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PINNED: RADIO 1138 Episode 48 and Take Cover Episode 7: Live From Celebration Europe
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 20 Jul 2016 16:01
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   Monday, July 25, 2016
Top Trumps Tournament At GenCon August 4th - 7th
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Jul 2016 11:38

Our pals over at Winning Moves, the makers of Top Trumps, have sent us their plans for GenCon, which takes place in a couple of weekends time in Indianapolis. The team will be there and if you click here you can see just what they are planning.

Over to our friend Carrington with more info.

There are 18 slots only, and we’re doing a Top Trumps Tournament with 2 rounds. The first will be 3 groups of 6 people each competing against each other, and the top 2 from each round will move on to compete together in a final round. The winner will get some seriously awesome stuff – free Top Trumps for a year, and a signed pack of the Force Awakens (by the actress who played Maz Kanata). Everybody that participates will get a pack of their choice. There’s a $4 registration fee, and the pack is included within that set.

As well as this there's also a Comic & Screen Heroes Top Trumps Turbo Tournament that includes Star Wars. The winner of that will also win free Top Trumps for a year so even if you can’t get in for the Star Wars specific tournament there are still options for you to win during the show.

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Marvel Collect Star Wars Hardbacks For 40th Anniversary
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Jul 2016 10:56

Marvel have revealed an anniversary box set to celebrate the Star Wars 40th Anniversary next year.
Celebrate Star Wars with a box set that you’ll need to be Force strong to lift! Enjoy adaptations of every film in the series so far, plus a special prelude to Episode VII-The Force Awakens. Follow Luke Skywalker and the Rebels into all new adventures with the first collection of Marvel’s best-selling new Star Wars series, and turn to the Dark Side with Darth Vader’s own debut volume! Then savor a stunning gallery of Star Wars covers by Marvel’s greatest artists. It’s the ultimate celebration of cinema’s greatest sci-fi epic in comic book form!

Our friend Eddie broke down the details of the collection on his Facebook page, Star Wars Upcoming Books & Comics.

The $500 hardback collection, available 19th April 2017, will contain the following:

hardcover (120 pages)
collecting Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace # 1 – 4

hardcover (152 pages)
collecting Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones # 1 – 4

hardcover (104 pages)
collecting Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith # 1 – 4

hardcover (128 pages)
collecting Star Wars (1977) # 1 – 6 (Remastered)

hardcover (144 pages)
collecting Star Wars (1980) # 39 – 44 (Remastered)

hardcover (112 pages)
collecting Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) # 1 – 4 (Remastered)

hardcover (144 pages)
collecting Star Wars: The Force Awakens Adaptation # 1 – 6

hardcover (144 pages)
collecting Star Wars: Shattered Empire # 1 – 4 & Star Wars Special: C-3PO

hardcover (296 pages)
collecting Star Wars # 1 – 12

hardcover (296 pages)
collecting Star Wars: Darth Vader # 1 – 12

hardcover (344 pages)
collecting Star Wars: Princess Leia # 1 – 5, Star Wars: Lando # 1 – 5 & Star Wars: Chewbacca # 1 – 5

hardcover (224 pages)
collecting your favorite Star Wars covers and variants!


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Sci-Fi Central: Anthony Forrest as Fixer & Sandtrooper
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Jul 2016 09:49

Daryl James is with us again and today he's chatting with Anthony Forrest, better known as Fixer and a Sandtrooper from A New Hope.

The first person to ever receive a Jedi Mind Trick. That was the role played by Anthony Forrest. He also played the deleted character 'Fixer.' Here's our Celebration Japan interview.

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Ash - Burn Baby Burn - Brooklyn Bowl
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Jul 2016 02:26

Let's kick off the week with this, ASH live at #CANTINA last week and Burn Baby Burn.

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   Sunday, July 24, 2016
Conan: Young Han Solo Audition Tapes
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Jul 2016 23:55

Alden Ehrenreich might have ultimately filled the boots but don't be fooled, he wasn't the first to try out. Well, he was as it turns out, but 2999 others followed and here's a few of them.

Before Alden Ehrenreich nabbed the part, every actor worth their salt tried out to play the "Star Wars" smuggler. You were THISCLOSE, Jeff Goldblum.

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Sci-Fi Central: Chris Muncke played Captain Khurgee
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Jul 2016 21:46

It's time to join Daryl James once again as he catches up with another star of the saga. This time it's Chris Muncke who played Imperial officer Captain Khurgee in A New Hope.

