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   Saturday, June 25, 2016
Rian Johnson Shares Photo Of Crew Apparel With The Episode VIII Text Logo On It
Reported by Justin on 25 Jun 2016 01:17

Just like we saw during the time leading up to the release of The Force Awakens, director Rian Johnson has posted the first official image of crew gear emblazoned with the Episode VIII text lettering on Twitter. Based on the material shown in the photo, I'm guessing this is a close-up shot of a jacket or some other piece of outerwear.

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   Friday, June 24, 2016
Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 24 & 25
Reported by Mark on 24 Jun 2016 23:53

It's time for this weeks edition of Wear Star Wars Every Day which brings us a look a weeks 24 and 25 of this 52 week challenge.

Reviewing two weeks (June 10 - 23) of my Wear Star Wars Every Day fundraising project for Collateral Repair Project. For more info click here.

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Galactic War Report - Episode 13: I Like That Wookiee
Reported by Mark on 24 Jun 2016 23:19
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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Rey Character Spotlight
Reported by Mark on 24 Jun 2016 22:29

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released the next video in a series of LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens character vignettes spotlighting Rey, the Jakku scavenger who finds herself drawn into a galaxy-spanning conflict between the Resistance and First Order. The video showcases Rey’s LEGO character in full form through key gameplay moments, cinematic cutscenes and authentic audio, all with signature LEGO humor. The vignette also features original dialogue recorded by actress Daisy Ridley, who plays the role of Rey in the Star Wars: The Force Awakensfilm.

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Rebel Force Radio: June 24, 2016
Reported by Mark on 24 Jun 2016 22:09
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Star Wars Celebration Europe: Joe Corroney And Brian Miller Prints Available For Pre-Order
Reported by Mark on 24 Jun 2016 21:58
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Celebration Europe is a mere 20 days away, which means you have just under 3 weeks to get your pre-orders in for these two gems by long-time friends of the site Joe Corroney and Brian Miller.

Check out after the break for all the ordering details.

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Historic Day As English Star Wars Fans Hold Referendum To Keep The EU
Reported by Mark on 24 Jun 2016 21:47

Via Steele Saunders - who will be appearing live on Saturday afternoon on the One Force Stage, presented by Jedi News - here's a closer look at what all the fuss has really been about today.

Lucasfilm executive Pablo Hidalgo expresses his concerns in relation to staying with the EU.
Whilst some celebrated being removed from the often-complex EU, others were mortified that all this hard work had gone to waste and protested its return.
Respected media outlet The Guardian expressed their thoughts on the future of the fictional universe, “Thursday’s vote is in some ways a choice between an imaginary past of which too many in this country cannot let go and a future about which all of us are inescapably uncertain.”
Some saw the Guardian’s editorial stating “Thursday’s vote has become a turn-in-the-road issue for Britain and Europe alike” as mealy scare mongering and that much of the EU may return in future official films, television projects and printed media.

And yes, we were genuinely thrilled to be namechecked in the article.

Source The Midichlorian Count (via Steele Saunders)
Official Site: Studying Skywalkers: Anatomy Of A Scene - The Carbon Freezing Chamber Aftermath
Reported by Mark on 24 Jun 2016 21:23

Dan Zehr returns to StarWars.com with another entry in his ongoing Studying Skywalkers series. This time he looks at the aftermath of the carbon freezing chamber scene in The Empire Strikes Back.

A Star Wars film speaks to its audience on many different levels, and in many different ways. It can be entertaining, can feature insights into the human condition, and can enrapture us with beautiful and profound imagery. The latter is of particular interest here, in that Star Wars is not only a terrific story with beloved characters, but also is cinematic art. Much has been said about the craft of film when examining the Star Wars cinematic universe and that is because each movie is replete with visual splendor.

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Inside LEGO Molding Factory, LEGO Vault & LEGO Ideas House
Reported by Mark on 24 Jun 2016 21:20

Check out this awesome video by Sariel as he visits LEGO in Billund and shoots this amazing footage.

My Billund visit, June 1st to 4th 2016. Includes filming inside LEGO molding factory, which is usually not allowed, visit to the LEGO Memory Lane AKA the vault and tour of the LEGO Ideas House.

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Idiots Array Episode 27: Water And Jar Jar The Brave
Reported by Mark on 24 Jun 2016 21:07
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Celebration Europe 2016: Mobile App Now Available
Reported by Justin on 24 Jun 2016 19:33

The official Celebration Europe 2016 Mobile App is now available for your downloading pleasure. Available for Android and iOS powered devices, this app will make for an excellent wingman while you're on the move as you plot your course of action during the convention. Take the source link below to select your digital platform of choice.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Exhibitor List Now Up
Reported by Justin on 24 Jun 2016 19:26

The complete list of Exhibitors that will be attending Celebration Europe 2016 in less than a month from today has been posted on the official Celebration website.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Complete Panel Schedules Revealed
Reported by Justin on 24 Jun 2016 19:21

The moment scores of Star Wars fans across the globe have been eagerly waiting for has arrived - the complete schedule of panels for Celebration Europe 2016 has been posted on the official Celebration website! Check it out at the source link below!

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Entertainment Weekly Reveals Bonus Rogue One Images Not Included In Print Issue
Reported by Justin on 24 Jun 2016 18:17

Yesterday Entertainment Weekly treated us to an exclusive collection of 16 images from Rogue One (check them out at the link provided at the end of this story). But they ain't stopping there as they have received permission from Lucasfilm to post several new bonus images on their site that will not be featured in their Rogue One issue available today. In addition, they've also provided an assortment of questions pertaining to some of the characters and vehicles that we all can't WAIT to have answered.

With EW’s new Rogue One issue now on newsstands, we’re releasing a few new bonus images that didn’t make the print edition of the Star Wars article. Along with them, some burning questions we’re eager for the Dec. 16 film to answer. First up: The movie will feature never-before-seen vehicles, like the fang-toothed TIE Strikers (featured on our cover image), as well as some sinister new classes of Stormtroopers — like the black-masked Deathtrooper pictured here. Storywise, what became of these designs during later years of the galactic conflict? Were they experimental models? Will the Rebel victory be so complete that the Empire never uses them again?

Be sure to check out Entertainment Weekly's earlier coverage of Rogue One via the links supplied below if you missed out on them initially.

Rogue One On Cover Of EW

Official Character Details Revealed

Forest Whitaker’s Character Name & Backstory

Details On Darth Vader

Exclusive 16-Image Gallery

Rogue One Filmmakers Talk Reshoots

Details On Mon Mothma

Source EW
George Lucas Abandons Plans To Build Lucas Museum In Chicago, California Now Being Looked At
Reported by Justin on 24 Jun 2016 17:33

UPDATE: The Chicago Tribune reports that Lucas will now focus his efforts on getting the museum built in California.

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Big news on the Lucas Museum development front comes our way today via this latest updated posted on The Hollywood Reporter. Apparently fed up with the back and forth legal battle he's been waging with the group called Friends of the Parks, George Lucas has decided to remove Chicago as a possible destination for the museum altogether and will be constructing it in a different city.

CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says filmmaker George Lucas has abandoned plans to build his art museum in Chicago after a legal challenge from a parks group.

Emanuel released a statement Friday calling it a "missed opportunity" that will cost the city millions of dollars in economic investment, thousands of jobs and educational opportunities for the city's youth.

The Associated Press could not immediately reach museum officials or Lucas representatives for comment.

A group called Friends of the Parks sued to stop the museum from being located along Chicago's lakefront.

Source The Hollywood Reporter
Entertainment Weekly Reveals Details On Mon Mothma In Rogue One
Reported by Justin on 24 Jun 2016 16:32

Entertainment Weekly's coverage of Rogue One continues today with a new article that focuses on the role Mon Mothma plays in the upcoming film, which will be “significantly larger” than the role she played in Return of the Jedi according to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.

In Rogue One, set just before the events of the original Star Wars, Mothma plays a pivotal role in bringing about the destruction of the first Death Star, too. She recruits a young outlaw named Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and pairs her with Capt. Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) for a covert mission to retrieve data about the Imperial superweapon.

We’ve already seen Mothma in the teaser trailer, but it was unclear whether that would just be a cameo. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy now tells EW she gets a “significantly larger” role than in Jedi.

Be sure to check out Entertainment Weekly's earlier coverage of Rogue One via the links supplied below if you missed out on them initially.

Rogue One On Cover Of EW

Official Character Details Revealed

Forest Whitaker’s Character Name & Backstory

Details On Darth Vader

Exclusive 16-Image Gallery

Rogue One Filmmakers Talk Reshoots

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   Thursday, June 23, 2016
Entertainment Weekly Talks With Rogue One Filmmakers About Those Reshoots
Reported by Justin on 23 Jun 2016 20:54

As a follow-up to their earlier story that aimed to divulge fact from fiction surrounding the Rogue One reshoots, Entertainment Weekly has updated their website today with comments made by director Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy specifically relating to this hot button topic.

When Entertainment Weekly spoke with the makers of Rogue One for our new cover story, we asked them point-blank to discuss the reshoot situation and explain why it was necessary to change course.

Be sure to check out Entertainment Weekly's earlier coverage of Rogue One via the links supplied below if you missed out on them initially.

Rogue One On Cover Of EW

Official Character Details Revealed

Forest Whitaker’s Character Name & Backstory

Details On Darth Vader

Exclusive 16-Image Gallery

Source EW
Official Site: Force Of Fashion: Wedding Dress Inspiration From Across The Galaxy
Reported by Mark on 23 Jun 2016 20:15

Over at StarWars.com Catrina Dennis brings us her latest Force Of Fashion looking at Star Wars wedding dresses and the inspirations that helped create them.

As it stands, the very concept of putting a wedding together — much less your own — is one of the most terrifying adult tasks that most people have to endure. So often with these events, it’s less about the pressure of the relationship and more about getting through the wedding itself. Even those who decide not to call up the biggest dance hall on Coruscant for their after parties can hit roadblocks along the way when planning a cozy wedding. But with some creativity, and a dash of your favorite fandom, your big day can be as magical as the stars that dot the galaxy. So when you or your partner are shopping for a dress, look no further than the gorgeous ensembles of the Star Wars saga for some basic inspiration.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Droids Emoji Pin Trading Program Set Now Available For Purchase
Reported by Justin on 23 Jun 2016 19:31

The second set of pins included in the Celebration Europe 2016 Road to Celebration Pin Trading Program is now available for purchase by existing ticket holders. Details on the various droid characters that make up this set titled Droids Emoji and the set's price can be found below.

  • Launching June 23, 2016
  • Pins will be picked up onsite
  • Includes an exclusive 4-Pack featuring C-3PO, R2-D2, Chopper, and BB-8 emoji pins, plus an exclusive t-shirt
  • $45
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Sideshow Hot Toys Stormtrooper Gold Chrome Sixth Scale Figure Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 23 Jun 2016 19:23

Sideshow Collectibles is now taking pre-orders for the Hot Toys Stormtrooper Gold Chrome Sixth Scale Figure. The figure carries a price tag of $219.99 and is scheduled to begin shipping out to customers during the July - August 2016 timeframe.

Stormtroopers have been one of the most highly recognizable characters in the Star Wars saga and pop culture with their timeless character design. Hot Toys is putting a “Midas” touch to this classic armor and is pleased to introduce a special gold chrome version of the sixth scale Stormtrooper collectible figure as a Hot Toys Exclusive item only available in selected markets!

This lustrous collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of a Stormtrooper in Star Wars featuring the iconic armor design in a brilliant gold chrome finish, fabric bodysuit, a blaster rifle, and a hexagonal figure stand with golden Imperial emblem.

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Entertainment Weekly Posts Exclusive Gallery Of Rogue One Images
Reported by Justin on 23 Jun 2016 17:42

Entertainment Weekly has just posted an exclusive gallery of 16 images from director Gareth Edwards' upcoming Rogue One, which as you know will be landing in theaters later this year on December 16.

A new, deadlier breed of commando Stormtrooper is storming the beach. As part of EW’s exclusive preview of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we bring you this gallery of new images from the Dec. 16 film. Leading things off: This shot of a squad of Deathtroopers, who are tasked with hunting down and destroying the fragmented Rebel uprising.

Be sure to check out Entertainment Weekly's earlier coverage of Rogue One via the links supplied below if you missed out on them initially.

Rogue One On Cover Of EW

Official Character Details Revealed

Forest Whitaker’s Character Name & Backstory

Details On Darth Vader

Source EW
Celebration Europe Exhibitor Exclusive Teppou Ashigaru Sandtrooper Announced
Reported by Matt on 23 Jun 2016 15:40

Check out the Star Wars Celebration Exhibitor Exclusive Teppou Ashigaru Sandtrooper from Tamashii Nations at Booth #S803 below:



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Entertainment Weekly Has Exclusive Details On Darth Vader In Rogue One
Reported by Justin on 23 Jun 2016 13:41

Continuing their coverage of Rogue One this week, Entertainment Weekly has updated their website with exclusive details on the villainous Sith lord Darth Vader returning to the silver screen. If you don't mind spoilers and simply must have your Rogue One itch scratched, take the source link below for their insider info.

Cue the heavy breathing.

Darth Vader is alive, angry, and merciless.

As part of EW’s Rogue One cover reveal, we confirmed the Sith lord will be back at the height of his powers in the Dec. 16 film, which takes place just prior to the events of 1977’s original Star Wars.

Ever since Lucasfilm announced that the plot of its first stand-alone movie would focus on the Rebel warriors who staged a heist of plans for the first Death Star, fans knew – or at least seriously expected – that the most iconic villain in film history would return to the screen. If he didn’t…? The collective rage of the Star Wars fandom would probably Force-choke whoever nixed him.

Be sure to check out Entertainment Weekly's earlier coverage of Rogue One via the links supplied below if you missed out on them initially.

Rogue One On Cover Of EW

Official Character Details Revealed

Forest Whitaker’s Character Name & Backstory

Source EW
Dave Filoni On Forest Whitaker's Rogue One Character
Reported by Justin on 23 Jun 2016 12:41

Yesterday Lucasfilm officially revealed via Entertainment Weekly the name of Forest Whitaker's character in Rogue One. His character name is Saw Gerrera whom audiences were introduced to several years ago in the animated TV series The Clone Wars. The website ComicBook.com obtained the following quote from Dave Filoni on seeing one of the animated characters that he worked on making the jump to the live-action medium.

Dave also sent out this tweet congratulating the casting.

"I have always thought of Star Wars: The Clone Wars as an extension of the Star Wars films, and now, here we are, seeing a character come to life in the flesh on the big screen," Filoni told ComicBook.com in a statement about the news. "I think it’s tremendously exciting, because it’s fulfilling a promise to the fans, that this is one story, and the characters you know and love are throughout it, and influencing the story in many ways. I’m so proud of the Rogue One team, and everyone at Lucasfilm. It’s a great day for Star Wars."

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Star Wars Has Landed In Harrods!
Reported by Team Jedi News on 23 Jun 2016 08:00

Harrods are joining the ever-growing Star Wars galaxy with a stunning new dedicated area on the 4th floor which showcases the work of the Propshop at Pinewood Studios, the original prop makers for the film.

Star Wars has landed in Harrods!
Located in the Disney Store on the Fourth Floor, this world-wide exclusive installation of props and figures (including the Millennium Falcon) will give fans a completely new way of experiencing the hit block-buster, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Fans will get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at replica props created for Star Wars: The Force Awakens such as the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit, the Holochess Table and Sofa as well as full size figures of key characters.
Items include the Rey Staff and Lightsaber Hilt, Kylo Ren Helmet and Lightsaber Hilt, Poe Dameron X- Wing Helmet and Chewbacca Bowcaster.
Fans can also order personalised character maquettes – made using the latest scanning technology, the same used to capture the actors in the film, customers can have a 3D replica of their head hand crafted onto the body of a stormtooper, TIE Fighter Pilot or a Resistance Pilot.
The iconic Millennium Falcon Cockpit and the Holochess Table and Sofa along with full size figures including Rey, Kylo Ren and BB-8 will also be within the Star Wars Gallery.
These replica props have been created by Propshop at Pinewood Studios, the original prop makers for the film.
All of the replicas are available to purchase and will come with custom display pedestals, packed in branded wooden crates that are inspired by the real crates used to ship the film props.
Customers can step inside and experience these props first hand by booking a complimentary slot through the dedicated booking site - www.harrods.com/disneystarwarsgallery

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   Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Official Site: Adapting The Awakening
Reported by Mark on 22 Jun 2016 21:41

Over at StarWars.com Amy Ratcliffe chats with Chuck Wendig about his adaptation of The Force Awakens.

It’s time to go back to Jakku. But we aren’t only returning to the desert-planet home of Rey, we’re revisiting every locale in The Force Awakens in the new Marvel comic Star Wars: The Force Awakens. On shelves today, the six-issue adaptation by writer Chuck Wendig (also author of the Aftermath trilogy) and artist Luke Ross will take the newest film from the screen to sequential art. Adapting the script wasn’t the easiest of tasks. StarWars.com talked with Wendig about capturing the big beats of the film while still adding something fresh to the familiar story.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 22 Jun 2016 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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Celebration Europe 2016: Ray Park Attending
Reported by Justin on 22 Jun 2016 19:35

Ray Park, who did an absolutely masterful job portraying the deadly and cunning Darth Maul on screen in The Phantom Menace, has been added to the list of special guests who will be attending Celebration Europe 2016 next month.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Autograph Hall Guests Announced
Reported by Justin on 22 Jun 2016 19:30

The list of Star Wars guests and their respective dates who will be signing in the Autograph Hall at Celebration Europe 2016 has been posted on the official Celebration website. The list includes Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Jeremy Bulloch, and many more. Take the source link below for all the exciting details!

