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   21 December 2014
Official Site: Star Wars First Days Of Shooting Part 2: The Prequel Trilogy
Reported by Mark on 21 Dec 2014 19:25

Sander de Lange brings his insightful knowledge of the saga once again to as he continues his look at the first days shooting on the series, this time focusing on the prequel trilogy.

After waiting more than 15 years, Star Wars would return to the silver screen with The Phantom Menace. George Lucas had begun writing the script as early as 1994, with pre-production starting around that time, as well. In the couple of years it took Lucas to write the script, he was at the same time checking daily on the progress of the designs for the many new worlds, aliens, droids, and other things to be featured in the movie. Returning to the director’s chair, he wanted to test the ongoing transition from filming on tape to filming directly in a digital format. It was decided that some shots would be shot digitally to check if they would stand out when edited together with the other shots.

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Jedi News Roleplay Review: Age of Rebellion Beginner Game
Reported by Jonathan on 21 Dec 2014 18:00

It’s December 2014 and there’s a lot of excitement bouncing around the internet at the moment; the Star Wars Rebels cartoon is going great guns and the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens has hit the airwaves and created an explosion of buzz and anticipation. Now is the time to get involved in the Star Wars tabletop roleplaying game from Fantasy Flight Games and immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe.

The Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Beginners Game follows the same format as the earlier Star Wars: Edge of the Empire boxset (which we reviewed here and here. It’s a step-by step instruction manual for new gamers to the hobby, and serves as an introduction to the new Age of Rebellion rulebook for existing players. With the special dice for the game, cardboard counters (including four for the PCs in the boxset and two extras for the PCs you can download from the FFG website), counters and chips, the rulebook, adventure and a map, you get quite a lot in the box.

In total you get the following:

  • 1 32-page Adventure Book
  • 1 48-page Rulebook
  • 1 Introduction Sheet
  • 4 Full-Color Character Folios
  • 1 Full-Color Double-Sided Foldout Map
  • 14 Custom Dice
  • 9 Destiny Tokens, 33 Character Tokens, and 7 Vehicle Tokens

As with the Edge of the Empire boxset you get a decent adventure that should last a few sessions, along with it’s downloadable follow-up ‘Operation Shadowpoint’ to stretch that out, but you don’t get a lot of leeway with the adventure. It really is a set of linear routes and choices that depend on the PCs choosing rather specific outcomes to further the story and doesn’t leave much room for improvisation. That’s fine for a new group who are learning the ropes, but for an experienced group and GM this might be a bit frustrating. Any experienced group worth their mettle should be able to make something of it.

This isn’t a complete game by any stretch of the imagination. Players will find the PCs useful in the adventure provided and may even get some use out of them in other adventures, but the boxset doesn’t really allow for any extended play outside of the limits of the box. Existing gamers may want to skip this and go straight on to the main Age of Rebellion rulebook but completists and collectors, like myself, may want to get their hands on this to complete the set. Regardless, it’s handy for the extra dice, the map and the counters, and the PCs come in handy as templates for NPCs and quick, off-the-cuff characters in case the gaming group is in need of a speedy retainer.

Its basic purpose is to act as a gateway to the full Age of Rebellion rulebook and it’s another avenue for new gamers to get involved in the Star Wars RPG. If the smugglers and ne’er-do-wells of the original Edge of the Empire didn’t attract them, then the allure of fighting as rebels in the Episodes IV-VI setting will surely do so. The clear instructions and step-by-step guidelines make this an excellent introductory game and in that it’s purpose is clearly attained; new gamers will get a lot of fun out of this and get a clear understanding of how the game mechanics work. It will take a lot of other games outside of the boxset for new players to fully appreciate the hobby and the experience of joining an existing group and learning the game hands-on will never be replaced, but this a fine product with excellent production values that will provide a few sessions of fun and frolics, and may even prove useful after it’s initial use.

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 21
Reported by James on 21 Dec 2014 17:01
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It's December 21st and time to open up the twenty first door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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Jake Lloyd Gets Engaged
Reported by Mark on 21 Dec 2014 16:30

Many congratulations to little Ani himself Jake Lloyd as he recently proposed to his UK based girlfriend Sinead Daly.

Best wishes from team Jedi News. We're thrilled you finally found your real angel.

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Official Site: How To Make A Concrete Death Star
Reported by Mark on 21 Dec 2014 15:48

I pretty much guarantee that this isn't something you ever thought you'd do with a Death Star ice mold - make a concrete Death Star, but you can and here's Mark Rogero to show you how over at

(A)fter training as an architect and over 20 years in the cast concrete business, it’s with great pleasure and reverence that I get to make my very own concrete Death Star — and hold something that has always been in my mind such a massive and impressive entity right in the palm of my hand.
Using Death Star ice molds and a few tools and materials from the hardware store, you too can make your own fully armed and operational concrete battle station. Kids — please be safe and get an adult to help! Now let’s begin!

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Artoo Detoo On The Cover Of February 2015 Issue Of Total Film
Reported by Mark on 21 Dec 2014 15:21

2015 is shaping up to be a blockbusting year for cinema, and not only because The Force Awakens with less than 2 weeks of the year remaining. And to highlight just how awesome 2015 is going to be here's the latest Total Film, with the one and only Artoo Detoo on the cover.

New Star Wars, new Avengers, new Bond, a return to Jurassic Park... no doubt about it, 2015 is primed to be the biggest year in movies EVER. And we haven't even mentioned Shaun The Sheep yet.
The February issue of Total Film brings you a suitably epic preview of the bumper year to come, with fresh details on 60 new movies. We've got Mark Ruffalo talking exclusively about the Hulk's role in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. We've got Guillermo del Toro giving us the first word on his new Tom Hiddleston-starring gothic fantasy Crimson Peak. And yes, we do take a dip behind the scenes of Shaun's big-screen debut.
We've also got the lowdown on another mega movie year: 2014. It's our all-bells-and-whistles review of the past 12 months. What's our Film Of The Year? Man/Woman Of The Year? Best cameos? Worst dialogue? All will be revealed.
Elsewhere in the issue we've got exclusive chats with Jessica Chastain, Ridley Scott and in the TF Interview, the legendary Diane Keaton. There's a first look at Dwayne Johnson's earthquake epic San Andreas, plus inside word on the new Evil Dead TV series and the movie that's shaping up to be the biggest videogame adaptation yet, Warcraft.
All this, and the world's greatest movie reviews! And the Darth Vader Christmas jumper you HAVE to own!

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After This Girl Got Bullied at School, These Stormtroopers Escorted Her to Her Holiday Party
Reported by Mark on 21 Dec 2014 15:12

If this fantastic reply to a sadly familiar tale of bullying isn't enough to put a big grin on your face, then perhaps it's time to leave Star Wars fandom and close the door on your way out. The amazing troops of the 501st came to the assistance of GFFA fan Kate, proving that as Star Wars fans we're always stronger together.

Kate is a tall 12-year-old that constantly gets bullied at school. When she told her mother she didn't want to attend her holiday formal, the 501st Southern Cross Garrison got involved. They're a group of guys that go around performing good deeds dressed as stormtroopers (and clone troopers, before anyone sends me hate mail). In this case, that good deed was suiting up and escorting Kate to her party. Kate dressed the part too, in a Princess Leia outfit.

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Coffee With Kenobi: Becca's Chava Chats: A Hard Candy Christmas
Reported by Mark on 21 Dec 2014 15:02

Our great pal Becca Benjamin over at Coffee With Kenobi brings us a poignant blog, reminding us some Christmases are tougher than others.

Not ALL holidays are special. Sometimes they can be painful memories of what “once was” or even a bowl full of hard candy “might-have-beens.” In light of the holiday season, there are quite a few to choose from this time of year; each one adding a special element to its cultural traditions in order to bring loved ones closer together in a spiritual celebration. At least, I believe that’s the whole point, right? As for me, that holiday would be Christmas and, let me just say, not every Christmas is one to remember.

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Star Wars Bookworms #35: Rebel of Dathomir
Reported by Teresa and Aaron on 21 Dec 2014 14:44

Join Teresa and Aaron for the latest episode of Star Wars Bookworms.

We took a little bit of a break but we are back just in time for Christmas! And so much happened during our time off, so we had plenty to talk about. posted a holiday gift guide for readers. Teresa walked us through the list and we basically want it all. Since our last episode the title The Force Awakens was announced, we got a teaser trailer, and character names were revealed. We gave our thoughts on it all. Marvel Star Wars #1 is coming soon and we have lots of covers to choose from. We talked about the numerous variants, how we feel about them, and picked a few we like. We review Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir, the canon comic series based on unused scripts from The Clone Wars. We briefly discuss Star Wars Volume 3: Rebel Girl. We didn’t have much positive to say so we kept this review short.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter Facebook

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Latest Star Wars Comic Arrives
Reported by Matt on 21 Dec 2014 14:10

The latest issue of the Star Wars comic from Titan arrives, bagged with a mystery gift and over 100 stickers. Grab it now while you can, £4.99 in all good newsagents here in the UK.