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Fangirls Going Rogue: Live From Celebration Europe
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Jul 2016 20:24
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Fantasy Flight Games: The Corellian Conflict
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Jul 2016 19:28

Fantasy Flight Games bring us their latest epic campaign expansion for Star Wars: Armada, The Correllian Conflict.

From the website:

“Fear will keep the local systems in line."
–Grand Moff Tarkin

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of The Corellian Conflict, an epic Star Wars™: Armada campaign expansion for two to six players!
The Galactic Civil War was not won in a single battle. The epic conflict at the heart of Star Wars saw countless skirmishes, waged in hundreds of systems and over thousands of planets. Even the ancient Core Worlds were touched by the spark of rebellion.
Soon, with The Corellian Conflict, you and your friends will be able to wage strategic battles for key hyperlane routes, seize vital shipyards, establish new bases, and decide the fate of the Corellian Sector. Working as teams, you will take sides with the Galactic Empire or Rebel Alliance, then meet your foes in battle for control of vital worlds. New campaign rules guarantee that your battles have long-term consequences, and the experience you gain from your victories may prove invaluable toward the success of your overall campaign.
Finally, The Corellian Conflict introduces new objectives and squadron cards for use both in your campaign and in standard play. The expansion's twelve objectives introduce new challenges and paths to victory. And its sixteen new squadron cards add greater variety to the squadrons from your Core Set, Rebel Fighter Squadrons Expansion Pack, and Imperial Fighter Squadrons Pack, allowing you to field them as some of the most legendary pilots and squadrons from the Galactic Civil War!

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Wampa's Lair #191: Rogues, Rebels, Celebration
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Jul 2016 18:21
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Sci-Fi Central: Orli Shoshan On Shaak's Death Scenes
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Jul 2016 17:25

We join interviewer extraordinaire Daryl James for his latest chat with a Star Wars star. This time he catches up with Shaak Ti actress Orli Shoshan.

How many deaths did you see Jedi Shaak Ti receive in Revenge of the Sith? None during the film is the correct answer but here actress Orli Shoshan chats about the death scenes she filmed.

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Darth Elvis and the Imperials at the Brooklyn Bowl
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Jul 2016 17:07

It's hard to believe that a week ago this evening, Celebration Europe came to an end. What an awesome few days that was and the whole event was preceded by #CANTINA at the Brooklyn Bowl at the O2 Arena on Thursday 14th July.

To see out an eventful San Diego Comic Con focused weekend here's a look back to Darth Elvis and the Imperials and Sarlacc Pit. Listen in to the next episode of RADIO 1138 for more from Darth Elvis and co.

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Galactic War Report - Episode 15: MOD SQUADS
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Jul 2016 13:32
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Hasbro Pulse To Be Used More For Star Wars Product Release Updates
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Jul 2016 10:43

During an interview conducted at SDCC with Making Star Wars, Hasbro's Director of Global Brand Strategy and Marketing for Star Wars, Joe Ninivaggi, revealed that there are plans for the company to start increasing the utilization of their Hasbro Pulse website. The site has been up and running for about a year or so, but has not been deployed as a Star Wars product news delivery system as much as we would have thought. Here is what Joe had to say about the Hasbro Pulse site and how it will factor into new product updates for Rogue One and future Star Wars films as well:

Recently, the only way fans are finding out about figures are through leaks. Any chance you guys will be utilizing Hasbro pulse more?

Absolutely. That is something we are going to start doing for Rogue One and beyond–we definitely want to get better at letting you guys know what’s coming in the wave and when the waves are expected. It is hard to pinpoint when specific waves are going to get to your exact state or your exact city, but we realize we haven’t even been letting everyone know except the first two waves (of TFA?) in the catalog we produced, kind of what’s coming down the pipe. So you will see more of that soon.

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Celebration Europe 2016: ILMxLAB, Cosplay, Marvel Comics, The Art Of Storytelling Panel & More
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Jul 2016 10:20

While our collective focus is currently set on SDCC and the Star Wars news that has been revealed up to this point, new content from Celebration Europe 2016 continues to be posted on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel. This latest batch of panels/interviews contains videos of some of the biggest events that took place at Celebration, so take each respective link below to check them out.


Cosplay Championship

Ray Park Unleashed

Marvel’s Star Wars Comic Books Panel

Lucasfilm: The Art of Storytelling Panel

   Saturday, July 23, 2016
Tosche Station on Location – Escape Velocity: Star Wars Then and Now
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Jul 2016 19:07
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Sci-Fi Central: Rena Owen Acting With Ewan McGregor
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Jul 2016 18:22

It's time to join Daryl James again for some classic Star Wars interviews. This time he chats with Taun We actress Rena Owen from Attack of the Clones.

