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   Wednesday, July 20, 2016
On The Shelves UK: Cheap Star Wars Figures In Smyths, Telford
Reported by Mark on 20 Jul 2016 19:49

Our buddy Steve Galloway has dropped us a line with some info regarding some very reasonably priced figures at Smyth's in telford. Over to Steve.

Hi guys, just to let you know, Smyths Toys in Telford have price crashed the early waves of 3 3/4" figures down to £2.99. Loads on the pegs and in discount bins around the shop. Not sure if its national, but may be worth a look.
Thanks, Steve

Pablo Hidalgo Reveals The Name & Species Of The Rogue One Space Monkey
Reported by Justin on 20 Jul 2016 19:40

During today's episode of The Star Wars Show that arrived just a few moments ago, Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo dropped some sweet exclusive news on us. He revealed the official name and species of the Space Monkey character that basically everyone's been talking about from the Rogue One BTS sizzle reel shown at Celebration Europe 2016.

His name is Bistan and his species is called Iakaru.

Pablo also revealed Bistan's "specialty" is Door Gunner on a U-Wing fighter!

The Star Wars Show - July 20, 2016
Reported by Dianna on 20 Jul 2016 19:29

Peter and Andi give a recap of news revealed during Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, StarWars.com catches up with Alden Ehrenreich, star of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story, and more!

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Celebration Europe 2016: Watch The "Anthony Daniels: Without Protocol" Panel
Reported by Justin on 20 Jul 2016 19:15

It’s always bright and shiny when our favorite protocol droid takes the stage...

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Celebration Europe 2016: Watch The Electronic Arts Star Wars Panel
Reported by Justin on 20 Jul 2016 19:14

Warwick welcomes members of the various EA Star Wars teams to discuss what’s it’s like to create Star Wars games.

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SDCC 2016: Exclusive Black Series 6-Inch Sergeant Jyn Erso Figure
Reported by Justin on 20 Jul 2016 16:11

Our friends over at Yakface provide us with our first look at the SDCC 2016 exclusive Black Series 6-inch Sergeant Jyn Erso figure that can be yours for $24.99 at the convention. If you are unable to attend SDCC this year, have no fear, as this same figure (sans the exclusive packaging) will be available at retail later this Fall on September 30.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-Inch Jyn Erso Pack (Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99)

Bring the action of the highly anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story film to life with THE BLACK SERIES Jyn Erso Pack! A highly skilled soldier in the Rebel Alliance, Jyn Erso is an impetuous, defiant warrior eager to bring the battle to the Empire. This impressive 6-inch scale figure features extensive articulation and realistic character design. Look for this to be available through HasbroToyShop after the convention as well.

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RADIO 1138 Episode 48 and Take Cover Episode 7: Live From Celebration Europe
Reported by Team Jedi News on 20 Jul 2016 16:01
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Celebration Europe 2016: Hasbro And Art Of The Force Awakens Interviews
Reported by Justin on 20 Jul 2016 11:43

Got a few more interviews to share with you held by The Star Wars Show Live team from Celebration Europe 2016. Hit each link to watch the interview over on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel.

Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Interview

Hasbro Action Figures Interview

Celebration Europe 2016: Watch The Full "Keeping Up With The Fetts" Panel
Reported by Justin on 20 Jul 2016 01:02

Host David Collins sits down to catch up with two generations of Boba Fetts: Jeremy Bulloch (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) and Daniel Logan (Attack of the Clones, The Clone Wars).

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Celebration Europe 2016: Rogue One Costumes Video, More Interview Segments
Reported by Justin on 20 Jul 2016 01:00

The latest batch of interviews and video segments conducted by the crew of The Star Wars Show Live during Celebration Europe 2016 has hit the official Star Wars YouTube Channel. Check 'em out at each link respectively below.

Rogue One Costume Exhibit

Tiya Sircar Interview

Marvel Comics Interview

John Knoll Interview

Celebration Europe 2016: Watch The Full Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Panel
Reported by Justin on 20 Jul 2016 00:52

Host Warwick Davis welcomes Dave Filoni (Supervising Director), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren) and Sam Witwer (Darth Maul) to take a deep dive into the upcoming third season of the hit show. Secrets are revealed, and a legendary villain is introduced in one of the can't-miss events of this year's Celebration.

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   Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Star Wars Report #231: Podcast: Live at Celebration Europe!
Reported by Mark on 19 Jul 2016 19:48
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Dave Filoni Details The Use Of The Force In Star Wars Rebels Season 3
Reported by Justin on 19 Jul 2016 18:01

During a press roundtable session after wowing fans with the awesome Star Wars Rebels Season 3 panel at Celebration Europe 2016, executive producer Dave Filoni elaborated a bit on the use of the Force in this upcoming season. ComicBook.com has the quotes from Dave, so check out the intro below and then take the source link for the full read.

Be sure to also check out what Dave had to say about Darth Maul in an earlier post if you missed it.

The Force is at once simplistic and mysterious to fans of Star Wars. It's the energy of life that flows through all living things, connecting and binding the universe. It's also able to be manipulated by certain individuals thanks to their connection to the midi-chlorians - extremely Force-sensitive biological organisms living within all living things. In season three of Star Wars Rebels, the Force gets explored in completely new ways.

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Radio Free Tatooine Presents: The News From Anchorhead - July 19th, 2016
Reported by Mark on 19 Jul 2016 17:45
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Star Wars And Frozen Boost Hasbro’s Earnings Above Expectations
Reported by Matt on 19 Jul 2016 16:09

The Force Awakens helped Hasbro top industry expectations along with the now perennial seller Frozen.

Hasbro reported $831.2m in first quarter revenue, a figure that marked a 16% jump year-on-year and cleared the $768.4m analyst estimate. Hasbro reported blockbuster first quarter financial results on Monday morning, smashing Wall Street expectations as a result of sales from Frozen and Star Wars-branded products. Net income for the quarter came in at $48.8m, an increase of 83% over the same period last year. This resulted in earnings of 38 cents per share, a figure that exceeded the analyst consensus by 14 cents per share.

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Four Clubs One Force Competition: Hasbro Black Series 6inch Figures!
Reported by Team Jedi News on 19 Jul 2016 16:01



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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Saving Private Ryan
Reported by Mark on 19 Jul 2016 15:55

Bryan Young brings his latest entry in the long-running Cinema Behind Star Wars series with a look at Steven Spielberg's 1998's Oscar winning classic Saving Private Ryan.

When a director like Steven Spielberg tackles the subject of World War II in contexts outside of the Indiana Jones films, it’s almost sure to be something special. With 1998’s Saving Private Ryan, he brought the most heartbreaking reality to the landings in Normandy ever committed to screen. He redefined what a war film should look and feel like, setting a new standard that can be seen in virtually every war film from then on.
Although the gritty hand-held style, staccato frame rates, realistic gore, and desaturated colors don’t lend themselves to the sort of thing you’d see in a Star Wars film, Saving Private Ryan certainly influenced what would become possible with the battles in Star Wars.

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My Star Wars Story Episode 21: Mark Newbold
Reported by Mark on 19 Jul 2016 14:15
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J.J. Abrams Says There Is A Knights Of Ren Story Worthy Of A Standalone Film
Reported by Justin on 19 Jul 2016 13:59

We know the first entries in the collection of Star Wars standalone films will be Rogue One and the young Han Solo adventure. This new branch of the GFFA will allow Lucasfilm to expand the Saga in just about any direction they want, whether they choose to continue placing their focus on established characters/events or develop all-new characters and plotlines.

So what kind of standalone film would Episode VII director J.J. Abrams like to see Lucasfilm release on the silver screen if he had his druthers?

“I gotta say Kathy Kennedy, who’s running it all, she seems to be pushing all the right buttons. There isn’t something that I’d love to see—I guess the one thing I would say is there’s a Knights of Ren story that I think would be pretty cool to tell.”

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: 5-Year Celebration Trailer
Reported by Mark on 19 Jul 2016 13:22

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

Watch and celebrate #SWTOR5 as we count down to 5 amazing years of the Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ game, the team and best of all, you, our players, for sharing your Star Wars™ saga with us!

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Celebration Europe: Meeting Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill
Reported by Mark on 19 Jul 2016 12:44

Team Jedi News had the great pleasure of being joined at Celebration Europe by Express and Star reporter and my good friend Paul Naylor. Paul made our Jedi News table at the One Force booth his home base and worked the three days of the convention from there, and here is his report from the show.

I have been a fan since the first Star Wars released in ‘77, so an opportunity to meet my heroes was one to relish. Much like The Force Awakens, it would be a long adventure before a brief encounter with the ageing Jedi.
Along the way I encountered other heroes from my childhood. Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca the Wookie, who was as grouchy as can be. Still, it was a treat to meet him. Similarly, Anthony Daniels – the C-3PO actor – organised early-comers to one of his autograph sessions by sorting the queue himself. Rather rudely, I might add – but I’d like to think tongue-in-cheek. Neither was up for a chat. Divas? Perhaps. But time was limited for them and there were thousands of fans to meet.

Keep your eyes open for more from Paul as he will be reporting for the site around the Midlands and beyond.

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Rebel Force Radio: July 16, 2016
Reported by Mark on 19 Jul 2016 12:19
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Gareth Edwards On Revealing Darth Vader In Extended Rogue One Video At Celebration Europe
Reported by Justin on 19 Jul 2016 11:26

As of the time of this posting, Lucasfilm has yet to release the extended Rogue One video that contains additional footage not shown in the BTS sizzle reel that was posted on the Star Wars YouTube Channel right after it debuted during Celebration Europe 2016. And for all we know, that video might not ever be released in an official capacity by Lucasfilm before Rogue One arrives in theaters on December 16, keeping it a true treat for those fans who were in attendance at the panel.

ComicBook.com spent some time speaking with director Gareth Edwards at the convention about how he came about selecting the way in which Darth Vader was revealed in that Celebration exclusive teaser video.

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   Monday, July 18, 2016
Dave Filoni Chats With IGN About Star Wars Rebels Darth Maul, Vader, And More
Reported by Justin on 18 Jul 2016 20:46

Easily one of the most talked-about highlights to come out of Celebration Europe 2016 was the release of the Star Wars Rebels Season 3 trailer and the introduction of Admiral Thrawn into official Star Wars canon. IGN's Eric Goldman got the chance to spend a few minutes speaking with executive producer Dave Filoni after the Celebration panel in which Dave touches on several topics in Season 3, specifically the originally intended fate of Darth Maul in the series. Check it out at the source link below.

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Voting For The Finalists For The 2016 Hasbro Black Series 6-Inch Fan's Choice Poll Is Now Open
Reported by Justin on 18 Jul 2016 18:24

The final six candidates for the 2016 Hasbro Black Series 6-inch Fan's Choice Poll have been officially revealed and voting is currently underway! The battle-tested and loyal Captain Rex has received my vote - which character did you throw your support behind?

Which icon of a galaxy far, far away will be the next to join Hasbro’s critically-acclaimed, highly-detailed Star Wars: The Black Series line of 6-inch figures? You decide — starting now!

The results are in from qualifying-round polls at Star Wars fan sites in Hasbro’s Star Wars Fan Figure Vote — where you get to choose which Star Wars character will be made into an action figure — and you can now cast your vote to decide the winner. Last year, fans picked Revan, and runner-up Sabine is also set to join the Black Series. The finalists this year, seen below, come from across the saga and across mediums: video games, The Clone Wars animated series, Legends stories, and more. (Unfortunately, no Kitster. Again…) This’ll be a tough one, but to quote Darth Sidious, “You must choose!”

The poll will be open right up until Hasbro’s San Diego Comic-Con Star Wars panel on Friday, July 22, at 12 p.m. PT, where a winner will be announced. Until then, exercise your galactic right and vote!

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Star Wars 40th Anniversary Logo Revealed At Celebration Europe 2016
Reported by Justin on 18 Jul 2016 17:00

During the Closing Ceremony festivities that took place at Celebration Europe 2016 on Sunday afternoon, a special logo commemorating the upcoming 40th anniversary of Star Wars in 2017 was revealed. It's safe to say we're probably gonna be seeing quite a bit of this new logo throughout Celebration Orlando in April. Team Jedi News was on the scene and snapped the photo of the logo shown above (click for a larger view).

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Sounds Like Rogue One And The Other Standalone Films Won't Have An Opening Crawl
Reported by Justin on 18 Jul 2016 12:49

One of the current main points of discussion from within the Star Wars fan community is the topic of an opening crawl being used at the outset of director Gareth Edwards' upcoming Rogue One. Taking it a step further, fans have been wondering if any of the new standalone Star Wars films will have their own respective opening crawl. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Gareth Edwards commented on this very topic over the weekend during an interview with Entertainment Tonight at Celebration Europe 2016.

The brains behind 'Rogue One' shed more light on the opening crawl after it was first reported they might lose the standard 'Star Wars' trope.

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Gus Lopez Shares Photo Of Red Episode VIII Crew Apparel
Reported by Justin on 18 Jul 2016 12:23

Gus Lopez posted this photo of new pieces of Episode VIII crew apparel that he recently acquired over on his Instagram page. His post is the second such post we've seen of official Episode VIII crew apparel following director Rian Johnson's jacket reveal late last month.

Click the image above for a larger view.

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Watch The Young Han Solo Highlights From The "Future Filmmaker" Panel At Celebration Europe 2016
Reported by Justin on 18 Jul 2016 12:13

Han Solo Movie panel highlights with directors Chris Miller & Phil Lord and Alden Ehrenreich at Star Wars Celebration 2016.

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Watch The Episode VIII Highlights From The "Future Filmmaker" Panel At Celebration Europe 2016
Reported by Justin on 18 Jul 2016 12:10

Star Wars Episode VIII panel highlights with director Rian Johnson, John Boyega, Mark Hamill & Carrie Fisher.

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   Sunday, July 17, 2016
Celebration Europe 2016: Slashfilm's Gareth Edwards Post-Rogue One Panel Interview
Reported by Justin on 17 Jul 2016 17:39

After the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story presentation, we got an opportunity to chat with director Gareth Edwards. During the roundtable discussion, Edwards talks about creating the Jedi mecca in the film, a new planet called Jedha, the very unique shooting methods he employed on this production, the decision to include Darth Vader in his story and what concerns come with that, and I ask if we will get any aerial battles in this Star Wars film.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Stephen Hayford's Rogue One Poster
Reported by Justin on 17 Jul 2016 17:31

Artist Stephen Hayford has designed the following Rogue One poster using Star Wars action figures like only he can which was revealed earlier by Hasbro during Celebration Europe 2016. Another stellar creation from Mr. Hayford as always.

Celebration Europe 2016: Matthew Wood, Peter Mayhew, And Garrick Hagon Interviews
Reported by Justin on 17 Jul 2016 17:11

Celebration Europe 2016 may have come to an end, but that doesn't mean available content from the event has ended. The latest batch of interviews held by the crew of The Star Wars Show Live during Celebration has been posted below for your viewing pleasure.

