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   18 April 2015
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Live Stream Day 1 And Day 2 Videos
Reported by Justin on 18 Apr 2015 12:53

As we wait for the action at Celebration Anaheim 2015 to resume later today for Day 3, the live stream videos for Day 1 and Day 2 have been posted on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel. Take the links below to see what you may have missed during Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Live Stream - Day 1

Live Stream - Day 2

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Hasbro Star Wars Q&A With Jedi Temple Archives
Reported by Justin on 18 Apr 2015 12:26

Our fellow The Force United teammates over at Jedi Temple Archives spent a few minutes chatting with the Hasbro Star Wars brand marketing team at Celebration Anaheim 2015. As is the case with all Q&A sessions conducted by JTA, you won't want to miss this interview segment, so be sure take the source link below to see what was discussed.

We did more of an "interview" type of Q&A with Hasbro this time around. As we cleverly surmised almost a week ago, the Jabba's Rancor Pit contains an all-new Jabba the Hutt 3.75" figure. And it's YOUR fault that the TBS6 Leia Boushh is so big. Oh, and if you see orange carded The Black Series 3.75" and 6" figures don't freak out. The stuff is finally making its way out. All this and more awaits you in our SWCA Hasbro Q&A. Click through for more! Be sure to leave your thoughts about this Q&A in our comments! Special thanks to Brian's Toys for sponsoring us this year!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Recap Of Canon & Rebel Women Who Fought TCW Panels
Reported by Justin on 18 Apr 2015 12:13

Two more liveblog recaps from Celebration Anaheim 2015 are up on StarWars.com for those who were unable to attend the festivities in California. Check out what went down during the Star Wars Canon panel and the Rebel Women Who Fought The Clone Wars panel.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Rebels Hera & Zeb Cosplay
Reported by Justin on 18 Apr 2015 12:02

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All Celebration Anaheim 2015 Tickets Have Been Sold Out
Reported by Justin on 18 Apr 2015 11:59

Here it is - the official announcement we've all been expecting. After hearing earlier this week that 4-Day Adult badges had been sold out, we now learn that not a single ticket to Celebration Anaheim 2015 went unsold.

Big congrats to ReedPOP and to Lucasfilm (and especially to Mary Franklin) for this amazing achievement!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Jedi News Photos From The Force Awakens Exhibit
Reported by Justin on 18 Apr 2015 00:27

It goes without saying that one of the most talked-about attractions at Celebration Anaheim 2015 is the can't-miss The Force Awakens Exhibit. Team Jedi News was on the scene to snap a bunch of photos of what was on display for fans to drool over, so head to our Facebook page to bask in all the Episode VII photographic glory!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Report From Star Wars Comic Art Panel
Reported by Justin on 18 Apr 2015 00:19

Amidst all the exciting Episode VII craziness that went down on Thursday, Team Jedi News attended the Star Wars Comic Art panel that was held yesterday at Celebration Anaheim 2015. We get the following report from the panel via our own Brian C. Take it away Brian...

From Howard Chaykin to Al Williamson, from Travis Charest to Adam Hughes, every Star Wars comic starts with pen and ink on a piece of illustration board and these original drawings have become increasingly collectable.

Hosted by Guy Lopez, David Mandel, Kevin Mao, and Jonathan Rinzler guided us through the earliest comic art of Marvel from 1977, to the newspaper strips, to the more obscure publications of Blackthorne, right up-to-date with the incredible Dark Horse Comics era, and once more back to Marvel whom retook the license in 2015 with a host of variant covers.

Covering the collecting of comic art from covers, splashes, pages and pin-ups the panel was a thrilling insight into comic art collecting, and the actual history of the comics themselves.

With Mandel being one of the most pre-eminent collectors of comic art, and Jonathan Rinzler being the scholar of all things Lucasfilm publishing, the knowledge communicated during the panel was thrilling and fascinating to hear.

I only have a few pieces of original comic panel art myself, but it was great to hear the stories of meeting fellow collectors in packing lots with a brown bag of cash to get that next piece of art for the collection as well as hearing about the art pieces that George Lucas was determined to secure.

They also communicated very well how they go about adding to the collections whether it be auction houses, art dealers, from artists or other collectors. ComicArtFans.com being the prominent online resource.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Maul Trooper Cosplay
Reported by Justin on 18 Apr 2015 00:05

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: The Force Awakens Panel Highlights Video
Reported by Justin on 18 Apr 2015 00:01

Highlights from the first panel of day one featuring Director J.J. Abrams, Producer Kathleen Kennedy and cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac.

