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   21 March 2015
Plot Synopsis For Star Wars: Dark Disciple Revealed
Reported by Justin on 21 Mar 2015 19:01

The plot synopsis for author Christie Golden's upcoming novel Star Wars: Dark Disciple, which is scheduled to arrive in bookstores on July 7, has been posted in the book's product listing over on Random House.

The only way to bring down the dark side’s most dangerous warrior may be for Jedi and Sith to join forces.

In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.

But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.

Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt.

Big thanks to Jedi News reader Daniel R. for sending over the link.

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Confirmed: John Williams To Record The Force Awakens Score In Los Angeles
Reported by Team Jedi News on 21 Mar 2015 18:24

Contrary to an earlier report that said composer John Williams would be heading back to London during the summer to record the musical score for The Force Awakens, we now get official word via StarWars.com that he will be performing the recording work for Episode VII in Los Angeles instead.

John Williams is currently hard at work composing the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be recorded in Los Angeles. For the recording of the score, Williams will work with members of the superb freelance orchestra with which he’s recorded numerous film scores over the years. The music will be recorded over several months while working in tandem with the film’s editorial and special effects teams on the West Coast.

While previous films in the saga were scored at Abbey Road with the celebrated London Symphony Orchestra, this will be the first time a Star Wars score has been recorded in the United States.

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Concept Designs For Kylo Ren And Captain Phasma
Reported by Justin on 21 Mar 2015 17:46

Making Star Wars has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens via this link.

As is the case with all unconfirmed 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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Comlink News (03/20/15) - Your Star Wars Roundup!
Reported by Mark on 21 Mar 2015 16:56

Looking for the best Star Wars news and commentary? You've come to the right place. David Collins hosts the latest and greatest from the past week from a galaxy far, far away...

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Star Wars Social Scanner - March 20, 2015
Reported by Justin on 21 Mar 2015 16:11

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

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

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J.J. Abrams Comments Again On The Force Awakens Spoilers
Reported by Justin on 21 Mar 2015 16:00

As part of a brief telephone interview he recently conducted with the Australian website Herald Sun, Episode VII director J.J. Abrams had this to say when asked about how all of the cast members, both new and returning, worked together on set during production.

“Ahh, well, I need you to see it and let me know what you think,” he replies. “We’re still cutting it, but I could not be more excited.”

Abrams also reiterated his previous comments on the subject of spoilers and all of the rumors that have hit the interwebs since the The Force Awakens was announced.

“The level of scrutiny is pretty much unprecedented for me,” he admits. “My dream is that, despite so many rumours — many of which are true, many of which are untrue — when people see the movie, they see something that hasn’t been completely ruined for them by having read spoilers they might not have wanted to read.”

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The Realm Recap: Episode #55 - The Journey Continues
Reported by Mark on 21 Mar 2015 12:32

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

Flyguy and Yakface are back this week to break down the week's collecting news and more. This week, product is coming in at record pace with wave after wave of Saga Legends, Mission Series and 6" Black Series products hit retail. Plus, there are even great sales to be had as well. There are few very cool customs to discuss this week, the main one grabbing headlines around the world is the drone speeder bike which is too cool not to hit production. Finally, big news broke from Disney involving the first of the standalone films as well as the official release date for Episode VIII. There is a lot to wrap our addled brains around but you can watch/hear it all on Episode 55 of The Realm Recap!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

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High Adventure: Ahsoka Lives!
Reported by Mark on 21 Mar 2015 11:50

There are few more passionate Star Wars fans that can put their thoughts so eloquently into words and music than Glen Nelson and High Adventure and here they are again with their latest tribute to the saga, Ahsoka Lives!

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Official Site: Star Maps: Charting The Galaxy
Reported by Mark on 21 Mar 2015 10:45

Kevin Beentjes over at StarWars.com brings us a look at something I have a great interest in as an almost 30 year RPG player-character who spends most of his time on the space lanes, the various galaxy maps that have been released over the decades.

Ever since the release of the Star Wars movies, and especially with the start of the former Expanded Universe, people were longing for a map of that galaxy far, far away. While early novels didn’t include a lot of new places, the rise of West End Games’ role-playing works brought about a lot of new worlds, trade routes, and even galactic regions. Unfortunately, a full galaxy map was to be a future dream for about two decades, and early cartography enthusiasts had to do with partial maps only in official publications. West End Games provided several such detailed maps of specific regions or sectors within the galaxy, for use in role-playing adventures and campaigns. Players were introduced to areas like the Elrood sector in Planets of the Galaxy, Volume 3, the Brak sector in Flashpoint! Brak Sector, the Kathol sector in The DarkStryder Campaign and the Tapani Sector and Rimma Trade Route in Lords of the Expanse.

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SWFUK Episode 11: Recognising Foul Stenches
Reported by Mark on 21 Mar 2015 05:15

It's time to join the team over at the SWFUK Podcast.

Welcome to the eleventh instalment of the ever growing Star Wars Forum UK Podcast, Recognising Foul Stenches. We are delighted to welcome a new member to the podcast crew as the four become five once again with forum favourite Jez joining the team. This months interview is totally charming as we chat to American Bruce White about Princess Leia, Tattoos, Art, Anaheim and his Cosmetic Beauty Bag. This months oddballs takes a behind the scenes look at the autograph track, joining Grant to look at this is none other than Gerald Home, A.K.A. Squid Head. But Grant's interview with Gerald Home plays second fiddle to an interview special when Jez's son Leo takes to the airwaves to ask Gerald the questions we all want to ask. In this months Vintage Star Wars news we take a look at the current Facebook reproduction and ugrade protest as Grant chats to the two driving forces behind the campaign in Ross Barr and Jason Smith. We also hear from Iain Sanderson as we discuss his new Acrylic displays. Rich goes into the recent Lily Ledy reproductions weapon haul and speaks with TIGs Paul Ford. We also have some huge announcements regarding the podcast stage at Anaheim as well as looking at the recent Farthest From event where Pete speaks with Dan Franco. All this plus much much more on the best vintage pod!

Contact Information: Website | Forum | Facebook

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Community Cantina Tour Arrives in Anaheim, California
Reported by Mark on 21 Mar 2015 03:10

We’re happy to announce that the next stop in the Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Community Cantina Tour will be happening on Saturday, April 18th, in Anaheim for Star Wars: Celebration!
This is your chance to join the Star Wars: The Old Republic community for a development team presentation as well as complimentary drinks*, food, and giveaways. Every attendee will also be receiving an Anaheim exclusive Prinawe Congregate vehicle code. We will also have a special appearance by the 501st, a green screen area for photos, and more! Space is limited so be sure to come early.
If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by and hang out with us!

  • Venue: Hilton Anaheim
  • Date: Saturday, April 18th, 2015
  • Time: 7:00 - 10:00PM PDT
  • Address: 777 West Convention Way
  • Anaheim, CA 92802

Space will be limited, so be sure to arrive early! You can RSVP on Facebook here (Facebook RSVP is not required for and does not guarantee admittance).
We look forward to seeing you there!
* This is an adult event and all attendees must be 18 years or older to participate. Please be prepared to show ID.

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   20 March 2015
Coffee With Kenobi: Indiana Comic Con
Reported by Mark on 20 Mar 2015 23:24

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

Coffee With Kenobi presents their Indiana Comic Con coverage, complete with CWK Special Correspondent Tom Gross, as they make their way around the convention floor. We talk with Princess Leia writer Mark Waid, R2 Droid builders, and have a special conversation with Amy Ratcliffe of Full of Sith and Star Wars.com, as well as Joao Stinson from the Cantina Cast. Finally, join us as we attend Carrie Fisher's Indiana Comic Con panel. This is the podcast you're looking for!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Fantasy Flight Games: Twin Shadows: Announcing a New Expansion for Imperial Assault
Reported by Jonathan on 20 Mar 2015 23:18

We're big fans here of Imperial Assault, and so we're doubly stoked that this expansion is on the way in June from Fantasy Flight Games.

From the website:

Investigate the Empire’s growing presence on Tatooine in Twin Shadows, an expansion for Imperial Assault. Its fully formed mini-campaign challenges the Rebels to help Han Solo, while new tiles and skirmish missions allow you to battle through a Mos Eisley cantina. Two new heroes seek to recover vital components for the Rebel Alliance, but they must first deal with the expansion’s Heavy Stormtroopers and Tusken Raiders. With ten sculpted plastic figures, twelve double-sided map tiles, and over sixty new cards, Twin Shadows brings new dangers, drama, and heroics to every Imperial Assault campaign and skirmish!

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Get Your Jedi News T-Shirts!
Reported by Mark on 20 Mar 2015 22:45

There are only 27 days to go until the festivities start, but there's plenty of time to order our Celebration Anaheim exclusive Jedi News tee, via Tee Public.

You can order your tee in a variety of colours and styles, as well as a number of other products. But order quick to guarantee delivery before the big event starts.

And if you order in the next couple of days each tee is just $14.00. A mere, trifling $14.00! It's like Christmas come early!

And huge thanks to our pal Ian Knight for the awesome design, it's greatly appreciated.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Exclusive Official Pix 3-Ring Autograph Binder
Reported by Justin on 20 Mar 2015 18:56

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Info On Poe Dameron's Clothes
Reported by Justin on 20 Mar 2015 17:09

Making Star Wars has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens via this link.

