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   31 October 2014
Greg Hildebrandt Limited Millennium Falcon Poster With Remarque
Reported by Mark on 31 Oct 2014 22:51

Check out this once in a lifetime chance to own a piece of Hildebrandt art from the 1996 Shadows of the Empire trading card set. It's a 250 piece limited remarque edition signed by Greg and Tim Hildebrandt which also includes a certificate of authenticity.

Artist Greg Hildebrandt who worked on the original 1977 poster for Star Wars: A New Hope is offering a Millennium Falcon poster with remarque and a signature by the Brothers Hildebrandt. Limited time offer, the poster is usually $300 on our site, but this weekend we're offering it for 1/2 off, plus free shipping on orders of 2 or more posters!

Get on over there and grab a copy now.

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The Beard...It's GONE
Reported by Mark on 31 Oct 2014 22:10

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DVT Rebel Yell – Rise Of The Old Masters
Reported by Teresa on 31 Oct 2014 21:57

Join Teresa Delgado and Steve Glosson for the latest Disney Vault Talk.

Teresa and Steve are joined by Richard and Sarah from Skywalking Through Neverland to discuss “Rise of The Old Masters” an episode filled with the Force and giving us our first look at THE INQUISITOR in action./STRONG>

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Last Chance For Early Access To Shadow of Revan
Reported by Mark on 31 Oct 2014 20:56

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RebelForce Radio: October 31, 2014
Reported by Mark on 31 Oct 2014 18:21

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

The long-awaited animated series Star Wars Rebels is underway and we have Dave Filoni joining us this week to provide us with insider info about what we've seen and what we will be seeing. It's always a good time when Dave stops by RFR and this visit is no exception. And if that isn't enough to satisify any Star Wars Rebels fan, we have Hera Syndulla herself, Vanessa Marshall, joining us In The Cantina for a fun conversation about her role in the saga and fandom in general. Plus, Darth Vader returns, The Billy Dee Quote of the Week and cool Halloween stuff!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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The Comlink: Ep. 104 - Sam Witwer. Star Wars News, Interviews, & More!
Reported by Mark on 31 Oct 2014 17:34

The latest news from the week of October 31st, plus Sam Witwer visits the studio to chat with David, and Steve Sansweet gives us a Halloween product themed burst from Rancho Obi-Wan. The Comlink is your weekly show for Star Wars entertainment!

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Jedi News Review: Star Wars™ First Edition Boba Fett™ STREET by 50 On-Ear Headphones
Reported by Mark on 31 Oct 2014 15:30
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Any fan of the galaxy far, far away knows that the Star Wars experience isn't complete without the sounds of Star Wars. The music of John Williams, the scream of the TIE fighter, the roar of the rancor. Without these key components of the saga, experiencing Star Wars is diluted, and as tech improves year on year and the style we receive it alters constantly it's good to know that some things are better in their old school format, headphones being one of them. Especially when that allows for some first-rate Star Wars modifications, which is exactly what SMS Audio have done here.

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ForceCast #327: Bard Wars
Reported by Mark on 31 Oct 2014 14:51

t's time to join your hosts Eric, Erik and Justin for the ForceCast.

Star Wars Rebels may snag two voice actors from The Clone Wars, a Star Wars costuming exhibit tours the U.S. next year, X-wing and TIE Fighter games are back, and we may be less than two months away from an Episode VII trailer. Plus, we talk to Taylor Gray, the voice of Ezra Bridger on Rebels, about the series' tone, Ezra's growth, lessons from voice-acting, and more.

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Fan Film: Star Wars: Black Sands (Luke Skywalker versus Darth Maul)
Reported by Mark on 31 Oct 2014 14:29

We're always ready to indulge ion some cool lightsaber action, and this fan film from Apsis Motion Pictures certainly fits the bill.

Greetings, I check your site for Star Wars news, and saw that you accept submissions of Star Wars related news. I wanted to submit Apsis Motion Pictures' newest Fan Film to you for inclusion on your site. It is called Star Wars: Black Sands, and features Luke Skywalker fighting Darth Maul. I think this is something that your readers would enjoy seeing. Thank you for your consideration.

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Is Star Wars Rebels Already More Popular Than The Clone Wars?
Reported by MaxN on 31 Oct 2014 14:12

It's perhaps not the most scientific method of measuring popularity, but over at IMDB, Star Wars Rebels is a smidge ahead in ratings over Star Wars The Clone Wars.

Rebels fans gave the show a 8.0/10 rating from 1,704 users, against The Clone Wars which gave a 7.9/10 from 19,376 users.

A great start and rating for the new show. Let's see how the two stack up in a couple of seasons and see where we are then.

Dark Empire Radio Ep.16 "Conquering the Bully" with TDE honorary member Jake Lloyd
Reported by Mark on 31 Oct 2014 13:54

It's time to join Lord Bruticus and Lord Draconis on Dark Empire Radio.

TDE Honorary member Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker, STAR WARS: The Phantom Menace) chats with The Brutal One about his career, and helps with some perspective on dealing with a type of aggression even dark-siders find unacceptable – bullies. Plus, a multitude of mission reports from STAR WARS Read's Day and beyond, a new “John's Question of the Day,” and more! So, hit that play button and enjoy another adventurous ride along the dark side here on DER!

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8 Lines That Would Have Ended Star Wars Real Fast
Reported by Mark on 31 Oct 2014 13:40

It's the old Sliding Doors way of thinking. What if we'd turned this way, what if we'd turned that. What if the Stormtrooper who'd been sent to apprehend Princess Leia had set his weapons to kill instead of stun, or Uncle Owen had decided to keep and repair Skippy the Jedi Droid instead of Artoo Detoo.

Check out this article over at Dorkly to see just how different the Star Wars story could have been.

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The Most Terrifying Side Of Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 31 Oct 2014 13:34

Check out my article over at Ryan Leston's cracking site Total Geeks where I look into the spooky side of Star Wars.

Halloween is almost upon us, the creepiest time of the year and ‘Star Wars’ fans worldwide are planning on the best way to integrate the galaxy far, far away into their Halloween celebrations.

But what elements of ‘Star Wars’ would you want to use to inject a touch of space fantasy into your ghoulish evening? What scares you about ‘Star Wars’ more than anything else? And simply saying ‘Jar Jar Binks’ doesn’t count…

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Star Wars Insider 2015 Special Edition
Reported by Mark on 31 Oct 2014 13:18

It lands 11th November and it's packed as always with reviews, insight and some classic moments from the last 12 months of Star Wars Insider.

Check out this special for some great articles:

  • Red 5 with Ashley Eckstein
  • A look at the making of the original Marvel Star Wars comic
  • Interrogation Droid with Sam Witwer
  • A look at the making of the classic game Knights of the Old Republic
  • An interview with Empire actor Milton Johns
  • Doug Chiang and Ian McCaig on the art of design

And I'm fortunate to have a handful of articles in the 2015 special:

  • My Star Wars with David Collins
  • Acting Materclass with Warwick Davis
  • Prequel Love: The 50 greatest reasons to love the Prequels
  • Inside Jabba's Palace: The actors behind the creatures of Jabba's Palace speak
  • A New Hope: The cast of the film look back at the classic movie
  • Return to Endor: The stars of the Ewok Adventure celebrate 30 years of Ewok action!

Put in your order NOW!