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Celebration Europe 2016: Main Stage Schedule Posted
Reported by Justin on 22 Jun 2016 19:25

With Celebration Europe 2016 set to launch in less than a month, we wanted to share a sneak peek at some of the panels being planned for the Celebration Stage, home of the biggest shows and brightest stars of the weekend! This is where fans will go to spend separate hours with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Anthony Daniels, get the latest news and info on Rebels Season 3, and grab some super-secret glimpses of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If that weren’t enough, the stage will also host special screenings of A New Hope and The Force Awakens, as well as many other guests and not-to-be-missed Celebration attractions. A few surprises still to come on this stage, so be sure to stick around for the final day of the show. Make the Celebration Stage your number one stop in London this July!!

Seats at the Celebration Stage will be in high demand. Look for our Star Wars Celebration Navigation Guide, coming next week on www.starwarscelebration.com for helpful tips and tricks to help you see your favorite shows!

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The Star Wars Show - June 22, 2016
Reported by Justin on 22 Jun 2016 19:03

This week, The Star Wars Show runs down all the new characters revealed for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, talks with Pablo Hidalgo about Saw Gerrera (the Star Wars: The Clone Wars character played by Forest Whitaker in Rogue One), goes behind the scenes of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures and debuts a clip from the show, and much more.

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The Audette Set: June 21st
Reported by Mark on 22 Jun 2016 18:35

Mike Audette returns with the latest Audette Set, compiling the last weeks galactic news.

If you are like me, every June is almost like another Christmas morning. The Electronic Entertainment Expo, most commonly known as E3, takes place in Los Angeles. E3 is when video game developers, game system manufacturers and pretty much anything else to do with video games come together to show off their wares and debut new games and systems for the years to come. With the reawakening of the Star Wars saga in film it is also a reawakening for Star Wars in video games. Up until the release of Star Wars Battlefront last fall, game releases have been extremely slow if not non-existent. This year during the EA (Electronic Arts) industry presentation, a special Star Wars portion was featured. It gave some glimpses into what the different development companies are working on for the future of Star Wars gaming.

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Entertainment Weekly Reveals Forest Whitaker’s Rogue One Character Name & Backstory
Reported by Justin on 22 Jun 2016 18:08

As promised earlier today, Entertainment Weekly has revealed the official name of Forest Whitaker’s character in Rogue One - a character we've seen before in some serious action during an earlier timeline of the Star Wars universe.

Meet the Rebel fighter who’s so extreme that the other good guys aren’t sure if he really is one.

Forest Whitaker’s character has been one of the more closely held secrets of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but Lucasfilm is ready now to make his identity official.

Be sure to check out Entertainment Weekly's previous coverage of Rogue One via the links supplied below if you missed out on them initially.

Rogue One On Cover Of EW

Official Character Details Revealed

Source EW
Official Site: 10 Things To Look Out For In The Best Of Star Wars Insider Vol. 2
Reported by Mark on 22 Jun 2016 16:51

Join Insider editor Jonathan Wilkins as he walks us through 10 highlights from The Best Of Star Wars Insider Vol. 2 over at StarWars.com.

Another collection of Star Wars Insider‘s greatest hits is now available, and here’s a preview of just a few highlights!

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Conan Unveils His New Pop! Vinyl Figures For Comic-con
Reported by Mark on 22 Jun 2016 16:34

Conan O' Brien as a Funko Pop? Yep, it's happening and you can buy the red-headed one at next months San Diego Comic Con.

Get your very own Conan figure, including Stormtrooper Conan, Ghostbuster Conan, Superman Conan, &? Joker Conan during #ConanCon this year.

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Aftermath: Life Debt Excerpt
Reported by Mark on 22 Jun 2016 16:32
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Mashable bring us an excerpt from Aftermath: Life Debt focusing on a pregnant Leia, who we know is carrying the later-to-be Kylo Ren.

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RADIO 1138: Episode 46
Reported by Team Jedi News on 22 Jun 2016 16:01
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Steele Wars Ep 095: Cris Macht – Star Wars Documentarian And Reality Show Producer
Reported by Mark on 22 Jun 2016 15:38
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Official Rogue One Character Details Revealed By Entertainment Weekly
Reported by Justin on 22 Jun 2016 15:25

Earlier this morning Entertainment Weekly revealed that Rogue One will be the central focal point in their upcoming issue for this week. Now they have updated their website with exclusive details on the various main characters in the film.

Spies are everywhere. Although some of the names of the characters from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have leaked out, their exact histories and descriptions have remained mostly under wraps. With EW’s new cover story, we’re revealing the official dossier on each of the new heroes – and the galaxy’s shrewd new villain.

Tomorrow, we’ll showcase new images from the film. Today, enjoy this rundown of who’s who …

Source EW
Rogue One Featured In This Week's EW Issue, Good Morning America Preview Video
Reported by Justin on 22 Jun 2016 13:01

Director Gareth Edwards' Rogue One is featured on the cover of this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly. The issue gives us an exclusive first look at the film and a collection of juicy story/character details as well.

In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, we bring you an inside look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which explores just how the Rebellion came to possess the information that revealed the fatal flaw in the Empire’s super weapon. It’s a battlefield heist that fans have been imagining for nearly 40 years, described in the opening crawl of 1977’s original Star Wars, with little details scattered throughout.

 

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Bob Iger On His Successor, Rogue One Reshoots, Future Indiana Jones Films
Reported by Justin on 22 Jun 2016 12:04

Matthew Belloni has posted an exclusive interview over on The Hollywood Reporter that was conducted with Disney CEO Bob Iger. The interview touches on several topics, such as who will be named the new CEO of the company once his contract expires in 2018. Iger also provided a brief comment on the heavily-discussed Rogue One reshoots as well as the planned future of the Indiana Jones franchise.

Be sure to also check out THR's earlier interview piece they posted with Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall from last week.

Should Star Wars fans be worried about Rogue One doing reshoots?

I've seen Rogue One. I've seen not only an edited picture but I've seen significantly more footage than was even in that picture. That's actually going to be a fine film.

You have another Lucasfilm property, Indiana Jones, and Steven Spielberg has agreed to make a fifth film. Will there be an Indiana Jones universe, eventually, like Star Wars?

Not like Star Wars, no. But we hope … right now, we're focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort.

Reboot? You've got Harrison Ford for this movie, and then the presumption is there will be a younger …

Well, we'll bring him back, then we have to figure out what comes next. That's what I mean. It's not really a reboot, it's a boot — a reboot. I don't know.

THR has been using the term "requel" for these sequels that reboot the franchise.

Requel. (Laughs.) We [got] Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in the film. But then what's the direction? I've had discussions about what the direction is, [but] I don't want to get into it.

But you do see making more films?

Yes, I do. I don't think it reaches the scale of the universe of Star Wars, but I see making more. It won't be just a one-off.

Source The Hollywood Reporter
   Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Official Site: LEGO Bricks Meet The Force: Star Wars Days At LEGOLAND California 2016
Reported by Mark on 21 Jun 2016 23:33

Join James Floyd as he gives us a rundown of the activities at the recent Star Wars day at LEGOLAND in California over at StarWars.com.

Both Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, LEGOLAND California opened with special fanfare and a procession of 50 members of the local chapters of the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, and Mandalorian Mercs costume clubs. The gathered crowds watched at the gates as stormtroopers, Rebel pilots, Mandalorian bounty hunters, Ewoks, Sith Lords, Tusken Raiders, and Jedi marched into the plaza just inside the main entrance, topped off with a visit from Princess Leia and Darth Vader. The terrace connecting the entry area to the adjoining lands was busy all day with photo ops with costumed characters in front of the main lagoon, or in front of a special Death Star wall backdrop, made by the Imperial Sands Garrison of the 501st Legion costuming group. But it was more than just the Empire present, with kids and adults lining up to take photos with characters with Rebels, Jedi, bounty hunters, and even an R4 astromech droid! There were also some favorites from The Force Awakens including Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, Han Solo, Poe Dameron, First Order stormtroopers, and even pilot Jess Pava.

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Heroes and Villains Day: Saturday 9th July 2016, Clevedon
Reported by Mark on 21 Jun 2016 23:07

If you are in the Clevedon area then keep Saturday 9th July 2016 free as Star Wars is coming to Yeo Moor Primary School with the aim of raising much needed funds for equipment and improvements.

The Friends of Yeo Moor Primary School present the Heroes and Villains Day on Saturday 9th July 11am – 4pm, at the school in Kennaway Road.
Come along to meet your favourite film characters including Batman, Iron Man, Spider-man and Supergirl, plus Darth Vader and Stormtroopers from the UK Garrison (as seen at the Curzon cinema for the opening of the Star Wars film). You can have your photo taken with the DeLorian from Back to the Future, or Lightning McQueen from Cars!
We have original Star Wars cast members - Pam Rose, John Chapman, Chris Bunn and Laurie Goode - coming along to sign autographs and take part in a Q & A session for the true fans out there!
We are still looking for sponsorship from local businesses to help cover the travel costs of our visiting celebrities – if you could help us out, please contact Mary Kizilis on 01275 543 565.
Local heroes from the police, fire service and coast guard will be present too, for the children to meet and explore their vehicles.
There will be lots for the children to do, including the Heroes and Villains Challenge with the Quick Getaway Obstacle Course and Light Sabre Training, plus craft activities and lots of stalls and games.
The Grand Raffle includes some incredible prizes, including a replica Ironman helmet donated by Scott’s helmet and props, a Screen accurate Stormtrooper helmet, signed by the cast members on the day, donated by professional prop makers RS Props, and lots of donations from local businesses.
There will be face painting and a bouncy castle, a bbq, ice cream van and refreshments. Come along dressed as your favourite hero or villain and join in the fancy dress parade (adults welcome to take part too!).
Tickets will be available on the door.

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Full of Sith Special Release: Timothy Zahn and Michael Stackpole
Reported by Mark on 21 Jun 2016 22:50
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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Kylo Ren Character Spotlight
Reported by Mark on 21 Jun 2016 22:25

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming in fast and looks set to bring a lot of fun along with it. Check out the latest character spotlight, focusing on Kylo Ren and prepare yourself for the games arrival a week today, June 28th.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released on June 28, 2016 and marks the triumphant return of the No. 1 LEGO videogame franchise, immersing fans in the new Star Wars adventure like never before. Players can relive the epic action from the blockbuster film in a way that only LEGO can offer, featuring storylines from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, retold through the clever and witty LEGO lens. The game will also feature playable content exploring previously untold adventures set in the time leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Additionally, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will showcase original dialogue from key members of the theatrical cast, providing the most authentic Star Wars for experience for players, including: John Boyega (Finn), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Daisy Ridley (Rey), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) and other top stars from the film.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Steam (Windows PC).

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Funko: Coming Soon: Marvel, DC, Five Nights At Freddy's & Star Wars Buttons!
Reported by Matt on 21 Jun 2016 21:58

Funko continue their quest for total geek domination with a new range of blind bag buttons. Along with a Marvel, DC and Five Nights At Freddy's ranges come two Star Wars releases, The Force Awakens and a classic range.

There are 12 buttons in each wave and both series are set to arrive in August 2016.

Funko is proud to introduce Pop! Buttons! These blindbag products are the latest in Funko accessories! These sets contain a variety of designs, some of which include highly-coveted chase pieces!

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Tsum Tsum Tuesday! Star Wars Just Landed At Disney Store
Reported by Mark on 21 Jun 2016 21:28

The latest wave of Disney Tsum Tsum Star Wars figures have just landed in Disney Stores across North America.

BB-8, two Rey's, Poe, two Finns, First Order Stormtrooper, Captain Phasma and Kylo Ren arrive today across the various sizes as well as Tsum Tsum plush and t-shirts for men and women.

Do as the ad says and start stacking!

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Galactic War Report - Episode 12: Ladies' Night
Reported by Mark on 21 Jun 2016 21:17
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Official Site: The Cereal Awakens
Reported by Mark on 21 Jun 2016 20:52

Our buddy Gus Lopez (who you can hear on episode 66 of Star Wars Collectors Cast brings us his latest blog over at StarWars.com as he looks at one of his prime collector focuses, cereal packaging from around the world, specifically releases relating to last years The Force Awakens.

Star Wars cereal tie-ins have been around since the early days. But back in the late 1970s, branded cereals with toy premiums were uncommon in most places, and the few countries that offered Star Wars cereal promotions in 1978-1979 were Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Fast forward to the release of The Force Awakens starting in late 2015, and these same four countries are back at it with cereal promotions for the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga. Today, Star Wars is a global phenomenon and The Force Awakens cereal promotions were found in: Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Pakistan, Thailand, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Switzerland, Turkey, North Africa, Italy, the Middle East, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Estonia, Germany, Austria, Taiwan, The Philippines, Kazakhstan, Slovenia, Croatia, and the entire Caribbean and Central American regions. Every inhabited continent on Earth had a Star Wars cereal promotion during the past year, and my worldwide network of Star Wars collecting pals has never been busier finding these gems in their local supermarkets!

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Sideshow Collectibles: Want SDCC Exclusives? We’ve Got ’Em!
Reported by Matt on 21 Jun 2016 20:30

San Diego Comic Con exclusives start to crop up for the 2016 show as Sideshow reveal their gorgeous R2-D2 Unpainted Prototype Sixth Scale Figure.

If you caught our live stream on Facebook this past Wednesday at 11am, then you already know what we’re about to say: We’ve got San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives!
The first is available now! The R2-D2 Unpainted Prototype Sixth Scale Figure captures our favorite droid as if he just rolled off the factory line.
This highly limited edition R2 features:

  • A rotating dome
  • Light-up logic function display
  • Processor state indicator
  • Holographic projector (doesn’t actually project a holograph)
  • Articulated terrain tread legs
  • Four access compartments with hinged panels

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The News From Anchorhead - June 21st, 2016
Reported by Mark on 21 Jun 2016 20:23
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Steven Spielberg Says He'll Never Direct A Star Wars Film
Reported by Justin on 21 Jun 2016 19:49

Bad news for those fans out there who were holding onto the slimmest of slim hope that Steven Spielberg would ever take up the director's chair for a future Star Wars film.

It ain't gonna happen.

I'm pretty sure this subject has been brought up with Spielberg on more than one occasion in the past and his response was most likely the same then as it is now. In an article posted over on Toronto Sun, Spielberg had this to say about the prospect of him ever helming a film set in that galaxy far, far away:

“I’m never going to make a Star Wars film. That’s not my genre,” he tells a group of international reporters at a recent press day for his upcoming Disney film [The BFG]. “It’s certainly my buddy’s — the Thomas Edison of science fiction, George Lucas, who created the entire series. But that was never for me. I’m just a fan; I’m just with everybody else in the audience watching them.”

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George Lucas To Serve As Executive Producer On Indiana Jones 5
Reported by Justin on 21 Jun 2016 17:41

I'm treading very lightly on this story given the source of the info, but I've been unable to find a secondary source confirming what you are about to read below, so I'm just gonna go with it. According to an article posted on Movie Pilot, director Steven Spielberg revealed during a press event for his upcoming film The BFG that George Lucas will be joining the development team for the fifth Indiana Jones film in the role of executive producer.

We'll continue to wait to see if we receive any word from an official source confirming/denying this report.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Art Show Prints Now Available For Pre-Order By Attendees
Reported by Justin on 21 Jun 2016 16:06

The awesome assortment of prints that was revealed last week as part of the Celebration Europe 2016 Art Show are now available for pre-order by fans who will be attending the convention next month. All print pre-orders must be picked up on-site. Check out the details below and then take the source link to place your print order today.

Pre-Order for Pick-Up for Attendees Only | beginning June 20th @ noon PDT & ending July 1st @ noon PDT

Prints must be picked up from the artists in the Art Show section at the show. No prints will be shipped.

Bring a copy of your order when picking up (if someone will be picking up for you, please put that person's name in the notes when checking out).

Please note that we are unable to make changes to orders or cancel orders placed for Star Wars Celebration pick-up after the ordering period ends (pre-orders are not eligible for the D23 discount).

Only the products listed on this page are eligible for pre-order for pick-up and cannot be combined with products that need to be shipped.

Payment is taken when the order is placed.

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Star Wars Collectors Cast: Episode 66
Reported by Team Jedi News on 21 Jun 2016 10:38
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   Monday, June 20, 2016
Blabba The Hutt Episode 23: Blabba Live, Celebration and Mark Austin Read
Reported by Mark on 20 Jun 2016 23:28
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Skywalking Through Neverland #124: The Freemaker Adventures Press Event
Reported by Mark on 20 Jun 2016 23:09
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This Is How Daredevil Star Charlie Cox Ruined His Han Solo Audition
Reported by Mark on 20 Jun 2016 22:46

You could certainly argue for extenuating circumstances after reading this article. Charlie 'Daredevil' Cox auditioned for the much coveted Han Solo role and missed out,. Could this be the reason why?

‘It’s been really fun to look people in the eye. I had gone to an audition – one of those things that are super secretive and they don’t tell you, but I’m pretty sure it was for the Han Solo reboot – and halfway through it, the casting director stopped me and said “why aren’t you looking at me? I realised I had gotten into a habit of not making eye contact, because the only thing I had done for two years is play someone who is blind. I never got invited back, probably because they couldn’t figure out why I was acting like a complete idiot.’

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Star Wars Report #227: Rogue One, E3, and Celebration Europe
Reported by Mark on 20 Jun 2016 22:28
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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Robotech
Reported by Mark on 20 Jun 2016 22:13

Bryan Young looks at the influence Star Wars has had on Robotech and in return over at StarWars.com.

