Report Episode #156: What’s in a Name?
Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 21:46

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

On this week’s podcast Riley, Bethany and Mark talk about the announcement of the NAMES! We have names!

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Review - The Art of Space
Reported by Jonathan on 15 Dec 2014 20:19
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I’m going to cut to the chase here – this book is filled with some of the most beautiful and inspiring art I’ve seen for a long, long time. From the earliest images of heavenly bodies to the modern-day digital renderings, and everything in between, this book covers everything.

The five chapters – Planets & Moons, Stars & Galaxies, Spaceships & Space Stations, Space Colonies & Cities, and Aliens – covers art that illustrates what we see in Earth’s orbit to what we imagine in star systems and galaxies far beyond our own. The combination of recreation, concept and fiction takes you on quite a ride and the sheer amount of art can feel somewhat like an overload on the senses. It’s hard not to be fascinated by how the ages before us viewed the stars, or inspired by those who imagine the views from the surface of other worlds.

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SW7-Droid
Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 19:15

It seems clear that fans think BB-8 will either be this trilogies Artoo or this trilogies Jar Jar, but whichever way it goes there's no doubt he/she is inspiring creativity within fandom.

With that in mind check out this marvellous fan made video on Vimeo by Julien Leterrier.

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Dave Dorman's Star Wars #1 Cover Variant
Reported by Dan on 15 Dec 2014 19:14


Dave Dorman has revealed another variant cover for Marvel Comics' Star Wars #1, this time exclusive to M&M Comics. This was revealed yesterday on Facebook...more details to follow.
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Bombad Radio Episode 178: Ryder Windham on Writing Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 18:42

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

Join host Jeremiah for Episode 178 as we discuss the recent Star Wars news and then dive into an interview with Ryder Windham, author of over 60 Star Wars novels and reference guides. Learn about his work with his Rebels book, the Guide to the Force, how he began and what has influenced him throughout the years.

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Jedi News On Instagram
Reported by Team Jedi News on 15 Dec 2014 17:14

Vintage wonders #kenner #farthestfrom

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

While you'll find all the latest news happening in the Star Wars galaxy right here on Jedi News you'll also find a very different kind of coverage over on our Jedi News on Instagram page, including coverage of this past weekends Farthest From event.

And be sure to listen in to this coming Thursdays episode of RADIO 1138 as we give you the inside track on what happened at the event and at the previous nights Toy Meltdown quiz.

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Frank Oz To Voice Yoda In Star Wars Rebels "Path Of The Jedi" Episode On January 5
Reported by Justin on 15 Dec 2014 17:04

In an exclusive reveal posted over on TV Guide, we learn that Jedi Master Yoda will be making an "appearance" in the Star Wars Rebels animated series when the series returns from the holiday break on Monday January 5 with episode "Path of the Jedi".

And the kicker? His voice will be provided by the legendary Frank Oz!

Though Rebels takes place between the two Star Wars movie trilogies — a time when the few surviving Jedis are in hiding from the Empire — the 800-plus-year-old icon is drawn from hiding to offer counsel to fledgling Jedi knight Kanan and his new padawan, Ezra, on the remote planet of Lothal. The twist: He only "appears" as a disembodied voice.

But what a voice it is. Frank Oz, who famously starred as the Yoda (in puppet and computer-generated form) in five of the Star Wars films, returns to the franchise for this episode. "I felt personally to keep Yoda as this disembodied thing it would confuse the audience less," says executive producer Dave Filoni, who also directed the installment. "I didn't want you to think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet."

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 15
Reported by James on 15 Dec 2014 17:01
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It's December 15th and time to open up today's door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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Marvel's The History Of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 16:29

Marvel continue their look back through the annals of Star Wars history as they reach the era of the Clone Wars.

With the Star Wars franchise returning to Marvel beginning in January 2015, it’s time to get up to speed on the galaxy far, far away with a look back at the story from the classic films! With each installment of the History of Star Wars, we’ll cover another chapter in one of the greatest adventures of all-time!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Amazing Fan Art
Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 16:04

If this arrived this coming Thursday, a year to the day until the arrival of the film, I'd be more than happy...

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Full of Sith Episode XCV: Star Wars Celebration
Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 15:32

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

After talking about the release of character names for The Force Awakens, Amy and Bryan regale Mike with the best and worst stories from Star Wars Celebrations past. They discuss what to look forward to at the next Celebration, and then discuss the announced Star Wars plans at Disney parks.

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New Gentle Giant/The 3D Studio Website Is Live
Reported by Justin on 15 Dec 2014 13:39

The newly updated design (as well as new URL and official joint company logo) for the Gentle Giant/The 3D Studio website is now up and running. Featuring a completely revamped navigation experience and content layout, check it out via the source link below.

