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PINNED: RADIO 1138: Episode 29
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Jun 2015 07:41

We're back with the latest episode of RADIO 1138 featuring two very special guests - Dave Filoni and Roger Christian!

The Force Awakens is now less than 6 months away but that doesn't mean we're taking our foot off the pedal. We talk Star Wars Insider with editor Jonathan Wilkins, catch up with Gary Hailes from the UKG, rock the Maz (Kanata) Bar with musical guests Chris Cape and Darth Elvis and the Imperials. Plus we welcome two very special guests - Dave Filoni and Roger Christian. It's Star Wars, nothing but Star Wars here on RADIO 1138!

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

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   02 July 2015
Jedi News Book Review: Tarkin (UK Paperback Release)
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Jul 2015 00:00
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He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly...and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.

Rule through the fear of force rather than force itself, he advises his Emperor. Under Tarkin’s guidance, an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. When the so-called Death Star is completed, Tarkin is confident that the galaxy’s lingering pockets of Separatist rebellion will be brought to heel—by intimidation...or annihilation.

Until then, however, insurgency remains a genuine threat. Escalating guerrilla attacks by resistance forces and newfound evidence of a growing Separatist conspiracy are an immediate danger the Empire must meet with swift and brutal action. And to bring down a band of elusive freedom fighters, the Emperor turns to his most formidable agents: Darth Vader, the fearsome new Sith enforcer as remorseless as he is mysterious; and Tarkin—whose tactical cunning and cold-blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire’s supremacy...and its enemies’ extinction.

In the hands of another author the story of Tarkins steady march to prominence could have been a clich ridden minefield filled with pat moments of 'tactical genius' and convenient plot twists. But in the confident care of James Luceno - a veteran of the GFFA now on his 9th Star Wars novel - it's a fascinating character study of a man who's unique take on the galaxy shaped the lives of countless billions.

Beware, mild spoilers ahead.

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   01 July 2015
Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 84
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Jul 2015 21:14

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

It’s no girls allowed on this episode of "Now, This Is Podcasting!" Your hosts this week are Jason, Randy, Sal, and Jeremy. Make sure to send your Pod People questions to the all new Pod People email: MSWPodPeople@gmail.com! Topics this week include: Star Wars at San Diego Comic-Con, the season premiere of Star Wars Rebels season two, Star Wars Rebels season one DVD/Blu-ray news, details on the packaging of The Force Awakens First Order Stormtrooper Black Series figure, the parentage of Rey, Alan Dean Foster on writing The Force Awakens novelization, Planete Star Wars and more concept art from the French Vanity Fair, new casting information for The Force Awakens, and new TFA art from Russia. Plus, Pod People questions!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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The Metro: Star Wars Rebels Getting Fans in the Mood for The Force Awakens
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Jul 2015 20:55

Mark and I, well mostly Mark, have been writing for the Metro blog for 18 months, but today I got my first full entertainment piece published to tie in with the UK premiere of Star Wars Rebels season two.  Want to know more?  Then take then link below and read on...

Judging by the last teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which incidentally is the most watched trailer ever, December 18 can’t come quick enough for some.

For Star Wars fans around the world 2015 will be a year long remembered, but there’s no need to wait till December for your Star Wars fix as it’s back on our smaller screens this weekend, with the UK premiere of Star Wars Rebels season 2.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Jul 2015 20:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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Star Wars Bookworms #43: Lando’s Sketchbook
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Jul 2015 19:45

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

This month in the Goodreads book club we are reading X-wing: Rogue Squadron. Head on over to Goodreads and join in on the conversation. We read listener emails where one listener sings Teresa’s praises and another totally agrees with Aaron. New Marvel comics are coming. We give our thoughts on the upcoming Lando series and the one-shot Obi-Wan story coming in Star Wars #7. We continue to put off reviewing Heir to the Jedi and instead do a flip-through review of Sabine’s Rebel Sketchbook.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter Facebook

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Star Wars Movie Hysteria Triggers Collectables Market Surge
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Jul 2015 19:36

Could you be sitting on a fortune? Check your attic, you just might be wealthier than you think.

Are you sitting on an Star Wars figurine worth GBP18,000? This is the question being asked by Rareburg.com, the online collectables marketplace, which has teamed up with ITV’s This Morning’ and BBC's Flog it! Antiques, Fashion and Collectables Expert, Tracy Martin and Antiques Expert and TV regular, Eric Knowles to launch free online appraisals for curious treasure hunters.
The dedicated collectables marketplace website have announced the launch of ‘Appraisals’, free functionality that encourages knowledgeable collectors and experts to value items online.
Rareburg have seen unprecedented interest in the collectables market prompted by the impending release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We’re seeing a 150% growth in our collectable toys category in recent months” explains Rareburg’s Marketing Manager, Lucy Clarke. “As well as retro toys, dolls, vintage fashion, film posters and mid-century interiors are all hot-to-trot items right now. With the buyers market so strong, people are digging out their old toys and household items in the hope they’ll stumble upon a gem.”