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Luke Skywalker: Red Five X-wing Pilot Sixth Scale Figure Pre-order
Reported by James on 31 Oct 2014 11:38

Luke Skywalker: Red Five X-wing Pilot Sixth Scale Figure is now available for pre-order, and the exclusive version includes a switch out hands for pre/post-flight display options (holding and wearing gloves).

This amazing looking figure lands in October 2015 and will cost you $239.99.

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Happy Halloween from Gentle Giant: Slash-a-Thon Sale
Reported by James on 31 Oct 2014 10:28

This from our friends at Gentle Giant…

To celebrate the holiday season, we have wandered into the haunted lair that is our warehouse, and are dragging out products long since dead.  Take this opportunity to get your hands on some of these resurrected collectibles!!!

All of the items will be available to purchase at 12pm, Pacific Coast Time, on October 31st.

Products available while supplies last, promotion ends on 7th November 2014 and are available on a first come serve basis!!!

Items include: -

  • 5 x AT-AT Driver Mini Bust
  • 2 x Hoth Han Variant Mini Bust (Blue Jacket Version)
  • 7 x Chewbacca 12” Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure
  • 2 x C-3PO Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure
  • 2 x R2-D2 Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure
  • 2 x Emperor Palpatine ROTJ Mini Bust
  • 4 x Sy Snootles Mini Bust
  • 4 x Max Rebo Mini Bust
  • 4 x Blue Snaggletooth
  • 2 x Luke X-Wing Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure
  • 4 x Gamorrean Guard POTF PGM Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure
  • 4 x Yoda with Brown Snake Exclusive Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure
  • …and many more!

Happy hunting!

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Stormtrooper Sixth Scale Figure Set by Hot Toys
Reported by James on 31 Oct 2014 09:58

Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys have announced the Stormtrooper sixth scale collectible figure set which is available for pre-order now at the link below (ships in August 2015) for $399.99.

The movie-accurate collectible figures are specially crafted based on the image of the Stormtrooper in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope featuring bodies with two different heights (28cm and 30cm), meticulously crafted Stormtrooper armour and helmet, detailed weapons, and a specially designed figure stand.

This Special Edition Collectible Figures Set is only available in select regions and includes an additional blaster rack along with heavy blaster and a mouse droid as bonus accessories.

The Stormtrooper is also available singularly but only as the 30cm version.

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Jedi News Book Review: Star Wars Tarkin
Reported by Mark on 31 Oct 2014 09:00
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He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly...and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.

Rule through the fear of force rather than force itself, he advises his Emperor. Under Tarkin’s guidance, an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. When the so-called Death Star is completed, Tarkin is confident that the galaxy’s lingering pockets of Separatist rebellion will be brought to heel—by intimidation...or annihilation.

Until then, however, insurgency remains a genuine threat. Escalating guerrilla attacks by resistance forces and newfound evidence of a growing Separatist conspiracy are an immediate danger the Empire must meet with swift and brutal action. And to bring down a band of elusive freedom fighters, the Emperor turns to his most formidable agents: Darth Vader, the fearsome new Sith enforcer as remorseless as he is mysterious; and Tarkin—whose tactical cunning and cold-blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire’s supremacy...and its enemies’ extinction.

In the hands of another author the story of Tarkins steady march to prominence could have been a clich ridden minefield filled with pat moments of 'tactical genius' and convenient plot twists. But in the confident care of James Luceno - a veteran of the GFFA now on his 9th Star Wars novel - it's a fascinating character study of a man who's unique take on the galaxy shaped the lives of countless billions.

Beware, mild spoilers ahead.

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   30 October 2014
Fighter Flight (or The First Filler Episode) – Rebels Roundtable #3
Reported by Mark on 30 Oct 2014 23:56

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 Fighter Flight, the second “regular” episode in the series’ run.

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Star Wars Bookworms #33: A New Dawn with Vanessa Marshall
Reported by Teresa and Aaron on 30 Oct 2014 23:24

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

If you could get any guest on to help review to the novel A New Dawn, who would it be? Vanessa Marshall, right? We did that. Vanessa Marshall, the voice of Hera Syndulla, joined us for the entire episode and we were crazy excited.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Assembling Your Squadron: An X-Wing Turn Zero Article
Reported by Jonathan on 30 Oct 2014 23:04

Another quality article for you X-Wing enthusiasts over at the Fantasy Flight Games website. This time, the 2013 X-Wing World Champion Paul Heaver takes us through squadron building. Read this article then man your ships - and may the Dice be with you.

From the website:

'In previous articles, Paul has addressed how best to place asteroids to complement your strategy, how to place your starships at the start of a game, and how to develop a winning battle plan within an evolving metagame. Today, Paul addresses another crucial step along your path to victory: assembling your squadron.

Whether you’re looking to improve your chances at FFG’s 2014 World Championship Weekend or you’re just thinking about the best way to introduce the game to one of your friends, squad building is a critical component of your experience and one that’s best to approach with a solid plan

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The Influence Of Space Themes On The Gaming Industry
Reported by Team Jedi News on 30 Oct 2014 21:15

The acquisition two years ago of the Star Wars brand by Disney has opened up a whole world of merchandising opportunities for the company. Whether it's clothing, mobile phone accessories or Stormtrooper models, George Lucas has certainly made his millions over the years when it comes to merchandising.

But it's not just Star Wars that has had a monumental effect on the merchandising industry. It seems that we can't get enough of space-themed popular culture, whether it's Starship Troopers hoodies or Star Trek-themed games – so just what is it that makes the space theme so irresistible? And why has it specifically had such an effect on the gaming industry?

It's visually unlike anything else

If you'll pardon the pun, the visuals of space-themed games are quite simply out of this world. With the plethora of graphically sharp, high definition console games out there, there is huge scope to make space-themed games visually stunning. Take the recently released Destiny, for example: though it's online only, the graphics on the game have received critical acclaim from both PlayStation and XBox fans.

It has a sense of humour

While console and computer games are often considered 'serious' with their epic battles and stern lead characters, the space genre certainly has a capacity for a more light-hearted sense of humour. In 1997, Hasbro released one of its many different 'spin-off' versions of popular board game Monopoly: the Star Wars Saga version. The game featured a digital die in the form of R2D2 who would pick a number at random while making an amusing bleeping noise – hardly the stuff of serious role playing game fans!

It has a limitless imagination

While today's modern day console games are moving away from the traditional 'linear' plot and instead focusing on more of a 'sandbox' mode (think 2011's Skyrim), the space theme has even fewer limits when it comes to gaming. It's perfect for capturing the imagination of kids too, which is probably why the space gaming industry is making such a huge amount of money at the moment. Even the boffins at NASA are jumping on the bandwagon: their website has its very own 'Kids' Club' featuring games from Toy Story to space-themed Angry Birds.

While Star Wars may be the dominant figure in space-themed games, there is simply no limit to just how far space-themed games can go, making for an even more exciting future in the gaming industry.

Starwarigami: Death Star
Reported by Mark on 30 Oct 2014 20:49

Martin over at Starwarigami has been busy folding the galaxy, this time crafting the fearsome Death Star battle station from an 18x18 grid.

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

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Star Wars: Galactic Defense
Reported by Matt on 30 Oct 2014 20:26

Make space on your smartphone, you're going to need it for Star Wars™: Galactic Defense, the latest Star Wars app now available in the app store.

