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   17 December 2014
Life-Size Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor Statue At Toys R Us
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 14:32

Take a look at this magnificent beauty. Here's hoping more Toys R Us stores located across the globe are graced by his sinister presence!

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Gentle Giant AT-AT Mini Bookends Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 12:40

Gentle Giant has updated their website to include a pre-order link for their new set of AT-AT Mini Bookends. The bookends are available to pre-order now for $225.00 and are expected to ship in Q4 2015.

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Concept Details For A "SIE" Fighter
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 12:20

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

Concepts: "SIE" Fighter

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

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Star Wars: R2-D2's Droid Workshop Book Trailer
Reported by James on 17 Dec 2014 11:48

It's time for another trailer but this one is for a book!  It's a book with a difference and enables you to build your own R2-D2 droid from cardboard.  The video was put together by the folks at Lucasfilm and features footage from the original Star Wars films as well as a time lapse guide of how to put the press-out R2-D2 together.

You can get your own press-out R2-D2 as part of Star Wars: R2-D2's Droid Workshop Book which is out now, published by our friends at Egmont, and available at all good booksellers including Amazon (just search for R2-D2 Droid Workshop) whilst stocks last.

BBFC Approves The Force Awakens Teaser for UK
Reported by BrianC on 17 Dec 2014 11:39

British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) passed the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens (Trailer A) at an approved running time of 1m 21s (that's 7 seconds less than the global internet release) on the 8th December.  The teaser trailer was passed in an uncut state for both 2D and 3D releases which we'd expect to see in UK cinemas very soon - better late than never!

Click on the image above for a closer look or take the link below for more info.

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Maisie Richardson-Sellers Confirms She Is Part Of The Force Awakens Cast
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 01:01

After rumors of her potential involvement in Episode VII first surfaced earlier this year, Maisie Richardson-Sellers has revealed via an interview segment posted on Refinery29 that she has in fact been cast in The Force Awakens.

Does all of this feel new to you?

It really does. I graduated from university last summer, where I was studying archeology and anthropology, so quite a different thing than acting. But, my parents are both actors and I’ve always wanted to act, so after school I started auditioning and that’s when I got Star Wars. That was my first job and The Originals is my second job, so I’m still trying to find my feet.

That must be a strange sentence to say 'My first acting job was Star Wars?'

It is really strange, but it’s also fantastic. I’d always done theater, and his was my first screen experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to introduce me to the world of screen acting.

Take the source link below for the full interview in which she also reveals what she had to go through in order to help keep her casting in the film a secret.

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   16 December 2014
Official Site: Star Wars, A Family Affair
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 23:52

Sander de Lange takes a look at the familial off-screen connections between cast and crew members in his latest article over at StarWars.com.

The Star Wars saga is the story about the Skywalker family and how their lives had an impact on an entire galaxy. This family connection also exists outside of the movies, with a lot of actors and crewmembers being related to each other. This holiday season we bring you and your family a look at these special bonds.

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T-Shirts: The Trisaber!
Reported by Matt on 16 Dec 2014 23:43

Tee Fury are on an Ep 7 roll as the present this trisaber tee, designed to glow in the dark.

Just 5 hours left to make this yours, so get ordering.

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Tonigate - One Year Later
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 23:15

Any vintage carded collectors will be or should be aware of the Toy Toni scandal that rocked the collectors community.

This past weekend at Farthest From 7 Jason Smith did a superb talk and here's the PDF slides that went along with his panel.

Hats off to Jason for the research and collation of this information. Well worth a read if you collect vintage carded.

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Tosche Station Radio #100: Century Mark
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 23:09

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

This week on Tosche Station Radio, we recap and review the first half of Rebels season one!

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: Boba Fett Reunions: It's Getting To Be A Family Affair...For Clones!
Reported by John 'Dak' Morton on 16 Dec 2014 23:00

My latest article arrives over at StarWars.com.

Bespin Boba (a.k.a. Dak) most recently joined two other Fetts, Daniel Logan and Dickey Beer, for another billed Boba Fett Reunion. Fans will recall the Fett tradition started at Celebration Europe II in Essen, Germany, that was capped by five Fett’s performing a Maori haka onstage with Warwick Davis before 7,000 ecstatic fans. This September’s three-Fett reunion was during the 2014 Cincinnati Comic Expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The highpoint was a rollicking Reunion Panel before a full house on day three of the con, captured by an Expo video that the organizers have just posted on YouTube.
Followers of Jedi News may have read Dak’s report of the panel highlight: Dickey Beer’s reveal that Princess Leia literally saved his life during shooting of Return of the Jedi’s Sarlacc Pit battle scene.
Attendees — and his fellow panelists — were stunned to hear that Slave Leia laid on him the kiss of life…for real.

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Marvel Remasters Thomas, Chaykin's Star Wars Adaptation As Oversized Hardcover
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 22:57

With the licence back at the House of Ideas, Marvel are going all guns to not only provide fresh new adventures in key Star Wars era's but also to reintroduce classic tales with a twist.

Check out this news regarding an oversize hardcover of the original Star Wars adaptation.

Under a new cover by Adi Granov, Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin's adaptation of "A New Hope" -- fully recolored by Chris Sotomayor -- will be reprinted in full, including the scenes which Marvel readers experienced in 1977 that never made it to the big screen in Lucas' final cut.
"When Star Wars took the world by storm in 1977, Marvel Comics was right there with exciting comic adaptations and new stories set in a galaxy far, far away," Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel said via press release. "With new Star Wars comics being published by Marvel in 2015, we’re proud to look back on this exciting remastered adaptation of the original film, with remastered adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi coming later in 2015."

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Star Wars Battlefront: Space to Ground Combat Confirmed?
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 22:45

Ground combat in Battlefront 3? Sounds great to us, and the team over at SWTOR Strategies investigate the rumour further.

Star Wars: Battlefront has yet to receive a release date for 2015, but we’re sure it’ll be hitting the Xbox One, PC and PS4 during the Holiday season of next year. A Star Wars christmas is all that we could ask for (oh wait…we got that film and it was horrendous…)!
There is certainly a great deal that we expect from the Battlefront series, and from a Star Wars NextGen game made by DICE and EA. Each player is going to carry their own preferences and expectations for the title, but there’s certainly one thing that we all desire: Space to Ground combat. And I really feel like a little game we’ve all seen bits of has confirmed its presence. The idea of space to ground combat has been a desire for Star Wars and Battlefront fans for years. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 gave us space combat, but unfortunately it was only limited to final frontier and we couldn’t venture to the planets we fought outside of (the space combat was insanely cool though!).
But with the power of Frostbite and NextGen consoles, we want to see this become a reality. Either be fighting in space and have the option to leave at any time and focus your attention on a ground base on Hoth, or vice versa. All we know is that we want it. And I think that this Indie game has confirmed it.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Imperial Assault available this week at your local retailer!
Reported by Jonathan on 16 Dec 2014 22:39

It's here! IT'S HERE! Imperial Assault from Fantasy Flight Games is landing at your local store this week! It's only taken, oh, you know, like FOREVER TO GET HERE, but that's more to do with my insane levels of impatience than anything else.

From the website:

“General, prepare your troops for a surface attack.”
Darth Vader, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Imperial commanders and Rebel strike team leaders, gather your soldiers and prepare for tactical Star Wars™ combat. Imperial Assault will arrive at your local retailer this week!
You’ll have twice the opportunities to immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe with the two complete games included in Imperial Assault. In the campaign game, up to four players command heroes of the Rebellion, battling against a single Imperial player in a narrative campaign that changes every time you play through it. The skirmish game, on the other hand, gives you the chance to go head-to-head with a single opponent – mustering your own armies and fighting to complete conflicting objectives. Whichever game you play, your tactical decisions decide the fate of the galaxy!'

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Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 9
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 22:33

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

How long do we get this week? There’s no way we can fit all this into one show, right? This was going to be our Holiday Holiday Special Special, but once again, Lucasfilm threw a nice straight fastball down the center of the plate. We can’t help but knock this one out of the park. This week: Count Dooku feels the Christmas spirit, putting The Clone Wars on wax, a fat stack of Rebels news, and The Naming of the Crew

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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T-Shirts: Episode Seven
Reported by Matt on 16 Dec 2014 22:22

$11.00 is the fee and the clock is ticking. Just 6 hours remain to make this amazing Episode VII tee yours, via Tee Fury.

Hurry, before Rey's choc ice melts...

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Hot Toys is Now the Sole Distributor of Sideshow's Star Wars Collectibles in Asia
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 22:15

Big changes happening as Hot Toys become the sole distributor of Sideshow products in Asia. Over to Raymond Chan to fill in the details.

Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles have a long history of partnership in bringing high quality collectibles to fans and now the collaboration will get even bigger. Today we are pleased to announce that Hot Toys is the sole distributor for Sideshow Collectibles’ Star Wars products in Asia.
Hot Toys will distribute Sideshow’s finely crafted 1/6th scale figures from the Star Wars saga throughout Asia. The distribution will expand even more in Hong Kong and include Sideshow’s amazing life-size figures and Premium Format statues.
With the new and highly anticipated Star Wars films coming in the next few years, Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles will definitely be here to expand your high-end Star Wars collectibles collection!

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Jedi News Short Story Review: The End Of History
Reported by MaxN on 16 Dec 2014 22:15
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This tale begins very abruptly and we are quickly introduced to the main character: Antron, an old man with a very Star Warsy/sci-fi sounding name. He witnesses a crashed starfighter on his homemoon, and is reluctant and apprehensive in approaching it (as anyone would be.) He, however, musters his courage with the thought that if Jedi Master Vonkhel could befriend the Sith Lord of Gairm, then he could do this.

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Barnes and Noble Exclusive Star Wars R2-C4 ARTFX Statue
Reported by Matt on 16 Dec 2014 22:07

For fans of astromechs, this 4" Kotobukiya statue is an essential purchase, available via Barnes and Noble.

Barnes and Noble will have an exclusive Kotobukiya Star Wars R2-C4 ARTFX+ Statue. The astrodroid was seen in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The 1/10 scale statue will be about 4? tall. It will include a collectable commemorative coin and a magnetic stand. The statue can be displayed standing straight up or inclined. It’s priced at $44.95 and is available now.

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6-Minute Episode IV Behind-The-Scenes B-Roll Video
Reported by Justin on 16 Dec 2014 21:58

We feel pretty confident in stating that all fans, similar to the entire staff here at Jedi News, simply cannot get enough of behind-the-scenes Star Wars videos. We'll watch 'em wherever and whenever possible.

So be sure to check out this YouTube video uploaded yesterday by user account "Eyes On Cinema" that features a 6-minute BTS video from the production of Episode IV back in 1976. Sadly, the video does not contain any audio, but that shouldn't deter you from letting your eyes soak in the vintage goodness.

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Star Wars Action News Episode 438: Tarkin 'Bout Toys
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 21:39

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

It's been a long time since Star Wars action figure collectors could shop exclusively at their local brick-and-mortar stores to get the figures they wanted. Since the release of Hasbro's The Vintage Collection in 2010 store supplies have been scarce. Now, however, that seems ready to change! Across the country collectors are finding new Black Series figures in both 3.75-inch and 6-inch lines, plus new Rebels and Mission Series figures too! On this episode of Star Wars Action News you can listen to find out which stores to hit to score full waves of new figures.
Also on this week's show, Arnie and Marjorie discuss Hot Toys' first exclusive release in their Star Wars Movie Masterpiece Series--the Shadow Stormtrooper. A repaint of their basic Stormtrooper figure, this release sold out in just a few hours at Sideshow Collectibles. What's the fuss all about? Listen to find out!
With a review of James Lucino's new Star Wars novel Tarkin and Jerry looking back on books of yesteryear, and ThinkGeek plushes too, you'll find all this and more in this Episode of Star Wars Action News!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Check Out This Star Wars Rebels Chopper Bounce House From Japan
Reported by Justin on 16 Dec 2014 20:59

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 16
Reported by James on 16 Dec 2014 17:01
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This month is flying by and it's already December 16th, which means it's time to open up the sixteenth door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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Droidel, Droidel, Droidel... Happy Chanukah!
Reported by Team Jedi News on 16 Dec 2014 17:00

We'd like to wish all those that celebrate a very Happy Chanukah - tonight marks the first of eight nights of light, fried food, playing dreidel and sharing presents.

You can download/print the excellent droidel from Star Wars: Craft Book written by Bonnie Burton here - have fun!

RUMOR: Is Captain Phasma A New The Force Awakens Character Name?
Reported by Justin on 16 Dec 2014 16:22

As being reported by an article posted on Stitch Kingdom:

Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios recently announced the names for several of the characters featured in the trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015). On December 11, Lucasfilm went ahead and registered several related applications for several of these characters, including: BB-8, the ball-droid; Kylo Ren, the sith; and Poe Dameron, the X-Wing Fighter pilot.

Among the registrations, however, were many for a ‘Captain Phasma,’ for which we were unable to find any previous documentation outside of an extensive fan-fiction titled Tarkin’s Fist and random usernames.

We will continue to provide more information as it becomes available to us, including monitoring trademark applications for additional characters, considering there are still several already-known characters who have yet to show up in the applications.

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New LEGO Star Wars 2015 Images
Reported by Team Jedi News on 16 Dec 2014 14:35

Click on the above image for a closer look at some of the new LEGO Star Wars minifigures coming in early 2015; then head over to our friends at Brickset.com who have added lots of images from the LEGO server to their site for your viewing convenience.

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Official Site: Ghosts Of Star Wars Holiday Blogs Past
Reported by Justin on 16 Dec 2014 13:24

To help ramp up your holiday cheer this season (and, if you happen to be in the same boat as me, get over an absolutely dismal season from your favorite NFL team), check out this collection of past holiday content posted over on the official site.

Life Day has come and gone (and we hope you had a great one), but the holiday season isn’t over! To quote everyone’s favorite boots-wearing, magical, bearded old man — Count Dooku — “This is just the beginning!”

StarWars.com has always been active around the holidays, with videos, blogs, and crafts to help celebrate the season. So, just like getting the decorations out of the attic, we’re going into the archives for some of our best content that only comes once a year. Check them out below and enjoy!