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   17 April 2015
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Custom Star Wars Cars
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2015 21:32

I absolutely love seeing the amazing custom Star Wars paint jobs fans apply to their cars and applaud them for their willingness to display their love for the 'Wars in such an in-your-face manner. Parked outside the Hot Wheels booth area at Celebration Anaheim 2015 were a few vehicles sporting some wicked custom paint jobs, so head on over to our image gallery posted on the Jedi News Facebook page to check 'em out!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Battlefront T-shirt Given Out At Panel
Reported by Team Jedi News on 17 Apr 2015 20:48

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Alexander Freed To Write Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company Novel
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2015 20:42

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First Star Wars Battlefront DLC Titled "Battle Of Jakku" From The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2015 19:09

A short time ago the official reveal trailer for Star Wars Battlefront was shown at Celebration Anaheim 2015. In addition to the trailer and hearing that the game will be arriving on November 17, we have also learned that the first round of DLC will be from The Force Awakens titled "Battle of Jakku" which refers to the name of the desert planet we saw in both of the Episode VII teaser trailers.

The first add-on pack for Star Wars: Battlefront will arrive on December 8, and it will be free for anyone who owns the game. Set on the desert wasteland seen in Episode 7’s teasers, and taking place one year after the assault on Endor, Battle of Jakku bridges Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The DLC includes two new maps.

“This really ties in what we’re doing with the Original Trilogy era with The Force Awakens,” Producer Craig Mcleod told IGN. “The Battle of Jakku takes place a year after the Battle of Endor, and the only way you can experience or see it is in our game. That battle essentially leads to that battle-scarred landscape you see in the trailers. What’s even better is we’re delivering it for free to every player who owns the game. I think Kathleen Kennedy summed it up best: Star Wars is all about the fans.”

Pre-ordering Star Wars: Battlefront unlocks the Jakku planet a week early, on December 1. Otherwise, it launches wide for everyone just a few weeks after Star Wars: Battlefront’s November release date.

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Star Wars Battlefront Reveal Trailer, Release Date November 17
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2015 18:38

Follow along online during the Star Wars Battlefront panel at Celebration Anaheim 2015 via the StarWars.com liveblog!

 

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Japan's All Nippon Airways Launches New Star Wars Project
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2015 13:31

So yeah, this is how I will be flying from now on to all future Star Wars Celebrations (hell, and any other destination too.) I don't know or care HOW I'll do it - I just WILL.

 

The R2-D2 motif is also a great match to ANA’s blue logo and design that appear on the main fuselage. The R2-D2 character has a reputation for strong, reliable service—one of the hallmarks of ANA’s 5-star quality service.

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New Blue Hairdo & Character Model For Sabine In Star Wars Rebels Season 2
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2015 11:49

Check out the tweet below taken of a life-size Star Wars Rebels Sabine statue that was on display at Celebration Anaheim 2015. If this is indeed based on Sabine's actual character model in Season 2, we see that she will be sporting a new blue colored hairdo and she appears to be a little older, at least to my eyes.

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Disney XD Star Wars Rebels May The 4th Viewing Marathon
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2015 03:46

The official Disney XD Star Wars Rebels website has been updated with the image posted above promoting a special May 4th Rebels viewing marathon that will be taking place from May 1 - May 4.

So if you missed seeing the broadcast airing of any of the episodes, had no access to them online, and cannot wait for the Season 1 Blu-ray set to be released, be sure to tune into Disney XD beginning May 1 to get all caught up!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Recap Of "The Untold Clone Wars" Panel
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2015 03:23

One of the most eagerly anticipated panels being held at Celebration Anaheim 2015 was titled "The Untold Clone Wars" featuring Lucasfilm's Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo. Fans simply cannot get enough of this animated series and if you missed out on the action, check out a full recap from the panel, including the images that were shown on the big screen, courtesy of the official site.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Rebels Ahsoka & Vader Poster Signed By Dave Filoni
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2015 03:02

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Hot Wheels Booth Gallery
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2015 02:58

Point your browser towards our Jedi News Facebook page for an assortment of photos Team Jedi News took earlier today while attending the Hot Wheels booth at Celebration Anaheim 2015.

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Hot Wheels Announces New Star Wars Basic Collection
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2015 02:52

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Hot Wheels Star Wars Rebels Kanan Character Car Revealed
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2015 02:49

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   16 April 2015
Celebration Anaheim 2015: The Force Awakens Stormtrooper Helmet At Jedi News Booth
Reported by Team Jedi News on 16 Apr 2015 23:02

#swca #theforceunited #theforceawakens #stormtrooper

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: New Names For The Empire & Rebels In The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2015 22:55

Now here is one hell of an update. We are made aware via the Nerd York City Tumblr account (by way of our friends at Yakface) of images taken from the special The Force Awakens exhibit at Celebration Anaheim 2015 that reveal new official names for members of the Empire and Rebels in Episode VII.

The Empire is now being referred to as the First Order and the Rebels fall under the title of the Resistance.

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Jedi News Frame By Frame Breakdown Of The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer #2
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2015 22:00

Just like we did for the first teaser trailer, Team Jedi News presents our readers with a complete frame by frame breakdown of the brand new The Force Awakens teaser trailer that debuted at Celebration Anaheim 2015 earlier today as part of the exciting J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy panel.

We have 199 images in total, with an image taken every half second from the new teaser.

