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PINNED: RADIO 1138: Episode 43
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 16:01

It's time to join Mark Newbold and James Burns for the latest episode of RADIO 1138, brought to you by the Jedi News Network.

The Star Wars galaxy never stops moving and neither do we. With James away visiting Rancho Obi-Wan Mark flies solo this episode and joining him are a cargo hold full of stars. Mark talks the Wars with Virgin Radio DJ and super Star Wars fan Edith Bowman and hangs out with Cratinus himself from The Force Awakens Dee Tails. Mark and Brian Cameron travel to Star Wars Fan Fun Day and sit down with Goss Toowers actor Keith De'Winter, Bossk actor Alan Harris and Gold Leader Angus MacInnes. Martin Keeler and Jed Shepherd tell us all about #CANTINA, a very special gig happening at the O2 the night before Celebration Europe 3 and Matt Booker and Mark catch up with friend and mega collector Gus Lopez at Farthest From 11. Trust us, you get everything but the squeak on the 43rd episode of RADIO 1138. You can contact us on Skype at network@jedinews.co.uk or call us direct on 01444 39 1138 with your comments, views and opinions and be a part of the show.

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   Thursday, May 5, 2016
The Trade Federation #54
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 May 2016 21:59

The Trade Federation is the only podcast dedicated to Topps Star Wars Card Trader on iOS and Android devices! Join Joe Ryan and Bill Drewnowski each week as they break down the latest news and releases, talk about trade strategy, look at upcoming sets and awards, break down the pricing of cards on eBay and more!

Joe is out this week, so Bill and Steven AKA IMVADER sit down and chat about Star Wars Card Trader and do a little speculation about May 4th! This week, Steven from the StarWarsTrader subreddit joins Bill to talk about the new monthly “One White Zuckuss” challenge. It adds a bit of a “game” element to the Star Wars Card Trader app. Without many new sets in the app, Bill and Steven discuss the switch in the Posters Series II set from the IMAX posters to more obscure, foreign posters, and what that means for the character posters that are part of The Force Awakens Series II physical set.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Jimmy Mac And Michael Witwer: A Rally For The Lucas Museum
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 May 2016 21:51

The Lucas Museum is a hairs breadth away from leaving Chicago and Jimmy Mac, along with Michael Witwer are beyond keen to see that sense prevails and it stays. They both appeared on Wendy Snyder's local radio show to discuss the situation, which you can listen to by clicking the link below.

Bill and Wendy are joined by Jimmy Mac, host of Rebel Force Radio podcast, and writer and author Michael Witwer. They talk about the rally for the Lucas museum happening today.

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Folkestone Film, TV And Comic Con 2016: Saturday 7th May 2016
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 May 2016 20:08

The hot streak of events happening here in the UK shows no signs of slowing down as another packed weekend looms. If you're in the area, head on down to Folkestone Film, TV And Comic Con 2016 which takes place on Saturday 7th May at Folkestone Academy. Adults £7.00, kids £4.00, family's £20.00 and kids under 5 go free.

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New Episode VII Backstory Content Contained In LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 05 May 2016 18:40

Yesterday we saw the release of a new gameplay trailer for TT Games' upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens title that showed us some new backstory content from Episode VII that was not contained in the actual film itself. Jamie Eden, Game Director at TT Games, recently spent some time speaking exclusively with Empire on how this new backstory content was developed and how we can expect to see it play out during gameplay.

One area in which the game will open up the Star Wars lore is the Rashtar Hunting level. The Rashtars, you’ll remember, are the giant tentacled aliens that Han Solo is capturing for King Prana. In the game, you get to play as Han before his encounter with Finn and Rey. “[Prana] is a collector of exotic animals and wants Rathtars for his collection. Han and Chewie travel to a distant planet – Twon Ketee – with their crew to capture some of the beasts lurking in the gassy caverns, all whilst a rival crew descend upon their location to try and capture the beasts themselves.”

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Pablo Hidalgo Begins Work On Star Wars: Rogue One Ultimate Visual Guide
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 05 May 2016 16:47

Via this tweet posted by Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo earlier today, we've learned that he has begun work on the 200-page hardcover Star Wars: Rogue One Ultimate Visual Guide from DK Publishing. The product listing on Amazon has a scheduled release date of December 16 for the book, which is same day the film will be arriving in theaters.

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Rex Will Wear His Helmet From The Clone Wars In Star Wars Rebels Season 3
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 05 May 2016 14:15

As the second season of Star Wars Rebels was about to come to a conclusion, we last saw Rex bidding farewell to Ahsoka in advance of her eventual lightsaber duel with Darth Vader. Dave Filoni teased us with the tweet above that shows Rex from an upcoming episode of Season 3 donning his iconic helmet that he wore in The Clone Wars series.

All that needs to be said is...awesome.