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The Realm Recap Episode 44: Guardians of the Galaxy Far, Far Away
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 06:11

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

Even as the holidays quickly approach, the deluge of collecting news and speculation is flowing as fast as ever. On this week’s show, Flyguy and I break down the latest info from Hasbro, Sideshow, Bandai, S.H.Figuarts, Hot Wheels, and more. Gentle Giant looks to be teasing some great product for 2015, what it is exactly is anyone’s guess but we are giddy in its potential. The biggest news of the week though was the (partial) character names released for The Force Awakens. What do they mean and will we have to “unlearn what we have learned” based on prior speculation and leaks? Finally, Flyguy and I run down a few reviews and new acquisitions — all this and much more on Episode 44 of The Realm Recap.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

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   15 December 2014
The Force Planet: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions Q&A
Reported by Justin on 15 Dec 2014 21:57

In this segment of a special Q&A on Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions, supervising director Dave Filoni talks about Yoda's trip to the mysterious Force planet.

The Force Planet is featured in the four-part Yoda arc from The Lost Missions. It's the source of the midi-chlorians and all life, conceived by George Lucas and brought to the screen by supervising director Dave Filoni. "I don't see this as like, 'This is this one place.'" says Filoni. "You can't think black and white when you're dealing with the Force or balance. So, I think these places exist in the universe at different times and they manifest. And then life emanates from them, and then you can go there, and [at other times] they're just dead, empty spaces, as well."

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Star Wars Report Episode #156: What’s in a Name?
Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 21:46

It's time to join your hosts Riley, Bethany and Mark over at Star Wars Report.

On this week’s podcast Riley, Bethany and Mark talk about the announcement of the NAMES! We have names!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Review - The Art of Space
Reported by Jonathan on 15 Dec 2014 20:19
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I’m going to cut to the chase here – this book is filled with some of the most beautiful and inspiring art I’ve seen for a long, long time. From the earliest images of heavenly bodies to the modern-day digital renderings, and everything in between, this book covers everything.

The five chapters – Planets & Moons, Stars & Galaxies, Spaceships & Space Stations, Space Colonies & Cities, and Aliens – covers art that illustrates what we see in Earth’s orbit to what we imagine in star systems and galaxies far beyond our own. The combination of recreation, concept and fiction takes you on quite a ride and the sheer amount of art can feel somewhat like an overload on the senses. It’s hard not to be fascinated by how the ages before us viewed the stars, or inspired by those who imagine the views from the surface of other worlds.

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SW7-Droid
Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 19:15

It seems clear that fans think BB-8 will either be this trilogies Artoo or this trilogies Jar Jar, but whichever way it goes there's no doubt he/she is inspiring creativity within fandom.

With that in mind check out this marvellous fan made video on Vimeo by Julien Leterrier.

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Dave Dorman's Star Wars #1 Cover Variant
Reported by Dan on 15 Dec 2014 19:14


Dave Dorman has revealed another variant cover for Marvel Comics' Star Wars #1, this time exclusive to M&M Comics. This was revealed yesterday on Facebook...more details to follow.
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Bombad Radio Episode 178: Ryder Windham on Writing Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 18:42

It's time to join James and Jeremiah on the latest edition of Bombad Radio.

Join host Jeremiah for Episode 178 as we discuss the recent Star Wars news and then dive into an interview with Ryder Windham, author of over 60 Star Wars novels and reference guides. Learn about his work with his Rebels book, the Guide to the Force, how he began and what has influenced him throughout the years.

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Jedi News On Instagram
Reported by Team Jedi News on 15 Dec 2014 17:14

Vintage wonders #kenner #farthestfrom

A photo posted by JediNews.co.uk (@jedinewsuk) on

While you'll find all the latest news happening in the Star Wars galaxy right here on Jedi News you'll also find a very different kind of coverage over on our Jedi News on Instagram page, including coverage of this past weekends Farthest From event.

And be sure to listen in to this coming Thursdays episode of RADIO 1138 as we give you the inside track on what happened at the event and at the previous nights Toy Meltdown quiz.

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Frank Oz To Voice Yoda In Star Wars Rebels "Path Of The Jedi" Episode On January 5
Reported by Justin on 15 Dec 2014 17:04

In an exclusive reveal posted over on TV Guide, we learn that Jedi Master Yoda will be making an "appearance" in the Star Wars Rebels animated series when the series returns from the holiday break on Monday January 5 with episode "Path of the Jedi".

And the kicker? His voice will be provided by the legendary Frank Oz!

Though Rebels takes place between the two Star Wars movie trilogies — a time when the few surviving Jedis are in hiding from the Empire — the 800-plus-year-old icon is drawn from hiding to offer counsel to fledgling Jedi knight Kanan and his new padawan, Ezra, on the remote planet of Lothal. The twist: He only "appears" as a disembodied voice.

But what a voice it is. Frank Oz, who famously starred as the Yoda (in puppet and computer-generated form) in five of the Star Wars films, returns to the franchise for this episode. "I felt personally to keep Yoda as this disembodied thing it would confuse the audience less," says executive producer Dave Filoni, who also directed the installment. "I didn't want you to think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet."

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 15
Reported by James on 15 Dec 2014 17:01
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It's December 15th and time to open up today's door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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Marvel's The History Of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 16:29

Marvel continue their look back through the annals of Star Wars history as they reach the era of the Clone Wars.

With the Star Wars franchise returning to Marvel beginning in January 2015, it’s time to get up to speed on the galaxy far, far away with a look back at the story from the classic films! With each installment of the History of Star Wars, we’ll cover another chapter in one of the greatest adventures of all-time!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Amazing Fan Art
Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 16:04

If this arrived this coming Thursday, a year to the day until the arrival of the film, I'd be more than happy...

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Full of Sith Episode XCV: Star Wars Celebration
Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 15:32

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

After talking about the release of character names for The Force Awakens, Amy and Bryan regale Mike with the best and worst stories from Star Wars Celebrations past. They discuss what to look forward to at the next Celebration, and then discuss the announced Star Wars plans at Disney parks.

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

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New Gentle Giant/The 3D Studio Website Is Live
Reported by Justin on 15 Dec 2014 13:39

The newly updated design (as well as new URL and official joint company logo) for the Gentle Giant/The 3D Studio website is now up and running. Featuring a completely revamped navigation experience and content layout, check it out via the source link below.

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   14 December 2014
Star Wars Rebels Ezra 2-In-1 Lightsaber/Blaster Toy Found
Reported by Justin on 14 Dec 2014 21:03

Is this perfect timing or what? Shortly after we posted this story earlier in the week, look what shows up on the shelves at a Toys R Us store.

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RUMOR: Episode VIII And IX To Focus On Luke & Leia Storylines
Reported by Justin on 14 Dec 2014 18:09

Comic Book Movie has posted an article claiming (via a reportedly leaked email sent by Sony back on September 20) that the plots of Episode VIII and IX will center around the storylines of Luke and Leia. Over to CBM...

After J.J. Abrams completes Star Wars: The Force Awakens he'll pass the Star Wars directing baton to Looper director Rian Johnson, who will be writing and directing Episodes VIII and IX. Another stolen Sony email from September 20, 2014 has surfaced online and this one has President of Production for Columbia Pictures Michael De Luca discussing Disney's Star Wars with Sony Pictures Entertainment co-Chairman Amy Pascal. In it, he says Johnson's VIII and IX will be "Luke and Leia" storylines." He also knocks screenwriter Gary Whitta ("Godzilla" & "After Earth"), who is writing the Gareth Edwards' Star Wars standalone film.

The text from the leaked email in question from CBM's story has been copied below.

"Star Wars: Any studio would have lost josh trank and rian Johnson to this, it's freaking Star Wars. Your After Earth writer Gary Whitta is writing Gareth Edwards stand alone Star Wars film. Simon Kinberg is writing Josh Tranks. No one knows what they're about but Boba Fett is rumored to be the subject of one. Rian Johnson as you know is doing the main ones, episodes 8 and 9 of the Luke and Leia story lines, after JJ. Not sure anything is gained by looking at what Lucasfilm is doing except we are stalking all these people too, except Whitta whom I think blows.”

As always, treat what you have just read with as many grains of salt as you so desire.

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 14
Reported by James on 14 Dec 2014 17:01
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It's December 14th and time to open today's door of the LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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Oral History Of Christmas In The Stars; Anthony Daniels Says TFA Is "Quite Serious"
Reported by Justin on 14 Dec 2014 14:46

With Christmas less than two weeks away, what better time to take a look back at the famous Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album? Andrea Warner provides readers with a detailed history of the production of the album via a story posted on CBC Music in which she interviews the album's co-producer/engineer Tony Bongiovi, composer Maury Yeston, and of course Anthony Daniels.

On the surface, it’s a novelty record ripe for ridicule, for which it’s been on the receiving end plenty over the years. But it also boasts an undeniable pedigree and is full of enough curious and notable moments that it’s impossible to dismiss. After all, Christmas in the Stars marks John Bongiovi’s first professional recording, four years before he became Jon Bon Jovi. Maury Yeston penned many of the original tunes and went on to become a Tony Award-winning Broadway composer. C-3PO sings throughout and George Lucas gave it the thumbs up. And, most unbelievably, "What Can You Get A Wookiee For Christmas (When He Already Has a Comb)" is a real song.

During the interview session, Daniels talks about the various projects he's been working on lately and mentions that The Force Awakens has a "really quite serious" tone to it.

Take the source link below for the full interview and thanks to Jedi News reader James C. for sending over the link.

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Download High-Res Images Of The Force Awakens Vintage Style Digital Trading Cards
Reported by Justin on 14 Dec 2014 13:22

High resolution images of the vintage style Topps trading cards that were revealed earier this week containing the names of some of the main characters from The Force Awakens are now available to download via StarWars.com!

What's interesting is how the word "digital" is used in the official description of these cards. Does this indicate that they (as well as future cards included in this TFA series) will be a digital-only release?

Click the image above or the source link below to download yours now!

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Disney XD Star Wars Rebels Marathon Today Will Include The Force Awakens Feature
Reported by Justin on 14 Dec 2014 12:38

As you can see from this tweet posted yesterday, Disney XD will be running a Star Wars Rebels marathon in which they will be broadcasting every episode of the series released so far beginning today at 12:00pm ET/PT. In addition, there will be a special segment titled "Inside The Force Awakens" that will air sometime after the Rebels marathon concludes at 4:30pm ET/PT.

No word on exactly what this TFA segment will include or if it will contain any new footage, so if you don't feel like watching NFL action later today, be sure to tune into Disney XD.

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Brazilian Legends cover for Heir to the Empire
Reported by Mark on 14 Dec 2014 11:53

Check this out, the Brazilian cover for the Legends re-release of Heir to the Empire artist Marc Simonetti. Could this cover be coming to the US and Europe when the Legends version arrives? Let's hope, this looks amazing.

With thanks to Jair for the correction.

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The WolfPack Podcast #111: Returning Special Guest: Freddie Prinze Jr (Voice Of Kanan Jarrus-Rebels)
Reported by Dan on 14 Dec 2014 10:41

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

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Corey, Marco, Nabil, Steve, and Curto talk with our friend and voice of Kanan Jarrus on Star Wars Rebels, Freddie Prinze Jr. We talk Seasons 1 and 2 of Rebels, Fulcrom, Comic Books, Ahsoka, and much more! Disclaimer: all music used in this video belongs to LucasFilm and Disney, no copy write intended.

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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   13 December 2014
The Realm Recap Episode #43 The Artists Awaken
Reported by Mark on 13 Dec 2014 17:48

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

Pretty much everyone is still living in the afterglow of last week’s teaser for The Force Awakens as customizers and artist continue to crank out amazing works from only a few seconds of footage. Collecting has been relatively quiet from Hasbro, but high-end & import brands have picked up some of that slack as new preorders were announced from Sideshow, Revoltech and Herocross. Marvel continues in their variant bombardment as several new covers have been revealed for Star Wars #1. Finally, Yakface and I run down a few of our new acquisitions and reviews this week. All this and much more on Episode 43 of The Realm Recap.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 13
Reported by James on 13 Dec 2014 17:01
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It's December 13th and time to open up the thirteenth door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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io9: The Secret To Keeping A Universe Fresh? Don't Worry So Much About Canon
Reported by Mark on 13 Dec 2014 15:22

io9 bring us an interesting look at the reasons why mining existing stories could be a smart way forward for the GFFA.

It seems to me that a lot of long-lived franchises will eventually take the same approach to their mythology that Skyfall does — treating it not as continuity to be obeyed, but iconography to be plundered. I could see a future Batman movie that incorporated elements of the Burton films, the animated series, the Nolan trilogy, and the Arkham games, fusing them into a syncretistic whole not because they were "canon," but because they were cool. It's like having Dench play M in the Craig movies — she's clearly not supposed to be the same character from the Brosnan era (unless you subscribe to a certain fan theory), but she's a cool character, and having her around establishes an emotional continuity to the older movies, if not a canonical link. Ditto the Goldfinger vintage Aston Martin.

Something similar is happening with The Force Awakens, even though it's a continuation of the first six movies, or maybe just the OT with some vague, undefined nods to the events of the prequels. There's really no compelling reason to have X-Wings, stormtroopers, or Tatooine in a sequel trilogy, at least in forms so familiar from the older films. Even featuring the Falcon and the original characters is a bit of a stretch, frankly. But that's the Star Wars everybody knows and loves, not something new or different.

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The Comlink: Ep. 108 - ANOVOS: Heath Hammond. Star Wars News, Interviews, & More!
Reported by Mark on 13 Dec 2014 13:30

The latest news from the week of December 12th, and Heath Hammond from ANOVOS stops by and gives an in depth clinic on how ANOVOS researches and constructs their costumes. The Comlink is your weekly show for Star Wars entertainment!

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2015 Star Wars Toy Line Speculations
Reported by Mark on 13 Dec 2014 12:15

The team at Jedi Business canvassed the opinion of a number of highly respected collecting experts including Arnie and Marjorie Carvalho, Gus Lopez, Jake Stevens, Jason Luttrull, Jayson Krebsbach, Paul Harrison, Brandon Flores, Corey and F. Asis and our own James Burns, asking for predictions for 2015.