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Hot Wheels Star Wars Rebels Chopper Character Car Revealed
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2015 21:37

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: 6-Inch Ahsoka Tano The Black Series Figure Revealed
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2015 21:22

A brand new (and extremely exciting) realistic style 6" Ahsoka Tano figure has been revealed for The Black Series line today at Celebration Anaheim 2015 and Team Jedi News snapped a few pics of the unpainted figure on display. Click the image above to be taken to the Jedi News Facebook page for the image gallery!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: The Force Awakens Flametrooper & Snowtrooper Costumes
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2015 20:55

New troopers revealed #FlameTrooper #SnowTrooper #TheForceAwakens

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UPDATED: Celebration Anaheim 2015: Photos From The Force Awakens Panel
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2015 20:17

UPDATE: Be sure to also check out the liveblog posted over on StarWars.com.

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If you weren't able to catch the live stream of the J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy The Force Awakens panel at Celebration Anaheim 2015 that concluded a short time ago and want to get caught up on all that went down, head on over to Slashfilm for a recap of what was shown as well as a collection of the various still images that were on display.

They also have photos of the Episode VII cast members who were brought out on stage, including the actual R2-D2 and BB-8 droids that were used in the film.

And of course, if you haven't seen it already, a second teaser trailer was shown at the conclusion of the panel.

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The Force Awakens: Meet D.C. Barns, The Force For Change Winner
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2015 19:37

For those eager fans like myself who were waiting to find out more details about this, the wait is finally over! A new video has just been posted to the official Star Wars YouTube Channel that gives us a glimpse at the once-in-a-lifetime experience D.C. Barns had the opportunity to live as a cast member in The Force Awakens! Don't remember who D.C. Barns is? Then take this link first before watching the video embedded below.

 

Follow Star Wars: Force for Change initiative winner D.C. Barns as he travels from Denver to London to visit the Star Wars: The Force Awakens set, meet director J.J. Abrams, and more!

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The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer #2
Reported by Team Jedi News on 16 Apr 2015 19:09

Get your first look at the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser #2!

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as “Star Wars” returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Watch The Force Awakens Panel LIVE
Reported by Team Jedi News on 16 Apr 2015 16:21

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: J.J. Abrams Chats It Up With Team Jedi News
Reported by Team Jedi News on 16 Apr 2015 16:14

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Are These New Official The Force Awakens Artwork Images?
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2015 15:05

New artwork featuring characters we've already heard about from The Force Awakens have been swirling around the interwebs today that are reportedly official images. Head on over to our good friends at Yakface to check them out if you so dare.

Contained within the assortment of new images is a photo of the new Stormtrooper costume, which we already know is official.

No word from Lucasfilm as of the time of this posting if these images are indeed legit, but chances are we'll find out soon enough at the Episode VII panel set to kick off Celebration Anaheim 2015 at 10:00am PST.

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Toys R Us The Force Awakens Midnight Madness Shopping Spree Contest
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2015 14:52

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is in theaters December 18, 2015! Toys"R"Us is Destination: Star Wars – Your Source for The Force! We've got the hottest Star Wars toys including action figures, collectibles, electronics & more. Enter for a chance to win the Star Wars Midnight Madness VIP Shopping Spree sweepstakes! Grand prize includes a trip for 4 to Toys"R"Us Time Square in NYC for a Star Wars shopping experience, exclusive access to "The Force Awakens" toy lineup at Midnight Madness, and a $1,000 Toys"R"Us Gift Card! Celebrate Star Wars at our in-store event on Sunday, May 3 from 12-2pm at Toys"R"Us stores. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character, Make & Take an exclusive LEGO Star Wars mini Wookiee Gunship, and meet Geoffrey! Follow Toys"R"Us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates on the new Star Wars movie and cool content!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Photo Of The Force Awakens Stormtrooper
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2015 12:12

Courtesy of our friends over at The Star Wars Underworld, we get our first full head-to-toe look at the awesome new Stormtrooper costume that will be appearing on screen in The Force Awakens. The image below was taken from the official Celebration Anaheim 2015 program guide. 

The #SWCA Program! #TFA

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Star Wars Jogcast: Nostalgia Special (with Dean Mayes)
Reported by Mark on 16 Apr 2015 00:21

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

"Hi there listeners, Jogcasters, and Star Wars fans. For the next two hours you re going to hear some of the most nostalgic moments in the lives of two Aussie Star Wars fans, and believe you me, it is a cracker. After listening to it myself, and going over just how much we covered I cannot say much more but that I’m proud of how positive, entertaining and enlightening the episode was. Thanks, to our guest DEAN MAYES, a brilliant writer from Adelaide and Super Star Wars fan, we look at some of the most pivotal moments in all of Star Wars nostalgia. We are going in for a flashback to a simpler time when tapes were the rage, when flares were still hip and the likes of Harrison Ford and friends were an unknown quantity. We are going back to time when the idea of a positive and uplifting film like ‘A NEW HOPE’ would be thought to be a bad omen, but alas, we get one of the most decisive blows to the movie industry, resulting in the biggest franchise ever to live. Dean goes through his early years with the franchise, from inner-country Victoria, experiencing the films for the first time, through to his time seeing both Empire and Jedi. Also how he has found the franchise has been such a positive influence on his life – like many of us, that continues to this day. There is laughs, serious Star Wars news and chit chat and you might even learn something about life here too. All wrapped up in one massive two-hour show!!! Welcome aboard."