As is the case with all unconfirmed 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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New Vader & Stormtrooper Display Header At Toys R Us
Reported by Justin on 20 Mar 2015 16:53

Check out these photos Jedi News reader Richard Mitchell sent along our way of a new (and extremely cool) Darth Vader and Stormtrooper Star Wars section display header taken at a local Toys R Us store in the UK.

Thanks to Richard for the pics.

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Disney Registers New StarWarsStyle.com Domain Name
Reported by Justin on 20 Mar 2015 13:53

We get word via the tweet below that Disney has registered a brand new Star Wars related domain name - StarWarsStyle.com. The site is not currently live as of the time of this posting. You can check out all the domain registration details via Whois.

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Nvidia Graphics Card Used To Create The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 20 Mar 2015 11:59

Interested in finding out about some of the various tech Lucasfilm employed to help bring The Force Awakens to the silver screen? Then check out this article posted on Gizmodo UK that details the type of graphics card Lucasfilm designers used in their computers to create the film - the Nvidia Quadro M6000.

If there wasn't millions upon millions of dollars involved, there would be something quite sweet about Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's recent comments regarding the upcoming Star Wars film. Confirming that Lucasfilm has tapped up Nvidia for tech to help make Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Huang said "I'm out-of-my-body excited about this [...] I'll create any technology that helps them make Star Wars faster."

Aw. I bet he's got a Chewbacca lunch box and everything.

Speaking during the keynote at GTC 2015 in San Jose, California, Lutz Latta (Lucasfilm's principal engineer) revealed that The Force Awakens' team of artists and developers work with the Nvidia Quadro M6000 graphics card.

"With the NVIDIA Quadro M6000 GPU, we saw overall gains of 55 per cent in a heavy compute and memory access ray-tracing application using layered shadow maps," said Latta.

"This kind of performance boost gives our artists a necessary edge to realise their creative vision."

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RebelForce Radio: March 20, 2015 with Stephen Stanton
Reported by James on 20 Mar 2015 11:07

Stephen Stanton joins us for a massive Star Wars Celebration ticket giveaway that knows no equal. We have 2 pairs of four day passes that a couple of lucky RFR listeners will win! Stephen sits in to hear your Star Wars stories from our voice-mail hotline and we choose winners. Listen to the show to find out if it's you!

Of course, Star Wars Celebration means it's party time and we got the deets on how you can get tickets to the RebelForce Radio Celebration Bash. Internet pre-sales sold out swiftly. Now everyone gets a shot at purchasing a ticket to what will be the hottest Star Wars party in Anaheim. We tell you how! Plus, Rogue One gets a composer, Episode IX might have a director, a very Princess Leia-centric The Force Awakens 15 Minute Spoiler Alert, and much more.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: From World War To Star Wars: Returning To Celebration
Reported by Mark on 20 Mar 2015 03:15

There are an awful lot of people I am very much looking forward to catching up with at Celebration Anaheim, be it reconnecting with or meeting for the first time. Cole is one of the former, and here he is describing what the lucky attendees can look forward to during his panel over at StarWars.com.

Next month, From World War to Star Wars returns to where it all began: Star Wars Celebration! I’m happy to announce that I’ll be back at Celebration with an all-new presentation showing the many unexpected ways that World War II influenced the Star Wars saga. With less than a month to go, this is a special sneak peek at my latest installment of the live presentation.
Star Wars Celebration has long been a favorite event of mine, so it was the perfect place to debut years of research to a public audience in 2012. Despite all of my work, I didn’t know what to expect. Would anyone show up? Did anyone care about history and Star Wars as much as I did?

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 70: Skywalking To Celebration – Your Personal Survival Guide
Reported by Mark on 20 Mar 2015 02:55

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

Star Wars Celebration is less than a month away! If you’ve never been to one before, or need a refresher, Skywalking Through Neverland has some convention tips for you! Richard and I have been to every domestic Star Wars Celebration since Celebration IV, and several other conventions in between. So sit back and let us help you skywalk with ease through your convention experience.
Donald Wicks, one of our incredible Skywalkers, is starting his own podcast! Learn all about EndorCast, his new Rebel Legion cosplay podcast that just premiered.
And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Oscar Isaac Basically Says He Will Be Returning For Episode VIII
Reported by Justin on 20 Mar 2015 00:04

Drew Taylor over at Moviefone recently spent a few minutes chatting with new Episode VII cast member Oscar Isaac about starring as ace X-wing pilot Poe Dameron in the film as well as the character of Apocalypse in Marvel's upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. During the interview, Isaac was asked about working with director Rian Johnson, who will be heading up Episode VIII set to be released in May 2017. Isaac responded accordingly:

And your next director isn't too shabby either. Are you excited about working with Rian?

Yes. Very excited.

Can we take this reply to mean Isaac's Dameron will be returning on screen in Episode VIII? Sure sounds that way to me which obviously isn't much of a surprise really.

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   19 March 2015
Official Site: Star Wars In The UK: Star Wars Weekly
Reported by Mark on 19 Mar 2015 23:19

My latest article arrives over at StarWars.com as I take a look at the very first UK Star Wars comic.

With the arrival of Star Wars into UK cinemas on December 27, 1977, the Star Wars galaxy expanded beyond the borders of the United States and the other countries fortunate enough to have received it and across the pond to the country it was largely shot, the UK. And with a voracious public keen for any snippets of information on the film, a comic seemed an inevitability. Luckily for us kids of the day, Marvel UK and Stan Lee were about to provide it.

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On The Shelves UK: Sainsbury
Reported by Matt on 19 Mar 2015 23:05

Sainsbury is the place to check out for some great Star Wars bargains as they bring us this smart tee for £10.00 featuring the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO.

And for those with more fast-paced tastes there's this great offer, 2 games for just £18.00. Here you can see LEGO Star Wars The Complete Saga on the X-Box and LEGO Star Wars 3 on the PS3.

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Star Wars Influences #11: Marvel Comics & Buck Rogers
Reported by Mark on 19 Mar 2015 22:53

Join Jimmy Mac and Paul Bateman as they present Star Wars Influences.

Paul Bateman is back with Jimmy Mac to discuss all the things that inspired the Star Wars saga. For this show, we review the first releases of Marvel Star Wars comics, get Paul’s take on the season finale for Star Wars Rebels, and get down and dirty with Buck Rogers as Paul provides a ton of connections between Buck and The ‘Wars.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Smuggler's Bounty
Reported by Matt on 19 Mar 2015 22:40

Smuggler's Gambit was the smash hit of Celebration VI and it's sequel Smuggler's Bounty is set to follow. Check out this amazing fan art by David Stirzaker above and click here to listen to the original Smuggler's Gambit.

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Tosche Station Radio #106: Wild Mass Guessing II – The Guessening
Reported by Mark on 19 Mar 2015 22:25

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

Rogue One and Journey to the Force Awakens? Mike Cooper joins us for WILD MASS GUESSING!

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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Jedi News Interview: James Luceno: Continuing the Galactic Quest for Prester John
Reported by John 'Dak' Morton on 19 Mar 2015 21:00
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As almost every Star Wars reader knows, Jim Luceno is a best-selling Star Wars author whose most recent novel, Tarkin, was released this past autumn. Big Shiny Robot called Luceno’s Tarkin “another home run in the new canon.” Among his well-known titles are Darth Plagueis, Millennium Falcon, Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, Cloak of Deception and Labyrinth of Evil. He’s also done the New Jedi Order novels Agents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial and Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse, The Unifying Force and the eBook Darth Maul: Saboteur. Of course, Jim has published a lot of work outside the Galaxy, the first being his 1980 action-adventure novel Head Hunters that Amazon précises as “three Americans, one kilo of cocaine and a wild adventure through South America.”

Jim and Dak are at their favorite tapcaf in Tierfon, 49 West, a noted “Johnny” haunt where students of the Great Books Course at St. John’s College come for the conversation, music and blue milk. At one of the window tables facing West Street, the veteran Galactic road warriors swap war stories over a macchiato and chai latte in advance of Celebration Anaheim. Here’s how it went down.

Dak: So Jim, it all begins and ends with the music, doesn’t it.

James Luceno: Yeah, I just enjoy the music. I played no instrument, initially.

Dak: So what got you started playing?

JL: I had a friend who was a jazz guitarist in Bridgeport, Connecticut. One day in 1965, we pass this pawnshop with an electric bass hanging in the window. He says to me, “Jimmy, you ought to buy this and play. You’d get work. Everybody plays guitar, but nobody plays bass.” So, I do, and then he pushes me on stage. And so suddenly here I am—not really knowing what I’m doing—just playing the bass root note in cover bands singing Dylan songs and Dave Van Ronk around Bridgeport and in New York at places like Max’s Kansas City, Gerde’s Folk City, Café Wha? and the usual spots on Bleecker Street.

A Call To Arms
Reported by AdamDB on 19 Mar 2015 20:00
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I’m not sure if any of you have ever visited my very small, not quite professional, and extremely self-indulgent blog Nilbog’s Storybook Land, but I am in the midst of a fictional character March Madness parody known as “Geekdom Madness”. Because even though I hate sports with a passion, I love brackets.

Really, the whole thing started last year with Starwars.com’s annual “This is Madness!” character tournament, and me realizing that my favorite Star Wars character would never even be put on such a tournament much less win one.

Confirmed: Star Wars Battlefront Will Be Shown At Celebration Anaheim 2015
Reported by Justin on 19 Mar 2015 16:31

After some speculation as to whether or not fans would be able to get their first glimpse at Electronic Arts' Star Wars Battlefront gameplay at Celebration Anaheim 2015, we now have official word directly from EA that we will in fact be seeing the game in action at the convention next month.