Matthew Wood Interview

Peter Mayhew Interview

Garrick Hagon Interview

"Future Filmmaker Discussion" Panel: Episode VIII BTS Photos, Alden Ehrenreich Is Young Han Solo
Reported by Justin on 17 Jul 2016 15:10
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As the sun sets on Celebration Europe 2016 in London, the eagerly-anticipated event for today was the Future Filmmaker Discussion panel that was held right before the Closing Ceremony. Unfortunately for those of us who could not attend in person, this panel was not part of Sunday's live stream schedule. There was some very interesting news revealed during the panel including a few Episode VIII behind-the-scenes photos and the official confirmation of the earlier reports that Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as young Han Solo.

The official announcement of Aldenreich being cast as young Han Solo has been posted a few moments ago on StarWars.com.

We've collected quite a few tweets from those who were in attendance and of course StarWars.com provided their liveblog from the event, so check them out beneath the break! Celebration Europe 2016: Backstage Photos From The Rogue One Panel
Reported by Justin on 17 Jul 2016 12:48

Head on over to Comic Book Movie's website via the source link below for an assortment of photos that were taken backstage at Friday's Rogue One panel at Celebration Europe 2016, which includes the photo of lead Felicity Jones above looking absolutely stunning if I might say so myself.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Day 2 Interviews With Dave Filoni, Gareth Edwards, And More
Reported by Justin on 17 Jul 2016 10:50

Day 2 is in the books at Celebration Europe 2016 which means its time for another batch of awesome must-see interviews conducted by The Star Wars Show tag team as part of their live coverage of Celebration. We'll be updating this list with more interview segments from Day 2 as they land on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel, so keep checking back for new content.

Dave Filoni Interview

DK Publishing Interview

Sam Witwer Interview

Gareth Edwards Interview

Anthony Daniels Interview

Lynwen Brennan Interview

Celebration Europe 2016: Watch The Full "An Hour With Mark Hamill" Panel
Reported by Justin on 17 Jul 2016 10:40

Mark Hamill chats with the audience, answers questions, and tell stories about portraying the pivotal character of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars universe.

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September 30 Date For New Rogue One Product Launch Officially Confirmed
Reported by Justin on 17 Jul 2016 10:34

In an update that takes a closer look at the release of the Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) figure that marks the first Rogue One figure debuting in Hasbro's Black Series 6-inch line, StarWars.com confirmed our initial report from Toy Fair that Rogue One products would be arriving on store shelves on September 30. They do not specifically mention the phrase "Force Friday" in their article, but the date we originally reported on does stand true.

“Jyn” will be represented across a variety of products – something fans will have to wait and see for themselves on September 30, when all new Rogue One products launch globally.

You can check out our story on the Jyn Erso Black Series 6-inch figure at this link.

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   Saturday, July 16, 2016
Celebration Europe 2016: Highlights From Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Panel
Reported by Justin on 16 Jul 2016 18:35

Not in London to attend Celebration Europe 2016 in person? Tried to find time to tune into the live stream of the Star Wars Rebels Season 3 panel but just couldn't swing it? Then be prepared to turn that frown upside down as StarWars.com has posted an article that goes over the highlights and breaking news (and several photos) from the S3 panel that went down earlier today.

Selected cast and crew from Star Wars Rebels assembled on stage at Star Wars Celebration Europe tonight to offer a tease for Season Three and a glimpse of what is to come. Warwick Davis arrived via segue to lead the discussion with executive producer Dave Filoni, Sam Witwer (the voice of Darth Maul), and Tiya Sircar (the voice of Sabine Wren). They had many surprises to discuss.

What exactly did we learn?

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Celebration Europe 2016: Lucasfilm Story Group Interview
Reported by Justin on 16 Jul 2016 18:06

Matt Martin, Pablo Hidalgo, and Leland Chee chat with Andi and Peter about what the Star Wars Celebration experience is like for the Star Wars experts.

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Official Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Poster
Reported by Justin on 16 Jul 2016 17:32

The official Disney XD Star Wars Rebels Season 3 poster has been revealed! With Darth Maul front & center looming over the newly-canonized Grand Admiral Thrawn and returning series stars Ezra and Sabine, I simply cannot WAIT for Season 3 to arrive.

Big thanks to Jedi News reader Alexander M. for sending over the image!

Video Clip Featuring Darth Maul From Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Panel At Celebration Europe
Reported by Justin on 16 Jul 2016 17:25

IGN has video of the clip featuring Darth Maul that was shown to the audience at the Star Wars Rebels Season 3 panel earlier today at Celebration Europe 2016.

Straight from its Star Wars Celebration debut, in this scene from the third season, Kanan and Ezra are forced to meet with Maul, who has them in a dangerous scenario.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Hot Wheels Hera Syndulla Character Car Revealed
Reported by Justin on 16 Jul 2016 16:29

The steely-eyed pilot of the Ghost in Star Wars Rebels, Hera Syndulla, will be getting her own Hot Wheels character car sometime in 2017.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Hot Wheels Lando Calrissian Character Car Revealed
Reported by Justin on 16 Jul 2016 16:23

The coolest cat in the entire Star Wars galaxy will be getting his own Hot Wheels character car next year. Check out this image of the Lando Calrissian car courtesy of Team Jedi News from the Hot Wheels panel at Celebration Europe 2016!

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Celebration Europe 2016: Hot Wheels Scout Trooper Character Car Revealed!
Reported by Justin on 16 Jul 2016 16:19

Team Jedi News is at the Hot Wheels panel at Celebration Europe 2016. And as you can see from the tweet above, a new Scout Trooper character car is on the way!

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Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Trailer Introduces Thrawn...And Biker Scouts!
Reported by Justin on 16 Jul 2016 16:03

Get your first look at the new season of Star Wars Rebels, featuring the return of characters both new and familiar from both sides of the rebellion.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Liveblog Of Star Wars Publishing Panel
Reported by Justin on 16 Jul 2016 12:09

The Star Wars Publishing panel at Celebration Europe 2016 just concluded a few minutes ago. StarWars.com was liveblogging from the panel, so check out the news via the source link below which includes images of the final cover artwork used on several upcoming novels/books.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Star Wars Archaeology Panel
Reported by Justin on 16 Jul 2016 12:01

John Knoll, Chief Creative Officer, Doug Chiang, Vice President Executive Creative Director and Kevin Jenkins, Supervising Art Director take attendees on a journey through amazing stories and rarely seen imagery from the Star Wars films.

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StarWars.com Lists 15 Things We Learned From The Rogue One Panel
Reported by Justin on 16 Jul 2016 10:58

Yesterday we saw Slashfilm's recap of the Rogue One panel from Celebration Europe 2016. Lucasfilm's dandy Dan Brooks updated the official Star Wars site with an article titled "15 Things We Learned From the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Panel" which also gives us a great overview of what went down during Friday's main event. Dan's post also contains several photos taken during the panel, so be sure to take the source link below and read every last word!

The filmmakers and cast behind the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story came together tonight — in a special panel hosted by Gwendoline Christie — at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016. They talked about their characters, their experiences making the movie, and much, much more. Here are 15 of the biggest insights, highlights, and surprises from the panel.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Liveblog Of Star Wars Insider Panel
Reported by Justin on 16 Jul 2016 10:38

A few moments ago, the Star Wars Insider panel at Celebration Europe 2016 featuring editor Jonathan Wilkins came to an end. StarWars.com was liveblogging from the panel, so take the source link below to see what was revealed during this event.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Hot Wheels Interview
Reported by Justin on 16 Jul 2016 10:26

Peter welcomes Hot Wheels' Bryan Benedict to test drive the latest Star Wars themed Hot Wheels vehicles...

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   Friday, July 15, 2016
Celebration Europe 2016: Collection Of Day 1 Interviews By The Star Wars Show Live
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2016 23:34

Several interview segments conducted by The Star Wars Show crew on Day 1 at Celebration Europe 2016 have been posted over on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel. We'll be updating this story with new interviews from Day 1 as they drop (as well as giving certain interviews their own dedicated post), so keep a close eye on this post throughout the weekend. 

Ashley Eckstein and Dave Filoni Interview

Blaine Christine (Sphero) Interview

Ray Park Interview

BB-8 Builders Interview

Warwick Davis Interview

Michael Carter (Bib Fortuna) Interview

Fast Food Premiums Collector Interview

R2 Builders Interview

Anovos Interview

High Res Images Of Hasbro Black Series 6-Inch Rogue One Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) Figure
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2016 23:24

Via an email sent out by Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, we've received the following high resolution images of the Hasbro Black Series 6-inch Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) figure, which was on display on Day 1 of Celebration Europe 2016. We also received the two photos of Felicity Jones featured above, and my guess is she's pretty happy to have been immortalized in 6-inch plastic. Click each image for a larger view.

Celebration Europe 2016: Ken Colley (Admiral Piett) Interview
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2016 19:16

Ken Colley, Admiral Piett from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, stops by the Star Wars Show Live stage to discuss his legacy as the fan-favorite Imperial.

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Description Of Additional Teaser Footage Shown During The Rogue One BTS Video
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2016 18:56

IGN provides readers with a description of the brief additional teaser footage that was added to the BTS video exclusively for attendees of the Rogue One panel during Celebration Europe 2016. Here's hoping this extended video eventually arrives on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel for all of our eyeballs to enjoy. But if not, at least you can read about the additional footage at the source link below.

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Recap Of Celebration Europe 2016 Rogue One Panel
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2016 17:31

Today's main attraction at Celebration Europe 2016 was of course the huge Rogue One panel that had fans in attendance going absolutely wild.

Slashfilm has a nice comprehensive rundown of what was revealed/shown during the panel in addition to the official movie poster and BTS video that we covered earlier in the day as the news broke. In their report they go over the various character details that were revealed by each respective cast member on stage, the name of a new planet (and confirmation of an earlier planet name), an image of the first piece of Rogue One concept art, and more.

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Video Of "Ahsoka’s Untold Tales" Panel From Celebration Europe 2016 Now On YouTube
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2016 16:54

The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels Supervising Director Dave Filoni, voice of Ahsoka Tano, Ashley Eckstein, and Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo discuss untold tales of Ahsoka’s past, including her discovery by the Jedi Order as a young child and much more!

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Rogue One Celebration Europe 2016 BTS Video
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2016 15:31

In addition to this BTS video, fans in attendance at the Celebration Europe 2016 Rogue One panel were treated to an exclusive teaser trailer that was not shown during the live stream. We're assuming this trailer will be shown (and then shortly after uploaded to the official Star Wars YouTube Channel) on ABC later today, so more Rogue One goodness could be on tap for us real soon.

Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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Official Rogue One Movie Poster Revealed
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2016 14:52

Here it is - the official Rogue One one-sheet poster has been officially revealed during the Celebration Europe 2016 panel!

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Celebration Europe 2016: Liveblog From DK The Force Awakens Books Panel
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2016 13:41

The StarWars.com team is currently liveblogging the DK The Force Awakens books panel from Celebration Europe 2016. The focus of this panel will be on The Visual Dictionary and Incredible Cross-Sections, so take the source link below to follow along.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Recap Of Mark Hamill's Panel
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2016 13:32

Point your browser towards Entertainment Weekly via the source link below for an overview of Mark Hamill's panel that took place earlier today at Celebration Europe 2016. As expected, Mark didn't reveal any major news about Episode VIII, but he did offer up a small tidbit about non-specific dialogue that we'll hear in the film.

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Report: Hasbro To Release New Line Of Star Wars Die Cast Metal Figures
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2016 13:03

Our good friends in the Force over at Jedi Temple Archives have uncovered some potentially very big news pertaining a brand new line of die cast metal figures that Hasbro will be producing in (what we assume) response to Disney's successful Elite Series Die Cast line of Star Wars figures. Over to JTA for the news...

Well, this is interesting. Longtime collectors will probably remember that Titanium Metal Die Cast action figures from years ago. Probably in part due to the popularity of the Disney Elite Series figures, it appears that Hasbro is now following suit and producing their own Die Cast metal figures. We've learned about five Die Cast Metal figures coming. The scale is unknown, but presumably (we believe) they'll be in the 6" scale range since that is the trendy thing now, although that can't be confirmed at this point. We also don't know if they'll be painted in color (heaven help us if this is the case) or done in a more patina finish (which would give these figures vintage appeal). Interestingly, the characters are all based on Episode IV, which also gives good indication that these are to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. In other words, these may be released at the end of 2016/early 2017 to celebrate this monumental landmark event. We're also assuming that they will be under The Black Series banner since the helmets and miniature vehicles are. We could be wrong about that.

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Final Cover Art For Star Wars: Ahsoka Young Adult Novel Revealed
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2016 12:26

Just a short time ago during the "Ahsoka's Untold Tales" panel at Celebration Europe 2016, the final artwork chosen for the cover of author E.K. Johnston's upcoming (and guaranteed top seller) Star Wars: Ahsoka young adult novel was revealed. Click the image above for a larger view.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Liveblog Of "Droids Of The Force Awakens" Panel
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2016 12:17

The StarWars.com team is currently liveblogging the "Droids of The Force Awakens" panel from Celebration Europe 2016. Follow along with all the exciting reveals via the source link provided below.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Liveblog Of "Ahsoka's Untold Tales" Panel
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2016 10:54

The StarWars.com team is currently liveblogging the "Ahsoka's Untold Tales" panel at Celebration Europe 2016. Follow along with all the exciting details at the source link below.

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   Thursday, July 14, 2016
Sideshow Rey (Resistance Outfit) Sixth Scale Figure From Hot Toys Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 14 Jul 2016 19:29

Sideshow Collectibles is now taking pre-orders for their upcoming Rey (Resistance Outfit) Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys. The figure will run you $219.99 and is scheduled to begin shipping out to customers during the September 2016 - November 2016 timeframe.

In honor of the 2016 Star Wars Celebration, Sideshow and Hot Toys are delighted to celebrate this special occasion and are excited to introduce a new exclusive sixth scale collectible figure of the beloved Rey in her new Resistance outfit as seen in the epic moment of the film where we meet Luke Skywalker once again.

The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens featuring the highly detailed head sculpt, meticulously tailored outfit as seen in the final scenes of the film, Rey’s signature staff, a blaster pistol, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber hilt, and a hexagonal figure stand with the Resistance’s emblem.

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Databurst From The 501st
Reported by Mark on 14 Jul 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.

Be sure to listen in to the 501stCast, the official podcast of the 501st Legion International Star Wars Costuming Organization for all the latest Legion related news. Here's this weeks events:

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Celebration Europe 2016: Photo Of Jedi Master VIP Badge Artwork
Reported by Justin on 14 Jul 2016 18:29

Slashfilm's Peter Sciretta posted this photo (click for a larger view) of the limited quantity Celebration Europe 2016 Jedi Master VIP badge on his Instagram account. We've been posting photos of the various Celebration badges as we've seen them here on Jedi News, so be sure to check out these previous badge updates if you missed them earlier.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Images Of All Pins In The Pin Trading Program Revealed
Reported by Justin on 14 Jul 2016 17:46

With one day left to go before we get this party started, the final 7 pins that will be included in the Celebration Europe 2016 Pin Trading Program have been officially revealed. Now I'm not gonna lie here - I am a bit disappointed that the Biker Scout was not represented in this year's batch of pins. But I'll be holding out hope for some Biker Scout love in the Celebration Orlando Pin Trading Program next year!