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   15 April 2015
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Ahsoka & Darth Vader Star Wars Rebels Displays
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2015 22:30

Earlier today Rebelscum posted this image taken during setup at Celebration Anaheim 2015 of an awesome Ahsoka and Darth Vader Star Wars Rebels standee display near the Hasbro booth. This could very well be one of the coolest, if not THE coolest, displays that we see at Celebration!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Dave Filoni
Reported by Team Jedi News on 15 Apr 2015 22:20

#teamjedinews #davefilloni #starwars #rebels season 2 premier will you be there?? #swca

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: David Collins
Reported by Team Jedi News on 15 Apr 2015 22:18

@davidwcollins host of the digital stage exclusive message to #teamjedinews fans. #swca

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: New Red Accent For Hasbro The Black Series Line
Reported by Team Jedi News on 15 Apr 2015 19:47

Team Jedi News snapped this photo from the Hasbro booth at Celebration Anaheim 2015 revealing a new red accent color that will be used on Hasbro's The Black Series line later this year.

New #hasbro #blackseries accent colour for late 2015 is RED #swca #teamjedinews

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Team Jedi News On Site
Reported by Team Jedi News on 15 Apr 2015 19:07

#teamjedinews hard at work #SWCA

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Team Jedi News were on site at the Anaheim Convention Centre yesterday, scoping out the various floors and rooms and getting our heads around where everything is.

Here's a brief Instagram of the main hall. Stay tuned for more to follow!

Follow us on our Instagram and Facebook pages as well as our @JediNewsUK on Twitter for the latest news and info from Celebration Anaheim.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Force For Change
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2015 18:43

Extremely awesome news to pass along from the official site pertaining to the Star Wars Force For Change gobal charity resource appearing at Celebration Anaheim 2015 this week. Check out the intro below and then be sure to take the provided source link for all the important details.

Star Wars: Force For Change, a global charitable initiative which harnesses the strength of Star Wars and its fandom to make a positive impact around the world, is back at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim held April 16th – 19th. This year, Star Wars: Force for Change will benefit UNICEF Kid Power, among other collaborations. Kid Power is a new initiative that uses the world’s first Wearable-For-Good to get youth physically active to provide food and nutrients to kids in need around the world. By tapping into kids’ inherent desire to help others, Star Wars: Force for Change is inspiring a new generation of global citizens.

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Official Site: Celebration 0 Part 2: Here's George Lucas
Reported by Mark on 15 Apr 2015 18:23

Richard Woloski returns with a second fascinating look at what is essentially the first Celebration, way back in 1987 over at StarWars.com.

When we last left off with my adventures from 1987’s Celebration “0” (or as they called it, “Starlog Salutes Star Wars: A 10th Anniversary Tribute to George Lucas and the Galaxy Far, Far Away Which He Created!”), I was anxiously awaiting the convention’s main event — George Lucas in person!
I, along with legions of die-hards, started lining up at the beginning of the day just to be in the same room as Lucas who was flying in from England where he was executive producing Willow.

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Hot Wheels Wicket Character Car Revealed
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2015 17:56

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22 Gloriously Geeky Newborns Who Are Already Winning At Life
Reported by Mark on 15 Apr 2015 17:48

This is a first, an article sent to me by my wife Ruth! (thanks babes x) Check out these cute-as-buttons kids dressed in a variety of cool genre outfits. The future is looking bright for these wizards, Doctors, Hobbits and padawans.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: R2 Builders Club
Reported by Mark on 15 Apr 2015 17:01
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Via our pal Carl Cunningham, here's a detailed run down of the R2 Builders itinerary at Celebration Anaheim, which don't forget kicks off tomorrow!

Check out the full listing after the break.

Miltos Yerolemou Comments On His The Force Awakens Character
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2015 15:56

Game of Thrones star Miltos Yerolemou, who was initially rumored to be part of the official Episode VII cast back in September, has revealed a small tidbit of information on the type of character he will be playing on screen in The Force Awakens via this article posted earlier today on Comic Book Resources.

Take the source link below to see what he briefly had to say regarding his Episode VII role if the notion of spoilers has no ill effect on you.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: The Force Awakens Exhibit
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2015 12:47

Unbeknownst to fans, at least in terms of what was publicly posted on the official Celebration Anaheim 2015 website, there will be a special The Force Awakens Exhibit on display at Celebration. Check out the image shared below via Instagram user parksandcons taken from a pamphlet or booklet (I'm assuming this is from the Celebration program guide available on-site) describing the exhibit and the days/times it will be open for viewing.

