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PINNED: RADIO 1138: Episode 47
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jun 2016 16:01
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   Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Cloud City Cantina #52: C3 talking E3 and Battlefront Bespin DLC
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2016 21:56
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Fantasy Flight Games: The Interdictor
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2016 21:28

Fantasy Flight Games bring us the latest release for Star Wars: Armada, the Interdictor Expansion Pack.

From the website:

Do you want to win your very own fleet for Star Wars™: Armada? Do you want to win free copies of the expansions from Wave III and Wave IV? Then get ready to process the material from today's preview of the Interdictor Expansion Pack, as well as the information you will get from tomorrow's preview of the Liberty Expansion Pack!
Because we at Fantasy Flight Games are so excited about all the different ways that Waves III and IV are bound to impact your Armada fleet battles, we recently announced the Star Wars: Armada Fleet Commander Contest, challenging you to impress our developers with creative fleet builds. Specifically, we want to see fleet builds that make clever and efficient use of the new Wave III and Wave IV materials.
You can read all about the Star Wars: Armada Fleet Commander Contest elsewhere, but the fact remains: in order to facilitate your fleet-building, we need to reveal all the new Wave III and Wave IV contents. To that end, we have already previewed all the Wave III contents in our articles, "Support Your Squadrons. Support Your Fleet." and "A Different Sort of Strength." Now, we turn our attention to Wave IV, starting with a look at the Galactic Empire's newest ship, all its new upgrades, and some of the many strategies they may enable.

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Game Informer Reviews LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2016 20:46

Today brings us the release of TT Games' LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game and accompanying Prima Games Official Strategy Guide. The folks over at Game Informer have posted their in-depth review of the game in which they give it an overall Silver grade of 8.5.

I never thought I would say this, but Star Wars fans should play a Lego game for new Star Wars canon. After finishing up my playthrough of Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I walked away with a better understanding of who Lor San Tekka is, and how he obtained the map leading to Luke Skywalker. I also learned more about two of Maz Kanata’s patrons, and the vital role they played in thwarting the First Order’s bid for galactic domination. The game also gives us a good look at Han Solo and Chewbacca’s smuggling operations, and lets us play through their hunting expedition for the ravenous rathtars. C-3PO’s red arm, Poe Dameron’s rescue of Admiral Ackbar, and more dangling plot points are explained in fun adventures that are surprisingly faithful to the feature film's core content.

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The News From Anchorhead - June 28th, 2016
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2016 20:41
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R2-KT Summer
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2016 20:34

R2-KT's man servant Albin Johnson returns with news of a returning fan-favourite patch that can be yours, but only if you hurry.

Hey gang, due to requests, we're doing a short run of Olaf and R2-KT patches from two years ago. Just $7 each free shipping PayPal to r2kt@r2kt.com

Also: from now until July 4th we're offering KT fans a BOGO (buy one-get one) deal on patches if you use the coupon code. Where's the coupon? KT hid it on her website! It's not hard to find - just click on the pages to find it. Drop the code in the PayPal transaction notes to redeem.

So for all patches (except the puzzle patch) feel free to rack up on patches you missed and save some dough. We're just clearing the bins!

Check out all the swag here

Have a great summer!

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Official Site: Star Wars In The UK: Star Wars Weekly #10
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2016 20:11

My latest blog over at StarWars.com arrives, looking at the 10th weekly issue of Marvels UK Star wars comic back on 12th April 1978.

1978. For British Star Wars fans that was the year where the power of the Force truly arrived. Despite a vast percentage of the cast and crew being from the UK and the interior scenes being shot at Elstree, Pinewood and Shepperton studios in and around London the film had taken seven months to make the galactically short trip across the Atlantic to our shores. And by the time the 10th issue of the UK Star Wars Weekly landed in newsagents across the country Star Wars was already a worldwide phenomenon. However, there were positives and negatives. A negative was that our international friends had a good few months’ head start in soaking up the cosmic awesomeness of Star Wars. A positive was that we had far less time to wait for The Empire Strikes Back to arrive…

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Entertainment Weekly Posts High Resolution Versions Of Their Rogue One Images
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2016 19:47

Last week Entertainment Weekly provided fans with a collection of Rogue One images (and several other exclusive articles about the film and it's characters) to celebrate the film being featured in their latest issue. Today they have updated their website with high resolution versions of those images suitable for desktop wallpaper candidates.

