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   24 October 2014
The WolfPack Podcast #100: Taylor Gray Interview (Voice Of Ezra On Star Wars Rebels)
Reported by Mark on 24 Oct 2014 21:24

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

Today marks our 100th episode of The WolfPack Podcast, and Ezra Bridger himself, Taylor Gray, is here to celebrate with us! We talk about the potential for fan favorite characters to appear in Rebels, Ezra's Journey in Rebels, Season 2, More Female characters to appear, Ezra Action Figures, and so much more!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Her Universe Star Wars Rebels Products Available Now
Reported by James on 24 Oct 2014 20:46

I was recording a segment for the next edition of RADIO 1138 with Dan Madsen (in charge of PR for Her Universe) and I mentioned about the new Star Wars Rebels products coming soon and he tells me 'they've literally just launched earlier today!'

So, what you waiting for?  With the holidays just around the corner now's a great time to go to Her Universe and pick up the brand new Star Wars Rebels products, amongst other things, for yourself, your loved one, or your friends - be quick, I have a feeling these will sell very fast!  Happy hunting and stay tuned for the first anniversary show of RADIO 1138 next week!

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Cinematographer Greig Fraser To Shoot Gareth Edwards Star Wars Standalone Film
Reported by Justin on 24 Oct 2014 20:14

We get word via Collider that cinematographer Greig Fraser has been selected to work on the Star Wars standalone film that will be directed by Gareth Edwards.

Edwards' film is scheduled to be released on December 16, 2016.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 24 Oct 2014 18:37
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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; also check out their sale items too...

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Tosche Station Radio #96: Ratings and Timeslots
Reported by Mark on 24 Oct 2014 17:22

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

It’s the news, ratings, and Rebels on this episode of Tosche Station Radio.

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

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

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Come and Join the Rebellion at Toys 'R' Us in the UK this Weekend
Reported by James on 24 Oct 2014 16:48

If you’ve been holding out for a Star Wars rebellion in a Galaxy nearby then Toys 'R' Us in the UK is the place to be for half term this weekend.

The giant toy retailer and sponsor of Jedi News is inviting Star Wars fans to head down to their local store on the 25th or 26th October (see below for specifics) dressed as their favourite character from the awesome movie or TV series.

  • 25th October - 11am - 4pm at all Toys 'R' Us UK stores (excluding Bolton, Metro and Edinburgh)
  • 26th October - 11am - 4pm at Toys 'R' Us Bolton, Metro and Edinburgh

Jedi and Rebels from across the Galaxy are welcome to dress as their favourite Star Wars character and as a reward, Toys 'R' Us will present each Star Wars character with a Star Wars branded Jedi certificate to enrol them into the 'Rebellion'!  May the Force Be With You!

If you can't make it, then have a look at the wide range of Star Wars products available in store at the link below.

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X-Men Sentinel Unleashed at The O2 in London
Reported by James on 24 Oct 2014 16:27
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In celebration of X-Men: Days of Future Past available to own on Blu-ray and DVD on 10th November, or in the Sky Store now, our friends at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Sky have got in touch to let us know about the ultimate X-Men experience which has just arrived at The O2 in London. 

The experience includes an authentic 18-foot tall Sentinel robot used in blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past as part of the Sky Store X-Men experience which is open daily noon to 8pm at Sky Studios, The O2, London - entry is free of charge (click on the video above for a look).

We have two copies of X-Men: Days of Future Past to win on Blu-ray by answering this Star Wars related question here.

Read on for the full press release...

Official Site: Star Wars Tarkin: Audiobook - Exclusive Preview
Reported by Mark on 24 Oct 2014 15:54

StarWars.com brings us an exclusive audio clip from James Luceno's Tarkin.

Legislator. Military commander. Alderaan destroyer. Grand Moff Tarkin, one of the greatest villains of a galaxy far, far away, is back — in a new book set before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

Star Wars: Tarkin, James Luceno’s new canonical novel, hits bookstores on November 4, and brings the Empire’s most calculating tactician to life like never before.

Listen to StarWars.com’s exclusive clip from the unabridged audio edition of Star Wars: Tarkin below, and pre-order it now at RandomHouse.com!

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Coffee With Kenobi: Rebels Reactions: Freddie Prinze Jr. & “Rise of the Old Masters”
Reported by Mark on 24 Oct 2014 14:48

It's time to join your hosts Dan and Cory over at Rebels Reactions.

