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   30 January 2015
2015 Star Wars Valentine's Day Vader Chocolate Head; Boba Fett & Vader Lollipop Tins
Reported by Justin on 30 Jan 2015 19:14

More 2015 Star Wars Valentine's Day product continues to arrive in stores, as I found this large Darth Vader Milk Chocolate Head at Target earlier today. I also spotted the two new Vader and Boba Fett Lollipop Tins pictured below.

Click each image for a larger view and if you decide to purchase the chocolate Vader head, take my advice: Be sure to pick up a fresh gallon of milk, 'cause you're gonna need it.

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Kraft Star Wars Shapes Macaroni & Cheese Boxes
Reported by Justin on 30 Jan 2015 18:59

While out on a toy run earlier this afternoon, I came across these new boxes of Kraft Star Wars Shapes Macaroni & Cheese at one of my local Target stores. As you can see, there are four different boxes to choose from. On the back of the package you can "assemble" a larger image of the character featured on the front of the box by finding a box with each half of the character.

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RUMOR: Hutts Species To Appear In The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 30 Jan 2015 18:48

Sources have reportedly told Latino Review that the Hutts species will be appearing in The Force Awakens, and they supposedly have production details on how their appearance will be handled on screen.

Take the source link below with as much salt as needed.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: James Luceno Attending
Reported by Justin on 30 Jan 2015 16:43

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Descriptions Of Han, Leia, & Chewbacca's Costumes
Reported by Justin on 30 Jan 2015 12:25

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

Han, Leia, And Chewbacca's Costume Descriptions

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

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 40
Reported by Mark on 30 Jan 2015 12:11
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at politics, a female droid, a shooting star, someone who never loses, an outer rim world, a beautiful Naboo location, tools and a desert barge. Form a line, we're going in single file to hide our numbers...

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The StarWars.com 10: Best Star Wars Aliens
Reported by Justin on 30 Jan 2015 01:31

In this installment of the StarWars.com 10, we’re picking the galaxy’s top alien species, from a teddy-bear tribe to the residents of Ryloth.

For this list, we're focusing on aliens from the Star Wars films, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels, ranking them on design, impact, and cool factor.

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RUMOR: Has Tatiana Maslany Landed A Leading Role In First Star Wars Spinoff Film?
Reported by Justin on 30 Jan 2015 01:10

We heard the initial rumor a few days ago about her potential casting as the lead in the Gareth Edwards-directed Star Wars standalone film. Now our pal Ryan Leston has heard that actress Tatiana Maslany has in fact landed this very role.

The first ‘Star Wars’ spin-off film may have landed its leading star… as I hear that ‘Orphan Black’ actress Tatiana Maslany has landed the role.

The 29-year-old Canadian actress was recently rumoured to be up for a part in the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ spinoff film, directed by Gareth Edwards. And while she was one of several new actresses linked to the role, it looks as though Maslany may have landed the part.

According to a source close to production, the still unknown ‘Star Wars’ spin-off has landed Tatiana Maslany as its leading lady.

It's only a rumor at this point, but thanks to Ryan for reporting what he has heard.

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Bob Iger Says An "Exceptional New Era" Of Star Wars Storytelling Is Coming
Reported by Justin on 30 Jan 2015 00:53

Our friends over at The Star Wars Underworld alert us to the following comments that were made by Disney CEO Bob Iger via a statement provided in a shareholder's annual report about the extreme level of anticipation surrounding the release of The Force Awakens and the rest of the Sequel Trilogy.

"As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming….and one of the fewer who’s seen most of the footage…I can assure the millions of Star Wars fans who have spent the last decade hoping for a new movie this one will be worth the wait. And it’s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional Star Wars storytelling; next year we’ll release our first standalone movie based on these characters, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017, and we’ll finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019."

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: John Jackson Miller Attending
Reported by Justin on 30 Jan 2015 00:46

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   29 January 2015
T-Shirts: Star Wars!
Reported by Mark on 29 Jan 2015 21:05

TeePublic have Bazinga'd Star Wars! Or have the Flash-ed it? Whichever it is, this tee can be yours for just $14.00 in a stunning red - and only red! - so grab it quick before it's swept off the shelves.

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Rokin's Toys News
Reported by Team Jedi News on 29 Jan 2015 21:02

Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Rokin's Toys.

We are a small primary market shop that is looking to expand our presence online and to expand the lines we stock into the online market place. Right now we are mainly focused on Star Wars 3.75” and 6” action figures while we work towards expanding into other lines like The Walking Dead, DC collectibles and so on.
We decided to set up a store on eBid.net primarily because it is cheaper than trying to set up and establish our own website for our shop at this time.
We have in stock all the latest releases of Star Wars The Black Series 3.75” and 6” action figures that were released towards the end of 2014. We also carry a back catalogue of Star Wars 3.75” action figures going back several years. We also carry Indiana Jones and Game of Thrones at this time.
Take advantage of our year round “Four Seasons Special Offer” which is exclusive to carded and loose 3.75” action figures – as action figures vary in price, spend over £50.00 and get the cheapest 3.75” action figure for free.
Terms & Conditions apply so please visit our store on eBid.net for full details.

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LEGO UCS SHIELD Helicarrier (#76042)
Reported by James on 29 Jan 2015 20:14
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It may not be Star Wars but it is Marvel and it's straight out of Captain America 2: The Winter Solider and the Agents of SHIELD TV series which features Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury (or could it be Mace Windu in disguise -- I'm sure there's a future story plot there but don't get me started). 

Click on the above image for a closer look at the LEGO SHIELD Helicarrier (#76042) coming in March (or mid Feb for LEGO VIP Members) and read on for the full details including which Minifigures ship with this beauty along with the official designer video too.

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Your Turn
Reported by AdamDB on 29 Jan 2015 20:00
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This is a call out. This is a call to all I-III lovers out there. And this call is:

HELP!

Star Wars: Battlefront Endor Concept Art & Map Details
Reported by Justin on 29 Jan 2015 19:37

We get an exclusive look today at a new piece of concept art from DICE's upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront game via this article posted on IGN. A high resolution copy of the image is also available here.

IGN also goes on to provide the following details on the game.

DICE remains close-guarded with gameplay specifics, but speaking with IGN, Star Wars Battlefront Design Director Niklas Fegraeus explained a bit more of what’s to come when the first-person shooter arrives this fall.

“The scale of our maps and modes offer a great variety” depending on the location, Fegraeus explained. Hoth, where the Rebel Alliance fought off invading AT-ATs in snowy plains, will differ in size than the dense woodland of Endor.

“We have actually made the decision to specifically tailor certain maps to certain game modes,” Fegraeus continued, “and what we get from that is not only incredibly varied scales, but also gameplay that will allow players to live out some of their most memorable Star Wars battle fantasies.”