Last week, EW debuted new images from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, showcasing the tropical world where a pivotal throwdown between the Empire and the Rebellion will take place. The photos also showed off new perspectives on the Rebel squad trying to steal the Death Star plans, while giving fans some new mysteries to ponder as the Dec. 16 release date nears.

For those looking to immerse themselves further (or re-wallpaper their phone, laptop, or tablet), we present the images again in larger format. Just click to embiggen. Enjoy!

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SDCC 2016: Exclusive Entertainment Earth Premium Edition Vac-Metal C-3PO 18-Inch Big Figure
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2016 18:12

Entertainment Earth has revealed that they will be selling a Jakks Pacific The Force Awakens Premium Edition Vac-Metal C-3PO 18-Inch Big Figure as a SDCC 2016 exclusive. The figure costs $60 and can only be purchased from the Entertainment Earth booth at SDCC (Booth #2343).

Entertainment Earth Convention Exclusive! From Jakks Pacific's Big Fig 20-inch scale collection - and available only at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343 at San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 - this limited edition Star Wars: The Force Awakens Premium Edition Vac-Metal C-3PO 18-Inch Big Figs(TM) Action Figure - Convention Exclusive is a shiny gold robot boasting 7-points of articulation. His chrome finish is as shiny as you please, with a red arm to honor his fallen friend from the days following his adventures on Endor. C-3PO comes packaged in an amazing premium edition box featuring an exquisite Resistance symbol backdrop and gold foil highlights.

At 18-inches tall, this Entertainment Earth Exclusive is the first time a C-3PO action figure has been offered with his classic reflective finish at this scale. It's like a mini-replica of the suit Anthony Daniels wears in the film, so you can almost hear his voice in your head! You'll thank Jakks when you bring home this Resistance spymaster and famous translator.

NOTE: This item will only be sold at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343. It will not be for sale on our website at any time.

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Star Wars Report #228: Breaking Breznican
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2016 17:34
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Official Site: The Bricks Are Calling To You: Inside LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2016 17:01

Over at StarWars.com Dan Brooks brings us a look inside the awesome looking LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Beginning with the release of 2005’s LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game, the LEGO Star Wars series has become one of the most popular gaming franchises set in a galaxy far, far away. There are many reasons for this. LEGO Star Wars games combine the creativity of LEGO building with the action and drama of Star Wars, neither outweighing the other. Their controls are intuitive, whether you’re a lightsaber-wielding Jedi or bowcaster-carrying Wookiee. And they’re completely hilarious. (In just one of many, many examples, see LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, in which Artoo initially refuses to accept the Death Star plans from Princess Leia. In response, she just lifts up his dome and angrily throws them in. It’s in-character and really kind of brilliant.) But most importantly, LEGO Star Wars games are really, really fun, plain and simple, exemplifying a true all-ages take on the saga. They’re games for everyone and, finally, the next chapter is here.

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SDCC 2016: Exclusive Gentle Giant Farmboy Luke Skywalker Yellow & Brown Hair Jumbo Figures
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2016 16:38

Gentle Giant has announced that they will be offering two different Farmboy Luke Skywalker Jumbo Figures as exclusives for SDCC this year - a Yellow haired Luke version and a Brown haired Luke version. Both figures carry an $80 price tag and can be pre-ordered right now by current Premier Guild members (you must be logged into your PG account in order to add the figures to your cart). All pre-orders will be shipped to customers shortly after SDCC has ended.