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The Force Awakens Teaser In 3D?
Reported by Mark on 21 Dec 2014 13:48

Very interesting news arrives via Death that says that the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens was shown at a Disney event in Holland on 11th December. As we posted back on 17th December the BBFC passed the trailer uncut for both 2D and 3D, so these two pieces of information line up nicely, but as always until confirmed it's just a rumour.

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VII By Andy Fairhurst
Reported by Mark on 21 Dec 2014 13:16

While the headline might sound like an expensive new brand of perfume, the image evokes all kinds of Star Wars goodness. By Llandudno based artist Andy Fairhurst this shows an alternative perspective to an already classic The Force Awakens scene. Great work.

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Greg Horn’s Star Wars #1 Gamestop Cover Selling For $75 – Or 8000 Points
Reported by Mark on 21 Dec 2014 12:17

It can't be a surprise to learn that yet another variant cover is on the horizon for Marvels Star Wars #1, due January 2015. With art by Greg Horn, the piece features Luke Skywalker in his X-wing outfit.

(L)imited to 10,000 copies and available to those with 8000 PowerUpRewards at GameStop. Which is why folk are trying to sell them for $75 on eBay. No takers yet…

With such a great piece of art on the cover I'm sure there will be.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Parody (Super Smash Wars)
Reported by Mark on 21 Dec 2014 12:00

Thanks to Brent Ruiz for dropping us a line with a link to this fantastic Super Smash Bros style version of The Force Awakens teaser.

Hi guys, this might be one of the better parodies of the Force Awakens trailer. Just came out today, thought it would make a good post for JediNews.

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Jason Reitman's The Empire Strikes Back: Photo Of The Cast
Reported by Mark on 21 Dec 2014 11:50

This is different, unique and kind of cool and it features Mark Hamill as both Obi-Wan Kenobi (who he might be channelling in The Force Awakens) AND his arch enemy the Emperor.

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   20 December 2014
Galactic Voyage Now On Facebook
Reported by Mark on 20 Dec 2014 22:40

My long-time online buddy Gary Willis from Galactic Voyage has dropped us a line to tell us all about his new Galactic Voyage on Facebook.

I just wanted to let you know that I have finally created a Facebook page for Galactic Voyage. I know it has been a long time in coming, but after being online for 15 years, I wanted to connect more with other Star Wars fans and find out about their thoughts and opinions in real time. Be sure to “Like” us and tell your friends! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my friend! Take care!

Get over there and like the page. Gary is one of the true gents of the Star Wars fan community and Galactic Voyage is always well worth a visit.

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Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
Reported by Mark on 20 Dec 2014 21:34

Check out this footage kindly sent to us by the Head Editor and Co-host of The Post-Movie Podcast, Stephen Slaughter.

Hi Guys; I thought you might like to share this with your readers. Some never-before-seen B-roll from the set of Star Wars: E4 - A New Hope, recently added to YouTube. I've seen a lot of stuff, but I've never seen this. Thought you might dig it. Best, Stephen Slaughter.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Introducing a New Huge Ship to X-Wing and the Star Wars Galaxy!
Reported by Jonathan on 20 Dec 2014 20:08

It's never been seen before, and it's a damn great big Imperial Starship! Designed in partnership with Lucasfilm Ltd the Raider-class corvette is part of the upcoming Imperial Raider Expansion Pack. It's an absolute beauty and the idea that we're getting whole new Star Wars starships for not only the X-Wing game but for the Star Wars universe as a whole... well, that's a new level of excitement.

From the website:

Kuat Drive Yards began manufacturing the Raider-class corvette in 6BBY as a dedicated anti-fighter vessel after it was successfully pitched by Lira Wessex, the designer of the Imperial-class Star Destroyer. She recognized that the Imperial Navy lacked a small, modern craft to reinforce the TIE fighter squadrons deployed by Star Destroyers, and she designed the Raider-class corvette as a durable, 150m vessel that featured multiple hardpoints and would excel at suppressing Rebel fighter attacks.

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Nicholas Diak: One Year To Go
Reported by Mark on 20 Dec 2014 19:54

Here's some new images from our pal Nicholas Diak as he draws his way to the arrival of The Force Awakens.

I can't believe we're only a year away from the Star Wars film that was never suppose to happen! I can't wait to see what the following months have in store for us as we begin to get more official information and The Force Awakens!
With only 365 days left, that means I only have 365 drawings left! Can't believe that when I started I had 760 to do! Time goes fast!
At any rate here are some of the drawings I did in reaction to the teaser trailer.

On The Shelves UK: Sainsbury
Reported by Matt on 20 Dec 2014 19:54

With thanks top Jedi News reader Steve Potter, some of the goodies available in Sainsbury's in Poole, Dorset here in the UK.

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Nerdist News and ANOVOS holiday giveaway!
Reported by Mark on 20 Dec 2014 19:33

Via the infinitely huggable Consetta Parker, check out this competition via The Nerdist.

(W)e couldn’t just send you off into the polar vortex without giving you a chance to leave with some sweet swag. Remember when we gave away a hyper-detailed, movie-quality Darth Vader costume from ANOVOS? Well, now we’ve got a ready-to-wear TIE Fighter Pilot costume that you can win!
That’s right — this costume, valued at $1,500, is replicated from artifacts at the Lucasfilm Archives and is so meticulously detailed that it even includes the environmental/airflow features built into the helmet so you can wear it for extended periods of time without accidentally Force choking yourself.
In order to win, simply tweet this post with the hashtag #MyJediName and you’re automatically entered! Simply click here or craft a tweet of your own. Just be sure to enter by midnight on Monday, January 5, 2015 because then this post will make like Alderaan and disappear. (Hopefully sans explosion.)

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Cover To Star Wars Rebels: Servants of the Empire: Rebel In The Ranks
Reported by Mark on 20 Dec 2014 19:18

Check out the cover to Jason Fry's second Servants of the Empire book, Rebel In The Ranks.

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Bombad Radio Episode 179: There’s no news like Jedi News
Reported by Mark on 20 Dec 2014 18:52

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

Hosts James and Jeremiah discuss the recent success of Bombad Radio as well as talk a little about what is coming up in the coming year before Jedi News co-owner Mark Newbold joins the show to discuss the history of Jedi News, his fandom of Star Wars, and more. Also interesting in winning some great stuff courtesy of Bombad Radio and Wizards of the Coast? Listen and find out how!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars #1 Magneto Homage Variant
Reported by Matt on 20 Dec 2014 18:45

Check out this Third Eye Comics varisant,. featuring artwork by Dale Keown homaging X-Men #1's Magneto cover from 1991.

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Star Wars: A New Hope in The Force Awakens trailer style
Reported by Mark on 20 Dec 2014 18:36

David Kasdan dropped us a line to bring to our attention this edit he did of A New Hope to match The Force Awakens teaser trailer.

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope edited to match the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode 7). The visuals all are from the original movie.

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R2-KT and 501st Fire Sale (for realzies!)
Reported by Mark on 20 Dec 2014 18:19

It's over to the one and only Al, man-servant of R2-KT for the latest.

Hey gang! All orders prior to Dec 16 are in the mail! Sorry I've been hard to reach - five days on the road for work leaves little time and our house had a fire literally ten minutes after I returned on the last day of driving. So thank you all for being patient with me being MIA this Christmas season. Thankfully, we got the fire put out in time and no one was hurt (but the carpet and furniture are a write-off).
Meanwhile, thanks to everyone we've raised almost $2000 for Toys-for-Tots this Christmas! So wave bye-bye to Heat Miser, Cold Miser, and Olaf... they're almost done for the 2014 season. In light of our recent fire, why not a fire sale? Any R2-KT or 501st Legion patch just $5 free shipping to anywhere AND get a free original R2-KT embroidered logo patch with every order! Or $28 gets you any six plus the KT patch and vinyl sticker! Sweet! And full sets of the Galactic Academy patches are only $20 for all seven unit patches! Free shipping on everything.
FYI the 2013 Grinch patch is sold out, the 501st Squad patch is sold out, and we're down to the last 30 full sets of the Christmas patches but plenty of individual patches (see for a full list) and check out 501st stuff here.
Orders placed now won't get there by Christmas but get them now or they're history! Thanks for helping Toys-for-Tots, that is ALWAYS on time! Paypal for any items to and we'll sort it out.
Here's hoping all of you have a safe and happy Christmas season. That's the important thing.