A new official EA Star Wars Twitter account has also been created - @EAStarWars.

It seems like such a long time ago (at an E3 press conference far, far away) since we announced we were working on Star Wars™ Battlefront™. Last year, we promised you would “See More in Spring 2015”. Spring is coming.

We’re thrilled to share that Star Wars Battlefront will be taking part in Star Wars™ Celebration next month in Anaheim, CA from April 16-19. We could not think of a better or more appropriate place to debut the game officially for the first time than the premier event that celebrates the Star Wars universe and the legions of fans who have fallen in love with it. For more information on Star Wars Celebration and ways to attend, please visit http://starwarscelebration.com.

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Custom The Force Awakens BB-8 Cake
Reported by Justin on 19 Mar 2015 13:15

Words cannot adequately describe how awesome this truly is. Jedi News Nathan R. sends along this link from the website That's Nerdalicious that features a custom cake of the new roller droid from The Force Awakens, BB-8!

The ball droid, aka BB-8, was an immediate hit when it debuted in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer a few months back. All sorts of fan tributes popped up, and now he’s even in cake form thanks to UK bakery CakeRush.

In an interesting coincidence, the bakery is located in Hertforshire which is the home of Elstree Studios which George Lucas used during the original trilogy. It’s also the home of Leavesden Studios which produced Harry Potter.

Owners Angela and Mike got started many years ago when Mike made cakes for his nephews and nieces. Once the pair was married they began working on cakes together and have had a website since 2012. They created the BB-8 cake by putting several different cakes together and carefully covering them with sugar paste and ganache to make it look like one round cake.

Thanks to Nathan for the heads-up.

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Info On Another Sith Lord
Reported by Justin on 19 Mar 2015 12:14

Making Star Wars has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens via this link.

As is the case with all unconfirmed 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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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 19 Mar 2015 10:03
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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...

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   18 March 2015
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Rebels Saturday Programming
Reported by Justin on 18 Mar 2015 23:22

Earlier today an email was sent out to applicable members of the press/media by Disney containing details on the Star Wars Rebels programming that will be taking place on Saturday at Celebration Anaheim 2015 next month. Check out all the exciting info below!

New Allies and New Villains in Star Wars Rebels Season Two (11:00 AM – Noon) Location: Celebration Stage / The Arena (Open to ALL attendees)

Get a sneak peek at the second season of Disney XD’s animated hit series Star Wars Rebels, which continues the epic adventures of the crew of the Ghost and further reveals the early days of the rebellion against the Empire. 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 story developments revealed at the end of season one and offer some can't-miss exclusive previews of what's to come in season two!

Star Wars Rebels Press Conference (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM) (Open to Press/Media members only)

Participants include: Dave Filoni (Executive Producer, Supervising Director), Freddie Prinze, Jr. (Kanan), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steve Blum (Zeb) and Taylor Gray (Ezra)

Star Wars Rebels Press Line and Red Carpet (4:00pm - 5:00pm) (Open to Press/Media members only)

Star Wars Rebels Season Two Global Premiere Screening (5:00pm – 6:30pm) Location: Digital Stage (3rd Floor) / Ballroom 300 (Open to ALL attendees)

Witness the global premiere of Star Wars Rebels season two, which launches a whole new set of adventures for the Ghost crew and hints at the challenges to come under the shadow of their new adversary, Darth Vader. Attendees will be the first to see the two-part second season premiere following an encore screening of the thrilling season one finale.

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Princess Leia (Yavin Ceremonial) Postponed, Not Cancelled
Reported by Mark on 18 Mar 2015 22:19

Take a read of this press release from Hunter PR (via Yakface) regarding the controversial situation surrounding the release of the Princess Leia ceremonial figure.

The STAR WARS Black Series 3.75-inch Princess Leia (Yavin Ceremony) has been delayed due to a production issue with Princess Leia’s robe. However, we are currently working through this issue and you will be able to find her on shelves later this year. Also, we can confirm that the STAR WARS Black Series Princess Leia (Boushh Disguise) 3.75-inch and 6-inch items will be available later this summer.
In addition, you can find a STAR WARS Saga Legends Princess Leia (Endor) 3.75-inch as well as a STAR WARS Mission Series Princess Leia (A New Hope) 3.75-inch on shelves later this spring.

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Jedi News Comic Review: Princess Leia #2
Reported by ZakPT on 18 Mar 2015 22:00
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PRINCESS LEIA, PART 2

Before the destruction of their ultimate weapon, the evil Galactic Empire forced PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA to watch as they extinguished the only planet she's ever called home. However, the time for mourning is over.

With her only companion, EVAAN, as well as the ever faithful R2-D2 by her side, Leia has left the protection of the Rebel Alliance to persue a more personal mission to protect what's left of her culture and home planet, Alderaan.

The rumors that the Empire is hunting every last Aldreaanian for repsisals against the Alliance's actions have sparked a fire within the Princess. Despite the overwhelming bounty on Leia's head, she has taken it upon herself to travel the galaxy to save what citizens remain....

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MCM Comic Con: More Guests Announced
Reported by Mark on 18 Mar 2015 21:47

More great guests have been announced for this weekends MCM Expo Birmingham, and among a wide variety of genre guests there are some Star Wars treasures.

  • Warwick Davis
  • Andy Bradford
  • Brian Wheeler
  • Femi Taylor
  • George Roubicek
  • John Altman
  • Nick Joseph
  • Tom Flood

Keep an eye out for us at the show, as we'll be recording content for the next episode of RADIO 1138, both at the show and the UKG's 15th anniversary ball which takes place on the Saturday evening.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 18 Mar 2015 20:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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Gentle Giant Star Wars Villain 3-Pack Kenner Jumbo Figures Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 18 Mar 2015 19:30

During the late 1970s, in the years following the release of Star Wars: A New Hope, the Star Wars Kenner action figure line re-defined the genre and set the pace for action figure collectors for years to come. As part of the line, Kenner release multi packs, each containing 3 key figures. Gentle Giant is proud to bring to you our newest Three Pack, the Star Wars Villain Set 3 Pack.

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Gentle Giant Zam Wessel Statue Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 18 Mar 2015 19:26

Zam Wessel is a shape shifting bounty hunter, who was subcontracted by the notorious bounty hunter/mercenary Jango Fett. Zam’s bounty was none other than Senator Padme Amidala, in Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

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Gentle Giant Logray Kenner Jumbo Figure Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 18 Mar 2015 19:23

From Star Wars: Return of the Jedi comes the shaman of the Ewok tribe of Endor, Logray! Logray was one of the many Ewoks that helped the Rebels destroy the Shield Generator, exposing the new Death Star. Recreated here with his ornate churi bird headdress, medicine bag and walking staff, no details have been missed on this amazing figure.

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On The Shelves UK: B&Q
Reported by BrianC on 18 Mar 2015 19:01

Check this out, more great Star Wars canvasses, this time at B&Q. £15.00 and you can have the many posters of the saga on your wall.

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Jogcast: Star Wars Legends Review “Heir to the Canon”
Reported by Mark on 18 Mar 2015 18:49

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

"In this latest episode of Star Wars Jogcast, Alan talks about Heir to the Empire, and all of that era of Thrawn. We talk about what made it so special, and why the characters of the Thrawn trilogy are so convincing that it makes one think they were a natural fit. We also talk about Tales of the Jedi, the prequel novels, and the differences of the classic three Expanded Universe writers: Kevin J. Anderson, Timothy Zahn, and Michael Stackpole. It’s time to look back, into the Legends era."

Contact Information: Website

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Star Wars #2 3rd Printing
Reported by Matt on 18 Mar 2015 17:52

Here's a look at the 3rd printing of #2 of Star Wars, as expected wrapped in a red background.

With all of these new Marvel issues selling like gangbusters, expect to see a 4th printing with a pink background follow close behind.

From Marvel Comics. The greatest space adventure of all time continues! The Rebel assault on Cymoon 1 continues! Luke Skywalker -- cornered by Darth Vader! Han, Leia, and the others -- trapped! Scheduled to ship 04/15/15.

Stuart Immonen To Join Marvel's Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 18 Mar 2015 16:39

All change over at Marvel as a new superstar artist joins Star Wars's high-flying flagship title.

Immonen comes to the Star Wars title after a brief run on All-New Captain America, and has previously worked on many of Marvel's top books including New Avengers, All-New X-Men and Ultimate Spider-Man. Although the cartoonist hasn't done any official work for the Star Wars franchise at either Marvel or the previous comics licensor Dark Horse, Immonen has done numerous illustrations featuring Star Wars characters before. Immonen's interest in Star Wars as a fan went so far as building a lightsaber prop with his son, as well as numerous LEGO creations of various characters, vehicles, and locations from the Star Wars movies.

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Fly Casual Episode 30: Purple Durple
Reported by Mark on 18 Mar 2015 16:31

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

In this episode of Fly Casual Podcast, the boys discuss Indiana ComicCon, Rogue One, Broken Down Ford, and Purple Nurples.

Contact Information: iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: 7 Green-Skinned Star Wars Aliens
Reported by Mark on 18 Mar 2015 16:15

With apologies for being a day late, here's Amy Ratcliffe over at StarWars.com discussing the green aliens of the saga.