Welcome to Rebels Reactions, where Coffee With Kenobi examines Star Wars: Rebels through a critical lens. On this special show we have an exclusive interview with Rebels star Freddie Prinze Jr.! This is a conversation not to be missed, as we discuss the evolution of his character, Kanan, the legacy of the Star Wars franchise, and much more. We also discuss “Rise of the Old Masters”, the third episode in Season 1 with friend of the show Tha Mike Pilot from Full of Sith. Mike helps us break down the episode that truly introduces us to the Inquisitor. This is the Podcast you’re looking for!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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RebelForce Radio: October 24, 2014
Reported by Mark on 24 Oct 2014 13:41

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

Freddie Prinze Jr. joins us this week for his RebelForce Radio network debut! We go In The Cantina to talk about his cool character Kanan Jarrus from Star Wars Rebels, his interests, his influences, and his fandom. George Lucas appeared in Chicago last Friday at the Chicago Ideas Week and Dave Filoni spoke at the MIPCOM conference in Cannes, France. We have audio highlights from both events! Plus, we get pumped up for Darth Vader’s debut on Star Wars Rebels this weekend and more!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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The Metro: Could Benedict Cumberbatch be in Star Wars Episode 7?
Reported by Mark on 24 Oct 2014 13:36

My latest article lands at The Metro as I discuss the rumour that Benedict Cumbernbatch could - possibly - be a part of Episode VII.

With his appearance on tonight’s episode of The Graham Norton Show, Benedict Cumberbatch has re-opened a conversation that folks thought was long closed – the prospect of his involvement in Star Wars Episode 7, due December 18 next year.

And there’s no reason why not. With fellow inhabitant of Middle Earth Andy Serkis playing an as yet undetermined role in the film and his Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams behind the camera, it’s still not beyond the bounds of reason that he could play a part, despite filming almost being at an end.

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Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 52: 10-18-14
Reported by Mark on 24 Oct 2014 13:18

It's time to join your hosts Jason, Randy, Johnamarie and Jeremy over at Now, This Is Podcasting!

In another brand spanking new episode of "Now, This Is Podcasting!" join the crew as they break down the tons of new info that hit the web this week, talk about what's to come, and answer your questions! Topics include: callbacks about auditions for new Star Wars projects happening in the future, surveillance from a tree near the set of Episode VII, more concept art and story boards, Lupita Nyong’o’s Instagram, a new ILM studio in London and Episode VII mentioned by Kathleen Kennedy at its grand opening, Joel Edgerton believing Adam Driver is the villain of Episode VII, Warwick Davis joining the cast of Episode VII, and the mystery of "The Carosel." Plus, Star Wars Rebels news, including Darth Vader's return, future episode titles and credits, and Cham Syndulla's relation to Hera!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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How Episode VII Filming On Skellig Michael Island Was Authorized
Reported by Justin on 24 Oct 2014 13:16

An article posted on Irish Examiner provides us with some details on the concessions the Episode VII production crew needed to make in order to gain access to Skellig Michael island for filming.

Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys has revealed that the Star Wars shoot on Sceilig Mhichíl was only allowed to proceed after the film firm lodged significantly scaled-down proposals for the shoot.

The scaled-down proposals included a 90% reduction in helicopter activity in response to concerns for the protected bird population on the island.

The production was shot over three days at the World Heritage site in July, with several heritage experts querying the use of the island for the next instalment of Star Wars.

This follows an earlier report on officials being concerned about the impact filming would potentially have on wildlife residing on the island.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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T-Shirts: Bounty Hunting Time
Reported by Matt on 24 Oct 2014 13:12

$10.00 for this cool tee. Here, take my money! Available for the next 16 hours, so hurry.

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Sideshow Luke Skywalker Red Five X-wing Pilot Sixth Scale Figure Preview
Reported by Justin on 24 Oct 2014 12:48

A preview listing for the upcoming Sideshow Collectibles Luke Skywalker Red Five X-wing Pilot Sixth Scale Figure has been posted. No pre-order details have been announced yet, so stay tuned for that information as soon as it is revealed.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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140 Photos Of Behind-The-Scenes Original Trilogy Models
Reported by Justin on 24 Oct 2014 12:37

This story is jaw-droppingly good. A batch of 140 rare behind-the-scenes photographs showcasing the construction of the various models that were used during the production of the Original Trilogy have been uploaded to Imugr by member "joinyouinthesun".