AL (R2-KT's man-servant)

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 20
Reported by James on 20 Dec 2014 17:01
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It's December 20th and time to open up the twentieth door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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RebelForce Radio: December 19, 2014
Reported by Justin on 20 Dec 2014 15:21

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

The holiday season is upon us and the Star Wars spirit is in the air. Coming off a week filled with tons of news about The Force Awakens, Star Wars Rebels, and more, we have a lot to say. We have more analysis of the new character names revealed for The Force Awakens, including exclusive information about the inspiration for Poe Dameron’s surname. Plus, Mark Hamill, Frank Oz, and Bob Iger speak. And don’t forget to stay tuned for a mega-sized The Force Awakens Spoiler Alert filled with juicy rumors and wild speculation. Join Jason & Jimmy, along with in-studio guest Cris Macht (The Force Among Us), for Star Wars holiday cheer!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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2015 Star Wars Valentine's Day Lollipop Swap
Reported by Justin on 20 Dec 2014 15:10

Christmas may be less than a week away, but that hasn't stopped 2015 Star Wars Valentine's Day items from appearing on store shelves. Check out the package of Lollipop Swap Valentines I found earlier today at one of my local Stop 'N Shop grocery stores.

Click the image above for a larger view of the front of the package and the one below for the back.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

   19 December 2014
Marvel's Star Wars #1: Your Essential Guide
Reported by BrianC on 19 Dec 2014 17:45
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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 87 covers, yes that is eighty-seven 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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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 19
Reported by James on 19 Dec 2014 17:01
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It's December 19th and time to open up today's door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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The Empire Strikes Back Live Read Surprises With Mark Hamill, Ellen Page
Reported by Mark on 19 Dec 2014 15:57

Mark Hamill as Palpatine and Obi-Wan? That can't be right? Then again this is Jason Reitman directing a live riff on The Empire Strikes Back.

The surprises included a couple of castings — The Office's Rainn Wilson played Chewbacca, and in the ultimate nerd tribute, Mark Hamill (the original Luke Skywalker, a role he’s reprising in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens) played Palpatine and the ghostly Obi-Wan Kenobi — and some of the writing by George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan and Leigh Brackett. Han Solo is in one scene described as “kiss[ing Leia] with slow, hot lips." Reitman interjected, "Oh, George."

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5th Annual Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day: How You Can Be Involved
Reported by Teresa on 19 Dec 2014 15:00

Today is Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day, we should all remember when this happened in 2010 and how our friend Katie needed our help. The movement has continued and today we are on the 5th anniversary of this amazing day. Read below how you can get involved and if you want to see yourself here on Jedi News this is how you can do it.

Tweet/Instagram a picture of you wearing Star Wars gear or donating a toy that has a note indicating the toy is for boys AND girls. Make sure to include in that post a tag to @icecoldpenguin and use the hashtag #WearStarWars2014. Read on below all about the movement and how you can be involved.

May the force be with you and let’s help stop bullying!

On Friday, December 19, 2014, we invite you once again to celebrate this day of geek pride and anti-bullying by:

  • 1). Wearing something Star Wars or science fiction-related.
  • 2). Donating a Star Wars or science fiction toy to a child in need (but please put a post-it note on the new, unwrapped toy specifying that it can go to a girl or a boy; otherwise, these traditional "boy toys" will be given only to boys). You can bring the toy to a hospital, a shelter, or drop it off with any charitable organization collecting toys.
  • 3). Post your pics on this Facebook page or on Twitter with the hashtag #WearStarWars2014

Your school or workplace can use this as a fun way to stand up to the terrible problem of bullying and help needy kids at the same time!

This holiday season event began in 2010 when first-grader Katie Goldman was repeatedly taunted for being a girl who loved Star Wars, and the Internet rallied around her, creating a day to wear Star Wars clothes and costumes in support of everyone's right to like what they like!

Another 2015 Poly Found In The Wild
Reported by Matt on 19 Dec 2014 14:40

Check out the latest LEGO polybag, via Brickset featuring the Inquisitors TIE Advanced Prototype.

This 30275 Star Wars TIE Advanced Prototype polybag has been found in Toys R Us Kelowna, British Colombia, Canada by Daniel, who apologises for the quality of the picture :-)

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The Force Awakens Taylor Swift Holiday Song (A Blank Space Parody)
Reported by Matt on 19 Dec 2014 14:05

Really great and fun video mashing Taylor Swift, cosplayers and The Force Awakens.

We created a comedy parody with Star Wars, Taylor Swift Blank Space, and Christmas. We combined three things we love into one Holiday Song.
I hope you enjoy it and if you know anyone who might also, or share it, we would greatly appreciate it. Hopefully at some point this the masters behind Episode VII and Ms. Swift will get a chance to see our Parody tribute. Who knows, maybe Santa will see it too. We do this out of love and have a little Holiday comedy series this year and decided to dedicate the end of every video to a charity as well. We figure if we are lucky enough to get a few eyeballs watching us why not use it to help awareness for other non profits. It’s what a Jedi would do.
Thank you so much and Happy Holidays!

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Official Site: Darth Scrooge
Reported by Mark on 19 Dec 2014 13:57

Dan Zehr counjours up some Christmas spirit as he looks at Darth Scrooge over at

There are many wonderful stories that encapsulate the Christmas spirit, and emphasize the potential for human goodness and decency. These stories are time-honored traditions in the month of December, and I’m sure many of you have favorites that are sacrosanct for you and your families. Perhaps there has not been a more retold Christmas story than the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, featuring the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge. Upon recently teaching this class to my freshmen students, I was struck by the similarities between Scrooge and the correspondingly conflicted Darth Vader. Perhaps they are not as dissimilar as one might originally think.

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Strange Magic Poster And UK Release Date
Reported by Mark on 19 Dec 2014 12:18

It arrives in the States on 23rd January 2015, with a UK release of 11th February, so here's a look at the first poster for Strange Magic, directed by Gary Rydstrom from a story by George Lucas.

The cast features Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristen Chenoweth, Peter Stormare, and Raiders of the Lost Ark's Satipo, Alfred Molina.

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The Force Awakens Rey Tattoo
Reported by MarcZ on 19 Dec 2014 12:08

Star of Epic Ink on A&E and friend of us here at Jedi News, Josh Bodwell, shared his latest master piece. I'm sure this will not be his last The Force Awakens tattoo, since it's likely he will be tattooing at Celebration Anaheim!

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RADIO 1138: Episode 22
Reported by Mark on 19 Dec 2014 11:20

It's time to join Mark Newbold and James Burns for the latest episode of RADIO 1138.

2014 is almost at an end as we bring you our review of the last 12 months, looking back at the arrival of Star Wars Rebels, the end of the EU, a packed convention calendar, The Force Awakens and much more besides. We also travel to Farthest From 7 and catch up with all the happenings there, including the Toy Meltdown quiz and chats with Dave Tree, Team Jedi News and Grant Criddle of the SWFUK podcast. All on this hour-long 22nd episode of RADIO 1138.

Contact Information: | iTunes | RSS Feed | RFR Landing Page | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Star Wars Saga Legends Spotted In Toys 'R' Us
Reported by Matt on 19 Dec 2014 11:08

Spotted on the shelves in Toys 'R' Us Gloucester by Jedi News reader Blow Torch Scorch, these are sure to fly off the shelves in no time.

Seen anything new? Snap a pic with ya camphone and drop a store report to

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Official Site: DIY Star Wars Snow Globe
Reported by Mark on 19 Dec 2014 10:54

She's written more cool articles than there are snowflakes on a Hoth mountainside, and so it's no surprise that Amy Ratcliffe brings us another essential piece over at

When December rolls around each year, I look at my holiday decorations to see what I can apply a Star Wars makeover to. It seems like there’s an endless number of crafts to make such as stockings, tree skirts, and ornaments. This year I turned my eye to snow globes. I’ve put a tauntaun in a jar of fake snow, but I’ve never taken the next step and added water. I learned that snow globes are surprisingly simple to make, and I want to make one for every shelf in my home. I started with a Hoth snow globe because of obvious reasons and because it’s one of my favorite planets in the Star Wars universe.

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Details On A Blue Alien Named "Rose"
Reported by Justin on 19 Dec 2014 02:51

Making Star Wars has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to Star Wars: The Force Awakens via the titled link below.

Concepts: Finding "Rose" - The Blue Alien Sidekick

As is the case with all officially unconfirmed The Force Awakens rumors/reports posted out there on the interwebs, take the supplied link at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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UPDATED: TFA Artwork From This Week's Entertainment Weekly; No New Quotes Provided
Reported by Justin on 19 Dec 2014 01:23

UPDATE: The TFA article from this issue is also available to read online and we have a much better look at the artwork via the tweet below.


The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine arrived in my mailbox earlier today which contains a few images from The Force Awakens teaser trailer on the cover.