Skills are put to the test as you choose your allegiance – light or dark – and deploy an arsenal of specialized towers and iconic Star Wars™ characters to defend key locations in the new tower defense mobile game, Star Wars™: Galactic Defense.

Battles sprawl diverse locations from the Star Wars universe. Traverse more than 100 different battle scenarios, and experience a mix of adrenaline-fueled encounters that span both the prequel and classic eras. Command up to three Star Wars champions like Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Yoda at once, each featuring unique strengths and powerful abilities. The placement and execution of these defenses are do-or-die decisions.

Do you have what it takes to defend the galaxy? Download and play for FREE today!

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Two Years Ago Today...
Reported by Team Jedi News on 30 Oct 2014 20:05

Today is a landmark day in the history of Lucasfilm and Star Wars. It was two years ago today that Disney announced their intention to purchase Lucasfilm from creator George Lucas. Coupled with that announcement was the revelation that the Star Wars saga would continue with Episode VII already in the process of being written.

It was something that many of us thought we would never see happen, yet fast-forward two years and today we are at the point that Episode VII is about to wrap principal photography at Pinewood Studios, England.

To mark this occasion let us salute The Maker, George Lucas for allowing his legacy to continue, the amazing guys and gals at Lucasfilm who work hard every day to fill our hearts and minds with Star Wars goodness, and to Kathleen Kennedy, J.J, and his team whom lead us into the future of Star Wars.

Hold onto your hats as the next 413 days is going to epic, and we will here to bring you all of the news from all across the galaxy...

Halloween Treats coming tomorrow from The Comlink!
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IMAX Sequence In Episode VII
Reported by Mark on 30 Oct 2014 19:46

Buried within a fascinating article discussing Christopher Nolans use of IMAX in 5th Novembers Interstellar (there's a date that you'll remember, remember) there's mention of a single solitary IMAX sequence in Episode VII.

Nolan has helped convince other top directors, such as J.J. Abrams and Michael Bay, to embrace the company, giving the megascreen format an injection of cool. Shooting in Imax gives their films a stamp of quality with the fanboys who can make or break a comicbook epic or space opera.

But there are drawbacks. The cameras, particularly those for film, are large and loud. They’re great for action sequences and epic battles, but problematic for intimate scenes. Nolan was able to shoot “Interstellar” in Imax only because the actors’ space helmets insulated their microphones.

“The benefits outweigh the headache of shooting on Imax cameras,” says Abrams, who used them for a single sequence in “Star Wars.” “The opportunity to have an action sequence for this movie done in Imax’s natural format was too delicious an idea to pass up. As a filmgoer, it’s something I want to see.”

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Stars And Wars: The Film Memoirs Of Alan Tomkins
Reported by Mark on 30 Oct 2014 19:30

It arrives 1st August 2015 and it looks set to give us a unique insight into the making of The Empire Strikes Back.

STARS AND WARS: THE FILM MEMOIRS AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF ALAN TOMKINS

Hardcover (168 pages) by Alan Tomkins
The History Press (ISBN 0-7509-5617-8)
$ 47.95

Unpublished film art and behind-the-scenes photographs from Oscar-nominated Art Director Alan Tomkins

Alan Tomkins reveals his unpublished film artwork and behind-the-scenes photographs from an acclaimed career that spanned more than 50 years in both British and Hollywood cinema. Tomkins’s art appeared in celebrated films such as Saving Private Ryan, JFK, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, The Empire Strikes Back, which would earn him his Oscar nomination, Lawrence of Arabia, Casino Royale, and Batman Begins. He shares his own unique experiences alongside these wonderful illustrations and photographs for the very first time. Having worked alongside eminent directors such as David Lean, Oliver Stone, Stanley Kubrick, Franco Zeffirelli, and Clint Eastwood, Tomkins has now produced a book that is a must-have for all lovers of classic cinema.

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Official Site: Best Star Wars Monsters - The StarWars.com 10
Reported by Team Jedi News on 30 Oct 2014 19:22

In this installment of the StarWars.com 10, we’re picking the best creatures of Star Wars, from Tatooine terrors to Hoth horrors.

For this list, we're focusing on monsters from the Star Wars films and Star Wars: The Clone Wars only, ranking them on design, impact, and scare factor.

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Halloween Advice…From C-3PO?
Reported by Matt on 30 Oct 2014 19:08

He's an expert on etiquette and protocol, and Halloween is all about tradition, so who better to give you seasonal advice than See Threepio?

Trick or Treating this Halloween? Our favorite protocol droid C-3PO offers some Halloween Safety Tips for younglings and Jedi alike. C-3PO and R2-D2 team up in three friendly Halloween public service announcements on Skywalking through Neverland. Take a listen below.

Be sure to check out our friends over at Skywalking Through Neverland to listen to Threepio - AKA Simon Wilkie.

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Star Wars Rebels Figures Reach Australian Shelves
Reported by Mark on 30 Oct 2014 18:53

Our pal Jedi Daniel down in Australia dropped us a line with some positive news regarding the presence of Hasbro's Star Wars Rebels line in Oz.

Good afternoon, Just confirming that Toyworld stores in Australia are now stocking the Star Wars Rebels 3 3/4 figures. I bought the twin pack of Zeb and the Stormtrooper for $20 AUD. Regards Jedi Daniel

Official Site: Yub Yub: Meet The Ewoks From Endor
Reported by Mark on 30 Oct 2014 08:16

Tim Veekhoven explores the history of the diminutive and brave Ewoks over at StarWars.com.

The origin of the Ewoks is rather diverse. Story wise, the Ewoks evolved from Wookiees. George Lucas had foreseen that the decisive battle in the Galactic Civil War would take place between the Wookiees and the Empire, but since Chewbacca was too skilled at using technology, Lucas wanted a more primitive species to defeat the Empire. In our own history the origins of the Ewoks can be found in the Vietnam War (1955 – 1975). In that confrontation during the Cold War, the guerrilla Vietcong warriors were a constant threat to the anti-communist soldiers because they knew every inch of the jungles they called home.

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Rebels Roundtable #5: Rise Of The Old Masters
Reported by Mark on 30 Oct 2014 07:41

It's time to join the team for Rebels Roundtable.

Aaron Goins from Jedi News and Star Wars Bookworms joins us to discuss the Star Wars Rebels episode "Rise of the Old Masters."

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Jedi News Book Review: LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side
Reported by ZakPT on 30 Oct 2014 06:29
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Discover everything there is to know about the dark side of the Force with LEGO Star Wars. Step into the LEGO Star Wars galaxy and discover everything there is to know about the dark side of the Force. The book comes with a new and exclusive LEGO Star Wars minifigure that you won't want to miss! LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side is created in collaboration with the LEGO Group and Lucasfilm. Lively photography shows the evil Sith Lords in action, battling the Jedi and terrorizing the galaxy. Learn all about Darth Vader, Darth Maul, and evil Emperor Palpatine and all their allies, plus discover the history, legends and deadly secrets of the dark side.

“Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” – Grand Jedi Master Yoda

The Dark Side, a power long practised by the Sith. The darker balance to the Force. It can grant superhuman capabilities such as Force lightning and even as far as resurrection. Some fall into its midst through power and greed while others minds are twisted until they fall into its clenched, pulling and everlasting grasp. You may not understand the potential of the Dark Side, but you soon will as the Lego Star Wars Dark Side book pulls you into a world of sheer darkness. And by all means, don’t underestimate the power of the Dark Side!