Because YOU demanded it; the long sold out “Farm Boy Luke” is available again. Now with paint and packaging matching the original 1983 Return of the Jedi action figure. This low run edition was made for the die-hard collectors or those that missed the first release. Most importantly; it’s for you, the fans and collectors that told us “I had this when I was a kid!” Digitally scanned from original 3 ¾” Kenner figure and enlarged to 1:6 scale, no detail has been overlooked. Roto-cast and injection molded from durable plastics, this fully-articulated jumbo figure includes a faithfully re-produced plastic yellow lightsaber that extends from his right arm. To further capture the vintage vibe, Gentle Giant packages their figures on an era-accurate Return of the Jedi backer card using all original photos and artwork. Always designed with the collector in mind, the figure comes in a re-sealable plastic outer clam shell for years of enjoyment and display. Collectors around the world have noted hair color paint variations of their original action figures. Making either “Yellow” or “Brown Hair” Luke Skywalker figures highly sought after collectibles. Both are now available here in “jumbo” scale, but act fast, only 250 pieces of each will be produced!

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Official Site: The Playlist: Jabba The Hutt
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2016 16:36

Bryan Young returns to StarWars.com with his latest installment of the playlist, this time looking at the ultimate vile gangster, Jabba the Hutt.

Jabba the Hutt, godfather of the galaxy and host to aliens of a thousand worlds, is one of the most important secondary characters in the Star Wars galaxy. He oversaw the Boonta Eve podrace that Anakin won, relentlessly hunted Han Solo through the course of the original trilogy, and played a significant part in galactic events through all points in between.
For today’s playlist, we’re going to take a look at the sweep of Jabba’s life, from his first appearance in the saga to his last breath.

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Full of Sith Episode CLXXII: Saw Gerrera
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2016 15:54
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SDCC 2016: Exclusive Hot Wheels Death Star Trench Run Set
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2016 15:31

It was reported earlier this month that Hot Wheels would be offering an exclusive Star Wars themed item for SDCC 2016 priced at $50.00. Via our friends at Yakface, we now have official product details on this exclusive item courtesy of an update posted today on the Yahoo! Movies site. Check out the info below and then take the source link for close-up images of the cars contained in the set.

Luke vs. Vader in the Death Star trench run. It’s one of the most iconic scenes of the Star Wars saga, and for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the climactic confrontation of A New Hope is getting transformed. Yahoo Movies has the exclusive sneak peek at Mattel’s Hot Wheels version of the seminal Star Wars moment. Click through for a detailed look at the set, which can be preordered on Mattel’s mattycollector.com and will be available on site at Comic-Con July 21-24 for $50.

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NYCC 2016: 100 Days To Go
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2016 12:29

2016 is just flying by as we're already approaching the halfway point in the year. And you know what that means - NY Comic Con is on the horizon and will be upon us before you know it. In fact, today we are officially 100 days out from the convention (as of the time of this posting). Hopefully you were able to complete your Fan Verification Profile and submit it before the stated deadline and are on your way towards purchasing your tickets.

See you all at the Javits Center!

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Hot Wheels Unveils Star Wars Celebration Exclusive
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jun 2016 10:49

Our friends at Mattel have unveiled their Star Wars Celebration Exclusive...

Mattel UK, 28th June: Star Wars fans can speed through the galaxy with the new Hot Wheels Star Wars Prototype Armour Boba Fett Character Car, a European exclusive to London’s Star Wars Celebration event in July. 

Star Wars fans admire the infamous galactic bounty hunter Boba Fett, but true enthusiasts know of a 1978 video test in which the character was presented as a “super trooper” in a sleek, all-white outfit.  The concept evolved into the colourful costume he wears in The Empire Strikes Back, but Star Wars collectors have always held Boba Fett’s prototype armour in high regard.

To commemorate the early conception of one of cinema’s most popular characters, Hot Wheels has created a new look for the Boba Fett Character Car.  Complete with an all-white colour palette, twin turbo engines, a rear jet pack and several of the bounty hunter’s weapons extending from the hood, this exclusive Character Car is a must-have for Hot Wheels and Star Wars collectors alike.