I've included a pic of the artwork design used for the TFA portion of their feature story (click the image above for a larger view). And even though the preview article posted on their website mentioned "fresh quotes from new cast members" would be in the issue, the quotes they provided have already been reported at various times here on Jedi News and on other fansites as well. I have included a pic of these quotes below.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

2014 Rancho Obi-Wan Holiday Card
Reported by Justin on 19 Dec 2014 01:11

Today I received my 2014 Rancho Obi-Wan holiday card, and as always the design is top notch (click the image above for a larger view).

Huge thanks to Steve Sansweet, Anne Neumann, Consetta Parker, and the entire staff at ROW. And I want to take this opportunity to pass along my best wishes to them for a very safe and happy holiday season as well.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Thank You From The Set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
Reported by Mark on 19 Dec 2014 00:31


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   18 December 2014
Who's Who In The Star Wars Galaxy: Chewbacca
Reported by Mark on 18 Dec 2014 23:42

Marvel continue their look at key characters of the Star Wars galaxy as they focus their photoreceptors on the mighty Chewbacca.

Chewbacca’s name first came to prominence during the Clone Wars when he and his fellow Wookiees defended their arboreal homeworld of Kashyyyk from a Separatist invasion. He further distinguished himself by helping Jedi Master Yoda escape off-planet as the war came to an end.
In the years following the Clone Wars, Chewbacca befriended notorious smuggler Han Solo. Proving himself a steadfast and dependable partner, the Wookiee became co-pilot of Solo’s freighter, the Millennium Falcon, as well as his confidante and co-conspirator in the duo’s many scrapes with Imperial patrols. Chewbacca also shared Solo’s death mark, placed on the pair for dumping valuable cargo belonging to gangster Jabba the Hutt.

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Best Star Wars Bounty Hunters - The 10
Reported by Mark on 18 Dec 2014 22:41

In this installment of the 10, we’re picking the galaxy’s top mercenaries, from sharpshooting shapeshifters to killer Kyuzo.
For this list, we're focusing on bounty hunters from the Star Wars films and Star Wars: The Clone Wars only, ranking them on efficiency, inventiveness, and cool factor.

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January 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort
Reported by Mark on 18 Dec 2014 22:38

There are merchandise events hitting the parks over at Disney and Disney Parks Blog have it covered.

It’s a new year and we have new events waiting for you. Here’s a look at what merchandise events we have headed your way this January at the Disneyland Resort!

January 10-11: Join us as we welcome Hero Design Studio from 1–4 p.m., each day, at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District.
January 16-17: Join us for a special artist showcase as we celebrate the release of some of the newest pieces by artists Jerrod Maruyama and Noah that are clearly out of this world. Meet the artists from 6-8 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District.
January 17-18: Meet ACME Archives artist Raymond Swanland who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his latest Star Wars-inspired pieces. Raymond will appear from 1–4 p.m., each day, at D Street in the Downtown Disney District.
January 17-18: Join us as we welcome The Little Red House from 1–4 p.m., each day, at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District.
January 24-25: Meet artist Drake Brodahl from 1–4 p.m., each day, at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District.
January 31 – Feb 1: Robinina will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 1–4 p.m., each day, at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District.

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Episode 58: Steve Sansweet – Rancho Recruiter
Reported by Mark on 18 Dec 2014 22:02

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

Steve Sansweet, everyone’s favorite Star Wars Collector, is back! While Skywalking through the Holidays he tells us all about his new Rancho Recruiter program for Rancho Obi-Wan. This harkens back to a campaign that the Official Star Wars Fan Club ran back in 1980. Remember that? We also talk with the fantastic C-3PO cosplayer Simon Wilkie who does so much work for the Make-A-Wish UK Foundation as everyone’s favorite protocol droid. Today Simon is releasing his short film ‘R2’s Wish’ which he’ll tell us all about. His life has been a whirlwind this past year and WOW! It’s exciting to hear how his life has changed since that viral “Happy” video!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Preview of Paninis First Star Wars Rebels Comic
Reported by BrianC on 18 Dec 2014 21:42

With rumours abound that Egmont will printing this title in the UK from next month, here's a look at the European Panini version, translated from the German over at Jedi Bibliothek.

Panini Comics has kindly with an exclusive double-page of the first Star Wars Rebels comics ring race supplies, in January in the new Star Wars Rebels appears magazine. The comics appear in German World Premiere - even if they are created by international authors and illustrators on behalf of Panini, there is no information on an English-language publication.

Each issue of the magazine will include a 12-page, self-contained comic. The History Ring race (in English Ring Race ) was written by the British author Martin Fisher and illustrated by his compatriot Bob Molesworth. The comics are considered canon. So here's the first insight into the ring race:

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Marvel To Release eBooks Of Dark Horse Trade Paperbacks
Reported by BrianC on 18 Dec 2014 21:32

According to the Barnes and Noble website, Marvel are going to ebook the entire Dark Horse TPB back catalogue beginning on 8th January 2015.

As you can see above there are no images, so it's unknown if Marvel will rebrand the existing cover artwork or commission new covers. Stay tuned.

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This Is Me...One Year From The Force Awakens
Reported by Teresa on 18 Dec 2014 21:21

365 days. That's a whole 'nother year to wait until The Force Awakens arrives in cinemas, and Lucasfilm's Matt Martin started a Twitter Selfie campaign today by to see how much he would age between today and when The Force Awakens comes out.

We plan to compile all the images we can find from people who participate. If you want to participate all you have to do is post a picture of you with a sign that says "This is me one year from Star Wars The Force Awakens" and use the hashtag ?#TheForceAges?.

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Fly Casual Episode 19: Ride the Chocolate Scooter
Reported by Mark on 18 Dec 2014 21:19

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

In this episode of Fly Casual Podcast the boys review Star wars Rebels, Tarkin, and discuss the latest in Rumors. Wackiness ensues during the Porkins Bite of the Week and the final holiday edition of the Fly Casual Glee Club.

Contact Information: iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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What I Want for Life Day
Reported by AdamDB on 18 Dec 2014 21:00
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Life Day is almost upon us! But before you grab your red ceremonial robes and enter the…umm…weird vortex thingee (seriously, what WAS that?), I have my wish list of the Eight things I want most this Life Day and for the year to follow:

1. Balance in the Force

2. For “Rebels” to have more of a Saga feel than a predominantly IV-VI focus. I mean, we had those great and heartbreaking moments with memories of Obi-Wan and Luminara, and the Inquisitor is clearly an Utapaun, but more please and with the same respect given to the rest.

Jason Reitman casts a surprising Han and Leia in The Empire Strikes Back live-read
Reported by Mark on 18 Dec 2014 20:14

Jason Reitman chooses his actors for the roles of Han and Leia, and while the Princess might not be a surprise, his choice of Solo is intriguing.

Really, there’s nothing that says “Han” can’t be a woman’s name.
Ellen Page will be taking on the part of Han Solo in director Jason Reitman’s live stage-reading of The Empire Strikes Back Thursday night, and Jessica Alba has been cast as Princess Leia—the royal revolutionary who thinks the smuggler is nothing but a “stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerfherder.”
Until, of course, she doesn’t.
The whole point of Reitman’s live-read series is to take classic scripts and turn them into something we’ve never seen before, but he tells EW that casting his Juno star as the sardonic captain of the Millennium Falcon felt as natural as it may seem surprising.

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Get Your Geek On: December 18th 2014
Reported by Mark on 18 Dec 2014 19:29

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

Want to win some extra money for the holidays? We introduce the latest contest from "Geeks Unite" and tell you how to win up to $50 in Amazon Gift Cards! We also breakdown the latest in Episode VII news as well as have an in-depth discussion about the very latest from Celebration Anaheim! Stay Geeky! 'Like' GYGO on Facebook Follow GYGO on Twitter Listen LIVE on Mondays at 9 pm EST on Channel 1138!

Contact Information: iTunes | Mixlr | Facebook

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Fantasy Flight Games: Four New Edge of the Empire Specialization Decks Are Now Available
Reported by Jonathan on 18 Dec 2014 19:07

Reference cards are a great idea, and give quick and easy access to skills and abilities that you might want to put to use during a Star Wars RPG session. Here, then, are four new Specialization Decks to get the most out of the game.

From the website:

“The Jundland Wastes are not to be traveled lightly.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi

In the Star Wars®: Edge of the Empire™ Roleplaying Game, a Colonist’s life is full of danger. You have your outstanding Obligations and your own reasons for avoiding the Empire, but you’re never really free from your debtors, bounty hunters, and Imperial agents. Moreover, the distant planets you seek to settle may have atmospheres and terrain as hostile as any pack of Stormtroopers.
Fortunately, four new Specialization Decks introduce plenty of tools for overcoming all the obstacles that life sets before you. Drawn from the pages of the Far Horizons sourcebook for Colonists, these Specialization Decks each offer quick and easy access to the rules for the talents and abilities from the Entrepreneur, Marshal, and Performer specializations, as well as the Colonist Signature Abilities.