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Life-Sized Hot Wheels Darth Vader Car On Show
Reported by Matt on 29 Jan 2015 19:07

Great news from the Nuremburg Toy Fair, which is taking place right now. The life-sized Hot Wheels Vader car is there to view.

From spring 2015, the line featuring characters from the Star Wars movies will be available.
To celebrate the launch, a life-size replica of the Hot Wheels Darth Vader Car will is available to view in Europe for the first time at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg from the 28th January to the 2nd February. Hot Wheels car designer Bryan Benedict, creator of the Darth Vader Car, will be present at to talk about the development process.

Source Toy World Mag
RUMOR: New The Force Awakens Plot & Character Details From 'Star Wars 7 News'
Reported by Justin on 29 Jan 2015 18:41

Star Wars 7 News has updated their website today with some new potential The Force Awakens plot and character rumor details.

Take the source link below to check 'em out.

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Official Site: History of the 501st Legion: The Challenge Coin
Reported by Mark on 29 Jan 2015 18:17

The CO of the 501st Albin Johnson returns to StarWars.com with the latest chapter in his look through the history of the legion. This time he focuses on challenge coins. Do you have yours?

The military challenge coin was not something with which I was familiar before the Legion. The basic rule of a challenge coin is to carry the coin of your military unit with you at all times. If you’re out drinking with another service member and the topic of your unit comes up, then it’s customary to throw down your coin. If the other person can’t reciprocate and produce their coin, then he or she fails the challenge and buys the drinks. Simple.
According to Scott Will, TK408 and Branding Officer for the Legion, the 501st challenge coins were first introduced in September 2005 by Florida Garrison member Mike Lee. Mike is an Army helicopter pilot so he was very familiar with the challenge coin tradition in the military. As far as he can tell, the first garrison coin was made by the Midwest Garrison. It was simple and elegant and represented the pride of the MWG troopers. Before long the flood gates opened.

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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Christie Golden Attending
Reported by BrianC on 29 Jan 2015 17:31

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 39
Reported by Mark on 29 Jan 2015 16:31
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at a battle, a sith droid, the monkey lizard, a Nemoidian representative, the negotiator, the junk shop, a gungan weapon and a shuttle. Round up those Ronto's, we're going on a journey...

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Episode 64: Skywalking with Star Wars Artist Randy Martinez
Reported by Mark on 29 Jan 2015 15:29

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

When we spoke with artist RANDY MARTINEZ, he had just put down the paintbrush and finished his STAR WARS CELEBRATION ANAHEIM limited edition art! We talk with him about his Star Wars, Marvel and upcoming SWCelebration artwork surprises.
We also talk STRANGE MAGIC with Mark Oguschewitz. Mark is now reviewing films for AdventuresByDaddy.com and did not give Strange Magic a favorable review. WARNING: sparks may fly in this segment…
Skywalking Through Neverland has been chosen for the Star Wars Celebration Podcast Stage!! We have a few details for all of you Skywalkers, as we prepare for our LIVE Stage Show.
More Star Wars and Disney on TV! We’ve renamed this segment “Skywalking on TV,” since there are so many references. My favorite part about it? Rob Dehlinger’s NEW “Skywalking On TV” jingle! Listen up and tweet it out.
Don’t forget to listen for your name in “Skywalker Shout-Outs!” This music video, “Dorky Guys Are Hot,” is hilarious! By Boo Detch – check her out on YouTube.
And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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T-Shirts: Sith Happens
Reported by Mark on 29 Jan 2015 14:01

TeePublic are back and this time they bring us a sithly tee for just $14.00 in a range of colours - including this fetching grey.

Hurry up, get your Vader on!

Source Tee Public
Official Site: Studying Skywalkers: Thanksgiving In The Prequel Trilogy
Reported by Mark on 29 Jan 2015 13:58

Dan Zehr returns to StarWars.com with another look at the various forms of thanksgiving in the Star Wars galaxy, this time focusing on the prequel trilogy.

In November, I looked at the original trilogy and the significance of meals; sharing in sustenance is important in literature and film, and encourages the audience to realize that something important is going on. This is also prescient in the prequel trilogy, with many examples that demonstrate the important character moments and themes present in Episodes I, II, and III. Breaking bread means community, and sharing that with others indicates a strong bond is being formed through the experience. Much can be gleaned from a simple meal, and may reveal significant foreshadowing to the fate of respective characters.

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Fan Splashes Out £18k On Star Wars Figure
Reported by BrianC on 29 Jan 2015 12:20

A Star Wars superfan has sold a rare Boba Fett figure which he bought for £1.50 35 years ago for £18,000.

Craig Stevens was ecstatic when the auction price reached £15,000 for the toy he has kept pristine since 1980. The anonymous UK buyer, who bid over the internet, must also pay a 20% commission to the auction house Vectis in Thornaby, Teesside.

Mr Stevens, 45, from Croydon, said after the sale: "I'm amazed at the price, that was absolutely perfect. I hope it will go to a good collector who will look after it and cherish it like I have."

He said he and his wife plan to put the money towards a new house. Mr Stevens was selling 85 figures from his collection and the extremely rare Boba Fett, the bounty hunter from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, was the pick of the sale. It is one of only four or five still in such pristine condition, the former chairman of the UK Star Wars fan club believed.

The sale has received bids from around the world. Before the auction Mr Stevens said: "This Boba Fett is in the original packaging in the UK, it is in factory fresh condition, so I am looking at £10,000-plus for this one figure alone. He is a very popular character, he had about three minutes of screen time and became a huge cult figure. It was only available in this packaging for a year."

Sold under the UK's Palitoy brand, the packaging is unpunched, meaning the card had not been pierced to allow it to be displayed on a peg in a shop.

"Unpunched shows it has never been sold and it is factory fresh," Mr Stevens said.

The toy would have retailed for £1.50 in 1980 when it was released. Mr Stevens still has 10,000 items in his collection of Star Wars memorabilia. He said: "I was one of the children who queued up to see Star Wars when it was first released in 1977 and it had a tremendous effect on me. I began collecting everything that I could get my hands on connected to Star Wars and I have kept going right up to the present day."

Valuer Kathy Taylor said the figures came from the "golden age" of Star Wars films, and rarely if ever came to market. Build The Millennium Falcon Coming To North America
Reported by BrianC on 29 Jan 2015 11:38

As discussed with writer Iain Lowson on the 24th episode of RADIO 1138, DeAgostini have confirmed that Build The Millennium Falcon will be coming to the USA in the next few months.

So much for Mark's 'Kinder Egg' logic!

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Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams Vol. 14
Reported by Mark on 29 Jan 2015 11:25

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

We begin our exploration of the brilliant work of John Williams as heard in the Prequel Trilogy starting with 1999’s Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. David W. Collins, along with Jimmy Mac, dive right in while shining the spotlight on arguably the most well-known track from the soundtrack: “Duel of the Fates”. We discuss the influences and possible origins of the track, along with samples of the music itself. Plus, “Anakin’s Theme” and we hear from Williams himself via soundbites from the late nineties and more.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

Source RebelForce Radio
Star Wars: Battle Pod - From Concept to Cockpit
Reported by Mark on 29 Jan 2015 11:14

Go behind the scenes of Star Wars: Battle Pod, a new arcade shooter from Lucasfilm, Disney Interactive, and Bandai Namco, in this special video from StarWars.com.