Rena Owen is the famous New Zealand actor from the film 'Once Were Warriors,' she also worked in the Star Wars prequel era as Taun We in 'Attack of the Clones.' This interview with Rena took place in Los Angeles 2007.

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The Art of The Force Awakens Book Project
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Jul 2016 17:58

Here is a unique project that we are getting behind here at Jedi News. Neil Ellis, a model maker on The Force Awakens, Rogue One, Episode VIII and now the Han Solo story is on a mission to collect 150 Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast and crew autographs for SENSE (for deafblind people), all in one book. Over to our friend Neil...

I am collecting Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast and crew autographs in a copy of 'The Art of The Force Awakens' I'm going for 150 in total, including UK and US Art Departments, Creatures, Costume, SFX, Set Dec, VFX, Performers, Puppeteers, Principles, Producers and Directors. At the time of writing I have over 115 signatures in the book, and am finishing the cold-cast bronze display box.

Eventually, once all 150 signatures are in the book, it will be auctioned or even better, raffled with all of the money raised going to SENSE, a great charity for deafblind people, who (amongst other things) teach deafblind children and their parents how to communicate with each other.

So far signatures include.... Oscar Isaacs, Daisy Ridley, Peter Mayhew, J.J. Abrams, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd, Lee Towersley, Oliver Steeples Dave Merryweather, Mike Quinn, Ben Morris, Kevin Jenkins, Tim Shanahan, Ian Bunting, Vince Abbot, Katrina Mackay, Phil Szostak, Yannick Dusseault and Dave Fogler.

We'll be keeping in touch with Neil over the coming weeks as he reaches his total of 150 signatures, and let you all know how you can bid to win this unique item.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: New Expansion This Fall: Knights of the Eternal Throne!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Jul 2016 17:22

It's time to rejoin the worlds of Star Wars The Old Republic.

During the EA Star Wars™ “Meet the Makers” panel at Star Wars Celebration in London, James Ohlen, Director of Design for BioWare helped celebrate the game's upcoming 5-year anniversary, revealing a brand new digital expansion coming this fall, Knights of the Eternal Throne. The all new expansion adds more of BioWare's trademark cinematic storytelling, as well as exciting new game features in one of the largest updates the team has made since the game launched 5 years ago in 2011!
BioWare also announced that all players can prepare for the new expansion by playing Chapter 1 of the prequel story in Knights of the Fallen Empire, now for free:
Finally, the team released an infographic, compiling some of the community's most impressive feats over the last five years as well as a new 5-year Celebration trailer here:
Stay tuned for more details about Knights of the Eternal Throne:

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Official Site: Force Of Fashion: Keeping Cool In The Outer Rim
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Jul 2016 17:16

It's time to head on over to and join Catrina Dennis for the latest Force of Fashion as she gives us handy tips on hw to stay cool in the Outer Rim.

We are now in the thick of summer, and if you’re not covered up properly, you’re not going to enjoy the record heat in some areas of the sector. One can imagine that a hard lesson learned by cast and crew on the set of Star Wars movies must be that, at least once, you’ll have to prepare yourself for a desert scene (or five). Under the blistering heat of the Tunisian sun in A New Hope, crew members often took to wrapping shirts around their heads to block the sun and cool down. But for the actors and those who would follow in their footsteps, being on set was something of a different story. That story happened to be one told, in part, by the costumes they wore.
While the Outer Rim is littered with various planets of varying climates, the two that standout as the most miserable are Tatooine and Jakku. Their deserts differ in small ways, but for the most part, there are only so many ways one can look at a miserable hotspot in a nearly forgotten, lawless area. Both trilogies and The Force Awakens have taken us to these planets to witness what the heat can do to the minds of a bunch of lawless, rowdy settlers. For the heroes of Star Wars, surviving these climates — regardless of shelter type — requires carefully selected clothing and fabric so that (both in world and out) the actors can remain as cool as possible.

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Rebel Force Radio: July 22, 2016
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Jul 2016 17:09
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Fantasy Flight Games: Expand Your Battlefield
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Jul 2016 17:01

Fantasy Flight Games bring us some nifty new skirmish game mats for use with the superb Star Wars: Imperial Assault.