Today is St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish holiday is celebrated around the world, and it’s become traditional to wear a shamrock and/or green clothing and accessories on this day. Some cities even dye their rivers, canals, and fountains varying shades of emerald for the occasion. Though the holiday isn’t celebrated in the Star Wars universe, we’re tipping our hat to the festivities by highlighting some of the many green-skinned aliens in the galaxy.

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Mark Hamill Talks Free Comic Book Day
Reported by Matt on 18 Mar 2015 15:47

As a comic book writer and collector himself, Mark Hamill is passionate about the funnies, and here he is talking briefly about this years Free Comic Book Day, which arrives 2nd May.

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RUMOR: J.J. Abrams Being Considered To Direct Star Wars Episode IX
Reported by Justin on 18 Mar 2015 13:58

According to a rumor posted over on Latino Review, Disney is looking at potentially bringing J.J. Abrams back into the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy fold to direct Episode IX after seeing how impressed they are with his work on The Force Awakens.

We can only report it as a rumor this far out, but those at Disney who have seen footage from The Force Awakens are very happy with what Abrams has delivered. J.J. himself has been vocal about how crazy the process has been, but has given equal time to his love of the series.

There are enough conversations about J.J. Abrams returning to direct Episode IX that we’ve been able to independently verify it four times that his name is the front-runner for the last trilogy installment and the movie isn’t due until 2019, but maybe the Disney process doesn’t clash with the Mystery Box Maker as much as we originally thought.

Earlier reports have mentioned that Rian Johnson, who is officially directing Episode VIII, would be penning a script for Episode IX as well as possibly directing it.

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Kickstarter Project: 1:6th Scaled Millennium Falcon
Reported by Justin on 18 Mar 2015 13:43

Please see the following email that was recently sent to us by Jedi News reader Michael Fright.

Hey Justin,

Just wanted to share this with you. I got a project up and running on Kickstarter.com to create a 1:6th scaled replica of the Millennium Falcon.

My last large scale model was a 35ft replica of the TANTIVE IV back in 2002.

Here's the link.

Michael Fright

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Thanks to Michael for sending over the link and best of luck in getting this project fully funded.

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Toys R Us To Leave Times Square Location In February 2016
Reported by Justin on 18 Mar 2015 12:25

We learn via an article posted on Toy World Mag spotted by our own Matt Booker (as well as a report on CNBC) that the Toys R Us store located in Times Square in NY City will be leaving it's current location in February 2016 due to an escalating cost in rental fees.

Toys R Us will be vacating the 110,000-square-foot space in Manhattan, known for its 60-foot indoor Ferris wheel and life-sized animated T-Rex, in February 2016.

The asking price for the site is reported to be $2,500 per square foot on the ground floor, $150 per foot on the lower level and $350 a foot on the second floor – around double what Toys R Us pays based on an agreement from 2000.

However, rumours suggest that the store could be moving just around the block from its current location as the company is considering leasing a space at 1535 Broadway.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Ready for Battle
Reported by Jonathan on 18 Mar 2015 02:26

We can't wait to get our hands/claws/tentacles/servohands on this game, and this preview only serves to increase our excitement. Only a week to go for the core game, and the rules are available here.

From the website:

Your wait is nearly over. The rules for Star Wars™: Armada are now available on the game’s support page, and the Core Set is scheduled to arrive at retailers next week!
The epic two-player miniatures game of tactical fleet battles in the Star Wars universe, Armada grants you the command of a full fleet of starships and fighter squadrons. Assemble your fleet, fly to battle, and blast your way to victory. In Armada, you deliver the commands; you are the one responsible for leading your fleet to victory and, ultimately, shaping the course of history.
In earlier previews, we’ve explored how these ships and squadrons battle and move. We’ve looked at the rules for fleet building, and we’ve explored many of the different ships, fighters, and upgrades available in the game’s Core Set and first wave of expansion packs. Today, we take a look at how all these elements can come together by exploring several sample fleets and the strategies they may employ.

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Dromund Kaas Imperial Citadel on Minecraft
Reported by Mark on 18 Mar 2015 00:06

We've seen some excellent combinations of Star Wars and Minecraft and here's another, sweeping back through the ages to the time of the old republic.

Here’s a gamer who has combined two of my favorite things: Star Wars/SWTOR and Minecraft. Here you will see that Jedimonkey38 built the Dromund Kaas Citadel in Minecraft.

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   17 March 2015
Star Wars Club Portugal Celebrates 8th Anniversary
Reported by Mark on 17 Mar 2015 23:48

Since my days running Lightsabre I've been friends with the great gang over at Star Wars Club Portugal and so it's my great pleasure to congratulate them on their 8th anniversary, which was just 3 days ago.

Check these links below for some images from their celebrations.

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Star Wars Celebration Survival Guide
Reported by MarcZ on 17 Mar 2015 22:39

With Celebration Anaheim only one month away, Skywalking Through Neverland gives tips for noobs and veterans on how to tackle this exhausting weekend.

STAR WARS CELEBRATION is one month away! April 16-19, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. If you’ve never been to one before, or need a refresher, Skywalking Through Neverland has some convention tips for you! Richard and I have been to every Star Wars Celebration since Celebration IV in 2007, and several other conventions in between. So sit back, relax, and follow this guide as you plan your convention experience.

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Princess Leia #2 Lands Tomorrow
Reported by Matt on 17 Mar 2015 21:31

#starwars #leia 2 on sale tomorrow comic shops worldwide #marvel

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

Don't forget - as if you would - that the second issue of the smash hit limited series Princess Leia arrives in comic stores tomorrow.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Watch an Imperial Assault Trailer!
Reported by Jonathan on 17 Mar 2015 21:10

This is interesting, and very informative. We had great fun with this a few weeks ago so if you want to learn more about the game then have a look at this helpful video.

The Spring tournament season for Imperial Assault skirmish has already begun, pitting players across the country against each other in the skirmish game. What’s more, next week will see the release of the first wave of Imperial Assault Ally Packs and Villain Packs, bringing new missions and cards for campaigns and skirmishes and allowing you to fight alongside iconic characters like Han Solo, Chewbacca, IG-88, and others.
Now, you can whet your appetite for more Star Wars adventure with this Imperial Assault trailer.

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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: E.T.
Reported by Mark on 17 Mar 2015 20:44

Brian Young brings us another entry in his long-running The Cinema Behind Star Wars series as he looks at the 1982 classic E.T.

The influence of Star Wars and Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is much more circular than many other movies we’ve tackled in this column, but is no less important. Before we talk about the film itself, it’s important to understand the context of the time of its release. E.T. came out in 1982, during the dark times of cinema between the releases of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Han was still frozen in carbonite, Darth Vader may or may not have been lying about his paternity, and Boba Fett was Public Enemy Number One for leading Vader right to our heroes.

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John Cassasay to Leave Marvel's Star Wars
Reported by MarcZ on 17 Mar 2015 20:43

John Cassaday artists and cover artist for Marvel's Star Wars comic series announced on Facebook that he will be leaving the title after issue number 6. No word yet if there will be any other shake ups on the comic. Cassaday also gives his thoughts on creating the cover for Star Wars number 1

While wrapping up my final issue (#6) and the first arc of STAR WARS, I thought I’d be remiss to not show the process of our very first cover.
With this being the first issue, I needed to show the cast but didn’t want to go the movie poster montage route (of course, there’d be time for that later). There was a lot to fit in, so I went with what reminds me a lot of the publicity shots the cast did, especially for the first two films. Action poses from all, sort of backed into a corner and essentially contained to the space of an 8X10 glossy… Maximum impact in a small space.

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Full of Sith Episode CVI: Triple Threat
Reported by Mark on 17 Mar 2015 20:35

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

This episode is a grab bag of guests. First, Mike and Bryan talk to Darren Hayes, formerly of Savage Garden and currently of the He Said, He Said podcast, about the diversity issue. Then, they talk to Leigh George Kade of the Geek Show Podcast with quick reactions to the news of Rogue One. Then Mike is joined by Kevin Liell to discuss his art the Celebration Trivia contests and much more!
Remember to visit booth 1103 at Star Wars Celebration and http://www.norselegion.com for some awesome Kevin Liell designed Star Wars inspired jewelry!

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

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Star Wars Battlefront Release Date Schedule Right On Track
Reported by Mark on 17 Mar 2015 20:21

Great news comes via the team at SWTOR Strategies regarding the forthcoming Star Wars Battlefront. Here's some words from EA DICE game designer Niklas Fergraeus.

“We have actually made the decision to specifically tailor certain maps to certain game modes, and what we get from that is not only incredibly varied scales, but also gameplay that will allow players to live out some of their most memorable ‘Star Wars’ battle fantasies."
"However, with the talent we have here at DICE, the Frostbite technology at our fingertips, and the fantastic working relationship we have with Lucas, I believe we will deliver a Star Wars experience that excites fans around the world and gives them the chance to play out battles in some of the most iconic locales in the series history.”

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Kylo Renn's Lightsaber - More Than Meets The Eye
Reported by Mark on 17 Mar 2015 20:04

Joao over at Cantina Cast takes a good look at Kylo Renn's lightsaber with a fresh set of eyes.

I don’t really consider this a spoiler because it can be seen by looking closely at the Teaser trailer released in November. But I digress if you don’t even want the possibility of being spoiled I’m going to speculate on Kylo Ren’s lightsaber.
Here’s the thing, after studying the only images of Kylo we have for future cosplay, I focused on the lightsaber after deciding I didn’t have enough to go on to create the outfit yet. I blew up the picture to get a close look and what I saw was something I haven’t seen pointed out. Maybe somewhere on the net someone has spoken of this and if so I apologize.
I think Kylo Ren’s lightsaber is not just one piece or even one weapon.