Colonist Entrepreneur
Colonist Marshal
Colonist Performer
Colonist Signature Abilities

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Blocks Magazine Issue 3 Available Today
Reported by James on 18 Dec 2014 17:30

The third monthly issue of Blocks magazine is available today at all good newsagents.  Blocks magazine is a celebration of everything LEGO and includes lots of Star Wars content.  In this issue there's an interview with Warwick Davis (by yours truly) about all things LEGO related. 

Blocks is available now at all good newsagents or by taking the link below...

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 18 Dec 2014 17:23
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Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders and arrivals as well as a holiday sale with 100's of gifts under $50...

100+ Gifts Over $50

LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 18
Reported by James on 18 Dec 2014 17:01
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It's December 18th and time to open up the second door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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Tsuneo Sanda Greeting Card 2014
Reported by Mark on 18 Dec 2014 16:53

Via our great friend Tsuneo Sanda, here is his 2014 greeting card.

2015 comes over soon!
I thank for the warm support of everybody heartily this year. Arigatou so much!!
I give everybody "Holiday Card" with thanks!
Please have a wonderful Holiday season and Happy New Year!!

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Fangirls Going Rogue #14
Reported by Mark on 18 Dec 2014 16:29

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

With Star Wars Rebels exciting mid-season finale and The Force Awakens news, Fangirls Going Rogue invited some of their fellow fangirls to talk Star Wars. Geek Girl Diva, contributor to the Entertainment Weekly Star Wars Rebels Community, and Jedi Tink, Sarah Woloski from Skywalking Through Neverland, join Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr to discuss the awesomeness that is Hera and Sabine, Star Wars in the Disney parks, and a rolling droid that should be a tsum tsum plushy. Sabine is the focus of the character discussion and hopefully the muse for future Disney park fireworks! In a special guest interview, Anne Neumann talks about Rancho Obi-Wan and being a longtime fangirl.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: The 12 Days of SWTOR
Reported by Mark on 18 Dec 2014 15:58

Get ready for the 12 days of SWTOR and grab your goodies.

Happy holidays everyone! Beginning tomorrow, the Cartel Market will have daily surprise sales for the next 12 days (12/18/2014 – 12/29/2014). You can find out what’s on sale in game, but we will also be posting here and on social media the items going on the Market that day. The Market will be updated at 11:00am CT each day.

Day 1: Coming Soon
Day 2: Coming Soon
Day 3: Coming Soon
Day 4: Coming Soon
Day 5: Coming Soon
Day 6: Coming Soon
Day 7: Coming Soon
Day 8: Coming Soon
Day 9: Coming Soon
Day 10: Coming Soon
Day 11: Coming Soon
Day 12: Coming Soon

May the Force be with you!

According to SWTOR Strategies it’ll be different hypercrates at 5500 Cartel Coins each.

Source SWTOR (via sQren)
Natalie Portman: after Star Wars "no director wanted to work with me"
Reported by Mark on 18 Dec 2014 15:42

Wow, just wow...

After taking on the Star Wars prequel trilogy, "everyone thought I was a horrible actress", says Natalie Portman.
Following her superb debut in Luc Besson's Leon, back when she was just 13 years old, Natalie Portman attracted the attention of the Star Wars casting team. Thus, she was cast as Padme Amidala in George Lucas' Star Wars prequel trilogy, kicking off with The Phantom Menace, and ending with 2005's Revenge Of The Sith.
However, whilst the movies made an awful lot of money, there was a consequence for Portman, who was stuck in what ultimately seemed quite an unforgiving role. Talking to New Yorker magazine, she revealed that once Star Wars had come out, "everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me".

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Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 58
Reported by Mark on 18 Dec 2014 15:18

It's time to join your hosts Jason, Randy, Sal and Jeremy over at Now, This Is Podcasting!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens News! Character names were revealed and we discuss them! BB-8 is real (we told you so), Teaser poster hitting? Stormtroopers and air guns in England, Pigs in space! Two crashes and much more!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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C-3PO and R2-D2 star in 'R2's Wish'
Reported by Mark on 18 Dec 2014 15:00

Routine maintenance is the task at hand but one droid's desire for adventure sparks a day anything but routine.

C-3PO and R2-D2 star in this short charity fan film with 100% of all advert revenue going directly to Make-A-Wish Foundation UK.

Please donate to this wonderful charity directly using the following link:


See-Threepio (C-3PO) Simon Wilkie
Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) Adam Strawson
Second Cameraman Steve Chilvers
Music composed by Jamie Robertson
Editing Simon Wilkie & James Sutherland
Wardrobe assistant Jennifer Wilkie
Production assistant Yet Wha Lam
Directed by James Sutherland
Special Thanks:
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Style Health & Fitness
Nathan Ward
Paul Newson
Gary Frary

Chris Paul
Matt Potter
May The Force Be With You!

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The Force Awakens Arrives In Exactly One Year!
Reported by Team Jedi News on 18 Dec 2014 05:00

The title of this story says it all. It's still hard to fathom that this is actually happening. The seventh installment in our favorite space opera is coming.

Let the official daily countdown begin.

You buy the drinks. We got the popcorn covered.

See you in line!!

   17 December 2014
Mersey ComicCon: 30th May 2015
Reported by Mark on 17 Dec 2014 23:37

In a year packed with Star Wars goodness here's yet another, the 2015 Mersey ComicCon.

Some of the amazing attractions will include:

A number of Film & TV stars in attendence - signing and in some cases photo ops are available
The A-Team Van
KITT from Knight Rider
Lightening McQueen
Green Screen photography
A Tattooist
A Q&A session with the guests
Disney Princesses will be performing songs for any attending children as well as Face Painting


Venue : Mountford Hall
Type Entertainments
Start date Saturday 30-05-2015 - 00:00
End date Saturday 30-05-2015 - 18:00
Capacity 2000

Contact Details

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 17 Dec 2014 23:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

Source 501st (via Roqoo Depot)
Jason Reitman re-staging The Empire Strikes Back with Aaron Paul and J.K. Simmons
Reported by Mark on 17 Dec 2014 22:55

It's the latest in a series of Jason Reitman's live reads and he couldn't have picked a better film to do.

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul will take on the role of Luke Skywalker in director Jason Reitman’s one-night-only live-read of The Empire Strikes Back this Thursday, while fearsome Whiplash star J.K. Simmons will let the hate flow through him as Darth Vader.
It’s part of an ongoing series of live performances of movie scripts Reitman stages each month, bringing in new actors to create a kind of cover version of beloved films. He has previously staged live-reads of The Princess Bride, Ghostbusters, American Beauty, and The Apartment, among others.

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Best of Star Wars Music Christmas Lights Show 2014
Reported by MarcZ on 17 Dec 2014 22:49

I take pride in decorating my house with lights for Christmas, but this video will even put the Griswold's to shame!

Here's my tribute to my favorite songs on Star Wars! Featured on ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight and twice on ABC's Good Morning America. I sequenced the show using LOR, mixed the music/sound effects with Digital Performer, and filmed it using a 35' lift at 3am :) This is now my second year decorating. I built all the props using wood, metal, acrylic and corrugated plastic. I am a music/teacher director for a living (COVA Conservatory in Oakland and Centerville Presbyterian Church in Fremont), hence the massive instruments! The guitar is 17', the piano is 19' and the drums are standard. About 12,500 channels running around 100,000 lights. Come by and see it in person on the corner of Lafayette and Ruschin in Newark most nights from 6-10pm. Because of the light beams on the roof, I turn off the display in heavy rain. Fair use for educational purposes. Merry Christmas everyone!

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Star Wars Fan Film Awards 2015 Trailer
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 22:30

The Star Wars Fan Film Awards, a celebration of fan creativity inspired by a galaxy far, far away, are back! In this trailer, revisit past winners and entries ranging from animation to live-action comedy, and get an important tip from Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo.

Entrants can submit their films now through January 16, 2015. The best selections in the categories of Animation, Non-Fiction, Comedy, Spirit of Fandom, Visual Effects, Audience Choice, and Filmmaker Select -- chosen by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy -- will screen in a special ceremony at the upcoming Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim in April 2015.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Unseen Concept Art, Max von Sydow's Character, Tri-Wing, & More
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 20:52

Star Wars 7 News has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to Star Wars: The Force Awakens via the titled link below.

Descriptions Of Unseen Concept Art, Max von Sydow's Character, Tri-Wing, & More

As is the case with all officially unconfirmed The Force Awakens rumors/reports posted out there on the interwebs, take the supplied link at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Expanded Fandomverse Episode 020 - David Bledsoe from Collectors Care
Reported by Mark on 17 Dec 2014 20:17

It's time to join Tim and Jason over at The Expanded Fandomverse.