Here's a look at the description for #TheForceAwakens exhibit at #StarWarsCelebration #SWCelebration #SWCA #SWCATips

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: 4-Day Adult Tickets Sold Out
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2015 12:38

It was pretty much assumed Celebration Anaheim 2015 would be the most-attended Celebration ever given the announcement of Episode VII and the prospects of seeing content pertaining to the film at the convention. Now we have some official stats to back up those assumptions, as all 4-day Adult admission tickets have been sold out.

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Radio Free Tatooine: Episode 25
Reported by Mark on 15 Apr 2015 10:50

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

It's the week of Celebration and we couldn't be more excited! In this episode, we chat with Catrina Dennis of Movie Pilot News and Mos Eisley Comic Port about the upcoming convention, her new show, and Marvel's Star Wars comics. We're joined later by Amy who has some interesting concerns for Celebration Anaheim and her husband's Star Wars viewing order. Join us for one of the most intense episodes yet of this Star Wars podcast that's better than some, worse than others!

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Get Your Geek On: April 13th 2015
Reported by Mark on 15 Apr 2015 05:57

Get your geek on every Monday night with host David Gremillion, as he interviews guests, takes your calls, and gives his take on the latest Star Wars news. Listen live every Monday at 9pm EST on www.channel1138.com.

Tonight, "Get Your Geek On" welcomes CATHERINE TABER as our guest! Listen in on her thoughts about her favorite character, her thoughts on Episode VII, and her plans for Celebration Anaheim!

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Nine Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Star Wars Memorabilia
Reported by Mark on 15 Apr 2015 01:08

We're all about the goodies here at Jedi News, and over the years there have been more Star Wars collectibles made than Force lightning bolts shot out of Palpatine's fingers. Here's a brief run down of 9 facts you might not know about some of these these awesome items.

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   14 April 2015
Star Wars Trade
Reported by Mark on 14 Apr 2015 23:40

Vintage Kenner Star Wars action figures have a way of turning grown men into children. Two such suburban street leaders are no exception. During these heavy negotiations, we get a bird's eye view of what it's like to wage war over plastic figures, and how one infamous Trandoshan bounty hunter could hold the key to saving the neighborhood.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: The Force United
Reported by Team Jedi News on 14 Apr 2015 23:01

The Force United (TheForceUnited.com) returns at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. The sites included are JediBusiness.com, JediNews.co.uk, JediTempleArchives.com, Star Wars Forum UK (swfukpodcast.podbean.com), StarWarsReport.com and Yakface.com. The sites will take turns to cover the booth and help each other to ensure as many panels and talks are covered as possible.

As in previous years, The Force United has created some exclusive goodies for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim which include a set of six trading cards featuring the logos of each site and when put together the reverse makes up an image of Oola created by Mark Daniels of Sublevel Studios. In addition a vintage inspired Star Wars logo patch will also be available.
Visit The Force United booth at 1074 for distribution times and may the Force be with you!

Fly Casual Episode 34: Banana For Scale
Reported by Mark on 14 Apr 2015 22:46

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

In this episode of Fly Casual Podcast, Mike gives us the Broken Down Ford Report, Garrick talks Hot Wheels, and the Fan of the Week returns!

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Julian Glover's Beowulf
Reported by Matt on 14 Apr 2015 21:55

If you're a fan of the great Julian Glover, the man behind Walter Donovan and General Veers, then you do NOT want to miss the opportunity to see him performing this play for the very final time.

One of Britain’s leading actors, Julian Glover, will be interpreting the mighty tale of Beowulf, the earliest written poem of its kind in Old English. He will take you on the exciting journey of the great hero Beowulf, slayer of dragons and defender of lands. Glover has reworked and edited the poem for the stage and has been performing it for over 30 years.
At the matinee performance Julian will tell the story alone for the last time. Embracing original oral tradition, in the evening his son, Jamie Glover will join him on stage to conclude the tale.
Julian will never perform it again; henceforward the story will be told by Jamie.

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Celebration Anaheim: Jedi News On Social Media
Reported by Team Jedi News on 14 Apr 2015 21:00

We're going to do our level best to cover as much as we can here on the site during Celebration Anaheim, with Team Jedi News dispersing across the Anaheim Convention Center to attend as many panels and events as possible.

We're also going to be peppering the net with our social media coverage, so stay tuned to our Jedi News on Instagram page, the Jedi News Facebook page and on Twitter @JediNewsUK.

While you are following the live streaming you can keep abreast of our own adventures in all these locations.

Celebration Anaheim 2015: Convention Floor
Reported by Matt on 14 Apr 2015 20:33

The convention floor is starting to take shape, as shown by this image posted by Matt Martin.

Follow us on our Instagram and Facebook pages as well as our @JediNewsUK on Twitter for the latest news and info from Celebration Anaheim.

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The Force Awakens Executive Producer Tommy Harper Hired As Bad Robot Productions COO
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2015 20:23

We get word via The Wrap that J.J. Abrams has hired The Force Awakens executive producer Tommy Harper as Chief Operating Officer for Abrams' company Bad Robot Productions. The title of Chief Operating Officer is a new title that was created for the company.

J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions has hired “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” executive producer Tommy Harper as Chief Operating Officer, which is a new position at the company.