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T-Shirts: Jabba's Palace
Reported by Mark on 29 Jan 2015 10:57

TeePublic bring us this striking Jabba's Palace tee, yours for only $14.00 and designed to tickle your Star Wars AND Disney fancy.

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 29 Jan 2015 08:59
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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...

WINTER SALE!
Over 3500 products have had their prices reduced!

HOT TOYS & SIDESHOW SALE!
100 Items have been discounted from 1/6 scale figures to premium format figures.

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   28 January 2015
Fly Casual Episode 23: What Do You Mean "These People"?
Reported by Mark on 28 Jan 2015 23:36

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

In this episode of Fly Casual Podcast, Mike, Garrick, Howie, and Corey review Star wars Rebels and Marvel Star Wars #1 and get all whacked out on rumors.

Contact Information: iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Standalone Rumour: Fassbender For Boba Fett?
Reported by Mark on 28 Jan 2015 22:35

Do you have your salt shaker at the ready because this one could require a palm-full of sodium chloride, but then stranger things have happened. ikwiz understand that not only will Magneto himself Michael Fassbender be playing Boba Fett, but the future of the galaxy's most dangerous bounty hunter could be somewhat surprising.

“Boba Fett is a mantle. The name, the ship and the armor gets passed down to a successor. That's how he is brought back for the films and explains the character for later stories.”
“Fett fans are in for a few surprises. They [Disney] get the cult status of the character, so you're going to see more Boba Fett in the future.”

Fits well with Paul Bateman's theory that the Jango lineage of Boba Fett could be changed without sacrificing any of the prequel history, thus restoring the mystique and allure of Boba Fett.

Source ikwiz (via Star Wars Underworld)
Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 38
Reported by Mark on 28 Jan 2015 21:31
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at Vaders masterplan, a multi-armed med droid, a Jedi Master, the holder of the darksaber, the wampa's lair, sensors and the trade federation landing ship. Put Captain Solo in the cargo hold, we're leaving the East Platform...

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Gabbys Crazy Balloons
Reported by Matt on 28 Jan 2015 20:21

I spotted this wonderful Star Wars balloon creation on Facebook. Go check out her other amazing creations.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 28 Jan 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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Limited edition AT-AT print at Brilliantly British
Reported by Mark on 28 Jan 2015 19:38

Check out this brilliantly British AT-AT print, brought to you by Brilliantly British! £35.00 and it's all yours!

This very unique print of the iconic AT-AT, All Terrain Armored Transport, from Star Wars has no repeated pattern at all in its design.
The print, by Stacey King of Hipsta Design Graphics, is one of a limited edition of 150 signed and numbered and measures 420x200mm approx.
Brilliantly British is an online marketplace dedicated to selling products made in Great Britain. The company selects the cream of home grown British talent and the terrific range of products that they manufacture, promoting them through a one-stop shop window for the best of British.

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How to turn your vintage toys into cash
Reported by Matt on 28 Jan 2015 19:11

Join toy guru Jordan Hembrough as he explains the best way to profit from those childhood toys.

Jordan Hembrough has been buying and selling toys professionally since the age of 16, and has travelled the world searching for rare toys and pop culture memorabilia to sell on the collectible market.
The New Jersey native offers a few tips on how to make money from your unwanted toys. His biggest piece of advice?
“Do your homework,” says Hembrough. “Before you throw away a loose toy or maybe a doll, make sure you know what you’re doing, make sure you know exactly what you’re throwing away. You could be throwing away a fortune.”

Source Telegraph
UK Toy Fair 2015: New Star Wars Saga Logo
Reported by James on 28 Jan 2015 16:17

Among the pictures taken at last week’s UK Toy Fair this gem springs out...

This is apparently the new logo for Saga products starting this autumn, around the time that The Force Awakens products will be released in early September -- you can see it in bigger form in the Misc photo gallery here.  It’s not a huge departure from what we’ve seen before and the main Star Wars logo retains the same orange colours, although that’s framed by new black/white boxes.  Let us know what you think.

UK Toy Fair 2015: Galleries at Last!
Reported by James on 28 Jan 2015 16:11

Better late than never, thank the flu for that, here’s the galleries of all the images I took at last week’s UK Toy Fair.

Whilst you might see a few images containing The Force Awakens logo, be aware that’s all it is.  There were no products from the film on display for attendees to see.  As I’ve said previously, both Hasbro and LEGO (among others) did have private locked rooms for the larger retailers where new products from The Force Awakens were shown.

As soon as my voice returns fully I'll be recording the next Star Wars Collectors Cast (on the RebelForce Radio network) and I'll go into detail about what I saw, what I though was cool and my overall impressions of this years UK Toy Fair.  Mark and I are flying out to both cover the New York Toy Fair over the Valentines Day weekend so look out for our coverage of that too.

Finally, huge thanks to everybody that wished me well and sent me messages on Facebook, Twitter and by e-mail -- it was very much appreciated, although I can’t respond to them all (got a lot of catching up to do)!

Star Wars: Battlefront Launch To Be A "Very Large Activity" For Electronic Arts
Reported by Justin on 28 Jan 2015 14:45

We get the latest news on DICE's upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront title via this article posted over on GameSpot.

During this week's Electronic Arts earnings call, CFO Blake Jorgensen talked more about the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront game, which is in development at Battlefield series studio DICE.

Jorgensen confirmed that the shooter is due to launch before Christmas 2015. More specifically, the game aims to be "aligned with" Star Wars Episode VII -- The Force Awakens, which arrives on December 18, he said.

DICE's new Star Wars: Battlefront is not directly based on the upcoming movie from J.J. Abrams, though it will share some general universe themes, characters, and items. In previous teaser trailers and images, DICE has revealed that the game will take players to locations such as Hoth and Endor, and feature vehicles such as AT-ATs and speeder bikes, among other things.

About the game in general, Jorgensen said DICE will share more about the project in the coming months. He went on to say that Battlefront's launch this year will be a "very large activity" for EA overall, on level with the company's blockbuster Battlefield series.

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Hot Toys Reveals Interrogator Droid Accessory For Darth Vader Sixth Scale Figure
Reported by Justin on 28 Jan 2015 13:46

Via an email sent to us, Hot Toys has revealed their Interrogator Droid accessory for their Episode IV Darth Vader Sixth Scale Figure.

We have a great news to share with you! We are delighted to reveal the latest prototype of the Interrogator Droid, the “frightening” accessory for the Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope: 1/6th scale Darth Vader Collectible Figure by Hot Toys.