James Burns (from JediNews.co.uk): We may see the Celebration Exclusive which I think might be the first product available from The Force Awakens. Some of the very big stores (TRU, Wal*Mart etc.) have already seen some stuff from the film but I doubt these will be on public display at Toy Fair – I expect they’ll be a locked room for special accounts to see some of these. Also, we normally get a hint at New York Toy Fair of the SDCC reveal too. Alternatively, they could put out an Early Bird wave featuring Han, Chewie, Leia, Droids etc. that wouldn’t give much away. Also, we know that a Corellian fighter, very similar to or perhaps even the Millennium Falcon, will appear in the film alongside some new X-Wings so those could be shown without giving too much away.

For the full article click here.

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The Wookiee Plays
Reported by Mark on 13 Dec 2014 11:15

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He Said He Said Show - Exclusive Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer!
Reported by Mark on 13 Dec 2014 10:01

It's time to join your hosts Darren and Tim for He Said He Said.

The He Said He Said Show is coming soon. Very soon. In the meantime, here's a very exclusive audio trailer for the new Star Wars movie. Many Bothans died to bring you this exclusive audio preview.
A Podcast about nothing by two diametrically opposed idiots. Tim Stanton is a hairy ball of a man who puts the jerk in jerk off. Darren Hayes is an ex 90's pop star who Tim describes as really effeminate. They disagree on most things but make each other laugh. A lot. Discussions on Nerd culture, pop culture and locker room inappropriateness await the lucky listener who stumbles upon this man cave. Expect dares, reviews, anecdotes, and a thinly veiled attempt to bridge the gap between straight/gay, American/Australian, funny and truly offensive. Oh and Star Wars.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Sifo-Dyas and the Sith: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions Q&A
Reported by Mark on 13 Dec 2014 09:29

In this segment of a special Q&A on Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions, supervising director Dave Filoni talks about finally exploring the mystery of Sifo-Dyas and new insights into the Sith.
Sifo-Dyas was first mentioned in Attack of the Clones as the Jedi who ordered the clone army. His story remained untold, however, until The Lost Missions. Did George Lucas know his backstory while making Episode II? “I don’t know,” Filoni says. “As a storyteller myself, I can tell you that you evolve the story so much as you create other parts of the story. I think that it was something that he wanted to lock down more before he left.” Filoni also notes that this arc reveals that Dooku and Maul must have been Sidious’ apprentice at the same time – bending the Rule of Two, in a sense. In order to put the war in motion, Dooku had to have been working for Sidious during the time of The Phantom Menace, while Maul was active. Filoni says he called the Story Group’s Leland Chee and Pablo Hidalgo, and may have called Sam Witwer (the voice of Darth Maul) – but doesn’t have enough time for super-fan Witwer’s obscure factoids.

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Funko Teases New ReAction, Pop and Wobblers
Reported by Matt on 13 Dec 2014 09:22

New goodies coming our way via the good folks at Funko.

Listed here are just the Star Wars relevant items.

Funko is currently running their 12 Days of Christmas for 2014. During this event, they reveal news on a ton of upcoming products. You need to be a registered member of their Funko Funatic Forums to follow the news. We’ll be following and updating as news hits. The first three days of announcements have hit. Here’s what they revealed.

Wacky Wobblers

  • Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens

Hikari Star Wars

  • Greedo
  • Clone Trooper
  • Wampa
  • Stormtrooper
  • Boba Fett
  • Darth Vader
  • Bossk
  • C-3PO

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   12 December 2014
Mark Hamill On His TFA Beard; Confirms BB-8 Is An Actual Prop
Reported by Justin on 12 Dec 2014 20:40

In an interview segment posted over on Yahoo, Mark Hamill spoke briefly about his much talked-about beard, stating that is "almost a part of the costume." He also reveals that the BB-8 roller droid we saw in The Force Awakens teaser trailer is an actual prop that was built and not a CGI rendered character.

They never cease to amaze me with what they’re able to come up with, you know? I said, “How are you ever gonna top R2-D2, the most adorable droid in movie history?” And then they have this new one. I can’t even tell you his name, but you saw it in the trailer. [Editor’s note: the name of the droid has been revealed as BB-8.] And when they were demonstrating how they did this thing, live on set — because it’s not CGI, that’s a live prop — I was just amazed. They let me play around with it. [Laughs] I was running it all around at the creature shop up in Pinewood. I’m telling you, it’s an absolute delight. And not having thought that I’d ever go back there, to go back into that world, is just – I get the chills. It’s just so much fun.

Take the source link below for the full read.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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RebelForce Radio: December 12, 2014
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 20:36

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

What's in a name? Plenty if you are a Star Wars fan! And this show is all about the newly released character names for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. From Po to Rey to Finn...We talk about it all. And we have a ton of listener voice mail featuring your fresh opinions of these new character names. Plus, SNL parodies the trailer, Twitter reacts to TFA, and more!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens Teaser Poster Coming Next Week?
Reported by Team Jedi News on 12 Dec 2014 20:09

A source has informed us here at Jedi News that the first official teaser poster for The Force Awakens is expected to be released sometime by the end of next week.

The source was unable to verify how the poster would arrive - either as a one-sheet displayed in movie theaters or via an online announcement with an accompanying photo of the poster. Specific details of what the poster would include were not provided, so we're not sure if it will depict characters from yesterday's big reveal and/or other characters, both new and returning.

As such, treat this as nothing more than rumor material at this point, but we will be sure to update you accordingly if/when we hear any additional details relating to this.

Rebels Roundtable #7: Empire Day and Gathering Forces (or Go, Ezra; It’s Your Birthday)
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 18:42

It's time to join your hosts over at Rebels Roundtable.

The Star Wars Report’s Rebels Roundtable returns this week to check out the Season 1 episodes Empire Day and Gathering Forces, the sixth and seventh “regular” episodes in the series’ run.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Bob Iger: No Timeframe Set For New Indiana Jones Film
Reported by Justin on 12 Dec 2014 18:36

We've known for a while now that Disney is interested in releasing new films in the Indiana Jones franchise after they secured the rights to the property from Paramount Pictures about a year ago. But what we don't know is the estimated timeframe Disney has attached (if any) to starting work on the first Indy film developed under the Disney title. And if the tweet below from Marc Graser at Variety is any indication, it looks like Disney is unsure of this timeframe as well.

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Official Site: The Death Star Plans ARE In The Main Computer...And A Special Postcard
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 17:32

Ross Plesset presents a fascinating article looking at a very cool postcard over on StarWars.com.

The Star Wars phenomenon had only been underway a few months when my dad received a postcard from Larry Cuba, creator of the animated Death Star plans as seen at the Rebel base on Yavin 4. It thanked people who helped him, both directly and along the way.

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens Expansion Coming To Star Tours
Reported by Justin on 12 Dec 2014 17:14

Via our fellow friends in the Force over at The SWU:

As we revealed on tonight's SWU podcast, we heard from a inside source that the first Star Wars addition coming to the Disney Parks is a Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens portion of the popular Star Tours: The Adventure Continues ride. Our source revealed that work is being done right now on a new mission that will be added to the ride in the future that directly ties in with The Force Awakens. Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed recently that they were looking to have a strong presence from the new films in the planned Star Wars additions to the Disney Parks.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 12
Reported by James on 12 Dec 2014 17:01
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Time flies when you're having fun and we're halfway through this years LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar and it's time to open up the twelfth door.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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ForceCast #333: Gonk and Uber
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 15:35

t's time to join your hosts Eric, Erik and Justin for the ForceCast.

Late this week, Lucasfilm revealed the names of several The Force Awakens cast members and announced a Star Wars Rebels Season 2 premiere at Celebration Anaheim. Also in the news: Oscar Isaac reveals his childhood Star Wars costume, Del Rey reveals the cover of Dark Disciple, Bob Iger talks teasers and theme parks, and Marvel confirms a record-breaking figure for its first Star Wars comic. All that and much more in this week's ForceCast!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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LEGO Store Calendar: January 2015
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 15:05

Check out the LEGO store calendar for next month, showing the many and various offers and events happening across UK LEGO stores.

Official Site: Writing The Rebellion Begins
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 14:24

Michael Kogge gives us an insight into the writing of his new Star Wars Rebels novelisation The Rebellion Begins.

Almost a year ago, I began adapting the Star Wars Rebels animated show into a series of junior novels and chapter books for Disney-Lucasfilm Press. The most recent book to be published, The Rebellion Begins, serves as the novelization for Spark of Rebellion, the movie-of-the-week series premiere. Given the storied tradition Star Wars novelizations, the responsibility of bringing these screen characters to life on the printed page for the first time has been both exciting and humbling.

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Coffee With Kenobi: Top Ten Star Wars Video Games – A Video Countdown.
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 14:21

Our buddy Rob Wainfur, writing over at Coffee With Kenobi brings us a fascinating top ten list of the best Star Wars Video Games.

Between October and November I was running an on-line poll to find out the best Star Wars Video game ever created. We had over 800 votes and I thought a video showing the top ten would be a good way to show the best of the best. So check out this video for the top ten Star Wars video games as voted for by you.

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Starwarigami: Probe Droid
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 14:05

Martin over at Starwarigami has been at it again, this time folding a brand new version of the Imperial Probe Droid (as heard in The Force Awakens teaser trailer) out of a single square of paper-backed foil.

Click here to visit the page and start planning your invasion of the galaxy.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Gearing Up for a Fight
Reported by Jonathan on 12 Dec 2014 13:52

If you're gonna get into trouble in the Star Wars RPG, then you may as well get into it quickly - or in style. A preview of the Vehicles and Beasts of Stay on Target.

From the website:

Man your ships! And may the Force be with you!
General Dodonna

Rebel Aces live for the excitement of battle. The thrill of successfully steering through an asteroid field while fleeing a squadron of TIE fighters. The rush of speeding into the fray as you shoot at every enemy within sight. The suspense of not knowing whether that last-minute weapons adjustment will save your life or get you killed. At these moments, your vehicle or beast is not just your transportation, but your chosen weapon, your shield, and maybe even your best friend.
Stay on Target, an Ace career supplement for Star Wars®: Age of Rebellion™, features over twenty new vehicles and starships that Ace characters might take into battle – or find themselves fighting against. Stay on Target gives those interested in the Beast Rider specialization a range of species to ride into battle. Today’s preview looks at a few of these vehicles: a top-of-the-line landspeeder, a heavily-armed long-range starfighter, and a droid-equipped starcraft from the Clone Wars. We’ll also look at two beast mounts: the noble, flying Ruping and the ferocious, catlike Narglatch, and take a peek at the rules that allow any character to use an animal, tamed or not, as their mount.

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Comic Con Portugal 2014: 5-7 December 2014
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 13:35

Our great friends down at Star Wars Clube Portugal bring us these images and report from the recent Comic Con Portugal 2014 event, which also featured friend of Jedi News Simon Wilkie.

Comic Con Portugal 2014 held on 5-7 December. The space that has been reserved by the Organization for us, the visitors can took pictures with Lightsabers and costumes from the characters of the saga as well as take pictures with the elements of our club who wore Jedi, Clone Trooper and Darth Vader costumes. Simon Wilkie also joined us for a few moments with his C-3PO costume. This event was attended by more than 30 thousand visitors, having surpassed most optimist expectations.

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Super Weapon And Luke's Freedom
Reported by Justin on 12 Dec 2014 13:10

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

Super Weapon And Luke Skywalker's Freedom

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Official Site: Star Wars In The UK: The British Roles Of Star Wars Actors
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 12:45

My latest article lands over at StarWars.com as I take a look at some of the UK television roles portrayed by very familiar Star Wars actors.

With the original trilogy made here in the UK across a number of London studios including Ealing, Shepperton, and Elstree, the talent pool used was predominantly British. For George Lucas, this meant that the majority of his cast was largely unknown to American viewers — all the better to help immerse the audience into his space fantasy without unnecessary distraction — but for audiences here in Britain it was a very different story. Indeed, you could argue that to win over the UK public to the degree that it did was almost more impressive, as so many of the supporting cast were very familiar to the cross-generational audience.

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Sideshow Indiana Jones Temple Of Doom Sixth Scale Figure Pre-Order Now Up
Reported by Justin on 12 Dec 2014 12:34

The Sideshow Collectibles Indiana Jones Temple of Doom Sixth Scale Figure is now up for pre-order. The figure carries a $229.99 price tag and is scheduled to begin shipping in December 2015.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Fantasy Flight Games: Previews the StarViper Expansion Pack for X-Wing Light and Dark
Reported by Jonathan on 12 Dec 2014 12:14

In this Imperial Assault preview, they're having a look at the Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker figure packs and explore the abilities they bring to the game.

From the website:

Take your place in the Star Wars universe with Imperial Assault, a new miniatures game of tactical combat and thrilling adventure for two to five players! You’ll find two complete games within Imperial Assault: a campaign game, which invites you to join a story that changes based on the outcomes of your missions, and a skirmish game, which allows you to battle head-to-head against a single opponent.
In addition to the massive amount of missions and figures included in the Imperial Assault Core Set, the Luke Skywalker Ally Pack and the Darth Vader Villain Pack are included in the Core Set as an added bonus. Like other Ally Packs and Villain Packs, each of these expansions includes not only a sculpted plastic figure but also new missions and cards for the campaign and skirmish games.

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RADIO 1138: Episode 21
Reported by Mark on 12 Dec 2014 09:30

It's time to join Mark Newbold and James Burns for the latest episode of RADIO 1138.

The fallout from the Force Awakens teaser trailer continues as we lock our tractor beams on Mark Mulcaster from the Rebel Legion, check out the first part of a vintage interview with Anthony Daniels, discuss the latest issue of The Star Wars Insider with Jonathan Wilkins and touch base with Gary Hailes to talk all things UKG. All crammed into the latest episode of RADIO 1138.

Contact Information: info@radio1138.co.uk | iTunes | RSS Feed | RFR Landing Page | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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New Hot Wheels Elite Collection: Free Poster Via Amerang
Reported by Matt on 12 Dec 2014 08:53

Following up on our article yesterday looking at the new Hot Wheels Elite Collection, here's new poster art senter to us by UK retailer Amerang.

   11 December 2014
The Force Awakens Character Names Revealed
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 21:09

Talk about one hell of an exclusive! Entertainment Weekly in association with Lucasfilm has posted an article revealing some of the character names from The Force Awakens in one of the coolest and unique ways possible - via a series of vintage style Topps trading cards!