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Sideshow Announces Han Solo In Carbonite Sixth Scale Figure
Reported by Justin on 14 Jul 2016 16:24

Sideshow Collectibles has updated their website with the announcement of a new Han Solo in Carbonite Sixth Scale Figure. Pricing and pre-order details have yet to be announced as of the time of this posting, so stay tuned right here for that information as soon as it becomes available.

Sideshow will be offering a unique figure that will not only highlight your Star Wars™ collection, but will also highlight your Bounty Hunters as their prized possession. The Han Solo in Carbonite Sixth Scale Figure is coming soon to Sideshow, so check back for more updates!

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Sideshow Announces Dengar Sixth Scale Figure
Reported by Justin on 14 Jul 2016 16:20

Sideshow Collectibles has revealed that they will be releasing a new Dengar Sixth Scale Figure. Pricing and pre-order details have yet to be announced as of the time of this posting, so stay tuned right here for that information as soon as it becomes available.

Another wretched member of scum and villainy is coming to Sideshow. Star Wars™ fans will have an opportunity to collect the Dengar Sixth Scale figure, coming soon so check back for more updates!

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Celebration Europe 2016: Photos Of Special Guest And Adult 3-Day Badge Artwork
Reported by Justin on 14 Jul 2016 16:12
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Yesterday we showed you in-hand photos of the Celebration Europe 2016 Media badge and the collection of Adult single-day admisison badges. To add to that, we've got a few posts from Twitter that show the Special Guest and Adult 3-Day badge artwork. Check them out beneath the break. Celebration Europe 2016: Live Stream Schedule
Reported by Justin on 14 Jul 2016 12:21

Here it is, folks. The information fans all over the globe who are unfortunately unable to attend Celebration Europe 2016 in London have been eagerly waiting for. The complete list of panels/events that will be streamed live from Celebration Europe has been posted on StarWars.com. Check it out at the source link below and may your internet connection be as fast as a speeder bike whipping through the forest trees of Endor.

The Star Wars Show LIVE will be the one place to watch Celebration panels as they happen in London — but you may want to channel your inner Admiral Ackbar and plan a viewing strategy. Check out StarWars.com’s live stream schedule below, and make sure you don’t miss any of the big news and revelations! These times are subject to change… and equally subject to cool surprises throughout the broadcast!

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Star Wars Celebration Europe - Royal Mail Booth N503
Reported by Team Jedi News on 14 Jul 2016 09:43

This from our friends at the Royal Mail...

  • Visitors to Royal Mail stand N503 can purchase  show-exclusive souvenirs
  • Also an opportunity for fans to win one of two exclusive framed and signed prizes

Located at stand N503, there will be exclusive Celebration products in addition to the core Star Wars product range available for sale.

There will also be an opportunity for visitors to the stand to win one of two exclusive prizes. First prize is a framed set of 12 Star Wars stamps, signed by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. Second prize is a framed Star Wars Stamp Sheet, also signed by these rising British movie stars.

Also available will be a host of show-exclusive souvenirs, such as a Darth Maul Print framed together with 12 Star Wars stamps and signed by the illustrator Malcolm Tween in a numbered, limited edition of just 200.  And limited edition Star Wars Celebration Packs with a unique embossing mark will be available on each day of the Show.

Products available include: -

Star Wars Celebration – Signed Frame £119.99

  • Only Available at Celebration
  • Ltd Edition – 200, Individually numbered
  • Prints individually sighed by stamp artist – Malcolm Tween
  • Full set of Mint condition Star Wars ‘Character’ stamps individually mounted
  • Black ash effect frame
  • Stunning, high quality print of a Darth Maul image, created as part of the design process for the original stamps
  • Handmade in the UK

Star Wars Celebration Pack – Characters £14.99

  • Ltd edition of 1500, Individually numbered
  • Full set of Mint condition Star Wars ‘Character’ stamps
  • Unique to Star Wars Celebration 2016
  • Stunning fold-out design featuring BB8 and R2D2

Star Wars Celebration Pack – Hardware £14.99

  • Ltd edition of 1500, Individually numbered
  • Full set of Mint condition Star Wars ‘Hardware’ stamps
  • Unique to Star Wars Celebration 2016
  • Stunning fold-out design featuring the Millennium Falcon and Tie Fighters

Star Wars Celebration Pack – Ultimate Edition £19.99

  • Ltd edition of 1500, Individually numbered
  • Full set of Mint condition Star Wars ‘Hardware’ stamps
  • Full set of Mint condition Star Wars ‘Character’ stamps
  • Unique to Star Wars Celebration 2016
  • Stunning gate-fold design featuring the iconic Stormtrooper and Chewbacca.

Unique embossing marks - A unique show embossment is available for each day of the Celebration event to be individually applied to your Celebration Pack on the Royal Mail stand.

Each of the designs is available for one day only:-

  • Friday – BB8
  • Saturday – Millennium Falcon
  • Sunday – Stormtrooper
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Star Wars Celebration Europe - Win JAKKS BIG-FIGS
Reported by Team Jedi News on 14 Jul 2016 09:37

Jedi News have teamed up with our friends at JAKKS to give YOU the chance to win a JAKKS BIG FIG at Star Wars Celebration Europe!

  1. Take a selfie with either Darth Vader or First Order Stormtrooper at the 'Four Clubs - One Force' booth S425
  2. Use the hashtag #BIGFIGS
  3. Tag Jedi News in the post @JediNewsUK
  4. Upload to Instagram or Twitter
  5. The best selfie will win!

May the Force be with you!

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Official Site: There's A Party Goin' On: Talking With David Collins, Celebration Host
Reported by Mark on 14 Jul 2016 08:43

StarWars.com chats with David Collins about his hosting duties at Celebration and Celebration Europe, which of course starts tomorrow.

As a well-established and highly regarded voice actor and sound designer, David Collins has left his mark on Star Wars in numerous ways. In Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, he provided the voice of the homicidal droid, PROXY. As a sound designer, he worked on classic Star Wars video games like Star Wars: Battlefront II, Star Wars: Republic Commando, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. And for nearly a decade, Collins has been a staple of Star Wars Celebration. In two days, he will host the Galaxy Stage at Star Wars Celebration London and once again give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the Star Wars galaxy. In advance of this, StarWars.com spoke with Collins about what it means to be a Celebration stage host and all things Star Wars Celebration.

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Star Wars Celebration Europe - Blocks Magazine
Reported by Team Jedi News on 14 Jul 2016 08:36

This from our friends at Blocks...

 

Star Wars Celebration Europe attendees can get their monthly fix of Blocks magazine early and pick up an exclusive poster featuring Issue 22 cover art.

This Friday, Star Wars Celebration – the biggest force filled party in the galaxy – returns to London for the first time since 2007. It’s a chance to hear from the biggest names in Star Wars, check out amazing displays and share your love for the galaxy far, far away. Of course it’s also a chance to hear about the future of LEGO Star Wars – and Blocks will be there. 

Blocks magazine will be joining in the fun with exclusive early access to Issue 22 for Star Wars Celebration attendees. A limited number of copies of our LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures special will be available to buy at the event. A special edition Blocks magazine poster, featuring a clean version of the cover, will be given out at the LEGO stand on Saturday.

The issue contains an in-depth behind the scenes look at how this new animated series came to be, with incredible access to key creatives working on the show and exclusive first look images. A specially commissioned series of builds inspired by the series will have you diving into your bricks to build your own Ugly. 

  • Blocks Issue 22 will be available to buy from In Demand Toys, booth N508 – while supplies last.
  • Blocks magazine Celebration Europe poster will be available to collect from the main LEGO area, booth S509, on Saturday 16 July at 2.00pm.*
  • If you ask a great question at the LEGO Star Wars Collecting panel Q&A, you may walk away with a copy of Blocks Issue 22.* [Editor: Our very own James Burns is presenting this panel with Duncan Jenkins on the Collecting Stage]

Not going to Star Wars Celebration Europe? Issue 22 will be arriving with subscribers at light-speed later this week, and will be on store shelves from Thursday 21 July. 

Stay tuned to Blocks on Facebook and Twitter, for details on our Freemaker Adventures build contest, with the chance to win awesome LEGO Star Wars prizes. 

*The time and nature of these activities is subject to change. Please consult the Star Wars Celebration Europe app and Blocks magazine social media channels for updated information.

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   Wednesday, July 13, 2016
SDCC 2016: Exclusive Gentle Giant Captain Phasma Mini Bust Pre-Order Up For PG Members
Reported by Justin on 13 Jul 2016 19:53

The SDCC 2016 exclusive Gentle Giant Captain Phasma Mini Bust (which looks absolutely awesome) that was first revealed at the end of last month is now available for pre-order by current Premier Guild members. You must be logged into your PG account in order to add the mini bust to your shopping cart.

The story that began a long time ago returns giving us the next chapter in the saga from a galaxy far, far away. Gentle Giant Ltd. is honored in bringing collectors all-new characters from Star Wars: Episode 7, The Force Awakens. Gentle Giant Ltd. announces the next character from our amazing mini bust line, with the First Order Captain Phasma! With her striking silver armor, and black cape, this imposing officer leads the First Order Stormtroopers to bring the end to the New Republic! Digitally sculpted using the top of the line 3D technology, and cast in the highest quality polystone, each mini bust is hand-painted, and comes hand-numbered with matching certificate of authenticity. May the Force be with you!

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The Star Wars Show - July 13, 2016, Sneak Peek At Star Wars Rebels Season 3
Reported by Dianna on 13 Jul 2016 19:28

Andi, Peter, and a certain co-worker run down what to look forward to on The Star Wars Show LIVE (streaming panels and more from Celebration Europe!), we get a sneak peek of Star Wars Rebels Season Three, StarWars.com talks with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards, and more!

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Official Site: Behind The Scenes Of Celebration Europe's Fan-Made Props
Reported by Mark on 13 Jul 2016 16:44

Over at StarWars.com our pal Stefan Cembolista takes us through some of the props being built by the German Project X-1 Team and his own Belgian Star Wars prop crew.

A new Celebration is just ahead of us and next to all the highly-anticipated panels, shows, and collectibles…there will be fan-made props!
For the first time at a Celebration, two dedicated builder teams have joined forces for the exclusive display of props at the Star Wars Show LIVE! set! As a result of this collaboration, we’ve created a new international prop builder community: Got Props United, a place where large-scale prop builders from all over the world will join in to build even more impressive fan-made props.
The German Project X-1 Team and the Belgian Star Wars prop crew (BCD) are in full preparations for the show. Our main target: a Force Awakens display. But before Celebration kicks off, we’d like to invite you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the sets that will be shown at Celebration Europe!

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Daisy Ridley Has Completed Her Filming For Episode VIII
Reported by Justin on 13 Jul 2016 16:02

Shortly after we received word that Anthony Daniels and John Boyega had wrapped their respective filming for director Rian Johnson's Episode VIII, Daisy Ridley has announced on her Instagram account that she has completed her filming as well.

And that is a wrap on Star Wars Episode VIII. My heart is brimming. #reyout

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Celebration Europe 2016: Exclusive Store Merchandise Revealed
Reported by Justin on 13 Jul 2016 13:35

Stop by the Celebration Store for these limited edition Star Wars Celebration Europe Exclusives. The Celebration Store is located through North Entrance N11, in the northeast corner of the hall, and features exclusives that can only be found at Star Wars Celebration Europe.

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Raiders!: The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made Coming To Blu-ray August 16
Reported by Justin on 13 Jul 2016 12:29

The hit fan documentary Raiders!: The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made will be receiving an official Blu-ray release on August 16! Check out the special features that will be included in the release below.

Special features include more than four hours on bonus content, such as dual audio commentary tracks (with Skousen & Coon as well as Strompolos & Zala), deleted scenes from the documentary, outtakes from the Adaptation, Q&A footage from the Adaptation's 2003 premiere at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX, a photo booklet featuring storyboard art from the Adaptation and a free HD digital copy of the film.

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Photos Of Media And Adult Single-Day Celebration Europe 2016 Badge Artwork
Reported by Justin on 13 Jul 2016 11:27
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Back on July 1 we got to see a sneak peek at the finished artwork designs that will be used on the various Celebration Europe 2016 admission badges. As of the time of this posting, Lucasfilm/ReedPOP has not released an official announcement showcasing the artwork for each badge type. And with Celebration Europe only 2 days away, the chances of us getting such an announcement are slim to none I would assume.

But fear not, as the power of social media is here to swoop in and help save the day. Beneath the break, check out images of the Media badge and Adult single-day badges that we posted via our official Twitter account. Official Site: Chuck Wendig Talks Aftermath: Life Debt
Reported by Mark on 13 Jul 2016 10:37

Over at StarWars.com James Floyd sits down with author Chuck Wendig to discuss the second chapter in the Aftermath cycle, Life Debt.

Last fall, Star Wars fans got their first taste of the continuity timeline starting to connect Return of the Jedi to The Force Awakens with the release of the novel, Aftermath, by Chuck Wendig. Readers learned that while the Battle of Endor saw the death of the Emperor, the Empire continued to fight on, albeit in a fractured form. Now the story continues with the second book in this trilogy by Chuck Wendig, Aftermath: Life Debt, out today from Del Rey. StarWars.com checked in with author Chuck Wendig over e-mail to find out what’s in store for the galaxy far, far away as Han Solo’s mission to help Chewbacca liberate his home planet of Kashyyyk runs into trouble.

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Happy 74th Birthday Harrison Ford
Reported by Team Jedi News on 13 Jul 2016 09:30

Many happy returns to Harrison Ford who turns 74 today. Born in Chicago on 13th July 1942 to an Irish Catholic father and a Russian Jewish mother his acting career got off to a slow start, flourishing as he honed his craft (he was a self-professed 'late bloomer') into a run of hits unparalleled in cinema history. Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Jack Ryan - who else has a resume like that?

Thanks for the magic Harrison, here's to many more great moments.

Star Wars Action News Episode 479:
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#CANTINA: Secret Headliners Announced
Reported by Mark on 13 Jul 2016 07:10

It's the best (or worst depending on your point of view) kept secret in rock and now the news is out. As announced on their official website last night the secret headliners of CANTINA are ASH (aka Luthor Ingo Starcruiser).

Team Jedi News will be there reporting for Jedi News Network so stay tuned, it's going to be fantASHtic.

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   Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Sci-Fi Central: John Coppinger The Jabba Sculptor & Extra Roles
Reported by Mark on 12 Jul 2016 23:29

We once again join Darryl James as he chats with Jabba sculptor and puppeteer John Coppinger.

John Coppinger sculpted and helped operate Jabba in Return of the Jedi. He also features as an extra in The Phantom Menace. Here is our interview from Orlando.

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The Force Awakens Cast Thanks Omaze Force For Change Supporters
Reported by Dianna on 12 Jul 2016 22:37

The cast of Star Wars thanks you for supporting 15 remarkable causes and entering for the chance to win a trip to the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Learn about more once-in-a-lifetime experiences that support incredible causes at omaze.com.