In the 1980s, Carl Macek brought to the United States a series of Japanese cartoons that he had scotch-taped together and turned into the 85-episode series known as Robotech. Robotech told the tale of Earth after the crash landing of a Super-Dimensional Fortress on Macross Island and followed the lives of the fighter pilots and civilians the war came in contact with. It followed heroes like Rick Hunter, Dana Sterling, and Scott Bernard through their defense of Earth against the Zentraedi fleet, the Robotech Masters, and then the Invid. It’s an epic series that brought a love for anime to a generation of American children, but it also brought with it a love for great space-opera storytelling.
The connections between Robotech and Star Wars might go deeper than you expect.

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Sci-Fi Central: Anthony Phelan Who Played Lama Su
Reported by Mark on 20 Jun 2016 22:03

Via our good buddy Daryl James, here's an interview with the man behind Attack of the Clones character Lama Su, Anthony Phelan.

Australian actor Anthony Phelan played Kamino Prime Minister Lama Su in Attack of the Clones. Here he talks about his Star Wars experience. For Sci Fi Central Australia, Darryl James has interviewed over 100 different performers who have appeared in a Star Wars movie

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Brews and Blasters #75: Bib for a Tuna
Reported by Mark on 20 Jun 2016 21:57
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Jedi News Competition: Win Forever Star Wars Edition Writing Tool
Reported by Team Jedi News on 20 Jun 2016 17:01
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You heard us talking about the Forever Star Wars Edition Writing Tool from Pininfarina on the latest Star Wars Collectors Cast.... and now you can win one for yourself. Read on for all the details....

We have one Forever Star Wars Edition Writing Tool to give away!

The innovation of the futuristic writing tool is perfectly combined with the Force of Star Wars to celebrate the new chapter of the saga, The Force Awakens with this precious and unique must-have item, thought for Star Wars lovers.

It is the revolutionary writing instrument, born from the collaboration between Pininfarina and Napkin and completely hand made in Italy from master craftsmen, that has a precise stroke like a pencil but it cannot be erased like the one traced by a pen. The tip in Ethergraph, realized with a special metal alloy, conceived and created by Napkin, allows to write limitless with no ink and no refill. Taking inspiration from the Cambiano concept car, elegant and essential lines have been created that, thanks to the combination of innovative and classical material, as the aluminium and the wood, confer a unique character to the object.

The ADI Design Index, the Italian association that awards one of the most important international design prize, Compassod’Oro ADI, has selected the revolutionary writing tool Forever Pininfarina Cambiano as one of the finalists in this hard selection for 2016.

  • Star Wars logo on stylus and package
  • Limitless writing instrument
  • Inkless, no refill
  • 100% Made in Italy
  • Tip in Ethergraf® (patent pending)
  • Aluminium frame and soft touch insert
  • Black sanitized colour
  • Soft touch package with display function
  • Length 16 cm
  • Dimensions 19,5 com x 5 cm x 2,7 cm
  • Weight 39g
  • Total weight 230g

Read on to enter...

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   Sunday, June 19, 2016
The Wampa's Lair #186: Top 5 Quotes
Reported by Mark on 19 Jun 2016 23:07
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McCormick Place In Chicago Being Negotiated As Location For Lucas Museum
Reported by Justin on 19 Jun 2016 14:29

Round and round we go - where we stop, nobody knows. At least when it comes to the status of the Lucas Museum and the city of Chicago.

Earlier this month it was reported the group called Friends of the Parks had decided to reverse course and proceed ahead with securing Chicago as the official destination of the museum. Now an article posted on the Chicago Tribune sheds some light on the framework of a deal Friends of the Parks reportedly want in place in order for this to happen.

Friends of the Parks is open to negotiating a settlement of its lawsuit blocking the proposed Lucas Museum, but wants 5 percent of museum revenues to go into a neighborhood parks fund and a legally binding agreement to protect the lakefront from development for a century.

The biggest catch of all, however, may be the location. The parks preservation group is willing to talk about putting the museum at McCormick Place's Lakeside Center, but not the city's original site of a parking lot near Soldier Field. The Lakeside Center spot is part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's costly, politically difficult backup plan that has gone nowhere amid the state budget stalemate.

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   Saturday, June 18, 2016
Cantina Cast #133: The Psychology of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Reported by Mark on 18 Jun 2016 15:51
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SithLord 229: Han Solo The Force Awakens: Forest Mission
Reported by Steven on 18 Jun 2016 14:35

The exploits of Han Solo are legendary! He's been a famed smuggler, captain of the Millennium Falcon, and a hero of the Rebel Alliance. As the galaxy teeters towards war, Solo once again finds himself in the center of the action.

Like me on Facebook for news, info, upcoming reviews, hauls and fan/collector interaction!

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You can also visit my blog here.

Keep Collecting, and May the Force be with YOU!

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Official Site: Making Darth Vader A Dad
Reported by Mark on 18 Jun 2016 13:28

Over at StarWars.com Dana Jennings has a chat with author Jeffrey Brown about his magnificent Darth Vader series.

With the release of Darth Vader and Son in 2012, Jeffrey Brown’s adorable depictions of the cuter side of the galaxy were introduced to moms and dads with a passion for Star Wars. For some parents, this passion included a desire to rope their children into the saga along with them, and Brown’s books were the key. Now with several more books under his belt, including Vader’s take on parenting daughters, friendship, and even bedtime stories, Brown has made us love these characters all over again through a different lens. StarWars.com got to chat with the illustrator about his influence on young fandom, his most difficult drawings, and his own father/son relationships. We also snagged an exclusive sneak peek at the two prints included with his upcoming box set, which collects Goodnight Darth Vader and Darth Vader and Friends, due out this September!

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Western Reaches #8
Reported by Mark on 18 Jun 2016 12:22
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   Friday, June 17, 2016
SithLord 229: Goss Toowers (Resistance Technician) The Force Awakens
Reported by Steven on 17 Jun 2016 23:19

Goss Toowers is part of the tireless technical crew that provides mechanical support to the Resistance's fleet of starfighters.

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Keep Collecting, and May the Force be with YOU!

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Official Site: From A Certain Point Of View: What Is The Best Scene In The Force Awakens?
Reported by Mark on 17 Jun 2016 20:48

Over at StarWars.com writers Jon Waterhouse and Brendan Nystedt discuss which scene from The Force Awakens was their personal favourite in the latest From A Certain Point Of View.

The rathtar sequence is the best scene, says Jon.

“Chewie, we’re home.”
Hearing those words roll off of Han Solo’s tongue in The Force Awakens trailer caused a fan boy frenzy to overtake me. Noticing goosebumps and wiping misty eyes, it soon became apparent the shot of Solo and his Wookiee compadre back aboard the Millennium Falcon might wind up occupying my favorite scene of the film.

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Rebel Force Radio: June 17, 2016
Reported by Mark on 17 Jun 2016 20:18
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SithLord 229: Rey (Resistance Outfit) The Force Awakens
Reported by Steven on 17 Jun 2016 17:48

Rey is a resilient survivor, a scavenger toughened by a lifetime of dealing with the cutthroats of the harsh desert world of Jakku.

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Keep Collecting, and May the Force be with YOU!

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Official Site: Parenting Padawans: The Legacies Of Star Wars Fathers
Reported by Mark on 17 Jun 2016 17:23

Jamie Greene brings us his latest chapter of Parenting Padawans over at StarWars.com as he takes a look at the infuence of fathers on the Star Wars saga.

Fatherhood has a somewhat peculiar role in the Star Wars mythos. Fathers are critically important to the story, but they’re largely removed from their children’s lives. Many of the most powerful and enduring characters in the saga got that way despite — or more likely, because of — absent fathers.
Looking at the overarching story, it’s difficult to identify many close father-son or father-daughter relationships, and there aren’t many stereotypical “happy families.” Nevertheless, the effect fathers have on their children — both directly and indirectly — is profound. In short, their influence is extraordinary.

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Star Wars Report #226: The Not Star Wars Weekends Weekend
Reported by Mark on 17 Jun 2016 17:05
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Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Arrives On Blu-ray And DVD August 30
Reported by Justin on 17 Jun 2016 16:28

Mark it down in your calendars everyone - StarWars.com has just been updated with the packaging artwork, bonus content, disc specifications, and release date for Star Wars Rebels Season 2 on Blu-ray and DVD. The packaging artwork selected for the Blu-ray/DVD release is the same artwork used on the Season 2 promo poster that was revealed during the time of Celebration Anaheim 2015.

Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Two delivers all 22 action-packed episodes of the hit CG animated series’ second season, plus exclusive, never-before-seen bonus material on DVD and even more exclusive footage on Blu-ray! Available August 30, this thrilling continuation of the Star Wars Rebels saga depicts the continued efforts of the crew of the starship Ghost to defeat the evil Empire.

Check out the full announcement, including what specific bonus feature content is contained on each set, at the source link provided below!

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SDCC 2016: Hot Wheels Star Wars Exclusive Teased
Reported by Justin on 17 Jun 2016 14:41

Jedi News reader Nate B. sends along the following update posted on the Matty Collector website that teases us with news of a Hot Wheels Star Wars exclusive that will available next month as a SDCC 2016 exclusive.

Hot Wheels® Star Wars™ SDCC Item – $50.00

All we can say is that it’s an all-new Hot Wheels® Star Wars™ item and it will be announced by Mattel and Lucasfilm in the next few weeks. It will be $50 at the show and, like all the Hot Wheels SDCC items, will be available in limited quantities at HotWheelsCollectors.com after the show, but it will not be part of the Matty pre-sale. It will be sure to thrill both Hot Wheels and Star Wars™ fans alike when it’s finally revealed!

What can this exclusive be? Last year Hot Wheels debuted their First Order Stormtrooper character car from The Force Awakens as a SDCC exclusive (the car was later available at retail without the protective plastic blister). Will this release focus on Episode VII again or maybe something from Rogue One?

Thanks to Nate for the heads up.

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The Force Awakens 3.75-Inch Figures On Custom Vintage Kenner Cardbacks
Reported by Justin on 17 Jun 2016 14:21

The very first thing that immediately popped into my mind when I laid eyes on this posted story was "Why Hasbro...why..."

And I'm willing to bet you'll be thinking the same thing as well.

Our friends in the Force over at Jedi Temple Archives direct our attention towards an image gallery posted on the SWAN Facebook account that contains photos of Hasbro The Force Awakens 3.75-inch figures on custom-made vintage Kenner style cardbacks.

These figures look absolutely gorgeous on these cardbacks, people. GORGEOUS.

"Why Hasbro...why..."

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Celebration Europe 2016: Tattoo Pavilion Announced
Reported by Justin on 17 Jun 2016 13:52

At the Star Wars Tattoo Pavilion at Celebration Europe, some of the world’s finest tattoo artists have assembled to celebrate and create the most spectacular Star Wars body art in the galaxy. Whether you want a new tattoo yourself or just want to marvel at their amazing work, the Tattoo Pavilion is open all weekend long.

Organizers Marc Draven and Shane Turgeon have organized some of the best tattoo artists in the world who all share your passion for Star Wars. This diverse crew comes from a wide array of backgrounds and work in many styles and techniques, making Celebration the perfect place to get your next Star Wars tattoo.

Whether you have a brand new Star Wars tattoo, or already have your masterpiece inked, you can enter the Star Wars Celebration Tattoo Competition on Sunday! Sign up in the Tattoo pavilion in the South Halls of the Celebration Experience Exhibit Hall.

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Sideshow Posts New Kylo Ren Premium Format Figure Promo Video
Reported by Justin on 17 Jun 2016 11:58

Sideshow Collectibles has posted a new promo video on their official YouTube Channel of their upcoming Kylo Ren Premium Format Figure. Check it out above and start making the required display space for this bad boy if you haven't done so already.

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SDCC 2016: Sideshow Exclusive R2-D2 Unpainted Prototype Sixth Scale Figure Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 17 Jun 2016 11:37

Sideshow Collectibles is now taking pre-orders for their new R2-D2 Unpainted Prototype Sixth Scale Figure. This figure is their 2016 Convention Exclusive release as it was available for purchase at Wondercon back in March and will be available for sale next month at Celebration Europe 2016.

There are two pre-order methods available for this $120.00 figure - you can either pick it up at Sideshow's booth at SDCC, or have the figure shipped to your location. If you select the "Ship to me" option, the figure should arrive sometime during the July - August timeframe.

Based on the R2-D2 Deluxe Sixth Scale Figure, everyone’s favorite astromech has been re-imagined as an unpainted prototype droid with a distinctive monochromatic silver finish. Equipped with hinged panels and articulated light-up dome, this unique limited edition exclusive will be an excellent addition to any Star Wars collection!

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Sideshow IG-88 Sixth Scale Figure Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 17 Jun 2016 11:29

Sideshow Collectibles is now taking pre-orders for their new IG-88 Sixth Scale Figure. The figure retails for a price of $215.00 and is scheduled to begin shipping out to customers during the April - June 2017 timeframe.

Sideshow's IG-88 Sixth Scale figure of the feared droid features a new movie accurate paint scheme, three newly sculpted concussion grenades, a fabric bandolier, BlasTech E-11 Blaster, and DLT-20A Blaster Rifle.

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 17 Jun 2016 09:09
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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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   Thursday, June 16, 2016
Sideshow Announces New Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom Art Print
Reported by Justin on 16 Jun 2016 20:40

Sideshow Collectibles has updated their website with an announcement for a new Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Art Print that is coming from Acme Archives.

Fortune and Glory, Indy fans! Sideshow and Acme Archives are pleased to announce the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Art Print by Fabian Schalga and Trevor Grove, featuring your favorite archeologist. Hand-numbered and limited to just 295, pre-orders begin Monday, June 27th at 10am!

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Star Wars Battlefront Bespin Launch Trailer
Reported by Dianna on 16 Jun 2016 17:28

Experience new heroes, maps, mode, weapons, star cards and more in the new Bespin digital expansion. Join Lando Calrissian and Dengar in the Cloud City of Bespin. Take flight in a cloud car, journey through Cloud City, navigate carbon-freezing chambers, or hunt enemies with the X-8 Night Sniper and EE-4 blasters. This deal is getting better all the time.

The Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Bespin digital expansion arrives in June 2016 for Season Pass owners.

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ILMxLAB And Magic Leap “Lost Droids” Mixed Reality Test
Reported by Justin on 16 Jun 2016 15:30

An experiment from ILMxLAB and Magic Leap, shot directly through Magic Leap technology.

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Her Universe - Free Darth Vader Itty Bitty With Any Order
Reported by James on 16 Jun 2016 15:13

Get a free Hallmark itty bitty with ANY order, but today ONLY at Her Universe - what you waiting for...

Happy hunting!

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Official Pix Lewis Macleod Private Autograph Pre-order/Send-in
Reported by James on 16 Jun 2016 14:57

This from our friends at Official Pix - today's the last day!

Official Pix is happy to present a rare private signing with Lewis MacLeod, the voice of Sebula in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace! He has a few different 8x10 photos that he's offering to us for pre-orders, so click here to check them all out. We are also accepting send-in items with no limitations for this signing. You could get an autograph on action figures/toys, mini busts, trading cards, photographs, posters, comic books, magazines, LP covers, props and more!

Orders will be taken through Thursday, June 16th and all send-in items must arrive by Friday, June 17th to be included.

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LEGO Fan Media Days Billund June 2016 - Image Gallery
Reported by James on 16 Jun 2016 14:40

You heard Chris Pearce (from Brickset.com) and me talking about the LEGO Fan Media Days in Billund yesterday on the latest Star Wars Collectors Cast.... and now you can view the images featuring my visit to the LEGO HQ, Factory, LEGO Ideas House and more...

Big thanks to everybody at LEGO for making this happen - especially Kim Thomsen, Jan Beyer and everyone else - it was an amazing experience.

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LEGOLAND Windsor Star Wars Weekends May 2016 - Image Gallery
Reported by James on 16 Jun 2016 14:09

You heard Chris Pearce (from Brickset.com) and me talking about the LEGOLAND Windsor Star Wars Weekend on the latest Star Wars Collectors Cast.... and now you can view the images featuring the new LEGO Death Star, Death Star Trench and Minifigures...

Big thanks to LEGO, LEGOLAND Windsor and Freerange PR for making this happen, and inviting us to the event.

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Jedi News Competition: Win Forever Star Wars Edition Writing Tool
Reported by Team Jedi News on 16 Jun 2016 11:38
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You heard us talking about the Forever Star Wars Edition Writing Tool from Pininfarina on the latest Star Wars Collectors Cast.... and now you can win one for yourself. Read on for all the details....

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Argos Top Toy Predictions for Christmas 2016
Reported by James on 16 Jun 2016 09:43
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Argos have revealed their top toy predictions for this Christmas, and there's a Star Wars item on the list.

This is the widest range of toys ever to appear on their list, and the poll reveals what kids think will be on Santa's list in ten years time with self-building LEGO, self-tidying toys and conversational robots all making the grade! 
  
Here are the toys set to play starring roles on every kid’s letter to Santa this year: -

  • Zoomer Chimp Paw Patrol Air Patroller
  • LEGO City Volcano VTech Toot Toot Drivers Goldmine
  • Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike Tiny Treasures Baby Doll
  • SelfieMic Design a Friend Tiffany
  • Snuggles My Dream Puppy Fisher Price Codeapillar
  • BB-8

Great to see Star Wars on the list represented by BB-8, and LEGO too. Read on for more commentary and details....  

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   Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Celebration Europe 2016: Art Show Prints Revealed
Reported by Justin on 15 Jun 2016 22:07

The Star Wars Celebration Art Show brings together talented artists from around the world—each having passed a panel of Lucasfilm judges to earn their place in the show. Each artist has crafted an exclusive Star Wars art print to be sold in limited numbers throughout the weekend. These amazing, limited edition prints highlight a diverse range of styles and Star Wars subjects, but all underscore the passion and artistry of their creators.