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Star Wars: Aftermath Cover Revealed, First In Trilogy Of Novels Set After Battle Of Endor
Reported by Justin on 17 Mar 2015 19:38

Jennifer Heddle has posted an official announcement on StarWars.com revealing the final cover art for the adult novel titled Star Wars: Aftermath that will be part of the new upcoming Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens publication series. The book is authored by Chuck Wendig, which we posted last week, and is the first of a planned trilogy of novels that will be exploring the official canon events that took place after the Battle of Endor.

The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fallout of this cataclysm will affect different worlds in different ways. Does everyone accept the fall of Imperial rule? Has everyone even heard the life-altering news? What rushes in to fill the vacuum the Empire has left? And who will try to stop them? Those are some of the themes we’ll be exploring in Aftermath, and as a lifelong Star Wars fan, just writing those words gives me chills. I can’t wait for our first canon glimpse into the state of the galaxy after the Battle of Endor.

Aftermath is scheduled to be released on September 4.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Diorama Workshop "Welcome To Bespin" Video
Reported by Justin on 17 Mar 2015 15:37

March 16, 2015, hear my personal thoughts about what you will experience next month in Anaheim and at the same time, get to feel what it's like to organize such a HUGE Diorama Workshop from the horses mouth - that would be ME - LOL.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Ralph McQuarrie An Illustrated Life Exclusive Poster
Reported by Justin on 17 Mar 2015 11:49

A brand new Ralph McQuarrie-inspired piece from Dreams And Visions Press has been announced as a special Celebration Anaheim 2015 exclusive that fans will be honored to have as part of their Star Wars collection - the Ralph McQuarrie An Illustrated Life Poster designed by artist Mark Raats. Check out the following product details.

Mark Raats has created a Star Wars themed poster for the documentary that we are currently working on especially for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim April 16-19. Mark Raats will be at the Ralph McQuarrie booth signing Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Measures 25x37, limited to 250 prints signed and numbered.

THIS IS A CELEBRATION EXCLUSIVE AND MUST BE PICKED UP AT THE SHOW. PLEASE BRING YOUR INVOICE TO PICK UP YOUR POSTER.

Take the source link below to secure your copy of the poster now before it's too late and be sure to check out this making-of video provided by Mark Raats that showcases how this stunning poster came to be!

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   16 March 2015
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Ahsoka Meet Up
Reported by MarcZ on 16 Mar 2015 21:51

Our good friends Amy Ratcliffe and Johnamarie Macias have teamed up to show their excitement that Ahsoka Tano has returned to the Star Wars universe!

Love Ahsoka Tano? You're not alone. We're so excited about the return of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars Rebels and we want to celebrate in style. We're going to make the Friday of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim a special day: #AhsokaLives Day!
All you have to do to participate is wear Ahsoka-related anything! T-shirts, costumes, costume t-shirts, face paint - you get the idea! As you might guess, Her Universe has a few options in the category. We'll meet by the fountain in front of the Anaheim Convention Center (you can't miss it!) for a group photo at 3:00pm.*
Whether you can make it to the group picture or not, take a photo of your outfit and be sure to tag it with #AhsokaLives! And you can participate even if you're not at Celebration!

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Coffee With Kenobi #33: Bonnie Burton and the Power of Social Media in Fandom
Reported by Mark on 16 Mar 2015 21:37

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

In today’s show, Bonnie Burton joins us to discuss the power of social media in Star Wars fandom. We also have major Celebration celebrity appearance info, and news regarding Star Wars Insider, as well as a special report from Coffee With Kenobi Special Correspondent Laird Malamed, as he shares his experiences running the Disneyland Star Wars half marathon. We also discuss the upcoming Star Wars Disney Cruise, the Rancho Obi-Wan book available at Celebration,and have the latest Espresso Shot with the Bearded Trio, featuring Rob Wainfur. This is the podcast you’re looking for!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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On The Shelves UK: Marks and Spencer
Reported by Mark on 16 Mar 2015 19:19

£7.95 for a sithtastic chocolate egg? Sounds like a bargain to me. Jedi News reader John Bedford pulled himself away from the shelves to drop us a line.

Hi Mark, spotted this tasty looking Easter treat at Mark & Spencers over the weekend. Being Darth, you would think they'd have used dark chocolate!
All the best, John

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Dave Dorman Original Star Wars Pencil Art For Sale
Reported by Matt on 16 Mar 2015 18:37

Make the most of this amazing opportunity to own some original pencil artwork by one of the men who helped define Star Wars in the post-Dark Times era, Dave Dorman.

Another set of pencil artworks for sale. This time I have included a couple larger, in demand pieces as well as a few sketch covers. The art is either done on a blank comic cover or on 2 ply bristol. The price for each is marked with the art and $20 Shipping will be added at checkout for ALL ORDERS WORLDWIDE. There is a Paypal button ready to go for each! Thanks for looking and thanks for your support of my art!

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Thundarr the Jedi
Reported by Mark on 16 Mar 2015 18:22

With huge thanks to Jedi News reader CK Ryan, check out this absolutely fascinating bit of info on a vintage Saturday morning cartoon from 1980.

On the off chance this snuck by you, I wanted to share an astonishing Star Wars reference from a relatively obscure (and underrated) Saturday morning cartoon from the 80's called Thundarr the Barbarian. The story takes place 2,000 years after civilization has crumbled, and in the episode, Treasure of the Moks, a group of Wookiee-like creatures are seen using a Revenge of the Jedi movie poster as a shield (I've attached a screen grab from the episode). After a bit of research, I found that the episode had originally aired on November 1st, 1980, which meant that it most likely would've been in production even before The Empire Strikes Back was released in theatres!

Anyway, just thought you might get a kick out of this! Have a great day!

Cheers Christian, you just made it even better!

Episode 191: Major Star Wars Announcements and Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Discussion!
Reported by Mark on 16 Mar 2015 18:07

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

Episode 191 of Bombad Radio is ALL Star Wars! We discuss the breaking news this week about the new spinoff title being Rogue One, the Episode 8 release date change and of course an overview of the entirety of Star Wars Rebels Season 1. Add in a bit about Star Wars Celebration and we have a long Star Wars discussion with you, the fans!

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On The Shelves UK: Disney Store
Reported by Mark on 16 Mar 2015 17:57

Great news for Star Wars Rebels fans living in the Midlands, as the Disney Store at Merry Hill has a selection of their larger figures for a bargain £5.00.

Cheers to Mooncat14 for the message - up the Baggies!

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Tribeca: George Lucas Tops Speaker Line-Up
Reported by Mark on 16 Mar 2015 17:51

The Maker is talking publicly once again, and who else thinks it's cool that he's relaxed enough these days to enjoy engaging in events like this? I certainly do and hope for more.

The Star Wars creator is in a very chatty mood this year. Earlier this year, George Lucas made his debut appearance at the Sundance Film Festival to talk onstage with Robert Redford and now he’s set to appear at the Tribeca Film Festival next month with Stephen Colbert. Also showing up at the Tribeca Talks series in NYC are Christopher Nolan with Bennett Miller, True Detective Season 1 director Cary Fukunaga with James Schamus, Brad Bird with Janeane Garofalo.

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Rogue One Will Contain "Star Wars" In It's Title Via Trademark
Reported by Justin on 16 Mar 2015 17:36

When the official title of the first planned Star Wars standalone film, Rogue One, was announced last week, some fans were left wondering why the customary "Star Wars" designation was not included in front of the film's title. Was it Lucasfilm's intention to leave this designation off and simply refer to the film as just Rogue One?

Our own Brian Cameron dug a little deeper and he sheds the following light on this official title naming issue via the tweet embedded below.

Excellent work by Brian as always.

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RUMOR: Possible Info On Poe Dameron's X-wing In The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 16 Mar 2015 16:58

Making Star Wars has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens via this link.

As is the case with all 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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Unofficial Custom Celebration Anaheim 2015 Patch
Reported by Justin on 16 Mar 2015 16:54

Patches are a big component of my Star Wars collection as I am always on the lookout for unique and exclusive patches to add to my ever-growing stockpile.

My friend Mike from Sweden, who has spent time in the past skillfully designing a number of awesome patches for previous Celebrations, has created this custom Celebration Anaheim 2015 patch that basically says all that needs to be said. The patch is 4x3" in size and would look great sewn onto any piece of apparel or bag to proudly display your love for that galaxy far, far away.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Pre-Order Autograph Hall Coupons Now
Reported by Justin on 16 Mar 2015 14:02

Official Pix has opened up pre-orders for their assortment of Celebration Anaheim 2015 autograph coupons.

They also have included images of their batch of complementary 8x10" lithographs that will be available at each signer's table for fans to select from.

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Story On Mellody Hobson In Latest Issue Of Vanity Fair
Reported by Justin on 16 Mar 2015 13:11

Point your web browser towards Vanity Fair for a preview of a piece that was recently done on Mellody Hobson, the highly successful business woman and wife of George Lucas. The issue of Vanity Fair that contains this piece arrived in digital format on March 11, with the print edition scheduled to hit newsstands tomorrow March 17.

Vanity Fair contributing editor Bethany McLean finds that Mellody Hobson—president of the well-respected Chicago money-management firm Ariel Investments, Princeton graduate, and wife of George Lucas—has a lot of fans.