From the website:

“From here, you will witness the final destruction of the Alliance and the end of your insignificant rebellion.”
–Emperor Palpatine, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce three new Skirmish Maps for Imperial Assault:

  • Training Ground Skirmish Map
  • Nelvaanian War Zone Skirmish Map
  • Coruscant Landfill Skirmish Map

Now, you can dive into your skirmish games quickly and easily, whether you’re playing at your kitchen table or in a premier tournament. Proudly displaying each of the three currently tournament-legal Imperial Assault skirmish maps, these natural rubber playmats provide an easy setup for your missions while also protecting your figures and tiles from unnecessary wear and tear.
Measuring 26” by 26”, each Skirmish Map features the rooms, corridors, and twisted hallways of a skirmish mission, all printed on the playmat so setup never takes more than seconds. With plenty of room along the outside borders to place your Deployment cards and tokens, easy references for setup zones, and stunning artwork drawn from the Star Wars galaxy, these Skirmish Maps offer the definitive Imperial Assault skirmish experience. As a final touch, you’ll even find additional copies of the Skirmish cards for each map included with the playmat, giving you easy access to everything you need to activate your strike team.

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SDCC 2016: Video From Sideshow Booth
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Jul 2016 15:04

Take a look at some of our coolest Star Wars pieces at our SDCC 2016 Booth!

See more Comic-Con awesomeness at

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SDCC 2016: Photos From The Hot Toys Booth
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Jul 2016 14:53

The official Sideshow Collectibles blog has posted an awesome collection of product photos from the Hot Toys booth at SDCC. Several major entertainment licenses are represented at the booth, including Star Wars of course. The highlight piece, at least for me (and I'm sure scores of other fans), is this spot-on portrayal of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker seen at the end of The Force Awakens. Just wait till this bad boy goes up for pre-order...

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Sideshow Posts Production Photo Of Rey And BB-8 Premium Format Figures On Their Website
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Jul 2016 11:52

Revealed during yesterday's Star Wars Collectibles panel at SDCC, Sideshow Collectibles has updated the "What's New" section of their website with a listing for their upcoming Rey and BB-8 Premium Format Figures. Details on pricing and a pre-order date have yet to be announced.

Sideshow is very excited to unveil the first look at our Rey™ and BB-8™ Premium Format Figures! More updates are coming in the future, so be sure to check back Star Wars™ fans!

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SDCC 2016: Jaw-Dropping Rancor Cosplay
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Jul 2016 11:25

When outstanding designs in Star Wars cosplay come across our desks here at Jedi News, we would be doing our readers a great disservice if we didn't post them for fans to enjoy along with us. And we can say without the slightest bit of hesitation that this is one of the greatest Star Wars cosplays we've EVER seen.

IGN has posted a short video on their website of a custom Rancor costume spotted at SDCC that is simply mind-blowing. The extreme attention to detail. The amount of time required to finish the project. And it comes "complete" with a female Malakili to boot! Add it all up, and you have a Star Wars cosplay for the ages.

I sure hope Roxy the Rancor gets to meet this guy someday...

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SDCC 2016: Official High Res Images Of Hasbro 3.75-Inch Figures
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Jul 2016 10:47

Hasbro has made available high resolution images of their assortment of 3.75-inch figures revealed during the Hasbro Star Wars panel at SDCC. Click each image for a closer look and be sure to check out their official image gallery of Black Series 6-inch figures as well.

SDCC 2016: Official High Res Images Of Hasbro Black Series 6-Inch Figures
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Jul 2016 10:35

Hasbro has made available high resolution images of their assortment of Black Series 6-inch figures revealed during the Hasbro Star Wars panel at SDCC. Click each image for a closer look.

   Friday, July 22, 2016
SDCC 2016: Photos Of Rogue One 3.75-Inch Figure Diorama At The Hasbro Booth
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 21:53

I can only imagine the crowds that are gathering around this scene with phones in hand at SDCC 2016. Toyark provides us with a collection of images taken of the amazing Rogue One 3.75-inch figure diorama that Hasbro set up at their booth, which includes several AT-ACTs and some great action shots.

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SDCC 2016: Photos Of Star Wars 3.75-Inch Figures From The Hasbro Booth
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 21:45

Toyark has uploaded a nice image gallery of 3.75-inch figures that are currently on display at the Hasbro Star Wars booth at SDCC 2016. The Death Trooper figure featured above looks flat-out awesome.

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SDCC 2016: Tweet Roundup From Star Wars Collectibles Panel
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 20:58
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Lots of great product reveals just came out of the Star Wars Collectibles Panel at SDCC 2016. Presenting during the panel were manufacturing heavyweights Kotobukiya, Gentle Giant, Sideshow Collectibles, and more. Beneath the break is a collection of tweets we gathered from the panel, so check 'em out and prepare to be blown away! Jaina Solo Wins 2016 Hasbro Black Series 6-Inch Fan's Choice Poll
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 19:57

During today's Hasbro Star Wars panel at SDCC 2016, it was announced that Jaina Solo was the winner of the 2016 Hasbro Black Series 6-Inch Fan's Choice Poll. An interesting end to an interesting poll to say the least...