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Official Site: Writer Marjorie Liu On Racing With The Han Solo Comic
Reported by Mark on 15 Jun 2016 22:07

Over at StarWars.com Amy Ratcliffe sits down with Han Solo writer Marjorie Liu to discuss the ins and outs of the hottest new comic on stands today.

Han Solo swooped into the Battle of Yavin at the right exact time to help Luke Skywalker blow up the Death Star. It wasn’t the first time he displayed his investment in the Rebellion, but it was perhaps the grandest statement he’d made about his loyalties to that point. But where did he go from there? At his heart, is Han really a soldier? His story in the years between the medal ceremony on Yavin and Echo Base on Hoth has been unfolding in the pages of Marvel’s comics, and we’ll see even more of it in the Han Solo comic book miniseries.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Movie Screenings Of A New Hope And The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 15 Jun 2016 22:02

The story that started the theatrical saga of Star Wars, as well as the most recent, epic movie for the big screen, will play for fans at Celebration Europe Friday and Saturday evenings.

On Friday night, July 15, relive the excitement of seeing Star Wars: A New Hope in a theater, surrounded by your fellow fans. Bring your lightsaber and get ready to cheer for your heroes, and boo the dark lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. Or perhaps cheer for Darth if you lean toward the Dark Side….

Then on Saturday evening, July 16, plan to stay after hours to watch the latest, epic movie in the Star Wars story, The Force Awakens, presented in theatrical quality on the Celebration Stage.

Both movies will be screened on the Celebration Stage in the evenings, exact times to be announced soon!

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Celebration Europe 2016: Images Of Helmets From The Biker Scout Helmet Project
Reported by Justin on 15 Jun 2016 21:56

Oh yeah - you just knew I was gonna be the team member here at Jedi News to post this update. Images of some of the simply AWESOME helmet designs that will be featured as part of the Biker Scout Helmet Project at Celebration Europe 2016 have been posted today on the official Celebration website. Included in the image gallery is the "Cold War, Hot Jets" helmet created by Andy Rodgers that we exclusively revealed here on Jedi News at the end of last month.

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Power to the Prequels: I, Anakin
Reported by Mark on 15 Jun 2016 21:53

Michael O'Connor takes a look at Anakin Skywalker, the ultimate flawed protagonist over at Retrozap.

When most of us think of a favorite fictional character, we have certain criteria. The character is usually inspiring to us in some way, deserving of our respect and appreciation; we find some trait or talent or characteristic enviable or enchanting. We are usually drawn to those who overcome the odds, stand up for a strongly-held belief, and demonstrate some control over their own destiny. A popular character is one who represents strength and purpose and identity.
Superman. James Bond. Sherlock Holmes. Princess Leia. The list goes on and on…
I happen to be a little unusual in that I’ve always been most fascinated by characters who are flawed or vulnerable or just out-right failures. My favorite characters tend to be guys like Holden Caulfield or Benjamin Braddock, Fox Mulder or Phillip Marlowe, Patrick Bateman or Alex from A Clockwork Orange.
And in the case of the Star Wars saga, Anakin Skywalker. Specifically, Hayden Christensen’s Anakin from Episodes II and III.

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The Star Wars Show Episode 6
Reported by Justin on 15 Jun 2016 21:47

Comedian and The Do-Over star Nick Swardson talks Bib Fortuna, Salacious Crumb, and more, David Collins reports on all the new Star Wars video game reveals from EA Play and E3, we preview Marvel’s Han Solo #1 (in stores today!), and Anthony Daniels!

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Celebration Europe 2016: Floor Plan Map Now Available
Reported by Justin on 15 Jun 2016 21:42

In addition to the round of special guests that was revealed earlier today, the official Celebration Europe 2016 website has been updated with a map of the Floor Plan for the convention center. Check it out at the source link below and start planning your Celebration attack run today!

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Fly Casual Episode 93: Poe N Rey 4 Eva
Reported by Mark on 15 Jun 2016 21:39
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Celebration Europe 2016: Peter Mayhew, Jeremy Bulloch, & Daniel Logan Attending
Reported by Justin on 15 Jun 2016 21:36

The latest batch of special guests that will be appearing next month at Celebration Europe 2016 has been posted on the official Celebration website. Come meet Peter Mayhew, Jeremy Bulloch, and Daniel Logan!

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Celebration Europe: Announcing the Celebration Europe 2016 Collector Track Medallions!
Reported by Mark on 15 Jun 2016 21:26

As posted earlier today on the The Official Star Wars Celebration Collecting Track group Facebook page, all 12 coins which attendees to each collecting track panel can collect.

Announcing the Celebration Europe 2016 Collector Track Medallions! Continuing with the tradition of awesome giveaways, the Collecting Track will be handing out enameled medallions at the panels! Absolutely free! Each pewter medallion shows a detailed view of a vintage Kenner Star Wars toy! They will make awesome companion pieces to both our popular Star Tot and Celebration Medallion giveaways of the past, and are something that you can appreciate for years to come! Collect all 12!

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 15 Jun 2016 21:00
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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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Celebration Europe 2016: Anthony Daniels Is Coming To Star Wars Celebration Europe
Reported by Mark on 15 Jun 2016 20:50

Great news, a announced on today's episode of The Star Wars Show - Anthony Daniels is appearing at Celebration Europe alonfgside Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Kathleen Kennedy, Gareth Edwrds and many more.

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The Star Wars Show: New Video Games, Han Solo #1 Preview, and Nick Swardson
Reported by Mark on 15 Jun 2016 20:39

Comedian and The Do-Over star Nick Swardson talks Bib Fortuna, Salacious Crumb, and more, David Collins reports on all the new Star Wars video game reveals from EA Play and E3, we preview Marvel’s Han Solo #1 (in stores today!), and Anthony Daniels!

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Watch Disney's Shanghai Resort Grand Opening Ceremony Live
Reported by Justin on 15 Jun 2016 18:33

The time has finally arrived for Disney to take the ribbon off their new resort in Shanghai and open the park's gates to visitors. And you can partake in watching the grand opening ceremony streaming live on Disney's official website right from the comfort of your own living room couch later on today!

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Star Wars Collectors Cast: Episode 65
Reported by Team Jedi News on 15 Jun 2016 16:01
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THR's Interview With Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, And Frank Marshall
Reported by Justin on 15 Jun 2016 13:40

The Hollywood Reporter has posted a simply can't-miss feature on their website that includes interview segments that were conducted with three big time Hollywood icons - Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall. If you've basically seen any movie ever, you'll want to read what these three heavyweights had to say.

Three legendary longtime colleagues open up about the director's role in getting J.J. Abrams to helm 'Episode VII,' the mistake that would have cost 'Jurassic World' director Colin Trevorrow his job and how to find young helmers (who don't suck).

THR also posted another interview piece with Steven Spielberg that touches on the following content:

With his 29th movie, 'The BFG,' about to debut, Hollywood's most successful and arguably greatest director answers questions about what happened at DreamWorks, what will happen at Amblin Partners and what (and who) will be the focus of his vast ambitions moving forward (hint: Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones does not die).

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EA On Their Priority In Developing Upcoming Star Wars Video Games
Reported by Justin on 15 Jun 2016 12:28

We've known for a few years now that Electronic Arts would be releasing several new Star Wars video games in the coming years as part of their exclusive deal with Disney that was announced in May of 2013.

With this year's E3 Expo currently front & center, IGN posted some comments made by Jade Raymond (who recently founded EA's new Motive studio last summer) on the focus of the company as it pertains to these new Star Wars titles.

Raymond stated that EA Motive will be dedicating the majority of it's resources to the development of the recently announced sequel to Battlefront but also said collaboration is underway for Amy Hennig and Visceral Games' currently untitled game. Earlier reports had stated that Hennig's Star Wars game would feature a gameplay style similar to that of the popular Uncharted series, so we continue to wait for official details on that specific title.

Be sure to check out EA's "Star Wars: A Look Ahead" video that was shown a few days ago during E3 if you missed it initially.

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Celebration Europe 2016: One Month To Go
Reported by Justin on 15 Jun 2016 11:14

Today marks the one month time period before fans from all four corners of the globe will be gathering at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London to celebrate the Star Wars Saga at Celebration Europe 2016. You just know Mary Franklin and the entire crew at ReedPOP will be delivering an experience that will not be soon forgotten.

Will we be seeing you there? We certainly hope so!

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Official Site: The Playlist: Tarkin
Reported by Mark on 15 Jun 2016 09:53

Over at StarWars.com Bryan Young brings us his latest Playlist, this time looking at the dastardly Grand Moff Tarkin.

The partnership between Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader was nothing short of legendary. Together, they were unstoppable. But how did they become the feared duo they were by the time they destroyed Alderaan?
This playlist tracks back through The Clone Wars and traces the first meeting between Tarkin and Vader and culminates with the abrupt end of their relationship at the hands of the Rebel Alliance.

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   Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The Trade Federation #59
Reported by Mark on 14 Jun 2016 22:56
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Official Site: Much To Learn You Still Have: 7 Things You Might Not Know About Twi'Leks
Reported by Mark on 14 Jun 2016 22:36

Over at StarWars.com Dana Jenning gives you 7 things you might not know about Twi'Leks.

Much to Learn You Still Have is a rundown of trivia and fun facts, both in-universe and behind-the-scenes, about the aliens of the Star Wars galaxy. Whether you’ve never set foot in a cantina or you’re a well-traveled Jedi Master, you’ll find the intel you need.
We’ve seen them dance in Jabba’s palace, fly the first B-wing fighter, and even ignite lightsabers as Jedi. Twi’leks are a species you can easily pick out of a crowd, but how much do you really know about the natives of Ryloth?

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The Audette Set: June 14th
Reported by Mark on 14 Jun 2016 21:52

It's time to join Mike for this weeks Audette Set.

Considering that E3 is happening this week, it should be no surprise that there is plenty of gaming news. The Bespin DLC for Battlefront was announced. ILMxLAB virtual reality will be at Celebration Europe. But then Daisy Ridly comes along and sends out one remarkable Instagram post.

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Official Site: 10 Highlights From Star Wars Insider #166
Reported by Mark on 14 Jun 2016 21:19

Jonathan Wilkins walks you through 10 highlights from the latest Star Wars Insider including Rony Bridges in My Star Wars, Incoming brought to you by James Burns and my latest article Galactic Ex-Pats.

5. GALACTIC EX-PATS!
The American actors who played some of the brief, but well-loved roles in the Star Wars saga tell the stories about how they came to appear in the movies.

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Radio Free Tatooine: The News From Anchorhead - June 14th, 2016
Reported by Mark on 14 Jun 2016 20:58
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#CANTINA
Reported by Mark on 14 Jun 2016 20:25

The gig for star wars fans! 3 bands (including s secret super headliner) and lots of surprises. 14th July at that Brooklyn Bowl at the O2 Arean London - tickets here.

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The Reason John Williams Wants To Keep Doing The Star Wars Music
Reported by Mark on 14 Jun 2016 20:09

If this is the reason that the maestro John Williams is going to continue writing Star Wars music then that's fine by me. A direct quote from the great man:

"If I can do it, I certainly will. I told Kathy Kennedy I'm happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn't want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley."

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Gentle Giant Rey The Force Awakens Mini Bust Pre-Order Announced
Reported by Justin on 14 Jun 2016 19:25

Gentle Giant has announced a brand new Rey Mini Bust from The Force Awakens that is available for pre-order right now. The mini bust carries a $120.00 price tag and is expected to be released sometime in Q1 2017.

Gentle Giant Ltd. is returning to Jakku with their newest 1:6 scale, Star Wars Mini Bust, Rey, from Star Wars: Episode 7, The Force Awakens. The mysterious junker from Jakku has rekindled a curiosity with Star Wars fans young and old. Who is she? Where did she come from? Why is she so strong with the Force? Only time will tell. This highly detailed mini bust, was created digitally by the artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd. and captures the likeness of Rey with staff in hand, conveying a sense of calm while holding back a tremendous amount of power that she has yet to realize. Star Wars fans of all ages look forward to Rey’s story unraveling as the saga continues! This limited edition, hand-painted, 1:6 scale Star Wars Mini Bust is cast in high-quality polyresin, and comes individually numbered with a matching Certificate of Authenticity. Rey is the perfect addition to your Star Wars collection.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Funko Pop! Vinyl Bobblehead Exclusives Revealed
Reported by Justin on 14 Jun 2016 19:17

Funko, in partnership with Underground Toys, has revealed four Pop! Vinyl Bobbleheads that will be available exclusively at Celebration Europe 2016.

Funko is proud to announce its presence at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016!

We’ve partnered with Underground Toys to provide four Pop! vinyl bobblehead exclusives for the show, with an emphasis on the original Star Wars trilogy!

From Luke Skywalker’s Bespin encounter with Darth Vader to Luke and Han Solo as decorated veterans of the Rebellion, these exclusives pay homage to the films that started it all! The bounty hunter 4-LOM is an essential for any Star Wars fan!

Head to Booth #S203 to get your Star Wars Celebration Europe Funko Exclusives!

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Matthew Wood Chats With IGN About Creating The Sound For Rogue One
Reported by Justin on 14 Jun 2016 18:27

Head on over to IGN at the source link below for a brief interview Max Nicholson recently conducted with Lucasfilm sound designer Matthew Wood about how he is approaching the creation of the sound we will be hearing in Rogue One on December 16.

Wood said they're still trying to create new sounds as well and "take things that are in that same patina [of the old sounds] and create new ships and, you know... David Acord, who was my co-supervisor on The Force Awakens -- and we both did The Clone Wars together as well -- we've just tried to take a blend of what we made in Clone Wars and what we've done in the Prequels and now The Force Awakens and just tried to put it in that same zone so it seems like it's in that same universe."

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Full of Sith Episode CLXXI: Live from Fan Con
Reported by Mark on 14 Jun 2016 17:20
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Toys 'R' Us 2016 "I Am Your Father('s) Day" Press Release
Reported by Justin on 14 Jun 2016 14:09

The Public Relations team over at site sponsor Toys 'R' Us has sent along the following press release email in advance of the Father's Day holiday arriving later this week on Sunday June 19.

To my fellow Jedi Knights –

Wanted to share this with you, as I am Your Father(‘s Day) is coming up this weekend!

From collectible action figures to voice-altering character masks (who hasn’t wanted to say “LUKE, I am your father” in the voice of Darth Vader?!), Toys 'R' Us has been the ultimate destination for fans to find toys based on this time-honored saga for the last 40 years.

Examples of these fan-favorite gifts for dad (or grandads, brothers, uncles, cousins!) can be found here and include the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Black Series 6-inch Action Figures (Hasbro); Bladebuilders Star Wars: A New Hope Darth Vader Electronic Lightsaber (Hasbro); Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Darth Vader Voice Changer Helmet (Hasbro); and Star Wars: The Force Awakens R2D2 Interactive Robotic Droid (Thinkway Toys).

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LEGO Volkswagen Beetle (Set #10252) Available Aug 1st
Reported by James on 14 Jun 2016 14:00
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Jedi News is proud to be a LEGO User Group, and as such we post news and review other LEGO sets in addition to Star Wars.

Today the LEGO Group is proud to announce their latest direct to consumer set, the LEGO Volkswagen Beetle (Set #10252) - available on-line and in LEGO stores from August 1st. The 1,167 piece Volkswagen Beetle is a LEGO Creator Expert set aimed at those aged 16 and up. It is competitively priced at US $99.99 - CA $129.99 - DE 89.99€ - UK £69.99 - DK 799.00 DKK *Euro pricing varies by country.  Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Take the link for more information and images (click on each for a closer look)...

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Come See Raiders!: The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
Reported by Justin on 14 Jun 2016 12:30

If you are a long-time fan of the Indiana Jones franchise (or just looking to get into the films now after hearing about the upcoming release of Indy 5), you'll want to check out the following announcement that was sent over by our good friend Kyle Newman.

RAIDERS: THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE

If you love stories of friendship, filmmaking and 80s nostalgia, I promise you will adore this film. It is overflowing with heart, passion and fun. It chronicles the incredible journey that these ten year old kids began in 1982 -- to remake Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark shot-for shot -- that they were still battling to finish as grown men in 2015. They are like real life Goonies! It also features Jonathan Rhys Davies ("Sallah" himself from the Indiana Jones series), Eli Roth, Harry Knowles, Ernie Cline (writer of Ready Player One and Fanboys) & more!

Critics and fans are absolutely loving it (Raiders has a 100 percent on RottenTomatoes!)

Raiders opens this Friday, June 17th in select US theaters and VOD across all platforms via Drafthouse Films.

The Raiders Guys are also on a 50-plus city cross country tour of the US with both the new documentary film and their cult classic remake on Raiders.

Thank you thank you thank you!!! I hope you all get the chance to see it. I am so proud of the film.

E3 2016: LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer, Demo Now Available For PS4
Reported by Justin on 14 Jun 2016 11:40

Debuting at E3 2016, this special trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens previews Rey’s amazing journey — with LEGO’s signature humor.

In addition to the trailer video posted above, the official Star Wars YouTube Channel also uploaded a Niima Outpost Demo Trailer video that shows off a few exciting moments from the game. The demo is available for PS4 owners and can be downloaded here from the PlayStation Store (demo description provided below).

Be the first to play LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Download the demo today to join Rey, Finn, and BB-8 as they evade the villainous First Order. Engage in Blaster Battles with Stormtroopers, use Multi-Builds to race through Niima Outpost, and dogfight with TIE Fighters through derelict Imperial Star Destroyers in the Millennium Falcon before escaping Jakku!

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   Monday, June 13, 2016
Cloud City Casino #52: Shadows of The Empire 20th Anniversary
Reported by Mark on 13 Jun 2016 20:01
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Custom LEGO Star Wars TIE Fighter Hangar From The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 13 Jun 2016 17:26

Straight out of Star Wars The Force Awakens, I bring you a completely LEGO constructed diorama of the Finalizer TIE Fighter hanger! It is 128 studs long, 48 deep, and 50 bricks tall. Filled with minifigs and of course the 4 TIE Fighters!