J.J. Abrams, the film’s co-writer and director, and Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, have decided to reveal the identities of some of their new characters exclusively to EW—and they’ve done it in a retro fashion that should bring a smile to anyone familiar with the phrase “Collect ‘Em, Trade ‘Em.”

In addition to purposely leaving off the last name for the characters of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega), director J.J. Abrams stated that the numbering printed on the trading cards does have a significance to each one.

- Roller droid: BB-8

- Oscar Isaacs: Poe Dameron

- Dark hooded broadsaber wielder: Kylo Ren

- Daisy Ridley: Rey

- John Boyega: Finn

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Official Site: Vintage Variants: Large Heads and Orange Snakes
Reported by Mark on 11 Dec 2014 21:05

Tim Veekhoven brings us his latest article over at StarWars.com looking at the surprising amount of vintage variations there were.

It’s important to understand that nearly all vintage figures have variations that range from obvious to minor ones. Fans and collectors are still discussing the origin and the validity of certain less obvious differences today. These variations sometimes occurred when figures were produced in a different country or at another factory. For example, most Mexican Lili Ledy figures differ from the ones offered in North America and in Europe (the Lili Ledy figures are left out of this article because they’re nearly all different).

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 57: Skywalking Through The Holidays
Reported by Mark on 11 Dec 2014 20:46

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

Let the Holidays commence with…THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer! We compile fan reactions from Kevin Smith to James Arnold Taylor to Skywalkers. There were also several hilarious parody trailers, and we’ll play a bit of those for you as well. Who’s excited!??

As always, much, much more. Never Land On Alderaan!!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Fan Groups & Tables Announced
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 20:41

The list of Star Wars Fan Groups and Tables for Celebration Anaheim 2015 has been officially revealed, including The Force United which is comprised of us here at Jedi News and a collection of some of the best Star Wars fansites on the web!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: First Collectors Stage Panel Descriptions & More Star Tots Revealed
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 20:23

Just a short time ago, descriptions of the first group of Collectors Stage panels and images of new Star Tots that will be given out to attendees at each of the Collectors panels were posted on the official Celebration Anaheim 2015 website!

Check 'em out at the source link below!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Premiere To Be Shown
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 20:13

This April, attendees of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim will witness the global premiere of Star Wars Rebels season two, which continues the epic adventures of the crew of the Ghost and further reveals the early days of the rebellion against the Empire. Fans will be the first to see the first episode of season two following an encore screening of the series' two-part season one finale.

At Celebration, there will also be a special Star Wars Rebels panel featuring members of the cast and crew from the Disney XD animated series. Dave Filoni (Executive Producer, Supervising Director), Freddie Prinze, Jr. (Kanan), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steve Blum (Zeb), Taylor Gray (Ezra) and other special guests will discuss the startling season one finale and offer exclusive sneak peeks of what’s to come in season two.

Star Wars Rebels returns on January 5 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney XD with all-new episodes. In the meantime, catch the entire series from the very beginning in a Star Wars Rebels Reloaded Marathon this weekend on Disney XD.

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T-Shirts: Awakening
Reported by Mark on 11 Dec 2014 20:12

Tee Public bring us this tee inspired by The Force Awakens teaser trailer. $14.00 and this beauty could be yours, so don't hang around, it might only be here for another 88 seconds!

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 11 Dec 2014 20:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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Star Wars Christmas is coming!
Reported by Mark on 11 Dec 2014 19:45

It's time to join Artoo Katee's man servant Al for the latest patch news.

Christmas is coming! All four Christmas patches are being run now and will be here soon to ship to you! We still have plenty left of all four designs, so order now to get them in time for Christmas. Any patch just $7 free shipping to anywhere.
We recently offered Facebook friends the 6-for-4 deal: order all four Christmas designs for $28 and get any two patches free (your choice). If you took the early deal (free sticker or R2-KT lenticular card) and want to switch, let me know. All available patches are on R2-KT's site right here
Also, we are still offering 501st stocking-stuffers for just $5 apiece, free shipping inside the U.S. ($2 outside the U.S.) - key chains and lanyards are very popular. You can see all of that here:
Please spread the word, as we'd like to get R2-KT's Christmas wishes to as many Star Wars fans as possible. Big things are in the works for our girl, so these items will be nice collectibles years from now. So far we've raised over $1100 for the Toys-for-Tots campaign this year, so thank YOU for making that happen!
Hit me back with any questions or just say 'hello'.Here's hoping you all have a wonderful holiday season and a great 2015!
AL (R2-KT's man-servant)
p.s. Galactic Academy items for the young Star Wars fans are all available too - just look here:
p.p.s. big thanks to Juan Jose Matamoros for designing all three 'throne' patch designs and to Eric Siebeneck for his Olaf design - true masters!

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Star Wars Actors Appearances Updates
Reported by Mark on 11 Dec 2014 19:30

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

  • 9/12/14: Added appearance for Dante Basco
  • 8/12/14: Added appearance for Nick Joseph
  • 5/12/14: Added appearances for Steve Blum, Julian Glover, Brent Spiner and Greg Weisman
  • 4/12/14: Added appearance for Andy Secombe
  • 3/12/14: Added appearance for Angus MacInnes
  • 2/12/14: Added appearance for Tom Kane
  • 1/12/14: Added appearances for Jerome Blake, Jeremy Bulloch, Alan Flyng, Barrie Holland, Peter Roy, Femi Taylor, Brian Wheeler and Billy Dee Williams
  • 29/11/14: Added appearances for Mike Edmonds, Laurie Goode, Andrew Lawden, Toby Philpott, Dave Prowse, Pam Rose and Femi Taylor

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Get Your Geek On: 9th December 2014
Reported by Mark on 11 Dec 2014 19:10

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.

Jake Lloyd is BACK! Young Anakin Skywalker joins us to bring an EXCLUSIVE announcement to the Geeks! In addition, he admits he hasn't seen The Force Awakens trailer so he's going to watch it during the show and give us his reaction. We also talk about the latest merchandise news as well as more rumors about where and when Star Wars Land will arrive in our galaxy. Stay Geeky! 'Like' GYGO on Facebook Follow GYGO on Twitter Listen LIVE on Mondays at 9 pm EST on Channel 1138.

Contact Information: iTunes | Mixlr | Facebook

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The Clone Wars "The Lost Missions" Q&A: Yoda's Visions
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 18:12

In this segment of a special Q&A on Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions, supervising director Dave Filoni discusses his personal additions to the Yoda arc.

While the stories from Star Wars: The Clone Wars came from George Lucas, Dave Filoni and his team developed them and brought them to life. In the Yoda arc of The Lost Missions, Filoni added Ahsoka Tano to the Jedi Master’s dark vision of Order 66. “I thought, in order for this scene to have value, it has to be someone that we know and we actually care about. You get that on some level…Yoda regrets the way that he treated her.” Filoni says that he added things knowing what Lucas would like, an instinct gained through years of working closely. He also added more visions of what’s to come, and sound from the original Star Wars. Lucas didn’t know those were being included, but Filoni is confident he’d be happy.

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 11
Reported by James on 11 Dec 2014 17:01
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December 11th already and time to open up the eleventh door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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Ezra's Lightsaber Hilt Offers Him Dual Functionality
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 16:57
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Page 35 of the latest issue of Star Wars Insider (Issue #154) provides fans with a very interesting reveal on the unique hilt design Ezra utilizes for his lightsaber in Star Wars Rebels, including a function he has available to him that you may not have expected!

If you want to remain spoiler-free, then do not proceed any further. Otherwise, check out a pic I took from the magazine after the break! Hasbro Elects Michael Burns To Board Of Directors
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How Fast Is The "Roller Droid" In The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Moving?
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 14:02

In what can truly be classified as a "I bet you didn't see this coming" type of moment, Rhett Allain over at Wired has provided readers with an analytical breakdown of how fast the "roller droid" seen in The Force Awakens teaser trailer could be travelling across the screen.

I don’t have many options when I get excited about an upcoming movie. Really, all I can do is to over analyze everything I see. It’s just what I do.

So here we go. In this post, I am going to look at that weird rolling droid as seen in the Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens trailer. As a reminder, I am going to use Tracker Video Analysis – it’s FREE.

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150 Behind-The-Scenes Photos From The Phantom Menace
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 13:38

While we all eagerly look forward to the release of The Force Awakens next year and the rest of the Sequel Trilogy (as well as the planned spin-off films), Slashfilm pauses for a bit and takes us back in time with a collection of 150 BTS photos from Episode I.

Check 'em out and re-live the memories from 1999 once again.

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Mark Hamill On Reaction To The Force Awakens Teaser, Spoilers, & New Cast Members
Reported by Justin on 11 Dec 2014 13:23

In a brief interview segment posted over on IGN, the Jedi Master himself Mark Hamill offered up his thoughts on the buzz that was generated throughout the Star Wars fan community after seeing The Force Awakens teaser trailer.

He also shared his feelings on the concept of spoilers and what it was like working with some of the new TFA cast members, so check out the intro below and take the source link for the full read.

IGN: The past two weeks, have you been able to just sit back, smile and enjoy how much speculation people can have about an 88 second trailer?

Hamill: Oh my gosh. You know, I’ll tell you, the most moving aspect of them releasing that trailer was watching a [video] of other people watching it. My daughter put it on for me. It was all these people watching the trailer. Sometimes you get sort of isolated and disconnected because I don’t really follow it as closely as, say, [my son] Nathan does, but to see those people that thrilled, it was moving to me. I actually got a lump in my throat watching that. To see so many people that happy was a thrill. And it’s hard to believe it’s a whole year away that we have to wait but I’m practicing my phrase, “You have to wait and see.” They asked me not to talk about it and I agreed but it’s hard. People want to know!

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RebelForce Radio: Stocking Stuffer 2014
Reported by Mark on 11 Dec 2014 00:29

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

The Star Wars Christmas tradition continues! Welcome to this year's RebelForce Radio Stocking Stuffer. Last year, we presented you with a collection of some great holiday audio production produced exclusively for us here at RFR. This year, we have gathered together an amazing soundtrack of Christmas music inspired by the galaxy far, far away. It's over ONE HOUR worth of Star Wars holiday cheer - non-stop and uninterrupted. It's the perfect audio accompaniment as you decorate your Christmas tree with Artoo Deeto lights, while you make your holiday toy runs, or as you prepare your presents in Star Wars wrapping paper. Enjoy this gift from RFR...It's our best Star Wars Christmas music compilation ever!

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   10 December 2014
Bob Iger: New Disney Star Wars Theme Park Attractions To Focus On New Films
Reported by Justin on 10 Dec 2014 21:08

Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed some interesting details on the planned development of new Star Wars themed attractions that fans will be seeing across Disney parks in the near future via this article posted on Variety.

Main attractions will be based on new sequels and spinoffs — the first of which, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” bows next year — not the older films in George Lucas’ sci-fi franchise, according to Walt Disney Co. chief Bob Iger.

“There will be a much larger ‘Star Wars’ presence in our parks globally,” Iger said during a Q&A at Variety’s Dealmakers Breakfast on Wednesday, sponsored by Delta Air Lines and Bank of America. “But we want to do this big, which takes time, and to do it right.

On the decision to focus the new theme park attractions on aspects from new upcoming films such as The Force Awakens and not the previous six films in the saga:

Disney could have easily started producing new rides based on the original “Star Wars” films — and early development on new rides did revolve around the first six “Star Wars” movies. But Iger didn’t want a situation in which theme park guests would be disappointed with an attraction after seeing “The Force Awakens.”

“I didn’t want someone to say, ‘I just saw the movie and there’s nothing in that movie in this (attraction),” Iger said. “We waited to see what this film would have in it.”

On Disney's initial plan to not release a trailer for The Force Awakens:

Disney nearly didn’t release a trailer, Iger admitted. Abrams is known for wanting to keep footage of his films under wraps. But “Star Wars'” rabid fanbase prompted Disney to come up with the brief introduction of what the new film would look like. “We debated whether to put anything out at all,” Iger said.

Take the source link below for the full read.

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Andy Serkis Says His Voice In TFA Teaser Is "Emotionally Rooted" In His Character
Reported by Justin on 10 Dec 2014 20:47

Following along the lines of his fellow The Force Awakens cast members, Andy Serkis has been pretty tight-lipped on his role (or is it roles?) in the film. However, he did offer up this little tidbit when discussing the overall tone and pitch of his voice in the now world-famous TFA teaser trailer.

Serkis shows a Jedi master’s skill at deflecting potential spoiler questions about his role in movie that doesn’t hit our galaxy until Dec. 18, 2015 — but did tease that the raspy voice was very much “emotionally rooted” in his top-secret character.

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"Look At His Codpiece!"
Reported by Mark on 10 Dec 2014 17:15

I love this video. Just proving that not everyone 'gets' what Star Wars is, here's cricket commentator David Lloyd and his encounter with a couple of members of the UK Garrison at a game at Leicestershire.

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 10
Reported by James on 10 Dec 2014 17:01
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It's December 10th and time to open up the tenth door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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The Force Among Us 12 Days of Christmas Deals!
Reported by Matt on 10 Dec 2014 15:51

If you don't own it, you really sdhould. The Force Among us, available alongside other great items in The Force Among Us 12 Days of Christmas Deals.

For the next 12 days The Force Among Us store will feature a new deal each day!
Several Items will be marked down as low as 50%!
Both The Force Among Us (directors cut) and The Force Within Us (the force among us pt 2) are still avail in both DVD and Download. There are also Posters, Trading Cards, T Shirts, etc.
Day 1 will be The Force Among Us Directors Cut download for only 5.00 - this is 50% of the regular price
Sale prices are only available at www.theforceamongus.com !

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Fantasy Flight Games: Fighters Coming In!
Reported by Jonathan on 10 Dec 2014 14:39

Another Fantasy Flight Games preview of Star Wars: Armada gives us a look at the game’s starfighters, how they function within the game and how even a single squadron can turn the tide of these epic battles.

