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   Saturday, November 21, 2015
Rebel Force Radio: Nov.20, 2015: Home Stretch To The Force Awakens
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 15:08

With STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS on the horizon, George Lucas gets more and more outspoken the closer we get to the film's premiere. We review recent comments by George concerning his original ideas for the sequel trilogy that were eventually discarded and why he had to step away. News about TFA continues to break at a lightspeed pace. We review the latest TV spots, box office predictions, Entertainment Weekly's STAR WARS special issue, and recent Harrison Ford media appearances. From Starkiller Base to Jakku and all points in between, RFR is Your Source For The Force. Remember to visit to make a donation and become eligible to win tickets to the red carpet premiere for THE FORCE AWAKENS.

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Star Wars FIGHTS X Factor Winner's Single For Xmas No.1
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 14:38

Ready for another epic battle this Christmas, apart from those we'll be seeing onscreen in The Force Awakens? You might want to set your sights on the charts here in the UK, as the GFFA are set to battle the might of the evil X Factor.

A new Facebook camapign is rapidly gathering pace to defeat the Evil Empire and install a new regime at the top of the Xmas charts. So far almost 430,000 fans have joined up in the struggle to get John Williams' iconic Star Wars theme tune to No.1 on Christmas Day.
It may seem rather fanciful, but the threat is very real. If every single person who has signed up so far bought a copy of the new recording of the Star Wars theme, the X Factor winner wouldn't stand a chance.
"Simon Cowell is going to be a worried man," a music industry insider revealed."The campaign is already gathering pace and with greater publicity the anti-X Factor brigade are going to back it even more."

Source The Daily Express
Four Covers For Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 13:26

Via the gang at They Might Be Geeks, check out the covers to The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure Of Count Dooku, High Noon On Jakku, All Creatures Great and Small and The Face of Evil all written by Landry D Walker.

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New The Force Awakens Posters Found In Times Square
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 12:39

A photo posted by TOY FIEND (@toyfiend) on

Solo, Kylo, Organa and Rey, all rotating on a digital billboard in Times Square. Expect to see a LOT more of these kind of posters around the world in the coming weeks.

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'GMA 40 for 40': Meet the Biggest Darth Vader Fan
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 12:00

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Check out this video featuring mega collector Bill McBride and his astounding Darth Vader focus collection.

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On The Shelves UK: Tesco
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 11:41

Great news from our spooky shelf spotter, Kamino_ghost...

Hi Mark, Just thought I'd let everyone know that Tesco are selling Hasbro's Star Wars: The Force Awakens: First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter at Half Price - down from £60.00 to £30.00. This offer ends on 24/11/15 and is available at selected stores only. So, if you are a collector, have a Tesco store nearby and it's in stock - "Now the time is..."
Cheers, Kamino_Ghost

Source Tesco
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Sweded Side By Side Comparison
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 10:07

A shot to shot, low budget remake of The Force Awakens trailer? Yep, I want to see that, Here's a side-by-side comparison video of the low budget epic and the rather more expensive source material.

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SketOne #Resurrection Art Show
Reported by BrianC on 21 Nov 2015 09:51

After bringing us the amazing photos from The Art Awakens show earlier this week, our friend Paul (TK10815) has now brought us these stunning photos from the SketOne #Resurrection Art Show.

Check out more of the artists, Andrew Yasgar (Sket-One), work here.

And special thanks to Stryder aka HipHipTrooper (Boba Fett) for alerting Paul to this show.

If you want to learn more about the Sket-One show, check out this profile in Flood Magazine.

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On The Shelves UK: EMP Clothes Store Releases New The Force Awakens Brand
Reported by ZakPT on 21 Nov 2015 09:33

The heavy metal online clothes suppliers EMP have released a new line of Star Wars clothing and novelty gifts in honour of the release of The Force Awakens.

The collection spans the original trilogy too and includes items such as snapbacks, beanies, slippers and Christmas jumpers. A great website to have a browse through for any early Christmas shoppers that have a fan on their list to buy for.

Source EMP Online
Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 101: Season Of The Force
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 06:29

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

Season Of The Force opens at Disneyland!! We were there on opening day, November 16th, 2015, with lots of friends and Skywalkers, so of course we had an impromptu roundtable discussion with Teresa Delgado (Fangirls Going Rogue), Dave Skale (Ghost Host), Anthony Fox (MousePire podcast), Georgia Peach and more! Last weekend was also the Avengers Half Marathon and Inaugural Infinity Gauntlet Challenge at Disneyland, which we ran. So moments after we received our Infinity Gauntlet medals, we recap the race. Seen Unseen Disneyland author, Russell Flores, chimes in with things he may or may not have seen on the course. We also have a new segment called, ‘Inspirations: The Music of Star Wars Rebels’ where we explore the music of Star Wars Rebels. There are so many associations in each episode’s soundtrack that may go unnoticed so we are here to break it down for you. MTFBWY and Neverland On Alderaan!

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire – Official Accolades Trailer
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 06:05

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

Become the Outlander at the center of an evolving BioWare-style story in the new Knights of the Fallen Empire digital expansion for STAR WARS™: The Old Republic™ – now live!
Travel to the Outer Rim of the galaxy to come face-to-face with a new threat, Emperor Valkorion and his Eternal Empire. Your character will start its journey to becoming the Outlander, a veteran of the Great Galactic War, as you discover that the Eternal Emperor’s dark destiny is tied to your own.
Choose your path, recruit Companions into your Alliance, and make choices that have power to change destinies, all at the center of your own personal STAR WARS™ saga!
STAR WARS: The Old Republic – Knights of the Fallen Empire – is now available for free to all Subscribers.