SDCC 2016: Tweet Roundup From Hasbro Star Wars Panel
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 19:54
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The granddaddy of 'em all, the Hasbro Star Wars panel, just wrapped up at SDCC 2016. Needless to say, there were more than a few awesome product reveals (including a stunning 6-inch Hera Syndulla figure) that will be vying for your hard-earned republic credits. Check out all the exciting tweets we've assembled from the panel beneath the break! Star Wars Influences #17: SWCE with Dave Filoni
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 19:11
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SDCC 2016: Tweet Roundup From Star Wars Publishing Panel
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 18:51
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Just a short time ago, the Star Wars Publishing panel concluded at SDCC 2016. We've collected several tweets sent from the panel revealing quite a bit of exciting news, so check them out beneath the break. Celebration Europe 2016: Watch The Rogue One Panel
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 18:17

Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma) leads a special discussion at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 with the cast and filmmakers behind Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, including John Knoll, Kiri Hart, Gareth Edwards, Kathleen Kennedy, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Wen Jiang, Donnie Yen, Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, and Ben Mendelsohn.

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Filming For Episode VIII Has Officially Wrapped
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 16:32

True to Mark Hamill's response to a fan earlier this month, we have received word from Lucasfilm via the tweet embedded below (and of course a post on that filming for director Rian Johnson's eagerly-anticipated Episode VIII has officially wrapped!

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Feeling The Force: Life Creates it, Makes it Grow
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 14:16

Writing over at Coffee With Kenobi Becca Benjamin brings us another thoughtful piece, this time looking at the spate of trees which have begun to litter the Star Wars galaxy.

As Star Wars evolves and takes on new directions, I’m forced (pun intended) to revisit the known and to look at it anew – you must unlearn what you have learned. That’s the genius in what makes Star Wars so great and what gives it that ability to live on beyond or despite some other’s expectations; an ambiguity like no other. That said, Star Wars has roots and they were planted deep – a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Each new addition or key element just adds another extension to the saga as a whole, branching out and laying seedlings, growing, connecting the puzzle, one parsec at a time.

Trees have always been present in the saga. Go back to November 1976 and page 1 of the original novelisation by Alan Dean Foster. 'So it was with the Republic at its height. Like the greatest of trees, able to withstand any external attack, the Republic rotted from within though the danger was not visible from outside.'.

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Official Site: A Long Time Ago: The Original Trilogy's Influence On Star Wars Rebels
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 13:43

Over at Ross Brown takes a look at how the original trilogy influenced the look and feel of Star Wars Rebels.

Many elements come together to form the spirit of the original Star Wars trilogy. The visuals, the dialogue, the overall tone — they feel like Star Wars and nothing else. With Star Wars Rebels, which is set roughly five years before A New Hope, capturing that spirit was essential. One could argue that the show would feel inauthentic without it. But Star Wars Rebels captures it masterfully, and in numerous ways.

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Den Of Geek: Looking Back At The Live Action Star Wars TV Show
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 13:33

Writer Matthew Graham sits down with Den of Geek to discuss the unfortunately abandoned live action Star Wars TV show and gives us a glimpse at what could have been if things had rolled out differently.

You were one of the writers on the Star Wars television show, the abandoned live-action show that George Lucas was developing before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney. How did you become involved and what did you do on the show?

What happened was, in about I guess 2007, George Lucas decided… he was already writing and developing his Clone Wars animated series, and was enjoying jumping back into the Star Wars universe. He had been running writers’ rooms for Clone Wars, and he was enjoying the process of sitting down and chinwagging with other writers. He said I think the time has come to talk about doing a live-action Star Wars show. It had been rumoured for a long time.
His producer Rick McCallum and associate producer Steve Irwin were basically given the task of travelling around and finding six or seven writers from around the world to bring in on the project.
Rick has a particular love of British writers and Australian writers. Even though Rick wanted to bring in a couple of writers from Los Angeles, he wanted to staff the room up with people from outside too. As a result of throwing the net out, Rick and Steve watched Life On Mars and loved it. I had a meeting with Rick in London, and then they sent some tapes for George to look at. He watched a couple of episodes and really liked it. And then the next thing, I got one of those wonderfully surreal calls, are you available in two days’ time to go to London to meet with George Lucas?

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Fantasy Flight Games: It's Time to Choose a Side
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 13:22

Fantasy Flight Games release their latest wave of sleeves, focusing on The Force Awakens.