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Jedi News Competition: Win A See Threepio Speaker From AC Worldwide
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 05 May 2016 14:00

It's time for our latest competition here on Jedi News and this time we're giving away an awesome See-Threepio bluetooth speaker from our friends at AC Worldwide.

To win you need to put 'AC WORLDWIDE COMPETITION' in the header and answer this question by sending it to entry@jedinews.co.uk:

In The Force Awakens what colour is Threepio's arm at the very end of the movie?

  • 1: Red?
  • 2: Blue?
  • 3: Gold?

The competition is open to UK residents only but stay tuned as we have more competitions coming shortly that are open to entrants worldwide.

Rules: -

  • Lucasfilm Ltd and/or Disney are not sponsors of this contest.
  • Competition ends at midnight on Thursday 12th May 2016. The winner will be notified by Monday 16th May 2016.
  • Competition is not open to Lucasfilm employees or any of its affiliates.
  • Winner agrees to publicity at Jedi News.
  • Only 1 entry per household.
  • No cash alternative.
  • The judge's decision is final.
  • This competition is open to UK residents only.
  • Jedi News accepts no liabilities for loss.

Coffee With Kenobi: Reexamining The Star Wars Canon Timeline
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 May 2016 13:33

Over at Coffee With Kenobi Jason Brame examines some of the intricacies of the new (well, not so new anymore) canon.

There are plenty of Star Wars canon resources out there to help people get into the non-movie material and develop a sense of timeline and story flow. Some are more accurate than others while some are more complete than others, but they all get at the same basic idea. Consequently they are all basically structured the same way, in a single line or list. Let us challenge this idea for a moment and explore a different, less linear approach.

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Hasbro Star Wars Day 2016 Bladebuilders Promotional Package
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 05 May 2016 12:43

To celebrate the arrival of Star Wars Day 2016, Hasbro's public relations company sent over a special promotional package containing a Kylo Ren Bladebuilders lightsaber. The cardboard packaging was designed to look like one of those metal briefcases you see in spy movies that hold confidential top-secret contents. And the Kylo Ren lightsaber included in the box will be "a fine addition to my collection."

For more information on Hasbro's series of customizable Star Wars Bladebuilders lightsabers, point your browser towards their dedicated product link on the official Hasbro website.

Many thanks to the Hasbro PR team for this generous gift!

Cantina Cast #128 Live from Indiana Comic Con 2016 & John Jackson Miller interview
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 May 2016 11:21

It's time to join Mike and Joao for The Cantina Cast.

Mike, Joao and Becca all headed to Indiana Comic Con.This episode is short, but it has some great Star Wars talk.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Comicbook Adaptation First Look
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 May 2016 11:11

It's heading our way in June across 5 issues, adapted by Chuck Wendig with cover art by Esad Ribic and interior art by Luke Ross. We saw the cover on StarWars.com and now Comicbook.com give us a look inside the cover.

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#TeachMeYouDid- May the 4th Be With You All Day Livestream!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 May 2016 10:39

I was very grateful to be invited to be a part of this wonderful endeavour (many thanks Bryan Young) shining a light on those teachers who inspired and influenced us on our own personal journeys. I have no personal history as a teacher of any kind but it was fascinating discussing the reach of their influence on me and others.

Above is the video with my segment but there are other videos from the day below featuring among others Amy Ratcliffe and Bryan Young. Check them out.

#TeachMeYouDid is a culture-bending, love-wielding, awesomeness-amplifying campaign that lifts up stories of amazing mentors and teachers who have unlocked our potential. #TeachMeYouDid fuses the power of May the 4th--Star Wars Day--with Teacher Appreciation Week to build positive energy and momentum. This is an invitation for everyone (whether or not they are fans of Star Wars) to tell the story about a teacher or mentor in their lives who woke the Force up in them. It’s that simple.

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Topps Launches First Blogger Ambassador Campaign
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 05 May 2016 10:24

Topps are using the power of vlogging, blogging and social media to improve the reach of their Force Attax series as the bloggers in question improve and expand their collections.

Topps has selected three leading parenting bloggers to take part in this integrated campaign. Followers can expect blogs, vlogs, tournaments and dress-up activities throughout the three-month programme, as the bloggers build their Force Attax Extra collections.
“Working with bloggers is something which is new to us at Topps, but becoming more and more relevant in our industry,” said Louise Ramplin, head of entertainment marketing at Topps Europe. “We are very honoured to have three highly influential bloggers working with us for our first campaign, and we thought that 4th May, Star Wars Day, would be the perfect day for these bloggers to start their collection.”

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ILM Art Department Challenge
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 May 2016 10:13


I can think of a couple of friends who should totally enter this, the opportunity to show your skills and get them in front of the brainiacs at Industrial Light and Magic.