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   14 December 2014
Star Wars Rebels Ezra 2-In-1 Lightsaber/Blaster Toy Found
Reported by Justin on 14 Dec 2014 21:03

Is this perfect timing or what? Shortly after we posted this story earlier in the week, look what shows up on the shelves at a Toys R Us store.

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RUMOR: Episode VIII And IX To Focus On Luke & Leia Storylines
Reported by Justin on 14 Dec 2014 18:09

Comic Book Movie has posted an article claiming (via a reportedly leaked email sent by Sony back on September 20) that the plots of Episode VIII and IX will center around the storylines of Luke and Leia. Over to CBM...

After J.J. Abrams completes Star Wars: The Force Awakens he'll pass the Star Wars directing baton to Looper director Rian Johnson, who will be writing and directing Episodes VIII and IX. Another stolen Sony email from September 20, 2014 has surfaced online and this one has President of Production for Columbia Pictures Michael De Luca discussing Disney's Star Wars with Sony Pictures Entertainment co-Chairman Amy Pascal. In it, he says Johnson's VIII and IX will be "Luke and Leia" storylines." He also knocks screenwriter Gary Whitta ("Godzilla" & "After Earth"), who is writing the Gareth Edwards' Star Wars standalone film.

The text from the leaked email in question from CBM's story has been copied below.

"Star Wars: Any studio would have lost josh trank and rian Johnson to this, it's freaking Star Wars. Your After Earth writer Gary Whitta is writing Gareth Edwards stand alone Star Wars film. Simon Kinberg is writing Josh Tranks. No one knows what they're about but Boba Fett is rumored to be the subject of one. Rian Johnson as you know is doing the main ones, episodes 8 and 9 of the Luke and Leia story lines, after JJ. Not sure anything is gained by looking at what Lucasfilm is doing except we are stalking all these people too, except Whitta whom I think blows.”

As always, treat what you have just read with as many grains of salt as you so desire.

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 14
Reported by James on 14 Dec 2014 17:01
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It's December 14th and time to open today's door of the LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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Oral History Of Christmas In The Stars; Anthony Daniels Says TFA Is "Quite Serious"
Reported by Justin on 14 Dec 2014 14:46

With Christmas less than two weeks away, what better time to take a look back at the famous Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album? Andrea Warner provides readers with a detailed history of the production of the album via a story posted on CBC Music in which she interviews the album's co-producer/engineer Tony Bongiovi, composer Maury Yeston, and of course Anthony Daniels.

On the surface, it’s a novelty record ripe for ridicule, for which it’s been on the receiving end plenty over the years. But it also boasts an undeniable pedigree and is full of enough curious and notable moments that it’s impossible to dismiss. After all, Christmas in the Stars marks John Bongiovi’s first professional recording, four years before he became Jon Bon Jovi. Maury Yeston penned many of the original tunes and went on to become a Tony Award-winning Broadway composer. C-3PO sings throughout and George Lucas gave it the thumbs up. And, most unbelievably, "What Can You Get A Wookiee For Christmas (When He Already Has a Comb)" is a real song.

During the interview session, Daniels talks about the various projects he's been working on lately and mentions that The Force Awakens has a "really quite serious" tone to it.

Take the source link below for the full interview and thanks to Jedi News reader James C. for sending over the link.

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Download High-Res Images Of The Force Awakens Vintage Style Digital Trading Cards
Reported by Justin on 14 Dec 2014 13:22

High resolution images of the vintage style Topps trading cards that were revealed earier this week containing the names of some of the main characters from The Force Awakens are now available to download via StarWars.com!

What's interesting is how the word "digital" is used in the official description of these cards. Does this indicate that they (as well as future cards included in this TFA series) will be a digital-only release?

Click the image above or the source link below to download yours now!

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Disney XD Star Wars Rebels Marathon Today Will Include The Force Awakens Feature
Reported by Justin on 14 Dec 2014 12:38

As you can see from this tweet posted yesterday, Disney XD will be running a Star Wars Rebels marathon in which they will be broadcasting every episode of the series released so far beginning today at 12:00pm ET/PT. In addition, there will be a special segment titled "Inside The Force Awakens" that will air sometime after the Rebels marathon concludes at 4:30pm ET/PT.

No word on exactly what this TFA segment will include or if it will contain any new footage, so if you don't feel like watching NFL action later today, be sure to tune into Disney XD.

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Brazilian Legends cover for Heir to the Empire
Reported by Mark on 14 Dec 2014 11:53

Check this out, the Brazilian cover for the Legends re-release of Heir to the Empire artist Marc Simonetti. Could this cover be coming to the US and Europe when the Legends version arrives? Let's hope, this looks amazing.

With thanks to Jair for the correction.