“I am a huge fan of Star Wars, so to get the opportunity to recreate classic characters as part of my job is a huge honour,” said Bryan Benedict, Senior Hot Wheels Designer.  “I am excited to be amongst the fans and to unveil our exclusive Boba Fett car that I designed as a rat rod, because to me Boba Fett is basically a walking rat rod - with his banged up helmet and cool attitude.  But this is a rat rod with super-advanced technology, and, in the case of our Celebration exclusive, he’s been given a pristine white paint scheme to match the prototype armour.”

To get your hands on this Hot Wheels exclusive, visit the Hot Wheels stand (S502) where Bryan will be present Saturday morning for a special car signing.  Also look out for the Hot Wheels panel at the Behind the Scenes Stage Saturday afternoon, where Bryan will provide a preview of the upcoming autumn/winter Hot Wheels Star Wars die cast line.  Bryan will also explain the exciting design process of a Hot Wheels Character Car and poll the audience on what they would like next year’s Hot Wheels Star Wars Celebration exclusive car to be.

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   Monday, June 27, 2016
Star Wars Action News Episode 478: House of Cards
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jun 2016 23:40
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Fantasy Flight Games: Red Leader Standing By
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jun 2016 22:28

Fantasy Flight Games bring us coloured bases and pegs, so you can customise your Star Wars: X-Wing™ Miniatures Game.

From the website:

"Red Leader standing by."
–Wedge Antilles

Ever wanted to fly with the X-wing aces of Red Squadron? Or strap yourself into the cockpit of an A-wing and fly alongside Arvel Crynyd and the other members of Green Squadron? Well, you will soon have your chance… Six different colored bases and pegs for X-Wing™ are scheduled for U.S. release this Thursday!

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Official Site: Parenting Padawans: 5 Star Wars Gems For Family Game Night
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jun 2016 21:32

Keeping the kids occupied can be as arduous as overseeing the Empire and the latest Parenting Padawans from Jamie Greene gives a handful of good ideas how to keep them busy over at StarWars.com.

To say there have been a lot of Star Wars games over the years is almost a laughable understatement. There have been dozens of tabletop games since the original movie came out. Some of them are basic roll-and-move games; some are incredibly complicated and take hours to play. Some are truly excellent games; others, not so much. Over the years, especially during the ’80s and early ’90s, there was a glut of games with the Star Wars name attached that didn’t exactly inspire a lot of love among gamers. Many were either simple kids games or more familiar games that licensed the Star Wars brand and just slapped an image of Darth Vader on the packaging.

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Lattes with Leia Show #6: Debate This
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jun 2016 20:16
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Sneak Peek At Prima Games LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Strategy Guide
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jun 2016 18:50

In advance of the game arriving for purchase online and at retail stores tomorrow, Prima Games has posted a few preview pages from their LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Stategy Guide on their website. If you've ever purchased any of the LEGO video games released by TT Games in the past, you know how invaluable a tool these official guides from Prima Games can be. Check out their preview pages at the source link below and be sure to add the guide to your shopping cart (either virtual or physical) tomorrow!

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Finding Home In Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jun 2016 18:29

Over at Cantina Cast Kat ponders just what 'home' means for the denizens of the Star Wars galaxy.

When we think of our favorite Star Wars characters, we generally think of their travels and adventures rather than their domesticity, or lack thereof. But the idea of “home” has been on my mind a lot lately, and my ruminations on the state of my own home have led me to wonder where “home” is for the heroes of Star Wars.
To give you some context, I moved out of my childhood home as soon as I was old enough, and I have moved three times in the last five years (with another looming in the next year or so). To complicate things, I have been struggling with depression for some time now, and at my lowest points I sometimes find myself wanting to just “go home.” But in those moments, dismay inevitably follows as I realize I don’t know where “home” is anymore. Perhaps it’s been on my mind even more as I have, for two months now, traveled the length and breadth of the U.S.A. on an extended road trip. While not quite the “world tour” Mike Rondeau dubbed it, by the time I end my trip I will have driven almost 10,000 miles visiting family and friends, living from guest bedroom to guest bedroom, couch to campsite to hotel, constantly moving. Though I am back in my own country for a time (I live in Japan), I am living as a vagabond. But it seems to me most of our Star Wars heroes, too, are vagabonds. Leia’s planet of Alderaan was destroyed, and the Senate was dissolved. Luke left Tatooine, and Han, too, left Corellia. And Chewbacca, presumably, was taken from Kashyyyk, and we know he rarely returns. At least our Prequel Trilogy Jedi had a kind of home on Coruscant at the Jedi Temple. But they, too, would have mostly come from all over the galaxy, having left behind families they would have barely known. And with the Jedi creed against attachments, could the Jedi Temple, or even Coruscant, really have felt like home?