"And now, your Highness, we will discuss the location of your hidden Rebel base."

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Oscar Isaac On Late Show With David Letterman
Reported by Justin on 28 Jan 2015 12:41

New Episode VII cast member Oscar Isaac was a guest on the Late Show With David Letterman last night. Did he provide viewers with any juicy The Force Awakens tidbits? Of course not! But he is part of the cast and official Episode VII news has been scarce lately, so we post!

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Star Wars Actors Appearances Updates
Reported by Mark on 28 Jan 2015 10:14

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

  • 26/1/15: Added appearances for Jeremy Bulloch, Peter Roy and Colin Skeaping
  • 24/1/15: Added appearances for Mike Edmonds and Simon Williamson
  • 23/1/15: Added appearances for Warwick Davis, Peter Mayhew and Billy Dee Williams
  • 22/1/15: Added appearances for Ron Perlman, Greg Proops and Peter Roy and a private signing for Brian George
  • 21/1/15: Added appearances for Kenny Baker, Chris Bunn, Mark Dodson, Alan Flyng, Barbara Goodson, Zach Hanks, Barrie Holland, Brian Muir, Pam Rose, Brent Spiner and George Takei
  • 20/1/15: Added appearances for Dickey Beer, Barrie Holland and Nick Joseph
  • 19/1/15: Added appearances for Rusty Goffe and Femi Taylor
  • 18/1/15: Added appearances for Michael Henbury and Brian Wheeler
  • 17/1/15: Added appearance for Mike Edmonds
  • 16/1/15: Added appearances for Jeremy Bulloch and Nick Joseph
  • 15/1/15: Added appearances for Grey DeLisle, Ray Park, Tim Rose and George Takei
  • 14/1/15: Added appearances for Jerome Blake, Barrie Holland and Toby Philpott
  • 13/1/15: Added appearances for Kenny Baker, Jeremy Bulloch, Chris Bunn, Brian Muir, C. Andrew Nelson, Ray Park and Katee Sackhoff

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Valentine's Day R2-KT Patch for Make-A-Wish
Reported by James on 28 Jan 2015 09:41

This from R2-KT's man-servant, AL...

Valentine's Day is a favorite time for a certain pink droid. So in benefit of Make-A-Wish, R2-KT is showing the love for those troopers who always wear Valentine's Day colors.  Gorgeous design by Juan José Matamoros, these will be at least 3.5" fully embroidered patches.  Just $7 via paypal to r2kt@r2kt.com – free shipping to anywhere!  Very small run so get them now.  Hope to deliver by Feb 14 and will update if they will be late.  If you're a KT subscriber just let us know how many you want - and if you're not a subscriber email us at r2kt@r2kt.com to find out how to become one!  *HUGS*

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   27 January 2015
Official Site: 7 Things You Might Not Know About The Mos Eisley Cantina
Reported by Mark on 27 Jan 2015 23:34

Amy Ratcliffe brings us yet another entry over at StarWars.com, looking into a wretched hive of scum and villainy that's fascinated us for nearly four decades.

The Mos Eisley cantina is a well known location in the Star Wars universe. It’s where we see Ben Kenobi use his lightsaber for the first time, it’s where Han Solo and Greedo have a standoff, and it’s where Ben and Luke Skywalker meet Han and Chewbacca. Beyond those key moments, think of the quotable lines that were spoken. “Sorry about the mess,” “You’ll be dead,” and “I’m not such a bad pilot myself,” were all uttered inside the cantina’s walls.

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Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 14
Reported by Mark on 27 Jan 2015 22:57

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

In this thrilling episode of Radio Free Tatooine, our heroes are joined by fangirl extraordinaire Amy Ratcliffe to talk about her starwars.com article “7 Topics Star Wars Fans Love To Debate.” SPOILER: We debate them. Also, we discuss George’s disappearing scripts, Casting rumors for the first Star Wars spin-off film, and celebrate the Comlink’s new home on YouTube. So activate your hyperdrive and follow us through the Outer Rim on Radio Free Tatooine!

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Smugglers Rants: Sep 24, 2005: Anakin and Palpatine - Not as Powerful as they Might Have Been?
Reported by Mark on 27 Jan 2015 22:05

A decade ago, StarWars.com began hosting the hugely popular and much missed blog at http://blogs.starwars.com/. Over the course of 8 years, friendships were made, opinions discussed and ideas formulated. I had my own profile on there called Smugglers Rants, and between 23rd September 2005 and 27th February 2009 I ruminated on a number of what-if subjects, such as Vader's motivations, Palpatine's tactical genius, the Jedi Orders mistakes and whatever was happening that week on lightsabre.co.uk.

If you were ever a member, get over there to http://web.archive.org/ and take a browse through the archived pages for a nostalgia blast.

Here's my second post, dated 24th September 2005 asking the question 'Anakin and Palpatine - Not as Powerful as they Might Have Been?' Bear in mind, this is a decade ago, we're a lot wiser about such matters now.

Palpatine groomed Anakin for 13 years, from when he first met him on Naboo to the final moments of Anakin and the birth of Vader. He cleverly guided Anakin in the directions Palpatine wanted him to go and manipulated situations and events around him so he could make him his new apprentice (poor Dooku...)
Now, we know that in Darth Vader (in the suit) Palpatine did not get the Sith apprentice he was hoping for. Vader in the original trilogy is nowhere near as powerful as Darth Vader pre-Mustafar (although the fearsome appearance of the suit instills so much fear he more than compensates). Anakin is the most powerful Jedi of them all, and without his terrible injuries he would have been even more powerful and dominant, likely taking Palpatine out and ruling himself. But we know all this, it's in the films.
But, a second question.
Perhaps that wasn't a bad thing for Palpatine. His fights with Mace (which took a huge toll on him) and Yoda must have taken something out of Palpatine too. Perhaps the Emperor we know from the original trilogy isn't as powerful as he might have been.
Both Anakin and Palpatine are physically scarred in terrible ways. The Emperor basically locks himself away and has Vader conduct his business for him under Tarkin. And Anakin - in many ways, as much to the general public as to himself, Anakin is dead. Annie wasn't only physically scarred but mentally and emotionally as well, and it takes Luke's love to bring the truth and the realisation that he is the Chosen One back to him.
(Doesn't Sith make the end of Jedi SO much more powerful now?)
So, in summary - while we all accept that Vader was diminished by his fight with Obi-Wan, perhaps Palpatine was also by his two battles with Mace and Yoda.

10 Questions with Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Reported by Mark on 27 Jan 2015 21:28

Mark and Lea over at Yodas News had the chance to throw some questions at Freddie Prinze Jr about Star Wars Rebels and the challenges of playing Kanan.

Lea: What do you do to get into Kanan’s character for a “Rebels” recording session? Is it a method acting mentality when you all get together?