"Normally on The Expanded Fandomverse, we talk to Star Wars fans who are doing interesting and creative things with their love of that galaxy far, far away. This week we are breaking format for the holidays, as we talk to a Star Wars fan who has turned his love of collecting Star Wars toys into a nonprofit charity that collects toys all year long for sick and disadvantaged kids. Join us as we sit down with David Bledsoe from Collectors Care. – Also, we talk to film critic Joshua Starnes about the prequels, and what he has to say may make you rethink some things!"

Contact Information: Website | Voice Mail - 205-383-3663 | Twitter | Facebook

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A Special Holiday Card From Spencer Brinkerhoff
Reported by Mark on 17 Dec 2014 19:18

Take a look at the design and creation of our pal Spencer Brinkerhoff's 2014 Christmas card over at his official site.

Well, I’ve done it! I can now say that I have officially created a Holiday Card. I’m calling it a Holiday Card and not a Christmas card because there’s NO WAY that I’ll be getting these things out to everyone by Christmas. ;D
I had a pretty good time watching the animated section of the Star Wars Holiday Special to grab all the references for this image. I used my iPad to grab the screen shots and the mock up the scene. I even used it to draw the whole thing! One of these days I’ll post a bit more about my process.

And be sure to check out Star Wars Insider 154 and the Red 5 section for my piece with Spencer, and some exclusive art.

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Andy Serkis Answers 10 The Force Awakens Questions
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 18:57

Andy Serkis provides fans with some insight into The Force Awakens in a new article posted on Entertainment Weekly via a series of 10 questions he answered (which includes him addressing a few rumors) about the film.

When Entertainment Weekly caught up with him recently at the premiere for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, he did offer a few Star Wars teases – and happily debunked some of the rumors making the rounds. Here’s what we learned.

One of the rumors he put to rest was the one we heard about him possibly playing multiple characters in the film. Serkis confirmed he is only playing one character.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Adi Granov Cover For Darth Vader #3
Reported by Matt on 17 Dec 2014 18:37

Take a good look at this clean cover artwork for by Adi Granov for Marvels third issue of their new Darth Vader title, written by Kieron Gillen with art by Salvador Larroca.

If it follows the schedule for the first two issues it should land early April 2015.

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Millennium Falcon's hyperdrive malfunction SFX demonstrated by Sound Designer Ben Burtt
Reported by Matt on 17 Dec 2014 18:15

Ever wondered how Ben Burtt made the Falcon sound effect for its failing hyperdrive system? Wonder no more as this vintage video clip explains it all.

It's details like these that make Star Wars what it is, just amazing.

Source YouTube (via Create Digital Music)
T-Shirts: New Stormtrooper Shirt At Asda
Reported by Matt on 17 Dec 2014 18:14

For £8.00, this tee from Asda is a steal, so troop on down to your local store and get one before they march out of the shop!

Thanks to Ian Taylor for the find.

SWFUK Episode 8: Jason and the Ugnaughts
Reported by Mark on 17 Dec 2014 18:01

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

A year on from the Toy Toni revelations, the podcast team interview Jason Smith, A.K.A. Mr Palitoy. Jason has put in many hours of work in trying to unravel the mystery of the TT scandal and opens up to the podcast with his findings. In this months Oddballs, Mr Criddle catches up with Michael and Melinda from Retroblasting as we hear the first part of a two part special interview with them. We hear from the podcast crew regarding the recent Farthest From VII event and get to speak with Mark Newbold, James Burns, Dan Burgess and Podcast fan Neil whilst attending. As well as all this we have all the usual popular sections; Latest Acquisitions, Rapid Fire, Market, Boom and Forum Roundup. So get listening to the latest epic from the SWFUK Podcast crew!

Contact Information: Website | Forum | Facebook

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Mark Hamill On Playing The Bad Dad In Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas
Reported by Matt on 17 Dec 2014 17:54

Not content with playing an iconic character in The Force Awakens Mark Hamill drops into another much-loved franchise.

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Official Site: From World War to Star Wars: Tarkintown and Hoovervilles
Reported by Mark on 17 Dec 2014 17:42

Over at Cole Horton returns to his From World War to Star Wars series as he looks at the links between the slums of the Great Depression and how they influenced Tarkintown in Star Wars Rebels.

Long before he was blowing up planets as commander of the Death Star, Grand Moff Tarkin was known as the Imperial Governor of the Outer Rim. One of Tarkin’s legacies was the forced relocation of citizens on the planet Lothal, where displaced people took refuge in a slum they called “Tarkintown.” A nod to the historic “Hoovervilles” made famous during the Great Depression, this location in Star Wars Rebels draws inspiration from the economic difficulties of the 1930s: an event that led to World War II.
In Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, our heroes make a stop in a slum removed from the capital city of Lothal. There, they find hungry citizens displaced by the Empire who wanted their land. Left with almost nothing, the citizens of Tarkintown find temporary relief from the crew of the Ghost who share food stolen from the Imperials.

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Spanish Star Wars Rebels Hasbro Toy Commercial
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 17:07

Rebelscum has posted a link to a Spanish-speaking Star Wars Rebels Hasbro commercial featuring an assortment of action figures and vehicles from the hit Disney XD animated series.

Check out the video on YouTube right here.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 17
Reported by James on 17 Dec 2014 17:01
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It's December 17th and just a week to go to Christmas Eve when we open up the last door of the LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar, but what's behind today's seventeenth door?

Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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Life-Size Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor Statue At Toys R Us
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 14:32

Take a look at this magnificent beauty. Here's hoping more Toys R Us stores located across the globe are graced by his sinister presence!

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Gentle Giant AT-AT Mini Bookends Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 12:40

Gentle Giant has updated their website to include a pre-order link for their new set of AT-AT Mini Bookends. The bookends are available to pre-order now for $225.00 and are expected to ship in Q4 2015.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Concept Details For A "SIE" Fighter
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 12:20 has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to Star Wars: The Force Awakens via the titled link below.

Concepts: "SIE" Fighter

As is the case with all officially unconfirmed The Force Awakens rumors/reports posted out there on the interwebs, take the supplied link at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Star Wars: R2-D2's Droid Workshop Book Trailer
Reported by James on 17 Dec 2014 11:48

It's time for another trailer but this one is for a book!  It's a book with a difference and enables you to build your own R2-D2 droid from cardboard.  The video was put together by the folks at Lucasfilm and features footage from the original Star Wars films as well as a time lapse guide of how to put the press-out R2-D2 together.

You can get your own press-out R2-D2 as part of Star Wars: R2-D2's Droid Workshop Book which is out now, published by our friends at Egmont, and available at all good booksellers including Amazon (just search for R2-D2 Droid Workshop) whilst stocks last.

BBFC Approves The Force Awakens Teaser for UK
Reported by BrianC on 17 Dec 2014 11:39

British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) passed the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens (Trailer A) at an approved running time of 1m 21s (that's 7 seconds less than the global internet release) on the 8th December.  The teaser trailer was passed in an uncut state for both 2D and 3D releases which we'd expect to see in UK cinemas very soon - better late than never!

Click on the image above for a closer look or take the link below for more info.

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Maisie Richardson-Sellers Confirms She Is Part Of The Force Awakens Cast
Reported by Justin on 17 Dec 2014 01:01

After rumors of her potential involvement in Episode VII first surfaced earlier this year, Maisie Richardson-Sellers has revealed via an interview segment posted on Refinery29 that she has in fact been cast in The Force Awakens.

Does all of this feel new to you?

It really does. I graduated from university last summer, where I was studying archeology and anthropology, so quite a different thing than acting. But, my parents are both actors and I’ve always wanted to act, so after school I started auditioning and that’s when I got Star Wars. That was my first job and The Originals is my second job, so I’m still trying to find my feet.

That must be a strange sentence to say 'My first acting job was Star Wars?'

It is really strange, but it’s also fantastic. I’d always done theater, and his was my first screen experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to introduce me to the world of screen acting.

Take the source link below for the full interview in which she also reveals what she had to go through in order to help keep her casting in the film a secret.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Refinery29
   16 December 2014
Official Site: Star Wars, A Family Affair
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 23:52

Sander de Lange takes a look at the familial off-screen connections between cast and crew members in his latest article over at

The Star Wars saga is the story about the Skywalker family and how their lives had an impact on an entire galaxy. This family connection also exists outside of the movies, with a lot of actors and crewmembers being related to each other. This holiday season we bring you and your family a look at these special bonds.

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T-Shirts: The Trisaber!
Reported by Matt on 16 Dec 2014 23:43

Tee Fury are on an Ep 7 roll as the present this trisaber tee, designed to glow in the dark.

Just 5 hours left to make this yours, so get ordering.