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Sideshow Acme Archives Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom Art Print Pre-Order
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jun 2016 17:37

The officially licensed Acme Archives Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Art Print that was announced several days ago is now up for pre-order on the Sideshow Collectibles website. The print is available in two options - unframed at the price of $90.00 or $240.00 for a framed print.

Print details:

  • Hand-numbered limited edition of 295
  • 18x24" fine art giclée print
  • An authorized, automated penciled signature
  • Certificate of Authenticity

Frame details:

  • Recycled Polystyrene Moulding (Black and Faux Leather)
  • Custom intricate double mat design (Ash Brown and Chestnut)
  • Framing grade acrylic
  • Wire hanger: No additional hardware required
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Wampa's Lair #187: Bloodline and the Big 3
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jun 2016 17:10
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New Zealand Star Wars Coin Collections
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jun 2016 16:37

From the New Zealand mint, another series of amazing coins featuring characters from The Force Awakens.

New Zealand Mint is thrilled to announce two major new officially licensed Star WarsTM coin collections. The Star Wars Classic collection highlights many of the great characters associated with this cultural phenomenon. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens collection shows engraved and coloured illustrations of the key characters appearing in the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens film.

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Star Wars Celebration Europe: Malcolm Tween Print Available For Pre-Order
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jun 2016 10:02

Star Wars artist Malcolm Tween has an exclusive new print coming to Star Wars Celebration in London next month. The British artist who recently illustrated the popular set of twelve official Royal Mail Star Wars special character stamps, created the new print especially for the show. Officially licensed by Lucasfilm and limited to only 250 signed and numbered copies, 'Graveyard of Giants' will be available exclusively at Star Wars Celebration Europe, July 15th - 17th at the London ExCel Exhibition Centre.

The print can be pre-ordered online until July 1st via the link below, for pickup at the show. Click on the image above for a closer look at this wonderful piece, and listen to RADIO 1138 later today for an interview with Malcolm.

Malcolm will be attending all three days of the show, and can be found in the Celebration Art Show area, as well as signing Star Wars stamps on the Royal Mail stand. For up to date information, follow his twitter account @malcolmtween

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Best Star Wars Mash-Ups
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jun 2016 08:18
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After a phenomenally successful run,The Force Awakens finally left US cinemas on the 2nd of June, having taken $1 billion in global box office receipts faster than any previous film, and stimulating interest in this already hugely popular franchise. Disney and Lucasfilm must be happy bunnies indeed.

With a generation-spanning fan base, it's hardly surprising to find the Star Wars universe cosying up to other cult franchises. Sometimes they are expected, others very, very unexpected. Let's explore some of the standout mashups that have been generated as a result of these often widely inventive collaborations.

   Sunday, June 26, 2016
Sixteen Minutes Of Battlefront Bespin DLC
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Jun 2016 23:00

IGN have sixteen minutes of high res gameplay from Battlefront's new Bespin themed DLC.  Check it out below:



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Episode VIII Could Include A Minion!
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Jun 2016 22:59

Yes, you read that right Episode VIII could feature one of those loveable yellow Minions.  We will let Daisy Ridley explain...


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Ewan McGregor Makes His Star Wars Movie Situation Very Clear!
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Jun 2016 22:58



Currently filming Trainspotting 2, Ewan McGregor laid out plainly to Parade his feelings regarding returning to a galaxy far, far, away.