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Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Fan Art Contest
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Jul 2015 19:03

SEASON TWO FAN ART CONTEST

The Ghost crew. Ahsoka Tano. Darth Vader. Star Wars Rebels has changed the galaxy far, far away forever, and StarWars.com is celebrating the upcoming Season Two with a new contest: We want you to channel your inner Sabine and create the best Star Wars Rebels art you can!

In the official Star Wars Rebels Season Two Fan Art Contest, you can creatively express your love of the heroes, villains, and creatures of the show — and enter for the chance to win cool prizes that would make Vizago jealous. Submit your entries from July 1 – August 31, 2015.

We’d say good luck, but in our experience, there’s no such thing as luck.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

PRIZE PACK INCLUDING $200 CREDIT AT DARKINKART.COM AND MORE!

TWO RUNNER UP WINNERS

PRIZE PACK INCLUDING $100 CREDIT AT DARKINKART.COM AND MORE!

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Sneak Peek Images From LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Premiere Episode
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Jul 2015 18:44

Check out these images that were sent to us via a press email containing scenes from the debut episode of the new five-part, 22 minute episode series LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales that is scheduled to debut on Disney XD on Monday July 6. Click each image for a larger view!

Full of Sith Episode CXXI: The Grab Bag
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Jul 2015 17:28

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

Bryan, Mike, and Amy get together to discuss many topics. First they tackle some blatant misreporting on Rogue One, then move to news from the new toys, and finally tackle a whole host of listener mail.

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

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Official Site: The Further Adventures Of Star Wars: The Essential Atlas
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Jul 2015 16:51

It's one of the most essential guides ever released for Star Wars fans - I know I certainly rely on it heavily while working on Build The Millennium Falcon - and now an update has arrived via Jason Fry over at StarWars.com.

This latest update covers the entirety of the Dark Horse run, the final seasons of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV show, the remaining Legends novels, and rounds up a bunch of stray systems that had escaped us. Huge thanks to Wookieedpedians Hk 47 and Cavalier One for their efforts finding those missing systems, and of course to Leland Chee for vetting everything. (And apologies to anyone I’ve missed.)
The appendix now includes 5,085 systems, up from 4,387 at publication. I’m not naïve enough to think we’ve found every star system hiding in a long-ago RPG supplement or a video-game cut scene, and of course this is an unprecedented era of Star Wars storytelling. So here’s to new star systems, new stories, and Atlas adventures yet to be recounted!

Just got to figure a way to get our little globular cluster in there somewhere...

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Official Site: Building The Mandalorian Speeder, From Imagination To Reality
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Jul 2015 15:25

Join Tom Hutchens as he discusses the creation of the Mandalorian speeder over at StarWars.com.

Tired of Rebels and Imperials getting all the cool vehicles? The Mandalorian Mercs heard you loud and clear, unveiling a full-sized Mandalorian speeder at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Dubbed the Shriek-Hawk (Jai’galaar-class light military speeder, she carries the galaxy’s most feared warriors into battle. This is her story…

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Expanded Fandomverse Episode 031, with Scott Loxley, 501st Hero!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Jul 2015 15:10

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

"Our guest this week is a man who exemplifies the 501st Legion's catch phrase, "The bad guys who do good". Mr Scott Loxley recently completed a 15,000km trek around Australia to raise over $100,000 for the Monash Children's Hospital, and he did it all in his Stormtrooper armor. We sat down to chat with Mr. Loxley about his hardships & adventures along the way, and used our Mind Probe to get to know him better as a Star Wars fan. --- Also in this episode, Dan plays the role of psychologist to dissect Tims aversion to spoilers (and does so without letting any spoilers slip). And speaking of spoilers, we tease a special two part episode of The Expanded Spoilerverse coming soon!"

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

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Jedi News Comic Review: Darth Vader #7
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Jul 2015 14:30
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Book II, Part I

SHADOWS AND SECRETS

Disorder engulfs the galaxy. After the destruction of the Death Star by a mysterious Force-strong rebel pilot, the Sith Lord DARTH VADER was deemed responsible by his master, EMPEROR PALPATINE. Now pursuing his own agenda - the pilot's identity - Vader recruited bounty hunter BOBA FETT and archaeologist DOCTOR APHRA.