Be sure to also check out the Finalizer Hangar MOC Technique Breakdown companion video posted by the same "LegoSpencer" account holder.

Absolutely fabulous work to say the least!

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Star Wars: A Licensing Empire
Reported by Mark on 13 Jun 2016 16:06

Fun.com take us on a journey through the history of Star Wars licensing with a nifty infographic.

Remember a long time ago, here in this galaxy, when Star Wars was just a movie? Neither do we! It’s no surprise that Star Wars is one of the most valuable franchises today and it’s mostly due to all the licensed merchandise that’s available out there. Sure, things started small with books and action figures (have you seen how many Luke Skywalker action figures there are?), but it’s grown into a colossal business. You can get Star Wars shoes, purses, slippers, bathrobes, pajamas, toasters, jewelry... pretty much anything you can think of!
If you add everything up - all the way down to Star Wars branded macaroni and cheese - you’ll find that Star Wars merchandise sales exceeded a quarter of a billion dollars last year alone! That’s a whole lot of noodles! As much as we’d like to go into every detail, we’d prefer to use our time to keep watching Star Wars movies on the regular. Here’s a look at amount of Star Wars movies, books, and toys produced since the franchise launched 40 years ago.

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The Wampa's Lair: Tales of the Lairians #2
Reported by Mark on 13 Jun 2016 14:59
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NYCC 2016: Fan Verification Profile Submission Deadline Is Today
Reported by Justin on 13 Jun 2016 12:41

Just a quick (but very important) reminder that today is the deadline for all attendees to submit their required Fan Verification Profile for NY Comic Con 2016. Remember, you must submit a profile in order to be able to purchase tickets to the convention. So if you haven't completed your profile yet, don't delay any longer - take the source link below and submit yours today before time runs out.

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Happy Birthday Ralph McQuarrie
Reported by Team Jedi News on 13 Jun 2016 11:47

Today we recognize the birthday of one of the "Holy Trinity" members of the Star Wars franchise. A man who's work continues to have a strong influence on the Saga that we've all come to love decades after he first placed pencil to canvas.

The late, great Ralph McQuarrie.

Mr. McQuarrie would have been 87 years old today. And as reminder, you can pre-order his upcoming new book titled Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie from Amazon right now which will be arriving later this year in September.

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E3 2016: Electronic Arts "Star Wars: A Look Ahead" Video
Reported by Dianna on 13 Jun 2016 11:23

Take a look at what’s going on with some of the amazing Star Wars projects our teams at EA are working on now, including DICE, BioWare, Motive, Visceral Games, Capital Games and our partners at Respawn Entertainment. These experiences will explore different Star Wars eras in different gaming genres on different platforms.

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Hasbro Comic Con Exclusives Coming To London Film & Comic Con
Reported by Matt on 13 Jun 2016 09:24



For the first time ever in Europe, Hasbro's Comic Con exclusives will be available to buy at this years London Film and Comic Con.

With guests such as Mad's Mikkelsen from Rogue One, artist Doug Wheatley, Darth Vader himself - David Prowse, Boba Fett - Jeremy Bulloch and many many more.  This is one show you will not want to miss!

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   Sunday, June 12, 2016
Skywalking Through Neverland #123: Special Announcements! (Brought To You By Numbers 1,2 and 3)
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Happy 35th Birthday Raiders of the Lost Ark
Reported by Mark on 12 Jun 2016 19:48

Many happy returns to the incomparable Raiders of the Lost Ark which hits its 35th birthday today.

Released June 12th 1981 and made for just £18 million dollars the film grossed $248,159,971 on its North American run and finished with a worldwide tally of $389,925,971. Adjust that North American total for inflation and you have $759,559,800, making it the 21st highest grossing film of all time.

Nominated for eight Oscars it won four including wins for Best Editing, Art Direction, Visual Effects and Sound and is notable not only for proving that Steven Spielberg could bring in a film on time and budget (both Close Encounters and 1941 had spiralled out of control in that regard) but that Harrison Ford was THE leading man of the 1980's and that lightning could strike twice - Star Wars and Indiana Jones came from the fertile imagination of George Lucas in 1973 and 1974 respectively.

An all-time classic that's eminently rewatchable let's tip our hats and raise a glass to Raiders.

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Official Site: Aces High: Comparing The Paths Of Luke Skywalker And Poe Dameron
Reported by Mark on 12 Jun 2016 18:59

Across the pond at StarWars.com Jay Stobie takes a look at the similarities between Poe and Luke and the paths they have taken so far.

Luke Skywalker and Poe Dameron are two of the most infamous pilots in the galaxy that is far, far away. Their respective heroics proved vital to the victories achieved by the Rebellion in A New Hope and the Resistance in The Force Awakens. While both men have become iconic flyers, their paths to prominence were not mirror images of one another and ultimately formed the basis for their career trajectories following the Battle of Yavin and the Battle of Starkiller Base.

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Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 23
Reported by Mark on 12 Jun 2016 18:33

Let's check in with Jawa James Floyd for the latest weeks fashion with Wear Star Wars Every Day which hits week 23.

Week 23 (June 3 to June 9) has a batch of different Star Wars shirts for my ongoing fundraising campaign to support Collateral Repair Project. Click here to learn more about Wear Star Wars Every Day.

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Dark Side Decay
Reported by Mark on 12 Jun 2016 18:07

Over at Coffee With Kenobi Ryder Waldron takes a look at the corrosive powers of the dark side.

Over the last few weeks as I was trying to decide on a topic for my blog this month, I received a message from my friend Michael Morris of the Cloud City Casino podcast with a suggestion: Why not compare tooth decay to the Dark Side of the Force? It was a great idea and as a dentist I hope I can do it justice. If not, the Cloud City Administrator may revoke my license.
If we let down our oral hygiene guard the tooth decay process can start. It can be as simple as not brushing and flossing regularly, consuming too many sugary foods or acidic drinks, taking a new medication, or not visiting a dentist regularly. All of these are things that happen within our bodies or that we allow to happen to our bodies. This can be likened to a Jedi allowing thoughts to seep into their mind of using the Dark Side or letting someone else plant those thoughts. It’s not the worst thing in the galaxy, but if these thoughts are allowed to continue it could lead down a dark path that will forever dominate one’s destiny.

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Brews and Blasters #74: The Neil Diamond Episode
Reported by Mark on 12 Jun 2016 13:37
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The Realm Recap: Episode #99 - Summertime Sadness
Reported by Mark on 12 Jun 2016 09:40
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   Saturday, June 11, 2016
Of Dice and Droids Side Episode #1: The Age of Rebellion Beginner Game
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Official Site: In A Snap: Greg Grunberg Talks The Force Awakens on VHS!
Reported by Mark on 11 Jun 2016 22:35

Fellow Brit and video genius Jamie Stangroom brings us his first post over at StarWars.com, a great chat with Snap Wexley himself Greg Grunberg.

StarWars.com: So Greg, let’s take a little stroll down memory lane. What’s your earliest Star Wars memory?

Greg Grunberg: When it all began! I turned 50 this year, so I was 11 in 1977 and my best friend in the world was J.J. Abrams. We were both just so excited to see this whole new world and to discover these new characters. I can totally get how the movie executives would have been like, “What is this garbage?!” But it was sold to us immediately!
And you know they always use a fake name for a production, because they don’t want people to know that we’re shooting Star Wars, so for The Force Awakens they used AVCO, and it was after the Avco theatre in Westwood, California, where J.J. and I both went to see the original film all those years ago! It’s just so amazing that it came full circle like it did.

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Barbra Streisand, Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley Sing "At the Ballet"
Reported by Mark on 11 Jun 2016 21:56

Star Wars fans are a lucky bunch. Not only do we have an acclaimed director playing Yoda, a noted artist playing Lando Calrissian, the movie industry's number one star playing Han Solo, the definitive Joker playing Luke Skywalker and an award winning scriptwriter playing Princess Leia we also have a hyper-talented new cast zooming through the galaxy.

While John Boyega continually shows he can do pretty much anything he turns his hand to and Oscar Isaac delights us all by being a musical genius we have another fantastic musical talent in the cast with Daisy Ridley who more than holds her own with two Oscar winning actresses (who both won their gongs for musicals). Put aside whatever you're doing and I promise, you'll love her even more than you do already.

Barbra Streisand has teamed up with Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley for a powerful rendition of A Chorus Line's "At the Ballet." The two-time Oscar winner released a video of the trio belting out the single from her new album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, out Aug. 26.
Streisand reveals that when she was interviewing Ridley for her planned screen adaptation of the musical Gypsy, she asked her if she could sing.
"She said, 'Yeah, I can sing,'" said Streisand. "I didn't know if that was supposed to be like me in 'Funny Girl' when he goes 'Can you skate?' and I go, 'Of course I can skate,' and the next minute she's falling all over the place because, of course she can't skate." However, Streisand's risk paid off. "She wasn't kidding," said Streisand, "She can sing."
Ridley said at first she was nervous singing with Streisand and being directed by her, especially since it was her first time recording a song. She pointed out that she was working with two actresses who won Oscars for their musical films, an experience she jokes was "slightly daunting." Eventually though, Ridley got into the swing of things and said she felt at ease.

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Full of Sith Rumor Control #6
Reported by Mark on 11 Jun 2016 20:10
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Joliet Star Wars Day 2016
Reported by Mark on 11 Jun 2016 19:30

Over at Retrozap Michael Harris brings us this look at the recent Joliet Star Wars Day 2016 which featured our pals Eric Pfeifer, Cris Macht, Keith Kappel and our good buddies over at RebelForce Radio.

Although they called for rain and thunderstorms, the Kamino-like forecast couldn’t stop the thousands of fans from coming out for the seventh annual Joliet Star Wars Day this past Saturday. Although this is the seventh year, it is only my third time attending the event. I remember hearing about it in the past, and never made it out, assuming it was a smaller event that a lot of public libraries hold now and then. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This thing seems to get bigger and bigger every year; it’s a mini Celebration! Last year brought in about 7,000 people, which was over 2,000 more than 2014, and the expectation this year was about 10,000 attendants. Joliet Library put on an amazing event, and filled two buildings and a street with amazing vendors, authors, artists and scratch-made costumes and props.

And to hear more from the event tune in to the June 10th episode of Rebel Force Radio.

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Official Site: Why The Star Wars Topps Trading Card Books Are Awesome!
Reported by Mark on 11 Jun 2016 18:48

Over at StarWars.com the magnificently monickered Matt Dracula gives us an insight into the fantastic Abram's Topps book series. I'm also collecting them and they are superb.

Published through Abrams’ ComicArts imprint, Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series is a multi-volume set that gathers each and every card from all of the vintage collections. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Volume 1: Star Wars
  • Volume 2: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Volume 3: Return of the Jedi (due out this summer — you can pre-order now!)

There’s even a “sister” book tackling Topps’ Star Wars Galaxy trading card set from the early ‘90s, pictured above.

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Star Wars Launches Birmingham's First Ever Improv Festival
Reported by Mark on 11 Jun 2016 18:21

You may wonder quite logically 'what has the Birmingham Improv Festival 2016 got to do with Star Wars?' I'll turn you over to John Paul Houghton to explain.

The city's first festival of improvised theatre & comedy is holding a Star Wars themed launch event in the Jewellery Quarter on Friday 24 June. The event, held at The Blue Orange Theatre, aims to give audiences a sneak peek of the fun that is to come during the festival in October.
Jon Trevor, chair of the Birmingham Improv Festival committee, said "This event is the first step on the road to the festival later this year. I'm proud to be organising the first festival of this type in the city, and proud that we've attracted some of the greatest acts in the UK to perform. Our aim is to appeal to a wide range of comedy and theatre goers and showcase an artform on the rise."
"Millions of voices", the show chosen for the launch event, tells the story of everyday folk on Princess Leia's home planet. Taking suggestions from the audience, each performance tells a unique tale which will never be repeated. The show was created by MissImp, a group that performs regularly in and around Nottingham.
The Birmingham Improv Festival will run 21-23 October at The Blue Orange Theatre, Great Hampton Street, B18 6AD. It is the first festival of improvised theatre and comedy in the city. The festival will feature performances each evening covering a wide variety of improv styles, from serious drama to sketch comedy. Each day will also include workshops accessible to both new and experienced performers.

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Rebel Force Radio: June 10, 2016: Live From Joliet Star Wars Day
Reported by Mark on 11 Jun 2016 17:07
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Carrie Fisher Launches New "Advice From The Dark Side" Column
Reported by Justin on 11 Jun 2016 11:33

As if leading members of the Resistance in the ongoing fight against the evil forces of the First Order wasn't time-consuming enough, Carrie Fisher will also be offering up helpful advice on how to navigate that crazy thing called life to those who seek it in her new column titled "Advice From the Dark Side."

Now, I want you all to consider calling upon me with your carefuls and I will provide solicited advice, based on a life filled with pratfalls and accidents (both in traffic and out). But – and I say this with a thing like love – let the questions come from the younger members of our congested world.

No, really. I can’t help you with your homework; but I can tell you what I did if I’ve had an experience like yours. Throw it at my wall and see what sticks. What you do with that info is up to you.

If you feel the advice from Fisher is something that could help you with a difficult or uncomfortable situation in your life, contact her at carrie.fisher.advice@theguardian.com.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Official Trailer
Reported by Dianna on 11 Jun 2016 11:07

Lucasfilm has released an official trailer for the new LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures TV series that will be arriving later this month on Monday June 20 at 10:00am ET on Disney XD. Check it out above and be sure to watch the earlier "Meet The Freemaker Family" video that was released at the end of April.

Get a sneak peek at the brand new animated series, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures! Set between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the action comedy series follows the Freemakers, a family of sibling scavengers who operate a salvage and repair shop in space, and features Star Wars heroes and villains from across the saga.

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures will premiere Monday, June 20, at 10:00 a.m. EST on Disney XD!

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   Friday, June 10, 2016
Steven Spielberg Confirms John Williams Will Score Indiana Jones 5
Reported by Justin on 10 Jun 2016 15:24

Yesterday it was reported that director Steven Spielberg had found the desired MacGuffin that will be in play for the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones film. And now today we receive word that the one and only Mr. John Williams will be providing the score for the film as confirmed by Spielberg himself!

Legendary composer John Williams will be returning to the Indiana Jones franchise for its fifth installment to bring what will surely be another pulse-pounding, phenomenal score to theaters with 2019's Indiana Jones 5.

Williams was confirmed to be returning at the American Film by none other than legendary director Steven Spielberg, who will also be returning to the franchise, along with its star Harrison Ford. The film is set for release on July 19, 2019.

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Major Obstacle In Lucas Museum Landing In Chicago Appears To Have Been Cleared
Reported by Justin on 10 Jun 2016 14:25

If this latest report centering on the Lucas Museum's continued struggle to nail down Chicago as it's construction location is in fact true, the chances of Chicago landing the museum will appear to be back on track. After word came down last month that San Francisco and Los Angeles were being considered as possible destinations for the Lucas Museum if a deal with Chicago could not be reached, the Chicago Sun Times provides us with the following update.

In what was described as a stunning turnabout Wednesday, the Friends of the Parks’ executive board voted to restart negotiations with the city to “move forward with the Lucas Museum,” according to a highly placed source.

Sneed is told the board asked FOP director Lauren Moltz to move forward on a three-pronged plan which could include dropping the FOP’s lawsuit against the city in their lakefront museum campus battle and proceeding with repurposing the old Lakeside Center building at McCormick Place as the new location of movie mogul George Lucas’ interactive museum.

It would also include a firm commitment by the city to “reaffirm its desire to uphold it’s Lakeside Protection ordinance,” the source said.

Thanks to our own Marc Zachacki for the retweet alerting us to this news.

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Mads Mikkelsen Has A Single Day Of Pickups For Rogue One
Reported by BrianC on 10 Jun 2016 14:20



The very brutally honest Mads Mikkelsen has spoken out on the Rogue One pickups to the UK's Independent whilst promoting his new release, Men and Chicken.
You’re in Rogue One, apparently playing a semi-villain who is ‘not a bad guy,’ is there anything you can tell me about the character?

I’m not sure how much I’m allowed to say without killing you. I play someone in the film, yes. So far, so good.

There is a lot of talk about the ongoing reshoots, are you involved with them?

I have one day. I can’t remember when, in two weeks I think.

It’s been very mixed in the press, with two sides; some sources are claiming the film will undergo big changes while others are saying it will be very minimal. What’s the feeling you have from being involved with the film?

Basically, all the big films I have done always have reshoots, it is part of their budget. They’re either not super happy with a scene bit, the way we were acting, or maybe there’s something they want to add. It’s not a new thing, it happens with every film. Whether it’s bigger or less, I have no idea, I have nothing to compare with. It’s the same film, it’s just adding little bits here and there to do the final polishing. That’s my feeling.

It’s interesting because, obviously, films get reshot all the time but, for this one, it has been talked about everywhere.

That’s also interesting, to make the right goal and all the rumours happening. [Disney] love that, it’s free publicity.
So, adding bits here and there and a single day shoot for Mad's - not quite the disaster the mainstream media would have you believe...

For the full piece take the link below.

Source Independent
Sideshow Announces New IG-88 Sixth Scale Figure
Reported by Justin on 10 Jun 2016 12:29

Sideshow Collectibles has updated their website to include a product announcement for a new IG-88 Sixth Scale Figure. The pre-order date that is currently listed (as of the time of this posting) appears to be a typo as the date they have is Thursday May 26. We'll be sure to keep an eye on this product listing and will update this story with the corrected pre-order date accordingly once Sideshow has posted it.