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On The Shelves UK: New Era Caps
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 05:28

Our buddy Carl Bayliss dropped us a line to bring to our attention the new line of New Era Caps, featuring characters from The Force Awakens.

Awaken the force with an exclusive release of 59FIFTY Fitted, 9FIFTY adjustable and 9FORTY curved visor silhouettes inspired by the iconic masks of the Stormtroopers, Kylo Ren and BB-8.

Source New Era Caps (via Carl Bayliss)
Pakistani Fans Hoping For Release Of The Force Awakens On 18th December, Not 25th
Reported by Team Jedi News on 21 Nov 2015 04:21
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The whole of the planet is itching to see The Force Awakens when it arrives during the third week of December to most territories around the world. But not every country gets it that week, and in an age of instant news spreading like wildfire through social media that can be a genuine problem for some fans.

We've been contacted Pakistani fan Jawad Sarwana who tells us that the film doesn't land in Pakistan until 25th December. Read on after the break for more info.

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Star Wars Stormtrooper-Themed Fiat 500e Rolls Into LA Auto Show
Reported by Matt on 21 Nov 2015 03:13

You might not be aware but there's a new Star Wars film coming out on 17th December, and just in case this hasn't yet hit your radar, here's a very cool Stormtrooper themed Fiat 500e to get in your line of sight and make sure you know all about it.,

This Stormtrooper-themed Fiat 500e expands the promotional -- if not the merchandising -- universe to cars, and believe it or not Lucasfilm, now part of the Disney Industrial Complex, has partnered with six other automakers to produce "Star Wars"-themed promotional vehicles, as if "Star Wars" needed any more awareness campaigns at this point.
The 500e in question is styled after the redesigned First Order Stormtroopers, as opposed to the ones from the original trilogy and the ones that were created with some regrettable CGI in the regrettable prequels. In addition to the exterior wrap, everything on the inside is either black or white, right down the seats, which are upholstered in Alcantara. The First Order insignia is displayed on the two-tone steering wheel, and the dash itself features a "Star Wars" logo as well.
We're not too sure about the immediate association of the exterior design with Stormtroopers, but the two-tone interior is actually pretty neat visually. That's not a bad look for the interior of a production Fiat 500.

Source Autoweek
Star Wars Tonight #4: Our Star Wars Story With Scott Ryfun
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 02:25

It's time to join your host Riley Blanton over at Star Wars Tonight.

Riley and Scott talk about our changing story as a fan community in the internet age on this, the 3rd episode of Star Wars Tonight!

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Official Site: Fully Operational Fandom: 300 Days Of Star Wars Artist Tim Anderson
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 02:02

Time to join Amy Ratcliffe for another dose of Fully Operational Fandom over at

The impending release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been inspiring fans for years. It’s wild to think that the film we learned about on October 31, 2012, (a long time ago) is now almost around the corner. Like, less than 30 days. I’m sure none of you need a reminder. If you’re like me, you’ve been filling your days with as much Star Wars as possible — whether it’s rewatching the films, acquiring new apparel and collectibles, or playing video games like Disney Infinity and Star Wars Battlefront. I’ve also been enjoying projects from fans; projects such as Tim Anderson’s 300 Days of Star Wars.

Source Official Site
Tosche Station Radio #135: You Sunk My Battlefront
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 01:56

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

This week on Tosche Station Radio, Tom from Del Rey joins us to discuss Battlefront!

Nanci and Brian are the co-founders and writers of You can find Nanci on Twitter with the handle @Nancipants and you can find Brian with @LaneWinree.

Contact Information: iTunes | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Star Wars Themed Bar Opens In Manchester
Reported by Matt on 21 Nov 2015 01:22

In advance of the For The Love Of The Force convention which takes place in Manchester on 4th - 6th December, a Star Wars themed bar has opened at Manchester Bowler’s Exhibition Centre.

Named the Cantina bar, the space will serve blue “bantha milk” cocktails, which Luke Skywalker first drinks in Star Wars Episode IV.
In the films blue milk could be found on most planets across the galaxy and was known for being rich, refreshing and sweet. The Cantina cocktail is made with Irish Meadow Country Cream, Red Square Vodka and a dash of blue food colouring.
Other cocktails on pour will be Wookie Juice, featuring Red Square Sloe Vodka, lemon juice and sugar syrup; a Princess Punch made with vodka, elderflower cordial, lemon juice and soda; and Jam Jar Binks, which blends Red Square Toffee Vodka with apple schnapps and lemon juice.
The bar features an Ewok village, Yoda’s Dagobah swamp and Jabba The Hutt’s palace complete with an eight-foot model of the slug-like creature.
Before the convention kicks off in December, the bar, which boasts a full size replica of the X-wing Starfighter, will host a series of events to whet attendees appetites.
Manager of the convention Andy Kleek hopes the cocktail bar will become a permanent fixture if it proves a success. For The Love Of The Force takes place at the Manchester Bowler’s Exhibition Centre on December 4-6.