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Update On Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Coming Tomorrow
Reported by Justin on 12 Jul 2016 22:28

Lucasfilm's Tracy Cannobbio teases us with the tweet below stating news on Star Wars Rebels Season 3 should be coming our way tomorrow during the weekly episode of The Star Wars Show. Could the big news be the announcement of the official S3 debut on Disney XD? Or possibly breaking news of a new/existing character appearing in this upcoming season for the first time? Stay locked in right here to Jedi News as we bring you the exciting details!

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Brews and Blasters 78: Paper Mache Heads
Reported by Mark on 12 Jul 2016 20:25
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Star Wars Celebration Europe: Jedi News Table
Reported by Team Jedi News on 12 Jul 2016 19:01
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By now you will know all about the One Force Stage Presented by Jedi News, the home of the podcast stage where 15 different shows will be available over eight 45 minute slots as well as a plethora of panels from the Rebel Legion and the UK Garrison. As well as that we have our own Jedi News table and over the course of the three day event we have a good number of events happening there too.

Check after the break for the daily rundown of just what's happening at our table.

Star Wars Celebration Europe: Team Jedi News Giveaways
Reported by Team Jedi News on 12 Jul 2016 18:01
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It's almost time for Celebration Europe and as always there are a selection of Jedi News giveaways to be found. Providing you are in the right place at the right time of course...

Stay tuned to our Jedi News Facebook page, Twitter @JediNewsUK and our Jedi News on Instagram pages for information on exactly when these badges and patches will be available.

Check after the break to see what we have for Celebration Europe 2016.

Take Cover: Episode 6
Reported by Team Jedi News on 12 Jul 2016 16:01
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Sci-Fi Central: Ben Burtt Cameos & Wilhelm Screaming
Reported by Mark on 12 Jul 2016 15:36

Once again we head east and visit Darryl James as he chats with birthday boy and audio legend Ben Burtt.

We had some of our best fun ever with the Academy Award winning sound designer Ben Burtt at Star Wars Celebration.

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Coffee With Kenobi: Talking Star Wars...At Church
Reported by Mark on 12 Jul 2016 14:58

Head on over to Coffee With Kenobi where Ryder Waldron brings us this fascinating article on talking about Star Wars in church.

About a month ago I was asked by my bishop if I would be willing to speak at my church. He said that he felt like our congregation needed to hear from me. Now, most of you know that I would rather be interrogated by an agitated Kylo Ren on the beaches of Mustafar while being shot with Force lightning than speak in front of anyone, let alone 200-300 people. I’m the introvert that usually sits in the back of most rooms and doesn’t like very much attention. So why did I say yes?! Or did I? There may have been a mind trick involved.
The topic I was asked to speak on was following and supporting righteous leaders, whether they be parents, grandparents, teachers, church leaders, or even our children. I usually get really nervous speaking in front of anyone, and since I don’t have the willpower or resolution of Qui-Gon Jinn I needed to figure out a way to calm myself down. So I decided to mix into my talk some Star Wars. Ok, maybe a lot of Star Wars.

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Star Wars Report #230: Operation SWCE Commencing! All Wings Report In!
Reported by Mark on 12 Jul 2016 14:34
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Official Site: Parenting Padawans: 10 Tips For Taking Kids To Conventions
Reported by Mark on 12 Jul 2016 14:10

Celebration Europe is just 2 days away and San Diego Comic Con isn't far behind, so thanks to Jamie Greene over at StarWars.com here's a handy guide to looking after the tots at these big events.

Are you planning to go to a convention this year? Are you planning to take your little ones? If so, we here at Parenting Padawans have you covered. We’ve put together a small(ish) list of things to keep in mind so your family comic-con outing can be an enjoyable experience. Whether you’re feeling the Force at this month’s Star Wars Celebration Europe or sampling the smorgasbord of pop culture on display at any number of other cons this summer, here are a few key tips to keep in mind as you plan your next great family adventure.

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Full of Sith Episode CLXXIV: The Freemaker Adventures
Reported by Mark on 12 Jul 2016 13:17
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Disney Sets New Record For Passing The $5 Billion Global Box Office Mark
Reported by Justin on 12 Jul 2016 12:40

Was there ever any doubt as to whether Disney would have the firepower to overtake Universal Pictures to become the top dog as far as this box office ticket sales record is concerned? Methinks not.

With a $50.1M global weekend on Finding Dory as well as added coin from its other holdovers, Disney has pushed past the $5 billion worldwide box office milestone in record time. Last year, the crown belonged to Universal as Jurassic World stomped it to $5B+ on July 17. The Mouse also now has bragging rights to the fastest speed to $3B internationally, getting there on July 6 and just beating Universal’s previous $3B offshore record set on July 8, 2015.

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Hasbro Pulse Instagram Page Has New Photos Of Black Series 6-Inch Kylo Ren 2016 Convention Exclusive
Reported by Justin on 12 Jul 2016 12:19

The official Hasbro Pulse Instagram page has been updated to include several shots of their upcoming Black Series 6-inch Kylo Ren (Unmasked) 2016 convention exclusive figure going through various stages of development. Included in this small image gallery is our first look at the artwork design that will be featured on the figure's packaging. Take the source link below for the supplied Instagram images.

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Sci-Fi Under The Stars: Original Trilogy To Be Screened Outdoors August - October 2016
Reported by Mark on 12 Jul 2016 11:35

For the first time ever the entire Star Wars trilogy will be screened outdoors in the UK, starting 3rd August at Hampton Palace with A New Hope and ending 1st October at Hatfield House with Return of the Jedi.

Classic SCI-FI films will be presented on our big screens in our usual incredible settings under the stars.
The season includes some of the most iconic films of this genre, including, the first EVER open air screenings of the original Star Wars trilogy...

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Star Wars Celebration Europe: Limited Edition Royal Mail Signed Darth Maul Print
Reported by Mark on 12 Jul 2016 11:25

Having collected most of the recent Royal Mail stamps, cards and prints I just have to get one of these. Check out this beautiful Malcolm Tween image of Darth Maul, available at Celebration Europe this weekend on Stand N503.

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Disney Parks Blog To Live Stream Star Wars Fireworks Show
Reported by Mark on 12 Jul 2016 11:14

How cool is this, super parks resource Disney Parks Blog will live stream the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show from Disney's Hollywood Studios on Monday 18th July. Here's the inside details.

Save the date. The Disney Parks Blog will live stream the new "Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular" fireworks show on July 18.
The new show features scenes and music from the popular film franchise and includes laser projections and pyrotechnics.
"Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular" takes place in front of the Chinese Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Disney hasn't announced a time for when the show will be streamed live.

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Star Wars Celebration Europe: Hot Wheels Proto Boba Fett Preview
Reported by Matt on 12 Jul 2016 11:07

Check out these Jedi News exclusive in-hand pictures of the prototype Boba Fett Hot Wheels car from Mattel, only for sale at Celebration Europe this weekend. You can also hear the designer of the car, Bryan Benedict, talk about the car on the latest Star Wars Collectors Cast

Head on over to Booth S502 (price TBC) and if you're planning on getting it signed then aim for the autograph hall on Sunday and find Alan Harris, the actor who played Bossk. Alan wore the proto-Fett costume in early test and fitting sessions. Plus Jeremy Bulloch and Daniel Logan are signing.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures: Season One UK Sneak Peek This Saturday
Reported by Mark on 12 Jul 2016 10:49

Our buddy Kamino_Ghost drops us this line with some great news for UK LEGO Star Wars fans.

Hi Mark, hope you are doing well today. Just wanted to let everyone know that Disney XDUK will be showing a Sneak Peak of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures this coming Saturday (July 16th) at 9.00am. The duration of the broadcast is 30 mins, so will most likely be the 1st episode 'A Hero Discovered'.... "This is where the fun begins!"
Cheers, Kamino_Ghost

P.S I'm sure a lot of UK SW Fans will be otherwise engaged next Saturday - so remember to set your recording devices...

Julie Dolan Stars In LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures: Crossing Paths
Reported by Mark on 12 Jul 2016 10:35

Yesterday saw the premier of the latest LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures episode, Crossing Paths starring our RADIO 1138 episode 37 guest Julie Dolan as Princess Leia.

Be sure to check out the show if you haven't already, it's a blast!

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Meanwhile At The Episode VIII Wrap Party...
Reported by Mark on 12 Jul 2016 10:19

You may well have seen a good bunch of images from the Episode VIII wrap party on Sunday which featured Ellie Goulding performing on stage at the Natural History Museum (introduced by Mark Hamill no less) and Boogie Storm performing their act from Britain's Got talent.

There are plenty of images out there so go hunting and enjoy, but in the meantime check out this brief clip of Boogie Storm doing their thing.

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R2-KT Is A LEGO!
Reported by Mark on 12 Jul 2016 10:15

It's time to head over to R2-KT's man servant Albin for the latest KT patch news.

KT brigadiers, it came as a big surprise when Lucasfilm asked us if R2-KT could appear in a video game. We had no idea it would be the LEGO Force Awakens game! She looks so cool, people are sending in photos all the time.
In honor of this occasion, Dave Liew designed three amazing pieces for a mission patch. We put it to a vote and half the voters wanted all three made available. So you got it! And we'll do it all as a fund-raiser for Give Kids the World Village in Orlando, FL (www.gktw.org)
In a limited run of only 100 pieces, we offer the R2-KT Lego mission patches. Each one is just $8 or all three for $21. Free shipping on all orders. PayPal to r2kt@r2kt.com and please indicate which ones you are ordering. KT Subscribers can get any of them in any combo they like. If you're not a KT Subscriber, email us to find out how!
Have a great summer!

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   Monday, July 11, 2016
Star Wars Celebration Europe: Tattoo Programming Returns To Celebration
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Our buddy Shane Turgeon has dropped us a line with all the relevant information regarding the Tattoo Programming which will, as always, be a big part of Celebration Europe.

Read all those details after the break.

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Official Site: The Playlist: Boba Fett
Reported by Mark on 11 Jul 2016 17:15

Bryan Young is back with the latest Playlist over at StarWars.com, this time looking at Boba Fett.

For Star Wars fans who want a better understanding of various topics, there can be a lot of material to wade through. In The Playlist, we’ll curate select installments of Star Wars that will give you that greater understanding of a specific topic. Consider it your own Jedi Archives — or cheat sheet for your Jedi midterms.
An exact clone of the mercenary Jango Fett, Boba Fett led a hard life before becoming one of Jabba the Hutt’s favorite bounty hunters. Although Fett was hotheaded in his youth, he became one of the most feared ne’er-do-wells in the galaxy by the time Han Solo, blinded by carbonation sickness, felled him. His legend lives on, though, and this playlist will take you through all of the major moments in his life.

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Sideshow Announces Jango Fett Premium Format Figure
Reported by Justin on 11 Jul 2016 16:15

Sideshow Collectibles has updated their website with the announcement of a new Jango Fett Premium Format Figure. Pricing and pre-order details for the figure have not yet been revealed, so stay tuned to Jedi News for that information as soon as it becomes available.

The father of Boba Fett and equally accomplished bounty hunter will be joining Sideshow Collectibles line-up of Star Wars collectibles. The Jango Fett Premium Format™ Figure will be available fore Pre-Order in the future, so stay tuned for updates!

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Hasbro 2016 Black Series 6-Inch Fan's Choice Poll - Winners
Reported by Team Jedi News on 11 Jul 2016 16:01
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The poll on Jedi News is now closed and we've let Hasbro know our 6 winners - here they are...

Thank you all for your votes! Read on for our top 10...

IndyCast Episode 234
Reported by Dianna on 11 Jul 2016 15:38

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

In a bumper edition of the IndyCast, I speak with cosplayer and props collector Andreas Dragone in Club Obi Wan, Official IndyCast correspondent Mitch Hallock talks George Hall and old Indy, Ron is back with a bit-sized bit of Indy trivia, Chris returns from the La Rochelle Sub Pen in France with IJ in the UK and Joe sends in his report moderating the Q&A with the Raiders Guys at one of their recent screenings!

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New Star Wars Land Concept Image Posted On The Disney Parks Blog
Reported by Justin on 11 Jul 2016 15:16

The official Disney Parks Blog has been updated today to include a new concept image of Star Wars Land. Click the image above for a larger view and then take the source link below for the full blog post. And for more information on the upcoming Star Wars Land attractions, be sure to check out the first batch of concept images that was revealed during the D23 Expo last year as well as the presentation video that was shown to attendees if you missed either report initially.

In April, we celebrated the official groundbreaking of Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, and beginning today, Disneyland park guests can get a glimpse of this exciting and immersive experience. A new image has been unveiled on the fence along Big Thunder Trail in Frontierland – one of the entry points to this never-before-seen planet in the Star Wars galaxy – revealing more about what guests will find in this all-new land.

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   Sunday, July 10, 2016
SDCC 2016: Sunday Programming Schedule
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It's the end of the week and the programming schedule for Sunday at SDCC 2016 has been officially posted. The panels (of which there are only a few for this day) that pertain to Star Wars in a meaningful way are listed for your convenience beneath the break. The programming schedules for the rest of the convention are included below as well.

Wednesday & Thursday

Friday

Saturday Star Wars Celebration Europe: LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure
Reported by Matt on 10 Jul 2016 17:24

Great news as another LEGO Star Wars release hits the streets early, this time during next weekends Celebration Europe.

LEGO book publisher DK have announced advance copies of LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure will be on sale at Star Wars: Celebration Europe. The Lucasfilm-run convention is being held at the Excel center, London, from Friday to Sunday, July 15-17, and DK will have a booth at the show.
LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure is due for release on 3 August, so Celebration attendees will have the opportunity to buy it two weeks early. Additionally, author Rod Gillies will be there to sign copies of the book.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Star Wars Family Area Details
Reported by Justin on 10 Jul 2016 13:10

The official Celebration Europe 2016 website has been updated with information on the selection of events that will be available for families to enjoy together in the Star Wars Family Area. Check out the list of events at the source link provided below.

Looking for something fun to do with your family during the Show? Star Wars Celebration Europe Family Area will have activities geared towards younger Fans all weekend long! Come check out our hands-on workshops, interactive classes, Padawan Training and entertaining live author read-a-longs in a family-friendly atmosphere.

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On The Shelves UK: Asda Star Wars Space Hopper
Reported by Matt on 10 Jul 2016 12:48

This is definitely the best way to bounce around the galaxy. From Asda and down from £7.00 to £3.50.

Product Information

  • Height: 23.00 cm
  • Width: 17.00 cm
  • Depth: 7.50
  • Outdoor Use?: Yes
  • Material: Rubber
  • Minimum Age: 3 years
  • Model Number: STW7-7059
  • Product Type: Hoppers
  • Type: Outdoor Toys
  • Weight: 0.70 kg
  • Brand: Star Wars

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Star Wars Celebration Europe: Warwick Davis Talks To The Independent
Reported by Mark on 10 Jul 2016 11:35

Warwick Davis talks to the Independent about his long and varied career and also discusses Celebration Europe, which of course kicks off this coming Friday.

You’re hosting the Star Wars Celebration. How does doing an event for a singular franchise compare with doing those for multiple franchises, such as Comic-Con?