Freddie: To me the Jedi are samurai. Disciplined, loyal, alone but not lonely. With Kanan, that was his life, was. At a young age his master is taken, I can’t say how, season 2 greatness. So now you have a kid, trained as a Jedi, who doesn’t question his worthiness in battle but certainly is more street than book-smart, forced into a roll of leadership. So he’s cocky, but complicated. He’s patient but aggressive. Tough line to walk as far as staying true to the Jedi rules we all know and respect. The writers and Dave (Filoni) do a great job of making him pay when he goes astray so my job is simple; once I have THAT guy in my head and Dave breaks down the world around us its just about committing to the moment, regardless of how heavy or light the moment is.

Mark: Lando Calrissian from “The Empires Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” makes his return to the galaxy with “Idiot’s Array,” that aired January 19 on Disney XD in the US, how awesome is that and did you have a chance to catch up with him when he did his lines?

F: The Lando episode was such a trip to read let alone perform. You know the writers were geeking out/steel cage fighting it out to write that episode. We weren’t able to record with Billy, but we had his recording to work with. He’s a living legend.

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 37
Reported by Mark on 27 Jan 2015 21:10
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at the siths plan, pit droids, the bearded general, Hondo! the most holy planet, tusken tech and the ultimate Firespray. Wrangle your wampas, we're heading away from Echo Base into the white...

Source DeAgostini
RUMOR: Disney Wants Chris Pratt As New Indiana Jones Lead
Reported by Justin on 27 Jan 2015 20:38

All has been pretty quiet on the Indiana Jones rumor front these past several months.

Until now.

Deadline is hearing that Disney has their sights set on having Chris Pratt continue the Indy franchise as it's new leading man.

I’m cautioned that while things are very early, I hear the studio has set its sights on Chris Pratt as the swashbuckling archaeologist they hope to build the new franchise around, the role made famous by Harrison Ford in Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Pratt jumped to leading-man movie status with his performance in last year’s blockbuster Guardians Of The Galaxy for Marvel and Disney. He starts The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua in April for MGM and Sony, and there’s the inevitable Guardians Of The Galaxy sequel. Disney won’t comment and all this is admittedly early, so let’s chalk it up as a dishy informed rumor for now and keep an eye on it.

If you recall, Disney acquired the Indy rights from Paramount Pictures in late 2013.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Deadline
Bandai Namco Star Wars Battlepod Trailer
Reported by Matt on 27 Jan 2015 20:05

Check this out, via our great pal Paul Bateman, the trailer for the Star Wars Battlepod arcade game.

If this is making a showing at Celebration Anaheim then you'll see me in the queue. Right at the front if it.

Source YouTube (via Paul Bateman)
Chub Wars
Reported by Mark on 27 Jan 2015 19:12

This isn't the normal kind of video that we would post, but it's so well done I just had to. Check out the http://chubsuit.com/ website for a selection of chub suits - imagine affordable sumo suits and you're pretty much there - and enjoy the video.

Hi, my name is Zach Marshall and I work for a website called http://chubsuit.com/ and we sell inflatable fat suits. I made a video set in a new universe inspired by Star Wars to promote our Chub Suits. It is just a goofy parody video but I was proud of it and wanted to try and spread it to some of the Star Wars community. I would love to be able to post it on your website if possible. Thanks so much, -Zach

Source YouTube
Star Wars Action News Episode 441: 1995 - Now -- 20 Years of Modern Figures
Reported by Mark on 27 Jan 2015 18:40

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

Marjorie and Arnie go into the show archives for this classic review of the first wave of Hasbro's modern figure line!
2015 marks Hasbro's 20th consecutive year of making Hasbro Star Wars figures. In 1995 the first figures in what's dubbed "Hasbro's modern figure line" were released--the Power of the Force series. To commemorate this, Star Wars Action News hosts Marjorie and Arnie dug deep into the show archives to bring you an encore presentation of this episode from 1995!
Join Marjorie and Arnie as they review Wave 1 of Kenner's Power of the Force 2 figure line, including Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and the Stormtrooper!
Then join Brock for the review of the then-new novel Darksaber, and Nathan P. Butler reflects on the conclusion of the Dark Empire saga with the "new" release Empire's End!
All that, plus a look back on what it means to have 20 years of figures, on this encore presentation of Star Wars Action News!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source SWAN
RUMOR: Chris Weitz To Continue The Writing For First Star Wars Spinoff Film
Reported by Justin on 27 Jan 2015 17:07

Word comes our way via The Hollywood Reporter that Lucasfilm has selected Chris Weitz to pick up where Gary Whitta left off in writing the story for the first planned Star Wars standalone film, which will be directed by Gareth Edwards and arrive in theaters in December 2016.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the latest scribe headed to a galaxy far, far away is Chris Weitz, whose credits include the 2002 film About A Boy and Disney's upcoming Cinderella.

The selection of Weitz is curious given what we heard earlier about Simon Kinberg taking over the writing duties for this particular film.

In any event, this is all rumor material until/if we hear so from an official Lucasfilm source.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source THR
ANOVOS AT-AT Driver Ensemble Pre-order
Reported by James on 27 Jan 2015 15:42

ANOVOS are now taking pre-orders for their new AT-AT ensemble if you life in North America (International sales will be made available at a later date).

Drawing lineage from the feared TIE Pilots first introduced in Star Wars, this Imperial driver variant utilizes select reference from existing AT-AT Driver ensemble artefacts at Lucasfilm Archives, featuring details never before seen or realized on licensed costumes. Unlike other items that may proliferate the illegal rogue markets outside of the Empire, all armor pieces and buckets feature finished interiors for the maximal comfort and efficiency of the driver. That also includes the environmental / air features built within the helmet, allowing the helmet to be worn longer periods at the time.

The drivers of the feared AT-AT craft deserve quality hardware and soft goods, which was our mission statement when we began this project, and this is what we're delivering on with this release. Suit features everything you will need to start serving the Empire, with exception of the undergarments, socks and footwear, which you are to provide at your own discretion... The Empire will provide the AT-AT, and the Rebel scum will provide the targets of opportunity.

Source ANOVOS
Lanspeeder Available in Disney Infinity 2.0
Reported by James on 27 Jan 2015 15:34

Could this Landspeeder available in Disney Infinity 2.0, along with the Lightsabers in the original game, hint at Star Wars being the lead franchise for Disney Infinity 3.0?

You can currently get the Landspeeder in Disney Infinity 2.0 when you've purchased all the new version 2.0 characters and levelled them up (quite a costly affair).  However, you can also access it via a user generated Marvel Arena Toy Box available for all users of Disney Infinity 2.0 to download free-of-charge. 

Read the full article and watch the game-play video at Forbes.

Source Forbes.com
New Harrison Ford Autographs Available
Reported by James on 27 Jan 2015 12:01

Great news form our friends at Official Pix, bet these won't last long...