From the website:

“The Empire doesn’t consider a small one-man fighter to be any threat, or they’d have a tighter defense. An analysis of the plans provided by Princess Leia has demonstrated a weakness in the battle station.”
General Jan Dodonna

There’s no denying the raw power of the Star Wars galaxy’s capital ships. Many of them are massive war machines that can exceed a kilometer in length, their crews can number in the thousands, and the largest of them boast enough firepower to cower entire star systems. Still, the Star Wars movies remind us that there’s always room – even a need – for personal heroics. There’s always the chance that a single starfighter pilot can turn the tide of battle.
Accordingly, even though they’re dwarfed by the capital ships they accompany, starfighters and their pilots play a critical part in the tactical fleet battles of Star Wars™: Armada.

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Brickset LEGO Review: 75060 Slave 1
Reported by Matt on 10 Dec 2014 14:17

It's been a long time coming but finally the Ultimate Collectors Series (UCS) Slave 1 arrives in January 2015. Here's the review over at Brick Set.

Since Set 7191 X-Wing Fighter made its debut back in 1999, LEGO have tempted LEGO Star Wars fans with a slow but steady procession of large, detailed Star Wars-related sets under the Ultimate Collectors Series (UCS) banner. LEGO have covered most of the bases over the past 15 years, releasing UCS versions of the majority of iconic Star Wars vehicles and even recently revisiting the X-wing with Set 10240 Red Five X-wing Starfighter last year. However, a few obvious gaps remain in the UCS line-up, and to the delight of many, LEGO have finally moved to fill one of the most glaring gaps of all, Slave 1. Thanks to the LEGO Community, Engagement and Events team I’m delighted to bring you a review of Set 75060 Slave 1 ahead of its January 1st 2015 release.

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Fan Art: The Force Awakens
Reported by Mark on 10 Dec 2014 13:51

There's been plenty of amazing fan art circling around The Force Awakens and this is one of the very best. Let's hope the 'real' marketing captures this vintage OT vibe when the machine kicks into full throttle next year.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Jump to Lightspeed in Star Wars: The Card Game
Reported by Jonathan on 10 Dec 2014 13:34

Fantasy Flight Games announce the Sixth Force Pack in the Rogue Squadron Cycle, due out in the second quarter of 2015. The Card Game keeps going from strength to strength and all you budding brash pilots out there need to man your ships and look out for this pack next year.

From the website:

Once, the countless species of the galaxy were bound to their homeworlds. The gaps between planets and star systems were unimaginably vast, and even if a ship could fly at the speed of light, a journey might take hundreds of years. The galaxy shrunk forever with the discovery of hyperspace travel. Now, a journey of centuries could be accomplished in weeks… or for some ships, even less time. Use hyperspace travel to your advantage with a Jump to Lightspeed!
This Force Pack brings the major themes of the Rogue Squadron cycle to a triumphant conclusion. Throughout the cycle, you’ve been invited to pair your ace Pilots with the best Vehicles. In this Force Pack, you’ll find ten new objective sets (two copies each of five distinct sets), offering some of the best pilots and starships the galaxy has seen. You may fly alongside Rogue Squadron pilots like Wes Janson and Tycho Celchu. Or, you may serve the interests of Black Sun on the ground with Guri, a deadly human replica droid. Every faction gains new ways to bridge the spaces between the stars, and with the cards in Jump to Lightspeed, you can emerge on top of the galactic struggle.

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New Black Series 6" 2014 Wave 2 Arriving In UK Comic Shops This Week
Reported by Matt on 10 Dec 2014 13:31

Landing in UK comic stores as we speak, the 2014 Wave Two. Get on down to your local comic shop, buy a few new titles and grab these before they are gone faster than a bantha steak in a gundarks nest.

RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Details On A High Speed Desert Chase
Reported by Justin on 10 Dec 2014 13:18

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

Concepts: High Speed Desert Chase

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

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Yet Another Star Wars #1 Variant Cover
Reported by Mark on 10 Dec 2014 12:54

Via Zapp, here's their colour variant cover for #1 of Marvels new Star Wars title, homaging the cover of New Mutants #98 from February 1991, the first appearance of Deadpool.

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Family Guy Star Wars:The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
Reported by Matt on 10 Dec 2014 12:48

Yes Peter, the spaceship DOES work better with the keys...

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Matt Ferguson Celebrates The Blu-ray Release Of Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy
Reported by Matt on 10 Dec 2014 12:28

What could possibly be better than mashing up the galaxy's greatest film with this years smash hit underdog Guardians Of The Galaxy? Nothing I can think of,. so check out this amazing free custom download for the Guardians blu-ray cover.

The Poster Posse officially worked with Marvel on this one and released two phases of incredible tribute art, some of which was used in official capacities. The art in both phases (HERE and HERE) was exceptional and fans have been dying to get their hands on more of it. Well Posse member Matt Ferguson created one of the most talked about pieces of the project with his Star Wars/ Guardians mashup. Based off the 1977 Tom Jung theatrical poster for Star Wars, Matt put his spin on it and created a stunning “Guardians of the Galaxy” print/ homage.

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Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 8
Reported by Mark on 10 Dec 2014 12:18

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

2014 is coming to a close and we’re counting down the days ’til we get to open all our new Star Wars stuff! John’s out this week, but Sean and Amy run through all the must-have gifts this year and make a vow to do a Holiday Special episode. A little more talk about last week’s big trailer and we talk Mark Hamill on The Flash! Podcasting ain’t like dusting crops, boy! So sit down, buckle up, and let’s blast into some holiday fun with Radio Free Tatooine!

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Learn English You Will From This Japanese Star Wars Dictionary
Reported by Mark on 10 Dec 2014 11:52

I can think of plenty of tougher ways to learn a foreign language than using the power of the Force to help me, and this Japanese dictionary utilises Star Wars to make learning English even more fun for Japanese students.

Star Wars is everywhere. It’s woven into our culture on multiple levels, so much so that a Japanese publisher has released a book that uses phrases from Star Wars to teach junior high-level English vocabulary to Japanese language speakers. Gakken Education Publishing’s English Japanese Dictionary for Padawan Learners is 256 pages long and covers the basics. Bonus: you’ll get to gaze upon approximately 200 original illustrations of Star Wars characters while you’re studying.
Bizarre as the concept seems on the surface, it makes sense. I don’t know if Star Wars movies are the most quoted of all time, but they’re likely near the top of such a list. If you know the movie in and out, it’s a perfect template for learning. Gakken Education Publishing’s Yasuhiko Haga came up with the idea for the dictionary, and he told Japan Real Time that he used to watch the Star Wars movies to the point that he’d remember the lines in English. You use one known quantity to figure out an unknown one. The pop culture angle makes it more fun.

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Smiley Death Star
Reported by Mark on 10 Dec 2014 11:40

What better way to obliterate a planet than making it smile before you do it? Perhaps this is the last thing Alderaan saw before it went BOOM, and Spread Shirt have put together this range of Smiley Death Star products to help you imagine it.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan Expansion Launch Trailer
Reported by Mark on 10 Dec 2014 11:16

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

Check out the new Shadow of Revan launch trailer and go head-to-head with Revan, one of the galaxy’s most powerful characters in The Old Republic universe in the new story-driven Digital Expansion, Shadow of Revan, now live!
Adventure through five new levels of story-driven Star Wars™ missions, reach new heights of power at an increased level cap of 60, explore savage new worlds and fight in new high-level multiplayer Flashpoints and Operations. You must face your destiny and lead the fight against Revan. The battle against Revan begins now!
Shadow of Revan is available for $19.99 USD at www.swtor.com/shadow-of-revan.

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That's How I Roll
Reported by Mark on 10 Dec 2014 10:58

Tee Spring bring us this awesome hoodie featuring R0-T8 from The Force Awakens to you, and here's how you order one.

***HURRY! COLLECTORS EDITION HOODIES AVAILABLE FOR A SHORT TIME ONLY***

"That's How I Roll" Christmas is around the corner- this would make a great gift for a friend or loved one - or grab one for your self.
The hoodie is $50 value - Now Only $39.99 - Get yours before this deal expires! Also available in t-shirt for $22.99 and long sleeve for $25.99.

HOW TO ORDER:

1. Select the style and color you want (hoodie/long sleeve/t-shirt/women's)
2. Click "Reserve it now"
3. Select size and quantity
4. Enter shipping and billing information
5. Done! Simple as that!

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 10 Dec 2014 10:53
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Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders and arrivals as well as a holiday sale with 100's of gifts under $50...

100+ Gifts Over $50 and Holiday Shipping Schedule

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Lot 1632 – Star Wars Return of The Jedi 1983
Reported by Mark on 10 Dec 2014 10:43

Have a hankering to own an original UK quad for Return of the Jedi painted byu the legendary king of Discworld Josh Kirby? You'd better head right on over to Aston Auctioneers and get your bid in, the auction starts tomorrow.

Star Wars Return of The Jedi 1983 Original British Quad film poster printed in England by Lonsdale & Bartholomew Ltd, Full artwork version by Josh Kirby. Measuring 31 x 41 inch A Condition.
Estimate:
£150 - £250

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   09 December 2014
Roger Christian Receives 501st Legion Honorary Membership
Reported by Team Jedi News on 09 Dec 2014 21:31

Academy Award winner Roger Christian, the Art Director for Star Wars: A New Hope, and Second Unit Director on Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace, has received an honorary membership to the 501st Legion at their Canadian Garrison’s Holiday Party (click the image above for a larger view).

The key creator of the used worlds and environments that we know and love, Christian was the third person employed by George Lucas on Star Wars and his set designs played a huge part in making the franchise what it is today. His talents were also behind the art direction of Alien before he took the directors seat for films such as The Sender and Nostradamus.

Earlier this year Christian released for the first time to iTunes his short film, Black Angel. Black Angel is one of the most critically acclaimed shorts of all time and went on to inspire many of our modern day fantasy movies and directors. It was also famed for being the short movie attached to The Empire Strikes Back and is available to buy here.

Last week it was announced that a feature movie based on the Black Angel concept is under development by Christian, with it described as “Game of Thrones meets Lord Of The Rings, 300 graphic novel style. Down & dirty & real.”

We can’t wait to hear more.

Congratulations to Roger on his honorary membership, which you can read about more over on WhiteArmour.net.

Official Site: runDisney Star Wars: The Course Awakens
Reported by Mark on 09 Dec 2014 21:11

Cole Horton laces up his running shoes and prepares to run like Forrest Gump over at StarWars.com.

There has been an awakening as Star Wars fans prepare for the inaugural runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend. It is four days of Star Wars fandom, Disney magic, and running events for fans of all ages. It’s the first of its kind, and the one thing in the galaxy that could inspire me to take up running.
The runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend is four days of Star Wars-themed events this coming January 15-18 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The experience kicks off with the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo, a three-day exhibition with the latest in fitness gear, guest speakers, and more. Thursday night, there is also a Wookiee Welcome Party, a private event at Disneyland Park. But these events are just the beginning.

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Cover For Star Wars: Dark Disciple Revealed & Scheduled To Arrive July 7, 2015
Reported by Justin on 09 Dec 2014 19:24

The cover to author Christie Golden's upcoming novel Star Wars: Dark Disciple has been officially revealed over on StarWars.com (click the image above for a larger view).

The novel has also been given a release date of July 7, 2015.

Based on a series of scripts originally written for the unaired seventh season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and starring ex-Sith bounty hunter, Asajj Ventress, and the unorthodox Jedi Quinlan Vos, this new Star Wars tale of love and loss, betrayal and redemption is being produced in creative collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group and Dave Filoni, supervising director of The Clone Wars and executive producer of Star Wars Rebels. Star Wars: Dark Disciple hits the shelves on July 7, 2015.

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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Die Hard
Reported by Mark on 09 Dec 2014 19:07

Brian Young returns to his Cinema of Star Wars series as he takes a look at the links between Die Hard and Star Wars over at StarWars.com.

I know you’re asking yourself, “What in the world could this possibly have to do with Star Wars?” But that tells me you may have forgotten a fantastic episode of The Clone Wars called “Hostage Crisis.” Instead of the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles, the scene was set in the Senate building of Coruscant. The major players are Cad Bane (in his first on-screen appearance on The Clone Wars) as the terrorist leader, and Anakin Skywalker as John McClane.

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Luke & Vader Coming To Star Wars: Commander Mobile Game This Week
Reported by Justin on 09 Dec 2014 18:40

Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader are joining Disney's mobile game Star Wars: Commander this week, the company has announced.

This will be the first time force and light saber wielding Heroes will join Star Wars: Commander. They'll also change up gameplay, as they're the first Hero units armed with special abilities that players can activate.

Skywalker and Vader will be added as rewards as part of an upcoming, time-limited campaign that kicks off on Thursday, December 11. The campaign will introduce the biggest update to the game since it launched in August.

For more information on Star Wars: Commander, visit it's listing on the official site.

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 9
Reported by James on 09 Dec 2014 17:01
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It's December 9th and time to open up the ninth door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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The Force Awakens Starship Included In New Hot Wheels 6" Elite Collection
Reported by Justin on 09 Dec 2014 16:58

Jedi News reader Alan M. sends over a link to Big Bad Toy Store that contains a product listing for a new series of cars from Hot Wheels called the Star Wars 6" Elite Collection. There are four products currently shown with each carrying a $69.99 price tag.

Included in this series is a listing for an Episode VII Starship (Product Number MAT15891). Click the image below for a quick screen capture of the product listing.

Here's hoping more information on this exciting new Star Wars product line is released by Hot Wheels in the very near future!

Big thanks to Alan for the heads up.

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ReedPOP Supply Co. Holiday 2014 Promo Video
Reported by Justin on 09 Dec 2014 15:33

Need some geeky holiday gift ideas? Check out the latest exclusives from ReedPOP Supply Co.! Visit http://www.reedpopsupplyco.com/ and use promo code: HOLIDAYS20 for 20% off your next order!

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Why Disney Stock Could Break $100 In 2015
Reported by Justin on 09 Dec 2014 15:17

Nasdaq offers up three reasons why the price of Disney stock could break the $100 mark in 2015, with one of those reasons being a little upcoming film you may have seen mentioned once or twice here on Jedi News...

Walt Disney stock has soared 31% over the past 12 months, more than doubling the S&P 500 's 15% gain and flirting with a 52-week high near $94 per share. The key question now is whether the House of Mouse can soar past $100 next year.