It’s more focused - a huge number of people sharing one thing they enjoy - it’s a lot more focused. It’s a lot more than just the films; it’s the toys, the video games, everything surrounding it. It’s not even just a particular age group, the demographic is very wide. Now you’ve got Episode VII, with more fans, and people like me, who grew up watching the classic trilogy. A real community of people who have grown up with these films. They’re the ones who come to these events, share stories, memories, and enjoy everything Star Wars has to offer still. And now we’re into this whole new set of films because we had this period where there wasn’t anything new, but the fans were still there, still loyal, but nothing new to get particularly excited about. Now you have the movies, everything, so it’s an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan.

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The Wampa's Lair #189: Fun In The Lair
Reported by Mark on 10 Jul 2016 10:39
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   Saturday, July 9, 2016
SDCC 2016: Saturday Programming Schedule
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The programming for Saturday at SDCC 2016 has been officially posted. Check out all the panels that pertain to Star Wars in a meaningful way beneath the break. And be sure to take a look at our breakdowns for Wednesday & Thursday and Friday if you didn't get a chance to go through them earlier. New General Mills Kylo Ren And Rey Star Wars Cereal Boxes Found
Reported by Justin on 09 Jul 2016 20:49

During the May 4th festivities,General Mills revealed two new Star Wars cereal boxes featuring a second image of Kylo Ren and the debut of Rey on the packaging. When I asked General Mills on Twitter when we could expect to find these new cereal boxes on store shelves, I was told the Kylo Ren box was available now and that the Rey box would be arriving sometime next year. Well, as you can see from my photos above, the Rey cereal box has arrived quite early. I found both cereal boxes at one of my local Target stores this afternoon.

Star Wars Celebration Europe: DK Bring The Illustrated World Of Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 09 Jul 2016 17:23

Join DK as they exhibit their latest releases and give you the chance to meet some of the authors at Celebration Europe next week.

DK continues to provide Star Wars fans with the means to immerse themselves in the detailed, complex world of Star Wars. From Ultimate Star Wars to the popular Star Wars Readers for young children, DK boasts an extensive catalogue of Star Wars books, giving fans of all ages access to everything there is to know about the incredible Star Wars franchise. In 2015 alone, ? ?DK sold 400,000 books worth more than £2.5 million.*
On the 15th July, DK will be attending the annual Star Wars Celebration event at London Excel, showcasing a collection of must-have DK Star Wars titles and offering fans the opportunity to meet the people behind the books. Star Wars Celebration is a three day event running from the 15th - 17th July.
Visitors will be plunged into a specialist 3D floor taken straight from the recently released Star Wars The Force Awakens™ Incredible Cross-Sections, and have the exclusive chance to create their own Rebel Alliance quest with copies of LEGO® Star Wars™ Build Your Own Adventure signed by super-builder Rod Gillies, two weeks before the book’s official publication.
DK’s Star Wars publishing list provides sustenance to fans, opening up the Star Wars universe in between films, offering enthusiasts access to a wealth of information and unparalleled behind-the-scenes knowledge. During Star Wars Celebration, which returns to the capital for the first time since 2007, DK will be hosting four notable authors who’ve given depth, knowledge and realism to vehicles like Rey’s speeder, the cleaning schedule of the Death Star and shone a light on the enigmatic Mandalorian warriors. Adam Bray, Cole Horton, Kemp Remillard and Jason Fry will be meeting and signing copies of their books for fans as well as taking part in a panel discussion during the event.
Simon Beecroft, DK Publishing Director, Licensed Books said: “DK’s Star Wars books have given people of all ages a way to continue to explore the world created by Lucasfilm and Disney outside of the movies and games. The appetite for extra information and detail amongst fans is why we create these books. Not only do our books offer insight into the Star Wars world, the imagery and text is also easily accessible and appeals to both adults and children in a unique way.”
“Star Wars Celebration Europe is the perfect time to thank those readers for their continuing support for DK Star Wars books, and through the stand design, guest authors and additional activity we will have on our stand, we hope to excite existing fans and also welcome new ones into the publishing world of Star Wars.”
In addition to author appearances and signings, the DK stand will feature a £1 Lucky Book Dip including DK Readers and Sticker Books. Visitors to the stand who sign up to the DK Star Wars Newsletter will receive exclusive postcards.

Legends Library: I, Jedi
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Star Wars Celebration Europe: Win A Custom Biker Scout Helmet At #CANTINA
Reported by Mark on 09 Jul 2016 16:07

We really are on a fast countdown to Celebration Europe which kicks off next Friday morning at 10.00am at the ExCeL in London, but don't forget the night before and #CANTINA which is set to rock the Brooklyn Bowl with turns by Blues Harvest, Darth Elvis and the Imperials and the fantashtic Luthor Ingo Starcruiser.

Our friends over at The Biker Scout Helmet Project sent us this info, giving those fine folks attending a good nights rock the chance to win this awesome helmet. Read on...

We thrilled to announce that during the gig CANTINA #cantina you will be in with the chance to win this Incredible Custom Biker Scout helmet donated by Lonewolf and The Biker Scout Helmet Project. 100% of the proceeds raised on the night will be split between the Alzheimer's Disease charity Organisation and of course Make-A-Wish UK. We are delighted to work along side the organisers of CANTINA to bring you this unique opportunity.

Fangirls Going Rogue Episode #34: Going Rogue One
Reported by Mark on 09 Jul 2016 15:39
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Sky Movies Becomes Sky Cinema
Reported by Mark on 09 Jul 2016 14:51

Promising a new premier every single day, Sky Cinema is the new name of Sky Movies and will be premiering The Force Awakens in August.

Debuting Sunday 10th July at 9.40am, Strange Magic.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Propel Star Wars High-Performance RC Experience
Reported by Justin on 09 Jul 2016 10:41

North Entrance: N8

Sessions happening Friday-Saturday: 10:00-19:00; Sunday: 10:00-17:00

Come and see one of the most dramatic experiences ever staged at Celebration. For the first time ever the Propel Star Wars craft will be revealed, flown by a team of professional pilots in front of iconic Star Wars environments. These stunning products are not available until later in the year but you will be one of the first to see them in action. After you’ve seen the Experience you can register your interest to receive updates in the lead up to launch later in the year. Make time to visit the Propel Experience (Entrance N8), seeing is believing.

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StarWars.com Guide To SDCC 2016 Star Wars Exclusives
Reported by Justin on 09 Jul 2016 10:17

If you've been following along here on Jedi News the past several weeks, you've already seen multiple reports on the various Star Wars exclusives that will be on sale at SDCC 2016 this month. The StarWars.com team has assembled a detailed list of all the exclusive products that will be tugging at our wallets - a list that includes many items we did not report on in earlier coverage.

Maz’s castle isn’t the only place you can find some galactic treasures — San Diego Comic-Con 2016 will be full of ’em! Check out StarWars.com’s guide to SDCC Star Wars exclusives below, including action figures, clothes, and much more.

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   Friday, July 8, 2016
Star Wars Celebration Europe: Star Wars Report and Fangirls Going Rogue LIVE!
Reported by Mark on 08 Jul 2016 23:48

This time next week we'll be a third of the way through Celebration Europe and one of the many treats in store is the podcast stage. Head on over to the One Force Stage Presented by Jedi News on Saturday 16th July at 12.30pm to enjoy 45 scintillating minutes in the company of Tricia Barr and Riley and Bethany Blanton plus some very special guests.

Click here, visit their events page and let the guys know if you are coming to the panel! Very limited seating, so get there early.

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NYCC 2016: Fan Verification Will Re-Open On July 11
Reported by Justin on 08 Jul 2016 22:17

In what will surely put a large smile on the faces of tons of fans out there, ReedPOP has announced that they will be re-opening Fan Verification for NY Comic Con 2016 on Monday July 11. While ReedPOP was very explicit in describing the purpose (and stressing the importance) of the Fan Verification process implemented this year, some fans were still confused by exactly what it meant and why it was a requirement for purchasing tickets. As a result, many did not submit their Fan Verification profiles ahead of the stated deadline, causing those fans to miss out on the opportunity to purchase tickets or have tickets assigned to them by people who successfully completed their profile.

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Steele Wars Live Episode Sunday 10th July 2016
Reported by Mark on 08 Jul 2016 22:11

He's hitting the One Force Stage Presented By Jedi News at Celebration Europe on Saturday 16th July at 4.30pm but before then he's got some warming up to do. If you are in the area this Sunday head on down to the Phoenix on Cavendish Square and see Steele Saunders live.

LONDON! PRE-CELEBRATION LIVE STEELE WARS PODCAST THIS SUNDAY THE 10TH OF JULY.

If you’re in London this Sunday afternoon, come check out the pre-Celebration live Steele Wars podcast at the The Phoenix at 2pm.
We’ll be talking to Tom Bell who worked in the creature shop on The Force Awakens, taking audience Q&A and having lots of laughs.

The Phoenix
37 Cavendish Square
London, Greater London W1G 0PP

Tickets available at https://www.trybooking.co.uk/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=557.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Most Of The Pins In The Pin Trading Program Have Been Revealed
Reported by Justin on 08 Jul 2016 22:07

Images of the majority of pins that will be part of the Celebration Europe 2016 Pin Trading Program have been posted on the official Celebration website. The remaining 7 pins are currently hidden behind black silhouettes. With Celebration Europe only a week away, we should be getting images of the entire collection of pins very shortly, so keep checking back right here on Jedi News for the finished image gallery!

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Official Site: Studying Skywalkers: Kanan's Blindness
Reported by Mark on 08 Jul 2016 21:52

Dan Zehr returns with his latest entry in the Studying Skywalkers series over at StarWars.com. This time he takes a look at Kanan's blindness.

Some time has passed since the premiere of the Star Wars Rebels Season Two finale, but the impact of the episode most definitely has not. While there are many plot points that are ripe for discussion and analysis, Kanan’s fate is of particular interest. After being sucker-sabered in the eyes, Kanan finds himself blinded by Maul, who had been posing as…something of an ally up to that point.

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The Last Remaining Print Of Turkish Star Wars Emerges From Projectionist’s Collection
Reported by Matt on 08 Jul 2016 21:28

Not seen or heard of Turkish Star Wars? It's a near legendary Turkish (no surprise there) 'reimagining' of the 1977 classic using clips from the film and a lot of ropey effects. Now the film is about to be upgraded as the last remaining 35mm print of the Man Who Saves the World (it's original title) is found.

According to Neon Harbor (via i09), the production company behind Ninja The Mission Force and Deja View, the last remaining 35mm print of the Man Who Saves the World has been found. With the negative presumed lost, this last print was held in the collection of a Turkish projectionist who lied to the distributor in order to keep it. Clearly, a hero with some foresight.
Neon Harbor owner Ed Glaser purchased the print and hopes to “get this one scanned to preserve it for posterity — and hopefully screened in a theater for other fans like me.” The opportunity to see Arkin fight a monster who happens to look like Elmo on the big screen is something like a dream come true.

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Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt: Third Excerpt
Reported by Mark on 08 Jul 2016 21:15
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Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt lands on Tuesday and to tide us over here's a brief excerpt featuring the one and only Maz Kanata, over at USA Today.

For the excerpt, read after the break.

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The Force Awakens Comic Adaptation Officially Expands To Six Issues
Reported by BrianC on 08 Jul 2016 18:34



We have previously heard reports that The Force Awakens comic adaptation from Marvel would expand to six issues from the previous solicited five.  Now official confirmation has been served with comic vendors receiving the news from Diamond by email today.

Make sure you don't miss out on an issue of this limited series from the pen of Chuck Wendig.


SDCC 2016: Friday Programming Schedule Includes Hasbro Star Wars Panel And More
Reported by Justin on 08 Jul 2016 17:59
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The programming schedule for Friday at SDCC 2016 has been posted. Just like we did with the schedules for Wednesday and Thursday, we've gone over this latest schedule and provided a handy list of all the panels that pertain to Star Wars, which includes the Hasbo Star Wars panel slated for noon. In fact, Friday is a huge day for the GFFA, so check out the list beneath the break. Full of Sith Episode CLXXIII: Celebration and Rebels
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Jedi News Network Arrives On YouTube
Reported by Team Jedi News on 08 Jul 2016 15:38

We're thrilled to announce that the Jedi News Network has arrived on YouTube. Going forward, each and every episode from #teamjedinews will not only land on Jedi News App on iTunes, Jedi News App on Google Play, iTunes, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, aCast, PlayerFM and Star Wars Podcast App but on YouTube as well.

Stay tuned for our Celebration Europe coverage and plenty from Jedi News Network.

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SDCC 2016: New Star Wars Items That Will Be On Display At The Hasbro Booth
Reported by Justin on 08 Jul 2016 15:14

Nerdist has an exclusive first-look at some of the new Star Wars products that will be on display at the Hasbro booth at SDCC later this month, which includes the Biker Scout featured above that I simply MUST have. Check out the intro below and then take the source link for their image gallery that contains boxed (in the new Rogue One line look) and loose images.

San Diego Comic-Con is mere weeks away, and that means announcements are steamrolling across nerdom on all fronts–including the world of toys. Hasbro’s booth is always a must-see spot in the exhibit hall for me because I have to press my face against the glass display cases (sorry for the nose prints, Hasbro) and look at all their newest Star Wars releases. I recall drooling when I saw the Ahsoka Tano Black Series figure there last summer. Their 2016 display won’t disappoint, and I know this because we have an exclusive look at brand new Star Wars products they’ll be showcasing at Comic-Con.

They’re featuring characters from Star Wars Rebels, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens. You’ll soon be able to pick up 12 inch versions of Kanan Jarrus and Darth Vader with electronic touches, a 3.75 inch figure of Hera Syndulla packaged with an A-wing, a 12 inch biker scout with his speeder bike, and a new 3.75 inch Rey figure.

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Star Wars Girl Power!!! Rey Is Just A Girl
Reported by Mark on 08 Jul 2016 14:10

With thanks to Lisa Rose for the share, an awesome video edited by Dave Filmore focusing on Rey to the sounds of No Doubt and Just a Girl.

You guys need to see the most epic Star Wars girl power video ever! ...totally not exaggerating :)

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Roqoo Depot Podcasts In Review: 7th July 2016
Reported by Mark on 08 Jul 2016 13:45
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Celebration Europe 2016: More Featured Guests Added
Reported by Justin on 08 Jul 2016 12:48

With a week to go before the big dance arrives, additional guest names have been added to the Featured Guests section on the official Celebration Europe 2016 website. Among the new names added are John Knoll, Matthew Wood, Neal Scanlan, and more. Take the source link below for the full list.

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Sideshow Jumptrooper Sixth Scale Figure From Hot Toys Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 08 Jul 2016 12:07

Sideshow Collectibles is now taking pre-orders for the new Jumptrooper Sixth Scale Figure being released by Hot Toys. The figure carries a price tag of $234.99 and is expected to begin shipping out to customers during the September 2016 - November 2016 timeframe.

Following the release of the Shock Trooper Sixth Scale Collectible Figure from the popular videogame Star Wars™ Battlefront, Sideshow and Hot Toys are delighted to announce the Video Game Masterpiece series is expanding with the brand new Jumptrooper™.

Known to use the jump pack to gain high ground, the highly-accurate Jumptrooper Sixth Scale Collectible Figure features a finely crafted Jumptrooper armor and helmet with weathering effects, a magnetically-attached jetpack with life-like thruster fire accessores, detailed heavy blasters and scout blaster, and a specially designed sand-themed dynamic figure stand ideal of aerial poses.