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Mark Hamill Doesn't Think He'll Be Able To Attend SDCC This Year
Reported by Justin on 10 Jun 2016 11:43

In an interview posted yesterday over on Entertainment Weekly in which he touches briefly on his new series Pop Culture Quest set to arrive this Fall on the new Comic-Con HQ streaming video-on-demand service, Mark Hamill revealed that he doesn't think he'll have free time in his hectic schedule to attend San Diego Comic-Con this year. His reason for not being able to attend? Well, let's just say it's a pretty valid reason if you ask me.

This [new series] is debuting on Comic-Con HQ. Do you have plans to bring this series to Comic-Con this year?

It doesn’t look like I’m gonna be able to make it this year, because of the shooting schedule here. I don’t get back until the third week in July. I wanted to go, because that’s where they’re gonna premiere The Killing Joke, and [Batman voice] Kevin Conroy is gonna be there. I’d love to see it with an audience. But it doesn’t look like my schedule’s gonna allow it this year. My major obligation right now, obviously, is to Episode VIII.

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Toys 'R' Us UK - New Hasbro 3.75" Figures Available
Reported by James on 10 Jun 2016 11:38

Site sponsor Toys 'R' Us have let us know that the following three 3.75" figures from Star Wars The Force Awakens should be available at stores this weekend in solid assortments, after which they will move into other assortments in the near future.

  • Han Solo (TRU Ref 74287)
  • Rey in Resistance Outfit (TRU Ref 74289)
  • Finn FN-2187 (TRU Ref 74295)

Happy hunting!

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John Williams Intends To Be Back For Episode VIII
Reported by BrianC on 10 Jun 2016 10:15



In an interview with Variety, composer John Williams stated his desire to be back condicting the score for Episode VIII.
He plans to begin work on Spielberg’s next film, “Ready Player One,” in November, and then next year expects to do the next “Star Wars” film. “If I can do it, I certainly will. I told Kathy Kennedy I’m happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn’t want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley,” he quips.
Take the link for the full interview, which focuses on Mr Williams American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award.

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 10 Jun 2016 09:48
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Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders and new arrivals...

 

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Disneyland Testing Interactive Droids For Star Wars Lands
Reported by BrianC on 10 Jun 2016 00:39



Gizodo is reporting on interative droids being introduced to Star Wars Launch Pad, whilst speculating on their wider plans.
If you thought Disney’s only reason for buying Lucasfilm was to make more Star Wars movies, you’re way off. The company is also currently in the process of converting parts of Disneyland and Walt Disney World into sprawling Star Wars-themed lands, and it’s already testing some of the new characters it’s designed to interact with guests.

Though the new Star Wars lands are still at least two years away from opening, YouTuber DAPs Magic spotted this new interactive droid called Jake being tested at the Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland. It’s not known if the droid is being controlled behind the scenes by an operator, but presumably it will have some level of autonomous capabilities to avoid crashing into visitors and other obstacles.


For the full report, take the link.

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Topps Release Their 2016 Star Wars Evolution Set
Reported by BrianC on 10 Jun 2016 00:04



Topps have released their 2016 Star Wars Evolution set.

This set will take collectors on a journey from The Phantom Menace through The Force Awakens as well as highlight character evolutions like Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker rising from Tatooine farm boy to Rebel Alliance hero and Jedi Knight.

The Star Wars Evolution base set is comprised of 100 cards showcasing iconic characters’ progressions over the Saga. Each base card has 4 different parallels with the Imperial Red Parallel being the rarest, and numbered 1 of 1. There are also 9 short-printed base cards limited to 100 copies for each. These short-prints contain all new images and text.

There are 5 inserts sets to collect found 1 in every 2 boxes. These include Evolution of Vehicles & Ships, Evolution of the Lightsaber, Evolution of Star Wars Comics, Stained Glass Pairings, and the rare Lenticular Morph Cards, found approximately 1 in every 3 boxes.

Each 24 pack box will include 2 hits, comprised of patch cards, autograph cards, and sketch cards. The Faction Patch Cards pair a notable Star Wars figure with a special faction patch created exclusively for Star Wars Evolution. There are also signed versions of several of these patch cards available as well. Over 80 different actors and voice actors appear on autograph cards which showcase the variety of characters they portrayed in Star Wars movies and animated properties. These autograph cards include sequentially numbered parallels and autographed printing plate versions. Signers include Mark Hamill as both Luke Skywalker AND Darth Bane, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and John Boyega. Actors such as Andy Serkis, Clive Revill, Denis Lawson, Stephen Stanton, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Phil Lamarr have signatures appearing for the first time in Star Wars Evolution. Also included are multiple Dual, Triple, and a SUPER RARE Quad Autograph Book Card featuring 4 actors who portrayed the galaxy’s deadliest bounty hunter, Boba Fett. In addition to the patch and autograph cards, fans can find sketch cards featuring specially commissioned hand drawn artwork from over 40 talented artists.
The full checklist is as follows:


Pick up the latest cards from your local hobby game store.

   Thursday, June 9, 2016
SithLord 229: Hassk Thug The Force Awakens
Reported by Steven on 09 Jun 2016 21:55

Hassks are primitive aliens that prowl the shadowy alleys of spaceport towns. The Hassks were ill-prepared for the evils of advanced technology or off-world vices, and many travel with their littermates as roaming thugs, itching to make trouble.

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NYCC 2016: Chuck Wendig Will Be Attending
Reported by Justin on 09 Jun 2016 18:01

Just a quick update to let all of our Jedi News readers know that author and comic book writer Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath) has been added to the list of Literary Guests that will be in attendance at this year's NY Comic Con. The specific day(s) that Wendig will be at the convention have yet to be officially announced as of the time of this posting.

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Toys 'R' Us UK - Hasbro Black Series TIE Fighter 50% Off
Reported by James on 09 Jun 2016 16:11

Site sponsor Toys 'R' Us have some let us know that the Hasbro Black Series First Order TIE Fighter (6") is now half price - reduced from £169.99 to £84.99. It's available to buy now at the reduced price on-line and in-store.

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Official Site: Force Of Fashion: Queen Amidala's Throne Room Ensemble
Reported by Mark on 09 Jun 2016 15:38

Catrina Dennis brings us her latest entry in the Force Of Fashion series with a look at Queen Amidala's throne room clothes from The Phantom Menace.

When the Star Wars prequels were first announced, one of my strongest memories of the marketing campaign for The Phantom Menace (as someone who was not old enough to realize what a marketing campaign actually was) are the images of Darth Maul and Queen Amidala. Maul, with multiple horns and a glare that could give someone nightmares, a new kind of Sith. But it was Amidala’s face, adorned with the traditional makeup of her planet and framed by a massive hairpiece, that stood out the most. The gorgeous red, gold, and black ensemble she wore in her debut of the saga may not have seen much wear beyond those initial scenes, but it remains one of the most interesting of Queen Amidala’s gigantic wardrobe. Within the story and in real life, the dress is easily one of the most complex, but it also represents Naboo tradition strongly — and gives us a glimpse at the fire behind Padmé’s eyes right from the start.

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First Order Transmissions #208: Rogue 2.0
Reported by Mark on 09 Jun 2016 14:40
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11 Minutes Of New LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Gameplay - Hunting Rathtars
Reported by Justin on 09 Jun 2016 14:38

IGN has posted the following video over on their official YouTube Channel showcasing about 11 minutes of new gameplay from the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game. This latest title in developer TT Games' extremely popular series of LEGO Star Wars games (as well as it's official Strategy Guide from Prima Games) will be arriving shortly in stores on June 28 across all of the major gaming consoles.

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LEGO Dimensions Huge Expansion With E.T. And More...
Reported by James on 09 Jun 2016 14:08
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Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and the LEGO Group today announced the expansion of their hugely popular LEGO Dimensions game. Bringing even more blockbuster franchises, all-new Battle Arenas, bigger Adventure Worlds, and the introduction of Story Packs offers gamers new ways to play in 2016 and beyond!

The expansion pack assortment adds 16 fan-favourite Universes for more mind-blowing mash ups. One of these expansions is the addition of the first Star Wars character... E.T. as seen on screen in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (and with Disney Infinity going you have to wonder if other Star Wars characters could eventually find themselves in the game - perhaps in time for Episode VIII in December 2017). 

Other new expansions include characters from the all new Ghostbusters, Adventure Time, Mission: Impossible, Harry Potter (Inc. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), The A-Team, The LEGO Batman Movie, The Goonies, Sonic The Hedgehog, Teen Titans Go!, LEGO City Undercover, Knight Rider, The Powerpuff Girls, Gremlins and Beetlejuice. I can't wait to see some of the awesome minifigures that will be available with these packs too.

Read on for the full press release...

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Fantasy Flight Games: Stay In Attack Formation
Reported by Jonathan on 09 Jun 2016 12:34

Fantasy Flight Games preview the forthcoming 9th wave of vehicles for Star Wars: X-Wing™ Miniatures Game.

From the website:

"Stay in attack formation!"
–Darth Vader

Set your course. Fly at the enemy. Take aim, and fire! Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of four new Wave IX starship expansions for X-Wing™!
Even as Wave IX introduces a wealth of starfighters and pilots taken from The Force Awakens, Star Wars Rebels, and the new canon, it reinforces the game's emphasis on skillful maneuvering and the importance of catching your enemies squarely in your firing arc.

  • ARC-170 Expansion Pack
  • Special Forces TIE Expansion Pack
  • Protectorate Starfighter Expansion Pack
  • Shadow Caster Expansion Pack

Source Fantasy Flight Games
Steven Spielberg Says They Have The MacGuffin For New Indiana Jones Film
Reported by Justin on 09 Jun 2016 11:47

Very little has been officially revealed concerning the development of the fifth Indiana Jones film to date, which makes sense given it won't be arriving in theaters until July 19, 2019. We do know that franchise stars Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg will be back and that Jurassic Park writer David Koepp will be penning the script.

While the wheels may be turning slowly on Indy 5 (at least from the standpoint of what's been announced) at this point in time, Steven Spielberg recently provided the following small but extremely important update on the film:

After the recent announcement of Indiana Jones 5's release date, details have been difficult to come by. The plot is still being kept tightly under wraps for now, however some developments have been slowly revealed. During a interview with Empire Magazine about his new movie 'The BFG', he detailed what stage of development the movie was on.

"(Steven Spielberg) shows us videos of the BFG's recording session on his iPhone, looks forward to INDIANA JONES V: "We have a McGuffin, that's all I can say".

Many thanks to Jedi News reader Scott S. for sending over the link.

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Official Site: What BB-8's Really Saying In Marvel's Poe Dameron Comic
Reported by Mark on 09 Jun 2016 10:26

Over at StarWars.com Amy Ratcliffe chats with the creatives behind the smash hit Poe Dameron comic to learn exactly what BB-8 is really saying.

As the best pilot in the galaxy’s round and trusty sidekick, BB-8 has a starring role in Marvel’s Poe Dameron comic. BB-8’s always at the ready and prepared to help his buddy. The ball-shaped droid introduced The Force Awakens is also very vocal: he’s humorous, sassy, and full of emotion. It’s apparent in his bleeps and bloops in the Poe comic. Surprisingly, there’s really real meaning in those bleeps and bloops: BB-8’s communications in the series are actually written as dialogue in the script and then translated to droid noises.
So, what’s BB-8 really saying? StarWars.com talked to writer Charles Soule, letterer Joe Caramagna, and assistant editor Heather Antos to get the scoop on BB-8’s words and the translation process.

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#Cantina - London's O2 Arena - The Night Before Celebration TICKETS GOING FAST!
Reported by BrianC on 09 Jun 2016 09:33



If you plan on attending the #Cantina party, by Star Wars fans for Star Wars fans, the night before Celebration Europe then you better act quick as tickets are selling fast!

Jed Shepherd of POST/POP Records and Martin Keeler are massive Star Wars fans. They wanted to give fans like them something to do the night before Star Wars Celebration (the greatest fan convention on earth), so they got in touch with one of the most successful British bands of the last two decades, along with two Star Wars inspired bands and found an incredible venue to put it in -  the O2 in London. Armed with a pocketful of original and incendiary ideas, they aim to give fans the best welcome home party in the galaxy.

Luther Ingo Star Cruiser* (not real name/secret headliners!): With nine incredible albums (including number 1’s and million+ sellers), multiple top ten smash hits and winners of the Ivor Novello award, this band have headlined Glastonbury and are living legends at the Reading Festival. So why don’t you recognise them? It’s because you know them by a different name.

These infamous lovers of all things Star Wars have captured the films sense of wonder, scale and bombastic energy and transplanted it seamlessly into their stellar body of work. They are in the prestigious position of having worked with Lucasarts on soundtrack projects and were at Number 2 in Q magazine’s “50 bands to see before you die” list. 

Now they want to start the party off in style, with you!  So who are they? All will be revealed at the first ever #CANTINA on July 14th 2016.

Darth Elvis and the Imperials: The band performed for the first time at Celebration Europe back in 2007 and have been thrilling audiences ever since with their unique mixture of rock’n’roll, comedy and outlandish performances.  This is the Dark Lord’s triumphant return to where it all began. They really must be seen to be believed.

Blues Harvest: A group of huge Star Wars fans who play music from, and inspired by, the saga as well as classic rhythm and blues songs performed with a Star Wars twist.

Tickets are available at the below link.

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   Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Official Site: Continue Your Training: Kids Star Wars Summer Reading List
Reported by Mark on 08 Jun 2016 23:22

Over at StarWars.com Jawa James Floyd takes a look at kids Star Wars reading for the summer.

For many a youngling, school is finishing up for the summer, and this means a whole season of enjoying fun in the sun with friends and family. Sure, there’s swimming and biking and video games, but there’s also a whole world of cool Star Wars books to check out. “Read, you must!” a wizened Jedi Master once told me. Or maybe it was on a poster of Yoda in the library when I was a kid. So whether your favorite little Jawa is still in diapers or finishing up grade school, StarWars.com has a list of some of best new and upcoming Star Wars reads for children this summer (or winter, for our Southern Hemisphere readers). We guarantee they’re a bantha-load more fun than playing chance cubes with Watto, and you might just earn some extra portions — or maybe some extra credit — when school starts in the fall.

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Star Wars Sketchbook: Mike Mayhew
Reported by Matt on 08 Jun 2016 22:55

His semi-regular journal of Obi-Wan issues have become absolutely essential reading for Star Wars fans and issue 20 brings another entry. Marvel.com sat down with artist Mike Mayhew to discuss this hotly anticpiated issue.

Once more, the Journal of Obi-Wan Kenobi opens up for another look into the “lost years” of everyone’s favorite self-exiled Jedi Knight. Artist Mike Mayhew’s on-hand again for STAR WARS #20—available June 15—and itching to talk about everything artistic—and wookiee-istic—behind the scenes of the issue.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire: 'The GEMINI Deception' Teaser
Reported by Mark on 08 Jun 2016 22:42

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

Lead the assault against Arcann’s fleet in ‘The GEMINI Deception,’ coming June 30th in the episodic story, Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ - Knights of the Fallen Empire. Prepare to embark on a dangerous mission to land a fatal blow against the Eternal Empire!
Alongside the mysterious and deadly Droid SCORPIO, the Outlander’s team must infiltrate a Zakuulan warship and face Arcann’s formidable force of elite soldiers. When the mission goes awry, the Outlander must find a way out of a deadly trap – only to be faced with the ultimate betrayal.
Knights of the Fallen Empire -- including ‘The GEMINI Deception’ -- is free to all Subscribers, and new players can jump right into the story with a new Level 60 character. Plus, subscribe by July 1st to get Early Access to the upcoming Chapter 16, in addition to the bold new HK-55 Victory Stronghold Decoration!

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Starships Sabers and Scoundrels #4: Episode For the Empire!
Reported by Mark on 08 Jun 2016 22:31
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Official Site: 15 Star Wars Quotes To Use At Work
Reported by Mark on 08 Jun 2016 22:20

Tyler Westhause gives us 15 handy Star Wars quotes to ping out in the workplace over at StarWars.com.

Star Wars is full of people trying their best to do their job and overcome obstacles, just like many of us. Work can, at times, be frustrating, stressful, agitating, worrying, exciting, or just boring. An easy way to add extra bits of fun to the general 9 to 5 is by throwing in some great quotes from our favorite characters in a galaxy far, far away. You can also think about it this way — would you rather be sitting in a cubicle filing TPS reports, or be dropped into a rancor pit with no weapon…? I thought so! Here are some of our favorite quotes from the Star Wars galaxy to use in the workplace.

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SithLord 229: Kylo Ren (Unmasked) The Force Awakens
Reported by Steven on 08 Jun 2016 21:54

A dark warrior strong with the Force, Kylo Ren commands First Order missions with a temper as fiery as his unconventional lightsaber.

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Rian Johnson Posts Photo Of (We Presume) Luke's Cloak From The Episode VIII Set
Reported by Justin on 08 Jun 2016 21:02

Director Rian Johnson posted the image shown above on his Tumblr page earlier today which appears to be Luke Skywalker's Jedi cloak hanging in preparation for some Episode VIII filming.

Included with the photo is the caption "In the home stretch."

Based on the rocky scenery in the background, it looks like the cloak is hanging in front of a piece of the Ahch-To planet set.

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Western Reaches #7
Reported by Mark on 08 Jun 2016 20:44
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The Star Wars Show Episode 5
Reported by Dianna on 08 Jun 2016 19:47

Angus MacLane, co-director of Pixar’s Finding Dory, talks about his career and how Star Wars inspired him, Andi and Peter visit Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment division, ILMxLAB, and reveal some exciting news, and much more!

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Celebration Europe 2016: ILMxLAB Trials On Tatooine Virtual Reality Exclusive
Reported by Justin on 08 Jun 2016 19:38

Heading to London for Star Wars Celebration? Good news: you’ll also have a chance to visit Tatooine.