Source The Drinks Business
Daniel Radcliffe Offers Advice To New Star Wars Cast
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 01:07

We live in an era of franchise movies and sequels and few people know better the pitfalls and perils of that world than Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. Here Daniel - a self-confessed Star Wars fan - offers some advice to the new members of the GFFA cast.

Just enjoy it! There's some weird thing that I think people feel about franchises, where they're like, 'You do that so you can do other cool work.’ -- franchises are fun! You get to do stuff in franchises that you don't get to do when you're doing little indie movies. You get to do stunt sequences and crazy action stuff. It’s a lot of fun!

Source The Movie Network
Star Wars Blu-ray Steelbooks Trailer
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 01:02

Get a sneak peek at the front and back cover art for the Star Wars saga Blu-ray Steelbooks, available now!

Source Star Wars on YouTube
Galactic Fashion, Episode 05: Bria
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 00:59

It's time to join Johnamarie over at Galactic Fashions.

Galactic Fashion is a monthly, interview-based podcast dedicated to Star Wars and geek fashion. In this episode, I talk about the latest Hot Topic collection by Her Universe, the release of Irregular Choice shoes, and the presence of Star Wars fashion at three international events. Plus, an interview with Bria, co-creator of White Hot Room and House Organa Shop.

Contact Information: iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: C-3PO & R2-D2 meet BB-8
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 00:49

You might have spotted a video earlier today featuring myself and the always-awesome Paul Bateman for O2 and their #O2FanWars initiative.

Here, C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8 join forces on Jakku and you can join them. Want to know how? Easy, tell us this - What would you do if you had the Force? Post your pic or film on Instagram or Twitter along with the hashtag #O2FanWars to win a galactic prize of a visit to Pinewood Studios.

You have until Thursday 26th November to enter, so get busy and show the galaxy your mastery of the Force (the light side OR the dark side!)

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Official Site: Warwick Davis, BB-8 And Others Join Forces For BBC's Children In Need Fundraiser
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 00:44

Join my brother in the Force James Burns over at as he looks back a week to Chidlren In Need and a very special video.

Every year, since its launch in 1980, the UK’s national broadcaster BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) has put on an annual telethon called Children in Need, literally raising tens of millions of pounds for deserving children all over the UK. Last year they helped over half a million children, but that’s only a fraction of the number of needy children they would like to be able to help. Lots of the UK’s biggest talent comes out to support the fundraiser that happens every November.
This year, Lucasfilm worked with the BBC to create a great sketch featuring Warwick Davis, R2-D2, and C-3PO (played by Simon Wilkie) to search for the Star Wars super-fan to give the first total of the evening.

Source Official Site
Practical Prequels - Proof The Star Wars Prequels Were More Than CGI
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 00:33

Join Rob Wainfur from The Bearded Trio as he reiterates just how many practical effects used to bring the prequel trilogy to the big screen.

"A return to practical effects" is a phrase I've heard numerous times in the lead up to The Force Awakens. I wanted to show that the prequels were not all CGI. Hundreds of miniatures, sets and props were made just for one of the prequels alone. One Prequel had more practical effects than all three of the original trilogy. Here's a collection of photos just showing some of the practical effects used in the prequels.

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Podcast 66: Episode 54
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2015 00:28

It's time to join Ryan, Daniel, and Abe over at Podcast 66.

This week, Ryan and Daniel open the show by talking about the latest TV spots and whether they spoil anything or not and also discuss Simon Pegg's comments. Daniel also gets you pumped for the Sithmas Special as well. They are then joined by the author of Lost Stars, Claudia Gray, for a fun interview about the book.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Podcast 66
Star Wars And The Power Of Costume Exhibit At Discovery Times Square
Reported by Matt on 21 Nov 2015 00:16

Our pal Johnamarie Macias brings us a walk through the amazing Star Wars And The Power Of Costume Exhibit at Discovery Times Square in NYC via her Flickr album over at The Wookiee Gunner.

One of the questions I regularly ask my Galactic Fashion guests is which Star Wars character outfit is their favorite. The answer that comes up the most? Padmé Amidala.
I was 13 years old when I first saw the trailer for The Phantom Menace and one of the scenes I connected with the most was Queen Amidala standing by a window in a stunning red gown. It’s one of my favorite dresses in her extensive wardrobe, so it was an absolute delight to see it and a portion of her collection in person at the Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibit at Discovery Times Square in New York City.

Source The Wookiee Gunner
   Friday, November 20, 2015
#O2FanWars: What would you do if you had the Force?
Reported by Mark on 20 Nov 2015 23:38

What would you do if you had the Force? Post your pic or film with #O2FanWars to win a galactic prize
This week’s galactic prize is a money can’t buy tour of Pinewood Studios. With four nights in a top London hotel and a load of VIP Star Wars experiences thrown in. For the chance to win, you need to show us what you’d do if you had The Force. So what tricks have you got up your sleeve? Send us a video or photo of you using The Force on Twitter and Instagram by Thursday 26 November. Tag it with #O2FanWars. Here are the terms and conditions, plus full prize details. Here’s a Force video we made to give you some inspiration.

Source O2 Priority
Art Awakens: Star Wars And The Passion Of Creativity
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2015 20:19

From November 13-15, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles hosted the Star Wars Art Awakens exhibit featuring top professional and emerging contemporary artists. Visit to purchase new and original pieces, as well as prints, from the event -- now being auctioned off in the name of Star Wars: Force for Change to support UNICEF Kid Power.