Industrial Light & Magic, Wacom and ArtStation are teaming up to engage a community of artists with the world of film concept art and a galaxy far, far away! Offering an opportunity to engage directly with ILM Art Directors in the world of Star Wars, we hope to find new and exciting creators eager to prove themselves.
The challenges will not be easy! We will test you, we will push you, we will frustrate you; we aim to put you through the daily rigors of a concept artist and see how you fare on the other side.
So join the ILM Art Department Challenge — not just for the awesome prizes (of which there many) and not just for the chance to show your skills to ILM (oh, yeah) — but do it because you have something to prove!
That you might be the next Syd Mead, Ralph McQuarrie, or Joe Johnston.
That YOU are a Concept Artist.
May the Force be with you!

Good luck!

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RFR Live from Rancho Obi-Wan Part 1
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 05 May 2016 09:57

The mecca for every STAR WARS fan is Rancho Obi-Wan, home to the largest STAR WARS collection in the world. But to keep this great museum alive, we must raise awareness and funds. Join us and make a difference as RFR becomes “Rancho Force Radio” with an incredible live podcast fundraiser recorded live at Rancho Obi-Wan. Steve Sansweet is here with us along with the incredible crew of supporters that keep ROW alive. One episode of RFR could not contain this marathon podcast so we broke it up into two. Let’s kick off part one with James Burns (Jedi News), Bonnie Burton (Star Wars Craft Book) and our very special guest, actor Sam Witwer!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Memories With James Arnold Taylor Voice Of Obi-Wan Kenobi & Ray Park
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 05 May 2016 01:20

The one and only James Arnold Taylor brings us a look back at his Celebration Anaheim experience with Ray Park in this fun video.

Here's a look back at my time with the fantastic Ray Park at Celebration Anaheim 2015. Enjoy! And May The Force be with you! Please SUBSCRIBE and LIKE! THX!

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   Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Official Site: Star Wars Insider #165: 10 Highlights!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 23:05

Issue 165 of the always essential Star Wars Insider lands, bringing wookiees, top 50 lists and much more to readers galaxy wide.

This month I chat with RADIO 1138 Episode 37 guest Joonas Suotamo about his role in The Force Awakens, go through the top five droids with RADIO 1138 Episode 36 guest Oliver Steeples and talk My Star Wars with fellow RADIO 1138 Episode 36 guest Lee Towersey.

Star Wars Insider #165 is in stores now — here are 10 features to draw you in like a tractor beam!

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John Boyega Heads For The Old Vic Stage
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 22:40

Not content to rest on his laurels, John Boyega is striking out for the bright lights of the stage and the lead in the Old Vic production of Georg Büchner's Woyzeck.

Star Wars actor John Boyega is to star in a production of Woyzeck as part of the new season at The Old Vic.
He will play the lead in an adaptation of German playwright Georg Büchner's work by Skins and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child co-writer Jack Thorne.
Büchner's play, published posthumously in 1879, is based on the true story of a military barber who stabbed to death his mistress in a fit of jealousy.
Boyega, who played Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will take to the stage in February next year.

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#MayThe4thBeWithYou: A Day Of Lightsabers And Pizzas
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 22:25

May the Fourth has been another bumper celebration day of all things Star Wars and the BBC have joined in, bringing this list of various social media shout-outs to the GFFA.

May the 4th Be With You - it's officially the day when we celebrate all things Star Wars and Twitter has been invaded by fans marking the special day.
Big brands are also using the hashtag to get noticed on May 4.
Mark Hamill, who is reprising his role of Luke Skywalker, has posed with his children for a special Star Wars Day family portrait (above).

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GeekGear: Star Wars Sub Box
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 21:15

The next UK monthly GEEKGEAR sub box has a hefty Star Wars vibe. The theme is BATTLE and will have lots of officially licensed items in it and an exclusive t-shirt delivered straight to your door.

Order yours now at GeekyCraftStuff.com/GeekGear-subscription.

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Official Site: Studying Skywalkers: May The 4th And The Cultural Significance Of Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 21:10

Dan Zehr brings us his latest entry in his Studying Skywalkers series over at StarWars.com looking at the cultural impact of the greatest space fantasy of all.

A good story well told can have an impact that transcends generations. This is primarily due to the fact that a story carries with it an accurate portrayal of what we, as a society, value. It represents our cultural imperatives, values, and biases, as well as our greatest desires and fears. They capture our imagination, take us to far away, exotic locales, and inspire us to believe in something beyond ourselves.

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New LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Gameplay Trailer
Reported by Dianna (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 20:58

Happy #StarWarsDay! Here’s a look at the new adventures you’ll play in LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, available June 28. -- http://lsw.wbgames.com/lsw/us/2/

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Nixon Release New Star Wars Products To Their Branded Range
Reported by ZakPT (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 20:49

Last year the niche independent clothing outlet Nixon released their Star Wars branded selection which saw the introduction of Boba Fett, Stormtrooper, Imperial Pilot, R2-D2, C-3P0 and Darth Vader. Now in partial honour to May 4th the brand have added 3 new characters that include Jedi, Rebel Pilot and Death Star. These three sets include new watch, wallet, rucksack and belt designs that take on the iconic characteristics of everyone’s favourite characters and equipment.