ILMxLAB’s innovative virtual reality experiment, Trials on Tatooine, is coming for an exclusive engagement at Celebration on the show floor. Completely enveloping and immersive, Trials on Tatooine puts you in the role of a Jedi Padawan sent to Tatooine, where you’ll rendezvous with the Millennium Falcon and step inside a galaxy far, far away like never before. Presented by Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment group ILMxLAB, with this room-scale VR installation using the HTC Vive, Celebration will be the only place in the world to experience the critically-acclaimed title. In addition, ILMxLAB will hold a special panel featuring some of their key creators, where fans can get an inside look at their cutting edge projects and much more.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 08 Jun 2016 19:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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Amazon Product Details For Upcoming Star Wars: Ahsoka Young Adult Novel
Reported by Justin on 08 Jun 2016 18:51

(Cover art not final)

Back in March (actually, the last day in March) it was announced that Disney-Lucasfilm Press would be releasing a brand new young adult novel focusing on Ahsoka Tano's timeline after she chose to leave the Jedi Order as seen in The Clone Wars and before she made her triumphant return on screen in Star Wars Rebels.

The novel will be penned by author E.K. Johnston and is scheduled to arrive on October 11. Amazon has a few product details pertaining to the book listed on their website.

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press (October 11, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484705661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484705667
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Take Cover: Episode 5
Reported by Team Jedi News on 08 Jun 2016 16:01
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Kickstarter: Hexer Dusk by Jan Duursema and John Ostrander
Reported by Mark on 08 Jun 2016 15:20

This just in from Star Wars mega artist Jan Duursema.

Hi Mark! Very excited to tell you that John Ostrander and I are Kickstarting a new creator owned, indie graphic novel called HEXER DUSK! The biggest challenge of doing a creator-made project is getting word out about it.

We've got a 9 page story preview here - www.hexerdusk.com

If you'd like to back this project--or tell your friends about us!-- we're on Kickstarter with just a week left to go.

They have blasted through their goal, but as with all Kickstarters the more you pledge, the more you get so keep it coming!

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Full of Sith Episode CLXX: Darth Maul
Reported by Mark on 08 Jun 2016 13:38
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Celebration Orlando 2017: Fan Club Table Application Details
Reported by Justin on 08 Jun 2016 12:21

If you are interested in applying for a fan club table at Celebration Orlando 2017, details on what is included have been posted on the official website. Check them out below and then take the source link for more information on how you can submit your application accordingly.

There will be a limited number of fan club tables available at Celebration Orlando for unofficial, regional, and international fan clubs and similar fan organizations. These tables will allow clubs to promote their organizations to other Star Wars fans and to act as a central location for club activities at the show.

Clubs that qualify will be supplied with one (1) approximately 8-foot table, two chairs, one standard electrical outlet, and a space approximately 10 feet wide by 10 feet deep at no cost to them. Clubs will also receive four exhibitor badges at no cost. Clubs will be responsible for costs for any additional booth furnishings and will be asked to make specific arrangements with the facility or the official decorator for further utilities or other equipment at the prevailing rate. The fan table locations are yet to be determined but will likely be part of a larger Celebration Experience Exhibit Hall.

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Celebration Orlando 2017: Fan Panel Submissions Are Open
Reported by Justin on 08 Jun 2016 12:15

Fan Panel Proposals – Be Part of the Show!

Every Star Wars Celebration is By the Fans; For the Fans. We invite you to submit your proposals for Fan Panels & Programming ideas for Star Wars Celebration Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center this coming April, 2017.

If you are interested in submitting your idea, please fill out the form by clicking the link below. Please submit your panel application by November 16, 2016. We will let you know if you panel has been accepted for Celebration programming by January 18, 2017.

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   Tuesday, June 7, 2016
The Force Awakens Leaves U.S. Theaters After Earning Over $936 Million
Reported by Justin on 07 Jun 2016 22:12

Even though it arrived on Blu-ray and digital HD during the first week in April here in the United States, The Force Awakens continued to be shown in select theaters across the country. As of June 2, Episode VII has officially seen its theatrical run come to an end and the final box office sales figures in the U.S. have been tallied with the film ending with over $936 million in ticket sales according to the data posted on Box Office Mojo.

While The Force Awakens didn't break the $1 billion mark here in the United States, it did set a new Christmas Day ticket sales record with over $49 million which surely put a big smile on jolly ol' Saint Nick's bearded face.

As a quick refresher on a larger scale, Episode VII crossed the $1 billion global box office sales figure faster than any other film in history and surpassed the iconic $2 billion global mark not too long after its December debut during the first week in February.

Most impressive ticket sales figures all across the board for Lucasfilm and Disney to say the very least.

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Star Wars Bookworks #57: Imperial Academy
Reported by Mark on 07 Jun 2016 17:37
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Celebration Europe: #1 BASH: First Wave Of Tickets SOLD OUT
Reported by Team Jedi News on 07 Jun 2016 16:01
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Great news, the first wave of tickets made available for the #1 BASH hosted by UK Garrison, Rebel Legion, Galactic Academy and Jedi News and sponsored by Sky Movies, RS Prop Masters and Top Trumps have sold out!

Another 150 tickets are now on sale, so if you are planning on attending then hurry as the first and largest batch sold out in less than 4 days.

The event takes place at Madame Tussauds on Saturday 16th July during Celebration Europe. Tickets are now on sale now but only for 501st, Rebel Legion and Galactic Academy members with order details now listed on each organisations individual forums.  There will be no public sale.

Check after the break for the full rundown of the event including pricing, entertainment and more.

The Audette Set: June 7th
Reported by Mark on 07 Jun 2016 15:59

It's that time, so grab your blaster and join Mike Audette for this weeks Audette Set.

Shock and awe gripped the Star Wars fandom this past week with rumors upon rumors of the demise of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film is undergoing additional filming this summer, labelled reshoots in the entertainment world. Things begun to spiral with people claiming that “40% of the film needs to be re-shot,” “Disney executives saw a screening and hated what they saw,” and “the film is not enough of a Star Wars-style film.” With me, everyone. One, two, three… deep breaths. Forty percent of the film is not being re-shot, the only Disney execs to see any of the film are Bob Iger and Alan Horn, and the film’s “war movie” themes aren’t being hindered. Anthony Breznican over at EW has the low-down on the Rogue One reshoots and everything happening with the news on the film and if there is one person to trust in this case, it is Anthony. His sources are impeccably placed and verified.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force AwakensThe Empire Strikes Back Character Pack
Reported by James on 07 Jun 2016 15:08

Pre-order the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition and receive early access to The Empire Strikes Back Character Pack at launch on June 28, 2016.

Check out this exciting new video with signature LEGO humour, that features Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia in cold weather gear; the cybernetic Lobot and the Ugnaughts of Cloud City; and deadly bounty hunters Bossk, Dengar and Boba Fett (with Boba Fett’s original white armour).

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released on June 28, 2016 and marks the triumphant return of the No. 1 LEGO videogame franchise, immersing fans in the new Star Wars adventure like never before. Players can relive the epic action from the blockbuster film in a way that only LEGO can offer, featuring all of the storylines from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, retold through the clever and witty LEGO lens. The game will also include exclusive playable content exploring New Adventures set in the time leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, providing further insight about the new movie and its characters.

Additionally, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will showcase original dialogue from key members of the theatrical cast, providing the most authentic Star Wars for experience for players, including: John Boyega (Finn), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Daisy Ridley (Rey), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) and other top stars from the film. The game will be available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Steam (Windows PC).

Pre-order the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition now!

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Sci-Fi Central: Daniel Logan as Young Boba Fett
Reported by Mark on 07 Jun 2016 13:46

Our great buddy Daryl James brings us this cool chat with Attack of the Clones Boba Fett actor Daniel Logan.

For Sci Fi Central Australia, Darryl James interviewed Daniel Logan in Los Angeles. This young Boba Fett actor interview is just 1 segment of over 300 filmed with over 100 different performers who have appeared in a Star Wars movie.

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Tosche Station Radio #148: What Does Cal Omas Even Look Like?
Reported by Mark on 07 Jun 2016 13:36
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NYCC 2016: Fan Verification Profile Submission Reminder
Reported by Justin on 07 Jun 2016 11:26

Just a quick reminder that the deadline for submitting your Fan Verification Profile which is required in order to purchase tickets to NY Comic Con 2016 is a week away (actually, the deadline is 6 days away). So if you want to experience all the action and excitement that will be part of NYCC in October, take the source link below to complete your Fan Verification Profile before Monday June 13 arrives.

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This Day In Star Wars History: Kenner Announces Star Wars License
Reported by Justin on 07 Jun 2016 10:49

You may not have even been born yet. Or you were too young to understand what it meant. Or your childhood days were already in the rearview mirror. Regardless of how old you were on this date in 1977, there's no denying that the Kenner acquisition of the Star Wars product license has had a profound effect on you as a fan of the GFFA. And today we take a moment to recognize and celebrate a day that not only changed the lives of Star Wars fans decades ago, but one that altered the very landscape of toy manufacturing and production on a Herculean level.

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Extended Interview Of Dennis Muren Answering Star Wars Fans’ Questions
Reported by Justin on 07 Jun 2016 10:33

If you weren't able to catch his appearance on Episode 4 of The Star Wars Show that aired last week, be sure to check it out first before watching the extended interview with the legendary Dennis Muren above.

Visual effects legend Dennis Muren of Industrial Light & Magic stops by The Star Wars Show to answer fan questions and discuss his career journey — including cold calling Ray Harryhausen.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Holographic Vinyl Launch
Reported by James on 07 Jun 2016 10:26

Last night Jedi News attended the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London for the launch of the new 2 x LP version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Holographic Vinyl - released on June 17th.

This one-of-a-kind vinyl set, hand etched by Tristan Duke, offers a 3D hologram experience featuring the Millennium Falcon on Disc 1 and a TIE Fighter on Disc 2. This must-have version includes the full soundtrack to Star Wars: The Force Awakens on 180-gram vinyl and features Direct Metal Mastering (DMM) for an optimal listening experience. Use a direct light source or simply hold a mobile device flashlight above the vinyl to view the holographic images.

Here is one of three videos posted on Facebook featuring Tristan's amazing holograms...

Pre-order the vinyl set from Amazon UK now.

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New LEGO Club Magazine - Issue 3 2016 Out Now
Reported by James on 07 Jun 2016 09:36

   

Issue 3 2016 of the LEGO Club magazine is out now and arriving in the post. The centrefold features a new poster from LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. Click on the images for a closer look.

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LEGO Star Wars What's Missing? Revenge of the Sith
Reported by James on 07 Jun 2016 08:56

Given the huge range of LEGO Star Wars products available since 1999 you'd be forgiven for assuming that every scene of the original six movies could be faithfully re-enacted in LEGO. You'd be wrong, and the latest article in a series by our good friend Chris Pearce from Brickset focuses on what's missing from Revenge of the Sith.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith concludes the Prequel Trilogy by documenting the final days of the Clone Wars and the rise of the Empire. This linchpin of the entire Star Wars saga contains a huge amount of material with the potential to become LEGO sets and it is therefore unsurprising that more sets have been released based on Revenge of the Sith than on any other film!

However, there are still plenty of possible models which are absent from this extensive roster and I aim to uncover them in this article before pitching descriptions of the three sets which I think would best complete the Revenge of the Sith range and the Prequel Trilogy.

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Tosche Station on Location: Awesome Con 2016 – Timothy Zahn Q&A
Reported by BrianC on 07 Jun 2016 08:20



Our friends over at Tosche Station were at Awesome Con, where  Bria LaVorgna moderated a Q & A with Star Wars author Timothy Zahn.
According to Timothy Zahn, Star Wars and Star Wars literature are in good hands with Kathleen Kennedy and company. From Awesome Con Day 2, it’s a Q&A panel with the one and only Timothy Zahn! Our own Bria LaVorgna moderates. While dressed as Mara.
In a fascinating audio that can be found in full at the below link, Tim talks about his feelings on the Story Group:

These are people who are not going to go and demolish stuff. If they have to destroy a part of it, overwrite it, then it will be because its necessary to set up something else down the line. They’re not going to go with wanton destruction.

On the 'Legends' status of books:

In a way, it’s kind of sad that it’s all ‘Legends,’ and not ‘real,’ but it was never really ‘real’ in the first place. We always knew Lucas could override anything that we’d done. But I think the Expanded Universe – and Star Wars – are in good hands.

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Will Arnett Wants To Be A Droid In Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 07 Jun 2016 02:26

CONAN Highlight: Will doesn’t want to be a regular bot, he wants to be a droid from Canarsie with an attitude. Who shills GMC trucks.

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   Monday, June 6, 2016
Official Site: Here's Where The Fun Begins: Star Wars And 'In Media Res'
Reported by Mark on 06 Jun 2016 23:33

Over at StarWars.com Brendan Nystedt takes a look at how we came into the original Star Wars mid story, a genius move that made us want more before we even knew it.

Putting aside so many of its other innovative aspects, the original 1977 Star Wars: A New Hope was a new kind of world-building that borrowed from the age-old mythmaking toolkit. Forget the innovative special effects, unique aesthetic, and quick-cutting editing style. So much of what it did right barrels directly at the audience almost immediately and without much warning.
The opening crawl sets the scene, making the audience aware of everything that’s happened previously. Before you see any Rebel spaceships, a hidden base, the evil Galactic Empire, or anything else mentioned in the crawl, you’re given just the bare minimum of context. What the crawl lets you know is that this story isn’t just beginning — it’s been in motion for some time.

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Heads Up: New Take Cover Coming Wednesday 8th June At 5.01 GMT
Reported by Team Jedi News on 06 Jun 2016 22:01

Grab your bookmarks, it's time to Take Cover as we focus on the writings of the Star Wars galaxy. This month Brian and Matt discuss the latest book, magazine and comic releases as well as talking to some of the top tier talents behind those works. Mark sits down with authors Michael Kogge and Adam Bray, James quizzes writer Tom Huddleston about the Adventures In Wildspace series and Brian and Matt chat with Katie Cook. All that and a look ahead to the June 2016 releases and more on the 5th episode of Take Cover. You can contact us on Skype at JediNewsNetwork with your comments, views and opinions and be a part of the show.

Contact Information: network@jedinews.co.uk | RSS Feed | Jedi News App on iTunes | Jedi News App on Google Play | iTunes | Libsyn | Soundcloud | Stitcher | aCast | PlayerFM | Star Wars Podcast App | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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John Boyega To Star In Pacific Rim Sequel
Reported by Mark on 06 Jun 2016 21:18

If you're a shark hunting in the pacific you need a Finn. Sure, that's a terrible pun but it means John Boyega has joined the cast of Pacific Rim 2, which can only be a good thing.

He will star in the lead role, the son of Idris Elba's character from the original film. The plot for the sequel has been kept under wraps, but the casting of Boyega for the part means that the film will follow the events of the first pic, set in a world where monster-fighting robot suits known as Jaegers are created to battle fearsome sea creatures.
The project will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham.
The first Pacific Rim, directed by del Toro, hit theaters in July 2013. The film, starring Elba and Charlie Hunnam, earned $411 million worldwide.
"I am very proud and happy to welcome John into a fantastic sandbox," said del Toro. "The Pacific Rim universe will be reinforced with him as a leading man as it continues to be a multicultural, multi-layered world. ‘The World saving the world’ was our goal and I couldn't think of a better man for the job."
Boyega, who previously starred in 2011's Attack the Block, plays Finn in the next Star Wars installment, Star Wars: Episode VIII. Other upcoming projects include the Dave Eggers adaptation The Circle with Tom Hanks and Emma Watson; Imperial Dreams; and Watership Down, alongside James McAvoy and Sir Ben Kingsley.

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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Paths Of Glory
Reported by Mark on 06 Jun 2016 20:55

Bryan Young brings us his latest Cinema Behind Star Wars with a look at Kubrick's Paths of Glory over at StarWars.com.

Stanley Kubrick was an incredibly influential filmmaker on Star Wars and in this column we’ve covered already covered 2001: A Space Odyssey, but today we’re setting our sights to a lesser known film of his called Paths of Glory. Paths of Glory is a 1957 World War I film starring Kirk Douglas, George Macready, Adolphe Menjou, and Blade Runner’s Joe Turkel, among many others. It tells the tale of Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) and his company who are ordered to take “the Anthill.” In the heat of the attack, the commanding general is incensed at the cowardice of his men. His promotion hinges on the success of the assault. With little recourse left to him, he orders his artillery to fire on their own positions. When his men refuse that order and the attack ultimately fails completely, the general needs to hold someone responsible. Therefore, he has a man from each company chosen to be tried for cowardice and executed.

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On The Shelves UK: Star Wars Mini Puzzles At Tesco
Reported by Mark on 06 Jun 2016 20:15

Via Jedi News reader Stewart Gardiner these great deals at Tesco are a must buy for kids and adult collectors alike. 50p each for these four The Force Awakens mini puzzles.

Found these Star Wars mini-puzzles in my local Tesco Extra today. Four to collect and at 50p each couldn't pass them up!

Tosche Station on Location: Awesome Con 2016 – Timothy Zahn Q&A
Reported by Mark on 06 Jun 2016 19:44
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Barrel and Forks – The Fork Awakens
Reported by ZakPT on 06 Jun 2016 19:28

Barrel and Forks presents, The Fork Awakens; a fully immersive Star Wars dining experience taking place in the heart of London. As it’s totally super-secret there’s not much we can say except we can only guess it’ll be very much like the Secret Cinema experience where by goers are submerged into a virtual reality of their favourite galaxy. The event runs from the 23rd of June to 2nd July and tickets can be found over at their website Barrel and Forks.