“She has a grace and graciousness about her that is singular,” Jeffrey Katzenberg, the C.E.O. of DreamWorks Animation, says. “She is remarkably unique. She’s a stunning person. I get a little nervous talking about her because the words are so flowery. But it’s truly how I feel about her.”

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: One Month To Go!
Reported by Justin on 16 Mar 2015 12:51

The days and weeks continue to dwindle down till the focus of the entire Star Wars fan community is directed squarely towards the state of California, as we are now only one short month away from Celebration Anaheim 2015!

Are you ready?

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Alexandre Desplat To Score Rogue One Spinoff Film
Reported by Justin on 16 Mar 2015 12:41

According to a report posted over on Film Music Reporter, we have our composer for the Gareth Edwards' directed first Star Wars standalone film titled Rogue One which is set to star Felicity Jones and will be arriving on December 16, 2016:

His name is Alexandre Desplat and has worked with Edwards on previous films.

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The Force Is Strong At Starbucks
Reported by Justin on 16 Mar 2015 12:32

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   15 March 2015
Jogcast: March 13th 2015
Reported by Mark on 15 Mar 2015 20:45

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

"This is the March 13 episode of Star Wars Jogcast, and tonight we’ll be talking of the new era news of canon, and of Rogue One and Episode VIII also we’ll be talking about Heir to the Empire and some news on LEGO Star Wars and more. Also we chat about Star Wars Rebels, the inclusion of Ahsoka and also the likelihood of Quinlan Vos joining the team. All this and more on Star Wars Jogcast."

Contact Information: Website

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Jedi News Competition: Win Clonetrooper and Obi-Wan 6" Hasbro Black Series Figures
Reported by Team Jedi News on 15 Mar 2015 20:00
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Here's your chance to win a couple of great 6" Black Series figures courtesy of the team at FUN.com. To win both figures, all you have to do is answer this simple question:

In which episode of the Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars series did we first see Obi-Wan in Clone trooper armour?

First out of the bag wins the figures. Check out the competition rules after the break, and good luck!

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New Star Wars Band-Aid Bandages From Johnson & Johnson
Reported by Justin on 15 Mar 2015 19:35

Earlier this morning I found this new assortment of Star Wars Band-Aid bandages on display at an endcap near the registers at Target. Each box had a different character image on each side, so I had to basically sort thru them all in order to find all 4 character designs (assuming of course there are only 4 designs in this assortment.)

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2015 M&Ms Mpire Easter Egg Dispenser
Reported by Justin on 15 Mar 2015 19:29

Next time you are browsing the aisles at your local Walmart store, be on the lookout for this new M&Ms Mpire Easter Egg Dispenser to help add some tasty festive goodness to your Easter holiday.

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LEGO® Star Wars™ - Micro Battle of Hoth Mini Movie
Reported by MarcZ on 15 Mar 2015 18:47

Watch this fun new LEGO® Star Wars™ mini movie: The Micro Battle of Hoth! For more Star Wars fun visit : http://lego.com/starwars

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Comlink News (03/06/15) - This week in Star Wars!
Reported by Mark on 15 Mar 2015 18:44

David dishes on Harrison Ford's plane crash, new The Force Awakens books, and more!

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On The Shelves UK: Homebase
Reported by Mark on 15 Mar 2015 18:16

Via our friend Graham Hughes on Twitter, some very cool classic Marvel comic art canvases here in the UK at Homebase. There are various sizes as well as wallpaper.

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RebelForce Radio Celebration Bash Ticket Sales Capped!
Reported by Mark on 15 Mar 2015 17:51

Not got your tickets for the RebelForce Radio bash on Wednesday 15th April yet? Better stay tuned next week as more tickets become available.

See you there - can't wait!

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Jedi News Review: Disney 13" Talking Figure Range
Reported by Mark on 15 Mar 2015 17:31
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There are a lot of reasons to love Star Wars toys. Since early 1978 we've had plenty to play with as numerous licensees dip into the many characters and locations from the galaxy far, far away and bring them back to earth.

After the 2012 acquisitions of Lucasfilm by Disney it was only a matter of time before the House of Mouse started releasing their very own Star Wars products, and thank Mickey they have because if the quality and playability of their 13" talking figure range is anything to go by, kids and collectors are in for a treat.

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   14 March 2015
Jedi News Competition: Win Star Wars Heir To The Jedi Audiobook
Reported by Team Jedi News on 14 Mar 2015 20:00

It's time for our latest competition here on Jedi News and this time we're giving away copies of the Heir to the Jedi audiobook, courtesy of our friends at Random House Audio.

To win you need to answer this question:

When is Heir to the Jedi set?

  • 1: Before A New Hope?
  • 2: During A New Hope?
  • 3: After A New Hope?

Good luck!

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Official Site: Star Wars Fantasy Flight Games Preview: March 2015
Reported by Jonathan on 14 Mar 2015 18:35

Check out Fantasy Flight Games new releases for March 2015 over at StarWars.com, including Armada and expansion packs for the awesome Imperial Assault.

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Darth Vader #4 Salvador Larocca Variant Cover
Reported by Mark on 14 Mar 2015 18:25

Posted by our good pal Eddie van der Heijden from an original post by Florian B at Jedi Bibliothek here's a look at Salvador Larocca's variant cover for 8th April's Darth Vader #4.

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The Realm Recap: Episode #54 - Planes, Transports and Diecast Automobiles
Reported by Mark on 14 Mar 2015 18:19

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

Flyguy and Yakface are back once again to grind through the week’s Star Wars collecting news. On this show, we discuss the big reveal from Hasbro regarding two new Star Wars Rebels figures being added this fall. We also discuss the latest arrivals online and at retail including the Bossk wave of 6? Black Series figures. Disney has released their merchandising catalog for Star Wars Weekends 2015 and it features a few great items collectors will surely want to track down. Finally, we dive into a bit of Star Wars Rebels news as the cast is about to expand in a big way. All this plus our latest toy acquisitions on Episode 54 of The Realm Recap!

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Star Wars Social Scanner - March 13, 2015
Reported by Justin on 14 Mar 2015 18:05

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

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

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Custom Speeder Bike FPV Quadcopter Takes Flight
Reported by Justin on 14 Mar 2015 18:01

Soooo this happened. And I want it. Badly. NOW.

 

Imperial speeder bike FPV quad, made out of an old POTF 12 inch figure Speeder Bike toy.

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Electronic Arts To Have Star Wars Battlefront On Display At Celebration Anaheim 2015?
Reported by Justin on 14 Mar 2015 17:51

Earlier this week the complete Exhibitor List for Celebration Anaheim 2015 was revealed and Electronic Arts will be in attendance. Could this mean we will see our first public display of actual Star Wars Battlefront gameplay at the convention? From what we've heard already earlier this month, the gameplay that has been shown by EA so far has received some big thumbs up.

Looks like fans at Celebration will be able to see this for themselves as well next month.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Limited Star Wars Rebels Cast Autograph Session
Reported by Justin on 14 Mar 2015 17:20

Official Pix has updated their guest list for Celebration Anaheim 2015 to include four cast members from Star Wars Rebels who will be available for a special limited autograph signing session on Sunday at the convention.

  • Steve Blum - Zeb Orrelios
  • Taylor Gray - Ezra Bridger
  • Vanessa Marshall - Hera Syndulla
  • Tiya Sircar - Sabine Wren

Autograph tickets for each of these cast members will cost $20 a piece.

And of course, as you already know, Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano, will be in attendance as well!

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Coffee With Kenobi: James Arnold Taylor Joins Us to Talk Celebration Anaheim
Reported by Mark on 14 Mar 2015 00:35

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

On this exclusive Coffee Chat, James Arnold Taylor returns to Coffee With Kenobi to discuss Celebration Anaheim, what it’s like to host this incredible event, and provides tips and suggestions for both first timers, as well as seasoned veterans. This is the podcast you’re looking for!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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   13 March 2015
Star Wars Battle Pod Arcade Game by Bandai Namco All The Cool Stuff Review
Reported by Mark on 13 Mar 2015 22:33

Join Matt Booker & Ross Poulter of Automattic Comics and Dave Tree of All The Cool Stuff as they head to the sunny shores of Bournemouth to check out the latest Star Wars arcade experience, the Star Wars Battle Pod. Masquerading as Rebel Pilots and taking on the might of the Imperial Forces. Did Matt stay on target? Did Dave do more harm than good for the Rebel Alliance? Tune in and check out each level of this stunning new arcade.

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Star Wars #2 Goes To 3rd Printing
Reported by Matt on 13 Mar 2015 21:48

We don't have any artwork yet (that'll follow soon) but the second blockbusting issue of Star Wars has gone to a 3rd printing.

STAR WARS #2 CASSADAY 3RD PTG VAR
MARVEL COMICS
From Marvel Comics. The greatest space adventure of all time continues! The Rebel assault on Cymoon 1 continues! Luke Skywalker -- cornered by Darth Vader! Han, Leia, and the others -- trapped! Scheduled to ship 04/15/15.

Official Site: Journey To The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire #1 From Marvel
Reported by Mark on 13 Mar 2015 21:24

StarWars.com proudly presents the cover to Marvel’s first entry in Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: the cover to Shattered Empire #1.
Are you ready for the journey?

Are we ready? Hell yeah!

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Chuck Wendig To Write Journey To The Force Awakens: Star Wars: Aftermath
Reported by BrianC on 13 Mar 2015 20:48

Horror author Chuck Wendig has been chosen to write 4th Septembers Journey to The Force Awakens entry, Star Wars: Aftermath, bringing us a look at the post-Return of the Jedi era.