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Full of Sith Episode LXXXVIII: Fangirls Gone Sith
Reported by Mark on 30 Oct 2014 05:16

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

Tricia Barr and Teresa Delgado from the Fangirls Going Rogue podcast join Mike, Bryan, and Bobby this week. They talk about their first experiences in Star Wars, the new episode of Rebels, and then they have a discussion on Darth Bane…

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 29
Reported by Mark on 30 Oct 2014 04:25
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at a key forest battle, a teacher droid, a cyborg general, a Jedi traitor, a vital shipyard, the Queens garments and a stolen shuttle. Grab your wookiee, you're going to need some help with this one...

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Mission Series Wave 3 Makes UK Appearance
Reported by Matt on 30 Oct 2014 03:43

Although there was no UK Euro carded shipment of Mission Series Wave 3 by Hasbro UK, Asda seemed to have acquired some cases of the Canadian carded release via UK wholesaler Sambro.

At only £9.97 these are well worth picking up but check them for paint decos first as there have been reports of sloppy decos on some of the figures.

Thanks to Richard Mitchell for the snap and store report.

Star Wars Rebels Declassified: Rise of the Old Masters
Reported by Mark on 30 Oct 2014 02:45

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac for Rebels: Declassified.

Join us at the Roundtable as we analyze and dissect the Star Wars Rebels season one episode "Rise of the Old Masters". For this editon of Declassified, film director Kyle Newman (Fanboys / Barely Lethal) joins us and, as usual, he has a lot to say. Everyone has been wondering what Kyle thinks of Star Wars Rebels thus far, and we got him this week to give us the low down. "Rise of the Old Masters" contains threads to tie together the prequel era with the dark times, the return of a Jedi Master, and a strange twist we didn't see coming. Plus, The Inquisitor gets into the action and more. We talk about it all on Star Wars Rebels: Declassified.

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Star Wars Hot Wheels Death Star Battle Blast Set
Reported by Mark on 30 Oct 2014 01:26

You've started to see the cars hitting the pegs in the States, here in the UK and into Europe and now the playsets are starting to arrive as Toys 'R' Us bring us the Star Wars Hot Wheels Death Star Battle Blast Set for just $14.99.

Product Description

Two of boys' favorite brands-Hot Wheels and Star Wars--have joined forces! Join the Rebel Alliance for an all-out assault on the Imperial battle station, the Death Star. Able to destroy an entire planet with a single blast, the Death Star must be stopped. Do you and your X-Wing inspired car have what it takes to complete this mission? May the Force be with you as you hurtle down the track with the kid-powered 3-speed launcher. Hit the TIE fighters swinging back and forth and see the Death Star "explode!" Miss them and you'll have to loop around for one more pass and another chance at victory over the Dark Side. Each sold separately. Not for use with some Hot Wheels cars. Colors and decorations may vary. Ages 4 and older.

Features

  • Join the Rebel Alliance and "explode" the Death Star
  • Track set combines classic Hot Wheels thrills with the excitement of Star Wars
  • Three-speed launcher sends X-Wing inspired car (included) at the swinging target
  • Hit the target and the Death Star breaks apart; miss and loop around for another try
  • Includes 1:64-scale Hot Wheels Star Wars X-Wing inspired car with an exclusive deco
  • As soon as the set arrives in the UK we'll be sure to bring you all the info you need.

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    ESPN2 Sets Star Wars Special for Halloween
    Reported by Mark on 30 Oct 2014 00:16

    It's little surprise that the Disney owned ESPN would eventually get the Star Wars bug and leap into hyperspace with a Star Wars themed night, and it's happening on 30th October on ESPN2.

    In a galaxy not so far away, ESPN2 has set a Star Wars-themed special on SportsNation — just in time for Halloween.

    The half-hour episode, airing Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m., will feature the majority of the main characters from the Star Wars franchise — including Han Solo, Boba Fett, Yoda, Darth Vader, R2D2, Chewbacca and C-3PO — as well as Chopper from Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels.

    With the UKG attending and trooping at last night's Capital One Cup clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton it looks like we'll be seeing a lot more meetings between sport and Star Wars. Finally, something else for Jabba and Watto to bet on.

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    Official Site: Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: The Power Of Costume Exhibit Comes To The Smithsonian
    Reported by Mark on 30 Oct 2014 00:03

    Star Wars has always had the coolest costumes, but there is an underlying power and message hidden within those robes, shawls and tight trousers that is worth investigating, and be investigated it will be with Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume, a new exhibit coming to the Smithsonian.

    Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume, a new exhibit coming to the Smithsonian, explores the challenges in dressing the Star Wars universe from the Galactic Senate to Jedi to rogue smugglers. The installation features 60 hand-crafted costumes from the first six Star Wars films, with behind-the-scenes details of the artists’ creative process and in-depth look at the connection between character and costume. Star Wars and the Power of Costume was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in partnership with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and in consultation with Lucasfilm Ltd.

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       29 October 2014
    Latest Tarkin Mini-Excerpt At Star Wars Books
    Reported by Mark on 29 Oct 2014 23:58

    Another excerpt lands from James Luceno's excellent Tarkin, peeking into a meeting between Tarkin and the Emperor.

    “Obliteration.”

    “Whatever you deem necessary, my lord. Force is the only real and unanswerable power. Oftentimes, beings who haven’t been duly punished cannot be reasoned with or edified.”

    The Emperor repeated the words to himself, then said, “That has the ring of a parental lesson, Governor Tarkin.”

    Tarkin laughed pleasantly. “So it was, my lord—though applied in a more personal manner.”

    The Emperor swiveled his chair toward the light, and Tarkin glimpsed his sepulchral visage; the molten skin beneath his eyes, the bulging forehead. After all these years, he was still not accustomed to it.

    “When one consorts with vipers, one runs the risk of being struck,” the Emperor had told Tarkin following the attack on him by a quartet of Jedi Masters.

    here were many stories about what had occurred that day in the chancellor’s office. The official explanation was that members of the Jedi Order had turned up to arrest Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, and a ferocious duel had ensued. The matter of precisely how the Jedi had been killed or the Emperor’s face deformed had never been settled to everyone’s satisfaction, and so Tarkin had his private thoughts about the Emperor, as well. That he and Vader were kindred spirits suggested that both of them might be Sith.

    Tarkin often wondered if that wasn’t the actual reason Palpatine had been targeted for arrest or assassination by the Jedi. It wasn’t so much that the Order wished to take charge of the Republic; it was that the Jedi couldn’t abide the idea of a member of the ancient Order they opposed and abhorred emerging as the hero of the Clone Wars and assuming the mantle of Emperor.

    Stay tuned to Jedi News for our review of Tarkin which will be landing shortly.

    Source Star Wars Books
    Choose Your Destiny
    Reported by Mark on 29 Oct 2014 23:52

    Ryder Waldron, posting over at Cantina Cast, asks a simple question: who's your favourite Star Wars character? He knows who his is...

    To answer my own question, if I could be any Star Wars character I would pick Luke Skywalker. When I was younger and first saw The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi in theaters I wanted to be Luke, because he is the hero of the Original Trilogy. He stood up to the bullies of the galaxy and defeated them. He is my size, but could hold his own in a lightsaber duel with the much taller and physically imposing Darth Vader. Also, he single-handedly killed Jabba’s Rancor (no lightsaber needed) and then went on to kill Jabba and his many henchmen (using an awesome new green lightsaber).