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2016 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere Event Starts Tomorrow
Reported by Justin on 08 Jul 2016 11:36

Just a quick reminder that the 2016 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere Event (one of my absolute favorite times of the year) kicks off tomorrow morning at your local Gold Crown store. Once again Hallmark will have a selection of Star Wars ornaments that fans and collectors will want to add to their holiday decoration collections. I don't know about you, but there's something about purchasing holiday ornaments for my Christmas tree during the summer that really helps me deal with the sweltering heat July and August dishes out.

Enjoy it everyone and be sure to share photos of your Keepsake ornament purchases on Twitter using the official #KeepsakeIt hashtag!

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Celebration Europe 2016: One Week To Go!
Reported by Justin on 08 Jul 2016 11:12

The calendar has turned to Friday July 8, which means we are only one short week away from the arrival of Celebration Europe 2016. You know Mary Franklin and the entire ReedPOP team have been working tirelessly to ensure that those 3 days in London are as memorable for the fan community as possible.

This should be a good one, folks. Buckle up and prepare to be thrilled.

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Idiots Array Episode 28: The Crossover Show (Tarkin's Top Shelf)
Reported by Mark on 08 Jul 2016 11:07
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Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 27
Reported by Mark on 08 Jul 2016 09:59

Here's week 27 of Mr Floyd's fashion initiative, Wear Star Wars Every Day.

Starting off July with wearing a variety of Star Wars shirts for my charity fundraiser wear-a-thon. We crossed over the $2,000 in total funds raised for Collateral Repair Project.

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   Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cantina Cast #136: Meet Saw Gerrera from Rogue One
Reported by Mark on 07 Jul 2016 23:44
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Ahsoka Lives Day At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016
Reported by Mark on 07 Jul 2016 23:24

Ahsoka Lives Day at Celebration Anaheim last year was a great success and co-organiser Johnamarie Macias, co-host of Jedi News Network show Galactic Fashion, dropped us a line with all the details. Over to Johnamarie.

The season two finale of Star Wars Rebels left fans with a lot of questions, but one thing is certain and that is that Ahsoka Tano continues to live on in our hearts. After a successful "Ahsoka Lives Day" at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim where many fans came together to celebrate a beloved character, we are excited to announce that the tradition will continue!
Join us for a group photo with the voice of Ahsoka, Ashley Eckstein, at the Star Wars Show Stage at 12:30pm on Friday, July 15, of Star Wars Celebration Europe. We encourage you to wear your favorite Ahsoka Tano shirt, accessories, or costume.
For fans at home, please participate by sharing photos of your Ahsoka-themed outfits or costumes by using the hashtag #AhsokaLives.
To find the Facebook event and join in the discussion, please visit bit.ly/AhsokaLivesDay2016.

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The Cantina Cast: The Force: And Now, It Calls To You
Reported by Mark on 07 Jul 2016 22:27

Becca Benjamin, writing over at The Cantina Cast, takes a look at a key moment of each trilogy - the call, that moment when the Force calls out to a certain character.

Each Star Wars trilogy has a hero, a villain, and the battle between good versus evil, but in the midst of all that, there is a calling – beckoning to be answered. While that’s always seemed to be a straightforward expectation the question that is now, in my opinion, a “game-changer” to the known themes previously established in the first two trilogies is: The Call Itself. Meaning, has the Force deviated from its original state? No longer resonating within the light, but rather, phasing back-and-forth between the light and the dark, or whichever half serves its will at that given time?
Of course, the above can only work if the Force itself is a free entity of its own accord. Meaning, does it need a Force wielder to call upon it and give it direction? There are some that choose to believe the Force can act on its own and that in fact, the Force has already chosen a destiny or path for those that embody its power. As for me, I’m still on the fence, but starting to lean towards the latter as of late.

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SAVE THE DATE! 3rd Annual Her Universe "Geek Couture" Fashion Show at SDCC
Reported by Mark on 07 Jul 2016 22:08

The third annual Her Universe "Geek Couture" Fashion Show is coming to San Diego Comic Con and here are all the details.

The Her Universe Fashion Show, the ultimate runway for fangirl fashion, returns to the world’s premiere comic book and popular arts convention, San Diego Comic-Con. Hosted by actress and Her Universe founder, Ashley Eckstein, this year, twenty-seven amazing designers have been selected to compete in the world’s top “geek couture” fashion show. The ultimate prize? The chance to win the opportunity to design a fashion collection with ground breaking fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand, Her Universe, to be sold exclusively at leading pop culture retailer, Hot Topic. This year, the entire show is being filmed for the finale of the new exclusive docu-series, The Her Universe Fashion Show: Fashion Meets Fandom, on Comic-Con HQ – the streaming video-on-demand network and produced by Blondie Girl Productions. The docu-series follows the designers from their first stitch to their final strut on the catwalk. Two winners will be announced live at the event and one winner will be chosen by viewers at home who can vote online. The series finale will air the week after San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 28th.

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Coffee With Kenobi Now Has a YouTube Channel!
Reported by Mark on 07 Jul 2016 21:19

Great news via our friends and allies over at Coffee With Kenobi, they've now launched their own YouTube Channel where you can find their latest episodes.

Good news for CWK listeners! Full audio from all our shows — our flagship podcast, Coffee With Kenobi, as well as Rebels Reactions, Legends Library, Comics With Kenobi, and Lattes With Leia — will now be accessible via our new YouTube channel! It’s just one more way for us all to keep up with the latest in Star Wars news and fandom — and each other.
Please be sure to visit our YouTube channel here, and don’t forget to subscribe and spread the word to your friends. Great things are ahead and it’s an amazing time to be a Star Wars fan!

Stay tuned as Team Jedi News are preparing a similar venture, giving you yet another way to listen to Jedi News Network.

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Star Wars Galactic Atlas
Reported by Mark on 07 Jul 2016 21:12

Heading our way November 20th via our pals at Egmont comes the Galactic Atlas. This is a guide to the worlds and characters of the Star Wars saga.

It's worth noting that the same book is due for release in North America as Star Wars Galactic Maps: An Illustrated Atlas of the Star Wars Universe a month later on December 20th and looks set to delve into at least one of the worlds from Rogue One.

Explore a galaxy far, far away in this stunning guide to the worlds of Star Wars . The Galactic Atlas, by Tim McDonagh illustrated in superb full color, covers everything from Alderaan and Naboo to Tatooine and Yavin 4, taking in the epic stories, strange creatures and glorious vistas of the Entire saga.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Endless Vigil
Reported by Jonathan on 07 Jul 2016 21:11

Fantasy Flight Games announce their latest sourcebook for Star Wars: Force and Destiny, Endless Vigil.

From the website:

"If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”
–Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of Endless Vigil, a Sentinel sourcebook for the Star Wars®: Force and Destiny™ roleplaying game!
Under the tyrannical rule of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy has become a place of darkness and oppression. In no place is this felt more keenly than in the large, crowded cities where Imperial troops and agents frequently boast a major presence. There, corruption runs rampant and crimes often go unpunished.
Still, even in these oppressive, urban environments, there are some who dedicate themselves to fighting back from the shadows. These Sentinels are the last bastions of hope in these desperate cities, and theirs is often a thankless vigil. Even as they try to redress unsolved crimes and loosen the Empire's stranglehold upon their worlds, they risk being reported by ordinary citizens who think they're doing the right thing.
Endless Vigil empowers these Sentinels and their labors with 96 full-color pages of new specializations, species, signature abilities, and gear. Additionally, Game Masters will find a wealth of material designed to enrich their urban encounters; new droid adversaries and information on podracing run alongside tips and charts to help you get the most of your urban encounters and investigative adventures.

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Official Site: Comic Book Galaxy: The Authenticity Of Marvel's Han Solo And More
Reported by Mark on 07 Jul 2016 20:55

It's Wednesday so it's time to join Dan Zehr for his weekly comics roundup over at StarWars.com.

It’s Wednesday, and that can only mean one thing: new comics! As such, Comic Book Galaxy returns to look at everything happening in the comic-book world of Star Wars. This week, we run down the highlights of Darth Vader #22, jump to lightspeed for a preview of Han Solo #2 and Poe Dameron #4, and examine how Marvel’s Han Solo #1 gave us a great Han Solo.

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The Trade Federation #63
Reported by Mark on 07 Jul 2016 20:41
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Aftermath: Empire's End Cover
Reported by Mark on 07 Jul 2016 20:33

As revealed on yesterday's Star Wars Show here's a closer look at Chuck Wendig's third and final entry in the Aftermath trilogy, Empire's End which lands January 2017.

Update On Toys"R"Us Black Series 6-Inch Astromech Droid 3-Pack SDCC 2016 Exclusive
Reported by Justin on 07 Jul 2016 19:52

Toys"R"Us has sent along an official email notification detailing the various exlusives that will be part of SDCC this year. Included in the email is a clarification on the earlier report about where the Black Series 6-Inch Astromech Droid 3-Pack can be purchased from as well as the official product images featured above. Check out the details below.

The following Toys“R”Us exclusive will be available ONLINE ONLY at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention beginning Thursday, July 21:

Star Wars™ The Black Series Astromech Droid 3-Pack from Hasbro

This exclusive collectable showcase of the heroic droids from the Battle of Yavin features exquisite craftsmanship, multiple points of articulation and premium detail that only The Black Series and Star Wars™ can offer. The droids featured in this pack include R2-A3, who assisted the Rebel Alliance pilot Wedge Antilles, R5-K6, who stood alongside Red Squadron leader Garven Dreis, and R2-F2, droid for Rebel Alliance Starfighter pilot Biggs Darklighter. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.

John Boyega Has Completed His Filming For Episode VIII
Reported by Justin on 07 Jul 2016 19:38

Following in the earlier footsteps of fellow actor Anthony Daniels, John Boyega has announced via his Instagram account that he has completed his scheduled filming on Episode VIII.

(Well, at least that is what we can strongly infer from the image he posted on IG with a plain & simple "Done!" caption.)

With July 22 being the wrap date for all Episode VIII filming, how much longer will we have to wait to hear word from Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and other main characters on their respective wraps?

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SDCC 2016: Wednesday & Thursday Programming Schedules
Reported by Justin on 07 Jul 2016 17:46
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We're two weeks out from the start of SDCC 2016 and you know what that means - the daily program schedules have started to arrive! Today the SDCC website has been updated with program schedules for Wednesday (Preview Night) and Thursday. For your convenience, we've gone through these schedules and provided a list of programming that has a relevant tie to Star Wars. Check out the list beneath the break. Celebration Europe 2016: Autograph Pricing Information
Reported by Justin on 07 Jul 2016 16:54

One of the most exciting aspects of any Star Wars Celebration (at least for my wife and I) is the opportunity to shake hands and chat for a few moments with the assortment of cast members responsible for bring that GFFA to life. And being able to obtain their autographs in person on various 8x10 photographs depicting scenes from the Saga is icing on the cake. Celebration Europe 2016 will have a collection of guests available for autograph signing and the prices associated with each respective guest has been posted on the official Celebration Europe website.

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Guide To Navigating Celebration Europe 2016 Released
Reported by Justin on 07 Jul 2016 16:31

If you are gonna be one of the tens of thousands of fans who will be attending Celebration Europe 2016 next week, then this can easily be classified as a must-read update before you embark on your trip. The official Celebration Europe team has posted a detailed guide on their website that provides answers to some of the most important questions surrounding various aspects of the convention.

Celebration Europe is three full days and two evenings of non-stop Star Wars entertainment, panels, screenings, interactive events, exhibits, shopping and more.

Make the very most of your time Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 15-17 July, by reading this Guide to Navigating Celebration. There’s a lot here, but it’s worth knowing before you go!

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Sideshow Announces Stormtrooper Legendary Scale Figure
Reported by Justin on 07 Jul 2016 16:26

Sideshow Collectibles has updated their website announcing the upcoming release of a new Stormtrooper Legendary Scale Figure. Pricing and pre-order details have not yet been revealed as of the time of this posting, so stay tuned.

Sideshow is excited to announce the Stormtrooper Legendary Scale Figure! Star Wars™ fans will have an opportunity to acquire this massive figure and add it to their collection. Coming soon from the galaxy far, far away… Move along!

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Sideshow Bossk Sixth Scale Figure Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 07 Jul 2016 16:21

Sideshow Collectibles is now taking pre-orders for their new Bossk Sixth Scale Figure. The figures carries a $210.00 price tag and is scheduled to begin shipping out to customers during the June 2017 - August 2017 timeframe.

The Trandoshan bounty hunter comes with an impeccable replica of his primary weapon of choice, a Relby v-10 micro grenade launcher. Fully articulated, the Bossk Sixth Scale Figure features two sets of hands and a new movie-accurate head sculpt. Place the Bossk figure on his hex base for an impressive display of his detailed pressure suit, flak vest and support rig.

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Toys"R"Us Confirms Black Series 6-Inch Astromech Droid 3-Pack As SDCC 2016 Exclusive
Reported by Justin on 07 Jul 2016 16:15

Toys"R"Us has confirmed via a new product listing on their company website that they will be releasing a Black Series 6-inch Astromech Droid 3-pack as a shared retailer exclusive for SDCC.

You'll only find these items online and at the Entertainment Earth Booth #2343 at the summer's largest Comic Convention in San Diego, CA!

Build your Star Wars collection with the Astromech Droid 3-Pack from The Black Series! This collectable showcase of the heroic droids from the Battle of Yavin features exquisite craftsmanship, multiple points of articulation and premium detail that only The Black Series from Hasbro and Star Wars can offer!

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Anthony Daniels Completes His Filming For Episode VIII, Congratulates Crew
Reported by Justin on 07 Jul 2016 12:16

Via the tweet embedded below, we learn that Anthony Daniels has finished filming his scenes for Episode VIII ahead of the scheduled July 22 wrap date revealed earlier by Mark Hamill. Daniels could obviously be required to jump back into the iconic goldenrod suit at a later date(s) for additional reshoots or pick-up shots if the need arises.

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   Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Official Site: From The Corps To The Alliance: Janine K Spendlove
Reported by Mark on 06 Jul 2016 21:49

Our pal James Floyd brings his latest article to StarWars.com, catching up with author Janine K Spendlove.

In the last week of June, Del Rey released the paperback edition of Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company, a novel by Alexander Freed. Included in this version was a related short story, “Inbrief,” written by Janine K. Spendlove. First published in Star Wars Insider #161 last fall at the same time as the novel’s release in hardcover, “Inbrief” provides some greater understanding of Brand, one of protagonists of Twilight Company, and a veteran soldier of the Rebel Alliance. StarWars.com had the chance to chat with Spendlove over e-mail, an author as well as a pilot in the US Marine Corps, about her story and joining the world of Star Wars.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Guardian of Peace and Justice
Reported by Jonathan on 06 Jul 2016 21:32

Fantasy Flight Games take a look at the Obi-Wan Kenobi Ally Pack for Imperial Assault, a forthcoming release for Star Wars: Imperial Assault.