The Rebel Pilot selection features the classic bright orange as a mainframe interlayered with seams of white, black and grey which reflect the suits used by the likes of Luke Skywalker. The Death Star collection uses great detail such as the second hand clock being painted green as the laser and even the dial on the side being a cloudy blue just like Alderaan. Finally the Jedi path takes after the like of old Ben Kenobi as its main colours are dark brown and silver with again attention to detail such as turning the belt pick to green.

I think Nixon is a brand that really pays attention and respect both to their customers and products by endorsing the highest standard of quality without overstatement and overpricing. Go and have a browse at their collection at http://www.nixon.com/uk/en/star-wars.

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May The Fourth Be With You - Jedi News In Regional Press Today
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 20:33

We've been busy today. Not only have we released our new podcast app (available on both iTunes and Google Play), dropped the 43rd episode of RADIO 1138 and covered many of the best May the Fourth deals we've also been busy outside of the site. Today I was a guest on BBC Radio Gloucester, the Virgin Radio UK Breakfast Show with RADIO 1138 guest Edith Bowman and on BBC Radio Berkshire and I was also featured in The Shropshire Star and the Express and Star.

Another fan of the franchise will also rejoice. Mark Newbold – from Burntwood – is the envy of many fans, having turned his fandom into a career. Mark is co-owner of www.jedi news.co.uk, the country’s leading Star Wars fansite. His knowledge of the saga is well respected, so much so that along with his wife Ruth, Mark was invited to attend last December’s UK premiere of latest franchise flick The Force Awakens.
“That was an amazing experience,” said Mark. “Ruth and me got to meet the stars and director JJ Abrams before being among the first to see the latest film.” Naturally, Mark and his ‘brother in the Force’ James Burns – Jedi News’ other owner – have some special treats in store.
“Our latest podcast airs today and you can download it from the Jedi News website,” said Mark. “It seemed only right to release it on the fourth. Personally, I refer to May 25th as the proper Star Wars Day. That’s when the first film was released back in 1977.”

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 19:00
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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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Coffee With Kenobi : May The 4th Book Chat, Featuring Pablo Hidalgo
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 18:38

It's time to join your hosts Dan and Cory over at Coffee With Kenobi.

We are thrilled to have another cup of coffee with Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo, author of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary and the Updated and Expanded Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, as well as creative executive at Lucasfilm. We talk with Pablo about his latest books, and ask him about specific concepts in the Star Wars saga. We also go behind the scenes of the popular Rebels Recon. This is the podcast you’re looking for!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: Hear The Full Version Of 'Jabba Flow' From The Force Awakens
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 18:01

Here's a fun gift on May the 4th from the gang at StarWars.com, the full version of 'Jabba Flow' from The Force Awakens.

When Han, Chewie, Rey, Finn, and BB-8 visited Maz’s castle, they only heard part of the house band’s funky, reggae-fueled “Jabba Flow.” Now, you’ll get to hear the whole song.
In celebration of Star Wars Day, Lin Manuel Miranda and J.J. Abrams — writers and performers of “Jabba Flow” from Star Wars: The Force Awakens — are sharing the full version of the fan-favorite tune. Listen to it below, download on iTunes, and May the 4th be with you!

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General Mills Reveals New Rey And Kylo Ren Star Wars Cereal Boxes
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 17:36

The latest entires in the General Mills line of collectible Star Wars cereal boxes have been revealed by GM via their official Twitter account. Rey joins the collection for the first time along with a second edition of the Kylo Ren character box.

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Gentle Giant Announces Kylo Ren Mini Bust
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 17:27

Gentle Giant has just announced a short time ago that their new The Force Awakens Kylo Ren Mini Bust is now available for pre-order. The mini bust will cost $120.00 and has a scheduled release timeframe of Q1 2017.

Gentle Giant Ltd. is joining the dark side with their newest 1:6 scale, Star Wars Mini Bust, Kylo Ren from Star Wars: Episode 7, The Force Awakens. Kylo Ren commands the First Order’s armies and desires nothing more than to finish what his grandfather, Darth Vader started. This highly detailed mini bust, was created digitally by the artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd. and captures the likeness of Kylo Ren in a fierce stance as he prepares for battle with his engaged crossguard lightsaber. The Resistance will fear his name like his grandfather before him! This limited edition, hand-painted, 1:6 scale Star Wars Mini Bust is cast in high-quality polyresin, and comes individually numbered with a matching Certificate of Authenticity. Kylo Ren is the perfect addition to your Star Wars collection.