Pitted by the Emperor against a new array of rivals for his position in the Empire, Vader's rage at being doubted was compunded by an even more shocking revelation - the rebel pilot he sought was actually the son he never knew he'd had.

Now, alongside Aphra, the Sith Lord returns to his home planet of Tatooine to the former homestead of the pilot, following a trail left behind by Boba Fett and the young Skywalker....

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Disney Names Christine McCarthy As New CFO
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Jul 2015 13:42

After we learned earlier this month that Disney CFO Jay Rasulo would be stepping down from that position to take on an advisory role within the company, it has now been announced that Christine McCarthy has been named Rasulo's successor.

The Walt Disney Co. Tuesday named its long time treasurer, Christine McCarthy, as new chief financial officer and promoted Kevin Mayer to chief strategy officer.

McCarthy succeeds Jay Rasulo, who officially stepped down as CFO Tuesday. Disney announced Rasulo’s resignation on June 1. He’s expected to remain as an advisor to Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger.

The latest announcement should finally end Disney’s high ranking executive shakeup that began earlier this year when Iger named former Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs as chief operating officer, the company’s No. 2 position, promoting him over Rasulo.

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Pfeifer-Con 12 Complete Recap
Reported by MarcZ (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Jul 2015 12:45

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend Pfeifer-Con 12. This was not like other big event cons, this was a private party to showcase a personally owned Star Wars collection. Hosted by Eric Pfeifer, at his home in the Chicago land area, this is the largest Star Wars collection in the Midwest. Check out the full recap of this event here and tune into this week’s episode of Twin Sun Transmission for a full audio recap.

In year's past, a formal welcome presentation followed the initial entrance into the house. This year's Pfeifer-Con was much more relaxed. A welcome video narrated by Tom Kane played on a loop for people to watch as they wondered around the exhibition. Stephen Stanton, Vanessa Marshall, Ashley Eckstein and "The Star Wars Girls" (LeeAnna Vamp and Stacey Bender) also had brief welcomes in this video. It wasn't long before people got the enter the exhibit.
This year, Eric decided to host a Star Wars Trivia Contest. This was the first year for the trivia contest. The trivia contest consisted of 24 questions (3 from each movie including Clone Wars and Rebels) plus 1 bonus question which related to The Force Awakens. The participants were divided into pairs and the questions were delivered verbally. After all the questions were read, the teams swapped papers and then Eric read the questions aloud. Prizes including original art were given away for the top two teams.

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Jogcast Radio: Episode 26: Star Wars Jogcast: Clone Wars Retrospective Part 2
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Jul 2015 11:08

Grab your running shoes, it's time for the Jogcast.

Jogcast Radio returns this week with the second of the Clone Wars Retrospective specials, and this one is an entertaining chat with three brilliant well known members of the Star Wars fan community, and we see their sides of the Clone Wars fandom. We meet Kenny Kraly Jr, a long time listener and friend of Jogcast Radio, and we go through his highly positive view of Star Wars, and all the in between. Then onto Matt Clifton who went to Celebration this past year and even met some of our regular guests such as Ryan Stampfli. Matt is a great fan, and fellow podcaster, and can be found along with our good pal David B. Senden on the Fandom Awakens Radio podcast. We go through his slice of Star Wars and what Clone Wars has done for his fandom, and life in general. Last but not least, we meet David Manderville who has a unique take on what the Clone Wars have done for fandom also. It was great to catch up with him and go through some of the fun things Clone Wars has done for him, in his life and fandom.

Contact Information: Website

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Latest Toy Palace Newsletter
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Jul 2015 09:58

 

Here's the latest news from site sponsor Toy Palace...

After the summer finally finds it's way out and the temperatures rise, we do not want to deprive you of our hottest new items of the last two weeks...

Hasbro's Signature Series Yoda FX Lightsaber is finally available again. Actually a 1:1 copy of the Master Replicas bestseller, the Yoda FX Lightsaber is perhaps the most beautiful of the entire series. Convince yourself why.

New delivery service GLS: Since the Verdi strike, some DHL packages come only very slowly to the customer. As the situation is not relaxing, we decided to send all packages with the GLS to send (except cash on delivery, packing stations and non-EU states). We are grateful for any feedback concerning GLS.

Check out the latest Star Wars items in-stock and to pre-order here!

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Jedi News Comic Review: Princess Leia #5
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Jul 2015 00:00
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PRINCESS LEIA, PART V

Following the destruction of her home planet Alderaan, PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA crosses the galaxy to bring together the survivors of the noble planet. At her side are the trusty pilot EVAAN and the faithful astromech R2-D2 as the team reaches the planet of Espirion and another cluster of Alderaanians.