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Star Wars 2015 Holiday Gift Guide
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2015 19:31

The Force will be with you this holiday shopping season as the team over at the official site has provided fans with their 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. Check out their product recommendations via the source link below and remember - even though this is the season of giving, who says you can't give some of these items to yourself?

The holidays are approaching faster than a rancor gobbling up a Gamorrean guard. Which means REALLY FAST. And with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, the Star Wars fan in your life may be hoping for some gifts from a galaxy far, far away. In fact, YOU may be hoping for some Star Wars gifts. Don’t know what to get? Fear not! is here to rescue you with our annual gift guide. Enjoy and happy (bounty) hunting!

Empire Chats With Mark Hamill On His Return In The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2015 17:12

Today's The Force Awakens piece courtesy of Empire focuses briefly on Mark Hamill returning as Luke Skywalker in the film. Hamill obviously doesn't reveal much, but when an article containing comments from Hamill about Luke in any capacity is posted anywhere on the interwebs, we all must read.

“Obviously you’re seeing him at a very different time in his life. There’s lots of surprises in this movie”, Hamill told Empire. “You’re going to love it.” That may be, but this still leaves us in the dark regarding Luke’s absence from all promotional material thus far. Naturally, fan theories are proliferating in every corner of the webisphere: has the Dark Side corrupted his Jedi mind? Is he now, in fact, a Force ghost? Or is he simply living out his life quite happily until Rey and Finn’s inquisitive nature drags him out of hiding?

Whatever the reason for Luke’s poster and trailer omittance, returning to the franchise is clearly a labour of love for Hamill, who has spent the best part of the last three decades lending his vocal talents to the animated Spider-Man series, Johnny Bravo and Robot Chicken, to name a mere few. “It reminded me of when I was in Tunisia on the salt flats [shooting the first Star Wars]. If you could get into your own mind and shut out the crew and look at the horizon, you really felt like you were in a galaxy far, far away. I had that same wave of emotion happen to me when I was on Skellig Michael in Ireland. I wasn’t anticipating it.”

Source Empire
George Lucas: Disney "Wasn't That Keen" To Having Him Help Create New Star Wars Films
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2015 15:37

In an interview with "CBS This Morning", George Lucas spoke with host Charlie Rose about what went into the decision to have him step away from being involved in the development of future of Star Wars films after the purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney. The Vanity Fair piece referenced in the article text copied below can be found here.

George Lucas, the mastermind behind the Star Wars franchise, says no more.

Lucas told Vanity Fair that he didn't want to be a part of the long-awaited seventh episode of the Star Wars saga, "The Force Awakens," because "it's not much fun" when you "go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized."

He spoke to "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose about his decision to never direct another "Star Wars" picture.

"The issue was ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, 'We want to make something for the fans,'" Lucas said. "People don't actually realize it's actually a soap opera and it's all about family problems - it's not about spaceships. So they decided they didn't want to use those stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing so I decided, 'fine.... I'll go my way and I let them go their way.'"

Source CBS News
Marvel Announce Two Previously Unsolicited Variants
Reported by BrianC on 20 Nov 2015 14:46

Marvel Comics have announced two previously unannounced variants for their upcoming Star Wars range.

Star Wars #16 Yu Variant Cover
Star Wars #16 will have a previously unsolicited variant by Leinil Francis Yu.

No art has been revealed yet, but if you want to pick up a copy give your comics retailer code OCT158415 to place an order.
From Marvel Comics. "Rebel Jail" starts now! The Rebels travel to a prison base having taken an important captive in Vader Down. Unfortunately, they aren't the only ones with their eyes on the prisoners. The adventures of Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance continue. Rated T. Scheduled to ship 17th February 2016.

Darth Vader #15 Francavilla Variant Cover

Darth Vader #15 will have a previously unsolicited variant by Francesco Francavilla.

The cover shown above is now available to order from your comics retailer with code OCT158450.

From Marvel Comics. Vader Down: The Conclusion! Luke Skywalker - captured by the Empire! Darth Vader - beset by enemies on all sides! The finale of the biggest Marvel Star Wars story yet! Rated T. NOTE: Supplies limited. Please consult your retailer for availability. Scheduled to ship 13th January 2016.

Celebration Europe 2016: ALL Tickets Are Sold Out
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2015 12:35

Wow - only a few minutes after I posted the earlier update about Sunday Adult tickets to Celebration Europe 2016 being sold out, I went to the official Celebration website and saw that ALL tickets to the event have been sold. And we're still 8 months out from Day 1 of the convention!

Big congrats to the entire ReedPOP team, including our great friend Mary Franklin, for achieving this ticket sales milestone and here's to what should be one hell of a Celebration in July.

Source Star Wars Celebration
Star Wars Tonight #3: The Disney Era With Amy Ratcliffe
Reported by Mark on 20 Nov 2015 12:24

It's time to join your host Riley Blanton over at Star Wars Tonight.