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Star Wars Action News Episode 475: May the 4th Comes Earlier Every Year
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 16:50

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

Now with 42-inches of new figures! (7 figures, 6-inches each) New Black Series figures are hitting shelves -- but are they the last new 6-inch Star Wars toys we'll see until fall? On this week's Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie are joined by Marvelicious Toys podcast host Justin as they discuss the immediate future of the line. They also review the two new waves showing up in stores now, with new figures including Jango Fett, FN-2187, The Force Awakens style Han Solo, and A New Hope version of Tattooine Luke Skywalker! Also on this week's show, the hosts went to Indiana Comic-Con with special guests Ray Park and Ian McDiarmid. Join them, and their guest Daryl, as they discuss the convention--and the collectibles found there! With a run-down of all the May the 4th day Star Wars specials known so far and more, it's all in this oversized episode of Star Wars Action News!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 Announced
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 16:15

The rendezvous point for Star Wars Celebration 2017 has been confirmed: set coordinates for Orlando, Florida, April 13-16, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center! Tickets, including 4-day, single-day, and VIP, are scheduled to go on sale Wednesday, May 25, at 12:00 p.m. PT/3:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. GMT at www.starwarscelebration.com.

“Star Wars Celebration has always been about the fans,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “It allows Lucasfilm to connect directly with the thousands of fans who have given their dedication and support to the world of Star Wars over the years, and is the perfect opportunity for us to give something back.”

Guest and event announcements for Star Wars Celebration 2017 in Orlando will begin soon at www.starwarscelebration.com and StarWars.com.

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Sideshow First Order Stormtrooper Premium Format Figure Announced
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 15:48

Today Sideshow Collectibles has announced that they will be releasing a new First Order Stormtrooper Premium Format Figure in the near future. No pre-order date/details have been revealed yet, so stay tuned for that information once it drops.

May the 4th is here and Sideshow is very excited to announce our next Star Wars™ collectible! The First Order Stormtrooper™ Premium Format™ Figure from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available for Pre-Order soon, so keep checking back for updates!

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Sideshow Kylo Ren Premium Format Figure Pre-Order Now Up
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 15:42

Sideshow Collectibles has updated their website today to include a pre-order link for their upcoming Kylo Ren Premium Format Figure. The figure will set you back $569.99 and should start shipping out to customers sometime during the January-March 2017 timeframe.

Sideshow is pleased to introduce the first Premium Format™ Figure from the blockbuster film - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Kylo Ren! This museum quality reproduction of the powerful and hot-headed leader of the Dark Side depicts Kylo Ren with feet firmly planted, and an outstretched hand grasping at the tendrils of the Force. Masterfully crafted with an expertly tailored costume and his signature crossguard lightsaber, this statue captures the raw emotion often displayed by this knight of the Dark Side.

Masterfully crafted with an expertly tailored costume, his robes are handmade using an eight pass printing process to develop the screen accurate textured pattern. They also feature wires running through key points so that the drape and flow can be customized to the collector's preference.

Our Kylo Ren Premium Format™ Figure also comes with a clenched right first and lightsaber hilt for the belt as an alternative display option and is a must-have for any Star Wars collection!

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Sideshow Ralph McQuarrie Darth Vader Statue Pre-Order Now Up
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 15:37

Sideshow Collectibles has updated their website today to include a pre-order link for their new Ralph McQuarrie Darth Vader Statue from their Concept Artist Series line. The statue carries a $474.99 price tag and is scheduled to begin shipping out to customers during the March-May 2017 timeframe.

Sideshow spends a lot of our time creating 3D representations of some of the most recognizable pop-culture icons in the world and, for that reason, we are honored to present the Ralph McQuarrie Darth Vader Statue – part of our Concept Artist Series.

Ralph McQuarrie is the man who gave us the design and visual representation of Darth Vader, and our statue has been created based on his original illustrations featuring an alternate concept helmet.

Standing just under two feet tall, this polystone piece is our homage to the man who gave us one of the most amazing characters to ever take the screen.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Available For Rental Via Fandango
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 15:27

FandangoNOW - LIMITED TIME - Star Wars now available to rent for only $4

Our friends over at Fandango have been in touch regarding The Force Awakens and its availability on rental. Here's the details.

I hope you’ve been doing well! As you may have heard, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available to rent starting tomorrow, right on schedule for May the 4th! In celebration of this, FandangoNOW has a new offer available: Rent Star Wars for only $4, from 5/4 through 5/9.
I recognize that you, and likely many of your readers, already own copies of the latest film. However, there might still be a few who haven’t quite made the leap yet, and we’d love to get this offer featured on http://jedinews.co.uk/ so they can take advantage of it!

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May The Fourth Be With You, No ‘Darth’ Of Collectables On eBay.co.uk
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 15:17

Ebay have compiled a list of the best selling Star Wars characters on the site and a certain dark lord leads the way.