From the website:

“All remaining systems will bow to the First Order and will remember this as the last day of the Republic!”
–Admiral Hux, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce four new Star Wars™ Limited Edition Card Sleeves from Fantasy Flight Supply:

  • Rey Limited Edition Card Sleeves
  • BB-8 Limited Edition Card Sleeves
  • Kylo Ren Limited Edition Card Sleeves
  • First Order Limited Edition Card Sleeves

The power of the First Order is rising in the galaxy. Though the Resistance fights boldly against the First Order’s tyranny, these are dangerous times for everyone—First Order Stormtroopers can launch raids at a moment’s notice and even old war heroes may return to dangerous lives of lawlessness and crime.
In these uncertain times, it’s important to make sure you and those you care about are safe from harm. Soon, you’ll be able to protect your cards and evoke the thrilling battles and moving scenes of The Force Awakens with four new styles of Star Wars card sleeve.

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Trade Federation Episode 64
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 13:16
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Hot Toys Power Droid, Snowtrooper, And Death Star Trooper Sixth Scale Figures Revealed
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 13:01

If you are fan of Hot Toys' line of sixth scale Star Wars figures, you'd better start clearing out some serious display space for your collection, 'cause you're gonna need it for sure in the near future. Visit each link below posted on the Sideshow Collectibles website to check out the product announcements for their Power Droid, Snowtrooper, and Death Star Trooper Sixth Scale Figures...and may the Force be with your wallet.

Power Droid Sixth Scale Figure

Snowtrooper Sixth Scale Figure

Death Star Trooper Sixth Scale Figure

Sideshow Announces Hot Toys Sandtrooper Sergeant Sixth Scale Figure
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 12:48

Sideshow Collectibles has announced that Hot Toys will be releasing a new Sandtrooper Sergeant Sixth Scale Figure. Pre-order and pricing details for the figure have yet to be revealed as of the time of this posting.

Another Star Wars Collectible from Hot Toys is arriving! Check out the Sandtrooper Sergeant Sixth Scale Trooper, coming soon.

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Official Rogue One Poster Has Arrived At Theaters
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 12:15

Well that sure didn't take long, now did it? You just gotta love this. Only a few days after it was officially revealed during Celebration Europe 2016, we have visual proof of the official Rogue One movie poster on display in a theater.

If you recall, we saw the Rogue One teaser poster showcased on a theater wall back in May.

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Daisy Ridley Shares The Force Awakens BTS Photo Of Her With BB-8 On Jakku
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 11:37

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A photo posted by @daisyridley on

The lovely and extremely talented Daisy Ridley just posted the following behind-the-scenes shot featuring Rey and BB-8 from the making of The Force Awakens over on her Instagram page. Here's hoping we continue to see more BTS photos like this from the shooting of Episode VIII as well.

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Gentle Giant 2016 PG Exclusive Holiday BB-8 Mini Bust
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Jul 2016 11:09

Gentle Giant has announced that their 2016 PG Exclusive Holiday offering this year will be a BB-8 mini bust whimsically wrapped in a string of decorative colored lights. You must be a current PG member (and logged into your account) in order to add the mini bust to your shopping cart. Important pre-order information is listed below.

Guaranteed Pre-Orders through AUGUST 10th. Any orders received after AUGUST 10th are subject to availability.

Inspired by art from Lucasfilm’s 2015 Holiday greeting card, this BB-8 Mini Bust features permanently attached, long lasting colored LED lights. Each limited edition piece is numbered with a matching certificate to ensure authenticity. Made exclusively for Gentle Giant’s collector club, the Premier Guild (PG members), BB-8 is expected to sell out quickly. One of our favorites, BB-8 will make an excellent addition to your Star Wars collection or as a special gift this holiday season!

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   Thursday, July 21, 2016
SDCC 2016: Hasbro Tweets Photo Of New Princess Leia Black Series 6-Inch Figure
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Jul 2016 20:22

So are you ready for a glimpse at the last daughter of Alderaan in her classic A New Hope garb? Princess Leia has well and truly arrived at SDCC, in Black Series 6-inch format that is. Announced and shown in early stages at Toy Fair in New York, here is the final production figure.

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SDCC 2016: Topps Star Wars SDCC Activation & Exclusives
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Jul 2016 20:08

Our great pal Mark Von Ohlen from Topps has dropped us a line with info regarding their San Diego Comic Con plans for the show. Over to Mark.