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The WolfPack Podcast #111: Returning Special Guest: Freddie Prinze Jr (Voice Of Kanan Jarrus-Rebels)
Reported by Dan on 14 Dec 2014 10:41

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

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Corey, Marco, Nabil, Steve, and Curto talk with our friend and voice of Kanan Jarrus on Star Wars Rebels, Freddie Prinze Jr. We talk Seasons 1 and 2 of Rebels, Fulcrom, Comic Books, Ahsoka, and much more! Disclaimer: all music used in this video belongs to LucasFilm and Disney, no copy write intended.

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   13 December 2014
The Realm Recap Episode #43 The Artists Awaken
Reported by Mark on 13 Dec 2014 17:48

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

Pretty much everyone is still living in the afterglow of last week’s teaser for The Force Awakens as customizers and artist continue to crank out amazing works from only a few seconds of footage. Collecting has been relatively quiet from Hasbro, but high-end & import brands have picked up some of that slack as new preorders were announced from Sideshow, Revoltech and Herocross. Marvel continues in their variant bombardment as several new covers have been revealed for Star Wars #1. Finally, Yakface and I run down a few of our new acquisitions and reviews this week. All this and much more on Episode 43 of The Realm Recap.

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 13
Reported by James on 13 Dec 2014 17:01
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It's December 13th and time to open up the thirteenth door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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io9: The Secret To Keeping A Universe Fresh? Don't Worry So Much About Canon
Reported by Mark on 13 Dec 2014 15:22

io9 bring us an interesting look at the reasons why mining existing stories could be a smart way forward for the GFFA.

It seems to me that a lot of long-lived franchises will eventually take the same approach to their mythology that Skyfall does — treating it not as continuity to be obeyed, but iconography to be plundered. I could see a future Batman movie that incorporated elements of the Burton films, the animated series, the Nolan trilogy, and the Arkham games, fusing them into a syncretistic whole not because they were "canon," but because they were cool. It's like having Dench play M in the Craig movies — she's clearly not supposed to be the same character from the Brosnan era (unless you subscribe to a certain fan theory), but she's a cool character, and having her around establishes an emotional continuity to the older movies, if not a canonical link. Ditto the Goldfinger vintage Aston Martin.

Something similar is happening with The Force Awakens, even though it's a continuation of the first six movies, or maybe just the OT with some vague, undefined nods to the events of the prequels. There's really no compelling reason to have X-Wings, stormtroopers, or Tatooine in a sequel trilogy, at least in forms so familiar from the older films. Even featuring the Falcon and the original characters is a bit of a stretch, frankly. But that's the Star Wars everybody knows and loves, not something new or different.

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The Comlink: Ep. 108 - ANOVOS: Heath Hammond. Star Wars News, Interviews, & More!
Reported by Mark on 13 Dec 2014 13:30

The latest news from the week of December 12th, and Heath Hammond from ANOVOS stops by and gives an in depth clinic on how ANOVOS researches and constructs their costumes. The Comlink is your weekly show for Star Wars entertainment!

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Marvel's Star Wars #1: Your Essential Guide
Reported by BrianC on 13 Dec 2014 13:00
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With one million comics being the purported projected level of sales of Marvel’s Star Wars #1, helped in no small part by the sheer huge number of variants, and store commitments required to get access to these variants - one thing is for certain, you won’t be able to enter a comic store in January without seeing these comics for sale.

Here is our guide to all 74 covers, yes that is seventy-four variants available to buy, and where to get them! And click here to see an image gallery of all the covers so far.

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2015 Star Wars Toy Line Speculations
Reported by Mark on 13 Dec 2014 12:15

The team at Jedi Business canvassed the opinion of a number of highly respected collecting experts including Arnie and Marjorie Carvalho, Gus Lopez, Jake Stevens, Jason Luttrull, Jayson Krebsbach, Paul Harrison, Brandon Flores, Corey and F. Asis and our own James Burns, asking for predictions for 2015.

James Burns (from JediNews.co.uk): We may see the Celebration Exclusive which I think might be the first product available from The Force Awakens. Some of the very big stores (TRU, Wal*Mart etc.) have already seen some stuff from the film but I doubt these will be on public display at Toy Fair – I expect they’ll be a locked room for special accounts to see some of these. Also, we normally get a hint at New York Toy Fair of the SDCC reveal too. Alternatively, they could put out an Early Bird wave featuring Han, Chewie, Leia, Droids etc. that wouldn’t give much away. Also, we know that a Corellian fighter, very similar to or perhaps even the Millennium Falcon, will appear in the film alongside some new X-Wings so those could be shown without giving too much away.

For the full article click here.

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The Wookiee Plays
Reported by Mark on 13 Dec 2014 11:15

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He Said He Said Show - Exclusive Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer!
Reported by Mark on 13 Dec 2014 10:01

It's time to join your hosts Darren and Tim for He Said He Said.