After learning that Tace, a young girl aboard THE LORD JUNN, has unwittingly been leaking information about their plans to her sister, Tula, a captive of the Imperials, Her Majesty decides to take action.

The Princess agrees to turn herself in to the Empire and their Star Destroyer in exchange for Tula's safe return. Now, on the surface of Skaradosh, Leia's allies prepare a daring final rescue...

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   30 June 2015
The WolfPack Podcast #146: Hasbro Fans Choice Returns
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 23:42

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

On the latest episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Corey, Steve, Dan, Jayson, and Marco discuss the latest Star Wars news including The Hasbro 6 Inch fan poll, The Force Awakens, Star Wars Rebels Season 2, and more!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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SDCC 2015: Topps Star Wars At SDCC
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 23:27

Our great pal Mark Von Ohlen over at Topps has dropped us a line to give us the inside track on their SDCC plans. You can find them in the Lucas Pavilion – Booth 2913-J and they have exclusive merchandise, a giveaway, and demos of 2 products.

Exclusive Merch:

  • We will have 10 sets of oversized cards for sale.
  • Each set will feature 10 classic characters on iconic Topps vintage designs.
  • Each set will cost $20 (tax included).
  • Characters include Luke, Leia, Han, Vader, Boba Fett, Chewie, The Droids, The Empire, The Rebel Alliance, and Yoda.

  • We will be revealing one card from each set every day until SDCC on our Facebook page:
    www.facebook.com/OfficialToppsStarWars using the hashtag #10RevealsIn10Days

Product Demo #1: Star Wars Card Trader App by Topps:

  • Our Topps Star Wars digital team will be on hand to answer all your questions about the new Star Wars Card Trader App by Topps.
  • They will be doing one-on-one Q&A’s as well as live demos.
  • There will also be an exclusive card in the cantina that weekend for SDCC attendees

Product Demo #2: Topps Star Wars Galactic Connexions trading discs:

  • Topps will debut its new collectable discs Galactic Connexions.
  • We will display an array of character from the set and have game demos.
    *More to come after we reveal product details at SDCC*

Giveaway:

  • We will be giving away an exclusive Galactic Connexions disc at the show.
    *More to come once we reach SDCC*

Social Media Overlay:

We will be firing on all cylinders across our social channels, covering the show and letting our fans know when products go on sale, when giveaways happen and when we will be doing product demos.
Our social media tag at the show will be #ToppsTakesSDCC

Follow us here:

  • Topps Star Wars Facebook – www.facebook.com/OfficialToppsStarWars
  • Topps Facebook - www.facebook.com/Topps
  • Topps Twitter - www.twitter.com/ToppsCards
  • Topps Digital Twitter - www.twitter.com/ToppsDigital
  • Topps Instagram - www.Instagram.com/ToppsSports

Star Wars Team Personal Twitter Accounts:

  • Brand Manager – www.twitter.com/DarthVonOhlen
  • Digital Team - www.twitter.com/ToppsSteve www.twitter.com/NeilKleid
  • www.twitter.com/IanHundiak

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Star Wars Characters: What Would They Drive?
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 23:19

Ever wondered, in this age of Mattel designing the ultimate in cool Star Wars cars, what modern vehicles our heroes and villains would drive? Well wonder no more because the answer is right here.

The new Star Wars movie, "The Force Awakens" comes out in December, and the whole world is buzzing with excitement, including us! We got to thinking about what kind of modern vehicle each Star Wars character would drive if they lived on Earth today. We had several great ideas to choose from but narrowed it down to one vehicle that would be perfect for each character. Check it out:

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Tosche Station Radio #120: Siege
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 23:05

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

Tom from Del Rey joins us to break down Star Wars Rebels: Siege of Lothal!

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: Studying Skywalkers: Foils In Dark Disciple
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 22:57

Dan Zehr delves into the characters of the upcoming novel Star Wars: Dark Disciple over at StarWars.com.

A poignant and useful literary device that enhances an audience’s understanding of a particular character is known as a foil. A foil is a character who contrasts with another character in order to create a certain dynamic. There are many wonderful examples of this in the new novel, Dark Disciple, by Christie Golden. The two main protagonists, Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos, both have qualities that embody heroism, but feature very different approaches in how they accomplish their goals. When juxtaposing the two, the reader is able to learn more about each character. How they respond to similar situations illuminates their differences, enhances their similarities, and embodies the powerful dynamic their interactions have with one another.