Topps is in Booth 2913-Y in the Lucasfilm pavilion.
Topps has 5 oversized card sets for sale featuring characters and story from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Each set has 10 cards and costs $20 (tax included). The sets are:

  • The Resistance
  • The First Order
  • Maz’s Castle
  • Ships & Vehicles
  • Journey Of The Lightsaber

  • Topps will have giveaways of Star Wars Galactic Connexions trading discs throughout the show
  • Come to the booth to take a picture with the solid 14kt gold Galactic Connexions disc
  • Topps has free Star Wars Card Trader posters for fans visiting the booth
  • Give a member of the SWCT team your fan name for a free pack!
  • Topps will be announcing exclusive cards in the SWCT this weekend

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Celebration Europe 2016: Carrie Fisher Interview With Andi Gutierrez
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Jul 2016 18:08

Of all the awesome interviews conducted by The Star Wars Show Live team of Andi Gutierrez and Peter Townley over the course of three days at Celebration Europe 2016, this one tops them all. Andi's immediate reaction to seeing Gary stroll through the corridor of the Millennium Falcon followed by Carrie Fisher is a shining example of Star Wars fandom on display in as pure a manner as possible.

Congrats to Andi for keeping herself composed during the interview segment and we all thank her for providing us with such a raw authentic moment.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Watch The "Carrie Fisher: The Princess Diaries" Panel
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Jul 2016 17:53

Carrie Fisher, the force behind Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies, for an hour of insights into the world of one of our favorite characters on and off the screen.

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The Metro: 14 Things I Learnt At Star Wars Celebration Europe
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Jul 2016 17:25

Check out this great article by Joelle over at The Metro as she looks back at the 14 things she learnt at Celebration Europe last weekend.

We’ve all been to a fancy dress party at one point or another in our lives, so we know what it feels like to dress up and have a great time.
Well, imagine doing that regularly with a whole bunch of like-minded people at multiple events every year! If you don’t already know about the Star Wars fandom then here is my insight to one of the most open-minded, accepting and diverse communities in the galaxy.
There are many different lengths people go to for their passion, here are some of those, big and small, which I experienced at Star Wars Celebration Europe held at London’s ExCeL at the weekend.

And stay tuned for more news from Joelle here on Jedi News.

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SDCC 2016: Official Images Of LEGO Life Size Rogue One Death Trooper
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Jul 2016 17:24

As an update to our original story posted earlier today, LEGO has provided us with official images of their life size Death Trooper statue from Rogue One that will be on display for fans to enjoy at SDCC.

After what we saw back in February with LEGO's line of life size The Force Awakens statues, there's no doubt this Death Trooper statue will be made of the same extremely high level of quality and detail.

J.J. Abrams Gives Conan The Comic-Con® Citizenship Test
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Jul 2016 16:58

.San Diego Comic Con is here and Conan is showing off his geek credentials by taking this Comic Con Citizenship test, as read by J.J. Abrams.

Conan proves his comic nerd bonafides by passing the Star Wars' director's geeky quiz.

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The Force Is With Young Padawan Oliver On Special Make-A-Wish Trip
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Jul 2016 16:41

Via our great pal and Express and Star journalist Paul Naylor (you'll have seen him at Celebration Europe over the weekend frequenting the Jedi News Table and Four Clubs One Force booth) here's a heart-warming story of a young ,em>Star Wars fan fulfilling his dream, to be a Jedi...

A HUGE Star Wars fan had his dream come true when he was given the chance to train with Jedi.
Six-year-old Oliver Ball from Telford was born with a genetic condition that causes life-threatening heart and kidney problems. He is also a massive Star Wars fan who has watched all the films, spends hours re-enacting scenes with his toys and longs for the latest computer games to be released.

Now, the Make-a-Wish charity has helped him train to be a Jedi with with Obi-Wan Kenobi – and he even got to take down baddie Darth Maul. Following his adventure, Oliver, who has had a kidney removed as well as open-heart surgery, has now taken up karate – something he didn’t have the confidence to do before his wish.
In the build up to his wish, the charity arranged for Star Wars actor and Make-A-Wish Ambassador, Warwick Davis to send Oliver a video message. Then they sent Oliver a young Jedi outfit so that he looked the part.
Make-A-Wish transported Oliver to Star Command Headquarters in London where he was given some custom-made light sabers and trained to use them – just like a Jedi. Then he saved Obi-Wan’s life by defeating Darth Maul in battle – scenes that were filmed for Oliver to show at his school assembly.
His mum Krista said: “I’ve never seen him happier. Since we’ve come back from the wish, Oliver’s confidence has grown a lot. He was very self-conscious about his scar but now he talks about it and shows more people his scar because Obi-Wan said to him ‘you can tell people that Darth Maul did it.’ “It was the best thing he could have said to him really. You can really see from what this has done to Oliver that it’s been truly amazing. We couldn’t have done this without Make-A-Wish.”
There are 20,000 children and young people like Oliver who are living with a life-threatening condition in the UK. Make-A-Wish wants to grant 1000 wishes for the first time this year and receives no government funding.