I like the films that I made with George Lucas and I'm happy to be part of the legend of it all, but that's it with me. I don't really understand the fanaticism about it. I'm asked by everybody all the time, 'Would you do another one?' and I've said, 'Yeah, I'd be happy to,' because I think there's a film between Episode 3 and Episode 4, which is when Alec Guinness is in the desert. But I've been asked about it so much now that I'm being criticized for trying to persuade Disney to make this movie. I only responded to people asking me about it, and now it looks like I'm sort of looking for work, which is humiliating. I couldn't care less if it happens, but when Star Wars people ask me if I would do it, the answer is yes, so that's how I feel about it.

For the full chat, take the link below.

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Have You Got Your #Cantina Merchandise & Tickets?
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Jun 2016 22:49

Star Wars Celebration and the fan run night before Celebration #Cantina is fast approaching.  Have you secured your tickets, or checked out some of the cool merchandise on offer?

Take the link to the ticket sales, and start off Celebration in the best possible way.
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Round Up Of Entertainment Weekly Rogue One Stories From This Week
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Jun 2016 11:21

This past week, all eyes were on Entertainment Weekly as they celebrated the film being featured on the cover of the latest issue of their magazine with a series of exclusive images and content that fans simply devoured. As was the case with their collection of stories that centered on The Force Awakens before it arrived in theaters and then later on examining the Episode VII Blu-ray release, the articles EW posted beginning on Wednesday June 22 were must-read posts for those looking to learn as much about Rogue One in an official capacity as they could before the film lands in theaters on December 16.

Provided below is a round up of the EW articles that were posted this week in the event that you might have missed some or all of them when each story was first posted.

Rogue One On Cover Of EW

Official Character Details Revealed

Forest Whitaker’s Character Name & Backstory

Details On Darth Vader

Exclusive 16-Image Gallery

Rogue One Filmmakers Talk Reshoots

Details On Mon Mothma

Bonus Images & Some Burning Questions

From all of us here at Jedi News, we thank Anthony Breznican and Entertainment Weekly for these exclusive reveals.

   Saturday, June 25, 2016
Fantasy Flight Games: Hone Your Veteran Instincts
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Jun 2016 23:35

Fantasy Flight Games bring us new on the Imperial Veterans Expansion Pack for X-Wing which lands next week.

From the website:

Rule the skies with Imperial might!
The Imperial Veterans Expansion Pack for X-Wing™ is on its way to retailers throughout the United States and scheduled for release on Thursday, June 30th. Availability in other regions may vary.
With its newly repainted TIE bomber and TIE defender miniatures, eight veteran pilots, and its arsenal of thirteen new upgrades, Imperial Veterans adds fantastic new depth and flexibility to your TIE bombers and TIE defenders. You gain new ways to successfully conduct your bombing runs, batter your foes with volleys of cannon fire, and seize control of the battlefield.
In our previews, we looked at how the expansion's new Title upgrades allow you to incorporate either ship—or both ships—into a wider range of play styles than ever before. For example, you can play your TIE bomber to its classical strengths, relying upon new upgrades like the Long-Range Scanners to get greater value from your ordnance, or you can scrap your ordnance in favor of the TIE Shuttle Title and transform your bomber into a support vessel that can reliably assign focus tokens and target locks to your other ships with its Fleet Officer and Systems Officer crew. Similarly, the TIE/x7 and TIE/D Title upgrades promote two vastly different uses of your TIE defender.

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TOY RUN Episode 16: Meet Steve Evans, Hasbro’s Star Wars Design Director!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Jun 2016 14:37
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Fantasy Flight Games: Populate Your Galaxy
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Jun 2016 13:12

Fantasy Flight Games bring us a trio of decks for use in Star Wars: Age of Rebellion, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire and Star Wars: Force and Destiny.

From the website:

"You see those two? They'll trade work for transportation to the Outer Rim. There, you can disappear."
–Maz Kanata

The galaxy is full of different individuals, each of whom has his or her own story to tell. And each represents a different possible direction for your future…
Expand your galaxy. Explore the many possibilities your future may hold. Three new Adversary Decks are now available for your Star Wars roleplaying campaign!