Riley and Amy talk about the ramifications of the Disney ownership of the franchise on this, the 3rd episode of Star Wars Tonight!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
Celebration Europe 2016: Sunday Adult Tickets Sold Out
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2015 12:23

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Gentle Giant First Order Stormtrooper Mini Bust Pre-Order Now Up
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2015 02:29

Here we go! A new era of Gentle Giant Star Wars collectibles has officially arrived as they have updated their website to include a pre-order link for their First Order Stormtrooper Mini Bust from The Force Awakens! The mini bust will set you back $120.00 and is slated to begin shipping in Q3 2016.

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 first of our mini busts from Star Wars: Episode 7, The Force Awakens with the First Order Stormtrooper! Like the Imperial Stormtroopers and Republic Clone Troopers before them, these ominous figures clad in white armor, are the foot soldiers of evil. Designed, modeled and prototyped using top of the line 3D technology, this mini bust represents the first of our new collection from the ongoing Star Wars saga. Each mini bust is hand cast, hand painted and hand numbered with a limited edition certificate of authenticity. May the Force be with you!

Source Gentle Giant
Star Wars Rebels "Just Like Old Times" Preview Clip For "Stealth Strike" Episode
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2015 02:20

In this preview of the Star Wars Rebels episode “Stealth Strike,” Rex and Kanan don stormtrooper disguises for an impromptu undercover rescue mission. But the effort turns out to be more complicated than originally anticipated…

Source Star Wars YouTube
The Force Awakens Smashes Ticket Pre-Sales Record
Reported by BrianC on 20 Nov 2015 00:21

Furious Fanboys is reporting on an article behind the Wall Street Journals pay wall regarding The Force Awakens ticket sales.

According to Furious Fanboys:

With a month to go until release, The Force Awakens has already broken the all-time record for ticket pre-sales. It didn’t just break it, it obliterated the record like it was Alderaan.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already sold more than $50 million in pre-sale tickets. That’s more money than some movies make in their opening weekend even when they open at #1, and there are still four more Thursdays until The Force Awakens is in theaters.

Source Furious Fanboys
   Thursday, November 19, 2015
Where is Luke Skywalker?
Reported by BrianC on 19 Nov 2015 21:15

Mark Hamill's voice has popped up in the trailer, but Luke Skywalker has been missing from all of the trailer, tv spots, posters and promotional material.  JJ Abrams has promised a good reason for that, and now Hamill himself has emphasised the length the NDAs go to.

“It’s crazy though, this NDA stuff, people don’t know. None Disclosure Agreements, where you’re not allowed to talk about anything. I have something coming out where there’s an amount of money where if it leaks because of me, I don’t get that payment. If I keep it a secret until the day it comes out, I get that payment. I’m good about keeping secrets.
“I’m proud of the fact that I knew a year and a half before anybody else that he was actually Dad Vader. I didn’t tell Harrison, or my wife because I thought it would be terrible if she said ‘You know what…’ to a fan and it got out. Irvin Kershner (director of The Empire Strike Back) said ‘I know something, I’m going to tell you. George knows, I know, and now I’m going to tell you and if it leaks we’ll know it’s you.’ Because the line originally was ‘You don’t know the truth, Obi Wan killed your father,’ and he said we’re going to take out that line and put it in ‘I am your father.’

“I thought well first of all if Sir Alec Guinness is the real villain that’s a pretty good twist in and of itself, but this is even better. Couldn’t believe it, I was so excited. Just a mind-boggling plot twist. I still remember when we saw the first screening, Harrison turned to me and said ‘You never told me that.’ I said ‘I know, but I would have gotten in trouble if I told you.’ Now it’s happening all over again, I’m not even authorized to tell you I’m in Episode VII. It’s all secret.”

For the full interview, take the link.

Source Super Hero Hype
Official Site: Studying Skywalkers: Themes In Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2015 20:24

Dan Zehr takes us back inside what makes the central family of Star Wars tick over at with his latest Studying Skywalkers and the themes of Revenge of the Sith.

As Star Wars fans everywhere devour the most recent trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, continues to look at the six existing films in chronological order to reestablish pertinent themes that help to shape the saga. Up next, the film that finally revealed what ultimately pushed the promising Anakin Skywalker to become the feared Sith Lord, Darth Vader. Replete with stunning visuals, shocking revelations, and catastrophic consequences for the galaxy, Revenge of the Sith presents perhaps the most emotionally charged moments of the prequels, and defines the timeline of the Star Wars saga for the next 19 years. While there are many insightful themes, the following offer a smattering of what Revenge of the Sith brings about, and presents long term ramifications for the fictional universe.

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Sideshow Ralph McQuarrie Boba Fett Concept Statue Pre-Orders Now Up
Reported by Justin on 19 Nov 2015 20:12

Pre-orders for the Ralph McQuarrie Boba Fett Concept Statue are now up on the Sideshow Collectibles website. The statue carries a price tag of $424.99 and is expected to begin shipping in the October 2016 - December 2016 timeframe.

Ralph McQuarrie’s conceptual drawings and paintings were instrumental in bringing George Lucas’ epic space saga to the big screen, envisioning the vast worlds of fantastic heroes, villains, vehicles and aliens that would come to be known as Star Wars!

Inspired by Ralph McQuarrie’s pre-production artwork for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present Boba Fett!