Decades later and the intricacies and attention to even the smallest detail that is apparent in these models continues to blow my mind. Simply SPECTACULAR work by the entire team at ILM.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Return With Revan: Your Personal Star Wars Saga Begins Now!
Reported by Mark on 24 Oct 2014 12:30

In the midst of the ongoing war between the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic, a long-hidden sect of extremists has emerged, led by the enigmatic former hero of the Jedi Civil War - Revan. These “Revanites” are mustering an army with an apocalyptic plan that will leave the Republic and the Empire in ashes.

Prepare to face Revan and his fanatical followers as you adventure through five new levels of story-driven Star Wars™ missions, reach new heights of power at an increased Level Cap of 60, explore exciting worlds and fight new high-level multiplayer Flashpoints and Operations in the Digital Expansion, Shadow of Revan!

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Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Wars?
Reported by James on 24 Oct 2014 11:53

This just in from the Metro...

He might have previously denied having any involvement in Star Wars Episode VII – but that doesn’t mean Benedict Cumberbatch has steered clear of the film altogether.  In fact, the actor revealed during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show (airing tonight here in the UK on BBC One at 10:35pm) that he’s been closer to the project than everybody might think.

‘I went to the set,’ he admitted. ‘It was incredible’ before hastily telling the talk show host: ‘I probably shouldn’t be saying these things.’

Now this could 'just' be a set visit, only time will tell, but Norton’s questions about a possible appearance were met with a simple ‘no comment’ and this is not the first time that Cumberbatch has been linked with the sequel.

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Official Site: Studying Skywalker: (Figuratively) Exploring The Dagobah Cave
Reported by Mark on 24 Oct 2014 11:41

Our great pal Dan Zehr of Coffee With Kenobi brings us his latest entry over at StarWars.com.

From the moment Luke Skywalker enters the Dagobah cave, a sense of tension, not unlike something out of a horror films, grabs hold. This pivotal scene encapsulates some strong metaphors that are prevalent in the study of literature, and helps us to learn more about the young hero through this important phase in his burgeoning Jedi career. The use of the cave as a metaphor has long been a powerful symbol of what lies beneath the surface, and has impacted storytelling for generations.

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SWFUK Episode 6 - The Phantom Mannace
Reported by Mark on 24 Oct 2014 08:31

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

Welcome to Episode Six of the SWFUK podcast. This month we speak with Chris Mann and discuss his collecting habits including taking a look at his Yoda focus. Grant Criddle brings us the second part of his look into Vintage Star Wars Computer Games. We hear from David Moss in the starwarsforum.co.uk forum roundup section and Richard (from his northerly outpost) looks at the new Star Wars Collectors Archive web/blog format in his Boom section. Ben discovers his latest collectable at the end of his wife’s pregnancy. We have all the other usual favourites, such as: Latest Acquisitions, Market, Events and Rapid Fire sections. It's another scorching epic of a show, so sit back, place your figures by your side, saddle up your Tauntaun, grab a carton of um bongo and enjoy this months Vintage Collecting talk.

Contact Information: Website | Forum | Facebook

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Get Your Geek On: 21st October 2014
Reported by Mark on 24 Oct 2014 03:17

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.

This week, we talk about Warwick Davis joining the cast of Episode VII, Vader appearing in Rebels, and more! But what is really going on at Hasbro? Delays? Production issues? Lack of products? Star Wars fans and collectors are not happy and we talk about why. '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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Coffee With Kenobi: Rebels Reactions: “Fighter Flight”
Reported by Teresa on 24 Oct 2014 01:07

It's time to join your hosts Dan and Cory over at Rebels Reactions.

Welcome to Rebels Reactions, where Coffee With Kenobi examines Star Wars: Rebels through a critical lens. On today’s show, we will be discussing “Fighter Flight”, the second episode in Season 1. Joining us today on Rebels Reactions is Teresa Delgado of Fangirls Going Rogue. We talk about Zeb & Ezra’s relationship, the impact the how is having on fandom, and TIE Fighters. This is the Podcast you’re looking for!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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   23 October 2014
New Star Wars Hot Wheels Vehicles at Toys 'R' Us in UK
Reported by James on 23 Oct 2014 23:38

 

The new range of Star Wars Hot Wheels Vehicles, from Mattel, are now available in Toys 'R' Us stores around the UK and are racing off the shelves and just in time for half term too!