Harper, who will report directly to Abrams, will oversee Bad Robot’s daily operations and collaborate with Abrams on identifying and creating strategic initiatives for the company.

Harper’s hiring formalizes a long-standing professional relationship with the Bad Robot team that dates back to 2006’s “Mission: Impossible III.” Harper has since worked on such Bad Robot films as “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Star Trek” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

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Tosche Station Radio #109: Schedule Madness
Reported by Mark on 14 Apr 2015 19:36

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

Bria and Sho join the hosts today for one last Celebration preview! Kicking off the show, the hosts highlight What's New on the Blog. Nanci finally wrote about her and Brian's visit to Rebel, Princess, Jedi, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume

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.

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Official Site: Star Wars Rebels Cosplay: How To Make A Sabine Wren Jacket
Reported by Mark on 14 Apr 2015 19:24

Check out this fantastic article over at StarWars.com where Holly Frey shows us how to make a dazzling Sabine Wren jacket.

I love, love, LOVE (yes, all caps love) the character design for Sabine from Star Wars Rebels. The colors are fantastic, and the design lines are perfection. I would dress up as her every day if it were even remotely practical, but I suspect all that armor might get me in trouble on my usual train commute. So I decided to make a jacket inspired by Sabine’s look, but all fabric.

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Top 10 Most Expensive Star Wars Memorabilia
Reported by Mark on 14 Apr 2015 19:10

Want to know what the most expensive pieces of Star Wars memorabilia are? Then check out this link, because while some may not be a surprise to our discerning and attentive Star Wars readers, a couple most likely will be.

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Hallmark 2015 Event Exclusive Star Wars Items Revealed
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2015 19:01

A short time ago, Hallmark announced their assortment of Star Wars themed 2015 Event Exclusive items that will be available for fans to purchase at San Diego Comic-Con and NY Comic Con later this year.

Joining the previously revealed items that will be sold exclusively at Celebration Anaheim 2015 are the following SDCC and NYCC exclusive products:

U-3PO and R5-D4 – This Keepsake Ornament two-pack created especially for event sales features droids that first appeared in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The humanoid protocol droid U-3PO served aboard Princess Leia's consular ship while the astromech droid R5-D4 was offered for sale by Jawa traders to moisture farmer Owen Lars on Tatooine.

Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite become the latest in Hallmark's itty bittys line with this exclusive two-pack of the armored bounty hunter and his prisoner as seen in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

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Star Wars Action News Episode 447: Celebration SWAG-ger
Reported by Mark on 14 Apr 2015 19:00

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

Marjorie and Arnie recap the news regarding collectibles, both free and for sale, at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim!
In 3 days the world's largest Star Wars party begins -- Star Wars Celebration Anaheim! With attendance projected to be the largest of any Star Wars convention and overnights already planned for the J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy panel, it's the single largest collection of Star Wars fans and collectors--and that means plenty of exclusives! From Kotobukiya to Gentle Giant to the official Celebration store--listen as Marjorie and Arnie run down the must buys!
But not all the collectibles are for sale--some are just given away! Yes, more than the official exclusives this seems to be the celebration of Star Wars SWAG! Patches, pins, buttons, toys, Star Tots, and so much more is just waiting to join your collection! The Star Wars Action News hosts discuss this--and preview the Star Wars Action News Celebration Anaheim SWAG--in this week's episode!
With a store report by Johnathan, a discussion of the digital download releases of the Star Wars saga, and Jerry with a neo-Vintage Viewpoint, it's plenty to keep you entertained in line while you wait to get in the con! So download this episode of Star Wars Action News now!

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Star Wars: The Digital Collection Trailer – Discoveries From The Inside Bonus
Reported by Mark on 14 Apr 2015 18:55

Legendary creators of the Star Wars universe invite you inside Skywalker Ranch to reveal long-lost secrets and newly found treasures of the fabled film saga.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Final Round Of Exclusive Store Merchandise Images
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2015 18:22

The fourth and final update containing images of the selection of products that will be available exclusively for sale at the Celebration Anaheim 2015 Store have been posted earlier today on StarWars.com. This last batch features a look at an awesome The Force Awakens logo t-shirt, a Star Wars Rebels crew jacket, various bags, a Salacious Crumb wall clock, and more.

Sock Wookiees. Space Sluge-in-a-box. Gonk droid shirts. Star Wars Celebration Anaheim will have enough exclusive merchandise to make a Jawa jealous. Check out our final batch of preview images below — including a Star Wars: The Force Awakens T-shirt, with a portion of the proceeds going to UNICEF as a part of the Force for Change initiative! (In case you missed them, take a look at part three, part two, and part one of our merchandise previews.)

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Watch Celebration Anaheim 2015 Live On StarWars.com
Reported by Team Jedi News on 14 Apr 2015 17:19

For the first time ever, highlights and more than 30 hours of exclusive video content from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim will be officially live streamed to a worldwide community of fans on StarWars.com, all powered by Verizon.