One of the first new characters to be designed for The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett originally began as a super trooper, with a striking aesthetic inspired primarily by Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers. As McQuarrie worked closely alongside Star Wars Art Director Joe Johnston, the character evolved into the ruthless Mandalorian bounty hunter we know today. Capturing the spirit of these early explorations, Fett appears in his original all-white armor with two unique helmet designs, leaping into action over a base inspired by the Slave I. Reviewing a broad spectrum of McQuarrie’s imaginative designs for Boba Fett, Sideshow’s artists have translated his iconic artwork in a brilliant homage to a Star Wars that is both familiar, yet never was.

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Empire Exclusive Image Of Kylo Ren, Adam Driver Refers To Ren As A "Religious Fanatic"
Reported by Justin on 19 Nov 2015 17:10

Today Empire provides us with an exclusive look at a new image (click for a larger view) featuring Kylo Ren with his crossguard lightsaber ignited by his side flanked by two First Order Stormtroopers as a large fire rages in the background.

Adam Driver, who plays Ren, offered up the following comments on his character in the article:

Speaking exclusively to Empire for our Force Awakens issue (in all Light and Dark Side newsagents next week), Driver says that he sees Ren as more of a religious fanatic than a villain in the traditional sense. “When they think of their actions as morally justified,” Driver told us, “it makes them dangerous and unpredictable. There’s no level they won’t go to to accomplish what they’re after. I never thought of the character as an evil person.”

As we wait for their special The Force Awakens issue to arrive on newsstands on November 26, Empire has so far given us our first look at Constable Zuvio, some details on Andy Serkis' Snoke, and what it was like for John Boyega to use a lightsaber.

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Starwarigami: Jedi Starfighter Fighter
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2015 17:02

Martin over at Starwarigami has been busy folding the galaxy, this time crafting a Jedi Starfighter fighter from a single square of paper- backed foil.

Click here to visit the page, grab a ream and fold your way to the ultimate power in the universe.

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Disney Store UK - These Are The Kids Pyjamas You're Looking For
Reported by James on 19 Nov 2015 17:01


Created exclusively for Disney Store, these new pyjamas from The Force Awakens feature Rey and BB-8 - here they are modelled by my very excited 6-year old daughter Miriam.


They can dream of heroic adventures with our Rey and adorable droid BB-8 pyjamas. Inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they feature a large character print on the top and an epic repeat print on the bottoms. £18.95

  • Children's 2 piece pyjama set
  • Long sleeve top
  • Artwork of Rey, BB-8 and 3 X-Wing fighters
  • V-neck top
  • Long leg bottoms with elasticated waist
  • Logo and emblem repeating pattern on the legs
  • 100% cotton and machine washable

In case you hadn't noticed Miriam loves these new pyjamas. They look great and wash very well, and come highly recommended by Miriam, and her parents. They are available to buy now online and in-store for £18.95, and would make a great gift this holiday season. Click on the images for a closer look and happy hunting!

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On The Shelves UK: Lidl: HASBRO Lightsaber, TIE Fighter or Imperial Transport
Reported by Matt on 19 Nov 2015 16:27

Lidl are feeling the power of the Force, giving kids and collectors the chance to grab a Hasbro lightsaber, the Inquisitors TIE fighter or the Rebels Imperial Transport for just £16.99.

£16.99 Each. Choose from Yoda’s, Darth Vader’s or Kanan Jarrus’ lightsaber, The Inquisitor’s TIE Advanced Protype or Imperial Troop Transport with firing missiles 4 Years +

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Official Site: From World War To Star Wars: Building Han Solo's Blaster And More
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2015 16:18

My buddy Cole Horton investigates the correlation between real-world and GFFA weapons in his latest From World War To Star Wars piece over at

A cowboy has his six shooter, Robin Hood has his bow, and Flash Gordon has a ray-gun. Each accessory perfectly suits the character and the setting. Yet when it came time to design the prop blasters for the Star Wars galaxy, director George Lucas and the production crew took an unexpected approach. Rather than create futuristic new blasters like other space movies, they started with historical relics from right here on Earth.

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Jedi News Comic Review: Vader Down #1
Reported by MaxN on 19 Nov 2015 15:40
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Part I

It is a period of unrest in the galaxy. The Sith Lord Darth Vader, enforcer of the Galactic Empire, has learned that it was Luke Skywalker who was the rebel pilot responsible for blowing up the Death Star. Vader is now more determined than ever to track down his son and turn him to the dark side.

Luke, unaware that Vader is his father, fights against the Empire with the Rebel Alliance. New to the ways of the Force, Luke has discovered the journal of Ben Kenobi and has begun investigating any information he can on the Force-using Jedi Knights and their ways.

Through the underworld sources of his secret ally, Dr. Aphra, Vader has received word of Luke's location-the former Jedi temple on the planet VROGAS VAS.......

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More Photos Of Official The Force Awakens Battle Props
Reported by Justin on 19 Nov 2015 15:39

Following up on yesterday's post containing several photos of The Force Awakens props provided by Episode VII costume designer Michael Kaplan, we get a much larger image gallery of props from the film via an article posted today on WIRED.

In addition to the supplied images, we also get official names of some of the weaponry, including the mention of a name that we've seen before in the animated Clone Wars TV series and what appears to be the name of an all-new character.