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Star Wars Rebels: The Ultimate Guide On Disney XDUK
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 22:49

Great news comes our way via Jedi News reader Kamino Ghost regarding a new Star Wars Rebels programme.

Just thought I'd let you know that Star Wars Rebels: The Ultimate Guide will Premiere on July 2nd at 16.00pm on Disney XDUK with a further repeat at 18.00pm. Happy Viewing!

Radio Free Tatooine Episode 35: Goosebumps Moments
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 22:41

It’s time to join Sean & John for Radio Free Tatooine, the Star Wars podcast that’s better than some, worse than others.

In this episode, we take a look at the moments of the Star Wars saga that make us lose our breath. Whether it’s a perfect Han Solo line, a terrifying revelation, or just an amazing spectacle, we cover all the most emotional scenes of the Star Wars Saga in this installment. Also, new video game release news, a solid launch date for Rebels on Blu-Ray, and a look inside the mysterious First Order!

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Mile High Comics Reveal Their Star Wars #7-12 Ongoing Variants
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 21:00


Mile High Comics
Star Wars #7 Variant

Mile High Comics have revealed the cover art to their exclusive variants for Star Wars #7 through #12.

As described by Chuck of Mile High Comics:
The finished version of our exclusive Mile High Comics variant cover to STAR WARS (2015) #7 arrived today, and I am extremely happy with how it turned out! Illustrating space scenes with black backgrounds is always difficult, but we felt that having our next six issues combine into one massive attack on the Death Star was such a cool concept, that we were willing to take the risk. As things turned out, we needn't have worried. The added reds and browns in this beautiful cover painted exactly the kind of muted contrast we had hoped to achieve. Woo!




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Toys 'R' Us UK Midnight Madness on Force Friday
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 20:12

We met with our friends and site sponsors Toys 'R' Us UK earlier today, and had a very productive meeting.

Whilst we can't share details of everything discussed, we're delighted to tell you that a select number of Toys 'R' Us UK stores will be taking part in Midnight Madness on Force Friday, September 4th 2015.

News about participating stores and other details will be made available as soon as they're confirmed, and we hope to see you there!

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New Star Wars Artist Stuart Immonen talks Joining the Ongoing with Marvel.com
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 19:45



Acclaimed artist Stuart Immonen joins Marvel's flagsip Star Wars ongoing comic series, beginning with Issue 8.  He has sat down for a short Q & A with Marvel.com to talk about taking on this assisnment, as well as presenting a preview of what to expect from Issue 8.

Here is a brief preview of their article, but be sure to hit the link to read the full interview and see the complete sketchbook.  A second part to this sketchbook will be presented on starwars.com soon.


Preview of Star Wars #8

Marvel.com: Stuart, how excited did you get when asked to take on STAR WARS? What made you say yes?

Stuart Immonen: When editor Jordan White called to ask me to come on board, I’m not sure he finished his sentence before I’d already agreed. There was simply no question that the answer would be anything other than yes; Jason Aaron’s an amazing writer and I’m thrilled to finally be collaborating with him. I haven’t worked with [inker] Wade [Von Grawbadger] and [colorist] Justin [Ponsor] together on a series since ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN and they are the one-two punch that [convinces] readers I’m more skilled than I really am.

And, well, Star Wars.


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SDCC 2015: Hallmark Product Details & Booth Plans Announced
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 19:41

A few months ago, Hallmark revealed their 2015 Event Exclusive items that would be available for fans to purchase at SDCC and NY Comic Con. The Star Wars related items include a U-3PO and R5-D4 Keepsake Ornament 2-pack and a Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite itty bitty 2-pack.

Today Hallmark has posted additional product details and information on various activities that will be taking place at their booth during SDCC.

Activities at the Hallmark Booth

"We're thrilled to return to Comic-Con to interact with our passionate fans," says Beth Dorr, Hallmark Licensing. "We invite convention goers to stop by the Hallmark booth for sneak peeks of our upcoming products and all the usual fun that fans have come to expect from us."

Visitors to Hallmark's booth in the Lucasfilm Pavilion will walk into a stylized version of Hoth to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Fans can collect a series of five buttons featuring Keepsake Ornaments that will be handed out for free while quantities last. The button series features Star Wars designs with a limited quantity of one design given away each day of Comic-Con.

An official schedule of all Hallmark fan activities at Comic-Con International will be available at the Hallmark booth in the Star Wars Pavilion, located at Booth 2913-X in the Exhibit Hall.

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New The Force Awakens Promo Artwork On Children's Basketball Hoop
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 16:48

Now this is pretty cool. Our friends over at Star Wars 7 News have received word about an Episode VII children's basketball hoop currently up for auction on eBay that contains some awesome promo artwork featuring various characters from The Force Awakens on the packaging. Check it out via the supplied source link below.