A long time ago in a secret location far far away…

It is a period of culinary abundance:

Rebel spies have managed to steal secret recipes to the empire's canteen and take them to the death star, an armoured space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.

Set in Darth Vader’s kingdom, the fork awakens will take Foodtroopers into an immersive journey through time and space, with many familiar encounters and interactive adventures along the way.

Get your Jedi’s drink in the canteen, tuck in some pretty amazing Hutt dogs and special spacefood, meet galactic explorers and interact with the rebels. Beware that the canteen has “strong drinks, hot tunes, and occasional outbreaks of shocking violence.”

Register online, and you will be given a unique id as member of the fork alliance. You will then receive the ID home one month before the event so this will give you access to the galaxy culinary adventure.

Fancy dress highly recommended.

May the food force be with you.

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Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 22
Reported by Mark on 06 Jun 2016 16:41

It's week 22 of Wear Star Wars Every Day and Jawa James is here with his latest Force-fuelled fashion tips of the week.

Week 22 of my charity fundraiser wear-athon. I report in on fundraising for Collateral Repair Project as well as review the seven Star Wars apparel items worn this week! More info at Wear Star Wars Every Day.

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Wampa's Lair: Tales of the Lairians #1
Reported by Mark on 06 Jun 2016 14:34
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Bootleg Star Wars: A New Fake
Reported by Matt on 06 Jun 2016 13:56

Bootlegs. They've been around forever and a day, especially in the days before the action figures line expanded. Check out some unique bootleg figures that will haunt you forever...

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Hot Wheels Jango Fett, Clone Shocktrooper, Sidon Ithano Character Cars & More Revealed
Reported by Justin on 06 Jun 2016 11:09

New entries in Hot Wheels' line of Star Wars character cars (single carded and 2-packs) have been officially revealed for 2016. Soon fans will be able to add Jango Fett, Clone Shocktrooper, Sidon Ithano from The Force Awakens, and more to their growing car collections. Take the source link below for the details on the new car reveals as well as the supplied product images.

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IndyCast John Williams Special #20
Reported by Justin on 06 Jun 2016 11:03

Join hosts Ron Longo and Laird Malamed as they take a look at a plethora of John Williams news including audio clips from recent concerts and continue their in-depth analysis of the Raiders score from Peru to Connecticut to Nepal! [In Stereo]

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   Sunday, June 5, 2016
Official Site: Studying Skywalkers: Excalibur And The Lightsaber
Reported by Mark on 05 Jun 2016 15:26

My good buddy Dan Zehr looks into the cult of the Lightsaber over at StarWars.com in his latest entry in the ongoing Studying Skywalkers series.

As Star Wars consumers, when we hear the word lightsaber, our senses are instantly enraptured by the poignant memories the famous weapon brings to the foreground of our minds and hearts. It is perhaps one of the most captivating things about the mythology of Star Wars, and for so many good reasons. The energy hum of the lightsaber, masterfully created by Ben Burtt (with a buzz from a picture tube in his television, among other things), the artistry of the Force wielders when using the weapon, and the beautiful colors of the “laser sword” all blend together to form this staple of the Star Wars franchise.

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MCM Comic Con: May 27th - 29th 2016
Reported by ZakPT on 05 Jun 2016 12:00
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This show just gets bigger and better each year! Last years saw a record breaking 122,634 visitors over the 3 days while this year saw a whopping 133,000 gamers, geekers, and cosplayers ransack two halls worth of geeky heaven with Saturday becoming a completely sold out show. As always the expo saw a collaboration of Sci-fi, Anime and RPG and many more come under one roof in a celebration of the culture. There’s nothing but love at these events with such a wide range of people, ethnicities and cultures from around the world.

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Galactic War Report - Episode 11: Shiny, Shiny Robots
Reported by Mark on 05 Jun 2016 10:21
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Retrozap: Truth in Legends: The EU in Rebels Season 3?
Reported by Mark on 05 Jun 2016 08:19

Courtney Martin takes a look at a hot rumour surrounding season three of Star Wars Rebels over at Retrozap.

What’s Filoni got up his sleeve with all this “Truth in Legends” talk? Let’s investigate where it might go in Star Wars Rebels season three.
Is there a bit of truth in legends, after all? On May 27th, Dave Filoni tweeted out an intriguing teaser kernel about season three of Star Wars Rebels, and the Twittersphere got to popping. Filoni will be at Star Wars Celebration Europe this summer, and it looks like some info might be supplied during his visit.

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   Saturday, June 4, 2016
Comics With Kenobi Issue #19
Reported by Mark on 04 Jun 2016 22:37
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Official Site: Fleet Forces: The Significance Of Rebel Ships In The Original Trilogy
Reported by Mark on 04 Jun 2016 22:12

The fighters and bombers of the Rebel Alliance played a huge role in the original trilogy, a fact that Jay Stobie delves into over at StarWars.com.

The struggle between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire in the original Star Wars trilogy was a brutal conflict that took place on distant worlds and in the darkness of space. The scenes of interstellar warfare involving the vessels of the Rebel Alliance were memorable, but the type and strength of the Rebel forces in each engagement also paralleled the developments in the trilogy’s plot pertaining to the Rebellion’s progress towards success.

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Brews and Blasters #73: Bloodline
Reported by Mark on 04 Jun 2016 20:13
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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights Of The Fallen Empire, Mandalore's Revenge
Reported by Mark on 04 Jun 2016 18:56

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

BioWare™ and Lucasfilm today released the latest chapter in the episodic storyline of Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ – Knights of the Fallen Empire. Mandalore’s Revenge is available now and gives the Outlander an opportunity to confront Emperor Arcann with an army of ruthless Mandalorian warriors.
Enlist the help of the infamous bounty hunter Shae Vizla to seize control of the most powerful armada in the galaxy – the Eternal Fleet. Brave the harsh desert world of Darvannis with your Alliance and survive its brutal enemy forces in a desperate attempt to save the galaxy from the Eternal Empire forever.

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Official Site: From A Certain Point Of View: Who's More Powerful, The Emperor Or Yoda?
Reported by Mark on 04 Jun 2016 18:42

Over at StarWars.com Catrina Dennis and Anina Walas discuss who is more powerful, Yoda or the Emperor.

One of the great things about Star Wars is that it inspires endless debates and opinions on a wide array of topics. Best bounty hunter? Most powerful Jedi? Does Salacious Crumb have the best haircut in the saga? In that spirit, StarWars.com presents From a Certain Point of View: a series of point-counterpoints on some of the biggest — and most fun — Star Wars issues. In this installment, two StarWars.com writers discuss which of two Masters — one light, one dark — reigns supreme.

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Jedi News Live At Swindon Comic Con
Reported by Matt on 04 Jun 2016 18:23

I've spent the day at Swindon Comic Con and here's a video from the end of the show and a brief hello from some of the guests which covers all three trilogies.

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   Friday, June 3, 2016
Entertainment Weekly Has The Facts On The Rogue One Reshoots
Reported by Justin on 03 Jun 2016 21:23

So much has been going on this week with talk of the Rogue One reshoots causing internet reports/rumors to be all over the map depending on the content provided to them via their source(s). Seems like each day there's a new site claiming to know what's true and what's false. Thankfully, Entertainment Weekly put in the wrench work to get to the bottom of all the noise and provide fans with some real news on this hot topic.

After reaching out to deeply placed sources on the movie and at Lucasfilm to sort fact from fiction, Entertainment Weekly has learned new details about the state of the project – including who’s working on the new sequences and what those scenes involve.

You're gonna obviously want to take the source link below to check out their full article for all that they learned during their investigation, but here's how a few of their sources basically summed up the planned reshoots:

“The changes have everything to do with clarity and character development and all take place [as inserts] within scenes we’ve already shot,” said one source on the project.

In other words, they changes involve more intimate moments – not redoing entire battle sequences or plot lines. “It’s a lot of talking in cockpits,” as one insider described the new footage.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Rogue One Props & Costumes On Display
Reported by Justin on 03 Jun 2016 21:13

Fans attending Star Wars Celebration can look forward to yet another exclusive experience that only Celebrations can provide: a sneak peek at some of the costumes and props that will be featured in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, curated especially for the show.

Plans are in the works for a walk-through exhibit where fans can get up close to admire the craftsmanship and incredible design of artifacts actually used on the Rogue One sets.

This special exhibit of Rogue One props and costumes will be available all three days of the show to anyone holding a valid Star Wars Celebration ticket.

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Celebration Europe: #1 BASH Tickets On Sale For Worldwide 501st And Rebel Legion Members
Reported by Team Jedi News on 03 Jun 2016 20:00
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Listeners to episode 45 of RADIO 1138 will have heard James and UKG CO Gary Hailes discuss the #1 BASH hosted by the UK Garrison, the Rebel Legion, the Galactic Academy and Jedi News and sponsored by Sky Movies and RS Prop Masters. It takes place at Madame Tussauds on Saturday 16th July during Celebration Europe. Tickets are now on sale now but only for 501st, Rebel Legion and Galactic Academy members with order details now listed on each organisations individual forums.  There will be no public sale.

Check after the break for the full rundown of the event including pricing, entertainment and more.

Princess Leia: What Is She Trying to Hide?
Reported by Mark on 03 Jun 2016 09:26

There’s a lot you don’t know about Princess Leia. A lot she doesn’t want you to know. Find out more in this damaging Star Wars: Bloodline attack ad, first seen on The Star Wars Show.

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Official Site: 6 Reasons We Still Love The Shadows Of The Empire Game
Reported by Mark on 03 Jun 2016 08:23

Canon or not canon, some of us have very fond memories of Shadows Of The Empire, the last big event before the arrival of the Special Editions a mind-blowing 20 years ago. Over at StarWars.com Anthony Gallegos looks at the N64 game that accompanied it and why it was just flat out awesome.

The late 1990s was an awesome time for Star Wars games, and one of my personal favorites to this day is Shadows of the Empire. At the time it was awesome looking, and while the game didn’t necessarily flesh out the story as well as the book, it was nonetheless a treat for a young Star Wars fan. If you’ve never played it, or perhaps haven’t played it in years, then allow us to celebrate it together — 2016 marks the game’s 20th anniversary! — before you go off and play it, now that it’s once again available on GOG.com.

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Skywalking Through Neverland #122: Monkees / Muppet Director – James Frawley!
Reported by Mark on 03 Jun 2016 06:29
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   Thursday, June 2, 2016
Sideshow Darth Maul Premium Format Figure Pre-Order Now Up
Reported by Justin on 02 Jun 2016 19:51

Sideshow Collectibles is now taking pre-orders for their new Darth Maul Premium Format Figure on their website. The figure will set you back $519.99 and is scheduled to begin shipping out to customers sometime during the June - August 2017 timeframe.

Our Darth Maul Premium Format™ Figure captures the highly detailed likeness of Ray Park as the feared Sith. From a tattooed face beneath a crown of thorns, his gleaming yellow eyes pierce onlookers, while his stance - double-bladed lightsaber clenched in hand - is one of absolute power and control. Wrapped in a fabric costume, the piece begins to exude the grace and intensity of this imposing character.

The Sideshow exclusive addition to the Darth Maul Premium Format™ Figure is a swap out hand featuring a severed version of his trademark lightsaber.

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Comic-Con HQ Announces Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest Series Coming This Fall
Reported by Justin on 02 Jun 2016 17:51
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THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH COMIC-CON HQ MARK HAMILL’S POP CULTURE QUEST SET FOR FALL 2016

The stage and screen star will host and executive produce the new series with fellow Star Wars alum, Return of the Jedi producer Howard Kazanjian

SANTA MONICA, June 2, 2016 – Best known for hs iconic role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, Mark Hamill will bring his encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and passion for memorabilia to Comic-Con HQ, the new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) destination that will extend the experience of San Diego Comic-Con into a year-round event.

Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest, a docu-style series featuring authentic stories about passionate fans and their collections, will be hosted and produced by Hamill. Production on the series will begin in June when he returns from shooting Star Wars VIII in the U.K. The series will debut on Comic-Con HQ this fall.

Hamill has been amassing memorabilia, including comic books, toys, lunch boxes, records, puppets, original artwork, and much more since the early 1970s. Now with Pop Culture Quest, he can share his appreciation and introduce other interesting collectors and their treasures to the Comic-Con community. Brief History Of Episode I Packaging Design & Initial Name For 1995 Power Of The Force Line
Reported by Justin on 02 Jun 2016 15:49

Being the avid MOC/MIB Star Wars collector that I am, the history behind the creation and production of the various packaging designs that we've seen in the Kenner and Hasbro lines over the past several decades always intrigues me greatly. The latest issue of Star Wars Insider (issue #166) has a great feature called "Jedi Toy Box" that provides readers with the backstory on the initial artwork that was proposed for the Episode I cardbacks/packaging.

As you can see from the supplied image above taken from Insider, two Battle Droids were initially submitted to be featured on the cardbacks/packaging. However, the image was deemed to be not strong enough, resulting in the image of Darth Maul being used instead for the line.

The "Jedi Toy Box" feature also reveals that the 1995 Power of the Force line was originally planned to be titled The Trilogy Edition! Be sure to pick up your copy of Star Wars Insider #166 once it lands on newsstands (or arrives in your mailbox) for more on this awesome feature.

Full of Sith Episode CLXIX: Lawrence Kasdan and Jason Mewes
Reported by Mark on 02 Jun 2016 14:17
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The Star Wars Show Episode 4
Reported by Dianna on 02 Jun 2016 10:49

The legendary Dennis Muren answers fan questions, the folks at Fantasy Flight Games stop by Lucasfilm and show us their latest games, Star Wars Fan Film Awards news, and much more!

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Fantasy Flight Reveal New X-Wing Minatures Wave 9
Reported by Team Jedi News on 02 Jun 2016 10:43

Fantasy Flight have revealed Wave 9 on the X-Wing Minatures game at a retailer event this morning. Check out the upcoming wave below:




Follow the Jedi News Instagram for more reveals over the rest of today.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 01 Jun 2016 19:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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New Saturday Night Live Auditions Video For The Force Awakens
Reported by Dianna on 01 Jun 2016 18:33

Back in November we were treated to a hilarious BTS audition video put together by the folks over at Saturday Night Live celebrating the arrival of The Force Awakens. They were also the masterminds behind the now-famous Adam Driver "Undercover Boss: Starkiller Base" skit that turned "Matt the Radar Technician" into a household name. They have since uploaded a second Episode VII auditions video to their YouTube Channel, so check out the latest round of laughs above.

J.J. Abrams shares more The Force Awakens screen tests for Daisy Ridley and Jennifer Lawrence (Vanessa Bayer), Shia LaBeouf (Kyle Mooney), Matthew McConaughey, John Boyega, Emma Stone, Janelle Monae (Sasheer Zamata), Jon Hamm and more.

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Introducing: George Shot First!
Reported by Mark on 01 Jun 2016 17:26

We're almost four years in to the latest era of Star Wars and as new members of the GFFA join us they might not be as knowledgeable about the guy who started it all. Here at Jedi News we feel it's important to remember the work and imagination of George Lucas, which is why this message from the guys at GeorgeShotFirst.com struck a chord.

Our major goal is to get the word out that fans who appreciate the prequels, the special editions, and respect the man who forged the original trilogy aren't alone. We're building a community on Facebook, Twitter and on our personal blog focused on stamping out all the anger, fear, and aggression. We have also designed a number of t-shirts that we're proud to wear around town and that we feel other fans might enjoy too.

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Star Wars Action News Episode 477: To the Maz
Reported by Mark on 01 Jun 2016 16:44
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Official Site: Darth Maul: The Story of an Apprentice
Reported by Mark on 01 Jun 2016 16:22

Over at StarWars.com Megan Crouse delves into the history of one of the sagas most intriguing characters, Darth Maul.

When Maul appeared at the end of Star Wars Rebels, it was not as the assassin he had been in The Phantom Menace, but as a mentor offering Ezra guidance. As he ferried Ezra through the underworld of the Sith Temple on Malachor, he tried to convince Ezra to turn to the dark side. But although we don’t know what will happen now that Ezra has opened the Sith holocron, we do know that Maul made a big impact on him. The story of Ezra and Maul parallels many things that happened to Maul in his long life, and has a lot to say about the Star Wars philosophy toward students and teachers.

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NYCC 2016: Carrie Fisher Attending
Reported by Justin on 01 Jun 2016 16:11

The fiesty & fiery Princess herself Carrie Fisher will be part of the collection of special guests at NYCC 2016! Fisher will be attending the convention on Saturday and Sunday and will be signing autographs for fans in the designated Autographing Area.

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RADIO 1138 Episode 45
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Skull Wars: Star Wars Parody Skulls - 3D Printer Levels Too!
Reported by Mark on 01 Jun 2016 15:50

Star Wars skulls? Yep, you read it right and this cool Kickstarter project gives you the chance to own some! And check out the cool names given to these parody skulls!

Skull Wars is a whole new way to look at Star Wars! We're bringing the 'dead-side' of Star Wars to life in a collection of 15 parody skulls inspired by the characters and creatures of our favorite movies: Star Wars! In Series 1 of Skulls Wars we've focussed on the alien creatures of episodes I-VI. See the concept art for all 15 skulls below and guess who inspired which skull.
For your support we will send you either a nylon copies of a Skull Wars skulls, or digital files that you can print at home on your desktop 3D printer. These skulls will be detailed enough to explore, durable enough to be worn, and will absolutely take any Star Wars collection to a whole new level!
This collection is being brought to you by Natalie Mathis (bidness) and Quincy Robinson (toy vet) of 3DKToys.com. Skull Wars combines all of our passions and thrills into one spot, and we present this Kickstarter to you because we can't build this collection without your help.
So if you're into Star Wars, skulls, space bears, or even sleeping bags... please help us make this collection. You may start to love sk