    Source Cantina Cast
    Star Wars Battlefront Arriving Holiday 2015
    Reported by BrianC on 29 Oct 2014 23:47

    In a move that's set to roughly imitate the arrival of Revenge of the Sith on DVD and Battlefront 2 back in 2005, so Battlefront returns hand-in-hand with Episode VII.

    Source Twitter
    Star Wars Rebels Jedi Reveal Pack
    Reported by Matt on 29 Oct 2014 23:43

    Our heroes from Star Wars Rebels have well and truly landed as our newly announced site sponsors Toys 'R' Us show right here.

    Continue the fight with the Rebels as they battle against the Galactic Empire! When the lone rebel Ezra Bridger crosses paths with Kanan Jarrus in Star Wars Rebels, they find a mysterious hologram from a Jedi named Obi Wan Kenobi. What will this hologram reveal to them?

    This pack includes Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus 3.75” figures with accessories, and also a secret figure of a mysterious hologram from Obi-Wan Kenobi. What secret will be revealed in this pack? There's only one way to find out!

    Source Toys 'R' Us
    Hot Toys - Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope: 1/6th scale Stormtrooper Collectible Figure
    Reported by Mark on 29 Oct 2014 23:35

    The latest release from Hot Toys is here and it will be no surprise to learn that it's a highly detailed and highly desirable piece of kit.

     

    Today, Hot Toys is shifting the spotlight from the Rebel Alliance to the Galactic Empire and very excited to present one of the most iconic soldiers of the Star Wars saga – the 1/6th scale Stormtrooper Collectible Figure! The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Stormtrooper in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope featuring the meticulously crafted Stormtrooper armor and helmet, detailed weapons, and a specially designed figure stand. Star Wars fans don’t pass up on the opportunity to add this armored soldier to your display!

    The 1/6th scale Stormtrooper Collectible Figure specially features:

    • Authentic and detailed likeness of Stormtrooper in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
    • Body with over 30 points of articulations
    • Approximately 30 cm tall

    Seven (7) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:

    • One (1) pair of fists
    • One (1) pair of relaxed palms
    • One (1) pair of palms for holding weapons
    • One (1) gesturing left palm
    • Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted

    Costume:

    • One (1) Stormtrooper armor
    • One (1) black under-suit
    • One (1) Stormtrooper belt with leather holster
    • One (1) pair of white boots

    Weapons:

    • One (1) blaster rifle
    • One (1) blaster pistol

    Accessory:

    • Specially designed figure stand with Stormtrooper nameplate and movie logo

    Artists:

    • Figure Painted by Lok Ho
    • Figure Art Directed by JC. Hong

    Release date: Q2 – Q3, 2015

    Check out our Jedi News Facebook page for the full gallery.

    Source Hot Toys
    Databurst From the 501st
    Reported by Mark on 29 Oct 2014 20:00
    Show Full Story

    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)
    R2-KT Halloween Patch Update
    Reported by James on 29 Oct 2014 17:19

    It's KT's man servant AL with a very important message regarding the R2-KT Halloween patch which is still available to order at the link below...

    This is just an update email for anyone who ordered the 2014 KT Halloween patch. They're on their way to me and will ship immediately. So if you ordered any other patches with them, I've been holding them to ship together. So sorry it's taken so long, these patches are BIG (4" x 5") but I think you'll be really happy with the results.

    Thanks so much for supporting Make-A-Wish- looks like we're on track to get near $1000 for them and that's awesome! Well done! Every time I send in a donation I make sure to mention it's R2-KT's friends and supporters who make it happen. Just amazing.

    Have a safe and happy Halloween!

    Source R2-KT.com
    Official Site: DIY Han Solo Costume: Smuggle Candy In Style
    Reported by Mark on 29 Oct 2014 13:31

    Want a screen accurate Han Solo costume that will last you for decades? Then there's no doubt that you need to go visit Anovos right away, but if you are looking to pull together a cheap and cheerful Han Solo style outfit for Halloween, then Holly Frey has a great idea for you over at StarWars.com.

    Got your heart set on a Han Solo costume, but you’re running short on time or funds? Not to worry. A trip through your local second-hand store and a little time at the sewing machine can have you outfitted as your favorite smuggler in a jiffy. Last year, I shared a quick way to makeover two XL long-sleeved T-shirts into a Princess Leia tunic, and this is a similar project. It isn’t going to be anywhere near screen accurate, but no one will be confused about who you’re dressed as.

    Source Official Site
    RADIO 1138: Episode 18
    Reported by Mark on 29 Oct 2014 12:00

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

    Take a deep breath, it's time to blow out a candle! It's our first anniversary and we have a packed 85 minute show as we're joined by Boba Fett himself Jeremy Bulloch, author Jason Fry, Toys 'R' Us, UKG CO Gary Hailes, Her Universe's Dan Madsen, members of Team Jedi News and some podcast pals as we blaze a trail across the galaxy for the 18th episode of RADIO 1138!

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

    Source RebelForce Radio
    Jedi News Review: Star Wars Rebels: Rise of the Old Masters
    Reported by Teresa and Aaron on 29 Oct 2014 11:38
    Show Full Story

    This is the episode that we have all been waiting for. Kanan, the Force, the Inquisitor and a real Star Wars feel. We finally got to see the Master and the Padawan and exactly what it means to not try but to simply do! Star Wars Rebels is taking us places we have never been in the galaxy and it feels good..

    WolfPack Roudtables: Star Wars Rebels S1E6: Breaking Ranks Review
    Reported by Dan on 29 Oct 2014 09:23

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

    On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast Roundtables, we review Star Wars Rebels S1E6: Breaking Ranks. We talk about our favorite parts of the episode, and our speculation of whats to come, as well as the new Darth Vader scene from the re-airing of Spark Of Rebellion!

    Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

    Source Wolfpack
    Marvel Studios Announce Full Phase 3 Slate, So Is December Star Wars Month?
    Reported by Team Jedi News on 29 Oct 2014 08:51

    It looks like Disney are going to be plenty busy with Marvel movies until the turn of the decade as Phase 3 was announced yesterday at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

    But noticeable in the list of dates - which includes sequels for Captain America, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers as well as débuts for The Inhumans, Captain Marvel, Black Panther and Doctor Strange - is an absence of December releases. It seems Disney are making it clear that December is Star Wars month, so a return to the late spring days of May looks unlikely.

    Source Marvel
    More Star Wars Rebels Figures Found In UK Disney Stores
    Reported by Mark on 29 Oct 2014 08:31

    More Star Wars Rebels figures are arriving on the shelves, as shown by these images shot by Jedi News reader Neale Gawthorpe in the Disney Store in Aberdeen. Six figures for £7.00 each.

       28 October 2014
    Get Your Geek On: 27th October 2014
    Reported by Mark on 28 Oct 2014 22:43

    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.

    EXCLUSIVE Episode VII news! This week, "Get Your Geek On" breaks some Episode VII news you won't hear anywhere else! The Star Wars Geeks are also having a contest where the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will each get Amazon gift cards! We also talk about Darth Vader's appearance in Rebels and celebrate the return of "X-Wing" and "TIE Fighter" games. 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

    Source GYGO
    Big Bad Toy Store News
    Reported by James on 28 Oct 2014 20:58
    Show Full Story

    Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders and arrivals; also check out their sale items too...