The He Said He Said Show is coming soon. Very soon. In the meantime, here's a very exclusive audio trailer for the new Star Wars movie. Many Bothans died to bring you this exclusive audio preview.
A Podcast about nothing by two diametrically opposed idiots. Tim Stanton is a hairy ball of a man who puts the jerk in jerk off. Darren Hayes is an ex 90's pop star who Tim describes as really effeminate. They disagree on most things but make each other laugh. A lot. Discussions on Nerd culture, pop culture and locker room inappropriateness await the lucky listener who stumbles upon this man cave. Expect dares, reviews, anecdotes, and a thinly veiled attempt to bridge the gap between straight/gay, American/Australian, funny and truly offensive. Oh and Star Wars.

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Sifo-Dyas and the Sith: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions Q&A
Reported by Mark on 13 Dec 2014 09:29

In this segment of a special Q&A on Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions, supervising director Dave Filoni talks about finally exploring the mystery of Sifo-Dyas and new insights into the Sith.
Sifo-Dyas was first mentioned in Attack of the Clones as the Jedi who ordered the clone army. His story remained untold, however, until The Lost Missions. Did George Lucas know his backstory while making Episode II? “I don’t know,” Filoni says. “As a storyteller myself, I can tell you that you evolve the story so much as you create other parts of the story. I think that it was something that he wanted to lock down more before he left.” Filoni also notes that this arc reveals that Dooku and Maul must have been Sidious’ apprentice at the same time – bending the Rule of Two, in a sense. In order to put the war in motion, Dooku had to have been working for Sidious during the time of The Phantom Menace, while Maul was active. Filoni says he called the Story Group’s Leland Chee and Pablo Hidalgo, and may have called Sam Witwer (the voice of Darth Maul) – but doesn’t have enough time for super-fan Witwer’s obscure factoids.

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Funko Teases New ReAction, Pop and Wobblers
Reported by Matt on 13 Dec 2014 09:22

New goodies coming our way via the good folks at Funko.

Listed here are just the Star Wars relevant items.

Funko is currently running their 12 Days of Christmas for 2014. During this event, they reveal news on a ton of upcoming products. You need to be a registered member of their Funko Funatic Forums to follow the news. We’ll be following and updating as news hits. The first three days of announcements have hit. Here’s what they revealed.

Wacky Wobblers

  • Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens

Hikari Star Wars

  • Greedo
  • Clone Trooper
  • Wampa
  • Stormtrooper
  • Boba Fett
  • Darth Vader
  • Bossk
  • C-3PO

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   12 December 2014
Mark Hamill On His TFA Beard; Confirms BB-8 Is An Actual Prop
Reported by Justin on 12 Dec 2014 20:40

In an interview segment posted over on Yahoo, Mark Hamill spoke briefly about his much talked-about beard, stating that is "almost a part of the costume." He also reveals that the BB-8 roller droid we saw in The Force Awakens teaser trailer is an actual prop that was built and not a CGI rendered character.

They never cease to amaze me with what they’re able to come up with, you know? I said, “How are you ever gonna top R2-D2, the most adorable droid in movie history?” And then they have this new one. I can’t even tell you his name, but you saw it in the trailer. [Editor’s note: the name of the droid has been revealed as BB-8.] And when they were demonstrating how they did this thing, live on set — because it’s not CGI, that’s a live prop — I was just amazed. They let me play around with it. [Laughs] I was running it all around at the creature shop up in Pinewood. I’m telling you, it’s an absolute delight. And not having thought that I’d ever go back there, to go back into that world, is just – I get the chills. It’s just so much fun.

Take the source link below for the full read.

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RebelForce Radio: December 12, 2014
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 20:36

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

What's in a name? Plenty if you are a Star Wars fan! And this show is all about the newly released character names for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. From Po to Rey to Finn...We talk about it all. And we have a ton of listener voice mail featuring your fresh opinions of these new character names. Plus, SNL parodies the trailer, Twitter reacts to TFA, and more!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens Teaser Poster Coming Next Week?
Reported by Team Jedi News on 12 Dec 2014 20:09

A source has informed us here at Jedi News that the first official teaser poster for The Force Awakens is expected to be released sometime by the end of next week.

The source was unable to verify how the poster would arrive - either as a one-sheet displayed in movie theaters or via an online announcement with an accompanying photo of the poster. Specific details of what the poster would include were not provided, so we're not sure if it will depict characters from yesterday's big reveal and/or other characters, both new and returning.

As such, treat this as nothing more than rumor material at this point, but we will be sure to update you accordingly if/when we hear any additional details relating to this.

Rebels Roundtable #7: Empire Day and Gathering Forces (or Go, Ezra; It’s Your Birthday)
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 18:42

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

The Star Wars Report’s Rebels Roundtable returns this week to check out the Season 1 episodes Empire Day and Gathering Forces, the sixth and seventh “regular” episodes in the series’ run.