AT ITS CORE, Star Wars is about the fight between good and evil, and for that you need tools of war—whether it be a battered X-wing pilot’s helmet or a Wookiee’s bowcaster. But whatever their fictional origins, these props were inspired by objects from our world. Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for Han Solo’s blaster, but that blaster is based on the German Mauser pistol. Those tough-to-aim stormtrooper rifles? Modeled on the Sterling submachine gun. And just like here on Earth, the arms in the Star Wars universe evolve over time. Consider the iconic lightsaber—an elegant weapon from a more civilized age—which has morphed into Kylo Ren’s fire-breathing crossguard weapon. The forked saber may be new in that faraway galaxy, but the similarity to an old European sword is neither clumsy nor random. Above, enjoy a few dozen (seriously) of the helmets, firearms, and sabers you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of in Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it comes out on December 18.

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Star Wars: Battlefront On Ginx TV
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2015 15:25

On the day Star Wars Battlefront arrives worldwide our pal Kamino_ghost drops us a line with news of a UK TV show that's focusing on the game airing tonight on Ginx TV, Virgin Media (UK) Channel 290.

Hi Mark, I hope everyone is doing well at Jedi News HQ. Just thought I'd drop You a line and let you know that the gaming channel Ginx TV (Available on UK Cable) is broadcasting a two hour Star Wars: Battlefront Special later tonight at 10.00pm entitled 'Players' Lounge: Star Wars: Battlefront' where the team will be chatting about the game as well as playing it. So if fellow Star Wars Gamers are able to receive this Channel and are not too busy actually playing the Game - then be sure to tune in!

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Jaxxon Spotlight Variant Prices Will Make You Turn Green With Envy... Just Like The Rabbit!
Reported by BrianC on 19 Nov 2015 14:46

As a completist comic collector, every now and then a must have comic variant reaches the marketplace.  In what has been an insane year for Star Wars variants, comic collecting Star Wars just jumped the shark!

A spotlight variant by Chip Zdarsky is trading on eBay at $5000, and now Dynamic Forces have joined the fun and are selling four copies of the limited run of twelve for the reduced price of $3,800 for a limited time period before it jumps to $8000!

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George Lucas on Why He's Done Directing Star Wars Movies
Reported by BrianC on 19 Nov 2015 14:19

George Lucas shocked the entertainment world in October 2012 when he announced his intention to sell Lucasfilm to Disney, and whilst he explained why he had picked Disney to safeguard Star Wars he never really explained why he was walking away.

Now in a video for Vanity Fair he passionatly explains why he had enough of the galaxy far, far, away...

He gave us the gift of Star Wars in 1977, in 2012 he gave us the gift of a safe guarded future for Star Wars in selling to Disney, but perhaps more importantly in my opinion bringing in Kathleen Kennedy.

Mr Lucas, as we embark on a brand new era of Star Wars, and you embrace the film creativity you have yearned for years - from the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Source Variety (Via Making Star Wars)
Omaze Force For Change: Meet The Cast At The Premiere Of The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 19 Nov 2015 13:47

Harrison Ford announces your chance to win a trip for four to the red carpet premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Every contribution benefits multiple causes nominated by members of the cast.


With the help of Harrison Ford, Omaze announces a new campaign around Star Wars. This time, two grand prize winners will win the chance to bring three friends to meet the cast at the red carpet premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in London or Los Angeles.

Every entry of $10 or more supports not one, but several remarkable causes nominated by the cast. In support of Star Wars: Force for Change’s mission to empower people to make an impact on the world around them, the cast came together to nominate 15 charities. Check out other once-in-a-lifetime experiences at

About Omaze: Founded by Matt Pohlson and Ryan Cummins, Omaze is an online cause marketplace that is revolutionizing the philanthropic space by giving people the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences that also support social missions. Omaze offers its community of donors transformative experiences, remarkable causes and compelling content. For more information, please visit

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Celebration Europe 2016: Cosplay Contest Registration Now Open
Reported by Justin on 19 Nov 2015 13:37

Want to show off an amazing Star Wars costume or watch incredible costumers strut their stuff? Star Wars Celebration is excited to announce its Cosplay Contest, featuring the best cosplay in the galaxy!

Want to enter? Keep reading below!

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Phil Noto Reimagines The Force Awakens Poster
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2015 11:38

His artwork is fast becoming one of those most associated with the pre-The Force Awakens era and once again Phil Noto brings us a dazzling image, this time reimagining a poster for the film.

ONE MONTH TO GO!! Here’s something I’ve cooked up “for fun”. Fitting that it’s almost been a year since my first Ep. 7 fan art. I’ve gotten much better reference since then :)

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TOPPS UK - Journey to The Force Awakens
Reported by James on 19 Nov 2015 09:47

With less than a month (did I really just say that) to the arrival of The Force Awakens in cinemas around the world, TOPPS UK have issued a UK version of Journey to The Force Awakens collectible card set - the perfect way to get you in the mood for the impending Star Wars fever about to hit. The cards are excellent and feature images from the original Star Wars films and also The Force Awakens. Click on the images for a closer look.


Ahead of the forthcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Topps is proud to present this brand-new trading card collection - Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this collection is the perfect way for fans of all ages to prepare for the latest instalments of the Star Wars saga. Featuring a host of characters from the original trilogy including Princess Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker plus characters from the new film, this collections really is out of this galaxy!

Get your cards now (8 per packet for £1, or Starter Kit for £4.99) at all your usual cark stockists, or directly from TOPPS at the link below. We hope to have some starter kits and cards to giveaway version soon. Happy hunting!

