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   21 January 2015
UK Toy Fair 2015: LEGO
Reported by James on 21 Jan 2015 16:08

As usual our visit to the UK Toy Fair included a look around the closed LEGO stand.  If you'd not made an appointment before the show you stood no chance of getting on, but fortunately we had made an appointment in advance with our friends at Norton & Co PR who were there to take us round and show us the sets coming for the Summer.  Like some other companies there was a closed room for The Force Awakens but the product hadn't arrived yet so those fortunate enough to get in were being shown images on a laptop - not ideal but that's the way it goes.

For Summer 2015 we'll be getting five new sets as we revealed previously here.  When we get to New York we'll be allowed to take photos but until then here's the descriptions of the five new sets and a photo of the Imperial Assault Carrier taken from Star Wars Rebels.

  • Classic Flash Speeder (#75091) £34.99, from Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Green Flash Speeder comes with 5 minifigures including 2 x Battle Droids, 2 x Naboo Security Guards along with a Gungan Warrior.  The Speeder itself looks great especially the large gun at the rear of the vehicle.
  • Naboo Starfighter (#75092) £54.99, from Episode I: The Phantom Menace.  Another new version of the iconic yellow Naboo Starfighter which looks just like the other versions we've got albeit without the silver plating which would've been great - especially at this price point. It comes with a stand and steps for the pilot to get into the cockpit and a support vehicle too.  Minifigures include a Young Anakin Skywalker, Young Obi-Wan Kenobi R2-D2, Naboo Pilot, 2 x Battle Droids and 2 x Droideka's.
  • Death Star Final Duel (#75093) £69.99, from Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.  This playset (think of the previous sets like Jabba's Palace or last year's Cantina) comes with Emperor Palpatine in his Throne Room with lots of moveable parts and areas including sliding door access that's protected by two Royal Guards.  Also Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader are included taking the minifigure count to five.  Darth Vader features an all new helmet design and looks great (from the box art we were shown since none of the new minifigures from the Summer sets were on display). 
  • Imperial Shuttle Tydirium (#75094) £79.99, from Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.  A smaller version of the UCS shuttle, but still a great looking ship with lots of hidden compartments.  Comes with the crew in Endor like disguises straight from the scene from the film.  Includes Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and two Endor Rebels.
  • Imperial Assault Carrier (#75106) £99.99, from Star Wars Rebels.  This is a troop carrier and TIE Fighter deployment vehicle that comes complete with 4 mini TIE-Fighters and lots of hidden features too.  The top has a carry handle and also lifts off to reveal a small area to play.  It features a new minifigure versions of Agent Kallus, Sabine Wren (with her helmet at last), a green astromech droid, Imperial Officer and 2 x TIE Fighter Pilots.

In addition, we'll also be getting a new LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (#75097) at the back end of the year which features Santa is C-3PO along with R2-D2 which both look reminiscent of the Ralph McQuarrie Christmas Card from the '70's making this a must buy for a lot of fans.

Marvel's Darth Vader #1 Tops 300,000 Pre-Orders
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 16:04

Marvel Comics has confirmed exclusively with ComicBook.com that Darth Vader #1 has received over 300k pre-orders, making it another strong start from Marvel’s recently launched Star Wars comic book line.

Darth Vader #1 is written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Salvador Larroca, and is the first issue of Darth Vader’s first ever ongoing comic book solo series. Taking place after the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the series will tell Vader’s story following the Battle of Yavin.

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UK Toy Fair 2015: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Coming Spring/Summer 2016
Reported by Team Jedi News on 21 Jan 2015 15:28

Team Jedi News is on the ground at the 2015 UK Toy Fair, bringing you all the latest news/products that will be coming at you from that galaxy far, far away. Photos from the event have been posted on our Facebook page, including the image above of the Episode VII UK merchandise plan. While it doesn't reveal anything earth-shattering, it does list the Blu-ray/DVD for The Force Awakens with a Spring/Summer 2016 release, which is pretty much expected given the film's December 2015 theatrical debut.

Be sure to keep checking our Facebook page for more photos from the UK Toy Fair as we get 'em!

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Here’s Where the Fun Begins!
Reported by Mark on 21 Jan 2015 15:10

The always awesome Becca Benjamin reminds us that there are only 85 days to go until Celebration Anaheim over at the Cantina Cast.

Oh-My-SW-Goodness! As of today, January 21th there are only 85 days left until Celebration Anaheim! It’s so surreal to think that we are almost there and for anyone who has ever attended a Star Wars convention can attest, there truly IS nothing else remotely like it. From the moment of entry, it’s a phenomenon like no other; the feeling is hypnagogic … dreamlike. It’s as if you have finally stepped foot in that wonderland of galactic proportions and started off on your own Epical Hero’s Journey.

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New LEGO Star Wars Tie Fighter Spotted
Reported by Matt on 21 Jan 2015 14:46

Could there be a new TIE Fighter LEGO model winging its way in? Neoape certainly seem to think so.

A new LEGO Star Wars Tie Fighter model that we haven’t seen before was spotted in a promotional Darth Vader poster. In the poster, Darth Vader is pictured with 2 Tie Fighters on each of his sides. It’s hard to tell based on the size in the poster, but it may be the rumored LEGO Star Wars UCS Tie Fighter model. Thanks to Arkanta974 from Eurobricks for finding it.

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RUMOR: Filming For First Star Wars Spinoff Headed To Mexico, Bounty Hunter Plot Revisited
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 14:06

Our friends at Making Star Wars have reportedly received a bit of info on the production of the first planned Star Wars standalone film being directed by Gareth Edwards, including filming possibly taking place in Mexico.

They also expand a little further on the rumored bounty hunter featured plot we had heard earlier.

Take the source link below for the full read.

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Fly Casual Episode 22
Reported by Mark on 21 Jan 2015 14:04

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

In this episode of Fly Casual Podcast, the boys are back after a long holiday break, ready to throw you right back into the thick of all things Star Wars with News and the Toy Report.

Contact Information: iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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2015 Star Wars Valentine's Day Plush Yoda Greeter & Metal Mailbox With Stickers
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 13:31

My latest trek down the seasonal aisles at retail have revealed a few more 2015 Star Wars themed Valentine's Day items. I found this adorable Yoda Plush Greeter and this metal mailbox that contains 24 stickers inside.

Both items were spotted at one of my local Walmart stores. Click each image for a larger view.

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 33
Reported by Mark on 21 Jan 2015 12:17
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at the Battle of Naboo, a sentry droid, a Gran, a wise General, the Nemoidian who doesn't feature in RebelForce Radio podcasts, Watto's world, the weapons of a Jedi and a heroic frigate. Plot the course, we're heading for the core...

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Star Wars Figures Set to Sell For £75,000 Plus
Reported by Mark on 21 Jan 2015 09:00

Here's an auction that will raise a lot of eyebrows and potentially break a lot of records, courtesy of our friends at www.vectis.co.uk.

A collection of 75 3 ¾” plastic figures with a pre-sale auction estimate totalling between £50,000 and £75,000 could sell for over £100,000; with a rare Boba Fett issue having the potential to set a new world record.
The Star Wars collectables from the late 1970’s / early 1980’s are to be sold at Vectis Auctions in Thornaby on Wednesday 28th January as part of their regular TV & Film Related Toy Sale which also offers a plethora of other items such as Ghostbusters, Thunderbirds, He-Man and James Bond pieces. The selection of Star Wars figures include some of the finest examples to come on to the market. The highlight of the assortment being a Palitoy Star Wars ‘Empire Strikes Back’, Boba Fett on an un-punched 30B backing card. It has a pre-sale evaluation of £10,000 - £15,000 and could set a new world record.
More details can be obtained by contacting Kathy Taylor at Vectis on #44 (0) 1642 750616, visiting the website www.vectis.co.uk

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Tatiana Maslany & Rooney Mara Being Considered For Female Lead In First Spinoff Film
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 01:41

As posted over on The Hollywood Reporter pertaining to possible female leads currently being looked at by Lucasfilm for the first Star Wars standalone film:

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Tatiana Maslany, the Canadian actress who stars as multiple replicants in BBC America’s hit series Orphan Black, is testing for the female lead in the Star Wars spin-off that is being directed by Gareth Edwards.

Rooney Mara, who starred in the David Fincher version of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is also due to test this week among a handful of others, according to multiple sources.

Additionally Felicity Jones, who just received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for her work in The Theory of Everything, is said to be on the wantlist although there may be scheduling issues with Inferno, the Da Vinci Code sequel that Ron Howard is due to direct this spring and summer.

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Official The Force Awakens X-wing Artwork Done By Artist Robert Bailey
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 00:36

We've seen a wide assortment of various unconfirmed concept images reportedly associated with the production of The Force Awakens over the past year or so. But switching gears here for a second, we have our first look at official Episode VII artwork as Star Wars 7 News directs us towards artist Robert Bailey's Facebook page that shows three Lucasfilm copyrighted sketches he completed of the X-wings that were featured in the teaser trailer.

Take the source link below to check out the sketches and for a little bit of background info on Bailey.

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Oscar Isaac Tapped Into His Childhood To Prepare For The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 00:26

One can only imagine the feeling of sheer excitement that surely swept over each new actor/actress after hearing that they have been officially cast in The Force Awakens. So how did Oscar Isaac, aka X-wing pilot Poe Dameron, "prepare" for his role in the upcoming film?

"I remember being in my hotel room and using a shampoo bottle for an X-wing and flying it around my room," Isaac told the Daily News. "That's how you tap back into that spirit."

"In fact, I realized that was the key to the character and into the world," added Isaac, "was reverting back to that childlike feeling."

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   20 January 2015
UK Toy Fair 2015: Hasbro
Reported by James on 20 Jan 2015 19:46

Today was the first day, press day, of the UK Toy Fair and there was plenty to see and talk about.  Over the next few days we'll report all and show you the photos we took and share the information we gleaned. Although products from The Force Awakens were 'in the building' they were all in closed rooms, only shown to certain larger retailers - and not any press, and as such won't be reported here.

One of the most important stops at UK Toy Fair is the Hasbro booth but as with previous years we can't discuss anything we saw as we signed a Non-disclose Agreement (NDA) to that effect.

The lucky people that did get into see The Force Awakens products at Hasbro were given this bag and were walking around Toy Fair proudly displaying their exclusive giveaway.

Is this the first official product from The Force Awakens?

runDisney Half Marathon: Part Two
Reported by BrianC on 20 Jan 2015 19:22

On Sunday we heard from our friend Jill Leardini and today we conclude her report on this magical event.

The Star Wars half marathon on Sunday did not disappoint. Before the race begins, a pre party complete with music, dancing, movie clips and droids kept the race nerves down prior to running the 13.1 miles. The course, which takes you through both parks, behind the scenes, and along the streets on Anaheim, is relatively flat which allows for a nice scenic route along the way. Characters and Disney cast members cheer you on as you make your trek along the course. And the reward?? The medal of course. The Rebel Challenge consisted of running the 10k and the Half Marathon medal, allowed you to be either light or dark. Disney did an amazing job with the race, expo, and medals. I am looking forward to next year.

     

Radio Free Tatooine Episode 13 - An Array of Idiots
Reported by Mark on 20 Jan 2015 18:42

It’s time to join Sean, Amy, and John for Radio Free Tatooine: the Star Wars podcast that’s better than some, worse than others.

We have quite the array of idiots here to discuss Idiot’s Array! Lando’s back in business this week on Star Wars Rebels and in this podcast. We talk Star Wars comics and the infamous Star Wars #1 variant chase, speculation about speculation about speculation, and talk with some fans about their experience with Star Wars comics. All this and (a little) more this week on Radio Free Tatooine!

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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RUMOR: Leanne Best Joins The Force Awakens Cast
Reported by Justin on 20 Jan 2015 18:32

According to an article posted on Yahoo Movies UK, actress Leanne Best will be part of the cast for The Force Awakens.