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Bob Iger: No Timeframe Set For New Indiana Jones Film
Reported by Justin on 12 Dec 2014 18:36

We've known for a while now that Disney is interested in releasing new films in the Indiana Jones franchise after they secured the rights to the property from Paramount Pictures about a year ago. But what we don't know is the estimated timeframe Disney has attached (if any) to starting work on the first Indy film developed under the Disney title. And if the tweet below from Marc Graser at Variety is any indication, it looks like Disney is unsure of this timeframe as well.

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Official Site: The Death Star Plans ARE In The Main Computer...And A Special Postcard
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 17:32

Ross Plesset presents a fascinating article looking at a very cool postcard over on StarWars.com.

The Star Wars phenomenon had only been underway a few months when my dad received a postcard from Larry Cuba, creator of the animated Death Star plans as seen at the Rebel base on Yavin 4. It thanked people who helped him, both directly and along the way.

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens Expansion Coming To Star Tours
Reported by Justin on 12 Dec 2014 17:14

Via our fellow friends in the Force over at The SWU:

As we revealed on tonight's SWU podcast, we heard from a inside source that the first Star Wars addition coming to the Disney Parks is a Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens portion of the popular Star Tours: The Adventure Continues ride. Our source revealed that work is being done right now on a new mission that will be added to the ride in the future that directly ties in with The Force Awakens. Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed recently that they were looking to have a strong presence from the new films in the planned Star Wars additions to the Disney Parks.

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 12
Reported by James on 12 Dec 2014 17:01
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Time flies when you're having fun and we're halfway through this years LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar and it's time to open up the twelfth door.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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ForceCast #333: Gonk and Uber
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 15:35

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

Late this week, Lucasfilm revealed the names of several The Force Awakens cast members and announced a Star Wars Rebels Season 2 premiere at Celebration Anaheim. Also in the news: Oscar Isaac reveals his childhood Star Wars costume, Del Rey reveals the cover of Dark Disciple, Bob Iger talks teasers and theme parks, and Marvel confirms a record-breaking figure for its first Star Wars comic. All that and much more in this week's ForceCast!

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LEGO Store Calendar: January 2015
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 15:05

Check out the LEGO store calendar for next month, showing the many and various offers and events happening across UK LEGO stores.

Official Site: Writing The Rebellion Begins
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 14:24

Michael Kogge gives us an insight into the writing of his new Star Wars Rebels novelisation The Rebellion Begins.

Almost a year ago, I began adapting the Star Wars Rebels animated show into a series of junior novels and chapter books for Disney-Lucasfilm Press. The most recent book to be published, The Rebellion Begins, serves as the novelization for Spark of Rebellion, the movie-of-the-week series premiere. Given the storied tradition Star Wars novelizations, the responsibility of bringing these screen characters to life on the printed page for the first time has been both exciting and humbling.

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Coffee With Kenobi: Top Ten Star Wars Video Games – A Video Countdown.
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 14:21

Our buddy Rob Wainfur, writing over at Coffee With Kenobi brings us a fascinating top ten list of the best Star Wars Video Games.

Between October and November I was running an on-line poll to find out the best Star Wars Video game ever created. We had over 800 votes and I thought a video showing the top ten would be a good way to show the best of the best. So check out this video for the top ten Star Wars video games as voted for by you.

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Starwarigami: Probe Droid
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 14:05

Martin over at Starwarigami has been at it again, this time folding a brand new version of the Imperial Probe Droid (as heard in The Force Awakens teaser trailer) out of a single square of paper-backed foil.

Click here to visit the page and start planning your invasion of the galaxy.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Gearing Up for a Fight
Reported by Jonathan on 12 Dec 2014 13:52

If you're gonna get into trouble in the Star Wars RPG, then you may as well get into it quickly - or in style. A preview of the Vehicles and Beasts of Stay on Target.

From the website:

Man your ships! And may the Force be with you!
General Dodonna

Rebel Aces live for the excitement of battle. The thrill of successfully steering through an asteroid field while fleeing a squadron of TIE fighters. The rush of speeding into the fray as you shoot at every enemy within sight. The suspense of not knowing whether that last-minute weapons adjustment will save your life or get you killed. At these moments, your vehicle or beast is not just your transportation, but your chosen weapon, your shield, and maybe even your best friend.
Stay on Target, an Ace career supplement for Star Wars®: Age of Rebellion™, features over twenty new vehicles and starships that Ace characters might take into battle – or find themselves fighting against. Stay on Target gives those interested in the Beast Rider specialization a range of species to ride into battle. Today’s preview looks at a few of these vehicles: a top-of-the-line landspeeder, a heavily-armed long-range starfighter, and a droid-equipped starcraft from the Clone Wars. We’ll also look at two beast mounts: the noble, flying Ruping and the ferocious, catlike Narglatch, and take a peek at the rules that allow any character to use an animal, tamed or not, as their mount.