Launching with a live stream of the highly-anticipated kickoff panel featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, the StarWars.com Celebration live stream powered by Verizon will continue providing coverage throughout the four-day event from a specially-designed Star Wars Cantina set located in the middle of the action on the convention floor.

Verizon and StarWars.com will deliver 30-plus hours of live streamed content following Thursday’s Celebration kickoff, featuring over a dozen panels and events, including discussions with actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, and several other performers associated with the Star Wars saga. Additionally, StarWars.com and Verizon will be live streaming the Star Wars Fan Film Awards; the Smuggler’s Bounty radio drama; EA’s new Battlefront videogame; and several other exclusive Celebration events that might otherwise be missed by members from Star Wars’ global fan community.

Between the live, on-stage events, StarWars.com will feature live interviews with celebrity guests within the Star Wars Cantina set specially built to capture the mood and atmosphere of the infamous Mos Eisley watering hole from A New Hope. These segments will have a fun, variety show flavor to them that brings a bit of the Star Wars Celebration vibe to those enjoying the event from afar.

Exclusive clips from throughout Star Wars Celebration event will also be available on demand from Verizon, allowing fans to celebrate Star Wars long after the live streams are over.

The live streaming begins at 10:00 a.m. PST, Thursday, April 16, on StarWars.com with the Celebration kickoff panel and continues with 30-plus hours of coverage through the closing ceremony on Sunday, April 19, beginning at 3:30 p.m. PST. Watch exclusive highlights and on-demand clips from Verizon on Twitter, @VerizonWireless, and at Facebook.com/Verizon.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: LEGO Event Schedule
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2015 16:12

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Funko Exclusive Super Shogun Figures
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2015 16:06

First fans were notified about their collection of Pop! vinyl exclusives. Then we heard about their series of Hikari Premium Sofubi Figures. And now we have learned that Funko will have a third offering as part of their stable of Celebration Anaheim 2015 exclusives - a Shadowtrooper and Boba Fett Super Shogun figure.

Super Shogun Shadowtrooper is 24" tall and features a left fist launcher and wheeled feet.

Super Shogun Boba Fett is 24" tall with wheeled feet and features a wrist and jetpack launcher.

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Mary Franklin Added To Official ReedPOP Website
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2015 15:51

With the announcement of her leaving Lucasfilm to join the amazing international team over at ReedPOP still fresh in the minds of fans everywhere, Mary Franklin has now been added to the list of team members over on the official ReedPOP website.

Once again we congratulate Mary on her new position and wish her nothing but the absolute best moving forward.

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The Force Awakens & Star Wars Rebels Children's Books From Phoenix International
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2015 14:15

We get word of a new publisher named Phoenix International that will be releasing a collection of The Force Awakens and Star Wars Rebels books for children beginning in August of this year. Also included in their book collection is a series of electronic readers and a lightsaber "play-a-sound" adventure book containing content taken from Episode VII.

Thanks to @onceuponagalaxy for the heads-up.

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Gentle Giant PGM 2015 Gifts: Emperor Palpatine, Commander Faie, And Biker Scout Mini Busts
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2015 12:59

Gentle Giant has announced their three Star Wars selections that 2015 PGM account members can select from for as their gift, and the selections are top-notch to say the very least.

For 2015, you can choose from an assortment that includes a Commander Faie Deluxe Mini Bust with interchangeable head, an Episode V Emperor Palpatine Mini Bust, and the shining crown jewel of the group... an all-new Biker Scout Mini Bust!! This bad boy is gonna look AWESOME in my collection, as I never had the opportunity to secure Gentle Giant's first Biker Scout mini bust that was released years ago.

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Star Wars Battlefront Coming To Xbox One First
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2015 12:40

Great news if you are an Xbox One owner, not so great news if you do not and are eager to get your hands on Star Wars Battlefront from Electronic Arts. It appears that sometime after it's gameplay debut at Celebration Anaheim 2015 later this week, owners of Microsoft's Xbox One console will have access to the game first before those who own other gaming systems.

The tweet exchange below is from Microsoft game marketing lead Aaron Greenberg.

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   13 April 2015
Hot Wheels Introduces Boba Fett Character Car
Reported by Justin on 13 Apr 2015 20:01

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Prepping The Outside
Reported by Justin on 13 Apr 2015 19:59

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Ashley Eckstein On Developing Ahsoka Into A Fan Favorite
Reported by Justin on 13 Apr 2015 18:59

Point your browser towards SciFiNow for an interview Steve Wright conducted with Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano, on how her character rose up to become one of the most beloved characters in the entire Star Wars Saga.

Was it important to you to bring out strong female character qualities in Ahsoka?

I never really approached Ahsoka from the angle of ‘Oh, this is a strong female character, so I need to play her that way’, I was just so fortunate to be a small part of creating Ahsoka. The writing was superb, and [Dave Filoni and his crew] wrote such great episodes that I just had to bring life to the words that were on the page. The funny thing was that Ahsoka’s gender didn’t matter at the end of the day, because Dave didn’t write towards that, and I think that is the key to the success of writing a strong female character; just making her a strong character, male or female, and David and his crew did that. If you think about it, we never pointed out that she was a girl. I don’t think the term came up in the text, no one in the crew pointed out that she was a girl; she was just one of the gang, and I think the fans after a while looked past her gender.