As May the fourth, aka Star Wars Day, approaches online marketplace eBay.co.uk has found that Darth Vader is a ‘force’ to be reckoned with in the character ranking.
In the last three months the power of the dark side is clear as more than 48,000 Darth Vader related items have sold on site; that’s over 530 items per day, while legendary Jedi master Yoda falls behind selling 200 related items per day.
Surprisingly, in third place is Darth Vader’s grandson Kylo Ren who has sold more than 15,000 items in the last three months, with current listings including a Kylo Ren voice changer, Lightsaber and figurines. Newcomer BB-8 rolls into fourth place selling just over 120 products per day, while robot companion R2-D2 sits at ninth place, selling only 78 items per day.

  • 1. Darth Vader
  • 2. Yoda
  • 3. Kylo Ren
  • 4. BB-8
  • 5. Boba Fett
  • 6. Han Solo
  • 7. Luke Skywalker
  • 8. Chewbacca
  • 9. R2-D2
  • 10. Darth Maul

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The Force Awakens Audio Commentary with Sam Witwer
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 15:09

Sam Witwer joins us for our audio commentary track of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. As with all of our commentary tracks, you can play this while you watch TFA or listen as a stand-alone podcast. You never know what Sam will say or what amazing theories he comes up with! So cue up your copy of THE FORCE AWAKENS and watch it with RFR!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Stephen Hayford Wishes Us All A Happy Star Wars Day 2016
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 13:37

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Star Wars Day 2016: HasbroToyShop Deals
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 13:21

The HasbroToyShop is partaking in the Star Wars Day festivities by offering free shipping on most of their Star Wars items that are ordered today and tomorrow if you use the promo code MAY4TH. It's gonna be a rough day/week for your bank account...

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Star Wars Day 2016: Disney Store Deals
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 13:09

As expected, the Disney Store is getting in on all the Star Wars Day action with some great deals on their wide assortment of Star Wars items. So grab your wallet and click the link!

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Star Wars Day 2016: New Fathead Star Wars Wall Graphics
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 12:54

In celebration of Star Wars Day 2016, the public relations team for Fathead sent along these images of all-new Star Wars wall graphic designs that are now available to purchase from their website. Click each image for a larger view of their new offerings (including the extremely limited edition Darth Vader Elite wall graphic pictured above) and then take the source link for their entire collection.

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May The 4th: Star Wars Gifts At Fun.com
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 11:53

Here's a no-brainer for those of you seeking fun Star Wars gifts. Click here or on the link below to receive a 15% discount if you buy today or tomorrow at Fun.com.

May the Fourth is coming up quickly and we’re offering discounts for readers of our favorite Star Wars sites. It’s pretty simple: The URL to our site automatically applies a 15% coupon/discount to all Star Wars products purchased through May 5th.

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Jedi News Book Review: Bloodline
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 08:30
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When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.
Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.
As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia's only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing.

Bloodline in the latest book from Lucasfilm and Del Rey, with a large political focus in a year where the UK will decide it's future in Europe, and the US will elect a new President.  These themes are not however left to the relm of the real world as Claudia Gray focuses in on the at times painful struggles of Senator Leia Organa of the New Republic.

Beware, mild spoilers ahead.

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Introducing Jedi News For Your Phone And Tablet
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 04 May 2016 08:00





Today to celebrate May The Fourth, we are pleased to launch the latest service from Team Jedi News.  the Jedi News App.
Available now for Android and iOS, the Jedi News App is available worldwide on the Apple App Store, and Google Play.

The Jedi News App is now Gathering News From Across The Galaxy On Your iOS and Android devices.

Get an RSS feed of the latest Star Wars news direct to your mobile device, view our full website within the app, find and browse our YouTube channel, and listen to the latest podcasts from the Jedi News Network.

Find us and share our social media posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Follow our Live Event coverage of Star Wars conventions, gatherings and events from around the world.

Get notifications of the latest breaking Star Wars news so you never miss a major announcement again.

All your Star Wars news brought to you by the Jedi News Team - and it's FREE!

Watch an introduction video to the new app below:

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   Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Force For Change: Win A Trip To Ireland And Visit Skellig Michael
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 03 May 2016 23:09

Daisy Ridley (joined by a few friends) wishes fans a happy Star Wars Day and offers thanks for all the money raised through Star Wars: Force for Change. This marks your last chance to donate — and the chance to win a trip to Ireland and visit Skellig Michael, the iconic location of Rey’s fateful meeting with Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Show your Force and donate at http://CrowdRise.com/ForceForChange.

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IGN Has 8 Minutes Of New LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Gameplay
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 03 May 2016 18:01

Learn about how the latest LEGO game is really shaking things up, with cover-based shooting and smarter enemies that can build.