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Tonigate - One Year Later
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 23:15

Any vintage carded collectors will be or should be aware of the Toy Toni scandal that rocked the collectors community.

This past weekend at Farthest From 7 Jason Smith did a superb talk and here's the PDF slides that went along with his panel.

Hats off to Jason for the research and collation of this information. Well worth a read if you collect vintage carded.

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Tosche Station Radio #100: Century Mark
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 23:09

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

This week on Tosche Station Radio, we recap and review the first half of Rebels season one!

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

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Official Site: Boba Fett Reunions: It's Getting To Be A Family Affair...For Clones!
Reported by John 'Dak' Morton on 16 Dec 2014 23:00

My latest article arrives over at

Bespin Boba (a.k.a. Dak) most recently joined two other Fetts, Daniel Logan and Dickey Beer, for another billed Boba Fett Reunion. Fans will recall the Fett tradition started at Celebration Europe II in Essen, Germany, that was capped by five Fett’s performing a Maori haka onstage with Warwick Davis before 7,000 ecstatic fans. This September’s three-Fett reunion was during the 2014 Cincinnati Comic Expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The highpoint was a rollicking Reunion Panel before a full house on day three of the con, captured by an Expo video that the organizers have just posted on YouTube.
Followers of Jedi News may have read Dak’s report of the panel highlight: Dickey Beer’s reveal that Princess Leia literally saved his life during shooting of Return of the Jedi’s Sarlacc Pit battle scene.
Attendees — and his fellow panelists — were stunned to hear that Slave Leia laid on him the kiss of life…for real.

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Marvel Remasters Thomas, Chaykin's Star Wars Adaptation As Oversized Hardcover
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 22:57

With the licence back at the House of Ideas, Marvel are going all guns to not only provide fresh new adventures in key Star Wars era's but also to reintroduce classic tales with a twist.

Check out this news regarding an oversize hardcover of the original Star Wars adaptation.

Under a new cover by Adi Granov, Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin's adaptation of "A New Hope" -- fully recolored by Chris Sotomayor -- will be reprinted in full, including the scenes which Marvel readers experienced in 1977 that never made it to the big screen in Lucas' final cut.
"When Star Wars took the world by storm in 1977, Marvel Comics was right there with exciting comic adaptations and new stories set in a galaxy far, far away," Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel said via press release. "With new Star Wars comics being published by Marvel in 2015, we’re proud to look back on this exciting remastered adaptation of the original film, with remastered adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi coming later in 2015."

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Star Wars Battlefront: Space to Ground Combat Confirmed?
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 22:45

Ground combat in Battlefront 3? Sounds great to us, and the team over at SWTOR Strategies investigate the rumour further.

Star Wars: Battlefront has yet to receive a release date for 2015, but we’re sure it’ll be hitting the Xbox One, PC and PS4 during the Holiday season of next year. A Star Wars christmas is all that we could ask for (oh wait…we got that film and it was horrendous…)!
There is certainly a great deal that we expect from the Battlefront series, and from a Star Wars NextGen game made by DICE and EA. Each player is going to carry their own preferences and expectations for the title, but there’s certainly one thing that we all desire: Space to Ground combat. And I really feel like a little game we’ve all seen bits of has confirmed its presence. The idea of space to ground combat has been a desire for Star Wars and Battlefront fans for years. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 gave us space combat, but unfortunately it was only limited to final frontier and we couldn’t venture to the planets we fought outside of (the space combat was insanely cool though!).
But with the power of Frostbite and NextGen consoles, we want to see this become a reality. Either be fighting in space and have the option to leave at any time and focus your attention on a ground base on Hoth, or vice versa. All we know is that we want it. And I think that this Indie game has confirmed it.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Imperial Assault available this week at your local retailer!
Reported by Jonathan on 16 Dec 2014 22:39

It's here! IT'S HERE! Imperial Assault from Fantasy Flight Games is landing at your local store this week! It's only taken, oh, you know, like FOREVER TO GET HERE, but that's more to do with my insane levels of impatience than anything else.

From the website:

“General, prepare your troops for a surface attack.”
Darth Vader, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Imperial commanders and Rebel strike team leaders, gather your soldiers and prepare for tactical Star Wars™ combat. Imperial Assault will arrive at your local retailer this week!
You’ll have twice the opportunities to immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe with the two complete games included in Imperial Assault. In the campaign game, up to four players command heroes of the Rebellion, battling against a single Imperial player in a narrative campaign that changes every time you play through it. The skirmish game, on the other hand, gives you the chance to go head-to-head with a single opponent – mustering your own armies and fighting to complete conflicting objectives. Whichever game you play, your tactical decisions decide the fate of the galaxy!'

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Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 9
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 22:33

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

How long do we get this week? There’s no way we can fit all this into one show, right? This was going to be our Holiday Holiday Special Special, but once again, Lucasfilm threw a nice straight fastball down the center of the plate. We can’t help but knock this one out of the park. This week: Count Dooku feels the Christmas spirit, putting The Clone Wars on wax, a fat stack of Rebels news, and The Naming of the Crew

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T-Shirts: Episode Seven
Reported by Matt on 16 Dec 2014 22:22

$11.00 is the fee and the clock is ticking. Just 6 hours remain to make this amazing Episode VII tee yours, via Tee Fury.

Hurry, before Rey's choc ice melts...

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Hot Toys is Now the Sole Distributor of Sideshow's Star Wars Collectibles in Asia
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 22:15

Big changes happening as Hot Toys become the sole distributor of Sideshow products in Asia. Over to Raymond Chan to fill in the details.

Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles have a long history of partnership in bringing high quality collectibles to fans and now the collaboration will get even bigger. Today we are pleased to announce that Hot Toys is the sole distributor for Sideshow Collectibles’ Star Wars products in Asia.
Hot Toys will distribute Sideshow’s finely crafted 1/6th scale figures from the Star Wars saga throughout Asia. The distribution will expand even more in Hong Kong and include Sideshow’s amazing life-size figures and Premium Format statues.
With the new and highly anticipated Star Wars films coming in the next few years, Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles will definitely be here to expand your high-end Star Wars collectibles collection!

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Jedi News Short Story Review: The End Of History
Reported by MaxN on 16 Dec 2014 22:15
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This tale begins very abruptly and we are quickly introduced to the main character: Antron, an old man with a very Star Warsy/sci-fi sounding name. He witnesses a crashed starfighter on his homemoon, and is reluctant and apprehensive in approaching it (as anyone would be.) He, however, musters his courage with the thought that if Jedi Master Vonkhel could befriend the Sith Lord of Gairm, then he could do this.

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Barnes and Noble Exclusive Star Wars R2-C4 ARTFX Statue
Reported by Matt on 16 Dec 2014 22:07

For fans of astromechs, this 4" Kotobukiya statue is an essential purchase, available via Barnes and Noble.

Barnes and Noble will have an exclusive Kotobukiya Star Wars R2-C4 ARTFX+ Statue. The astrodroid was seen in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The 1/10 scale statue will be about 4? tall. It will include a collectable commemorative coin and a magnetic stand. The statue can be displayed standing straight up or inclined. It’s priced at $44.95 and is available now.

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6-Minute Episode IV Behind-The-Scenes B-Roll Video
Reported by Justin on 16 Dec 2014 21:58

We feel pretty confident in stating that all fans, similar to the entire staff here at Jedi News, simply cannot get enough of behind-the-scenes Star Wars videos. We'll watch 'em wherever and whenever possible.

So be sure to check out this YouTube video uploaded yesterday by user account "Eyes On Cinema" that features a 6-minute BTS video from the production of Episode IV back in 1976. Sadly, the video does not contain any audio, but that shouldn't deter you from letting your eyes soak in the vintage goodness.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Star Wars Action News Episode 438: Tarkin 'Bout Toys
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 21:39

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

It's been a long time since Star Wars action figure collectors could shop exclusively at their local brick-and-mortar stores to get the figures they wanted. Since the release of Hasbro's The Vintage Collection in 2010 store supplies have been scarce. Now, however, that seems ready to change! Across the country collectors are finding new Black Series figures in both 3.75-inch and 6-inch lines, plus new Rebels and Mission Series figures too! On this episode of Star Wars Action News you can listen to find out which stores to hit to score full waves of new figures.
Also on this week's show, Arnie and Marjorie discuss Hot Toys' first exclusive release in their Star Wars Movie Masterpiece Series--the Shadow Stormtrooper. A repaint of their basic Stormtrooper figure, this release sold out in just a few hours at Sideshow Collectibles. What's the fuss all about? Listen to find out!
With a review of James Lucino's new Star Wars novel Tarkin and Jerry looking back on books of yesteryear, and ThinkGeek plushes too, you'll find all this and more in this Episode of Star Wars Action News!