Star Wars Battlefront at Toys'R'Us UK
Reported by James on 19 Nov 2015 09:31

Star Wars Battlefront is out today on next generation consoles Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One. Site sponsor Toys'R'Us UK seems to have the best deal in the UK offering both platforms for just £39.99 each - online and in-store.

If you need a console then they're offering the 500GB Sony PS4 with Star Wars Battlefront bundle for just £288.88! 

Take the link below to buy your copy of the awesome game now, and look out for our full review over the next few days, along with the opportunity to win one of two copies of the game for Sony PS4. Happy hunting!

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 19 Nov 2015 09:19
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Here's the latest newsletter from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store.  Read on for all the latest pre-orders and new arrivals. Happy hunting!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - 'Finn' TV Spot No.5
Reported by BrianC on 19 Nov 2015 09:17

Film Storm have uploaded the latest TV spot for The Force Awakens, this time focusing on Finn.

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Rebels Recon #2.07: Inside "Blood Sisters"
Reported by Justin on 19 Nov 2015 03:02

In this installment of Rebels Recon, investigates “Blood Sisters,” talking to cast and crew about Sabine’s run-in with an old friend — and has an exclusive clip of the next episode of Star Wars Rebels, “Stealth Strike."

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Official Site: Star Wars Insider 2016 Special Edition: 11 Highlights
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2015 01:51

It's that time of year again and over at Jonathan Wilkins brings us the details on the 2016 Special Edition of The Insider.

The next annual special of Star Wars Insider is almost here — and it’s too good for just 10 reasons to track down!

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   Wednesday, November 18, 2015
TechnoRetro Dads: Wookiee Life Day Special
Reported by Mark on 18 Nov 2015 23:58

It's time to hop in the DeLorean and join the TechnoRetro Dads.

What do you get when you mix an Art Director with a disagreeable feline actor for an all day shoot? Great after-hours conversation about The Star Wars Holiday Special! SuperFriend Paul Bateman of Rebel Force Radio’s Star Wars: Influences joins shazbazzar and JediShua for a discussion about “The Faithful Wookiee” segment of the Holiday Special as we continue our annual Life Day tradition this week.
With a focus on the animated stylings of Nelvana, in and out of the Star Wars universe, we lose focus multiple times throughout this bonus-sized episode as we highlight some of the most memorable moments of Star Wars animation throughout the past four decades. In addition to that Galaxy Far, Far Away, we talk about A Cosmic Christmas, The Devil and Daniel Mouse, and Rock & Rule (which JediShua finally watched after three years of constant prodding from shazbazzar). We even talk TRON and Planet of the Apes!

Contact Information: Email| Website | (209)878-7323 (TR-TRDAD) Voicemail | Twitter

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 18 Nov 2015 23:47
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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Photographer Imagines The Daily, Mundane Life Of Darth Vader
Reported by ChrisD on 18 Nov 2015 23:39

Monday it's building the Death Star, Tuesday it's purging the Jedi and Wednesday is grocery days. Join the dark lord as he goes about his everyday tasks and chores.

Kadysz's series of selfies embodies the Sith Lord on days when he's not trying to eradicate the Jedi Order in his photo series, the Daily Life of Darth Vader.
Kadysz's series of selfies embodies the Sith Lord on days when he's not trying to eradicate the Jedi Order in his photo series, the Daily Life of Darth Vader.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Tickets on Sale NOW!
Reported by Team Jedi News on 18 Nov 2015 23:19

Star Wars Movie Tickets

We're just a matter of a few short weeks away from the arrival of The Force Awakens and don't forget, you can order your tickets right here on Jedi News via Fandango. Get those tickets - we all know you're not going to see the film just once.

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Star Wars Tonight #2: Do the Critics Matter? – With Steve Glosson
Reported by Mark on 18 Nov 2015 22:55

It's time to join your host Riley Blanton over at Star Wars Tonight.

Riley and Steve Talk about the expectations of TFA critically and in terms of box-office on this, the 2nd episode of Star Wars Tonight!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Action News Ep 462: Phasma-tastic
Reported by Mark on 18 Nov 2015 19:38

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

As The Force Awakens draws closer we get new information, new trailers, toys! With the Guavian Enforcer, Captain Phasma, Constable Zuvio and Poe Dameron the second wave of 6-inch Black Series figures is hitting stores now. On this episode of Star Wars Action News Marjorie and Arnie review this new wave of figures--and try to guess how they fit into the new movie. And they also review the new KMart exclusive Kylo Ren - Starkiller Base Black Series figure. Also on this week's show, with tomorrow's release of Battlefront the game, Brock joins us to look at the Star Wars: Battlefront novel Twilight Company. He also reviews the new audiobook adaptations for the young readers' adaptations of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. With Berent's report from Gentle Giant Days in Burbank, a rundown of new Star Wars merchandise hitting stores, and more, it's all in this episode of Star Wars Action News!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Michael Kaplan Shares Photos Of First Order Costumes From The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 18 Nov 2015 19:15

UPDATE: has the full story on these costume images.


Take the source link below to visit the website RPF Pulse for a look at a few photos of official costumes from various members of the villainous First Order (including the awesome Captain Phasma helmet above) that were used in the making of The Force Awakens.

Costume designer Michael Kaplan shares some details (and great pics) of the dev