The ‘Star Wars 7' cast continues to grow by the day and thanks to a PR email about new ITV drama 'Home Fires', we now know another name that will likely be appearing in the hotly anticipated film.

Leanne Best, most recently seen as the eponymous ghost in ‘Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death’, has been outed as a cast member of JJ Abrams’ highly anticipated ‘Star Wars’ sequel by an email announcing the actress’ availability for interview.

The message mentions her recent work on ‘Ripper Street’ and her new six-part drama adding “2015 will also see Leanne in JJ Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Wars VII”.

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Disney To Name New CEO In The Coming Weeks?
Reported by Justin on 20 Jan 2015 17:45

Could we be only a few short weeks away from finding out who Disney has chosen to succeed Bob Iger as the company's new CEO? If you recall, Disney extended Iger's contract through June 2018 back in October of last year.

As reported on The Street:

The longest-running saga at the Disney (DIS) isn't related to its movie studio or its most profitable unit, the sports juggernaut ESPN. Instead, employees and shareholders of the world's largest entertainment company are riveted by a single question: who will be its next chief executive.

It's a debate that's been swirling inside Disney for a few years as executives sift through the occasional ambiguous signal from its rigorously tight-lipped leadership. True to form, Disney's annual proxy statement, which was issued on Friday, offered few, if any, clues.

Chairman and CEO Robert Iger hasn't offered much fodder for speculation either, though company executives have hinted privately that the Burbank, Calif.-based company may name a chief operating officer within the next few weeks.

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Source The Street
How George Lucas' Star Wars 7 Ideas Were Used By Disney
Reported by Mark on 20 Jan 2015 17:17

So the treatments George Lucas handed over to Disney as part of the purchase 2 years ago have been entirely ignored? That seems to be the facts straight from The Maker's mouth. While on the promotion trail for Strange Magic (which lands in just 3 days in the States) Lucas was asked the question and he gave a typically frank answer.

Source Cinemablend (via Tosche Station)
GOG Wave 2: 6 More LucasArts Games Released
Reported by Mark on 20 Jan 2015 17:07

Great news for nostalgic vintage Star Wars gamers, Good Old Games have released another 6 titles, all tweaked so you can experience them on your modern systems.

Titles available are X-Wing Alliance, X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, Dark Forces, Galactic Battlegrounds, Star Wars Battlefront and Knights of the Old Republic II.

Source GOG
REPORT: LEGO Confirms Seven New The Force Awakens Sets Are Coming
Reported by Justin on 20 Jan 2015 16:15

Adding more substance to our initial report pertaining to seven new LEGO sets based around The Force Awakens being slated for release later this year, Pocket-lint has received word from LEGO confirming said number of sets wil indeed be arriving at retail.

Lego has confirmed to Pocket-lint that it will be releasing a number of sets to coincide with the launch of the new Star Wars movie releasing later this year.

The seven sets will be launched in time for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and feature key moments and characters, from the new film.

Being shown off to a select few important people at the London Toy Fair behind very closed doors, Lego was coy to detail what the new sets would feature or what characters would become minifigures.

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Bringing Out the Best: Cameos for Character Development
Reported by Mark on 20 Jan 2015 15:27

Ben Wahrman over at the ever thought-provoking Eleven Thirty-Eight poses a fine question. Does the presence of familiar guest characters enhance the character development of our new Star Wars Rebels heroes, or inhibit it?

Bringing an established character into a show has a twofold benefit: first, and foremost, is to give the show extra publicity, but second is to shine a new light on characters from the show’s ongoing cast by having them interact with a more well-known or famous entity. In the case of Rebels, in the first season to this point, we have appearances by Darth Vader (in Spark of Rebellion’s primetime cut), C-3PO and R2-D2, Bail Organa, Luminara Unduli (of a sort), Yoda and, in this week’s episode, the one and only Lando Calrissian.
As with Frank Oz’s return to his role as Yoda, having Billy Dee Williams back to play his most memorable role is a treat. But how much is too much? How many appearances from elsewhere can Rebels sustain before it becomes more about what guest will show up next than about the characters who are ostensibly the main cast? Just how far will suspension of disbelief stretch that all of these characters we already know just happen to have run-ins with the crew of the Ghost at some point?

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The Wampa's Lair Episode 116: A Star Wars Double Take
Reported by Mark on 20 Jan 2015 14:48

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

In their latest episode, Karl and Jason are joined by friend and creator of Star Wars Report, Riley Blanton! They discuss scenes in the Star Wars saga that they looked back on as they got older and found different, or more profound meaning to as well as little details they didn’t notice until viewing the films several times!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
Dave Filoni, Henry Gilroy, & Kilian Plunkett Talk TCW And Rebels Differences
Reported by Justin on 20 Jan 2015 14:10

Our friend Jason over at Making Star Wars has uploaded a video he recorded on location from the comic book store called Comics FTW last week that features Dave Filoni, Henry Gilroy, and Kilian Plunkett talking about the overall tonal and visual differences that exist between The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

Jason promises more video segments from the event held at Comics FTW will be coming, so stay tuned as you won't want to miss a second of what this Star Wars trio had to say.

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Peter Mayhew Recovering From Pneumonia
Reported by Justin on 20 Jan 2015 13:38

Some great news to pass along this Tuesday morning (well, at least it's morning here in NY where I am) as we learn that Peter Mayhew is recovering nicely from his bout of pneumonia that forced him to be hospitalized last week.

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 32
Reported by Mark on 20 Jan 2015 12:13
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at a climactic battle, Skippy, a trusted clone commander, one of Jabba's entourage, Uncle George feeling blue, the Hutt worlds, lethal blades, a personal transport and the fastest podracer ever. Let's thread that stone needle...

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Marvel Thinking Of Prequel Era Comics?
Reported by Mark on 20 Jan 2015 06:17

Marvel editor Jordan D White over at his Perfectly Normal blog, tackled an interesting question, asking whether or not the prequel era would be touched upon during the freshly minted Marvel reign.

So far, of the four projects we’ve announced, three of them are set during the original trilogy. The idea there is that we want to first establish a sort of core line for Star Wars—the way the X-Men line or Avengers line have a core of books that can interact with each other, and readers can read some or all of them. Things that happen in one book can echo through the other, so to speak.
But the fourth book, Kanan, is set between the trilogies for the most part—it starts with the story of how Kanan survived order 66.
I look very much forward to doing stories set in the prequel era—I have a couple of ideas for series I think would fit really well there. But we have nothing to announce just yet.

Source Perfectly Normal (via SWPAS)
Rebels Recon #10: Inside "Idiot's Array"
Reported by Justin on 20 Jan 2015 02:38

In Rebels Recon #10, StarWars.com goes behind the scenes of the Star Wars Rebels episode "Idiot's Array" for the inside scoop on Lando Calrissian's return and much more.

"Idiot's Array" finds Zeb in a high-stakes game of sabacc with a mysterious smuggler. His name: Lando Calrissian. Zeb bets -- and loses -- Chopper, but Lando agrees to return the droid and pay the Ghost crew for passage past Lothal's Imperial blockade. The slippery Calrissian seemingly double crosses the team, turning Hera over to the gangster Azmorigan in exchange for a puffer pig; but when Hera escapes, the smooth-talking scoundrel says it was all part of his plan. Ultimately, Lando returns Chopper, and the crew realizes the the astromech is an essential part of the team.

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   19 January 2015
Half Moon Bay: Exclusive Look At Their 2015 Star Wars Product Range
Reported by Matt on 19 Jan 2015 23:02

Half Moon Bay are a UK based giftware company and we've been given a world exclusive look inside their wholesale showroom. The sales staff were very enthusiastic about the Star Wars line, mentioning that the brand has been going strong, sales are building well and all are looking forward to The Force Awakens. They also have the Disney, DC comics, Muppets, Sesame Street and Dr Who licences and have similar styled products coming out for those brands.

To view Half Moon Bay gallery click here.

They have been making some wonderful Star Wars items for the last few years and have lots of brand new products for 2015 that will be arriving in waves over the next few months into UK stores.

  • Star Wars duffle bags. TIE fighter squadron and Stormtrooper
  • Shoulder bags, white line art Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, Han Solo, Darth Vader
  • Adult apron - Han Solo
  • Tin Biscuit barrel - wookiee cookies
  • Latte mug - Vader
  • Regular mug - 'disturbing', 'I love you/I know', 'aren't the droids'
  • Mini mug - 'I love you / I know' duo
  • Ceramic Plates - set of 4
  • Shaped mug - Vader
  • Tin canisters - 3 pack
  • Ceramic shaped money box - Vader
  • Cushion with pocket - Vader
  • Egg cups - droids duo
  • Highball glasses -droids duo
  • Pint glass - Vader father, Falcon/X-wing duo
  • Tea towel - ESB scroll
  • Stacking mug set - Vader, Stormtrooper, Chewie, Boba
  • Money tin- Carbonite,
  • Coasters - Vader, Stormtrooper
  • Metal signs and magnets
  • Death Star tin tray - just a total winner. And no it's not wet!

Also on display was a production sample of the ceramic Vader/Stormtrooper book ends, due late 2015.

I was very impressed by the new range. The stand out items for me are the TIE squadron duffle bag, Death Star tin tray, wookiee cookie biscuit barrel and the set of four plates, which I will be buying as soon as they arrive.

They do not sell to the public but any wholesale enquires should be directed to the wholesale team at Half Moon Bay.

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Smugglers Rants: Sep 24, 2005 8:43 AM: What Killed Yoda?
Reported by Mark on 19 Jan 2015 22:00

A decade ago, StarWars.com began hosting the hugely popular and much missed blog at http://blogs.starwars.com/. Over the course of 8 years, friendships were made, opinions discussed and ideas formulated. I had my own profile on there called Smugglers Rants, and between 23rd September 2005 and 27th February 2009 I ruminated on a number of what-if subjects, such as Vader's motivations, Palpatine's tactical genius, the Jedi Orders mistakes and whatever was happening that week on lightsabre.co.uk.

If you were ever a member, get over there to http://web.archive.org/ and take a browse through the archived pages for a nostalgia blast.

Here's my second post, dated 24th September 2005 asking the question 'What Killed Yoda?' Bear in mind, this is a decade ago - we've learned a LOT since then.

Here's a question for anyone listening that occured to me this week:
Yoda trained Jedi for 800 years, and was 900 when he died. At the time of Revenge of the Sith he was physically as strong as ever ("Size matters not" etc), obviously battered by his confrontation with Palpatine but in one piece. His pride was in tatters and his confidence was low, but essentially he was alright.
(As far as we know) he didn't leave Dagobah in those 22 years between Sith and Empire, so apart from possible contact with Obi Wan he would have been alone and, importantly, not training Jedi. In the year between Empire and Jedi Yoda deteriorated rapidly into a frail little man. So, my question to anyone reading is - was it the exertion of training Luke Skywalker that killed Yoda? Or are other factors at play here?

George Lucas Watched The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer, Calls It "Intriguing"
Reported by Justin on 19 Jan 2015 19:50

After weeks and weeks of people wondering when George Lucas will offer his take on the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens, they can finally rest easy as Lucas has seen the trailer at last.

And what did "The Maker" think of it?

“Yeah, it was intriguing.”

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New Hasbro Star Wars Hero Mashers Line Announced
Reported by Justin on 19 Jan 2015 19:31

Forbes provides us with details and an exclusive first look at a brand new Star Wars product line Hasbro will be releasing later this year called Star Wars Hero Mashers.

Last year, Hasbro introduced a new kind of toy for the Marvel Comics license: Marvel Super Hero Mashers. The limbs, torso and accessories for the action figure are meant to be pulled apart and reassembled. Hasbro expanded the Hero Mashers concept to include the robots of the Transformers franchise – Autobots, Decepticons, and Dinobots alike. Both properties were represented across films, television, video games, and toys, but the Hero Mashers line aimed to provide something different: an interactive creative play experience for young boys that didn’t rely on the film-accurate detail or expensive price points of their elder toy-obsessed brethren.