From the website:

"If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”
–Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope

For hundreds of years, the Jedi protected the galaxy from the pervasive influence of the dark side, standing against the atrocities perpetrated by the Sith. In the earliest days of the Galactic Empire, however, the Jedi Order was destroyed, leaving only a scant handful of Jedi, hiding across the galaxy. One of those far-flung Jedi was the great warrior and general, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and as Luke Skywalker leaves Tatooine to join the Galactic Civil War, Obi-Wan accompanies him to aid the Rebel Alliance.
You can take Obi-Wan Kenobi’s prowess with a lightsaber and his knowledge of the Force into your games of Imperial Assault with the Obi-Wan Kenobi Ally Pack! Like other Ally Packs, the Obi-Wan Kenobi Ally Pack offers a beautifully sculpted plastic figure of Obi-Wan Kenobi, along with all the Deployment cards, Command cards, Mission cards, and Item cards that you need to add this Jedi Knight into your campaigns and skirmishes. Unlike other figure packs, however, the Obi-Wan Kenobi Ally Pack has no corresponding larger expansion, meaning this Ally Pack is the only way for you to bring Obi-Wan Kenobi into your games of Imperial Assault!

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Skywalking Through Neverland #126: Skywalking Through Rogue One with EW's Anthony Breznican
Reported by Mark on 06 Jul 2016 20:16
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D23 Expo 2017: Ticket Pricing & Ordering Information Revealed
Reported by Justin on 06 Jul 2016 19:44

The dates for the Disney D23 Expo 2017 were announced at the end of March as well as when tickets to the event would be going on sale (July 14). However, at that time we did not have any specific ticket pricing or ordering information for the event. Well, that's changed as the D23 Expo website has been updated today with this exact information. Check out an excerpt from their post copied below and be sure to take the source link for more details.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 will be available at a discounted price for a limited time. From July 14–December 31, 2016, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $46 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $57 for a one-day adult admission and $41 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $296 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate.

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Celebration Europe 2016: The Star Wars Show Live Streaming
Reported by Justin on 06 Jul 2016 19:14

Can’t make it to London for Star Wars Celebration Europe? Not a problem — The Star Wars Show and StarWars.com are bringing the galaxy’s biggest party this side of the Ewok Village to you.

The Star Wars Show LIVE, streaming from Star Wars Celebration Europe beginning Friday, July 15, through Sunday, July 17, will feature celebrity guests, interviews with Star Wars creators, must-see panels, and much more. Andi Gutierrez and Peter Townley of The Star Wars Show are set to host, bringing you all the action as it happens. Also livestreaming is the special Rogue One: A Star Wars Story panel (July 15, 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT), presented by Verizon, in which director Gareth Edwards will join Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and special guests for a discussion on the highly-anticipated film.

Keep an eye on StarWars.com for more details on The Star Wars Show LIVE and Star Wars Celebration Europe!

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The Star Wars Show - July 6, 2016
Reported by Dianna on 06 Jul 2016 19:05

Pro skater Lizzie Armanto stops by to talk all things Star Wars, we reveal the first details on The Star Wars Celebration live stream, announce the Hasbro Star Wars Fan Figure Vote, unveil the cover for Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End, the San Francisco 49ers visit Lucasfilm, and much more, if you can believe it.

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Databurst From The 501st
Reported by Mark on 06 Jul 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.

Be sure to listen in to the 501stCast, the official podcast of the 501st Legion International Star Wars Costuming Organization for all the latest Legion related news. Here's this weeks events:

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Daisy Ridley Conceals Her Episode VIII Hairstyle During New Instagram Workout Video
Reported by Justin on 06 Jul 2016 18:31

Daisy Ridley has posted a new workout video over on her Instagram account. In the video (take the source link below to check it out) Daisy is seen going through her assortment of excercise routines wearing a light/pale blue pillowcase on her head. She included the following text in her video post:

Ran to the gym between different set ups so wore a pillowcase on my head to protect my REY HAIRSTYLE from Instagram's gaze

So I guess we now have our first official confirmation that Ridley's character Rey will be sporting a new unique hairstyle in Episode VIII!

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Sci-Fi Central: Laurie Goode 3 Goode Roles - A New Hope
Reported by Mark on 06 Jul 2016 18:27

Check out the latest interview via Daryl James at Sci-Fi Central. This time he's chatting with A New Hope actor Laurie Goode.

Laurie Goode played three roles in A New Hope. Here is our interview from Wales.
For Sci Fi Central Australia, Darryl James has interviewed over 100 different performers who have appeared in a Star Wars movie. Please feel free to Like & Share our interviews and check our website and Facebook for more interviews from Sci Fi Central Australia.

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Cloud City Cantina #54: LEGO The Force Awakens And Other Shenanigans
Reported by Mark on 06 Jul 2016 18:04
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Celebration Europe 2016: Ticket Pick Up Information
Reported by Justin on 06 Jul 2016 17:31

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Hasbro 2016 Black Series 6-Inch Fan's Choice Poll - CLOSED
Reported by Team Jedi News on 06 Jul 2016 16:44
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The poll is now closed. We are collating our results, stand by...

Official Site: 8 Ways To Prepare For Star Wars Celebration Europe
Reported by Mark on 06 Jul 2016 16:40

She's a convention veteran and she's bringing her best advice to StarWars.com. Check out Amy Ratcliffe's convention advice at the official site.

If you’re going to Celebration Europe, then you should be making final preparations because the ultimate gathering for Star Wars fans begins on July 15. Taking place at the ExCeL convention center in London, this is the first Celebration since the release of The Force Awakens and the last Celebration before the release of Rogue One — in other words, it’s special. It’s an active time for the galaxy far, far away, and all of it is worth your enthusiasm. There’s no better place to wave your fan flag than at Celebration. These are eight ways to prepare for the big event:

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Celebration Europe 2016 Fan Swag: Part 1
Reported by Matt on 06 Jul 2016 16:07

Amy Sjoberg brings us this very handy guide to the fan made giveaways available at next weeks Celebration Europe. And once you've checked these out, click here for part 2.

There are only a few weeks left until Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016. If you are attending this means that you are likely already hard at work on pins and other little trinkets to give away to fellow collectors. It is one of the best things that has come out of this hobby in recent years. Simply take a look at a sampling of the items handed out last year. If you are unaware, here is a little backstory.
Here is a little list to help you keep track of some of the items that await you in London this summer.

And Jedi News will be revealing our own exclusive giveaways here on the site over the next few days, so stay tuned.

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Star Wars Collectors Cast: Episode 67
Reported by Team Jedi News on 06 Jul 2016 16:01
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Celebration Europe 2016: Exclusive Star Wars Insider Dark & Light Side Variant Covers
Reported by Justin on 06 Jul 2016 13:46

Forbidden Planet has updated their website to include a list of exclusive Star Wars items that they will have available for sale at their booth at Celebration Europe 2016. In addition to the previously-revealed Hasbro Black Series 6-inch Kylo Ren (Unmasked) figure and Sideshow Collectibles Unpainted Prototype Sixth Scale R2-D2 Figure, they will have two Star Wars Insider variant covers for sale - one featuring the Dark Side with Kylo Ren, and one featuring Rey for the Light Side.

Exclusive Light Side and Dark Side show covers featuring Rey and Kylo Ren: only available to Celebration Europe! £7.00 each.

Free with purchase: Light or Dark Side poster magazines featuring interviews with the cast and production team! Which side will you choose?

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ABC Set To Air New Rogue One Trailer On July 15
Reported by Justin on 06 Jul 2016 11:33

The folks over at Making Star Wars have discovered an upcoming TV listing scheduled to air at 8:00pm ET on ABC on July 15 that mentions a 3-minute trailer for Rogue One. We already know there wil be a Rogue One panel at Celebration Europe 2016 that will be taking place on July 15 early in the morning (at least as far as time zones here in the United States are concerned).

It's been widely assumed that a new trailer for Rogue One would be shown to the audience during this panel. If previous form holds true, this new trailer will be posted up on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel within moments of it debuting at Celebration, so fans will not have to wait till later in the day to lay their eyes on the new footage.

As for the trailer being listed at 3 minutes, I would be very surprised if it is actually that long. Almost all non-teaser movie trailers clock in at around 2:20 or 2:30 in length these days, so a true 3-minute trailer would be quite long. But I've been wrong in the past about a great number of different things, and this is Star Wars we're talking about, so anything is possible.

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   Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Comics With Kenobi Issue #20
Reported by Mark on 05 Jul 2016 23:51
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The Star Wars Family-- Episode 1: The Phantom Family
Reported by Mark on 05 Jul 2016 21:05

Prepare for maximum cuteness overload and check out this video sent in by Garr Van Orden of him and his Star Wars crazy kids.

Aayla Jo Van Orden shows me her Star Wars toys and then hugs her brother, Jude Knight, too hard.

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The Wampa's Lair #188: The Empire Strikes Back Act 1
Reported by Mark on 05 Jul 2016 19:28
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SDCC 2016: Gentle Giant Exclusive Chewbacca Ralph McQuarrie Concept Mini Bust Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 05 Jul 2016 18:11

The Gentle Giant SDCC 2016 exclusive Chewbacca Ralph McQuarrie Concept Mini Bust that was first revealed last week is now available for pre-order by current PG members via the source link below. You must be logged into your PG account in order to add the mini bust to your shopping cart.

Ralph McQuarrie’s early designs were the essential building blocks that helped shape the Star Wars universe. There is no question, McQuarrie’s Chewbacca concept drawings were some of his best.

Based on original pre-production illustrations for Star Wars: A New Hope, this Gentle Giant mini bust takes a fascinating look at McQuarrie’s conceptual development for one of science fiction’s most beloved characters. We are proud to add Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept of Chewbacca to our long running line of mini-busts and collectibles.

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Padme - Star Wars Grease Parody
Reported by Mark on 05 Jul 2016 14:39

Randy Turnbow hits it out of the galaxy again with his latest video, a Grease parody called Padme.

Here is a musical mashup of Star Wars and Grease. Darth Vader assumes the role of Danny Zuko at an abandon Drive-in singing to his dear departed wife Padme.

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Star Wars: Rogue One Reshoots Are Normal, Says Riz Ahmed
Reported by Mark on 05 Jul 2016 12:35

Riz Ahmed, star of Rogue One who plays pilot Bodhi Rook, discusses the furore surrounding the upcoming reshoots arranged for the film, explaining how absolutely normal that is.

All big films do reshoots. Actually even all small films do reshoots. On Four Lions it was a six week shoot, we did two weeks of reshoots. On Bourne there are reshoots, even in The Night Of, there are reshoots. It's really not uncommon. I think people just kind want to fixate on it a little bit because it's Star Wars.
But with anyone familiar with making films, reshoots are par for the course and particularly on bigger films. They allocate a budget always for reshoots.
A film has three lives: it's the script, it's the shoot and it's the edit. And by the time you get to the edit its always a slightly different film. And then you go 'OK right, it's that type of film? OK well let's go back and create the pieces we need to make that'.
I can't speak for Disney, but I'm happy. I think we did some really cool stuff before, we're doing some really cool stuff now. I think it's going to be a pretty cool film, because it's a slightly different kind of Star Wars. It's like a war movie."

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Sideshow Announces New Zuckuss Sixth Scale Figure
Reported by Justin on 05 Jul 2016 12:17

Sideshow Collectibles has announced on their website that they will be releasing a new Zuckuss Sixth Scale Figure in the near future. Pricing and pre-order details have not yet been posted as of the time of this update, so be sure to keep checking Jedi News for that information once it becomes available.

We’re expanding our bounty hunter sixth scale line-up that began with Boba Fett™, 4-LOM™ and IG-88™! The Zuckuss™ Sixth Scale Figure will be available soon for Star Wars™ fans to pick-up for their collections!

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Star Wars Report #229: Scoring the Saga with Jesse Harlin
Reported by Mark on 05 Jul 2016 11:11
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Brickset: What's missing? Star Wars Rebels
Reported by Matt on 05 Jul 2016 10:07

Check out this great article by Chris Pearce over at Brickset as he looks back through the Star Wars Rebels sets released so far and identifies what sets he believes should be released in the future.

Rebels only began in 2014 but has already been represented by nineteen sets, more than make up the Attack of the Clones range and almost as many as have been released in conjunction with The Force Awakens. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of gaps to be filled and Star Wars Rebels is therefore the subject of my latest 'What's Missing?' article.

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First Order Transmissions #211: SDCC And Celebration Exclusives!
Reported by Mark on 05 Jul 2016 09:07
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SDCC 2016: ThinkGeek Exclusives
Reported by Matt on 05 Jul 2016 08:29

 

 

San Diego Comic Con is coming in fast and the team over at ThinkGeek are bringing us a selection of show exclusives for 2016 including these GFFA treats.

Star Wars Mini Bounty Hunters Plush Set ($30): Set of four 3D super-deformed plushes featuring infamous bounty hunters from Star Wars: IG-88, Boba Fett, Dengar, and Bossk.
Star Wars Plush Han Solo in Carbonite ($12): A 3D super-deformed plush of Han Solo in carbonite. Features both screenprint and stitched details.
Star Wars Plush Slave Ship 1 with Han Solo ($12): A 3D super-deformed plush of Boba Fett’s Slave I. Boarding ramp opens to reveal the surprise cargo!
Star Wars Rey Landspeeder Pin ($0): Enamel pin featuring Rey on her speeder zooming past a crashed Star Destroyer on Jakku. Speeder moves back and forth. Free with $60+ while supplies last..

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   Monday, July 4, 2016
Coffee With Kenobi: Concerning Saw, “Che,” Proxy Wars, and the Vagaries of Armed Struggle
Reported by Mark on 04 Jul 2016 16:29

Over at Coffee With Kenobi Adjua Adama brings us this article looking at the parallels between armed struggle here on earth and in the GFFA.

Anyone who has studied George Lucas, and his approach to the Star Wars films, is no stranger to his propensity for Earth historical and mythological inspiration serving as the development of plot context, characters, and costuming. One only requires a review of the celebrated work Star Wars: The Magic of Myth by Mary Henderson (1997) to bear witness to an inveterate study and appreciation of these subjects when crafting the best of those tales that transport us to a galaxy far, far away. So when 2012’s Clone Wars Season 5 “Onderon” story arc introduced audiences to what was deemed as the origins of the Classic Trilogy’s Rebel Alliance, which also featured a new character dubbed “Saw Gerrera,” many fans online (including myself) and in the podcasting world leapt to the conclusion that Lucas — who personally spawned the new character and the unfolding scenario (Radcliff, 2016) (Breznican, 2016) — wished to draw upon the issues and legacy of Ernesto “Che” Guevara de la Serna. An exploration of the “Onderon arc” suggests that Lucas also wished to use his universe to explore the morality of armed resistance, larger societies engaging in proxy wars, and how these decisions may affect the sojourn and its practitioners over time.

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Starships Sabers and Scoundrels #5: Survival of the Fittest
Reported by Mark on 04 Jul 2016 15:52
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   Sunday, July 3, 2016
Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 26
Reported by Mark on 03 Jul 2016 17:46

All of us wear Star Wars clothing on a regular basis, but very, very few of us wear GFFA gear every single day, but that's what the marvellous James Floyd is doing, raising money for Collateral Repair Project. He's half way through a year-long journey. Here's what he wore this week.