We are incredibly proud to announce that Harrison Ford has signed for us once again! In just 24 hours, these beautiful 11x14 Rolling Stones Cover Star Wars autographs will be available to order from our website right here. All are hand signed by Harrison Ford and come with our numbered Certificate of Authenticity (COA). Don't miss this rare opportunity to own one of the most sought after signatures in all of autographing...these are expected to go quick!

UPDATE: All sold out in just 4 minutes!

Source Official Pix
   26 January 2015
Full of Sith Special Release: Tasia Valenza
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 23:45

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

On this special episode, Tasia Valenza, the very talented actress and voice behind General Shaak Ti on the Clone Wars joins Mike, Amy and Bobby to discuss her craft, career, Star Wars and a miriad of other topics.

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

Source Full of Sith
Jogcast: J.J. Trek, Legends Review, Marvel Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 21:42

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

"Hi Jogcasters, lucky week this week, with a 2nd show, and an introduction to our newest genre host Andrew, who will be taking the TREK based Jogcast. We’ll have a good chat to him while we also talk about Legends Review, and how that’s going along with my review for the new Marvel Star Wars…join me, Alan R. Ryan, and Andrew Farrawel for Star Wars Jogcast."

Contact Information: Website

Source Jogcast
Star Wars Rebels: "Vision of Hope" Episode Preview Video "Chopper Unleashed"
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 20:33

In this clip from the Star Wars Rebels episode "Vision of Hope," Chopper springs into action -- much to the shock of his teammates.

Source Star Wars on YouTube
Star Wars Rebels: "Vision of Hope" Episode Preview Video "Caught by Kallus"
Reported by Matt on 26 Jan 2015 20:10

In this clip from the Star Wars Rebels episode "Vision of Hope," Agent Kallus and his men surround the Ghost crew and Senator Gall Trayvis -- but help may be on the way.

Source Star Wars on YouTube
The Comlink Channel Is Here!
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 18:08

Source Comlink
Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 63
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 17:32

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

Business: Free Star Wars Marvel #1 Giveaway, First listener to claim the code wins it, No women character Star Wars dolls, Pod People: Insane email from an insane person, Star Wars: Stand-Alone Spin-off News, Rumors from Pinewood, Several women have tested for lead roles in the first stand-alone spin-off, Star Wars: The Force Awakens News, George Lucas sees The Force Awakens teaser, Disney is not using George Lucas’ story ideas for The Force Awakens, Tons of code names discussed for sets, characters, places, and more, Extra Casting names confirmed with the sets in which they performed, UK Toy Fair and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Force Awakens Concepts: Fat Moebius Man and The Earliest Castle, Is the second video game hitting tied into the Han Solo spin-off, Star Wars Rebels’ Idiot’s Array discussion on Lando, Non-spoiler Star Wars Rebels: Vision of Hope impressions, Star Wars Marvel #1 Discussion, Johnamarie is a shock jock!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Making Star Wars
Star Wars, George Lucas, and the Pitfalls of ‘Auteur Theory’
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 17:13

One of the true treasures of the Star Wars saga - both on and off screen - is that it has never ceased to invite debate. The plot twists, the lives of the characters, the creatives that worked on it, the fandon that has swelled around it since the back half of the 1970's. And while you might not agree with many of the points raised, they certainly get the old grey matter throbbing.

Here's such a piece, by Robert Dean Lurie over at Liberty 21, discussing George Lucas the auteur and his control over his blockbuster franchise.

The 1970s are often portrayed as the true golden age of American filmmaking, a time when independently minded directors and maverick writers routed the once-powerful studio system. The big critical hits of the era—The Godfather, Mean Streets, The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now—all began as passion projects. Yet these were also dark, dour affairs. With the exceptions of Enter the Dragon and a few semi-okay James Bond flicks, the concept of fun vanished almost entirely from the silver screen during the first half of the ’70s—a deficiency Lucas recognized and exploited. By tapping into the simpler “good vs. evil” themes of an earlier period of storytelling, the young director delivered an enticing alternative to the emotionally draining films of his friends, and, in so doing, captured the imagination of a generation.

Source Liberty 21
Where Does Star Wars: The Complete Saga Rank In Number Of Blu-ray Sales In The United States?
Reported by Justin on 26 Jan 2015 16:50

According to the sales figures posted on The Numbers, Disney's animated feature Frozen is the best-selling Blu-ray title ever in the United States with nearly 7.5 million units sold.

Sales estimates are for sales since July 21, 2009, when our Blu-ray sales tracking started. Sales for The Dark Knight are therefore incomplete. All other titles have complete data. The release date is the date of the original release of the title on video.

And where might you ask does Star Wars: The Complete Saga fall in this ranking of the top 50 best-selling Blu-ray titles in the US? It comes in at #48 with a shade under 2 million units sold, which is shockingly low to me. If you asked me straight up where I thought this Blu-ray set would rank, I easily would have said in the top 20.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source The Numbers
Peter Mayhew Discharged From Hospital
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 16:49

Great news regarding everybody's favourite ex-porter and rampaging wookiee, Peter Mayhew has been discharged and is back home.

STAR WARS actor PETER MAYHEW is recovering at home after he was reportedly discharged from hospital following treatment for pneumonia.
The 70 year old, who plays wookie Chewbacca in the sci-franchise, gave fans a fright last week (ends18Jan15) when he canceled an appearance at a comic book store in Texas and was admitted to a medical facility suffering from the potentially deadly lung condition.
However, a representative for the actor took to Twitter.com on Wednesday (21Jan15) to reveal the towering actor was being released from hospital.
The post featured an image of Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks emblazoned with the note "Weesa going home". The post was captioned, "Thank you all for your sympathy and well wishes!"

Source The Indy Channel (via Harry Courtneay)
Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 36
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 15:50
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at Amidala's would-be assassin, battle droids, a clone commander, bounty hunters, the choking room, a blaster rifle and a hefty tank. Fire up the power converters, we're out of here...

Source DeAgostini
IndyCast Episode 204
Reported by Justin on 26 Jan 2015 14:55

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!

In our first show for 2015, Indy gets the Mythbuster’s treatment, he goes to the dogs, Official IndyCast correspondent Mitch Hallock speaks with the cast of the Indiana Jones inspired series The Librarians, we talk retro Indy gaming plus we have more of your great emails!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source IndyCast
RUMORS: The Force Awakens - Two Speeder Designs & Concepts Of Salvage X
Reported by Justin on 26 Jan 2015 13:33

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

Two "Main Street" Speeder Designs

Concepts: Salvage X

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source MSW
General Grievous’ Wheel Bike Spotted In Marvel's Star Wars #1
Reported by Justin on 26 Jan 2015 13:09

Check out this little nugget of info our own Zak PT discovered while reading the new Marvel Star Wars #1. Over to Zak...