  • Creatures of the Galaxy
  • Imperials & Rebels II
  • Hunters & Force Users

Encounter Rancors, Dark Troopers, Viper Probe Droids, and Gand Findsmen. Each of these Adversary Decks offers quick access to the stats and descriptions of twenty different NPCs that you can write into the core of your campaign or introduce at a moment's notice as you react to your players' decisions. And each is fully compatible with all three Star Wars roleplaying systems: Age of Rebellion™, Edge of the Empire™, and Force and Destiny™.

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Brews and Blasters 76: The Courtship of Christopher Salton
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Jun 2016 11:19
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Fantasy Flight Games: Hunted by the Empire
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Jun 2016 11:11

Fantasy Flight Games bring us the latest Villain Pack expansion for the mighty Star Wars: Imperial Assault.

From the website:

"Let me tell you something, Jedi: you're right to be afraid. You couldn't save your Master then, and you can't save your followers now.”
–The Grand Inquisitor, Star Wars: Rebels

The Jedi order was utterly crushed at the end of the Clone Wars, but the newly risen Emperor knew that future Force users would come to oppose the might of his Galactic Empire. This threat could not be allowed to survive, so the Emperor appointed a fallen Pau’an Jedi to the office of Grand Inquisitor. The Grand Inquisitor’s mission was simple: carry out the will of the Emperor and hunt down any surviving remnants of the Jedi.
The Grand Inquisitor is a terrifying opponent for the nascent Rebellion to face, and with The Grand Inquisitor Villain Pack, you can bring this dark side Force user into your campaign and skirmish games of Imperial Assault. Like previous Imperial Assault figure packs, this expansion offers a sculpted plastic figure with new cards and missions to supplement your campaigns and skirmishes.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Hot Wheels Exclusive Boba Fett Prototype Armor Character Car
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Jun 2016 10:31

Yesterday the schedule of panels (otherwise referred to by the now-famous term "9 Feet of Awesome" courtesy of ReedPOP's Queen of Star Wars Celebration Mary Franklin) that will be taking place at Celebration Europe 2016 next month was officially released. Listed beneath the Behind-The-Scenes Stage section is a Hot Wheels panel scheduled for Saturday with the following title and description:

Hot Wheels and Star Wars: Car Design in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Join Hot Wheels Senior Designer Bryan Benedict and Lucasfilm’s Chris Gollaher as they provide a glimpse behind-the-scenes of the Hot Wheels Star Wars die-cast line! See what goes into the design and development of a Hot Wheels Character Car from conception to sculpting to deco to production, and get some expert tips from Bryan on how to design your own! Attendees will also vote for next year’s Hot Wheels Star Wars Celebration exclusive car to follow up this year’s Prototype Armour Boba Fett. We’ll make the decision right there in the room! Glimpse a sneak peek at some new Character Car designs as well as an all-new line of Hot Wheels Star Wars die-cast cars launching this fall.

As you can see from the text highlighted in blue, the panel description reveals that Hot Wheels will be offering a Boba Fett Prototype Armor character car as an exclusive at the convention! We'll be posting an image(s) of the car and it's associated price a soon as they become available, so stay tuned!

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On The Shelves UK: New Adventures In Wild Space Books Found
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Jun 2016 10:16

One of our regular shelf spies Stewart Gardiner dropped us a line to let us know that the latest 2 entries in the excellent Adventures in Wild Space series had been spotted here in the UK a few days early.

Found the next two volumes of Adventures in Wild Space in Forbidden Planet London, £1.00 off retail. Online publishing date is 30th June, so these have landed early. It's been a delightfully thrilling series so far. Looking forward to finding out what these volumes bring.

Remember, you can hear interviews with both Adventures in Wild Space authors Cavan Scott and Tom Huddlestone on Take Cover episode 4 and Take Cover episode 5 respectively and keep an eye out for our reviews of both books coming to the site next week.

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