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Comic Con Portugal 2014: 5-7 December 2014
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 13:35

Our great friends down at Star Wars Clube Portugal bring us these images and report from the recent Comic Con Portugal 2014 event, which also featured friend of Jedi News Simon Wilkie.

Comic Con Portugal 2014 held on 5-7 December. The space that has been reserved by the Organization for us, the visitors can took pictures with Lightsabers and costumes from the characters of the saga as well as take pictures with the elements of our club who wore Jedi, Clone Trooper and Darth Vader costumes. Simon Wilkie also joined us for a few moments with his C-3PO costume. This event was attended by more than 30 thousand visitors, having surpassed most optimist expectations.

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Super Weapon And Luke's Freedom
Reported by Justin on 12 Dec 2014 13:10

MakingStarWars.net has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to Star Wars: The Force Awakens via the titled link below.

Super Weapon And Luke Skywalker's Freedom

As is the case with all The Force Awakens rumors/reports posted out there on the interwebs, take the supplied link at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

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Official Site: Star Wars In The UK: The British Roles Of Star Wars Actors
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 12:45

My latest article lands over at StarWars.com as I take a look at some of the UK television roles portrayed by very familiar Star Wars actors.

With the original trilogy made here in the UK across a number of London studios including Ealing, Shepperton, and Elstree, the talent pool used was predominantly British. For George Lucas, this meant that the majority of his cast was largely unknown to American viewers — all the better to help immerse the audience into his space fantasy without unnecessary distraction — but for audiences here in Britain it was a very different story. Indeed, you could argue that to win over the UK public to the degree that it did was almost more impressive, as so many of the supporting cast were very familiar to the cross-generational audience.

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Sideshow Indiana Jones Temple Of Doom Sixth Scale Figure Pre-Order Now Up
Reported by Justin on 12 Dec 2014 12:34

The Sideshow Collectibles Indiana Jones Temple of Doom Sixth Scale Figure is now up for pre-order. The figure carries a $229.99 price tag and is scheduled to begin shipping in December 2015.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Previews the StarViper Expansion Pack for X-Wing Light and Dark
Reported by Jonathan on 12 Dec 2014 12:14

In this Imperial Assault preview, they're having a look at the Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker figure packs and explore the abilities they bring to the game.

From the website:

Take your place in the Star Wars universe with Imperial Assault, a new miniatures game of tactical combat and thrilling adventure for two to five players! You’ll find two complete games within Imperial Assault: a campaign game, which invites you to join a story that changes based on the outcomes of your missions, and a skirmish game, which allows you to battle head-to-head against a single opponent.
In addition to the massive amount of missions and figures included in the Imperial Assault Core Set, the Luke Skywalker Ally Pack and the Darth Vader Villain Pack are included in the Core Set as an added bonus. Like other Ally Packs and Villain Packs, each of these expansions includes not only a sculpted plastic figure but also new missions and cards for the campaign and skirmish games.

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RADIO 1138: Episode 21
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 09:30

It's time to join Mark Newbold and James Burns for the latest episode of RADIO 1138.

The fallout from the Force Awakens teaser trailer continues as we lock our tractor beams on Mark Mulcaster from the Rebel Legion, check out the first part of a vintage interview with Anthony Daniels, discuss the latest issue of The Star Wars Insider with Jonathan Wilkins and touch base with Gary Hailes to talk all things UKG. All crammed into the latest episode of RADIO 1138.

Contact Information: info@radio1138.co.uk | iTunes | RSS Feed | RFR Landing Page | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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New Hot Wheels Elite Collection: Free Poster Via Amerang
Reported by Matt on 12 Dec 2014 08:53

Following up on our article yesterday looking at the new Hot Wheels Elite Collection, here's new poster art senter to us by UK retailer Amerang.

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The Force Awakens Character Names Revealed
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 21:09

Talk about one hell of an exclusive! Entertainment Weekly in association with Lucasfilm has posted an article revealing some of the character names from The Force Awakens in one of the coolest and unique ways possible - via a series of vintage style Topps trading cards!

J.J. Abrams, the film’s co-writer and director, and Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, have decided to reveal the identities of some of their new characters exclusively to EW—and they’ve done it in a retro fashion that should bring a smile to anyone familiar with the phrase “Collect ‘Em, Trade ‘Em.”

In addition to purposely leaving off the last name for the characters of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega), director J.J. Abrams stated that the numbering printed on the trading cards does have a significance to each one.