Hasbro saw enough success with their IP-connected Hero Masher lines that they’ll be introducing toys from this year’s hottest films and franchises, adding Jurassic World and Star Wars: Rebels to the Hero Mashers universe as well as expanding the Marvel Heroes with Mashers from Disney’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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RUMOR: Second The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Will NOT Feature Classic Heroes
Reported by Justin on 19 Jan 2015 19:16

I'm usually not a fan of reporting on a rumor from one site debunking another rumor originating on another site, but Star Wars 7 News directs us towards an article on Slashfilm that contradicts what we heard earlier from Latino Review about our classic heroes appearing in the next planned teaser trailer for The Force Awakens.

You see, the source who tipped us off to the new trailer told us something almost totally different. They said the original trilogy characters would not be featured in the marketing because Lucasfilm wants to keep their specific roles as secret as possible. Plus, with so many new characters, worlds, ships, etc. to sell people on, they don’t want to show too much familiar stuff. They want it to be Star Wars, but a new Star Wars, like the first teaser trailer. Familiar yet different.

Our source never said we wouldn’t see the characters at all. It was just strongly implied they would be in the background. Could this strategy, one we heard about in late November, have changed? Could Disney have decided to put the original trilogy characters in the marketing? Like most things, the truth will most likely be found in the middle.

At this point, the only way we're gonna know for sure what's in the next teaser trailer is by seeing it with our own two eyes.

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Source Slashfilm (via Star Wars 7 News)
Star Wars Jogcast: 19th January 2015
Reported by Mark on 19 Jan 2015 18:00

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

"Hi there Jogcaster’s, and all Star Wars fans. Here’s the monthly Jogcast, and the first proper Jogcast of Star Wars for 2015. On tonight’s episode join Alan R. Ryan as he talks about Legends Review: X-Wing Rogue Squadron, also The Force Awakens: rumours and 4Chan ‘Spoilerman’ details. Also I talk about Collecting, with my Lego and new Hasbro additions, which also going into why I think Hasbro has to really earn it’s way back with fans, after the terrible Rebels figure line distribution, a few shout-outs and much more."

Contact Information: Website

Source Jogcast
Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 19 Jan 2015 17:01
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Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders (Inc. Hasbro) and arrivals...

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Star Wars #1 Second Print Sells Out Already, Will Be Allocated, Third Print On The Way
Reported by Matt on 19 Jan 2015 16:37

It's been a huge success and now Bleeding Cool report that Star Wars #1 is on its way to a third printing.

I have now been informed that the second print has gone to press. And even though retailers were able to order more copies until Monday, they have all been taken up and the second print will be allocated per store.
A third printing is on the way. I think a certain comic book is about to go trough more printings than Ms Marvel #1…

Source Bleeding Cool
Full of Sith Episode XCIX: Our Second Birthday
Reported by Mark on 19 Jan 2015 13:05

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

Mike and Bryan welcome back Consetta and Steve Sansweet for the show commemorating their second anniversary! They catch up on all things Rancho Obi-Wan, get to the bottom of the Hasbro Rebels situation, and all things Star Wars.

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

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 31
Reported by Mark on 19 Jan 2015 12:09
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at the Republics army, a hunt for an assassin, a gatekeeper, Maul's brother, Leia's adopted father, the inner sanctum of Naboo, comlinks, ion cannons and droid ships. Here we go...

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Jedi News Roleplay Review: Force and Destiny Beta
Reported by Jonathan on 19 Jan 2015 11:38
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The Star Wars: Force and Destiny Beta Rulebook is the precursor to the full roleplaying game due out from Fantasy Flight Games soon. It’s the final book in the series of core rulebooks and it’s probably one that a lot of fans have been waiting for. This rulebook covers the powers of the Force and the people that wield these mysterious abilities.

First off, the cover is really cool and atmospheric. The image of the Jedi Temple with an Imperial shuttle parked outside is impressive and very telling; the Empire control everything, and this former bastion of the Jedi Order is now in their hands, their power gone from the universe. It’s a very good indicator of what to expect in the book.

And what you get in the book is just that – the era when the Jedi Order was diminished and the only two fully-fledged Jedi were hiding on a desert word and a swamp planet. The players get to play force users not at the height of their abilities, but fledgling force users in danger of being hunted and destroyed by the agents of the Empire. If you had any ideas about your PC giving someone a hard stare, igniting your lightsabre and leaping impossibly high into the air to bring untold lasersword destruction on your foes, you may be somewhat disappointed.

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   18 January 2015
Star Wars R2-D2 Sixth Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles Unboxing and In Hand Review
Reported by Mark on 18 Jan 2015 22:42

With thanks as always to our The Force United brothers at Yodas News, here's the unboxoing asnd review of Sideshows exquisite sixth scale R2-D2.

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runDisney Half Marathon: Part One
Reported by BrianC on 18 Jan 2015 21:47

Jill Leardini ran the runDisney half marathon yesterday taking pictures and bringing her report from the event, and here it is.

The inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon weekend at Disneyland did not disappoint. Upon entering to pick up your packet and information, you were greeted with the black carpet phrase.. "A long time ago in galaxy far, far away...." The expo was filled with souvenirs, gifts, and everything a runner could want that was Star Wars related. You even got to get your official race photo on the light side or the dark side!! Numerous speakers gave talks throughout the day including actor Sean Astin, who is an avid runner. While he is most known for the Goonies, Rudy, and Lord of the Rings, he definitely had his love for Star Wars showing. The 10K race started early....5:30am. But, there was music, Stormtroopers, movie clips, and even an appearance by C-3PO, R2-D2, and Darth Vader. The mostly flat course took you through both parks and had theme music from the movies playing. Movie characters were available to take photos, but the lines were so long!! The most popular being Chewbacca and Darth Vader. So there were so many amazing costumes, I can't even begin to describe them. I tried to get photos of as many as I could, but it was tough while running. I think one of my favorites was the guy dressed up like George Lucas....so classic!! Disney cast members along the course cheered you on and offered you high fives as you ran. And the finishers medal? An awesome silver medal complete with C-3PO!!! All in all, a great race by Disney and I look forward to the half marathon tomorrow! Rebel Challenge here I come!!!

   

George Lucas says museum could land in L.A. if Chicago falls through
Reported by Mark on 18 Jan 2015 21:22

The fate of George Lucas' Lucas Museum of Narrative Art seemed to be secure in Chicago, but the road wasn't as smooth as once thought. The chances are that its home might not be Chicago, but back on the west coast in Los Angeles.

"I have faith in Chicago and [Mayor] Rahm [Emanuel], who is dedicated to making it happen," Lucas said. "But he's also coming up for election next month."
"The advantage Los Angeles has is that it's on the USC campus and I don't have to go through all the rigmarole of years and years of trying to get past everything," Lucas said. "That's an advantage because I do want to get it done in my lifetime."

Source LA Times (via Club Jade)
The Realm Recap: Episode #48: Yakface Exclusive Variant Edition
Reported by Mark on 18 Jan 2015 20:34

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

Join Flyguy and Yakface as we break down the latest in collecting news from Hasbro including details for the next 2 waves of 6" figures. Marvel unleashed Star Wars #1 and its dizzying number of variants this week and we discuss our favorites and the ones we acquired. The Force Awakens gets a few updates as well with casting rumors and new concept art. Finally, we wrap things up with our reviews and acquisitions for the past week. All this and much more on The Realm Recap!

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Mersey Comic Con: 30th May 2015
Reported by Mark on 18 Jan 2015 20:01

It takes place 30th May in Liverpool, Dave Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Roy, Mike Edmonds and many more are guests and it looks set to be another great day as we wind our way towards December and The Force Awakens.

For more info visit http://www.liverpoolguild.org/events/mersey-comiccon.

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RUMOR: Marvel To Release New Comic Series Starring Lando Calrissian?
Reported by Justin on 18 Jan 2015 19:48

He's set to make his broadcast series debut in Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD tomorrow night, and now a rumor comes our way via Rich Johnston over at Bleeding Cool that Marvel may be planning to release a new comic series centered around Lando Calrissian.

I hear that, accompanying Star Wars, Darth Vader and Princess Leia, Marvel are to publish a series starring Lando Calrissian, the turn-turncoat from Star Wars.

Thanks to Jedi News reader "Deblock" for sending over the link.

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Peter Mayhew Hospitalized With Pneumonia
Reported by Justin on 18 Jan 2015 15:09

Some very unfortunate news have come across our desk here at Jedi News as we learn via this tweet from @chrisfbartlett that Peter Mayhew, who will be reprising his role as the mighty Chewbacca in The Force Awakens, has been hospitalized due to pneumonia.

As a result, his scheduled appearance at the Madness Games & Comics store located in Plano, Texas for this weekend has been cancelled.

From the entire Jedi News team, we wish Mayhew a swift and full recovery.

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Oscar Isaac Wants Poe Dameron To Be A "Believable Person" In The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 18 Jan 2015 13:12

As part of an interview he conducted with Latin Post, new Episode VII cast member Oscar Isaac was asked if the scale of a highly anticipated film has any tangible effect on the way he gets ready to dive into the production of that particular film.

You were just cast as Apocalypse in "X-Men" and just wrapped on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Does the scale of such films demand a different kind of preparation or approach for you?

Certainly more people will see it, but the job remains the same. It's about creating a character and how do you embody the aspects that people were trying to express when they created them in the comics with "X-Men," especially since it is an iconic villain. Apocalypse definitely needs to be fleshed out on film. And with "Star Wars" it was about creating a believable person in this massive fantastic universe.

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REPORT: Weird Al Yankovic To Provide Voice Work In Star Wars Detours
Reported by Justin on 18 Jan 2015 12:49

We have yet to receive any official confirmation from Lucasfilm about it's eventual return. In fact, outside of our initial report posted earlier this month, there hasn't been much chatter about it at all. But now we get this tidbit of potential news from Examiner that Weird Al Yankovic will be joining the voice cast for Star Wars Detours.

He also has a role in the upcoming TV series “Star Wars: Detours,” which is supposed to be a comedic look at the characters of “Star Wars” during the rise of the Empire. The show has 39 episodes finished, but is being delayed by Lucasfilm until after the premiere of the new film “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.”

The article states Detours is expected to arrive sometime after Episode VII hits theaters, but we have heard differently via our linked story above and believe Detours will be part of the library of digital releases being planned by Lucasfilm for later this Spring.

As always, this is all rumor material at this point in time.

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Tosche Station Radio #101: Poe Dameron Has Legs
Reported by Mark on 18 Jan 2015 10:11

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

We look ahead to what 2015 will bring in entertainment on this week’s Tosche Station Radio!

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

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

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Official Site: runDisney Star Wars : A Wookiee Welcome
Reported by Mark on 18 Jan 2015 08:33

Cole Horton gives us an update on this weekends runDisney Half Marathon over at StarWars.com.

With months of training, costume making, and gearing up behind us, the day has finally come! As the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend kicks off, I’ve got a full report on the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo and Wookiee Welcome live from the Disneyland Resort.

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Comics Economics Of Star Wars #1 – The Day After
Reported by Matt on 18 Jan 2015 03:08

There are some big numbers in play right now regarding Star Wars #1 and Rich Johnston from Bleeding Cool has taken a look into the phenomenon.

Last month, Larry Docherty of Larry’s Comics, looked at the Comics Economics of Star Wars #1, and as a retailer talked about is response to the multiple covers being offered. So how did his predictions pan out so far?
Let’s compare and contrast what he said and what he experienced.

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Get Your Geek On: January 13th 2015
Reported by Mark on 18 Jan 2015 02:08

Get your geek on every Monday night with host David Gremillion, as he interviews guests, takes your calls, and gives his take on the latest Star Wars news. Listen live every Monday at 9pm EST on www.channel1138.com.