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LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Premieres July 6 On Disney XD
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 15:53

The following email press release was just sent to us a short time ago pertaining to the debut of the new animated series LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales that will be arriving next week on Disney XD.

As always, in the spirit of keeping you in the loop with what’s new and exciting with LEGO, I want to share that the brand new series LEGO® Star Wars™: Droid Tales premieres Monday, July 6th at 6:30pm* on Disney XD.

LEGO Star Wars™: Droid Tales is a LEGO animated miniseries that retells the stories of the Star Wars universe in chronological order from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace up through Star Wars Episode VII: Return of the Jedi, through the eyes of C-3PO and R2-D2. Rooted in the humor and excitement that can only be conveyed through the LEGO brick, the five-part, 22 min episode series is a great resource for fans, families and first-timers to catch up and gear up for the next movie!

Synopsis of the first (must-see) episode:

Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, C-3PO and R2-D2 have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing and suddenly viewers are taken on a new adventure that leads to encounters with familiar faces and places that prompt the re-telling of the entire saga. The series offers all of the playful humor that viewers expect from LEGO Star Wars.

*Check local listings

Pinewood Reports Record Annual Revenue For Financial Year Ending March 31
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 14:06

It probably comes as no surprise to anyone, but Pinewood announced reported record annual revenue on Tuesday after production on a few blockbuster fims including The Force Awakens and Avengers: Age of Ultron helped their financial bottom line.

Pinewood Group, which runs production facilities in several countries, reported record annual revenue on Tuesday. The company received a boost from hosting “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and the 24th Bond film “Spectre.”

Revenue for the financial year ending March 31 was £75 million ($118 million), compared with £64.1 million ($101 million) the previous year. Operating profit stood at £5.8 million ($9.11 million), compared with £4.9 million ($7.7 million) the year before.

The company can expect to see a further jump in revenue at its flagship U.K. site, Pinewood Studios, once its expansion program, known as the Pinewood Studios Development Framework, sees the completion of its first phase, which is now underway. The Pinewood Studios Development Framework will add 1 million sq ft of new facilities, including 10 large stages with supporting workshops, production offices and infrastructure.

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UPDATED: Lucasfilm Launches Dedicated The Force Awakens Website
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 13:09

I'm not sure if you've already seen this or when it actually went live (it's new to my eyes), but Lucasfilm has launched a website dedicated to the release of The Force Awakens. The content currently posted on the site includes the teaser trailers and assorted photos that are also available on the Episode VII section listed under the Films category on the official StarWars.com site.

The dedicated site also contains two high resolution images that you can download - the official TFA logo and a shot of the Millennium Falcon in action.

Be sure to bookmark this site and here's hoping new content is uploaded to it on a regular basis as December 18 draws closer and closer.

UPDATE: Turns out this Episode VII website has been up and running for quite some time now (since November) Lucasfilm's Matt Martin told me on Twitter.

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In-Hand Boxed Photos Of SDCC 2015 6-Inch The Force Awakens First Order Stormtrooper
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 12:32

When I arrived home from work last night, I found a small brown shipping package waiting for me on my doorstep. What was contained within the package you ask? A SDCC 2015 Hasbro 6-inch The Force Awakens First Order Stormtrooper, that's what! Check out a few boxed photos I took of the figure. For those who know my Star Wars collecting mode of operation (and for those who do not), I am a MOC/MIB collector, so unfortunately you won't be getting any loose photos of this figure from me. You can check out a few loose photos of this 6-inch beauty via this earlier post.

And in case you missed it earlier, the First Order trooper theme continues in this post with a link to the promo display sign spotted at F.Y.E. over the weekend.

Huge thanks to Hasbro for sending over this amazing figure.

UPDATE 3: Hasbro Fan Poll - You Choose: The Black Series 6"
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 12:13

Here's the Jedi News final top 20 of collated votes for the Star Wars Fans' Choice poll for a 6-inch scale figure for The Black Series (voting closed at noon).

We had votes for 152 different characters over the last week and the top 6 will be passed on to Hasbro so they can be collated with the other sites that took part. The top 6 have remained the same since the start of our poll, and our winner Darth Revan beat the Gamorrean Guard by just three votes!  Six of the final top 20 characters are from Legends, including our winner, Darth Revan.  We don't know what Hasbro will have to say about the Max Rebo Band (as a three pack or deluxe), so if they exclude this we'll either suggest Max Rebo by himself or promote Sabine to position 6 - we'll let you know what they say.