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Full of Sith Episode CLXV: Teach Me You Did
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 May 2016 14:51

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

Bryan and Mike are joined by guest-co-host Holly Frey from the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast and THE Joe Moses from Starkid fame to talk about the mentors and teachers in Star Wars, but also how Star Wars itself is a teacher.

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

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The Audette Set: May 3rd
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 May 2016 14:45

Mike Audette returns with his weekly round-up of galactic news with The Audette Set.

A good thing about there being a Star Wars day is that a lot of companies and businesses agree to get on board and participate in sales and provide exclusive Star Wars merchandise. In honor of the current Force for Change campaign, Disney Parks will be offering exclusive Rogue One: A Star Wars Story t-shirts with 25 percent of the selling price being donated to the U.S. fund for UNICEF. Last year they did the same with t-shirts featuring The Force Awakens logo and a First Order Stormtrooper on them and I was lucky enough to get one courtesy of the Collectors Hutt’s own Chris Salton. Hopefully another kind soul will be able to get me one of these new Rogue One shirts. You will be able to find these shirts starting on sale tomorrow at Disneyland Resort in California (Disneyland park – The Star Trader and Star Wars Launch Bay and Downtown Disney District – D-Street and World of Disney), Walt Disney World in Florida (Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Tatooine Traders and Star Wars Launch Bay and Disney Springs – Star Wars Galactic Outpost and Once Upon A Toy), as well as Magic Kingdom Park – Merchants of Venus.

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Official Site: It's The Resistance!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 May 2016 14:35

We've grown up learning about the heroes of the battles of Naboo, Geonosis, Coruscant, Yavin, Hoth and Endor and now we delve into the sequel trilogy with Rogues Gallery specialist Tim Veekhoven over at StarWars.com and look at the heroes of the Resistance.

The Resistance, led by General Leia Organa, is a fairly small militia brave enough to take up arms against the mysterious First Order. While the New Republic continued to neglect the rise of the First Order’s power and influence, General Organa didn’t and formed her own organization, consisting of loyal allies from her past and of new recruits who believed in the values that the Resistance represented.

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May The 4th At Barnes And Noble
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 03 May 2016 14:32

If you're based in North America and have a hankering to play Fantasy Flight Games fantastic Star Wars: X-Wing™ Miniatures Game and you currently don't know how then this is a first-class opportunity to head to your local Barnes and Noble and get started. What better day to play than May 4th?

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Coffee With Kenobi: Imperial Star Destroyers in the Original Trilogy
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 May 2016 14:22

Over at the perfectly roasted Coffee With Kenobi Jay Stobie takes a look at the most fearsome wedge in the entire galaxy (and that includes Antilles), the Imperial Star Destroyer.

The might of the Galactic Empire was spread across the galaxy in the original Star Wars trilogy, and a fleet of Imperial Star Destroyers enforced the law of the Empire throughout the stars. With its dagger-like outline that could pierce the hopes of even the most courageous Rebel, these sixteen hundred meter-long behemoths embodied power and destruction. However, in Episodes IV through VI, the Imperial Star Destroyers also provided fans with a multitude of scenes that dropped jaws, pleased the eye, and served as pivotal moments within the overall storyline of the trilogy. Here we will examine some of these crucial scenes and provide the context for their place in Star Wars lore.

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Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 78: The Duchess
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 May 2016 13:29

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

After a one-week hiatus, we're back and boy are we ready to talk about Star Wars! This week's episode is all about the Duchess of Mandalore, Satine Kryze. Who is she and how does her story effect the saga as a whole? Find out in this in-depth look at one of the most underrated characters in all of Star Wars. Radio Free Tatooine starts now!

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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The Force Awakens Sets New Blu-ray Sales Record In UK
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 03 May 2016 13:22

We've covered the impressive sales figures that the release of The Force Awakens on Blu-ray has achieved since it's debut early last month in the United States. As expected, the Episode VII Blu-ray has experienced strong sales in the UK market as well.

Star Wars News Net provides us with the UK sales figures at the source link below.

According to Insideci, the home entertainment release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has set a major record for Blu-ray and DVD sales in the UK. Figures released by the British Association for Screen Entertainment showed that 1,247,622 discs were sold in the films first week of release.

The news breaks the record of the previous best-selling James Bond film, over the same period. This officially makes the disc the UK’s fastest selling Blu-ray disc. It also makes it the title the tenth best selling UK title.

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More Episode VIII Set Construction Photos From Ceann Sibéal In Ireland
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 03 May 2016 12:02

Head on over to the website Independent.ie for an exclusive image gallery they posted of the Episode VIII set construction that is currently underway in Ceann Sibéal in Ireland. A few weeks ago these set images were taken from the same location, so check out what Independent.ie has added via the source link below.

Our exclusive photographs show how closely the set resembles the settlement on the Unesco World Heritage Site at Skellig Michael, which was used for filming last year.