Wrapping up six months of my Wear Star Wars Every Day fundraising campaign for Collateral Repair Project. This week is all Her Universe wear, to spotlight the different programs to empower women that CRP has. Learn more about hitting the half-year milestone, and how you can get involved.

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Fly Casual Episode 95: At Folsom Prison
Reported by Mark on 03 Jul 2016 17:02
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Sci-Fi Central: Star Wars Interview: Katie Purvis - Inside Ewoks
Reported by Mark on 03 Jul 2016 16:43

It's time to rejoin Daryl James as he interviews Ewok actor Katie Purvis in Wales.

Katie Purvis played the Maternal Ewok in ROTJ. Her father was the acclaimed stunt man Jack Purvis who played a large part in the original trilogy. Here is part of our talk from Wales. This time, Katie is talking about being Inside Ewoks.

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Hasbro 2016 Convention Exclusive Black Series 6-Inch Kylo Ren & Obi-Wan Coming To Hasbro Toy Shop
Reported by Justin on 03 Jul 2016 12:08

Encouraging news for those fans who are not able to attend Celebration Europe 2016 or SDCC but would like to get their hands on Hasbro's new Black Series 6-inch convention exclusive Kylo Ren and Obi-Wan figures. Check out the latest news via our friends over at Jedi Temple Archives:

JTA reader JediRebel71 is member of multiple Facebook groups that focus on Hasbro products. On one of the pages he relays to us that Steve Evans (Director of Design and Development of Star Wars Toys at Hasbro) confirmed that both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Kylo Ren will BOTH be made available at Hasbro Toy Shop after the conventions that they've been reserved for this year (not that we'll all get one unless Hasbro produces enough of them).

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   Saturday, July 2, 2016
Craig Spivey Talks Star Wars On BBC Coventry & Warwickshire
Reported by Mark on 02 Jul 2016 21:12

Craig Spivey talks Star Wars and the Galaxy in the Gallery exhibition with Brody Swain on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire on 30th June 2016

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Hasbo Releases Official Product Details On Their Black Series 6-Inch 2016 Convention Exclusives
Reported by Justin on 02 Jul 2016 20:42

Hasbo's PR team has sent along official product details on their Celebration Europe 2016 and SDCC exclusive 6-inch Black Series Kylo Ren (Unmasked) and Obi-Wan Kenobi figures that were first revealed by Entertainment Weekly. Check out the info below.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-Inch Kylo Ren Pack

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $34.99/Available in the Forbidden Planet Booth #S1003 at Star Wars Celebration 2016)

Reveal the power of the dark side with this collectible 6-inch scale figure of Kylo Ren without his mask! Fans can relive the First Order commander’s most pivotal moments from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS with accessories such as Darth Vader’s helmet and a First Order banner and stand. THE BLACK SERIES Pack features a highly articulated and exceptionally detailed Kylo Ren BLACK SERIES figure, as well as the villain’s iconic lightsaber, lightsaber hilt, and helmet. Includes 1 figure and 6 accessories. The STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-Inch Kylo Ren Pack will be for sale at Star Wars Celebration 2016 in the Forbidden Planet booth #S1003.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-Inch Obi-Wan Kenobi Pack

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $44.99/Available at Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

Recreate the noble journey of the great Jedi Master with the highly collectible Obi-Wan Kenobi Pack. Featuring authentic, movie-accurate detail, this elite 6-inch scale Obi-Wan Kenobi figure comes equipped with Jedi robe, 2 lightsabers, an electronic light-up table, and Princess Leia hologram delivering a vital message. Includes 1 figure with multiple points of articulation and 5 accessories. The STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-Inch Obi-Wan Kenobi Pack will be for sale at San Diego Comic-Con 2016. Following the convention, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com. Canadian fans can also purchase the figure set during Fan Expo Canada in September.

Podcast 66: Episode 74
Reported by Mark on 02 Jul 2016 20:26
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Iain McCaig Believes The Han Solo Film Has '‘By Far The Best Star Wars Script
Reported by Mark on 02 Jul 2016 20:09

Via the newshounds over at Star Wars News Net. here's information (and shortly after a subsequent follow-up story) from a recent conference where conceptual artist Iain McCaig spoke about Episodes 7, 8 and the in pre-production Han Solo movie.

Lucas initially wanted nothing to do with VII, but in a short while after pre-production began, he decided he wanted to submit a script. He brought in Iain and another prequel artist (possibly Doug Chiang, I missed the name) to the Ranch to help him realize his concepts. The script was rejected outright, as a result of…

  • Disney’s banishment of anything mildly prequel-related. Usage of prequel-only characters, environments etc were banned, as to not incur the fan base’s wrath.
  • Disney execs were reluctant to include non-Caucasian characters. The new trio were all initially all Caucasian, but it was J.J.’s favoring of Boyega that brought about VII’s multi-cultured character set.
  • A number of initial script ideas teased Anakin/Vader’s force ghost’s involvement, and Iain presented an idea so titillating (even to prequel-haters) along these lines that he had the audience clapping.
  • Lawrence Kasdan actually wrote the script for Han Solo before he began work on VII, and that it is (paraphrasing) ‘By far the best Star Wars script, and one of the best scripts period, that I have ever read. I laughed, I cried, I did all the things you should do when reading a good script. You’re in for a treat.’
  • After being questioned by an audience member, he responded that he was unable to confirm nor deny if Lucas’ script had any influence or effect on the Arndt/Kasdan/Abrams script – but strongly implied to the positive.

    • A lot of interesting tidbits, including the influence Lucas had on the story of The Force Awakens, an involvement that seems to have been underplayed.

      Source Star Wars News Net
      Mark Hamill Reveals On Twitter Episode VIII Filming Will Wrap On July 22
      Reported by Justin on 02 Jul 2016 19:43

      In response to a fan's question that was posed to him on Twitter, Mark Hamill revealed July 22 is when filming for Episode VIII is scheduled to end. Obviously additional filming for any required reshoots/pickup shots is always a possibility, so keep that in mind.

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      Star Wars: The Old Republic: Will You Face Your Enemy?
      Reported by Mark on 02 Jul 2016 18:59

      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!

      Source SWTOR
      Official Site: Fully Operational Fandom: Becoming Rey
      Reported by Mark on 02 Jul 2016 18:52

      Over at StarWars.com Amy Ratcliffe brings her latest Fully Operational Fandom with a cosplay article, Becoming Rey.

      Any convention I’ve attended or seen pictures from after December has had one thing in common: droves of Rey cosplayers. The star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has inspired fans by the dozens, if not hundreds. Within the span of 30 minutes at WonderCon in Los Angeles, I counted nine different Rey cosplayers of all ages and with slightly different versions of Rey’s scavenger ensemble. The Reys could form their own costuming legion.

      Source Official Site
      501stCast Episode 96: June 30th, 2016: Keep Calm and Celebrate in London
      Reported by Mark on 02 Jul 2016 17:43
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      On The Shelves UK: Star Wars Discount Offers
      Reported by Mark on 02 Jul 2016 17:35

      Cool shopping news comes in via our good buddy Carl Bayliss regarding some good offers available here in the UK at Disney Store and Poundland.

      Disney Store at Merry Hill (so I’m guessing other physical stores) has a ‘up to 50%’ off summer sale which includes some Star Wars goodies, including selected premium figures (Finn, Captain Phasma & Flametrooper at Merry Hill) for under £10, the BB-8 and Rey’s speeder USB sticks for £7 ish and then some of the toys and jigsaws.
      Also spotted in Poundland some cool BB-8 mugs and snack bowls (kids lunchbox style with a flip lid)

      Gabbi, The Star Wars Artist
      Reported by Mark on 02 Jul 2016 17:21

      A pal of mine is a teacher in the and he sent through this piece drawn by Gabbi, one of his students.

      How cool, to see creativity spilling over from the GFFA into the classroom.

      And check out that big bad Wampa in the background, awesome!

      Fantasy Flight Games: Gun for Hire
      Reported by Jonathan on 02 Jul 2016 08:58

      Fantasy Flight Games bring us the latest release for Star Wars: Imperial Assault, the Greedo Villain Pack.

      From the website:

      "You should have paid him when you had the chance. Jabba's put a price on your head so large, every bounty hunter in the galaxy will be looking for you. I'm lucky I found you first.”
      –Greedo, Star Wars: A New Hope

      For the bounty hunters of the Star Wars galaxy, life is hard and brutal. Their lives are constantly in danger, hunting down dangerous criminals or outlaws and delivering them, dead or alive, in exchange for the reward. Only the most deadly and ruthless bounty hunters can survive this life—everyone else just ends up dead. Still, every mercenary commander knows that there’s a special place for disposable bodies in your team, and you receive just that with the Greedo Villain Pack for Imperial Assault.
      Within this expansion, you’ll find everything you need to bring Greedo into your games of Imperial Assault. A beautifully sculpted plastic figure captures Greedo drawing his blaster, while plenty of new Deployment cards, Agenda cards, and Command cards give you new tools to take advantage of, whether you’re playing a campaign or a skirmish.

      Source Fantasy Flight Games
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      Brews and Blasters 77: Crown Royal & Fisherman’s Friend
      Reported by Mark on 01 Jul 2016 23:30
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      Fantasy Flight Games: A New Stage of Galactic Conflict
      Reported by Jonathan on 01 Jul 2016 23:15

      Fantasy Flight Games bring us the latest release for Star Wars: The Card Game, a two-player playmat.

      From the website:

      "You’ve taken your first step into a larger world.”
      –Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope

      Enter the Star Wars galaxy once more and experience the epic clash between light and dark like never before! Starting now, you can fight the battles of Star Wars™: The Card Game in an entirely new way with the Galactic Conflict Two-Player Playmat, now available at your local United States retailer and online through our webstore!
      You’ve had chances to enter the Star Wars universe before through the evocative art of other playmats, but never before has one of those playmats spanned the distance between both players in Star Wars: The Card Game. Now, this massive 26” by 36” natural rubber playmat invites you to provide a clean, stylish play surface that both you and your friend can enjoy simultaneously.

      Source Fantasy Flight Games
      Official Site: From A Certain Point Of View: What Is The Best Episode Of The Clone Wars?
      Reported by Mark on 01 Jul 2016 23:07

      In the latest instalment of From A Certain Point Of View Bryan Young and Jamie Greene are asked to decide which is the best episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars - talk about an impossible task!

      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 episode from Star Wars: The Clone Wars ranks highest.

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      Rebel Force Radio: July 1, 2016
      Reported by Mark on 01 Jul 2016 21:20
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      Tosche Station Radio #149: Rebar through the Chest
      Reported by Mark on 01 Jul 2016 20:04
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      Celebration Europe 2016: Sam Witwer, Tiya Sircar Join Dave Filoni For Rebels Season 3 Panel
      Reported by Justin on 01 Jul 2016 19:34

      We learned at the end of May that Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni would be attending Celebration Europe 2016 and would be unveiling the first two episodes of Season 3 of the animated TV series to fans as part of a special panel. The announcement stated that Dave would be joined by special guests, and today we find out that Sam Witwer (voice of Darth Maul) and Tiya Sircar (Sabine) will be part of those guests!

      Source SWCE
      Fantasy Flight Games: The Liberty
      Reported by Jonathan on 01 Jul 2016 19:21

      Fantasy Flight Games bring us the latest release for Star Wars: Armada, the Liberty Expansion Pack.

      From the website:

      Your chance has come to win a complete, 400-point fleet for Star Wars™: Armada!
      Our Star Wars: Armada Fleet Commander Contest is now open for submissions and will remain open through Tuesday, July 5th at 10:00 AM Central. As outlined in our announcement of the contest, this special Wave III and Wave IV promotion challenges you to make excellent strategic and creative use of the new flotillas and larger ships. Impress the game's developers with your list, and you will win the Wave III and Wave IV ships. If you can also provide the developer running your list with a winning edge, you stand to win a copy of the Core Set, the Wave III and Wave IV expansions, and every other expansion necessary to build your fleet!
      In fact, there is only one last thing standing between you and your chance at glory… You need information about the Liberty Expansion Pack. So here it is.

      Source Fantasy Flight Games
      Celebration Europe 2016: Sneak Peek At Official Badge Artwork
      Reported by Justin on 01 Jul 2016 19:19

      If you signed up to receive email updates pertaining to Celebration Europe 2016, you should have received an email today containing a small preview image that provides a sneak peek at the official artwork that will be featured on the various admission badges. We'll be sure to update this story with larger images of the badge artwork as soon as they become available!

      Source SWCE
      Carrie Fisher On The Last Leg Tonight, Channel Four, 10.00pm
      Reported by Mark on 01 Jul 2016 19:00

      This just in from our buddy Kamino_ghost regarding a Star Wars legend and Friday night TV on Channel Four.

      Hi Mark, Hope all is good at Jedi News HQ. Don't know if You'll have time to post this, but Carrie Fisher is the special guest tonight on Channel 4's The Last Leg at 10pm...

      Official Site: DK's Newest Galaxy Guides: First Look At Complete Locations And More!
      Reported by Mark on 01 Jul 2016 18:40

      Over at StarWars.com we're treated to a first look at a slew of new titles coming our way from our friends at DK.

      Are you looking to discover behind-the-scenes secrets of The Empire Strikes Back, learn everything about Rey’s AT-AT home, and/or introduce your younglings to a galaxy far, far away? Well, you’re in luck — even if, in your experience, there’s no such thing as luck.
      DK Publishing is set to take fans deep inside the Star Wars galaxy and films this fall with three exciting new releases: Star Wars: Complete Locations, Star Wars Year By Year: A Visual History, and The Amazing Book of Star Wars. And StarWars.com has your first look at the covers!

      Source Official Site
      Galactic War Report - Episode 14: Coruscant Underworld Police Brutality
      Reported by Mark on 01 Jul 2016 18:01
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      Packaging Design For Hasbro Black Series 6-Inch Obi-Wan Kenobi SDCC 2016 Exclusive
      Reported by Justin on 01 Jul 2016 16:20

      Earlier today Entertainment Weekly revealed images and product details on Hasbro's two new Black Series 6-inch convention exclusive figures that will be available for fans to purchase at Celebration Europe 2016 (the Kylo Ren figure) and SDCC (the Obi-Wan Kenobi figure). Hasbro's official PR team, Litzky Public Relations, just provided us with the image included above that shows more of the packaging design for the Obi-Wan figure. Click the image for a larger view.

      Hasbro Black Series 6-Inch Kylo Ren (Unmasked) And Obi-Wan Kenobi Convention Exclusives
      Reported by Justin on 01 Jul 2016 14:34

      Entertainment Weekly has done it again. Not only did they provide us last week with several exclusive Rogue One reveals, they have now posted details about two new Hasbro Star Wars Black Series 6-inch figures.

      First up is a new Kylo Ren figure that comes packaged with a melted version of Darth Vader’s helmet available at Celebration Europe 2016 for $34.99 and then we'll be seeing a new Obi-Wan Kenobi set from A New Hope available at SDCC for $44.99.

      Be sure to take the source link for more product information and additional images of these two 6-inch figures.

      Source Entertainment Weekly

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