After reading that John Cassaday and Jason Aaron had planted some easter eggs in Marvel Star Wars #1 in StarWars.com’s interview with them I took the liberty to sift through the pages once more and found something peeping out from the junk lands of the Imperial moon. This item being General Grievous’ Tsmeu-6 personal wheel bike from Revenge of the Sith. And how do we know it’s his? Because he was the only one to replace the passenger seat with an nd-53 double laser cannon.

Click the image above for a larger view. Nice find Zak!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Domhnall Gleeson: It Was "Amazing" To Have The Force Awakens Filmed In Ireland
Reported by Justin on 26 Jan 2015 12:40

It's been well documented before how new Episode VII cast member Domhnall Gleeson has remained tight-lipped on his role in the upcoming film. However, he did recently express his happiness with the fact that some of the filming for The Force Awakens was performed in Ireland, which just so happens to be Gleeson's home country.

Domhnall Gleeson has admitted he found it “so cool” that some of Star Wars was shot in Ireland.

The Dubliner will shoot to even greater heights with his role in The Force Awakens – which was partly filmed in Kerry.

And the 31-year-old said it was particularly amazing seeing his home country being featured, as part of a hugely thrilling experience.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Goss.ie
Win Sixth Scale R2-D2 with Sideshow Collectibles & Jedi News
Reported by Team Jedi News on 26 Jan 2015 09:01

You can win the awesome looking Sideshow Collectibles R2-D2 thanks to our friends at Sideshow.  If you haven't seen just how awesome this long awaited collectible is then check out these amazing photographs taken by D. Martin Myatt, one of our friends at Rebelscum, that were featured on the Blog at Sideshow Collectibles.

The competition runs through to Monday, February 9th at midnight PT (that's 7:59am on Tuesday 10th February for us in the UK) and you have to take this link to enter - good luck and MTFBWY!

UPDATE: For all those that asked, this competition is open to all, provided that Sideshow ship there!

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Bombad Radio: Musical Procrastination #12 - Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope
Reported by Mark on 26 Jan 2015 03:50

It's time to join Lee on the latest edition of Bombad Radio: Musical Procrastination

This month on musical procrastination host Lee is discussing the music of Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope! If that doesn't prep you for this, I have no idea what will!

Source Bombad Radio
   25 January 2015
More Details Emerge For Star Wars: Battle Pod™ Arcade Game
Reported by Mark on 25 Jan 2015 23:47

It's like the 80's again as Star Wars hits the arcades, focusing on the original trilogy with clarity and detail beyond anything 80's arcade fans could possibly imagine.

Last October, BANDAI NAMCO Amusement America announced an exciting advancement in arcade entertainment with Star Wars™: Battle Pod™. Star Wars: Battle Pod features a special dome shaped screen that surrounds a player’s field of sight, controller and seat vibration synced with the action taking place on screen, special air blast technology that simulates wind that’s felt during flight, and 5.1 surround sound. All these features come together to provide the most cinematic Star Wars™ arcade gaming experience possible to fans.
Today additional information is revealed about the HOTH and VADER’s REVENGE stages in Star Wars: Battle Pod. The HOTH stage is taken directly from Star Wars™: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back™ and places players on the icy planet with an impending attack from Imperial forces. Players will find themselves in the pilot seat of a snowspeeder; their mission, to repel an Imperial forces attack on the Rebel Alliance base and provide air support to ally cargo ships as they escape to safety. The action in this stage is frantic and exciting filled with sights and sounds that Star Wars fans are sure to recognize and enjoy.
The VADER’s REVENGE stage presents an original storyline exclusive to Star Wars: Battle Pod. This special level places players in the role of Lord Darth Vader himself as he pilots a TIE Advanced fighter, a special variant of the famed TIE fighter. In this special mission, players are tasked with preventing the Rebel Alliance from seizing a secret superlaser from the remnants of the destroyed Death Star. Players will feel the visceral challenge of flying through the debris of the destroyed Death Star while engaged in intense battle.

Source Action Figure Insider
Marvel Star Wars And The Story Group
Reported by Mark on 25 Jan 2015 23:32

Interesting words from Marvels Jordan D White regarding the relationship between Marvel and the story group.

Anonymous asked:
How much input does the Story Group have on your Star Wars storylines? Have they given you guys notes, a bible, lists of characters, species, locations, ships, and organizations?

They have given us lots of notes, and will advise us if we are looking for characters, vehicles, organizations, or what not.  No master lists or bibles, though.

Source Jordan D White (via Alex Feola)
Oscar Isaac Reveals Director JJ Abrams' Reaction To Harrison Ford's Accident On Set
Reported by Mark on 25 Jan 2015 23:11

Well, if strictly true the this has to go down as one of the most unusual reactions to a man breaking his leg. Oscar Isaac describes how director J.J. Abrams dealt with the Harrison Ford 'Anklegate' episode the next day on set.

“JJ was in such high spirits, he was literally making jokes on the loudspeakers. We had a big schedule that day, but JJ stopped us all and he said, ‘Can everybody just stop and look at the moon right now?'
“He said, ‘Look how beautiful it is, and how lucky we all are to be here.’ “JJ knows what’s important, and he reminded us it was a beautiful experience. He made it very personal.”

Source Huffington Post
Ewan McGregor Is ‘Still Waiting For The Call’ On Those Star Wars Sequels
Reported by Mark on 25 Jan 2015 22:56

Ewan McGregor once again shows his love and affection for Star Wars in this chat with MTV, as he bemoans the fact that he's yet to be contacted for the new era of Star Wars.

“No! I’m still waiting for the call! But literally, I have had nothing. Nothing.”
“And I don’t know how it could work, because I don’t know what those stories are. I never discussed them with George [Lucas] when we made ours, so I have no idea what the three storylines are.”
“I suppose, after my last one, after ‘Episode III,’ I become Alec Guinness, and then Alec Guinness is cut down by Lord Vader, and goes into [The Force]. But then, if he came back from there wouldn’t he be Alec Guinness? Why would he suddenly be me?”
“I’m talking myself out of a job here, which is a silly idea,”

Source MTV (via Club Jade)
LEGO Star Wars 2015 Pictures and Rumors
Reported by Matt on 25 Jan 2015 22:45

Via Eurobricks, check out this new unreleased and unconfirmed LEGO Star Wars Rebels polybag, featuring a Stormtrooper Sergeant. 

Interestingly the piece count on the bag states 5 pieces but if you add up the legs, torso, head, helmet, gun and cloth sergeant wrap that's actually 6 pieces - whoops!

Source Eurobricks
Star Wars: The Old Republic As eSport – Can It Happen?
Reported by Mark on 25 Jan 2015 22:17

Sound like a crazy idea? Well, perhaps there's some mileage in the concept, as discussed over on SWTOR Strategies

So this is not the first time this question has been proposed but we want to open it up for a bit of discussion here. Could SWTOR make it as an eSport? With the growing popularity and demand on esports, it doesn’t seem far-fetched to think about other games getting into the scene. But is SWTOR a good choice? What aspects of SWTOR could be made into an eSport? We’d clearly be looking at PvP options, right?
There is a sect of players who love SWTOR solely for the PvP side, despite this not being what the game is specifically made for and branded to. There will always be players who love PvP and want to get specifically into that style of play. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at what might work for SWTOR in an eSports environment.
SWTOR PvP tournaments played out on Twitch? This is something I think fans would watch.