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Official Site: Collectibles From The Outer Rim: 1970's Burger Chef Star Wars Funmeal
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 May 2016 03:47

Matt Dracula takes a look at a burger chain that went the way of the wampa's right arm over at StarWars.com and remembers Burger Chef's Star Wars promotion.

Founded in the 1950s, the Burger Chef fast food chain grew to have more than 1,000 locations. Seeming like an amalgam of McDonald’s and Burger King, the chain was no stranger to promotional tie-ins. In fact, during the late ‘70s — just a few short years before Burger Chef went under — they even managed to score a partnership with Star Wars!

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   Monday, May 2, 2016
Tosche Station Radio: The Force Awakens Live Commentary
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 May 2016 23:29

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

Our seventh installment in Tosche Station Radio’s live commentary track series brings us to The Force Awakens. We’re fortunate to be joined by Heather from Marvel and Tom from Del Rey.

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

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

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Official Site: Parenting Padawans: What's Your Preferred Viewing Order?
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 May 2016 20:54

Jamie Greene returns with the latest instalment of Parenting Padawans and asks which order the saga should be viewed in.

Here’s me, opening a can of worms.
The “correct” order that kids (or, really, anyone) should watch the Star Wars saga is one of the most contentious debates in our fandom. If you’re a Star Wars fan, then odds are you have an opinion on this topic. And I know many of those opinions are very firmly and passionately held.
Listen, I’m not here to take a side or argue for one approach over another. I’m also not here to argue against any one approach. Each has its own merits (no matter how creative), and everyone has his or her own reasons and rationale for choosing a preferred order. Who am I to tell anyone that they’re not enjoying Star Wars “the right way” or that they’re being a fan “incorrectly?”

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens As Told By Emoji | Disney
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 May 2016 20:40

Today, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) released the newest episode of its YouTube series “As Told by Emoji,” featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars fans and fans of the “As Told By Emoji” series can now join emoji-fied versions of Rey, Finn, BB-8, Kylo Ren and the rest of our favorite Star Wars friends as they retell the story of Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens with favorite moments from the movie.

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Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 17
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 May 2016 20:24

17 weeks in and he's still stylin' and profilin', so join Jawa James as he brings us the latest edition of Wear Star Wars Every Day.

Recap of week 17 (Apr 22-28) of my Wear Star Wars Every Day fundraiser for charity. This week I continue my streak of wearing Star Wars Celebration clothes, and give thanks to our new per-day pledge maker! Get more info about #WearStarWarsEveryDay and the non-profit I am supporting, Collateral Repair Project here.

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IndyCast Episode 229
Reported by Dianna (Follow on Twitter) on 02 May 2016 19:54

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

This week we farewell another Indy behind the scenes legend, Mitch returns with a pixelated look at Indy, Double T’s has another Grail Chronicles review, Laird takes a look at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and we have more of your great emails!

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NYCC 2016: Press Badge Registration Now Open
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 02 May 2016 17:41

New York Comic Con welcomes members of the Press from around the world and is happy to provide approved media members with a complimentary NYCC Press Badge. NYCC Press Registration is open for journalists regularly making editorial contributions (Editorial Press) only. Editorial Press includes Writers, Reporters, Reviewers, Producers, Photographers, Cameramen, etc. who are attending specifically to write about NYCC and/or cover the event for newspapers, magazines, TV, blogs, podcasts, radio, etc.

Point your browser here to apply today.

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IGN Review Of Elstree 1976
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 02 May 2016 16:10

The folks over at IGN have posted their review of Elstree 1976, a documentary that gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the most popular and influential film franchise in the history of cinema.

Be sure to check out our previous stories on the documentary, including the official trailer, before you read IGN's review for a quick refresher if need be.

Elstree 1976 is a very personal series of stories from people whose lives have been specially touched by Star Wars’s phenomenal popularity. Director Jon Spira delivers a sequence of intimate, melancholy, and candid interviews with the working actors who brought the Stormtroopers, bounty hunters, and bizarre cantina aliens to life.

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Hallmark 2016 Dream Book Now Online
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 02 May 2016 13:38

The 2016 Hallmark Dream Book is now available for you to browse thru on their website. As they do each and every year, Hallmark will be offering a wide assortment of Keepsake Ornaments that appeals to collectors and families across a diverse range of licensed properties.

We've already reported on the available 2016 Star Wars ornaments as well as the upcoming dates for the various ornament events that will be taking place at your local Hallmark Gold Crown store. So take the source link below to see what else Hallmark will have in store for us this year.

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A Slew Of 2016 Star Wars Day Deals
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 02 May 2016 13:00

Wednesday sees the official arrival of Star Wars Day on May 4 and there is no shortage of retailers who will be getting in on all the action and excitement that the day brings. We've already seen the digital deals that were announced last week and now we get an expanded retailer list posted on StarWars.com. Check out all the great deals that will be vying for your republic credits at the source link below!

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