SDCC 2016: Photo Of Gentle Giant Maz Kanata Mini Bust
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Jul 2016 15:20

Toyark has updated their website with a gallery of images taken at the always-entertaining Gentle Giant booth at SDCC. Included in their assortment of images is our first look at Gentle Giant's new Maz Kanata mini bust from The Force Awakens. Visit their site at the source link provided below for more great product photos from SDCC.

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SDCC 2016: LEGO Press Release, Life Size Rogue One Death Trooper On Display
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Jul 2016 13:21

LEGO has sent out their official product press release for SDCC 2016. The intro as well as the relevant portion of the press release that pertains to Star Wars has been copied below.

LEGO Systems Previews New LEGO® BrickHeadz Collectible Series Along with 2017 Construction sets San Diego Comic-Con International

SAN DIEGO (July 20, 2016) – LEGO Systems, Inc. announced LEGO® BrickHeadz, a new product line for fans to collect, build and showcase LEGO® versions of iconic characters and super heroes in conjunction with San Diego Comic-Con International (SDCC), the world’s largest comic and entertainment convention. The company will participate at SDCC for the 16th year and will delight show attendees with extraordinary life-sized LEGO models, exclusive sneak peeks of 2017 LEGO building sets, one-of-a-kind minifigure giveaways, and hands-on building fun with thousands of LEGO bricks at booth #2829 in Hall D at the San Diego Convention Center, July 21-24. The company also detailed the special activities, product giveaways and exclusive retail offerings which will be available for all San Diego Comic-Con International attendees.

“Each year our team looks forward to attending San Diego Comic-Con to unveil new products and life-sized LEGO models inspired by some of the most popular entertainment properties in the world,” said Amanda Santoro, brand relations manager, LEGO Systems, Inc. “This year, show attendees will be the first in the world to preview our new, fan-friendly, collectible line of LEGO BrickHeadz, share a photo moment with new LEGO statues, and lend a hand to LEGO Master Builders as they assemble larger-than-life LEGO models.”

Star Wars

LEGO Star Wars™ fans eagerly awaiting the upcoming film premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be thrilled to see an over 6-foot tall life-sized model of the film’s new Death Trooper™, which took LEGO Master Builders 349 hours to build and contains 27,202 LEGO bricks.

Hot Wheels Creates Stunning Life Size X-wing Fighter Carship
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Jul 2016 12:59

Remember the jaw-dropping life size Darth Vader car that was built by the amazing team at Hot Wheels and unveiled at SDCC two years ago? Of course you do. Nobody who saw that car in person (or read about in on the web) will ever forget it. Hot Wheels has released the YouTube video below of a new life size addition that is ready to burn rubber right alongside the Vader car.


The iconic Star Wars X-wing Fighter™ is reimagined as a high performance Hot Wheels racecar equipped with a 2.0 liter 16 valve DOHC engine, AP dual piston calipers with slotted rotors, and custom Slick tires to out-maneuver the Empire and save the galaxy. Don't miss the X-wing Fighter™ Carship when it speeds into San Diego Comic-Con International on Wednesday, July 20th and look out for die-cast 1:64 scale Carships at a retailer near you later this year!

For more information on how this car was designed (after seeing the video above, who wouldn't want to know more), point your browser towards this making-of video.

Two More Rogue One Alien Characters Revealed
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Jul 2016 12:21

Yesterday Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo revealed official details on the Space Monkey character that was seen in the Rogue One BTS video shown during Celebration Europe 2016. Following up on that reveal, we've got details on two additional alien characters that will be part of the Rogue One ensemble.

Pao (via Entertainment Weekly)

“Bigmouth,” whose real name is Pao, a soldier who serves as a kind of platoon leader, coordinating the charge into battle. “There was this great design of this creature that’s mouth would open really wide, and he looked like he was really good at giving orders and shouting at people during a battle,” Edwards said. “I was like, ‘We’ve got to give him that moment in the film,’ and so [Pao] was born out of that.”

Edrio Two Tubes (via Star Wars Facebook - click for more images)

Edrio Two Tubes is a mercenary pilot who flies alongside his eggmate, Benthic. The two share the nickname derived from the breathing apparatus that allows their Tognath physiology to process oxygen atmospheres. Edrio’s home world Yar Togna was conquered and occupied by the Empire, forcing him to flee as a refugee. Desiring to strike back at the Empire, Edrio and Benthic have allied with Saw Gerrera.

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