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Check Out This Star Wars Rebels Chopper Bounce House From Japan
Reported by Justin on 16 Dec 2014 20:59

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 16
Reported by James on 16 Dec 2014 17:01
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This month is flying by and it's already December 16th, which means it's time to open up the sixteenth door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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Droidel, Droidel, Droidel... Happy Chanukah!
Reported by Team Jedi News on 16 Dec 2014 17:00

We'd like to wish all those that celebrate a very Happy Chanukah - tonight marks the first of eight nights of light, fried food, playing dreidel and sharing presents.

You can download/print the excellent droidel from Star Wars: Craft Book written by Bonnie Burton here - have fun!

RUMOR: Is Captain Phasma A New The Force Awakens Character Name?
Reported by Justin on 16 Dec 2014 16:22

As being reported by an article posted on Stitch Kingdom:

Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios recently announced the names for several of the characters featured in the trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015). On December 11, Lucasfilm went ahead and registered several related applications for several of these characters, including: BB-8, the ball-droid; Kylo Ren, the sith; and Poe Dameron, the X-Wing Fighter pilot.

Among the registrations, however, were many for a ‘Captain Phasma,’ for which we were unable to find any previous documentation outside of an extensive fan-fiction titled Tarkin’s Fist and random usernames.

We will continue to provide more information as it becomes available to us, including monitoring trademark applications for additional characters, considering there are still several already-known characters who have yet to show up in the applications.

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New LEGO Star Wars 2015 Images
Reported by Team Jedi News on 16 Dec 2014 14:35

Click on the above image for a closer look at some of the new LEGO Star Wars minifigures coming in early 2015; then head over to our friends at who have added lots of images from the LEGO server to their site for your viewing convenience.

Official Site: Ghosts Of Star Wars Holiday Blogs Past
Reported by Justin on 16 Dec 2014 13:24

To help ramp up your holiday cheer this season (and, if you happen to be in the same boat as me, get over an absolutely dismal season from your favorite NFL team), check out this collection of past holiday content posted over on the official site.

Life Day has come and gone (and we hope you had a great one), but the holiday season isn’t over! To quote everyone’s favorite boots-wearing, magical, bearded old man — Count Dooku — “This is just the beginning!” has always been active around the holidays, with videos, blogs, and crafts to help celebrate the season. So, just like getting the decorations out of the attic, we’re going into the archives for some of our best content that only comes once a year. Check them out below and enjoy!

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The Realm Recap Episode 44: Guardians of the Galaxy Far, Far Away
Reported by Mark on 16 Dec 2014 06:11

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

Even as the holidays quickly approach, the deluge of collecting news and speculation is flowing as fast as ever. On this week’s show, Flyguy and I break down the latest info from Hasbro, Sideshow, Bandai, S.H.Figuarts, Hot Wheels, and more. Gentle Giant looks to be teasing some great product for 2015, what it is exactly is anyone’s guess but we are giddy in its potential. The biggest news of the week though was the (partial) character names released for The Force Awakens. What do they mean and will we have to “unlearn what we have learned” based on prior speculation and leaks? Finally, Flyguy and I run down a few reviews and new acquisitions — all this and much more on Episode 44 of The Realm Recap.

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The Force Planet: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions Q&A
Reported by Justin on 15 Dec 2014 21:57

In this segment of a special Q&A on Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions, supervising director Dave Filoni talks about Yoda's trip to the mysterious Force planet.

The Force Planet is featured in the four-part Yoda arc from The Lost Missions. It's the source of the midi-chlorians and all life, conceived by George Lucas and brought to the screen by supervising director Dave Filoni. "I don't see this as like, 'This is this one place.'" says Filoni. "You can't think black and white when you're dealing with the Force or balance. So, I think these places exist in the universe at different times and they manifest. And then life emanates from them, and then you can go there, and [at other times] they're just dead, empty spaces, as well."

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Star Wars Report Episode #156: What’s in a Name?
Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 21:46

It's time to join your hosts Riley, Bethany and Mark over at Star Wars Report.

On this week’s podcast Riley, Bethany and Mark talk about the announcement of the NAMES! We have names!

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Review - The Art of Space
Reported by Jonathan on 15 Dec 2014 20:19
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I’m going to cut to the chase here – this book is filled with some of the most beautiful and inspiring art I’ve seen for a long, long time. From the earliest images of heavenly bodies to the modern-day digital renderings, and everything in between, this book covers everything.

The five chapters – Planets & Moons, Stars & Galaxies, Spaceships & Space Stations, Space Colonies & Cities, and Aliens – covers art that illustrates what we see in Earth’s orbit to what we imagine in star systems and galaxies far beyond our own. The combination of recreation, concept and fiction takes you on quite a ride and the sheer amount of art can feel somewhat like an overload on the senses. It’s hard not to be fascinated by how the ages before us viewed the stars, or inspired by those who imagine the views from the surface of other worlds.

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Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 19:15

It seems clear that fans think BB-8 will either be this trilogies Artoo or this trilogies Jar Jar, but whichever way it goes there's no doubt he/she is inspiring creativity within fandom.

With that in mind check out this marvellous fan made video on Vimeo by Julien Leterrier.

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Dave Dorman's Star Wars #1 Cover Variant
Reported by Dan on 15 Dec 2014 19:14

Dave Dorman has revealed another variant cover for Marvel Comics' Star Wars #1, this time exclusive to M&M Comics. This was revealed yesterday on Facebook...more details to follow.
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Bombad Radio Episode 178: Ryder Windham on Writing Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 18:42

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

Join host Jeremiah for Episode 178 as we discuss the recent Star Wars news and then dive into an interview with Ryder Windham, author of over 60 Star Wars novels and reference guides. Learn about his work with his Rebels book, the Guide to the Force, how he began and what has influenced him throughout the years.

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Jedi News On Instagram
Reported by Team Jedi News on 15 Dec 2014 17:14

Vintage wonders #kenner #farthestfrom

A photo posted by (@jedinewsuk) on

While you'll find all the latest news happening in the Star Wars galaxy right here on Jedi News you'll also find a very different kind of coverage over on our Jedi News on Instagram page, including coverage of this past weekends Farthest From event.

And be sure to listen in to this coming Thursdays episode of RADIO 1138 as we give you the inside track on what happened at the event and at the previous nights Toy Meltdown quiz.

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Frank Oz To Voice Yoda In Star Wars Rebels "Path Of The Jedi" Episode On January 5
Reported by Justin on 15 Dec 2014 17:04

In an exclusive reveal posted over on TV Guide, we learn that Jedi Master Yoda will be making an "appearance" in the Star Wars Rebels animated series when the series returns from the holiday break on Monday January 5 with episode "Path of the Jedi".

And the kicker? His voice will be provided by the legendary Frank Oz!

Though Rebels takes place between the two Star Wars movie trilogies — a time when the few surviving Jedis are in hiding from the Empire — the 800-plus-year-old icon is drawn from hiding to offer counsel to fledgling Jedi knight Kanan and his new padawan, Ezra, on the remote planet of Lothal. The twist: He only "appears" as a disembodied voice.

But what a voice it is. Frank Oz, who famously starred as the Yoda (in puppet and computer-generated form) in five of the Star Wars films, returns to the franchise for this episode. "I felt personally to keep Yoda as this disembodied thing it would confuse the audience less," says executive producer Dave Filoni, who also directed the installment. "I didn't want you to think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet."

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LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar - Day 15
Reported by James on 15 Dec 2014 17:01
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It's December 15th and time to open up today's door of this year's LEGO Star Wars 2014 Advent Calendar.

So what's behind today's door?  Click on 'Show Full Story' to see today's LEGO treat (we don't want to spoil it for others, if you're playing along at home)...

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Marvel's The History Of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 16:29

Marvel continue their look back through the annals of Star Wars history as they reach the era of the Clone Wars.

With the Star Wars franchise returning to Marvel beginning in January 2015, it’s time to get up to speed on the galaxy far, far away with a look back at the story from the classic films! With each installment of the History of Star Wars, we’ll cover another chapter in one of the greatest adventures of all-time!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Amazing Fan Art
Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 16:04

If this arrived this coming Thursday, a year to the day until the arrival of the film, I'd be more than happy...

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Full of Sith Episode XCV: Star Wars Celebration
Reported by Mark on 15 Dec 2014 15:32

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

After talking about the release of character names for The Force Awakens, Amy and Bryan regale Mike with the best and worst stories from Star Wars Celebrations past. They discuss what to look forward to at the next Celebration, and then discuss the announced Star Wars plans at Disney parks.

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

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New Gentle Giant/The 3D Studio Website Is Live
Reported by Justin on 15 Dec 2014 13:39

The newly updated design (as well as new URL and official joint company logo) for the Gentle Giant/The 3D Studio website is now up and running. Featuring a completely revamped navigation experience and content layout, check it out via the source link below.

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