The average analyst estimate for Disney's fiscal 2015 earnings is $4.74, according to analysts polled by Morningstar. If we multiply that by its current trailing P/E of 22, a $100 price target could be justified. But a lot can change over a year -- Disney could miss earnings expectations or the overall market could decline. However, I believe three big catalysts in the coming year could push Disney stock past $100.

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The Force Awakens R0-T8 "Roller Droid" 3D Printed Model
Reported by Justin on 09 Dec 2014 14:47

You saw it spin and whirl across your screen during the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens. Now you can purchase your very own "roller droid" 3D printed model courtesy of our friends over at ASIS Film Models! (NOTE: Some of the wording in the text copied below from the website listing has been edited for grammar.)

Full color model of R0-T8, the "roller droid" that appears in "STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS" trailer. The model has 2 pieces that can be assembled or glued. A hole in the base allows it to stay upright. The perfect gift for this Christmas. You could use it as a Christmas bauble to adorn your tree.

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George Lucas To Attend 2015 Sundance Film Festival
Reported by Justin on 09 Dec 2014 14:10

Switching gears a little bit from the other news that's been garnering big headlines lately (I'm not sure you can even classify that story as actual "news" in my opinion) pertaining to George Lucas, we learn via an article on Deadline that Lucas will be appearing for the first time at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

In what is his first appearance at the Utah festival, Star Wars creator George Lucas will be joining Redford for a chat about the power of independence in film during the January 22 to February 1 gathering. Also Girls’ creator and Sundance alumni Lena Dunham is talking about the changing role of female characters on both the small and big screen with Kristen Wiig, who is a multi-film Sundancer this year, The Mindy Project’s Mindy Kaling and Jenji Kohan.

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   08 December 2014
Star Wars Report #155: Are the Whills in The Force Awakens?
Reported by Mark on 08 Dec 2014 20:17

It's time to join your hosts Riley, Bethany and Mark over at Star Wars Report.

On this week’s podcast Riley, Bethany and Mark discuss all of the fallout of the teaser.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Out of the Game: Fanboys Lament: Star Wars: The Fanboy Awakens
Reported by Mark on 08 Dec 2014 19:49

We were contacted by the Fanboys Lament team regarding their latest episode, which focused on The Force Awakens.

Hey Mark, my name is Ryan Kindahl and I run a film production company called 2threefive. I really enjoy your page and your content. We produce a fanboy Youtube series called "Out of the Game: Fanboys Lament" and we just did an episode on Star Wars. Was wondering if you'd give it a look? We try and dissect Darth Vader's character arc, and we speculate a bit on Episode 7. Thanks so much for your time and consideration. Hope you're able to watch and enjoy

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The Personal and the Political in Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 08 Dec 2014 19:14

For what is at its core a series aimed at children, Star Wars is littered with politics and this piece by Ross Douthat in the New York Times looks at the political aspects of the OT and the PT, and what we might expect in the ST starting next year with The Force Awakens.

Rosenberg’s first post makes the case that the political element in “Star Wars,” “Empire” and “Jedi” is deficient, or limited, because it lacks any real institutional or ideological character. The characters’ motivations are personal, familial or arguably religious, she writes, but we never get a clear sense of the rebellion’s “political program” or the “philosophical differences” between the warring sides. (With one exception, perhaps: “Lando Calrissian’s quasi-libertarian approach to running the Cloud City mining colony without attracting the attention and oversight of either the Empire or the Rebellion is the closest thing we get to a character arguing that there is a best way to run institutions.” Cloud City: Seasteading in the stars!) But there’s no necessary reason, Rosenberg argues, why future “Star Wars” movies can’t transcend the personal

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Full of Sith Episode XCIV: Schrodinger’s Droid
Reported by Mark on 08 Dec 2014 18:38

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

Mashable’s Chris Taylor joins Bobby and Bryan to get into a more in depth discussion of the trailer for The Force Awakens. They also discuss the history and politics that inspired the previous two trilogies and what history might mean for the new trilogy.

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

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New Star Wars Rebels Flyers At Toys 'R' Us
Reported by Matt on 08 Dec 2014 18:25

Great to see that the excellent Star Wars Rebels is being promoted so healthily at our sponsors Toys 'R' Us here in the UK, but still no sign of those single figures fans are so keen to grab a hold of.

Fingers crossed they get here in time for the resumption of season one in January 2015.

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Yet Another Star Wars #1 Variant Cover
Reported by Mark on 08 Dec 2014 18:03

Another cover, although it has to be said this one is rather unique as it uses genuine Hasbro action figures. Pretty darn cool eh?

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Mark Hamill to Play The Trickster on The Flash!
Reported by Matt on 08 Dec 2014 17:46

He's not only reprising his iconic role as Luke Skywalker in next Decembers The Force Awakens but he's also returning to another iconic character, that of the Trickster on the CW's new incarnation of The Flash.

The CW’s “The Flash” is staging another reunion from the ’90s version of the character as HitFix has learned that Mark Hamill (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will reprise his role of James Jesse, aka The Trickster on the series.
“Having Mark reprise his role as The Trickster was on our original wish list when we were planning our version of The Flash,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said. “Christmas and Chanukah came early for us this year when he said yes! We are beyond humbled and excited to have him joining us for another round of deadly trickery!”

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Expanded Fandomverse Episode #19
Reported by Mark on 08 Dec 2014 17:22

It's time to join Tim and Jason over at The Expanded Fandomverse.

"This weeks episode of The Expanded Fandomverse podcast is two days early, and has two times the guests! First, we talk to Matt Paisley and Scott Will, the handlers of Roxy the Rancor, about their fundraising efforts and why they had to end their Kickstarter campaign. Also, we chat with Austin Blankenship from Far Far Away Radio about the Star Wars Podcast Fan Awards. And this week we answer your letters on the show, open our own Etsy shop, and ask for your bad Star Wars impressions!"

Contact Information: Website | Voice Mail - 205-383-3663 | Twitter | Facebook

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 8
Reported by James on 08 Dec 2014 17:01
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It's December 8th and we're exactly a third of the way through this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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George Lucas hasn’t seen new Star Wars trailer
Reported by Mark on 08 Dec 2014 16:59

If these comments are anything to go by, George Lucas' involvement in The Force Awakens are minimal at best, as he claims to have not yet seen the smash hit teaser trailer.

The original “Star Wars” creator astonishingly told Page Six when we asked him what he thought of Abrams’ 88-second teaser that’s managed to dominated popular culture, “I don’t know anything about it. I haven’t seen it yet.”
When asked why he hasn’t seen the clip, he explained, “Because it’s not in the movie theater. I like going to the movies and watching the whole thing there. I plan to see it when it’s released.”
A year ago, Lucas’ son, Jett Lucas, said in an interview that his dad, who’s credited as a creative consultant on the new film, was “constantly talking to J.J.,” and that “J.J. was handpicked.” But when we asked Lucas if he was curious to see what Abrams has done with the new “Star Wars,” Lucas said, “Not really.”

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Build Your Own Christmas LEGO Ornaments
Reported by Matt on 08 Dec 2014 16:54

Struggling to find your Christmas spirit? Well, if you're a LEGO fan then here's a quick way - plans to build your own LEGO Christmas ornaments.

Get into the spirit of the season by creating your own Christmas tree ornaments out of Lego®! Simply click the desired ornament to download the building guide as PDF. The guides are typically 10-20MB in size and may take a little while to download; also, depending on your configuration, the building guide may load in your browser rather than downloading to your computer. Please note that many of these models are offered as custom kits via my store: Powerpig’s Builds ’n Things.

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IndyCast Episode 201
Reported by Justin on 08 Dec 2014 12:30

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 look at Harrison’s other trailer, Official IndyCast correspondent Mitch Hallock talks Comic Book Men and to Kevin Smith, Joe and Keith return with Indy’s last Marvel crusade, we have our annual Indy Christmas gift guide, we let you know about some unique Indy collectibles and we have more of your great emails!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Concepts Of An Ice Plains Walker
Reported by Justin on 08 Dec 2014 12:27

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

Concepts: The Ice Plains Walker

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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   07 December 2014
Far, Far Away Podcast Episode 27: The Force Awakens Teaser
Reported by Mark on 07 Dec 2014 22:31

It's time to join the team over at Far Far Away Radio.

You’ve probably watched it at least 100 times by now. Countless images of fan art have been created. Someone already had the new ball droid tattooed on their body. Yes, the first official teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has taken the world by storm. And now the galaxy’s biggest podcast is going to take a deep look at our first footage from Episode VII.

Contact Information: Email - CONTACT@FARFARAWAYRADIO.COM | Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Shot for Shot Remake with Original Trilogy Footage
Reported by Mark on 07 Dec 2014 21:55

Yet another remake of The Force Awakens teaser, using original trilogy scenes, and different ones at that.

A shot for shot recreation of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, but only using footage from the original series: a New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

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The Wampa's Lair Episode 112: Premonitions You Have?
Reported by Mark on 07 Dec 2014 20:22

It's time to join hosts Karl and Jason for the latest episode of The Wampa's Lair.

In their latest episode, Karl and Jason go over your Lairian reactions to the TFA teaser trailer and then dive into an all new topic discussing some of their favorite scenes in each of the films where we see some real character development and growth!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Oscar Taps 10 Films to Compete in VFX Race
Reported by Mark on 07 Dec 2014 19:33

It looks like Oscar has some difficult choices to make as the VFX category at the 2015 Oscars starts to flesh out. And with multiple effects houses working on major effects-driven movies (including most likely The Force Awakens next year) how will the winner be decided? Perhaps a 'Best VFX sequence' category will need to take its place?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced 10 films in the running for visual effects nominations for the 87th Oscars.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Godzilla
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar
  • Maleficent
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Source Variety
    Saturday Night Live - Star Wars
    Reported by Mark on 07 Dec 2014 18:50

    They've been there before and with all this new content coming they'll go there again, but join the SNL cast as they travel to a galaxy far, far away.

    Source YouTube
    LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 7
    Reported by James on 07 Dec 2014 17:01
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    Day 7 and almost a third of the way through this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

    So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

    Source LEGO
       06 December 2014
    John Ratzenberger Attending LFCC 17th - 19th July 2015
    Reported by Matt on 06 Dec 2014 18:38

    Major Derlin from The Empire Strikes Back, Cliff Clavin from Cheers and Hamm from Toy Story joins Jeremy Bulloch, Ray Hassett, Stephen Constantino and Erik Bauersfeld at next July's London Film and Comic Con.

    Attending: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    Autograph: £20
    Photo Shoot: £20

    Source LFCC
    Roberto Orci Won't Direct Star Trek 13 After All
    Reported by Mark on 06 Dec 2014 17:10

    So Bob Orci will be waiting a touch longer to make his directorial debut as he has left 2016's Star Trek 13 (sorry, I flatly refuse to call it Star Trek 3 as it's the 13th Star Trek film and it's not a reboot, it's an alternate reality). But who will be replacing him in the big chair?

    Paramount is under a lot of pressure to put out a Star Trek movie by 2016, to capitalize on the 50th anniversary of the series. And they just hit a major snag: the movie's director, Roberto Orci, just left for unknown reasons. The good news? Rumor has it Edgar Wright could replace Orci.
    Orci, who co-wrote the first two rebooted Trek movies, also co-wrote this movie's script with Patrick McKay and John D. Payne, and will remain on board as a producer. But Deadline says Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright (who helmed one shot on the previous Trek) is on a short list of replacement directors.

    Source io9
    LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 6
    Reported by James on 06 Dec 2014 17:01
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    It's December 6th and time to open up the sixth door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

    So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

    Source LEGO
    Marvel Unveils New Star Wars #1 Action Figure Variant
    Reported by Mark on 06 Dec 2014 16:45

    More variants arrive, this time bringing us the exclusive Action Figure Variant.

    I think I know which members of Team Jedi News will be buying this one!

    Source Twitter
    The Comlink - The Force Awakens Teaser Review Panel
    Reported by Mark on 06 Dec 2014 16:29

    You've all seen the teaser trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens, now hear what our panel of Star Wars experts thinks! Kyle Newman, Catherine Taber, and James Arnold Taylor join host David Collins to share insight and opinions on every frame of the trailer and how they think it will lead up to The Force Awakens release in December 2015.

    Source Seesmod
    Official Site: Bruce Logan The Special Effects Jedi Who Blew Up The Death Star
    Reported by John 'Dak' Morton on 06 Dec 2014 15:56

    Here's my latest article over at StarWars.com.

    In late October, clone-Fetts Dickey Beer and Bespin Boba rendezvoused in the high-desert at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino for Jim Burleson’s Santa Fe Comic Con. This particular bounty-hunter reunion was beneath the expansive Sangre de Christo mountain range — sacred to the Navajo people — where J. Robert Oppenheimer fashioned the world’s first atomic explosion. Joining us was another metaphorical “destroyer of worlds,” film’s legendary visual effects director and soft-spoken Jedi Bruce Logan. During our two Star Wars panels, Bruce electrified attendees with his own buffalo thunder — his accounts of detonating the Death Star, Alderaan, and an assortment of TIEs and X-Wing fighters during the making of Star Wars: A New Hope. Logan’s 50 years in film have produced truly epic cinematic images.

    Source Official Site
    Marvel Reveals "Welcome Home" Interlocking Covers For Star Wars
    Reported by Matt on 06 Dec 2014 15:33

    I was worried these covers would have Star Wars on. Not ready for that kind of crossover quite yet! Phew.

    Marvel revealed a set of "Welcome Home" interlocking covers by Salvador Larroca that will be gracing comic covers this January.
    While it hasn't been specifically stated to be for Star Wars, the month of January marks the debut of Star Wars #1 in which Marvel has been using the "Welcome Home" slogan for promotions.
    We also see from the image below the various Marvel characters are waiting in a movie line (The Avengers 2 movie posters are in the background), so it is safe to assume it's for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

    Source Cosmic Book News
    The Realm Recap: Episode #42 - The Fandom Awakens
    Reported by Mark on 06 Dec 2014 15:14

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

    After a day that is surely to be long-remembered, Yakface and Flyguy are back this week to discuss the new teaser trailer for The Force Awakens! But before we get to that, we run down the latest in collecting news from Hasbro, Hot Toys, Anovos and more while we also touch on some of the new customs and artwork spawned by The Force Awakens trailer. All this and more on Episode 42 of The Realm Recap.

    Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

    Source Yakface
    DJ Lobot On Soundcloud
    Reported by Mark on 06 Dec 2014 15:06

    Celebration just wouldn't be the same without him, and as we start the run in to the next BIG Star Wars party here's your chance to step back and take a listen to his awesome Star Wars Weekends 2014 sets.

    And while you're at it, give us a follow at Jedi News on Instagram, where a lot of cool images are being shared that you don't always see here on the site or at our Jedi News on Facebook page.

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    Ready Player One: Top Directors Being Considered
    Reported by Mark on 06 Dec 2014 14:43

    Looks like Ernie Cline's Ready Player One is about to go big league, with a line up of directors attached to the film including, well. Just have a read below.

    Not only can we tell you that WB has indeed talked with cHRISTOPHER Nolan, but we have some AICN EXCLUSIVE info on a few other big names being offered the gig…
    We're talking MATTHEW VAUGHN, EDGAR WRIGHT, PETER JACKSON, or WB's dream pick, ROBERT ZEMECKIS.
    Wanna go out and pick up that book if you haven't already, no?

    Source Aint It Cool
    Domhnall Gleeson "Very Excited" After Seeing The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
    Reported by Justin on 06 Dec 2014 12:39

    It isn't much and his comments won't be discussed across the interwebs with excitement from the fan community (we know that just isn't gonna happen when it comes to him and Episode VII soundbites), but new The Force Awakens actor Domhnall Gleeson briefly shared his thoughts on seeing the teaser trailer last week.

    "I got really excited when I saw the trailer the other week," he said. "I am a fan. I saw the prequels before I saw the first ones. I am very excited about it."

    Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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    The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Hits 100 Million Views Worldwide
    Reported by Justin on 06 Dec 2014 12:31

    Or, as per Jonathan Holmes from Radio Times, put it in this perspective:

    The teaser is only 88 seconds long, yet by our calculations fans have watched it for a cumulative total of 279 years. That’s enough to watch the first six episodes of the saga 180,000 times.

    Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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       05 December 2014
    Official Site: The Original Trilogy: First Days Of Shooting
    Reported by Mark on 05 Dec 2014 23:08

    Sander de Lange brings us yet another top-notch entry over at StarWars.com as he looks at the first days shooting on the original trilogy.

    Earlier this year the cameras began to roll for Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Abu Dhabi and while only time will tell what exactly was filmed on May 16, we can take a look back in history and explore the first days of shooting for the first six films in the saga. We start this two part series with the original trilogy of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

    Source Official Site
    Nerws From Gary Kurtz Soundstage Presentation Last Night
    Reported by Mark on 05 Dec 2014 22:38

    Very interesting news from last nights London chat with A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back producer Gary Kurtz comes our way courtesy of Jedi News reader Dan Grigsby.

    I was fortunate enough to go see Gary Kurtz give a talk for Soundstage at The Others in Stoke Newington (Thursday 4th). He covered a lot of old ground regarding his experiences working on Star Wars and Empire, but some interesting news was that he was invited by JJ Abrams to the Pinewood set of The Force Awakens. Kurtz praised Abrams for going "retro" with the look of the movie and the use of practical effects etc and elaborated on how it felt nostalgic to visit the Falcon set and was impressed by the level of detail that was put into it, far more than the original! He said he eagerly awaits the release of the film next year.

    The Clone Wars "The Lost Missions" Q&A: Evil Yoda
    Reported by Justin on 05 Dec 2014 20:30

    In this segment of a special Q&A on Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions, supervising director Dave Filoni and voice actor Tom Kane discuss creating Yoda’s dark side spectre.

    On a journey of self discovery, Yoda travels to the mysterious Force planet in the Lost Missions episode, “Destiny.” He encounters Force priestesses, who put him through numerous trials, including a confrontation with a dark side version of himself. Filoni recounts the recording session with Kane: “I said, ‘I need you to play Evil Yoda. I tried to describe him as this young, corrupt, gollumy, gremlin kind of thing.” The character’s visuals, including leeching smoke, fell to visual effects supervisor Joel Aron, who enjoyed bringing that image to life. The dark Yoda makes sense to Kane, who adds, “As we get more into Force mythology, there’s got to be an evil version of everything.”

    And in case you missed it earlier, be sure to check out the companion piece to this video titled Rogue Yoda.

    Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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    The Force Awakens Rumors From 'Latino Review' - December 5, 2014
    Reported by Justin on 05 Dec 2014 19:05

    Latino Review has posted their latest roundup of The Force Awakens rumors and speculation. As always, I cannot confirm that their article contains any new rumor details or is simply a collection of previous rumors already reported elsewhere.

    So take the source link below if you so dare.

    Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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    How Star War Continues To Come Back More Powerful Than You Could Possibly Imagine
    Reported by Mark on 05 Dec 2014 17:21

    The Force Awakens is EVERYWHERE right now, and those folks perhaps not as 'in the know' as we are are still marvelling at the continuing draw of the galaxy far, far away. The Huffington Post takes a look at the amazing power of the Force.

    “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has been surrounded by such heightened fandom that even the film's 88-second trailer was an event, with fans seeing it in theaters on Black Friday. No argument need be made for the indelibility of “Star Wars” in pop culture. There is a small library of books on the impossibility of avoiding "Star Wars" and how fandom has affected us. Just as impressive as the intensity or longevity of its impact is the fact that it has managed to survive retroactive CGI alterations and the intergalactic skid mark that is Jar Jar Binks. In this age of engaging with culture almost entirely through routine obsession or excessive nostalgia, “Star Wars” makes for an interesting duality of the two presiding phenomena of fandom. So, what does that hyper-intersection say about the way we consume cultural objects?

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    Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Retro-cut
    Reported by Mark on 05 Dec 2014 17:02

    Vintage g-reigns! Check out this very cool edit of The Force Awakens teaser cut to the style and pace of the original A New Hope trailer.

    A fan-edited version of the teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Re-cut as a homage to the original trilogy teaser trailers. Sound-clip from "the return of the Jedi" teaser trailer.

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    LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 5
    Reported by James on 05 Dec 2014 17:01
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    What's behind today's door, Day 5, of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar (there's a small hint in the picture below)? 

    Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

    Source LEGO
    Star Wars #1 Tops Advance Reorders
    Reported by Matt on 05 Dec 2014 16:52

    We could be looking at some more records tumbling in the face of the power of Star Wars as #1 prepares to arrive in January with potentially huge numbers.

    this week, the Marvel relaunch of Star Wars #1 tops the advance reorder chart as a hot of new covers and the Star Wars Party promotion details are revealed, and retailers up their orders massively. Could it top half-a-million in sales as we have suggested it could?
    Marvel moving the Secret Service collection up, to coincide with the film’s release has also sen benefits as retailers scramble to up their orders on this puppy too. There’s also a spate of manga orders hitting the charts, pushing the keenly anticipated Batman #38 out of the way as well. It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas…

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    Official Site: Fully Operational Fandom: Incredible Custom X-wing Miniatures Gaming Table
    Reported by Mark on 05 Dec 2014 16:39

    Amy Ratcliffe brings us the next chapter of her Fully Operational Fandom series over at StarWars.com as she focuses on Ruark Dreher's amazing custom made X-wing miniatures gaming table.

    That’s not the case with Ruark Dreher (producer of Star Wars fan film Hughes the Force and video podcast The Comlink). Oh, he buys every ship and expansion pack released by Fantasy Flight Games, but he does so in order to play. He’s so enthusiastic about X-Wing Miniatures that he made a custom table just for the game. It’s even lighted by color-changing LEDs! Dreher told me about how he crafted this beauty, and I’m tempted to try to build one of my own.

    Source Official Site
    The Force Awakens: Gorillaz Style
    Reported by Mark on 05 Dec 2014 16:21

    Via our good buddy @Empireoffett, the characters of The Force Awakens, Gorillaz style. I'd be happy to see more of the characters drawn like this in the style of the legendary Jamie Hewlett .

    Source Twitter
    Minecraft - Star Wars:The Force Awakens Fan Trailer 2014
    Reported by Mark on 05 Dec 2014 16:09

    We're just over a week after the release of the 88 second teaser trailer (about 30 seconds of which was sand dunes and blank screens) and already we have a looong and very fun list of homages and fan versions.

    Here's another, featuring work by the excellent @ParadiseDecay set in the world of Minecraft.

    This trailer has been produced using the sets and builds taken from my forthcoming fan film movie 'A New Hope' which I'm hoping to have finished by 2015 - Enjoy!

    Source YouTube
    Joel Edgerton On Who Is Wielding The Red Lightsaber In The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
    Reported by Justin on 05 Dec 2014 15:34

    Actor Joel Edgerton seems to be pretty confident in who he thinks is playing the dark hooded character seen brandishing the red lightsaber in The Force Awakens teaser trailer, even willing to go so far as to place a wager on it. Check out his thoughts on the matter via the quote provided below.

    Towards the beginning of your career, you were in the Star Wars prequels - what did you make of the trailer for The Force Awakens?

    I loved it! It's old school, I love the new lightsaber - the way those two little crossbars shot out, it's really cool stuff. It was such a short trailer, but it definitely got me going.

    I'm a massive fan, and I was working with Adam Driver actually [on Midnight Special] just around the time that he got the gig, and I was like, "Tell me who you're going to play?" He said, "I can't tell you anything!" I'm pretty certain, and I don't know this for a fact, but just knowing how tall Adam is, and how he moves, and the fact that there was chatter on the internet that he was going to play the equivalent of a Darth Vader, it's got to be him with that red lightsaber. The way he's moving, when he walks through the forest. He definitely hasn't told me that, he's an air-tight ship. But I would lay $50 on that for sure.

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    Sideshow Indiana Jones Temple Of Doom Sixth Scale Figure Preview
    Reported by Justin on 05 Dec 2014 13:15

    Sideshow Collectibles has updated their website to include a preview listing for their upcoming Indiana Jones Temple of Doom Sixth Scale Figure. No specific pre-order date or price point has been released as of the time of this posting, so stay tuned for that information as soon as it becomes available.

    Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

    Source Sideshow
    Star Wars Casting Director Kate Bone To Appear In Nottingham On Sunday
    Reported by Justin on 05 Dec 2014 13:01

    We learn via this article on Nottingham Post that casting director Kate Bone, who's previous work included scouting talented actors/actresses for roles in The Force Awakens, will be making a guest appearance at the Nottingham Arts Theater this weekend.

    Star Wars casting director Kate Bone will be dropping into the city to find some future film stars.

    The scout works for Nina Gold Casting, which has helped cast films including The King's Speech, Prometheus, Les Miserables, Game of Thrones and more recently Star Wars: Episode VII, Mr Turner, The Imitation Game and Paddington Bear.

    Ms Bone will be guest teacher at AGF Performing Arts, based at Nottingham Arts Theatre, in George Street, on Sunday.

    Will she be on the lookout for potential casting choices for director Rian Johnson's yet-to-be-officially-announced Episode VIII, one of the planned spin-off films, or some other Star Wars related project? Time will tell.

    Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

    Source Nottingham Post
    Oscar Isaac Talks The Force Awakens, Getting Advice From Harrison Ford, And More With IGN
    Reported by Justin on 05 Dec 2014 12:40

    Oscar Isaac recently chatted with Roth Cornet at IGN on a variety of topics pertaining to The Force Awakens. What was discussed during the interview segment? Check out the intro below and then take the source link for the full read.

    Today, IGN's own Roth Cornet spoke with Isaac for A Most Violent Year (more on that soon!), and while she was there she also talked to him about Star Wars and X-Men: Apocalypse. Here's what he had about his time on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the importance of practical effects, that lightsaber, and the advice he got from Harrison Ford on flying spaceships...

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    RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Details On The Character Andy Serkis Is Playing
    Reported by Justin on 05 Dec 2014 12:29

    Our Force-filled friends over at The Star Wars Underworld are claiming to have received information from their sources on the character Andy Serkis will be playing in The Force Awakens. They also posted some details on how his character supposedly interacts with other characters in the film.

    As always, take the supplied source link with a grain of salt until/unless what you read is confirmed by an official Lucasfilm source.

    Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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    Big Bad Toy Store News
    Reported by James on 05 Dec 2014 11:19
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    Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders and arrivals as well as a holiday sale with 100's of gifts under $50...

    Source BigBadToyStore.com
       04 December 2014
    The Clone Wars "The Lost Missions" Q&A: Force Ghosts
    Reported by Justin on 04 Dec 2014 22:00

    In this segment of a special Q&A on Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions, supervising director Dave Filoni discusses the concept of Force Ghosts.

    Yoda's story arc in The Lost Missions explores the idea of Force immortality, establishing that Qui-Gon taught Yoda how to become a Force ghost, and Yoda taught Obi-Wan. One fan asks Dave Filoni, who would have taught Darth Vader?

    Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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    Dave Filoni Tweets Pic Of Hasbro Star Wars Rebels Hera & Stormtrooper 2-Pack
    Reported by Justin on 04 Dec 2014 21:25

    Collectors get teased by Dave Filoni yet again with his latest tweet embedded below. But I have to ask the obvious question - what's with the spooked eyes on Hera? Looks like she's just seen a "ghost". C'mon now Hasbro...

    Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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    Never Trust A Trailer
    Reported by AdamDB on 04 Dec 2014 20:00
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    Boy, I picked the right week to return from my sabbatical, didn’t I?

    I’m sure by the time this sees print that you’ll have all read countless articles describing the minute details of the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens, not to mention the exponential times you all must have watched it already. But although I am certainly not the only Saga fan with a I-III lean writing a commentary out there, I figure it’s still a fairly rare point of view in mainstream geekdom circles.

    Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 57
    Reported by Mark on 04 Dec 2014 18:20

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

    It’s the teaser trailer edition of "Now, This Is Podcasting!" Your hosts Jason and Randy and commentators Johnamarie, Jeremy and Sal are ready to thoroughly talk your ear off about the new teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens! They go through an extensive shot-by-shot teaser trailer break down with some favorite trailer shots from the Rogue Rebels and the Star Wards. Other topics include exclusive information about the forest set featuring the new villain of The Force Awakens on stage Q at Pinewood and what MIGHT happen during the scene as well as the latest Star Wars Rebels news.

    Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

    Source Making Star Wars
    Official Site: Star Wars Force Grab: Here's Where The Fun Begins
    Reported by Mark on 04 Dec 2014 17:17

    Wanna go at Force Grab? Well get on over to StarWars.com where Wonder Forge executive producer Jay Wheatley will tell you all about it.

    Star Wars Force Grab is an exciting new family game from the fast-growing game company Wonder Forge and I was thrilled to help bring it to life. I’m Jay Wheatley, executive producer, and I supervise a Seattle-based game development team of product designers, graphic artists, writers, sculptors, and engineers. Force Grab carries on the Wonder Forge tradition of offering experiences that bring favorite characters and stories to life in new and innovative ways through quality game play. Here’s a behind the scenes look at the making of this game.

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    LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 4
    Reported by James on 04 Dec 2014 17:01
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    It's December 4th already and time to open up the fourth door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

    So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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    Haden Blackman To Head Up New 2K Studio
    Reported by Justin on 04 Dec 2014 16:39

    Haden Blackman, project lead on Star Wars Galaxies and The Force Unleashed, is leading a new studio within 2K to work on an unannounced new-gen project.

    The studio, called Hangar 13, is currently expanding with the intention of entering the AAA game development space. Though its game is a mystery, it sounds like it will be an experience with a very malleable, player-driven story.

    In a press release announcing the new studio Blackman wrote, “At Hangar 13, our mantra is ‘Every player story is unique. Our ambition is to create next-generation games that allow players to shape their own experiences, from the moment-to-moment gameplay, to the long-term impact on the world, characters and narrative. To realize this goal, we’re building proprietary technology and assembling a core team passionate about delivering mature experiences loaded with meaningful choices.”

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    NY Comic Con 2014: Recap Video
    Reported by Justin on 04 Dec 2014 15:44

    Check out the recap of New York Comic Con 2014! See all the celebs, cosplay, comics and fans that made 2014 the biggest and best #NYCC yet!

    Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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    The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer (Original Trilogy Style)
    Reported by Justin on 04 Dec 2014 14:52

    You saw our earlier story showcasing the awesome The Force Awakens teaser trailer done up with scenes from the Prequel Trilogy. We put the call out for someone to create a TFA teaser based on the Original Trilogy and the fan community has responded! Check it out below!

     

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    Fantasy Flight Games: Paul Winchester on Building Your Skirmish Mission Army
    Reported by Jonathan on 04 Dec 2014 13:44

    This is very informative for you pending Imperial Assault players out there - a designer diary about building armies in an Imperial Assault skirmish.

    From the website:

    'Have you ever wondered what would happen if Han and Chewbacca ran into IG-88 and a slew of other bounty hunters in a Mos Eisley back alley? What if a squad of Stormtroopers found themselves surrounded by vicious creatures like the Nexu? These are the exciting Star Wars battles that can come to life in the Imperial Assault skirmish game!
    Before a skirmish game begins, you must craft a deadly fighting force by spending up to forty points on units and powerful upgrades, as we explored in our last preview. After mustering an army, you assemble a deck of fifteen Command cards that can enhance your army and give your units an array of special abilities. Once both players have constructed armies and Command decks, the mission begins and players compete to gain forty victory points first by defeating enemy units and completing the mission’s objectives.
    Each faction offers dozens of powerful combinations of cards and abilities with many different strategies that may lead you to victory. Here, I’ll explore just a few of the opportunities that these three factions bring to the Star Wars battlefield.

    Source Fantasy Flight Games
    The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Takes Facebook By Storm
    Reported by Justin on 04 Dec 2014 13:30

    So what was the expected action like on Facebook after the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens set the interwebs ablaze last Friday? Check out the reported numbers below via an article from The Wrap.

    “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” teaser trailer is garnering an epic amount of attention on Facebook, to the surprise of no one.

    New numbers indicate that 8.4 million unique Facebook users took to the social media site to share the trailer and interact with their friends about it. Facebook clocked 16.7 million interactions related to “Star Wars” and the trailer in the first 72 hours following its release on Friday, Nov 28.

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    RUMORS: The Force Awakens - Spoilers On Han, Leia, R2 & 3PO's Placement
    Reported by Justin on 04 Dec 2014 13:21

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

    Spoilers On Han Solo, Princess Leia, And R2-D2 & C-3PO's Placement

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

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    Pinewood Shepperton PLC Completes 50% Interest in Shepperton Studios
    Reported by Jonathan on 04 Dec 2014 10:51
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    This just in...

    Pinewood Shepperton plc ("the Company"), a leading provider of services to the global film and television industry, today announces that it has completed the acquisition of the 50% interest in the Shepperton Studios Property Partnership ("SSPP") formerly owned by clients of Aviva Investors ("Aviva"). As a result, the Company is now the sole owner of SSPP.

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    Fantasy Flight Games: Empire of Crime
    Reported by Jonathan on 04 Dec 2014 03:39

    It's the Hutts! It's Hutt space! It's where every smuggler, ne-er do well and scumbag wants to be, and FFG have given us a sourcebook to experience this wretched hive of scum and spaceworms. Oh, come on... who doesn't want to go there? Credits baby! Yeah, there's the threat of death and slavery, but... credits, baby!

    From the website:

    "Soon you will learn to appreciate me."
    –Jabba the Hutt

    Recently we announced Lords of Nal Hutta, a sourcebook for the Star Wars®: Edge of the Empire™ roleplaying game. Lords of Nal Hutta provides players and GMs with a wealth of information to help them to incorporate the slimy characters, black markets, and lawless planets of Hutt Space into their games. You can travel into the most decadent and corrupt stretch of the galaxy, work for a criminal syndicate, or create your own ambitious and conniving Hutt character. In this decadent and corrupt region of the galaxy, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for profitable crimes, illegal luxuries, or unexpected good deeds.
    Today’s preview looks at Hutt character creation and the fundamentals of Hutt culture. Contributing writer Sterling Hershey also introduces you to the four kajidics featured in Lords of Nal Hutta, each one specialized in a different style of crime.'

    Source Fantasy Flight Games
    Get Your Geek On: 2nd December 2014
    Reported by Mark on 04 Dec 2014 02:57

    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.

    Attack of the Callers is upon us once again! This month, we find out if we have trailer trash or trailer gold as the teaser was released to The People. We also break down the trailer and discuss a few things you might not have even noticed were MISSING from the trailer. Where did "R2-FIFA" come from? We dig deep into his possible origin story. With all the Black Friday sales, we want to know what is on YOUR Star Wars Christmas list! 'Like' GYGO on Facebook Follow GYGO on Twitter Listen LIVE on Mondays at 9 pm EST on Channel 1138.

    Contact Information: iTunes | Mixlr | Facebook

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    Disney Raises Annual Dividend 34% on Record Revenue
    Reported by Mark on 04 Dec 2014 00:30

    The House of Mouse is certainly in a purple patch at the moment, reaping huge profits, thanks in no small part to the 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise.

    Disney is firing on all cylinders, though, with the company generating $48.8 billion in sales during its most recent fiscal year, up 8% over 2013, boosting profits by 22% to $7.5 billion.
    “Disney delivered the highest results in its history in fiscal 2014, reflecting the extraordinary quality of our creative content and the unparalleled strength of our brands,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, the Walt Disney Co. “We achieved record revenue, net income and earnings per share for the fourth year in a row, and we are delighted to be able to increase our shareholder dividend by 34% while continuing to invest for future growth.”

    Source Variety (via Glen Ewing)
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    Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser Trailer 1 Reaction Mashup
    Reported by Mark on 03 Dec 2014 23:56

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    Stormtrooper Style Log Burner
    Reported by Matt on 03 Dec 2014 23:30

    There's no smart way to say this - this is just plain awesome. A log burner, styled in the shape of a stormtrooper helmet. These bucket heads truly put the 'char' in 'charge!'

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    Could Boba Fett Be Appearing In The Force Awakens?
    Reported by Mark on 03 Dec 2014 23:15

    Our friends at the Boba Fett Fan Club dropped us a line to bring to our attention their latest article investigating the already notorious Reddit posts that allegedly reveal plot points from The Force Awakens.

    As is our policy we won't post those rumours directly here on the site, but to investigate further take the Hydian Way to the Boba Fett Fan Club for more details.

    Source Boba Fett Fan Club
    The Force Awakens For Disneyland Resort
    Reported by Mark on 03 Dec 2014 23:09

    Will Mickey's Toontown be ditched in place of the new Star Wars area? That's what Micechat believe, with construction beginning in 2016.

    The plan to add an entirely new Star Wars themed land to Disneyland continues full steam ahead. It’s ironic that the Toontown Cast Members will soon be debuting colorful new costumes, which they’ll only get to wear for about 18 months as the Star Wars project is currently planned to kick off and bulldoze Toontown before the 60th Anniversary celebration ends in 2016.
    Okay, that just about wraps things up for this update. While the great freeze spreads across the Disneyland Resort for this winter, the Force awakens at Disneyland as Star Wars finally prepares to settle into its own land. With plans changing by the minute, we’ll keep our eyes on these and other developments.

    Source Micechat (via Club Jade)
    The Force Awakens: Pull To Inflate
    Reported by Mark on 03 Dec 2014 22:45

    Always good advice in an emergency, but we have to wonder what exactly would happen if Oscar Isaac's character actually had to pull that cord?

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    Fantasy Flight Games: Specializations, Species, and Signature Abilities of Stay on Target
    Reported by Jonathan on 03 Dec 2014 22:35

    This is the first career supplement for the Star Wars: Age of Rebellion RPG, with some options for creating Aces! Top dogs, basically. You wanna be a special snowflake? Here's your chance.

    From the website:

    Three new specializations are featured in Stay on Target, each allowing you to take your career as an Ace in a different direction. Brave the wilderness as a Beast Rider, make daredevil combat moves as a Hotshot, or take your vehicle to a new level as a Rigger.

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    The Force Awakens (Prequel style)
    Reported by Mark on 03 Dec 2014 22:21

    Our usual custom these days is to only embed official videos, but this was too clever to simply take a screen grab from. Here's Christian Kent to explain.

    Hey Mark! Long time listener, first time caller. I did a little Force Awakens/Prequel mash-up and wanted to share it with you.
    Love you guys!
    CK Ryan

    Great work - now we want an original trilogy version!

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    Was The First Star Wars Related Tweet Prequel Trilogy Related?
    Reported by Mark on 03 Dec 2014 21:39

    Here's a nice bit of business, the first recorded Star Wars related tweet (although I wouldn't be surprised if others pre-date it) talking about Natalie Portman (although as the SWPAS suggest, it could be Keira Knightley, although she was already a big deal in 2006 thanks to 2 Pirates of the Carribean films amongst other hits).

    Twitter launched in 2005, so has anyone out there been on since it kicked off, and do you have any of your original Star Wars related tweets you could send in?

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    Star Wars Rebels Leads Disney XD To Biggest Month In Primetime
    Reported by Justin on 03 Dec 2014 21:36

    Check out these "most impressive" viewership numbers for Star Wars Rebels and Disney XD since the animated series initially debuted.

    “Star Wars Rebels” and “Gravity Falls” power Disney XD to its biggest month in primetime in its over 15-year history in Boys 6-11 and its #3 month ever in Boys 6-14 and Boys 2-11.

    To-date, “Star Wars Rebels” and “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of the Rebellion” have reached over 63 million unique viewers worldwide in 159 countries and in 31 languages.

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    Official Site: Spain's Droids and Ewoks Novelizations, Part 2
    Reported by Mark on 03 Dec 2014 21:16

    Abel G Pena returns to a Spanish galaxy far, far away to conclude his look at the vast array of Spanish language Star Wars titles over at StarWars.com.

    In the mid-1980s, after one successful made-for-television Ewoks movie — and one notorious “holiday special” — the Star Wars universe plunged into its first regular television programming: Ewoks and Droids. These animated series ran from 1985 to 1986. Many English-speaking fans know that these cartoons also spun off many storybooks and comics of their own, chiefly published by Random House and Marvel Comics. What many fans do not know is that they also spun off original licensed storybooks and comics in other countries, never published in the English-speaking world.

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    IGN Reactions To The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
    Reported by Justin on 03 Dec 2014 20:06

    The internet was whipped into a frenzy over the weekend when the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser dropped. This is what IGN editors and producers thought of it.

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    Databurst From the 501st
    Reported by Mark on 03 Dec 2014 20:00
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    Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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    The Expanded Fandomverse Episode 018 - Matt Hunsworth or "Stuffed!"
    Reported by Mark on 03 Dec 2014 19:35

    It's time to join Tim and Jason over at The Expanded Fandomverse.

    "The Expanded Fandomverse is all about fans doing creative and interesting things with their love of that galaxy far, far away. This week we talk to Matt Hunsworth from the Star Wars in Character podcast, and the man behind the Artmor Project. This project has talented artists decorate Mandalorian armor, which is then auctioned off for children's charities. Matt tells us all about his podcast, the upcoming auction, and, he does something that no other guest on The Expanded Fandomverse has been able to accomplish before! - Also, this week we announce the winner of our latest Jason's Jawa Giveaway!"

    Contact Information: Website | Voice Mail - 205-383-3663 | Twitter | Facebook

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    Official Site: Warwick Davis: A Career From Endor To Hogwarts
    Reported by Mark on 03 Dec 2014 19:17

    Our very own James Burns takes a look at the amazing career of Warwick Davis over at the home of all official Star Wars news, StarWars.com.

    In 1982, everything changed for one young aspiring 11-year-old. Not only had he landed his dream job in the next Star Wars film, all thanks to his grandma, but as luck would have it, a stomach bug forced Kenny Baker to pull out of the role of Wicket in Return of the Jedi, and Warwick Davis was “promoted” from a mere background character to the role of the most important Ewok in the galaxy.
    In the film, he befriended Princess Leia on the forest moon of Endor, and since then he has made many friends both on and off screen, as we saw in the finished film and also the mockumentary Return of the Ewok which was made by first assistant on Jedi, David Tomblin. This light hearted behind-the-scenes look at the making of Jedi gave us an insight i