  1. Darth Revan
  2. Gamorrean Guard
  3. Ahsoka - The Clone Wars (Second Outfit)
  4. Asajj Ventress - Dark Disciple Bounty Hunter
  5. Emperor's Royal Guard
  6. Max Rebo Band (Sy, Droopy and Max)
  7. Sabine Wren (with/without helmet)
  8. Obi-Wan Kenobi - Episode IV
  9. Imperial Snowtrooper
  10. Mara Jade - Heir to the Empire
  11. Lando Calrissian - Skiff Guard
  12. Grand Admiral Thrawn
  13. Starkiller - The Force Unleashed
  14. Cad Bane
  15. Captain Rex - Phase II
  16. Jaxxon
  17. Princess Leia Episode IV
  18. Chopper
  19. Darth Talon
  20. Plo Koon

Thanks for voting here and don't forget that launching at 5pm (GMT) on 2nd July at StarWars.com will be the final voting stage where you can choose your favourite from all the Star Wars fan sites taking part. The winning character will be announced at Hasbro’s Star Wars panel on 10th July at San Diego Comic-Con International.

Official Site: Star Wars Rebels: What’s in a Name?
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Jun 2015 11:38

Here's my latest blog piece at the Official Site that looks at the names of the characters in Star Wars Rebels - a blog piece over 15 months in the making. 

My wife Sarah is fascinated by names — the traditions associated with naming a child, the trends that names go through, and the meanings of names and their various translations in different languages.

All interesting stuff, but why is this relevant to Star Wars? Sarah joined me for this first time at a toy fair in New York early last year, and she noticed something that I hadn’t — in fact, it was something that nobody else outside the Lucasfilm Story Group had, that the character names from Star Wars Rebels seemed to be inspired by historical and biblical names. I wasn’t able to confirm this directly with Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg until the press conference at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim in April.

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   29 June 2015
New Cover Art for Marvels Star Wars #7 Released
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 29 Jun 2015 23:00



PreviewsWorld has updated with new cover art for the 29th July Marvel Comic release, Star Wars #7.

This is the special flash back issue delving into the history of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Click on the images to see full size versions.


John Cassaday Sketch



Simone Bianchi Variant



Action Figure Variant



Tony Moore Variant


Thanks to our friend Florian over at Jedi Bibliothek for making us aware of the new covers.


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Original Star Wars Comics Come to Brazillian Market
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 29 Jun 2015 21:35



Brazillian publisher Editora Abril has announced that it will be releasing all six Star Wars films as 64 page comic books featuring all new and original art. 

This is part of a wider programme of Star Wars graphic novels, reference guides, childrens books/magazines, and manga art to be released beginning in July from the publisher.

     

Written by Alessandro Ferrari, with art from Matteo Piana and Igor Chimisso, the first comic to be released on the 10th of July 2015 will be Uma Nova Esperança [A New Hope] priced at $12.00 and running 64 pages in length.

The art is simply gorgeous, and Abril have released the following preview images for you to enjoy.  Click on each image to see the full page view.




Coming later in the Autumn will be adaptations of O Império Contra-Ataca [The Empire Strikes Back] and O Retorno de Jedi [Return of the Jedi.]

It is our understanding that versions of these comics will be published in other foreign language markets, but as yet we have no word on whether these comics will be released in the UK or USA.

Thank you to Eddie at Star Wars Timeline and Florian at Jedi Bibliothek for researching these comics with me.

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REPORT: New Star Wars Game By Visceral Games To Mimic Uncharted Style
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 29 Jun 2015 21:14

While any real concrete details on the development of a brand new Star Wars game by Visceral Games continue to remain under wraps as of the time of this latest update, we do get the following tidbit of info on the reported overall style and feel of the game courtesy of an article posted on IGN.

Visceral Games' upcoming Star Wars title will be "in the style of Uncharted," according to voice actor Nolan North.

During a panel at Metricon 2015 (via NeoGAF), the voice of Nathan Drake shared a few details about the upcoming game, which former Uncharted writer Amy Hennig is working on over at Electronic Arts.

"If you're a big fan of Amy Hennig with her styles of stories, the big thing about her is that she's gone to EA and is going to reboot a brand new Star Wars franchise in the style of Uncharted and I happen to know a lot about it and it's gonna be awesome," North said.

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Star Wars Weekends Music Sets Available Online
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 29 Jun 2015 20:04



Friend of the site, and DJ extraordinaire for both Star Wars Celebration and Star Wars Weekends, DJ Elliot, has made available on-line for free his complete mixes for all of his sets at Star Wars Weekends.  So whether you have Star Wars Weekends withdrawals or missed this years amazing shows, here is your chance to expereince part of the atmosphere from the 2015 weekends.