    Source BigBadToyStore.com
    Star Wars Actors Appearances Updates
    Reported by Mark on 28 Oct 2014 20:00

    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.

    • 27/10/14: Added appearances for Michael Bell, Steve Blum and Tabitha St. Germain
    • 24/10/14: Added appearances for Andrew Lawden and Cathy Munroe
    • 23/10/14: Added appearances for Jerome Blake, Jeremy Bulloch and Brian Muir
    • 21/10/14: Added appearances for Steven Boyle and Glynn Jones
    • 17/10/14: Added appearances for Jeremy Bulloch, Stephen Calcutt, Jeffrey "Duff" Goldman, Michael Kingma, Tabitha St. Germain and George Takei
    • 16/10/14: Added appearances for Carrie Fisher, Garrick Hagon, James Marsters and Femi Taylor

    Source SWAA
    Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy Trailer
    Reported by James on 28 Oct 2014 19:36

    Check out this great trailer for the long awaited book Star Wars Costumes which is a must read for Original Trilogy fans.

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy in this special trailer, as author Brandon Alinger visits the Lucasfilm Archives at Skywalker Ranch to research and photograph actual outfits and gear used in the classic films.

    The book features detailed histories and information on costumes for both major and minor characters, from Darth Vader to Tusken Raiders. Perhaps most significantly, however, are the photographs included. “They’re shooting things that have never been photographed in this way before,” Alinger says. As a result, the tome reveals exciting new visual details, and tells the story of how costume pieces were made and fit together to create the iconic costumes of a galaxy far, far away.

    Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy is available now from Chronicle Books (North America) and Titan (UK).

    Source Star Wars You Tube Channel
    Star Wars Rebels - Dave Filoni Talks Luminara
    Reported by James on 28 Oct 2014 19:31

    The fourth episode of Star Wars Rebels entitled 'Rise of the Old Masters' features Luminara Unduli, a Jedi who's featured in many episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. 

    In an exclusive interview at IGN, Eric Goldman interviews Dave Filoni and discusses Luminara's appearance and the effect this has on Kanan - take the link below to read the full article but be aware - spoilers ahead - you have been warned!

    Source IGN
    Star Wars Value Items Spotted In Poundland
    Reported by Mark on 28 Oct 2014 19:27

     

    With thanks to Jedi News reader Neale Gawthorpe, here's a look at some of the value priced Star Wars items available in Poundland, specifically their Aberdeen branch.

    Fantasy Flight Games: Imperial Assault - Allies and Villains
    Reported by Jonathan on 28 Oct 2014 18:40

    The new Imperial Assault game from Fantasy Flight Games is looking to be a doozy of a product and us here at Jedi News are salivating at the prospect of getting our grubby little mits on this. They've had a few previews but I thought I'd give you a quick list of the upcoming accessory packs they have planned so you get an idea of the fun you're going to have.

    Source Fantasy Flight Games
    Star Wars Shoes (Sept 2014 Update)
    Reported by Matt on 28 Oct 2014 17:51

    I snapped a pic of these on Saturday at Chippenham Sci-Fi and posted on our Jedi News on Instagram page. They got a lotta likes on there and Facebook.

    James replied with this link on how he made them.

    Source R5-D4 Astromech
    X-wing and TIE Fighter Special Editions
    Reported by Mark on 28 Oct 2014 16:55

    It's great to see these old classics back, as despite the HUGE advances in technology, rendering and sound nothing has ever truly replaced their playability and thrill-giving ability.

    In fact, I'm downloading X-wing as I type this, so don't expect any sense (well, any more than usual) out of me for a while!

    Source GOG
    William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Imperial Boxed Set
    Reported by Mark on 28 Oct 2014 16:45

    It's out today via Quirk Books for just $44.85 and it contains 520 pages of fantastic Shakesperean brilliance. And there's more coming in April!

    May the verse be with you! Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this retelling of George Lucas’s Star Wars® Trilogy in the style of the immortal William Shakespeare. This Royal Imperial Boxed Set includes all three volumes in the original trilogy: Verily, A New Hope; The Empire Striketh Back; and The Jedi Doth Return. Also included is an 8-by-34-inch full-color poster illustrating the complete cast and company of this glorious production.

    Source Random House
    The Metro: Ewan McGregor and his relationship with Star Wars fans
    Reported by Mark on 28 Oct 2014 16:37

    My latest article arrives over at The Metro as I try to explain the tricky and occasionally fractious relationship between Ewan McGregor and Star Wars fans.

    That being said, he never seemed to grasp the scope and expectations that being a part of the Star Wars galaxy brings.

    When veteran actors like Sir Christopher Lee and Samuel L Jackson treated the swathes of green screen like a challenge, McGregor appeared to struggle (not that it showed onscreen as he owned the role increasingly throughout the prequel trilogy) and his disdain for such things as the title of Episode 2 Attack of the Clones (which he openly laughed at when told at a Moulin Rouge press event) and autograph hunters, he gave the impression that he was happy to take the cheque but held little affection for the fans.

    And while this headline seems to throw another blast across the bows of fans, he really isn’t criticising fandom anymore than he has in the past.

    Source The Metro
    Star Wars #1 Variants Galore!
    Reported by Matt on 28 Oct 2014 16:14

    Check out this page from the latest Previews magazine, showing just some of the variant covers that are available for the January release of Star Wars #1.

    Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revenue Passes $100 million For 2014
    Reported by Mark on 28 Oct 2014 15:18

    Impressive...most impressive. Figures come through regarding Star Wars The Old Republic and it's free-to-play revenue for 2014.

    Superdata research released yet another report looking at the most popular Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games. In the past, the same firm had published information relating to the top 10 PC games by free-to-play earnings for 2013 which set SWToR at no.8 with $139 million right behind World Of Warcraft with $213 million. This report, in addition to others, signaled a come-back for Bioware’s first attempt at MMOs and was source of excitement for fans of the game.

    Source SWTOR Strategies (via sQren)
    Empty Star Tours Behind the Scenes at Disneyland Paris
    Reported by Matt on 28 Oct 2014 15:01

    Here's a fascinating behind the scenes look at the Star Tours ride at Disneyland Paris, which will soon be leaving the galaxy to be upgraded to Star Tours 2.

    Source YouTube
    Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Aliens
    Reported by Mark on 28 Oct 2014 14:37

    Bryan Young brings his latest entry in the Cinema of Star Wars series as he looks at Aliens.

    With scary movies on my mind lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about one of my favorite scary movies, James Cameron’s Aliens, from 1986. It’s the action-movie sequel to Ridley Scott’s utterly brilliant Alien from 1979, and tells the tale of Ellen Ripley and a squad of Colonial Marines as they investigate LV-426 and the alien threat there.

    It’s easy to look at Attack of the Clones and see the design of the creature from Aliens echoed in the Geonosians, as well as the hallways full of them sleeping and moving, but the inspiration expands in magnitude when you look at a number of episodes of The Clone Wars. The first major instance would be the seventh and eighth episodes of Season Two, “Legacy of Terror”and “Brain Invaders.”

    Source Official Site
    HoloNet News Special Report: Latest Updates From Lothal
    Reported by Mark on 28 Oct 2014 14:04

    Take a visit across the net to Holonet News where the Empire's 'improvements' to Lothal continue apace.