Tonight, we execute Episode 66! We're talking all things Dark Side including who the most powerful dark side users are and is the dark side really stronger? We also break down Gary Whitta's departure from his stand alone movie as well as dish out some news about the long-awaited Star Wars Detours. Stay Geeky! 'Like' GYGO on Facebook Follow GYGO on Twitter Listen LIVE on Mondays at 9 pm EST on Channel 1138

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Official Site: 9 Marvel Star Wars Covers You've Never Seen
Reported by Mark on 18 Jan 2015 00:27

Over at StarWars.com Pete Vilmur takes a look at the many and various Star Wars comics covers that folks might not have seen, including some fascinating European and even a UK cover.

On the occasion of Marvel’s official re-entry into the Star Wars galaxy this week, I thought I’d share a handful of vintage Star Wars comic covers from around the world that may be new to many fans. While the content of these comics doesn’t veer too far from what was originally released in the US versions, they do contain the occasional editorial exclusive and pin-up sketched by a regional artist. Since the vast number of Marvel Star Wars comics reprinted throughout the world used variations of the US covers, these examples stand out for being totally original and, for the most part, exclusive to their region. Here are nine obscure covers I’m betting most Star Wars fans have never seen, and perhaps even a few experienced collectors —

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   17 January 2015
A Marvel Star Wars #1 Featurette With Axel Alonso, Jason Aaron And Jordan D White
Reported by Matt on 17 Jan 2015 23:55

It's selling crazy numbers and breaking records left, right and centre, so here's a great featurette with Axel Alonso, Jason Aaron and Jordan D White who must be very happy campers right now.

As Star Wars makes its historic return to Marvel with the official release of Star Wars #1, hear from series writer Jason Aaron, series editor Jordan D. White, and Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso about the creation of this monumental new ongoing series.
STAR WARS #1 is available now in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics App and on Marvel.com

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Peek at new Shakespeare Star Wars prequel parody
Reported by Mark on 17 Jan 2015 22:35

Ian Doescher is back and he's bringing the prequels with him. Yes, William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace is heading our way 7th April, just in time for Celebration Anaheim.

"The prequels are happening because time and time again, people approached me at readings of the 'William Shakespeare's Star Wars' books and asked, hopefully, if I was going to write the prequels," Doescher told Crave. "This was especially true for young people, for whom the prequels ARE Star Wars."
Fans of both Shakespeare and "Star Wars" will be treated to a retelling of "The Phantom Menace" as only the Great Bard himself could have written. The saga starts with a tantalizing tale featuring a disguised queen, a young hero and two brave knights facing a secret evil enemy.
"I think 'Star Wars' fans will appreciate learning more about the inner lives of the characters in the prequels: Jar Jar Binks may not be as dumb as you think, the cloners do some funny things when they talk, and Mace Windu is every Samuel L. Jackson fan's dream," Doescher told Crave.

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What’s It Like Being Back on the Millennium Falcon? Mark Hamill Talks Next Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 17 Jan 2015 22:28

While there's every chance that he didn't film any scenes on the ship, it's hugely cool to hear Mark Hamill describe his feelings at stepping once more onto the Millennium Falcon.

“I can’t describe the feeling… the déjà vu of walking onto the Millennium Falcon, remembering all these details that they’ve gotten exactly right… It still seems surreal to me and hard to believe it’s actually happening.”
He added, “It was interesting to see it helmed by someone who is such a fan of the originals like J.J. Abrams. It’s really about setting up for a new generation.”

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RebelForce Radio Makes Entertainment Weekly
Reported by Mark on 17 Jan 2015 22:03

Great shout out for Jimmy and Jason in the latest Entertainment Weekly, noting the stellar work they do in the podcast community. We're fans, you're fans and it's great to see them get a mention in the mainstream media. Hats off to you Peter Beisser for crediting them.

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RebelForce Radio: January 16, 2015
Reported by Mark on 17 Jan 2015 21:35

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

The Force Awakens…Star Wars Detours…Rebels…and more. Star Wars is everywhere these days and we are here with your weekly breakdown of everything important happening in the galaxy far, far away. We’ve got rumors about a potential massive Star Wars digital content dump maybe coming this spring, And, we discuss Gary Whitta’s current standing as a Star Wars screenwriter. Plus, Galactic Heroes; actor Donald Faison talks Wars vs Trek; Billy Dee brings Lando to Rebels; and we review recent comments from Oscar Isaac, Liam Neeson & J.J. Abrams. And that’s just scratching the surface of all the cool Star Wars stuff happening this week on RFR. Listen now!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: Sketches Of Kanan From Marvel's Kanan: The Last Padawan Series
Reported by Justin on 17 Jan 2015 18:29

Check out this exclusive exciting reveal posted over on the official site which includes the name Kanan Jarrus used to go by when he was growing up!

Star Wars Rebels has established Kanan as a heroic — yet flawed — Jedi. He doubts himself, he loses his patience, and he struggles in his new role as a teacher to Ezra. An Order 66 survivor, he also seems haunted by his past; finally, that past will be explored in Marvel’s Kanan: The Last Padawan series, coming this April. And StarWars.com has an exclusive first look at young Kanan — then known as Caleb Dume — right from the sketchbook of series artist Pepe Larraz!

In these sketchbook pages, Larraz explores different outfits and facial expressions for the young Jedi — decidedly more innocent than the Kanan we know, but still with a bit of the cowboy Jedi’s trademark swagger — hinting at the man he will become. “Pepe leapt into this project so enthusiastically,” says Marvel’s Star Wars editor Jordan D. White, “with tons of ideas on how to depict young Kanan (a.k.a. Caleb) at various stages. Wait until you see this young Padawan in action. It’s truly awesome.”

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2015 Hallmark Star Wars Valentine's Day Cards & Stickers
Reported by Justin on 17 Jan 2015 18:06

More 2015 Star Wars Valentine's Day merchandise continues to show up at retail stores, as I found these latest Hallmark items at a local Walmart store earlier this morning.

The Star Wars Rebels package pictured above is the second such Rebels themed Valentine's Day pack I've seen. The first one was located at Kmart and features a different assortment of cards/stickers to select from.

If you haven't done so already, be sure to also check out the collection of Valentine's Day items we've reported on so far.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

George Lucas Talks About Why He Stopped Making More Star Wars Films
Reported by Justin on 17 Jan 2015 17:56

In an article posted on Business Insider, George Lucas shared his thoughts on what led to his decision to stop making additional Star Wars theatrical films and instead direct his attention towards producing smaller-scale titles such as his upcoming film Strange Magic.

At a press conference for the film Friday afternoon, Business Insider asked Lucas why he would turn down working on more "Star Wars" movies to focus on an animated feature about fairies.

Lucas shared that the movie is really about his three daughters, Amanda, Katie, and newborn Everest, whereas "Star Wars" was about his sons.

He also explained that when he began working on the film, he hadn't sold his company Lucasfilm yet to Disney. After purchasing the company from Lucas in Oct. 2012 for $4 billion, Disney put up the rest of the money to finish Lucas's passion project while Disney took over the reigns on "Star Wars."

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   16 January 2015
More 2015 Star Wars Valentine's Day Goodies Found
Reported by Justin on 16 Jan 2015 19:53
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We already showed you the Lollipop Swap package and the Rebels Cards & Stickers spotted at various retail stores. Now take a look at an assortment of other 2015 Star Wars Valentine's Day treats that I found at one of my local Target stores earlier today. I embedded the tweets I had sent out containing the photos of each item I found, so check 'em out beneath the cut!

Official Site: Social Scanner - January 16, 2015
Reported by Justin on 16 Jan 2015 19:26

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

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

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Official Site: Fully Operational Fandom: Star Wars In The Classroom
Reported by Mark on 16 Jan 2015 18:30

Visit StarWars.com for another refreshing does of Amy Ratcliffe's Fully Operational Fandom, this time focusing on those wonderful folks over at Star Wars In The Classroom.

I stumble across a lot of fan-fueled projects on social media, and I recently noticed photos popping up in my feeds from Star Wars in the Classroom. The images featured moments from the films, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels and shared a lesson or quote that connected to the scene. They weave Star Wars into education, and it extends beyond bite-sized lessons on social media. Wes Dodgens and Thomas Riddle run an entire website devoted to helping educators and fans teach and learn with Star Wars. I talked with Dodgens and Riddle about their project, examples of real world application, and the themes in Star Wars they find themselves continually referencing.

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BB-8 Rolls To The Finish Line!
Reported by Mark on 16 Jan 2015 17:50

It's the Disney 5K, and here we have our pal Sarah Woloski (aka @JediTink of Skywalking Through Neverland) crossing the line as BB-8!

Congratulations to all who took part, amazing work by all!

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George Lucas: The Oscars Have "Nothing To Do With Artistic Endeavor"
Reported by Mark on 16 Jan 2015 17:20

Primarily a guest to discuss next months Strange Magic (23rd January in North America, 11th February here in the UK) he also fell onto the topic of the Oscars and their relevance in relation to artistic endeavour.

George Lucas created some of the most successful movies that helped shape American storytelling, from "Star Wars" to "Indiana Jones." Now, he's bringing a colorful new cast of characters in a animated musical, "Strange Magic." Lucas joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss his new project.

As an aside, how cool to see George 'out there' again on the promotion trail.

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Talkin Toons Episode 122 Promo: Star Wars Rebels!
Reported by Matt on 16 Jan 2015 16:58

Talkin Toons Podcast, Rob Paulsen will be joined by the cast of Star Wars Rebels on February 3rd at 8 pm at the Hollywood Improv, be there or be Jar Jar Binks!

Source YouTube (via Vanessa Marshall)
Star Wars Outfit Saves Man From Snake's Fangs
Reported by BrianC on 16 Jan 2015 16:45

A Star Wars fan has been saved from a venomous snake bite by his stormtrooper outfit.

Scott Loxley is raising money for charity by walking around Australia disguised as a desert stormtrooper, or sandtrooper, from the classic space opera film series.

The 47-year-old said the suit armour protected him when he was attacked by a King Brown, or Mulga, snake near Yalboroo in the northern area of Queensland. He said he thought the snake was dead but that the highly venomous reptile tried to sink its teeth into his shins, only to be stopped short by the plastic armour of his costume.

"Turns out he wasn't dead," he said.

"He lunged at me and bit me. But the good news is, the (stormtrooper) armour, he bit me in the shin and the armour actually protected me and stopped the bite.

"I could feel the teeth on the plastic scraping but the armour actually stopped something.

"So all those people that rag (meaning criticise) on the old stormtroopers, you know 'the armour doesn't do this, it doesn't do that', it stopped the snake bite and probably saved my life today."

Mark Hamill on Kingsman: The Secret Service, Star Wars Spy Drones and More!
Reported by Mark on 16 Jan 2015 16:28

In 48 weeks time we'll be seeing him in The Force Awakens, but between now and then Mark Hamill has plenty to be getting on with. While discussing his latest project, Mark Millar's Kingsman: The Secret Service he dropped into the subject of Star Wars.

“The most interesting aspect from my point of view is that [Star Wars] is now in the hands of the generation who were fans,” Hamill said. “…It’s the next generation of filmmakers who were sort of weened on these pictures.”
Although he seems delighted by the opportunity to reprise his Luke Skywalker role, Hamill admitted that he was a little surprised by the extreme level of secrecy during production.
“You know, the security on it is just crazy,” he continued. “I’m surprised I can even admit I’m in it! …I like being surprised. It’s a whole different era now. When we made the original films, you had the odd reporter hanging around the studio bribing people to give them stories. Now, I said to them, ‘Do I really have to wear this robe and this hood that covers my entire head to go from the trailer to the soundstage?’ They said, ‘Yeah, there’s drones.’ Seriously! There’s drones flying over the studio trying to get pictures of whatever they can get pictures of.”
That being said, fans being desperate for even the smallest tidbits of news is nothing new.
“We had a little of that on ‘Empire Strikes Back,’” Hamill laughed. “We were up in Finse, Norway and [someone] bribed a couple of emergency helicopter pilots that were looking for a couple that were stranded while skiing to buzz-bomb our set and take pictures. They appeared in the newspaper The Sun. They didn’t get much. They had pictures of snowmobiles and they wrote ‘Strange, alien machinery on the set of ‘Star Wars 2'!’ as they called it. It was crazy! It was just snowmobiles with really identifiable logos on the side.”