Source SWTOR Strategies (via sQren)
UK Hot Deals: Lucasarts Classics
Reported by Matt on 25 Jan 2015 22:05

Check out these insane prices for some Lucasarts classics. Tales of Monkey Island £2.39, Back To The Future The Game £2.49, Sam & Max Save The World £1.99, Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space £1.99, Sam & Max The Devil's Playhouse £2.39.

The legendary series returns from Davy Jones’ locker and onto your screen with lush 3D environments, rip-roaring humour, and Guybrush Threepwood himself!
While explosively stripping the evil pirate LeChuck of his demonic mojo, Guybrush Threepwood inadvertently infects the entire Caribbean with the arch-fiend's expelled voodoo, which threatens to transform buccaneers into unruly pirate monsters. Pursued by a notorious cut-throat pirate hunter and a creepy French physician who believes that Guybrush's eerily-infected hand holds the secret of eternal life, Threepwood sails the seven seas in search of La Esponja Grande, a legendary sea sponge with unparalleled voodoo exfoliating abilities. But little does Guybrush know, his quest is part of a larger, more sinister plot, and good and evil are not always as they seem…
Who can Guybrush trust? Where can he turn? Everything you think you know will be challenged as Tales of Monkey Island builds to its unexpected finale. Witness how one of the most cherished adventure gameworlds comes back to life in this modern point-and-click classic!

Source Hot UK Deals
Star Wars Holograms' Edge Closer to Reality
Reported by Matt on 25 Jan 2015 21:56

Star Wars hologram technology edges closer and closer, so maybe we can have that game of dejarrik sooner rathr than later.

The world has wanted to develop holograms ever since Princess Leia used it to appear before Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. Now, more than three decades later, the hologram could be edging closer to reality with a gadget that allows you to view projected 3D images in space, from any vantage point. The technology, dubbed ‘Help Me Obi’, has been created by a pair of Scottish artists who claim to be able to project 3D objects as large as 30cm (12 inches).

Source Daily Mail
The Realm Recap: Episode #49: They Are Toys After All
Reported by Dan on 25 Jan 2015 21:17

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

Join Flyguy and Jayson as we break down the latest in collecting news from Hasbro including details on the new Hero Mashers line, new Saga Legends reveals and preorders. UK Toy Fair was held this past week and while most info was kept on the down-low, some news did slip out including new 2015 LEGO sets and a swanky The Force Awakens tote bag given to corporate VIPs. Also this week, we have several custom features ranging from action figures to artwork to wearable costumes. Finally, we wrap things up with our reviews and acquisitions for the past week. All this and much more on Episode 49 of The Realm Recap!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

Source Yakface
New Hasbro Saga Legends Figures Revealed
Reported by Dan on 25 Jan 2015 21:13



Our friends over at Jedi temple Archives have uncovered a few previously-unannounced figures in Hasbro's Saga Legends Line: Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia in their Endor outfits from Return of the Jedi, as well as Commander Bly from Revenge of the Sith (they still didn't get the deco correct, after all these years?!?).

No word on release dates yet...but no doubt these will be part of Hasbro's presentation next month in New York.

Source Jedi Temple Archives
The WolfPack Podcast #118: Where Is Everything?
Reported by Dan on 25 Jan 2015 21:02

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

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Curto, Corey, Marco, and Jayson talk about the long wait for the next few Rebels Waves and Rebels episodes, variant covers for Star Wars Kanan and Darth Vader. as well as the latest Standalone rumors. We also create a new game for the show, Curto VS Jayson Action Figure challenge!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

Source The Wolfpack Podcast
   24 January 2015
Latest Toy Palace Newsletter - Week 3, 2015
Reported by James on 24 Jan 2015 22:31

Here's the latest update from Site Sponsor Toy Palace...

Our first newsletter of the year! We have worked very hard the last couple of weeks to get our new Toy Palace smartphone app out. It can be downloaded in German language for Android or Apple by simply searching for "Toy Palace" in your favourite App Store (Windows Phone App coming soon). Give us some feedback if you like it.

If you want to see the latest in-stock products just click HERE! The latest pre-order products can be found HERE!

Source Toy Palace
Mark Guest Leaves Blocks Magazine
Reported by James on 24 Jan 2015 21:55
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Some sad news about the editor and co-founder of Blocks Magazine, Mark Guest, that features lots of LEGO Star Wars content and is a must read for any LEGO fan.  Here's today's Press Release (read on for full details) and we wish Mark the very best of luck in his future endeavours.

It has been announced today that Blocks co-founder and Editor Mark Guest is to leave Blocks. Issue 5, (which comes out in February) will be the last issue with Mark at the helm.

Mark has been instrumental in creating Blocks form the start and it was his own obsession with LEGO that drove the one off project to become a monthly publication. It is fair to say the product has been well received amongst the LEGO fan community and has progressively strengthened under his leadership.

Back in June 2014, Mark first revealed Blocks to the world as a one-off WH Smith exclusive Bookazine. This was a small insight of what was to come and in the following months a team of experts and respected contributors assembled adding a great impetus that allowed the vision to grow into something the community had longed for.

Mark today commented on this shocking news, saying: ‘It is with great sadness that I am departing from what was my baby, but unfortunately sometimes circumstance dictates a difficult decision must be made.'

Source Blocks Magazine
Unbelievable Sand Sculpture Of Star Wars Rebels Crew
Reported by Justin on 24 Jan 2015 18:10

Source Twitter
Debbie Reynolds Confirms Once Again That Billie Lourd Is In The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 24 Jan 2015 17:50

While this isn't the first time we've heard about this, Debbie Reynolds, mother to Carrie Fisher and grandmother to Billie Lourd, has stated yet again via an interview posted on The Hollywood Reporter that Lourd will in fact be appearing in The Force Awakens in an unspecified role.

How did you feel about your daughter following you into the business? And now returning to the Star Wars franchise?

George Lucas is a great producer, and I'm very grateful to him for giving my daughter an opportunity to play a great part. My first [big] role was Singin' in the Rain, and my daughter's first [big] role was Star Wars. I had one bun for a hairdo, and Carrie had two buns! She just finished the new Star Wars — and my granddaughter, Billie Lourd, is playing a role in it, too! It's very exciting to see my granddaughter jumping into the fray also.

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Source THR
Tosche Station Radio #102: Where’s Hera?
Reported by Mark on 24 Jan 2015 10:33

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

On this episode of Tosche Station Radio, Amy Ratcliffe and Bria join the hosts to answer a question that’s been bugging us all lately: Where’s Hera?

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Source Tosche Station Radio
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