Be sure to check out Ashley's earlier interview with SciFiNow if you didn't catch it last week when it was posted.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Marvel Star Wars Panels
Reported by Justin on 13 Apr 2015 18:00

Heading to Celebration Anaheim 2015 this week and are eager to see what panels Marvel will have in store for fans to attend? Check out their list below.

STAR WARS Comic Art (Thursday, 4:30 PM, Collectors Stage)

Just one of many authoritative collecting panels throughout the show, STAR WARS comic art collector and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” writer/director David Mandel gives you an expert perspective on collecting original comic art.

One Big Story: Working Within the STAR WARS Canon (Friday, 3:30 PM, Fan Stage)

Last year’s announcement of an interconnected STAR WARS canon means that publishers, including Marvel, are telling stories within an intricately connected galaxy. A full panel of guests includes Marvel’s VP of International Development C.B. Cebulski and editor Jordan D. White.

STAR WARS Comes Home to Marvel (Saturday, 1:00 PM, Behind-The-Scenes Stage)

C.B. Cebulski, Jordan D. White, and Lucasfilm Senior Editor Jennifer Heddle will discuss Marvel’s new STAR WARS series. Fans won’t want to miss this panel that promises not one but two exciting announcements about the future of STAR WARS at Marvel!

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Jabba The Hutt & Slave Leia Figures From Madme Tussauds Almost Finished
Reported by Justin on 13 Apr 2015 12:52

Check out this latest stunning Star Wars experience update from the extremely talented folks over at Madme Tussauds.

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   11 April 2015
Felicity Jones Wants A Pink Lightsaber
Reported by Mark on 11 Apr 2015 19:32

Long gone are the days when lightsabers came in just red, blue and green varieties. Now it seems there's every colour under the rainbow, and Felicity Jones emphasizes this by picking her preferred colour while promoting her latest film on MTV.

Felicity Jones talks about being the female lead in the new 'Star Wars' while promoting her upcoming film 'True Story'.

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Sideshow Presents R2-ME2
Reported by Matt on 11 Apr 2015 18:39

Check this out, another treat to look forward to at Celebration Anaheim.

Sideshow is proud to present R2-ME2, a unique re-imagining of everyone’s favorite sassy astromech: R2-D2!
The Force is strong with this collective of creative minds from across the galaxy! Starting with a blank prototype of our Deluxe R2-D2 Sixth Scale Figure, Sideshow invited over 90 friends and fans to participate in customizing the iconic droid with a brand new look. Check out a sneak peek at the progress on these one-of-a-kind custom projects below, and follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #R2ME2.

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Full of Sith Rumor Control 04
Reported by Mark on 11 Apr 2015 17:44

Join Bobby Roberts for Full of Sith: Rumor Control.

This episode of Rumor Control is CHOCK FULL OF SPOILERS so don’t say you weren’t warned before you go traipsing through this particular minefield and end up getting your SOCKS ROCKED OFF by juicy rumors about who Domnhall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis are playing, as well as some interesting details about Leia and her career decisions; A very special guest star might make an appearance in the newest trailer, and a quick look behind the curtain at how the movie is being cut and chopped together in the Bad Robot bullpen.

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Star Wars Social Scanner - April 10, 2015
Reported by Justin on 11 Apr 2015 17:31

It's time for the latest weekly installment in the Star Wars Social Scanner series provided by Lucasfilm's own social media guru Andi Gutierrez!

As a member of the (very small) social media team here at Lucasfilm, I have the honor of reading, responding to, laughing at, loving, and sharing all of your Star Wars conversations every day. Our fans are creative, passionate, funny, and very active across the Internet; every Friday, I’ll share my favorite social media posts from the week in the Social Scanner, so show me what you’ve got!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Gentle Giant Collecting Panel
Reported by Justin on 11 Apr 2015 17:26

Check out the following Celebration Anaheim 2015 collecting panel announcement from Gentle Giant that was sent out via email (click the image for a larger view.)

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Disney Launches New Star Wars Game with Kanata
Reported by Mark on 11 Apr 2015 16:17

Here's some interesting new regarding the latest Star Wars app game, and the potential for future games.

Star Wars lovers and game creators at Kanata company Gigataur celebrated the launch of the newest Star Wars game on March 27, after working with Disney for 16 months to create it.
The mobile gaming company, formerly Glitchsoft, secured a contract to make the game alongside Disney animators and writers, resulting in Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions.
The game, based on Disney’s new digitally animated TV show, Star Wars Rebels, is set five years before Luke Skywalker meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, and focuses on rebels opposing the tyranny of the Empire.
Coming out nine months before the anticipated release of the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, the game is meant to “onboard the new generation of Star Wars fans,” said Gigataur CEO Andrew Fisher.

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