The second Death Star is destroyed. The Emperor and his powerful enforcer, Darth Vader, are rumored to be dead. The Galactic Empire is in chaos.
Across the galaxy, some systems celebrate, while in others Imperial factions tighten their grip. Optimism and fear reign side by side.
And while the Rebel Alliance engages the fractured forces of the Empire, a lone Rebel scout uncovers a secret Imperial meeting. . . .

  • Hardcover
  • On Sale: September 04, 2015
  • Pages: 320
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-51162-1

And yes, that's Kevin Hearne there with Chuck.

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Coffee With Kenobi Rebels Reactions: “Fire Across The Galaxy”
Reported by Mark on 13 Mar 2015 20:38

It's time to join your hosts Dan and Cory over at Rebels Reactions.

Welcome to Rebels Reactions, where Coffee With Kenobi examines Star Wars: Rebels through a critical lens. On today’s show, we will be discussing “Fire Across The Galaxy” the thirteenth and final episode in Season 1with Kevin Liell, the Senior Star Wars product designer for Sales One. We discuss this incredible finale, the implications for Season 2, the return of a Star Wars icon, and much more. This is the podcast you’re looking for!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: Fully Operational Fandom: The Star Wars Collector Within Us All, Part 2
Reported by Mark on 13 Mar 2015 20:30

Join Amy Ratcliffe as she brings us another does of Fully Operational Fandom over at StarWars.com.

Back in September, I showcased the collections of a few Star Wars enthusiasts, and it’s time to continue that series. Collector is a word with myriad definitions. I know collectors who focus their sights on attaining every item in a single series, such as the Star Wars Disney Vinylmation figures. I know collectors who limit themselves to gathering posters and other paper media. I know collectors who go after every piece they can find and collectors who pick up random items that make them smile. I’m sure you know all these types of collectors and more.

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Padmé Didn’t Die of a Broken Heart, Part Two
Reported by Mark on 13 Mar 2015 20:08

Joseph Tavano is a very astute fellow, as he brings us another brilliant article looking at - from a different point of view - something we've lived with for years. Take a read.

Now that we’ve established that Padmé didn’t die of a broken heart, we have to ask the next logical question: who killed her? While I posited that Darth Sidious used the dark side to steal away her Living Force and used it to breathe life into Darth Vader, there are nuances here that are worth taking a look at.
Namely, did Sidious actively take part in this? Was he actively controlling this vampiric life-stealing/life-giving procedure? Or, was he more like an arcane scientist, who, after carefully setting up all the precise conditions of an experiment, presides over a reaction as it proceeds according to plan.
In short, was Sidious presiding over a ritual of dark arts where Anakin actually killed Padmé after all?

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The Metro: 13 Reasons The Empire Strikes Back Is The Greatest Film Ever Made
Reported by Mark on 13 Mar 2015 19:59

My latest article lands over at The Metro as I give 13 reasons why The Empire Strikes Back is the greatest film ever.

35 years after it first hit the silver screen, premiering here in the UK on 20 May 1980, The Empire Strikes Back has been rightfully hailed as a masterpiece.
Not only did it achieve something many thought was impossible, continuing the story of our heroes from 1977’s Star Wars (these days known better as A New Hope) but it somehow managed to up the ante, bringing a fresh look to the Star Wars galaxy, upping the drama, the action, the intrigue – everything.
So, how can we claim that Empire is not only the greatest Star Wars but the greatest MOVIE of all time? Here’s 13 reasons (and believe us, there are a LOT more than just 13)

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RUMOR: Decoding First The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
Reported by Justin on 13 Mar 2015 19:49

Making Star Wars has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens via this link.

As is the case with all unconfirmed 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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RebelForce Radio: March 13, 2015
Reported by Mark on 13 Mar 2015 19:45

Special Report: The first Star Wars standalone film has a title! Episode VIII has a release date! Listen to highlights from the Annual Disney Shareholders Meeting where these announcements were made by Disney head honcho Bob Iger along with our commentary. Following the heels of the amazing Star Wars Rebels season finale, these big announcements have fans buzzing. Speaking of Rebels, supervising director and executive producer DaveFiloni joins us for a extensive conversation about the return of Ahsoka to Star Wars, the death of the Inquisitor, a future surprise for fans of The Clone Wars, and the prospect of an Ahsoka/Vader showdown. Plus, Star Wars news including a Harrison Ford plane crash update, The Journey To The Force Awakens, phone calls from Nat and more.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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The Force Awakens: What are the odds?
Reported by Team Jedi News on 13 Mar 2015 15:14
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Ever since it was announced in 2012 that Disney had not only gone and bought the rights to Star Wars but were also planning to release another trilogy, speculation regarding what exactly the next instalment would involve has grown and grown.

Many major betting bookmakers have even been offering novelty bets on who would be cast, where it would be filmed and who would be directing.

However, we felt that the betting options on offer were not quite enough. When betting on a football match, you can punt on anything from red cards issued to number of referee arguments. So, why not offer the same diversity to gambling Star Wars fans? Without further ado, we have compiled some long and short bets for exactly what is going to occur in The Force Awakens.  Read on for more...

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New Indiana Jones Merchandise Revealed At Disney Parks
Reported by Justin on 13 Mar 2015 13:03

With all the news coming out of Disney lately centering around Star Wars and what the future holds for the franchise, I never would have thought we'd see a tweet like the one embedded below.

Excited, I am.

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Marvel's Star Wars: Kanan #1 Tops 100,000 Copies In Sales
Reported by Justin on 13 Mar 2015 11:32

What can we say? Fans love these new Star Wars comic releases from Marvel. Was there ever any doubt they would be exceedingly popular? Check out these latest sales figures for Star Wars: Kanan #1 courtesy of Comic Book.

ComicBook.com can confirm that Kanan #1, the April 1st-launching comic that serves as a spin-off prequel to the animated series Rebels has reached over 100,000 in sales via Diamond as of today’s Final Order Cutoff date. Unlike the others, Kanan #1 is limited to only four total covers; there were over 60 for Star Wars #1, 17 for Darth Vader #1, and 18 for Leia #1. That’s four consecutive launches in six digits, and depending on exact numbers, that should put Kanan in or very near the top five of releases for April. In January, after the far and above #1 of Star Wars, only three other comics crossed the 100k mark: two issues of Amazing Spider-Man - #12 & #13, and Batman #38. Indeed, they were the only four issues over 75k.

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Details Of Rogue One Concept Art Shown During Disney Shareholder Meeting
Reported by Justin on 13 Mar 2015 11:19

During yesterday's big Disney shareholder meeting, CEO Bob Iger dropped quite a few bombshells pertaining to that galaxy far, far away. As part of the event, concept artwork for the first planned standalone film titled Rogue One, set to star actress Felicity Jones, were on display. Below are two reports that provide some details on what type of artwork was shown.

From Stitch Kingdom:

And then there was one. Rogue One. The concept art heard around the world. Although I’m quite shocked it hasn’t been released yet, my personal take on it was it evoked concept art of a video game. It personally screamed Halo to me. It was very dark and done in greens, so it evoked the idea that it was being done under the cloak of night. Dozens of figures in fatigues appeared to be storming something with a strange helicopterish vehicle (open on the sides) in the background, releasing more troops.

And then we get more via Slashfilm:

The concept art was a gritty “dark/gray image”: “very dark and done in greens, so it evoked the idea that it was being done under the cloak of night.”

The art showed 4-5 armored, soldier-like persons on the ground, “with two to three ships in the background.”

Take each respective link for the full reads.

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 13 Mar 2015 08:36
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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...

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Fantasy Flight Games: Trooper and Champions
Reported by Jonathan on 13 Mar 2015 03:10

We love Imperial Assault - we had a few games with composer and Jedi News buddy James Semple recently and we got really into it. You've got to think fast, smart and tactically, and these two new figures can only help to increase the tension!

From the website:

Ally Packs and Villain Packs bring new depths to every Imperial Assault mission, whether you play a campaign that stretches across the galaxy or a tense, high-adrenaline skirmish. In every figure pack, you’ll find detailed plastic figures alongside new Deployment cards, Command cards, and Agenda cards. What’s more, these expansions also include new missions for your campaign and skirmishes!

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Synopsis For New Young Reader Books, New Characters Ciena Ree & Thane Kyrell Revealed
Reported by Justin on 13 Mar 2015 00:32
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Plot synopsis for some of the young reader books that will be released later this year as part of the expansive Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens publishing series have been posted over on Amazon, including the names of two brand new characters - Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell, childhood friends who's paths go in two very different directions!

Check it all out beneath the break!

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   12 March 2015
Episode VIII Script To Originally Contain A Japanese Component?
Reported by Justin on 12 Mar 2015 23:47

With the ink still being wet on the official announcement released by Lucasfilm about director Rian Johnson's Episode VIII set to arrive in theaters on May 26, 2017, Max Evry over at Coming Soon had a chance to speak with actress Rinko Kikuchi about the possibility of her teaming up with Johnson once again by landing a role in the film.

Word just dropped a few minutes ago that Disney has confirmed a May, 2017 release for Star Wars: Episode VIII. Your old buddy Rian Johnson is confirmed to direct as well.

Wow. Right. I e-mailed him almost a year ago, I really wanted to join them, but there’s no role for me. I think he had an idea, because there was supposed to be a role for a Japanese and maybe I thought there’s something there, an idea might be there, but apparently there’s not!