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RUMOR: Three More The Force Awakens Concept Artwork Images Revealed
Reported by Justin on 16 Jan 2015 16:14

Jedi News reader Brad L. (aka "Roadtrooper66") sends along the following link to the website Millennium Falcon that has been updated recently with three new concept artwork images reportedly taken from The Force Awakens.

As is the case with all leaked concept artwork, take what you see at the provided link with as much salt as needed.

Thanks to Brad for the heads-up.

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Star Wars #1 Gets 2nd Printing
Reported by Mark on 16 Jan 2015 16:09

Via the main man Florian over at Jedi Bibliothek. Star Wars #1 gets a second printing already, and yet another cover to boot.

Since the first edition with a total of 1,000,000 copies probably is now almost sold out, Marvel has, according to Bleeding Cool decided to Star Wars # 1: Skywalker Strikes, Part 1 to spendieren a second edition, which goes on sale on February 4, 2015 - the same day as issue # 2. For this, the cover has now received a black star background.

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Making The Episode 7 Stormtrooper Helmet (Metal)
Reported by Matt on 16 Jan 2015 15:56

Check out the skill and craft in making this The Force Awakens helmet, not only using the 2 images they had at the time, but from metal. Most impressive.

in this video we are showing how we made the episode 7 stormtrooper helmet out of metal.there has only been 2 pictures released of the helmet so it was very difficult to build.

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Amybeth Hargreaves To Play A Female Stormtrooper In The Force Awakens?
Reported by Team Jedi News on 16 Jan 2015 13:04

If there is any official truth to this listing posted on Spotlight, it looks like 30-year old actress Amybeth Hargreaves will be donning the iconic suit of a Stormtrooper in The Force Awakens as the following entry is listed under her Credits section.

2014, Film, Storm Trooper, STAR WARS, Disney, J.J. Abrams

Stay tuned as we hear more on this potentially ground-breaking Episode VII casting update.

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Coffee With Kenobi Legends Library: The Last Command
Reported by Mark on 16 Jan 2015 02:00

It's time to join your hosts Luke and Randy over at Coffee With Kenobi.

Luke and Randy discuss the final book of the Thrawn Trilogy, The Last Command. This month’s episode also includes their first installment of the recommended reading list. Listen in to see which books from the Old Republic Era made the list and which fell short. Luke also shares a short commentary on the EU/Legends change and how it effects our perspective when watching the films. Have fun by joining the conversation and if you listen closely you can hear the Nhogri hiding in the background.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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   15 January 2015
Fangirls Going Rogue #15
Reported by Mark on 15 Jan 2015 23:17

Join Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr over at Fangirls Going Rogue.

In 2015, Star Wars will be bigger, better, and even more worthy of #fangirlflails! To keep up with the fandom happenings, co-hosts Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr turned to one of their podcasting friends, Sarah Woloski from Skywalking Through Neverland. In this episode, we look forward to the first runDisney Star Wars Half-Marathon at Disneyland and the grand opening of the Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume Smithsonian touring exhibit in Seattle. After Sarah shares her passion for Star Wars music, we discuss Vanessa Marshall’s comments in her EW.com interview on whether Kanan and Hera are space-married. With the help of our amazing listeners, Luke Skywalker was chosen for this episode’s character discussion.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Midtown Comics Star Wars #1 For Sale
Reported by BrianC on 15 Jan 2015 22:24

Unbelievably There are now 100 variant covers of Star Wars #1 on sale. To grab as many of these as you can, head on over to our friends at Midtown Comics, where they are selling the majority of them excluding individual store exclusives.

THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME RETURNS TO MARVEL!
Luke Skywalker and the ragtag band of rebels fighting against the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet - the destruction of the massive battle station known as the Death Star. But the Empire's not toppled yet! Join Luke along with Princess Leia, smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca, droids C-3PO and R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they strike out for freedom against the evil forces of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor.
Written by Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thor: God of Thunder) and with art by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers), this is the Star Wars saga as only Marvel Comics could make it!
Rated T

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Coffee With Kenobi Rebels Reactions: “Path of the Jedi”
Reported by Mark on 15 Jan 2015 21:22

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

Welcome to Rebels Reactions, where Coffee With Kenobi examines Star Wars: Rebels through a critical lens. On today’s show, we will be discussing “Gathering Forces” the eighth episode in Season 1 with Tom Gross of Star Wars in the Classroom. We discuss the siginifcance of Yoda’s appearance, metaphors through Jedi tranining, and the growth of both Kanan and Ezra, as well as how “Path of the Jedi” connects to the overall mythology. This is the Podcast you’re looking for!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Yet ANOTHER #1 Variant! Lootcrate
Reported by Mark on 15 Jan 2015 21:09

To paraphrase a great droid, "Will this never end?" Approaching 100 variant covers and counting, but thankfully the craziness is worth the effort as issue 1 was a great success.

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It's Twofury! Twin Sun Battle VS Ball Robot
Reported by Dan on 15 Jan 2015 21:07


it's a Star Wars showdown on Teefury.com today! Which design is more popular: "Twin Sun Battle" Wax Pack - Series 5 by Captain Ribman, or "Ball Robot" by oakenspirit You decide! You can order whichever one you prefer (or how about both?) today only!

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RUMOR: Second The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer To Feature Classic Heroes
Reported by Justin on 15 Jan 2015 20:53

According to Latino Review, the second teaser trailer for The Force Awakens will be attached to Marvel's upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron and will feature footage of our iconic "classic heroes."

Their sources also say fans in attendance at Celebration Anaheim can expect to be shown a "special treat" as well, which we are assuming means either this same teaser mentioned with Avengers or an entirely different trailer/video.

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Sideshow Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot Sixth Scale Figure Pre-Order Now Up
Reported by Justin on 15 Jan 2015 20:34

The Sideshow Collectibles Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot Sixth Scale Figure is now available for pre-order. The figure carries a $199.99 price tag and is scheduled to begin shipping in the 4th quarter 2015.

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Repeat Repeat
Reported by AdamDB on 15 Jan 2015 20:00
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Human memory is a funny thing. It often plays tricks on us. In US legal systems, eyewitness accounts are considered some of the flimsiest pieces of evidence because someone’s perceptions can cloud their recollections. What you’re doing and how you’re feeling can potentially warp your memory of events. Everyone has a different point of view.

One of the things that truly frustrates me about I-III bashing more than most is the sheer number of complaints that are just plain wrong; people bring up points as a negative that aren’t even true. They claim the films are bad because they do such-and-such when the truth is that they really don’t, and only a few cases can be considered an honest mistake.

So I’m going to repeat a bit of advice I’ve given before. If you were confused by I-III, or didn’t like them when you first saw them, watch them again.

Official Site: Star Wars Quiz. How Well Do You Know Your Droids?
Reported by Mark on 15 Jan 2015 19:29

Tease your android brain over at StarWars.com with this droid quiz.

Welcome! Today we're testing your knowledge of the galaxy's greatest mechanical pals...and terrors.
You will have 10 seconds to decipher the image. As time runs out, you’ll earn less points, so be sure to use your Jedi reflexes and answer quickly!

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Out Of Stock Star Wars Rebels Figures Pulled From HasbroToyShop.com
Reported by Justin on 15 Jan 2015 18:55

Our fellow The Force United teammates over at Jedi Temple Archives provide us with the following update on the on-going struggle collectors have been going thru when it comes to finding new Hasbro Star Wars Rebels figures at retail and online.

Does this mean we're not getting any more? We suppose Hasbro got tired of waiting for themselves to ship Rebels figures to their online store. Figures that were once listed as "out of stock" at HasbroToyShop.com are now completely removed from the site. Special thanks to all who wrote in and to our friends at BanthaSkull.com for additional detailing.

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Rebels Roundtable #8: Path of the Jedi (or the Great and Powerful “Oz”)
Reported by Mark on 15 Jan 2015 18:43

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

The Star Wars Report’s Rebels Roundtable returns this week to check out the Season 1 episode Path of the Jedi, the eighth “regular” episode in the series’ run. (Stabbed through the heart . . . and you’re to blame. Kanan, you give love . . . Ah, nevermind.)

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Japanese Blind Box Hasbro Figures
Reported by Mark on 15 Jan 2015 18:21

Via our pal Neil 'Star Wars Fan Fun Day' Livesey, here's a look (via Bryce Lee King) of how the Japanese market is selling the latest Hasbro figures, in blind boxes, much like Disney do with their Vinylmation, LEGO figures or Kubricks back in the day.

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IGN Rebel Base: 10 Weird & Wonderful Theories About The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 15 Jan 2015 16:33

We asked for your theories, and here they are. Force-sensitive stormtroopers, Sith relics, and some rubbish ones, too.

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Sideshow R2-D2 Deluxe Sixth Scale Figure Giveaway
Reported by Justin on 15 Jan 2015 14:00

Sideshow Collectibles is giving Star Wars fans a chance to win a beloved droid from a galaxy far, far away! Enter today and you could win the R2-D2 Deluxe Sixth Scale Figure for your rebel alliance collection!

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Video Of Warwick Davis Showing Selfies From The Force Awakens Set
Reported by Justin on 15 Jan 2015 13:29

Check out this brief video from the BBC's 'One Show' in which Warwick Davis reminisces about his time on Return of the Jedi as well as providing viewers with a few quick selfies he took from the set of The Force Awakens.

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Official Site: 7 Topics Star Wars Fans Love To Debate
Reported by Mark on 15 Jan 2015 03:20

Amy Ratcliffe discusses 7 topics Star Wars fans love to debate over at StarWars.com.

When a franchise has a large and diverse fan base like Star Wars, there are bound to be disagreements. Being passionate about a topic means strong feelings and those feelings can lead to heated discussions. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, healthy and polite debates with other enthusiastic fans are fun. I’ve gained insight about the Star Wars universe from participating in debates and watch others go back and forth, because as I’m sure you’ve noticed, Star Wars fans have opinions. Like, about everything. If it happened in the galaxy far, far away, we’re tearing it apart and examining it from every angle. These seven topics are ones I see discussed frequently:

Get over there and see what those topics are.

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WolfPack Roundtable: Star Wars Rebels S1E9: "Idiots Array" Review
Reported by Dan on 15 Jan 2015 02:00

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

On this episode of WolfPack Roundtables we review Star Wars Rebels S1E9: "Idiots Array"! We talk about Lando's return to Star Wars, Ezra's Lightsaber, and our thoughts on what's to come in the next final episodes of Season 1.

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Force For Change Episode VII Birdman Character Spotted In New Marvel Star Wars #1
Reported by Justin on 15 Jan 2015 00:04

Remember the peculiar birdman character we saw mosey across the Episode VII set on location in Abu Dhabi in the first Force For Change video posted by director J.J. Abrams? Check out the image above sent to us here at Jedi News by Nicholas D. that was taken from Marvel's new Star Wars #1!

Great catch Nicholas and thanks for sending over the photo!

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   14 January 2015
Official Site: Open John Cassaday's Star Wars Sketchbook: Part 2
Reported by Mark on 14 Jan 2015 22:47

The artist of Star Wars #1 talks to StarWars.com about the requirements needed to make the title a success.

Artist John Cassaday’s expert handling of such Marvel comics teams like the X-Men and the Avengers makes him the perfect creator to tackle the rich relationships and character interaction required in the new, ongoing Star Wars series, which debuts today. In the first part of this exclusive interview with the artist, found on Marvel.com, he outlined his approach to the saga; in this second part, he pinpoints his outlook on specific components of the property, as well as working with the series’ other creators.