Follow the link to the Dropbox files here.


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IndyCast Episode 213
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 29 Jun 2015 18:33

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, rumours of Indy 5 return – albeit briefly, the greatest movie character of all time is announced, Official IndyCast correspondent Mitch Hallock goes head to head with Shia LeBeouf, I review the recently released Raiders: The Adaptation with new Flying Wing scene DVD and we have more of your great emails!

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Official Site: Peel the Force of Star Wars Sticker Albums, Part 2
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 29 Jun 2015 13:56

Even though he's away on a well earned holiday, here's a blog just published at the Official Site that Mark prepared before he left. Never one stuck for ideas, here's the second part of his look at Star Wars Sticker Albums in the UK.

For many British kids, these stickers were as much a part of the Star Wars experience as Palitoy, Action Transfers, and Star Wars Weekly, giving us the chance to build up our knowledge and access to the film in the days before the Internet and instant availability we enjoy today. Now we leap forward to the end of the millennia and The Phantom Menace.

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UPDATE 2: Hasbro Fan Poll - You Choose: The Black Series 6"
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 29 Jun 2015 10:00

Here's the current Top 20, with less than 26 hours of voting to go here at Jedi News, for the Star Wars Fans' Choice poll for a 6-inch scale figure for The Black Series!

For the first time, all Star Wars characters are eligible for the poll, EXCEPT characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Whilst the top 6 remain the same as Friday, the order has been changed with Darth Revan now beating the Gamorrean Guard, and Ahsoka overtaking Asajj Venress. Four of the top 20 characters are from Legends.

  • Darth Revan
  • Gamorrean Guard
  • Ahsoka - The Clone Wars (Second Outfit)
  • Asajj Ventress - Dark Disciple Bounty Hunter
  • Max Rebo Band (Sy, Droopy and Max)
  • Emperor's Royal Guard
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi - Episode IV
  • Mara Jade - Heir to the Empire
  • Lando Calrissian - Skiff Guard
  • Sabine Wren
  • Grand Admiral Thrawn
  • Imperial Snowtrooper
  • Princess Leia Episode IV
  • Starkiller - The Force Unleashed
  • Captain Rex - Phase II
  • Chopper
  • Plo Koon
  • Cad Bane
  • Darth Maul - The Clone Wars
  • Jaxxon

If you've still not voted, you have until midday (GMT) on Tuesday 30th June - that's tomorrow - to send in your top 3 requests to us by e-mail using this special e-mail address here.  After that we'll collate our results, and send them to Hasbro.  

Launching at 5pm (GMT) on 2nd July on StarWars.com you can choose your favourite from all the Star Wars fan sites taking part, and the winning character will be announced at Hasbro’s Star Wars panel on 10th July at San Diego Comic-Con International.

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   28 June 2015
SDCC 2015: Sunday Programming Schedule
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2015 18:41

The programming schedule for Sunday at SDCC 2015 has been officially posted. And while there aren't any specific Star Wars related events planned for Sunday, there is at least one panel that we think you'll want to make sure to attend if you are there, and it's listed below.

For the programming schedules for Wednesday thru Saturday at SDCC, take the respective links below.

Wednesday/Thursday

Friday

Saturday

2015: Greatest Geek Year Ever?

Could 2015 be the greatest geek year ever? This panel of geeksperts salivate with excitement and have their midichlorian count awakened with Star Wars: Episode 7, get back into Bondage for Spectre, unearth Jurassic World, and will be back for Terminator: Genisys. These special executives for coolness, titillation, retorts, and excitement join forces to ponder whether 2015 will be a new benchmark for sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, and horror, or a bust. Moderator savvy Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) is joined by erudite Edward Gross (The 50 Year Mission), rocking Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, The Hills Run Red), scintillating Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels), ass-kicking Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X: Men: First Class, Power Rangers), charming Charles de Lauzirkia (Crave, Alien Anthology), mighty Marc Bernardin (Playboy) and marvelous Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Agent X). Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm Room 25ABC

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The Force Awakens First Order Stormtrooper Promo Display Sign At F.Y.E.
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2015 17:34

In what could possibly be the first sighting of official The Force Awakens marketing material at a retail location (at least here in my neck of the woods in NY), check out this awesome First Order Stormtrooper promo display sign that I found at one of my local F.Y.E. stores (F.Y.E. = For Your Entertainment).

The sales clerk that I spoke to said they received this sign about 2-3 weeks ago, so hopefully this ushers in the arrival of more Episode VII retail displays very soon!

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