    Source HoloNet News
    What's a Dad to Do When His Daughter Wants to Dress Up as Han Solo for Halloween?
    Reported by Matt on 28 Oct 2014 13:24

    Here's a contender for Dad of the year. And looking pretty hot in some cool Her Universe gear too.

    My daughter's eyes went wide. She was sold on the idea. This could happen. But then she turned and looked at me: "But what are you going to be?" She thought for a second and said, "Well, if I'm Han Solo, you should probably be Princess Leia, I guess..." She looked at me with an implied question in her eyes. And, c'mon, if I immediately told her, "YES, a girl can be Han Solo," it would've been pretty hypocritical of me to say, "Nope, a boy can't be Princess Leia." So, as quickly as I could, I said, "That would be FANTASTIC. I totally should be Leia."

    And that's exactly what I did. Because that's what dads do.

    Source Huffington Post
    Fantasy Flight Games: The Veteran and the Exile: Preview Two Heroes from Imperial Assault
    Reported by Jonathan on 28 Oct 2014 12:32

    More details of the playable heroes in the rapidly approaching Imperial Assault game from guys at Fantasy Flight Games!

    From the website:

    Seize the chance to be a hero of the Rebel Alliance in Imperial Assault! This board game of tactical combat and adventure in the Star Wars universe offers two complete game experiences. The campaign game allows you and up to four friends to play through a gripping narrative story, while the skirmish game invites two players to muster their own forces and battle head-to-head for victory.

    In a previous preview, we took a closer look at two of the heroes you can play over the course of an Imperial Assault campaign: Gideon Argus, a fearless leader, and Jyn Odan, a fast-moving smuggler. Most recently, we explored the ways that heroes grow and change throughout a campaign, gaining experience and new items, allowing you to customize your hero and make every campaign truly unique.

    In future previews, we’ll explore the tactical considerations of the Imperial Assault skirmish game and delve deep into the unlimited resources and countless soldiers available to the Imperial player. Today, however, we’ll look at two more heroes of the Rebellion that you can command in the campaign game!

    Source Fantasy Flight Games
    Repeat Showings In The UK For Spark of Rebellion
    Reported by Mark on 28 Oct 2014 12:18

    Our pal and Jedi News reader kamino_ghost drops us a line with some updated info regarding the awesome new Vader scene in Spark of Rebellion.

    Hi there, Hope everyone is good today. Just thought I'd send you an update on a previous story you ran about Star Wars: Spark Of Rebellion featuring a prologue by Darth Vader; it is repeated on Saturday 1st November at 15.00pm. Please note these showings are 30 minutes in length with the second half airing on a different day... Take Care All...

    Could Jonathan and Christopher Nolan Tackle a Star Wars Spin-Off?
    Reported by Mark on 28 Oct 2014 11:48

    It's a stretch of logic, as surely if Christopher Nolan is going to be involved in Star Wars then given his standing in the film community he would be front and center 'directing traffic' so to speak. Nevertheless, the thought persists.

    Several days ago during the press junket for Interstellar brothers Christopher and Jonathan Nolan were asked point blank if they would ever return to a DC Comics franchise after their work on The Dark Knight Trilogy. Sadly for most DC fans the answer was no but we all sort of knew that anyway. Well, today on AMC Movie Talk they discussed this topic amongst others. Then Eric Davis of Movies.com revealed that while speaking with Jonathan Nolan himself during the press tours for Interstellar the writer revealed that both himself and Christopher Nolan are actually massive Star Wars fans....so if they would return to a studio franchise it could be one of the rumored spin-off Star Wars movies in development.

    Source Super Heroes Movie News
    Star Wars #1 Previews Pages
    Reported by Team Jedi News on 28 Oct 2014 11:38

    Check out these double-page spreads of luscious John Cassiday artwork from Marvels Star Wars #1, volume 2.

     

    Star Wars Action News Episode 435: It's the Yoda Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
    Reported by Mark on 28 Oct 2014 11:26

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

    Halloween is this week and the costumes and decorations have started to go on sale! On this week's Star Wars Action News hosts Marjorie and Arnie discuss the hard-to-find collectibles that combine Trick-or-Treating with the Galaxy Far, Far Away! Also on this week's show--reviews of two new 6-inch figures! First they look at the Hasbro Black Series Biker Scout with Speeder Bike, the first vehicle in the new, larger scale. Does it live up to the preview shown at SDCC? And then the first Walgreens exclusive Hasbro Star Wars figure--Boba Fett in Prototype Armor. How does this compare to the original outfit, and is it worth the (bounty) hunt? With Johnathan joining for an On The Pegs segment and a look at the latest offerings from Gentle Giant and Sideshow, it's all on this new episode of Star Wars Action News!

    Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

    Source SWAN
    Star Wars: The Old Republic: Shadow Of Revan Details
    Reported by Mark on 28 Oct 2014 10:43

    Bioware tease us with details about the “Shadow of Revan” expansion including new playable races, solo Flashpoints and more.

    Some of the highlights included:

    • There will be a Patch 4.0 – there are more stories to be told (and probably more expansions in 2015)
    • SWToR development is speeding up – expect to see more exciting announcements after the release of Shadow of Revan
    • Patch 3.0 might expand to other locations other than Yavin IV and Rishi
    • Togruta will be the next playable race and will be a Cartel Market item
    • Solo flashpoints confirmed – A droid companion will be available to carry players through tough fights
    • Class missions return – you can now play your unique class mission story

    Source SWTOR Strategies (via sQren)
    Rebels Recon #4: Inside “Rise Of The Old Masters”
    Reported by Justin on 28 Oct 2014 01:38

    In Rebels Recon #4, StarWars.com delves into the Star Wars Rebels episode “Rise of the Old Masters,” with a synopsis, cast and crew interviews, and much more.

    “Rise of the Old Masters” finds the Ghost crew on a mission to rescue Jedi Master Luminara Unduli from an Imperial prison. But instead of Luminara, they find the Inquisitor waiting. Kanan and the Inquisitor engage in an intense lightsaber duel, and the rebels barely escape the Imperial trap.

    Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

    Source YouTube
    MCM London Comic Con: 25th October 2014
    Reported by ZakPT on 28 Oct 2014 00:00

    As always this year’s second MCM London Comic Con was packed full of awe- inspiring Cosplayers, bargain deals and brand new Star Wars products. Jedi News team members Mark, James, Brian and Zak were there covering all events throughout Saturday so make sure to tune into the next episode of RADIO 1138 and the Jedi News Facebook page for all the content.

    Compared to the record breaking MCM earlier this year the queues where reasonably short and well flowing with much better organisation overall. This time there were two major halls crammed with all types of geekery. Big time brands like Game and CEX set up with mini shops selling the latest games while All The Cool Stuff and Star Zone ranged from old skool vintage to brand new releases like the hit brand Funko figures. Several stages hosted gamer talks, cosplay competitions and even singing. The world class Cosplayer Jessica Nigri had her own booth showing her incredible costumes but due to the crowd surrounding her pictures weren’t available.

    As always the 501st came in mass with all types of costumes including Jawas, Tusken Raiders, Stormtroopers, Snow Troopers and an impressive, most impressive General Grievous! There were even some Clone Wars figures like Captain Rex, Ahsoka Tano and Clone Trooper. The model Chopper from the new Rebels series was on display showing some master craftsmanship. Overall attracting a large amount of the public which is always great to see.