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 62: #LetTheWookieeWin
Reported by Mark on 14 Jan 2015 22:23

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

January 16 marks the first big event of the year: the STAR WARS HALF MARATHON at Disneyland! Ever wonder what goes into marketing such a huge event? We have runDisney Marketing Strategy Manager, TINA TRYBUS, to tell us the fascinating details. She lets us take a peek behind the red curtain, including social media marketing.
Skywalking To Celebration: cosplayer DIANE SIMMONS posted a question on Facebook regarding Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Should she or shouldn’t she do a mash-up Star Wars/Marvel costume? Her exclusive idea is revealed here!
We also look at THE SIMPSONS episode “The Man Who Came To Be Dinner” from January 4th that was filled with Star Wars and Disney park references and give you our commentary.

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Star Wars: Wild Bangarang
Reported by Matt on 14 Jan 2015 22:21

Check out these new threads via Wild Bangarang, including pre-orders on leggings and hockey jerseys.

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Marvel Star Wars #1 Launch Party Pack
Reported by Matt on 14 Jan 2015 22:09

It all kicks off soon, the comic seemingly everyone has been waiting for. Here's the party pack, sent to retailers to host and hold launch parties.

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Star Wars Quiz #1 - 10 Random Questions
Reported by Mark on 14 Jan 2015 21:51

Our great pal Rob Wainfur of The Bearded Trio, now a regular contributor at the excellent Coffee With Kenobi, brings us this brain teasing Star Wars quiz. Give it a go, see how you do and reveal your score in the comments section.

Hi everyone. I hope 2015 has got off to a good start for you all. What better way to start a new year than to have a little quiz and to test your knowledge on Star Wars? So below is a video I created to do just that. Ten questions which I hope you will find fairly challenging. The answers are in the video after each question. Just post your score in the comments. Don’t post the answers, let's see how everyone does.
Good luck. I hope you get them all. Let me know if you would like to see more of these quizzes and if you would like me to focus the next quiz on a specific part of the Star Wars universe.

We definitely do!

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 14 Jan 2015 21:30
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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Star Wars Influences #10: Costumes & Storyboards
Reported by Mark on 14 Jan 2015 21:14

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

Paul Bateman returns with Jimmy Mac to bring you amazing analysis of Star Wars: The Force Awakens recently leaked concept art & action figure images. Also this episode, Paul talks about the Ralph McQuarrie inspired Christmas artwork he created during the holiday season for Lucasfilm. And, we review two great books: Star Wars Costumes and Star Wars Storyboards. Plus, banthas beheaded, Kenny Baker goes for a spin, Smuggler’s Bounty and more!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Alex Ross’ Exclusive Star Wars #1 Cover From His Own Store
Reported by Matt on 14 Jan 2015 21:04

Painted by the one and only Alex Ross, and available in his own webstore...which is handy...

Celebrating Star Wars’ smash return to Marvel Comics, Alex Ross delivers his very first exclusive variant cover! Luke Skywalker explodes onto the page with defiance and light saber in-hand, fresh from the victorious destruction of the Death Star. He turns a cool eye to onlookers with all the passion and life as only Alex Ross can capture him. Only 3,000 books will be available, sold exclusively through the Official AlexRossStore.com. This first-of-its-kind, breathtaking work of art becomes available on January 14, 2015 for $19.99 or by pre-order for $9.99. For the true collector and comic art aficionado, limited quantities of signed issues will also be available at a price point of $34.99 and will include a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 12
Reported by Mark on 14 Jan 2015 20:21

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

Can it be? Billy Dee on Rebels? This week we talk about Lando Calrissian on Rebels and the deluge of cameos we've seen thus far. Which ones work? Which don't? Who's next? Also, we look at the shakeups of the Spinoff writing team, talk Smugglers Bounty, postulate on a digital release of Detours and the Star Wars films, and make fun of those who write Episode 5 instead of Episode V. So get your stormtrooper helmet on (it's best if you start with it sideways), switch on your targeting computers, and let's go!

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Toxic Magazine Announces New Star Wars Rebels Magazine
Reported by Justin on 14 Jan 2015 15:07

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The Force Awakens In SciFiNow Issue 102
Reported by Justin on 14 Jan 2015 13:47

Talk about a cover that can make a magazine leap off newsstand racks. John Boyega's Finn and Daisy Ridley's Rey from The Force Awakens take center stage on the striking cover design of the latest issue of SciFiNow.

Click the image above to place your order today.

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The Force Awakens Poster On Cineworld Cinemas Website
Reported by Justin on 14 Jan 2015 13:25

Jedi News reader Neale G. sends us word about the image above that is currently on the Cineworld Cinemas website for their theatrical listing for The Force Awakens.

Most likely this is nothing more than a simple placeholder image being used by Cineworld until an official Episode VII poster is released by Lucasfilm. But as was the case with the Japanese newspaper ads & large poster, we get excited about any Episode VII marketing material we come across, and we wanted to pass this info along to our readers.

Thanks to Neale for the heads-up.

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Marvel Star Wars Issue 1 & Variants Available Now
Reported by James on 14 Jan 2015 09:47

The first issue of the new Marvel Star Wars Comic is out today and with it over 95 variants (read our review here)!  Our friends at Midtown Comics have lots of these variants available now, including their own exclusives, for you to purchase whilst stocks last.

Take the link below and take advantage of some great pricing with shipping available worldwide.

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Official Site: Collecting the Galaxy: 15 Years Of LEGO Star Wars Part 3
Reported by Mark on 14 Jan 2015 04:34

Our very own James Burns completes his look back at a decade and a half of LEGO over at StarWars.com.

2010 was actually quieter than the 10th anniversary year of LEGO Star Wars in 2009, and a mere 26 sets were released, compared with 36 released in 2009. It was the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back and to celebrate that milestone, the year contained numerous releases from the film including a White Boba Fett minifigure polybag set that was made available at Star Wars Celebration V as well as numerous other places around the globe. There was also a promotional LEGO Star Wars book released that featured high-quality images of the minifigures released during the year — this was made available to “favorite customers” by mail as well as to those attending Toy Fair. In the UK a version of this book was given away in very small quantities at Argos with a LEGO Star Wars purchase.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Official Poster Designs, Rebels Variant Poster, & Badge Artwork
Reported by Justin on 14 Jan 2015 00:28

We are treated to an exclusive look at some of the various artwork designs artist Craig Drake considered for the official Celebration Anaheim 2015 poster, including the AWESOME Star Wars Rebels variant poster pictured above, via a new article posted on StarWars.com by Lucasfilm's Dan Brooks.

We also catch a glimpse at the concept designs for the artwork to be used on the Celebration badges, which will contain a total of 22 different badges!

Take the source link below for all the exciting details!

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   13 January 2015
On The Shelves UK: WH Smith
Reported by Matt on 13 Jan 2015 23:15

Check out another great deal, the Star Wars Character Encyclopedia from DK for just £5.00.

Cheers to Steve Potter for the tweet.

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Stormtroopers Surprise a Boy With His New 3D-Printed Prosthetic Arm
Reported by Matt on 13 Jan 2015 23:04

Proving that we look out for our own, here's a great video showing how the 501st got involved and helped a young fan with his prosthetic arm.

In this video, a young boy, Liam, receives a 3D-printed arm courtesy of the John Peterson and presented by the 501st Legion, a troop of Star Wars fans who perform charity work in garb from a galaxy far, far away. Liam, who is missing part of his arm from birth, was able to use his new Vader-approved prosthetic to grab objects around him.

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Star Wars Actors Appearances Updates
Reported by Mark on 13 Jan 2015 22:36

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

  • 11/1/15: Added appearances for Margo Apostolos, Daniel Logan, Peter Mayhew, Dave Prowse, Mike Quinn
  • 9/1/15: Added appearances for Jeremy Bulloch, Kenneth Colley, Greg Ellis, Dave Prowse, Roberts Watts
  • 8/1/15: Added appearance for Phil LaMarr
  • 6/1/15: Added appearance for Julian Glover
  • 5/1/15: Added appearance for Angus MacInnes
  • 4/1/15: Added appearance for Ray Park
  • 2/1/15: Added private signings for Margo Apostolos, Michael Bell, Stephen Costantino, Chris Edgerly, Vanessa Marshall and Ian Ruskin
  • 1/1/15: Added appearances for Steve Blum, Dave Prowse and Cree Summer
  • 31/12/14: Added appearance for Scott Capurro and private signing for Tatyana Yassukovich

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Star Wars Action News Episode 440: 2014 Year in Review Part 2 and 2015 in Preview
Reported by Mark on 13 Jan 2015 22:25

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

Arnie and Marjorie are joined by the Gingerprince, Johnathan, Curtis, Daryl, Brock, Jay, and Andrew to look back at the High End Star Wars Collectibles of 2014 and what they expect 2015 to bring. The Star Wars Action News Year-End shows conclude with this second part of the team's roundtable discussion! Arnie and Marjorie are joined by Steve "The Gingerprince", Johnathan, Curtis, Daryl, Brock, Jay and Andrew to look back at the high-end collectibles that Force-d them to open their wallets! From Gentle Giant mini-busts to Sideshow Premium Format Figures and the new, high end sixth scale figure line from Hot Toys, it's all discussed in this show! Then the team puts 2014 to bed and looks forward to what 2015 Awakens. With the first new live-action Star Wars film in a decade coming this December, Rebels on television, and a new continuity for novels and comics, join them to hear what is in store!

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Coffee With Kenobi Book Chat: Marvel Comics Editor Jordan D. White
Reported by Mark on 13 Jan 2015 22:22

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

Star Wars returns to Marvel comics, and we’ve got an exclusive Book Chat with Marvel’s Star Wars editor, Jordan D. White! Jordan discusses the creation of these books, going to the Lucasfilm archives, and exploring the mythology of Star Wars in canonical comic book form. This is the Podcast you’re looking for!

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Inside the Holocron – Star Wars Trilogy Premiere 1997
Reported by StephenG on 13 Jan 2015 22:21
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Welcome to my look Inside the Holocron. A collection of articles from the archives of *StarWars.Com no longer directly available.

(*Archived here with Permission)

Making its début first is the Star Wars Trilogy Premiere 1997

When the STARWARS.COM crew arrived at Westwood’s Mann Village Theatre at 7:30 a.m., fans were already there–even though the screening didn’t start for another three hours.

New LEGO Club Magazine Arrives In UK
Reported by Matt on 13 Jan 2015 21:15

Check out the latest issue of LEGO Club Magazine, just arrived in the UK and featuring a Star Wars Rebels most wanted poster.

Sign up for the next issue free Lego.com/club.

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RUMOR: Details On Gary Whitta Leaving First Star Wars Spinoff Film
Reported by Justin on 13 Jan 2015 20:49

Sources have reportedly provided Cinelinx with information explaining writer Gary Whitta's departure from the production of the first planned Star Wars standalone film.

The basic story for the standalone was already in place, being hammered out by a few people and run through the new Lucasfilm story-group (so that everything fits together nice and tight), and Whitta was brought on to create the script based on those ideas and generally flesh it out. That was his job, and he's been hard at work on it for the last year, which likely means this isn't the first draft he's done. From there, he was set to move on (which apparently he's been off for a few weeks now) and then have someone else come into finalize the script, polish it up, and generally make sure it's the best it can be.

Their sources also backed up Slashfilm's earlier rumor about Simon Kinberg taking over writing duties for the film.

As for Simon Kinberg taking over (our source confirms Slashfilm's report...which you should have believed anyway), our source has heard Whitta's script was also too "big" budget-wise to film. His script would have been too expensive to film, so Kinberg will be tweaking things to make it more manageable. That being said, Whitta's script/story will remain largely intact, with the rough spots ironed out.