Why not head to your local Toys 'R' Us store this weekend and see these and lots of other goodies including some half price items too.  Happy hunting!

 

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Dork Tower
Reported by Matt on 23 Oct 2014 23:27

Check this out, a little something from Dork Tower.

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Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Spotted On Shelves
Reported by Matt on 23 Oct 2014 23:11

After yesterday's new that the vehicles are just appearing these Saga Legends were spotted onthe shelves at the Disney Store in Milton Keynes.

£7.00 each and a full case of figures had just hit the shelf. With thanks to Grizzled Jedi for the store report. If you've spotted something new in the shops take a snap and drop us a report here at Jedi News.

Latest Tarkin Mini-Excerpt At Star Wars Books
Reported by Mark on 23 Oct 2014 22:56

In advance of it's 4th November release (6th November via Century here in the UK) here's an excerpt from Tarkin by James Luceno.

“Governor, your presence is required on Coruscant,” Amedda said after a moment. Tarkin moved to his desk and sat down, centering himself for the holocam. “I’ll certainly try to make time for a visit, Vizier.”

“Permit me, Governor, but that will not suffice. Perhaps I should have said that your presence is urgently required.”Tarkin waved a hand in dismissal. “I’m sorry, Vizier, but that doesn’t alter the fact that I have my priorities.”

“Priorities of what sort?”

Tarkin returned Amedda’s mirthless smile. There was probably no harm in sharing with Amedda information about the expected ship¬ments of matériel from Desolation Station to Geonosis—including vital components for the battle station’s complex hyperdrive generator—but he was under no obligation to do so.

“I’m afraid my priorities are on a need-to-know basis.”

“Indeed. Then you are refusing the request?”

Tarkin glimpsed something in the thick-skulled Chagrian’s pink-rimmed cerulean eyes that gave him pause. “Let’s say that I’m reluctant to abandon my post at this time, Vizier. If you wish, I’ll provide the Emperor with my reasons personally.”

“That’s not possible, Governor. The Emperor is presently engaged.”

Tarkin leaned toward the cam. “So engaged that he can’t speak briefly with one of his Moffs?”

Amedda affected a bored tone. “That’s not for me to say, Governor. The Emperor’s concerns are on a need-to-know basis.”

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Galactic Escape Pod Episode 23: 23rd October 2014
Reported by Mark on 23 Oct 2014 22:07

Join your host Gary for the latest episode of Galactic Escape Pod.

In this show, Gary discusses Star Wars Insider #153, Episode VII News, Star Wars: The Old Republic Shadow of Revan Expansion, Star Wars Battle Pod Arcade Game, an in-depth Star Wars Rebels discussion from the beginning all the way through the Rise of the Old Masters Episode, and The Story of Return of the Jedi LP Part 5 – 1983.

Contact Information: Email - podcast@galactic-voyage.com | Website | Twitter | Facebook

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

About a month later, it was my fifth favorite.

A few months after that, it was third.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

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

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

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the website:

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spoilers ahead.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the website:

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

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

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

Impressive...most impressive...

Source Sainsbury
Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 22 Oct 2014 20:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

Source 501st (via Roqoo Depot)
Cool Custom Star Wars Saga Artwork Designs
Reported by Justin on 22 Oct 2014 14:02

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

Photos Of A Stormtrooper On Set

Stormtroopers In Disguise?

Concept Description: Han And Chewie's Big Adventure

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

'Nuff said.

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

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

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

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source YouTube (via David Gremillion)
Fangirls Going Rogue #12
Reported by Teresa on 21 Oct 2014 23:04

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

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

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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

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

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

This episode was recorded in August 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hans Solo. Fornax help us...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPDATE: This just in via Star Wars Books:

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

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

To win you need to answer this question:

What was Shakespeare's first name?

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

Good luck!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WARNING(S):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"You can afford a museum?" Rose asked.

"Yeah, I can," Lucas answered.

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the website:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The V-wing Fighter

Man Witnesses Episode VII Filming From Black Park Outside Pinewood Studios

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

Click the images above and below for a larger view.

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