- Roller droid: BB-8

- Oscar Isaacs: Poe Dameron

- Dark hooded broadsaber wielder: Kylo Ren

- Daisy Ridley: Rey

- John Boyega: Finn

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Official Site: Vintage Variants: Large Heads and Orange Snakes
Reported by Mark on 11 Dec 2014 21:05

Tim Veekhoven brings us his latest article over at StarWars.com looking at the surprising amount of vintage variations there were.

It’s important to understand that nearly all vintage figures have variations that range from obvious to minor ones. Fans and collectors are still discussing the origin and the validity of certain less obvious differences today. These variations sometimes occurred when figures were produced in a different country or at another factory. For example, most Mexican Lili Ledy figures differ from the ones offered in North America and in Europe (the Lili Ledy figures are left out of this article because they’re nearly all different).

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 57: Skywalking Through The Holidays
Reported by Mark on 11 Dec 2014 20:46

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

Let the Holidays commence with…THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer! We compile fan reactions from Kevin Smith to James Arnold Taylor to Skywalkers. There were also several hilarious parody trailers, and we’ll play a bit of those for you as well. Who’s excited!??

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

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Fan Groups & Tables Announced
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 20:41

The list of Star Wars Fan Groups and Tables for Celebration Anaheim 2015 has been officially revealed, including The Force United which is comprised of us here at Jedi News and a collection of some of the best Star Wars fansites on the web!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: First Collectors Stage Panel Descriptions & More Star Tots Revealed
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 20:23

Just a short time ago, descriptions of the first group of Collectors Stage panels and images of new Star Tots that will be given out to attendees at each of the Collectors panels were posted on the official Celebration Anaheim 2015 website!

Check 'em out at the source link below!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Premiere To Be Shown
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 20:13

This April, attendees of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim will witness the global premiere of Star Wars Rebels season two, which continues the epic adventures of the crew of the Ghost and further reveals the early days of the rebellion against the Empire. Fans will be the first to see the first episode of season two following an encore screening of the series' two-part season one finale.

At Celebration, there will also be a special Star Wars Rebels panel featuring members of the cast and crew from the Disney XD animated series. Dave Filoni (Executive Producer, Supervising Director), Freddie Prinze, Jr. (Kanan), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steve Blum (Zeb), Taylor Gray (Ezra) and other special guests will discuss the startling season one finale and offer exclusive sneak peeks of what’s to come in season two.

Star Wars Rebels returns on January 5 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney XD with all-new episodes. In the meantime, catch the entire series from the very beginning in a Star Wars Rebels Reloaded Marathon this weekend on Disney XD.

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T-Shirts: Awakening
Reported by Mark on 11 Dec 2014 20:12

Tee Public bring us this tee inspired by The Force Awakens teaser trailer. $14.00 and this beauty could be yours, so don't hang around, it might only be here for another 88 seconds!

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 11 Dec 2014 20:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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Star Wars Christmas is coming!
Reported by Mark on 11 Dec 2014 19:45

It's time to join Artoo Katee's man servant Al for the latest patch news.

Christmas is coming! All four Christmas patches are being run now and will be here soon to ship to you! We still have plenty left of all four designs, so order now to get them in time for Christmas. Any patch just $7 free shipping to anywhere.
We recently offered Facebook friends the 6-for-4 deal: order all four Christmas designs for $28 and get any two patches free (your choice). If you took the early deal (free sticker or R2-KT lenticular card) and want to switch, let me know. All available patches are on R2-KT's site right here
Also, we are still offering 501st stocking-stuffers for just $5 apiece, free shipping inside the U.S. ($2 outside the U.S.) - key chains and lanyards are very popular. You can see all of that here:
Please spread the word, as we'd like to get R2-KT's Christmas wishes to as many Star Wars fans as possible. Big things are in the works for our girl, so these items will be nice collectibles years from now. So far we've raised over $1100 for the Toys-for-Tots campaign this year, so thank YOU for making that happen!
Hit me back with any questions or just say 'hello'.Here's hoping you all have a wonderful holiday season and a great 2015!
AL (R2-KT's man-servant)
p.s. Galactic Academy items for the young Star Wars fans are all available too - just look here:
p.p.s. big thanks to Juan Jose Matamoros for designing all three 'throne' patch designs and to Eric Siebeneck for his Olaf design - true masters!

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Star Wars Actors Appearances Updates
Reported by Mark on 11 Dec 2014 19:30

Jedi News is working with Star Wars Actors Appearances to bring you the very latest in Star Wars actors convention appearances. Click here to view this weeks updates on the site and check below to see the new actors who've been added.