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Meet Dave Filoni, Henry Gilroy, & Kilian Plunkett In California Tomorrow
Reported by Justin on 13 Jan 2015 20:16

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Emerald City Comicon Joins ReedPOP Family
Reported by Justin on 13 Jan 2015 18:48

ReedPOP, the masterminds behind the production of hugely-successful conventions such as Star Wars Celebration and NY Comic Con, have a new addition to their convention stable.

We are excited to announce that Emerald City Comicon and ReedPop are joining forces, and ReedPop will help us continue producing the premier comic book and pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest!

ECCC is one of the most fan-oriented and comics-focused conventions in the U.S., and ReedPop is a fan-based group of professionals putting on pop culture events throughout the world, including New York Comic Con, PAX, C2E2, and Star Wars: Celebration. A classic superhero team-up is what we have here, and we even skipped the messy misunderstanding and battle scene that usually comes before a team-up!

Moving forward ECCC will still be produced by the same people who have made this show great, but with the added benefit of having a ton of rad people from ReedPop helping out to make it even more awesome. The Emerald City Comicon team will also start working on ReedPop's events to help make them bigger and better. It's win-win!

All that said, we're working hard on finalizing all the details for the upcoming ECCC, so please keep checking this website, along with all our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram) for the latest news on what's in store for our 2015 show! See you in a few short months!

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The Force Awakens Ad In Japanese Newspapers
Reported by Justin on 13 Jan 2015 13:24

Instagram user "cknewsstand" tagged us in this photo taken of full-page ads that were printed in two different Japanese newspapers on New Year's Day promoting the release of The Force Awakens and celebrating Star Wars in 2015 (click the image for a larger view.)

The ads feature the same design used in the large scale Japanese poster our great friend Paul Bateman alerted us to yesterday.

Thanks to "cknewsstand" for the Instagram tag!

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   12 January 2015
George Lucas Wanted To Release Episode VII In May 2015, Then Sell Lucasfilm
Reported by Justin on 12 Jan 2015 23:39

Brian Truitt over at USA Today recently spent some time chatting with "The Maker" himself, George Lucas, on a few topics including the upcoming Lucasfilm-produced film Strange Magic, family, and of course, Star Wars. Of interesting note is the info from the article copied below.

Lucas already started to develop the next three Star Wars films, but he knew a third trilogy was a 10-year commitment at least. He at first expected to finish Episode VII, release it in May 2015 and then sell the company afterward.

But Disney expressed interest and came along at the right moment, Lucas says. "It's better for me to get out at the beginning of a new thing and I can just remove myself.

"The time is more important to me than the money."

Take the source link for the full read.

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Smugglers Rants: Sep 23, 2005 10:50 AM: The State of the Star Wars Community on the Net
Reported by Mark on 12 Jan 2015 22:00

Ten years ago, StarWars.com began hosting the hugely popular and much missed blog at http://blogs.starwars.com/. Over the course of 8 years, friendships were made, opinions discussed and ideas formulated. I had my own profile on there called Smugglers Rants, and between 23rd September 2005 and 27th February 2009 I posted 87 times (I was never the most prolific blogger), ruminating on a number of what-if subjects, such as Vader's motivations, Palpatine's tactical genius, the Jedi Orders mistakes and whatever was happening that week on lightsabre.co.uk.

If you were ever a member, get over there to http://web.archive.org/ and take a browse through the archived pages for a nostalgia blast.

Here's my first blog, from 23rd September 2005, looking back at a previous lightsabre.co.uk article I'd written back in 2001 (Where Have All The Good Sites Gone?) bemoaning the seemingly sudden disappearance of numerous websites since the release of The Phantom Menace.

I wrote about this before on my own website www.lightsabre.co.uk a few years ago, in the time between Phantom and Clones, and the question is - where have all the good sites gone?
Where there used to be a multitude of fan sites, fiction sites, artists, chat sites, news sites, now there is very little.
In fact, the main thrust of Star Wars action on the net is in chat rooms and blogs like this. Even back when I wrote the article I was disappointed that so few of us from the TPM days were still out there. Great sites like Jedi Girl SSR, Bantha Tracks, Wattos Junkyard - all long gone. Jedi Net is still there, but Episode X has gone. Naboo Online hasn't updated for eons, SWSouce.net has given up out of frustration.
I know there is hardly any news out there at the moment. After all, we have no rumours of a new trilogy, no new flick to wait for. But there are the books, comics, rumours of the TV shows, box office updates, DVD news, fan activities, fiction, artwork, interviews to be done. Come on people, Star Trek fans have NOTHING at the moment, and between the net and convention participation they are putting SW fans to shame. And we KNOW we have 2 new shows on the way!
Like I said at the top of the page, sometimes this will be a grumble, but as I take a look around it seems (and this isn't intended to be my site blowing its own trumpet) that Lightsabre and the official site are the only two updating daily.
And that is a BAD thing.
So come on, any cool sites out there who I haven't mentioned get in touch. Send me an angry email berating me for not mentioning you (and none of our pesky affiliates can do that - you know we love all you guys!) and let's start the next era of Star Wars fan involvement.

UPDATED: Three Marvel Star Wars #2 Variant Covers Revealed
Reported by Justin on 12 Jan 2015 21:06

UPDATE: It appears that this story has been removed from the official site (for whatever reason) since the time of our posting.

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Marvel’s highly-anticipated Star Wars #1 is coming this Wednesday, and it will be a day long remembered. But we’re making the jump to lightspeed — for an exclusive first look at three variant covers to Star Wars #2!

Check out the covers below, featuring art by the legendary Howard Chaykin (penciller on the original Star Wars series), and fan-favorite artists Lenil Francis Yu and John Tyler Christopher!

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Clip Of Lando Calrissian From Star Wars Rebels "Idiot's Array" Episode
Reported by Justin on 12 Jan 2015 20:18

Following up on our initial story from earlier today, Entertainment Weekly has posted a short video clip featuring Lando in his Star Wars Rebels debut as part of the episode titled "Idiot's Array" as well as Billy Dee Williams in the studio recording his dialogue.

In the episode, Zeb loses the droid Chopper to Calrissian in a game of cards, and the crew of the Ghost agrees to help him make a dangerous run to get their astromech back. But when Lando plots a scheme to trade Hera for secret cargo, “the crew gets far more than it bargained for.”

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The Wampa's Lair Episode 115: Someone Who Loves You
Reported by Mark on 12 Jan 2015 20:02

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

In their latest episode, Karl and Jason discuss some of their favorite elements of Return of the Jedi! From their favorite character to favorite songs, they hit on some key topics of what they love from this great movie! Then stick around as they discuss all they’re looking forward to in the new year from Star Wars!

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RUMOR: Simon Kinberg To Take Over The Writing For First Star Wars Spinoff Film
Reported by Justin on 12 Jan 2015 19:43

According to an unconfirmed rumor heard by Slashfilm, Simon Kinberg will be assuming the writing duties for the first Star Wars standalone movie after the departure of Gary Whitta from the film as reported few days ago.

Primary among those questions was, if Whitta is out, who will be taking over the writing duties on the December 16, 2016 release?/Film has learned, but was unable to confirm, that it will be Simon Kinberg. At Lucasfilm, Kinberg is a consultant on The Force Awakens, a writer and producer on Star Wars Rebels, and writer of at least one standalone movie. Whether or not that became this film or is another remains unclear. But Kinberg will be taking over duties for Whitta on this movie.

The wait continues as we look to hear some official news on this front from an appropriate Lucasfilm source.

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Official Site: Tusken Raiders: Meet Tatooine's Menacing Desert Dwellers
Reported by Mark on 12 Jan 2015 18:08

Join Tim Veekhoven as he investigates the history of the Sand People over at StarWars.com.

The name Tuskens goes back to the second draft of Star Wars from January 1975, which mentions them as soldiers of the Empire. The third draft (August 1975) already names the Tusken Raiders as desert dwellers who ride on banthas and who attack Luke. The Sand People, as they are also called, were designed by Ralph McQuarrie, who envisioned them as mutated humanoids. Their goggles, mouthpiece, and filter were an evidence of their mutations, according to McQuarrie. The unique sound of the Sand People, derived by Ben Burtt from barking mules, certainly added to the popularity and the mystery of the species.

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Full of Sith Episode XCVIII: Path of the Jedi
Reported by Mark on 12 Jan 2015 17:38

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

Bobby returns to chat with Bryan and Amy about the latest Star Wars news. Bryan and Amy both talk about their most recent articles for StarWars.com, and then talk turns to the latest episode of Rebels, Path of the Jedi.

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Jedi News Comic Review: Star Wars #1
Reported by Team Jedi News on 12 Jan 2015 17:00

BOOK 1

SKYWALKER STRIKES

It is a period of renewed hope for the Rebellion.

The evil galactic empire's greatest weapon, the Death Star, has been destroyed by the young rebel pilot, Luke Skywalker.

With the Imperial forces in array, the Rebels look to press their advantage by unleashing a daring offensive throughout the far reaches of space, hoping to defeat the Empire once and for all and at last restore freedom to the galaxy....

The Review

Well 1st off this is a great 1st issue I liked the story good introduction to this new Star Wars Comic Series which takes place between Episode 4 A New Hope and Episode 5 The Empire Strikes Back plus it is now part of The Canon aka Story Group. Also there is one point I want to bring up which not a lot are pointing out I like the fact it has the Star Wars main title logo then the tagline A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Far Away then the Main Title Crawler on the 1st few pages in the comic that is something that should of been in Star Wars Comics for a long time but was in a few of them but not all of time.

I'm glad they went that way of opening up the story it felt like Star Wars when I opened the comic and saw that on the pages. Not too many nitpicks for me for Star Wars #1 the one I did have was a minor one and that is how the lightsabers where drawn but that's a minor one and not a huge issue in the long run. Plus a big cliffhanger at the end that makes you want to find what what's going to happen next. Star Wars #1 Marvel Comics is off to a great start and I can't wait what stories they will do next in future issues. Star Wars #1 10 out of 10 across the board great comics. So far so good Marvel nice job!!!

This was PURE Star Wars and this is a series you MUST pick up!

Reviewed by Kenny Kraly Jr. For more Jedi News comic reviews click here.

Jedi News Comic Review: Star Wars #1
Reported by BrianC on 12 Jan 2015 17:00
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BOOK 1

SKYWALKER STRIKES

It is a period of renewed hope for the Rebellion.

The evil galactic empire's greatest weapon, the Death Star, has been destroyed by the young rebel pilot, Luke Skywalker.

With the Imperial forces in array, the Rebels look to press their advantage by unleashing a daring offensive throughout the far reaches of space, hoping to defeat the Empire once and for all and at last restore freedom to the galaxy....

As a child I grew up receiving my weekly Star Wars comic from Marvel posted through my letterbox by the local newsagent, it constantly filled me with joy and excitement, green rabbits and all…

I rediscovered my love for Star Wars some years later through Dark Horse Comics in the mid '90s. That love affair with the new generation of Star Wars comics would last for some twenty years. So it was with much sadness that I saw the license move away from Dark Horse Comics at the end of 2014.

However, what came before is now history (or Legends to be exact) and we are at the very early beginnings of a new era of Star Wars storytelling in movies, television, prose and comics - an era that needs to re-imagine that joy and excitement from all of our childhoods. So it was great anticipation that I picked up issue one of the beginning of Marvel Comics Star Wars run in this new era…

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UPDATED: Marvel's Star Wars #1: Your Essential Guide
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With one million comics being the purported projected level of sales of Marvel’s Star Wars #1, helped in no small part by the sheer huge number of variants, and store commitments required to get access to these variants - one thing is for certain, you won’t be able to enter a comic store in January without seeing these comics for sale.

Here is our guide to all 95 covers, yes that is ninety-five variants available to buy, and where to get them! And click here to see an image gallery of all the covers so far.