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Fantasy Flight Games: Strongholds of Resistance
Reported by Jonathan on 12 Mar 2015 21:07

You can run, but you can't hide... well, actually, yes you can, with the Strongholds of Resistance sourcebook for the Star Wars®: Age of Rebellion™ roleplaying game!

From the website:

Strongholds of Resistance takes you to worlds that have boldly revolted from Imperial control and to the secret bases which serve as the command centers of the Rebellion. Your team of Rebel operatives might visit several of these locations in your work for the Rebel Alliance, or embark on a series of adventures amid the conflicts and challenging terrain of a single planet. Game Masters can easily integrate these new locations in their ongoing campaigns using the included modular encounters, or even launch a fresh campaign focused on worlds that are actively resisting the evil Empire or on the war efforts of a specific Rebel base.

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Official Site: How Star Wars Games Expanded Legends
Reported by Mark on 12 Mar 2015 20:31

Join Anthony Gallegos as he explains how influential the many and various computer games have been over the years at StarWars.com.

Video games are a great way to travel to far-off or entirely fictional places. Especially when it comes to Star Wars, nothing short of the films quite works like the games for letting you immerse yourself in a galaxy far, far away.
With that level of immersion also comes a lot of attachment, and it’s no wonder fans of various Star Wars games have spent countless hours writing their own fiction or creating their own art to commemorate their favorite pieces of Legends lore. To that end I’ve compiled some of my personal favorites, many of which have become official Star Wars canon after their appearance in these various digital worlds.

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Introducing STAR WARS Card Trader by Topps
Reported by Mark on 12 Mar 2015 19:49

Great news comes to us via Neil Kleid, Art Director for Topps Digital regarding their exciting new app STAR WARS™ Card Trader.

Topps Launches STAR WARS TM: CARD TRADER App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch Featuring the First-Ever Star Wars: The Force Awakens TM Digital Trading Cards

NEW YORK, March 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Topps Company, Inc. today released Star Wars™: Card Trader, the official Star Wars™ digital trading card app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Available now exclusively on the App Store, Star Wars: Card Trader brings the thrill of the chase of digital collecting to Star Wars fans everywhere.
“In the same way that digital media is transforming reading books, listening to music and watching television, Card Trader is revolutionizing Star Wars collecting,” said Michael Bramlage, Vice President of Digital at Topps. “Your favorite characters, vehicles and locations from the Star Wars universe can be collected and traded on your iOS device, from anywhere at any time.”

Star Wars: Card Trader launches with exciting new features, including:

  • The First Cards From Star Wars: The Force Awakens: BB-8, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, Rey and other recently announced new characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens are here! Go to the Cantina and blast open packs to try to find these exciting new cards, all released in vintageinspired “Star Wars ‘77” blue and red border designs.
  • Trading Like A Jawa: The Star Wars: Card Trader app is like a 24/7 Star Wars card convention that you can take with you anywhere you go. Meet real people, make friends, complete trades and build your collection with confidence using features like 9-for-9 trading and Trader Ratings to highlight your trading partner’s trustworthiness.
  • Classic Re-Releases: Only Topps brings you over 30 years of official-licensed Star Wars trading cards in new, high-definition digital format, from the vintage era to today. Haven’t collected cards in a while? Check out Topps’ state-of-the-art Parallax and Motion cards, innovations that could never have existed in cardboard!

“The same team that brought you the award-winning and top-grossing app, Topps BUNT, is behind Star Wars: Card Trader,” said Bramlage. “It is a must-have app for anyone who considers themselves a Star Wars fan.”
Star Wars: Card Trader is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Exhibitor List Revealed
Reported by Justin on 12 Mar 2015 19:41

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 69: Scott Allen, Margaret Kerry and the NeverBeast
Reported by Mark on 12 Mar 2015 19:41

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

It’s a BIRTHDAY episode! Not only is it Sarah’s birthday on March 10th, but our special guest Scott Allen’s birthday is March 12th, the air date of this show. We had a great time talking with SCOTT ALLEN of the 501st Legion about all things ranging from starring in our fan film TPZ, the charity work he’s done and being part of the fan generation working in the Star Wars universe. Disney Legend, Tinker Bell reference model and our official Podcast Fairy Godmother, MARGARET KERRY is back to talk about the new film, TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST. She doles out her opinions and wisdom the way only Tinker Bell can! “Fly, yes. Land, no!” Right after wrapping our interview with Margaret Kerry, we learned that Harrison Ford violently crashed landed his vintage plane and was in critical condition. Oh no! We also learned that Harrison Ford just may be Wolverine in disguise, considering the MANY accidents and broken bones he’s weathered. “It’s not the years, it’s the mileage.”
And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan.

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Jedi News Exclusive: Dave Filoni on RebelForce Radio Tomorrow
Reported by Mark on 12 Mar 2015 19:35

This literally just in from the one and only Jimmy Mac. You DON'T Want To Miss RebelForce Radio Tomorrow. One word - Filoni.

Our special guest on this week's RebelForce Radio will be Supervising Director and Executive Producer of Star Wars Rebels Dave Filoni who discusses the return of Ahsoka Tano and how it all evolved. We get into a serious discussion about Ahsoka's future on the show and Dave reveals, "I wouldn't have brought her back if she couldn't be involved and if there wasnt an important story to tell." But,he also warns "I wouldn't say that Ahsoka Tano is fundamental to the creation of the rebellion." Plus, Dave teases some exciting news coming for fans of The Clone Wars. And what about a final showdown between Ahsoka and Vader? You have to listen tomorrow to find out what Dave has to say!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Episode VII Special Guests, Ashley Eckstein, Billy Dee Williams, & More
Reported by Justin on 12 Mar 2015 19:31

The latest round of Celebration Anaheim 2015 updates just went live a short time ago. Check 'em out below!

Special Guests From The Force Awakens To Join J.J. Abrams & Kathleen Kennedy During Thursday's Panel

Billy Dee Williams To Attend

Judges For Cosplay Contest Announced

Ashley Eckstein, More Guests Announced

Wikia Qwizards Trivia Contest

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Warwick Davis To Attend MCM Birmingham Comic Con 21st - 22nd March 2015
Reported by Mark on 12 Mar 2015 19:30

Great news, The Force Awakens star Warwick Davis will be attending Memorabilia at the NEC next weekend, bringing with him the magic of Harry Potter, the action of Star Wars and the rapping skills of Leprechaun with him.

And don't forget Willow, which we all want to see return sooner rather than later...

MCM favourite Warwick Davis (Star Wars, Harry Potter) will be meeting fans at next week's Birmingham Comic Con, show organisers have announced.
As well as playing Hogwart’s charms master Professor Filius Flitwick in the Harry Potter series and iconic Ewok Wicket in Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi, Warwick Davis has starred in 1988 fantasy classic Willow, C.S. Lewis big screen adaptation The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and cult horror franchise Leprechaun.
He is also set to appear in J.J. Abrams' much-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it hits cinemas this December.
Meanwhile, Warwick's television credits include Ricky Gervais comedy series Life’s Too Short and An Idiot Abroad, as well as appearances in Doctor Who, Merlin and Extras.

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Now Playing - Underrated Movies We Recommend
Reported by Mark on 12 Mar 2015 18:54

Our pals Arnie and Marjorie - better known in these parts as the hosts of Star Wars Action News - are in the later stages of a Kickstarter campaign that will bring a closer look at 100 underrated movie the team recommends.

Here's Arnie with more info.

Now Playing Podcast has spent the last eight years dissecting Hollywood’s biggest franchises to see what makes a good sequel. Now we need your help crafting a sequel to our successful show format as we look to leap from podcast to the printed page.
The hosts of Now Playing are ready to present 100 films you might have missed but we think you'll love in our first book: Underrated Movies We Recommend.
If we hit our stretch goal #1, that number will jump and you'll get reviews of 125 films you might have missed!
But just like our shows, we can only do this with your support. Since 2007 the loyal listeners of Now Playing Podcast have been there as hosts Stuart Atkinson, Jakob Conkling, Arnie Carvalho, and Marjorie Carvalho have reviewed nearly 500 films. We're forever thankful to you for keeping our show on the air, because we know you love the same thing we do: talking about movies (good and bad).
With your continued support, we can bring you Underrated Movies We Recommend, in which each of the four hosts will pick 25 films they consider worthy of your time. (If we hit our stretch goal, that count will increase from 100 to 125 movies!)
It could be a film that bombed and quickly disappeared from theaters, or one that fell out of the spotlight after a critical beating, or maybe it simply got lost in the box office shuffle. These are the films that we would never get a chance to review on Now Playing Podcast, but with your help we can make them part of this collection.
These movies will span all genres of film. Sci-Fi, Horror, Comedy, Suspense, Comic Book Movies and more! Even a musical (as chosen by Stuart)! If you love movies you're sure to find something in Underrated Movies We Recommend you haven't seen but you'll love.

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Star Wars Podcasts: The Next Generation
Reported by Mark on 12 Mar 2015 18:47

More youngsters join the podcast world as two new shows launch, as brought to us by Chris over at Star Wars Kidscast.

Readers of this blog or listeners to the Star Wars Kidscast podcast* may notice that we’re no longer calling the show “The only podcast in the Galaxy for kids”. You may still see that line appear here and there while things get cleaned up, but that won’t be the tagline going forward for two very cool reasons...
Two new Star Wars – themed podcasts have come onto the scene, a