  • 9/12/14: Added appearance for Dante Basco
  • 8/12/14: Added appearance for Nick Joseph
  • 5/12/14: Added appearances for Steve Blum, Julian Glover, Brent Spiner and Greg Weisman
  • 4/12/14: Added appearance for Andy Secombe
  • 3/12/14: Added appearance for Angus MacInnes
  • 2/12/14: Added appearance for Tom Kane
  • 1/12/14: Added appearances for Jerome Blake, Jeremy Bulloch, Alan Flyng, Barrie Holland, Peter Roy, Femi Taylor, Brian Wheeler and Billy Dee Williams
  • 29/11/14: Added appearances for Mike Edmonds, Laurie Goode, Andrew Lawden, Toby Philpott, Dave Prowse, Pam Rose and Femi Taylor

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Get Your Geek On: 9th December 2014
Reported by Mark on 11 Dec 2014 19:10

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.

Jake Lloyd is BACK! Young Anakin Skywalker joins us to bring an EXCLUSIVE announcement to the Geeks! In addition, he admits he hasn't seen The Force Awakens trailer so he's going to watch it during the show and give us his reaction. We also talk about the latest merchandise news as well as more rumors about where and when Star Wars Land will arrive in our galaxy. Stay Geeky! 'Like' GYGO on Facebook Follow GYGO on Twitter Listen LIVE on Mondays at 9 pm EST on Channel 1138.

Contact Information: iTunes | Mixlr | Facebook

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The Clone Wars "The Lost Missions" Q&A: Yoda's Visions
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 18:12

In this segment of a special Q&A on Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions, supervising director Dave Filoni discusses his personal additions to the Yoda arc.

While the stories from Star Wars: The Clone Wars came from George Lucas, Dave Filoni and his team developed them and brought them to life. In the Yoda arc of The Lost Missions, Filoni added Ahsoka Tano to the Jedi Master’s dark vision of Order 66. “I thought, in order for this scene to have value, it has to be someone that we know and we actually care about. You get that on some level…Yoda regrets the way that he treated her.” Filoni says that he added things knowing what Lucas would like, an instinct gained through years of working closely. He also added more visions of what’s to come, and sound from the original Star Wars. Lucas didn’t know those were being included, but Filoni is confident he’d be happy.

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 11
Reported by James on 11 Dec 2014 17:01
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December 11th already and time to open up the eleventh door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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Ezra's Lightsaber Hilt Offers Him Dual Functionality
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 16:57
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Page 35 of the latest issue of Star Wars Insider (Issue #154) provides fans with a very interesting reveal on the unique hilt design Ezra utilizes for his lightsaber in Star Wars Rebels, including a function he has available to him that you may not have expected!

If you want to remain spoiler-free, then do not proceed any further. Otherwise, check out a pic I took from the magazine after the break! Hasbro Elects Michael Burns To Board Of Directors
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 14:27

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How Fast Is The "Roller Droid" In The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Moving?
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 14:02

In what can truly be classified as a "I bet you didn't see this coming" type of moment, Rhett Allain over at Wired has provided readers with an analytical breakdown of how fast the "roller droid" seen in The Force Awakens teaser trailer could be travelling across the screen.

I don’t have many options when I get excited about an upcoming movie. Really, all I can do is to over analyze everything I see. It’s just what I do.

So here we go. In this post, I am going to look at that weird rolling droid as seen in the Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens trailer. As a reminder, I am going to use Tracker Video Analysis – it’s FREE.

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150 Behind-The-Scenes Photos From The Phantom Menace
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 13:38

While we all eagerly look forward to the release of The Force Awakens next year and the rest of the Sequel Trilogy (as well as the planned spin-off films), Slashfilm pauses for a bit and takes us back in time with a collection of 150 BTS photos from Episode I.

Check 'em out and re-live the memories from 1999 once again.

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Mark Hamill On Reaction To The Force Awakens Teaser, Spoilers, & New Cast Members
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 13:23

In a brief interview segment posted over on IGN, the Jedi Master himself Mark Hamill offered up his thoughts on the buzz that was generated throughout the Star Wars fan community after seeing The Force Awakens teaser trailer.

He also shared his feelings on the concept of spoilers and what it was like working with some of the new TFA cast members, so check out the intro below and take the source link for the full read.

IGN: The past two weeks, have you been able to just sit back, smile and enjoy how much speculation people can have about an 88 second trailer?

Hamill: Oh my gosh. You know, I’ll tell you, the most moving aspect of them releasing that trailer was watching a [video] of other people watching it. My daughter put it on for me. It was all these people watching the trailer. Sometimes you get sort of isolated and disconnected because I don’t really follow it as closely as, say, [my son] Nathan does, but to see those people that thrilled, it was moving to me. I actually got a lump in my throat watching that. To see so many people that happy was a thrill. And it’s hard to believe it’s a whole year away that we have to wait but I’m practicing my phrase, “You have to wait and see.” They asked me not to talk about it and I agreed but it’s hard. People want to know!

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