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First Japanese Poster For The Force Awakens Spotted
Reported by Justin on 12 Jan 2015 15:31

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Marvel Star Wars Combo Pack at Midtown Comics
Reported by Team Jedi News on 12 Jan 2015 14:23

We're teaming up with the good folks at Midtown Comics based in New York City for the launch of the new Marvel Star Wars Comics.  They will be getting lots of the variants in stock as well as their own exclusive covers too - not just for Star Wars but for the Darth Vader and Princess Leia series too - all at great prices!  Why not go for their Combo Pack...

Star Wars – These Are The Subscriptions You're Looking For!

You don't have to travel to the moon of Endor or the desert planet of Tatooine to find the three new Marvel Star Wars series!  If you subscribe today, they'll be delivered directly to your door!  Starting things off is Star Wars from all-star creative team Jason Aaron and John Cassaday.  If you're looking to join a darker side of the force, try Darth Vader from Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca, beginning in February. But sometimes it takes a princess to save the day, so look for Star Wars: Princess Leia from Mark Waid and Terry Dodson coming this March! If you can't decide on one, order all three for a special combo price!

Take the link below and happy hunting!

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Star Wars Frames: £65.00 On Amazon
Reported by Mark on 12 Jan 2015 14:12

Yesterday we took a look at some great deals over at The Works, mentioning a number of books but specifically the great savings to be made on Star Wars Frames.

With thanks to Jedi News reader Dave Arch (via our own Matt Booker), we learn that Amazon have the book on sale for £65.00.

But hurry, there's only a couple left.

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Coffee With Kenobi: MATT-AT: Marvel’s Monthly “Star Wars” May Be Record Breaking
Reported by Mark on 12 Jan 2015 13:52

It's almost here, our review hits the site in just over 3 hours time and the excitement is palpable as our pals over at Coffee With Kenobi look at the imminent and potentially record-breaking arrival of Star Wars #1.

The series, which marks the return of the lucrative Lucasfilm property back to Marvel after a 29-year absence, is being celebrated with a comics mega-event, a Jan. 14 debut so anticipated and desired, it’s poised to become the best-selling title since 1999, when “Pokemon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu” No. 4 sold a million copies, as did Batman No. 500 in 1993, according to John Jackson Miller, who curates Comichron, a website that analyzes sales and demands for comics.
While the release isn’t likely to reach the heights that Marvel’s 1991 relaunch of the X-Men that sold 8 million copies, it is on par with 1977’s original “Star Wars” No. 1 issue, which came out came out a few weeks before the film and, within a short time, went platinum, albeit unexpectly.

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First Look At Lando Calrissian In Star Wars Rebels
Reported by Justin on 12 Jan 2015 13:18

We've seen multiple reports pertaining to his inclusion in the series, and now it is official as we get our first look at Lando Calrissian in Star Wars Rebels via the tweet below from StarWars.com and Star Wars Insider contributor Tim Veekhoven.

Lando is expected to make his series debut in the upcoming episode titled "Idiot's Array."

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Bombad Radio Episode 182: Star Wars News And Adrienne Wilkinson
Reported by Mark on 12 Jan 2015 05:39

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

Episode 182 features Zach from our radio drama Zillo Rising as my co-host as we discuss the news of Garry Whitta leaving the Gareth Edwards Star Wars Spinoff film as well as the possible return (very soon) of Star Wars Detours! Then we have guest Adrienne Wilkinson of Xena: Warrior Princess, Star Wars The Force Unleashed, The Clone Wars, The Old Republic, Nobility, Star Trek Renegades and more! Its a fantastic episode we delve into and at the end we introduce a brand new show to the Bombad Radio Network, The Justice Cast!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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   11 January 2015
Star Wars Battlefront 3 (2015) : GDC Announcement? New Trailer!?
Reported by Mark on 11 Jan 2015 21:32

It looks like there could be some news incoming regarding the highly anticipated new version of Star Wars Battlefront.

Star Wars Battlefront 3 News (EA-2015) : A New Announcement for Star Wars Battlefront 3 is on its way likely in March of 2015, at GDC The Games Developer Conference, which is to be hosted from March 2nd to March 6th.

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Official Site: Marvel, Lucasfilm And A New Era Of Star Wars Comics
Reported by Mark on 11 Jan 2015 20:06

Lucasbooks senior editor Jen Heddle discusses her own personal excitement at the return of Star Wars to Marvel over at StarWars.com.

As some of you reading this may already know, I have always been a proud fan of the original Marvel Star Wars comics. I think they’re fun, adventurous, and witty, and I’m eternally impressed by the amazing job everyone involved did in coming up with stories in the long stretches of time between movies. (Not to mention after — when I discovered there were comics that took place after Return of the Jedi, I almost fainted.) In short, don’t ever badmouth Hoojibs when I’m around.
So I’m excited on both a professional and personal level that Marvel is telling stories in the Star Wars galaxy once more, not to mention starstruck by the incredibly talented people who have signed on so far (with more to come!). The comic book fan in me is downright thrilled.

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The Realm Recap: Episode #47 - Sticker Shock
Reported by Mark on 11 Jan 2015 19:17

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

The holidays are over but that hasn’t stopped the fireworks this week as a lot of news and confirmations surrounding Hasbro's plans for 2015 have come to light. The big news this week was several lists of proposed product for The Force Awakens made their way online. Although nothing incredibly revelatory, there does seem to be no holding back in terms of merchandise. Target also gets a large spotlight this week as they’ve started implementing a new price for The Black Series that has caused quite a response from collectors. Is this an isolated event or will other retailers follow suit? Sideshow news this week is light but there is something they have in common with Hasbro - a delay of product. Celebration Anaheim announcements are starting to gear up with the reveal of an new set of pins and the debut of Smuggler’s Bounty audio drama from Kyle Newman. Plus, Flyguy and I run down our latest reviews and acquisitions from the past week! All this and much more on Episode 47 of The Realm Recap!

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On The Shelves UK: The Works
Reported by Mark on 11 Jan 2015 18:12

Our pal Richard Hutchinson, Gateshead fan and member of SWFUK dropped us a line leading us to these great deals over at The Works.

£78.99 for the small version of Frames? I'll be ordering that!

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T-Shirts: House Solo
Reported by Mark on 11 Jan 2015 17:46

You're cool, quick, the best in the galaxy at what you do. You shoot first (yes, YOU shoot first), ask questions later and you always get the girl/boy/other.

Sound like you? If so, Busted Tees have the ideal tee for you. Normally $20.00, but until 11.00pm Monday it can be yours for just $10.00. Trust me...

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Star Wars Detours: Update
Reported by Team Jedi News on 11 Jan 2015 17:30

We've received a number of messages from friends and followers of the site who picked up on one aspect of our Star Wars Detours piece a couple of days back, noting that while our article mentioned 30 episodes being released, it's widely known that 39 were produced.

We went back to our source to clarify the point, and this is the reply we got.

"Because only 30 are suitable for release"

Make of that what you will. Perhaps 9 of the episodes were not suitable for a Disney era audience, or maybe other concerns make them not relevant or suitable to be released. Remember, when they were produced George Lucas was very much involved and appears in the show as a character - 'the boss' of Star Wars - which since 2012 he no longer is (although we know he always will be).

More information as we get it, and remember - as always - until it's confirmed officially by Lucasfilm or Disney, it's just a rumour.

The WolfPack Podcast #115: Coffee With Kenobi and the Wolkfpack
Reported by Dan on 11 Jan 2015 16:26

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

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Jayson, Corey, Steve, Marco, and Curto talk with Dan of Coffee With Kenobi. We talk about Star Wars Detours, Force Awakens Hasbro leaked list, Star Wars Episodes I-VI Digital release and much more! Enjoy a cup of Coffee with The WolfPack and Coffee With Kenobi.

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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LIVE: Watch Walt Disney World Marathon Live
Reported by Mark on 11 Jan 2015 16:20

This is your chance to share in the excitement of a runDisney start and finish line. For the next several hours you can watch “live” as your friends, family and thousands from around the world start and finish the Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna. The 26.2-mile journey starts just outside Epcot on Epcot Center Drive, and takes runners through the Magic Kingdom, on the track of the Walt Disney World Speedway, through Animal Kingdom, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and finishes in the shadow of Spaceship Earth outside Epcot.
Your chance to track, watch runners cross the finish line and share in their celebration “live” begins with the video streams below. Below is a choice of two live streams. The first includes the start line, multiple cameras and social media feeds. The second, an uninterrupted stream from the finish line.
You can join in the runDisney social media conversation by using #WDWMarathon.
Following the race, runners and guests can come back to the Disney Parks Blog and replay both feeds.
For more information on the half marathon, marathon and other runDisney event weekends, visit runDisney.com.

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T-Shirts: House Droid
Reported by Mark on 11 Jan 2015 16:02

Ever wanted to be refused entry to cantinas? Get disrespected by everyone else on the freighter but relied upon to save the day? Get dunked in oil and think it's a good thing? You must be a droid, and Busted Tees have the coverings for you.

Normally $20.00, but until 11.00pm Monday it can be yours for just $10.00. Then you can thank the maker yourself.

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Bombad Radio Episode 181: Star Wars With Tim Veekhoven
Reported by Mark on 11 Jan 2015 15:47

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

It's a new year with a new intro and a new episode! This episode has guest Tim Veekhoven, writer for the official Star Wars Blog, founder of Teekay 421 the Official Star Wars Fan Club in Belgium with of course plenty of Star Wars talk and fun!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Who's Who In The Star Wars Galaxy: See Threepio
Reported by Mark on 11 Jan 2015 15:31

Marvel continue their look at key characters from the saga as the arrival of their new titles trickles down to just a couple of days away.

Born from young Anakin Skywalker’s desire to aid his mother with her chores on the desert planet of Tatooine, the droid designated C-3PO made his debut on the eve of major galactic events. When Anakin hurriedly left Tatooine as the hopeful Jedi Padawan of Master Qui-Gon Jinn, Threepio found himself nearly abandoned, an unfinished project without protective coverings and unaware of the exciting adventures that lay ahead of him.

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   10 January 2015
Version 1.3 Update For Star Wars Journeys: Beginnings Mobile Game
Reported by Justin on 10 Jan 2015 15:49

Disney has announced via an email notification that Version 1.3 is now available to purchase for their Star Wars Journeys: Beginnings mobile game. The update, which is 804MB in size and carries a $0.99 price tag, is compatible with iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices running iOS 7.0 or higher.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Gary Whitta Exits Star Wars Spinoff Film After Completing First Draft
Reported by Justin on 10 Jan 2015 15:16

Kinda makes you a little more curious as to what the purpose of his trip to London was (business or pleasure?) after we learn via The Hollywood Reporter that writer Gary Whitta has left the team responsible for developing the first Star Wars standalone film, which is slated to be directed by Gareth Edwards.

“Gary has been a wonderful, inspired contributor and I enjoyed working with him tremendously,” said Edwards in a statement. “I’m so grateful for all of his contributions. ”

Said Whitta, “The year I spent working with Lucasfilm on this Star Wars film has been by far the most rewarding period of my entire career. As a lifelong Star Wars fan I’m deeply grateful to have had the rare opportunity to contribute to a new chapter in its ongoing cinematic legacy. The film is going to be amazing."

Whitta, who completed a first draft of the film, even posted the following tweet announcing his departure.

This isn't the first time we've seen a change in writers for the production of a Disney-owned Star Wars film. No word yet on who Lucasfilm will be tabbing to replace Whitta.

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First Sighting Of Star Wars Saga Legends Wave Two
Reported by Matt on 10 Jan 2015 02:36

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New Products From Blue Sky
Reported by Matt on 10 Jan 2015 01:59

Blue Sky Designs have a plethora of new items arriving ion 2015 tying in to all aspects of the franchise including notebooks, school packs, a droid manual and a bluetooth speaker.

Stay tuned as we follow the release of this and all the other ranges we've posted tonight over the coming months.

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   09 January 2015
Copywrite Designs: New Product Arriving In Our Galaxy 2015
Reported by Matt on 09 Jan 2015 23:20