    DK publishers had a stand there showing off some of their newest publications such as Star Wars in 100 scenes and Lego Star Wars The Visual Dictionary. However their prize show case was the exclusive Lego Star Wars The Dark Side book deal. At first it seemed like a Jedi mind trick, but no, they were selling the new Lego Star Wars Dark Side book (with the exclusive Emperor figure) for a discount price of £8 with a free exclusive 1/180 comic con t-shirt and a cotton reusable Batman bag, all for just £8! The Star Wars x SMS Audio headphones came with the beautiful and superb quality headphones (not to mention the rather lovely astromech assistants) for an amazing discount rate of £120, worth a saving of £80! If you’re into your music then pick none other than these as they were just pure quality!

    Overall the Con had an awesome atmosphere with pretty much everything a Geek could ask for!

    Don’t forget to check out the coverage of this weekend’s event on the next episode of RADIO 1138 and the Jedi News Facebook page. Roll on MCM Memorabilia!...

    For more of our event coverage click here.

       27 October 2014
    Star Wars: Ships of the Fleet. Due 2nd June 2015
    Reported by Mark on 27 Oct 2014 23:55

    Check out this new listing, freshly arrived on Amazon and hinting that 2nd June 2015 could - could - be the day when we first see brand new vehicles from Episode VII.

    And check out the blurb. "Fold out the pages to witness an epic, 30" x 27" battle scene between the Republic and the Rebellion!". It reads like it's wrong, but here's a theory. What if there is a new Rebellion, against a controlling political entity like the Republic. The Separatists were essentially a political rebellion, so why not have the Rebel Alliance vs the Republic?

    Product details

    Hardcover: 27 pages
    Publisher: Reader's Digest Association (2 Jun 2015)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0794434770
    ISBN-13: 978-0794434779

    Source Amazon (via Jedi Bibliotek)
    2015 Danilo Calendars
    Reported by Matt on 27 Oct 2014 23:44

    The official Star Wars calendars by licensee Danilo are now arriving in Poundland here in the UK for just £1.00 each.

    Grab them quick before they all go.

    Source Danilo
    Star Wars Episode VII: Maisie Richardson-Sellers Listed On IMBD
    Reported by Team Jedi News on 27 Oct 2014 23:29

    We're well aware of the drill - until it's officially confirmed then it's rumour, speculation, link-bait, call it what you will. And we know that any Tom, Dick and Jar Jar can add info to IMDB (or any other social site for that matter). But nevertheless, our own Max Nocerino spotted an update to the Episode VII cast, including someone we talked about a lot at the start of the year, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, playing the role of Korr Sella.

    We'll stay on top of this one and bring more news as it arrives.,

    Source IMDB
    William Shakespeare's The Phantom Menace Due 7th April 2015
    Reported by Mark on 27 Oct 2014 23:26

    If you listen back to our 12th episode of RADIO 1138 then you'll hear author Ian Doescher cast serious doubt that this book would ever come out. But thankfully for lovers of Star Wars and iambic pentameter it's coming next April. Just in time for Celebration Anaheim.

    WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S THE PHANTOM MENACE

    Written by Ian Doescher
    Art by Nicolas Delort
    Hardcover (176 pages) by Quirk Books
    ISBN 1-5947-4806-6
    $14.95

    The popular, NYT best-selling Elizabethan/sci-fi mashup series continues, with a Shakespearean take on the first Star Wars prequel, The Phantom Menace.

    When the best-selling William Shakespeare’s Star Wars presented the classic George Lucas film in the form of an Elizabethan drama, the results blew the minds of Star Wars fans and Shakespeare buffs alike. Now the curtain rises once again on that star-crossed galaxy far away, this time revealing the tragedy, hubris, and doomed romance that will lead to the fall of the Republic and the rise of an Empire. The saga starts here with this reimagining of Episode I, a prequel tale in which a disguised queen, a young hero, and two fearless knights clash with a hidden, vengeful enemy. Masterful meter, Shakepearean soliloquies and intricate Elizabethan illustrations will leave more than a few readers convinced that the Star Wars saga sprang straight from the Bard’s quill.

    Source Facebook (via Eddie van der Heijden)
    Rancho Obi-Wan Blog: Mystery Solved! A Tale of Snow-Swept Chewbacca, Bantha Tracks & Me
    Reported by Mark on 27 Oct 2014 23:19

    Source Twitter
    Fantasy Flight Games: Set Your Course A Preview of Star Wars: Armada
    Reported by Jonathan on 27 Oct 2014 23:05

    Another day, another Star Wars preview. In this preview they have a closer look at how these gargantuan ships ships make use of the unique manoeuvre tool and how they interact with obstacles, as well as looking at some of the tactical implications.

    From the website:

    “That is the system. And I’m sure Skywalker is with them. Set your course for the Hoth system.”
    Darth Vader

    The Star Destroyers are on their way. Star Wars: Armada is coming!

    Imperial Star Destroyers and TIE squadrons go head to head with Rebel corvettes, frigates, and X-wings in this epic miniatures game of tactical fleet battles.

    In our first previews, we’ve seen how Armada clearly differentiates its massive and explosive battles from the sort of lethal, fast-paced skirmishes waged between fighter squadrons. We explored the ways that the game’s command stacks add personality to the game’s different ships and force you to plan for the future. Then, we took a closer look at how your capital ships can attack your enemies, and we identified the different defenses they can use against incoming fire

    Source Fantasy Flight Games
    X-Wing, Tie Fighter Are FINALLY Getting Digital Re-Releases
    Reported by Matt on 27 Oct 2014 23:00

    How's this for amazing news. Star Wars: TIE Fighter and Star Wars: TIE Fighter - Defender of the Empire and Star Wars: X-Wing Collector's CD-ROM and both Tour of Duty expansions: Imperial Pursuit and B-Wing are coming ou in digital format for just $10.00.

    The Special Edition offered here, includes Star Wars™: TIE Fighter and Star Wars™: TIE Fighter - Defender of the Empire, both in the 1994 and 1998 versions!

    The Special Edition offered here, includes Star Wars: X-Wing Collector's CD-ROM and both Tour of Duty expansions: Imperial Pursuit and B-Wing.

    Source Kotaku
    Halloween sale on R2-KT patches and 501st swag
    Reported by Mark on 27 Oct 2014 21:05

    Who else could it be but R2-KT's man servant Al, with all the latest patch news.

    Hey gang, Happy Halloween! For a limited time we have a surplus of inventory so 501st members can order any of the 501st items I've run for just $5 apiece with free shipping inside the U.S. ($2 shipping outside the U.S.) paypal to trooper.tk210@gmail.com - Vader's Fist patches are in short supply, but I have a bunch more of the 1998 throwback 501st Squad patches and 501st lanyards.

    Here's what is still in stock:

    And, because we hit our charity target goal with KT items and are sitting on extra inventory there, we're offering previous R2-KT patches as a package deal with the new 2014 Halloween patch - just $20 gets you four patches AND a KT vinyl sticker. Paypal is to r2kt@r2kt.com and just say "Boo!" in the paypal transaction notes. Or you can get the Halloween patch by itself for $7 free shipping.

    All funds split between the charities the patches were run for. Info on R2-KT items: Info on R2-KT items.

    Any questions? Send 'em on and we'll answer 'em. Thanks to everyone for helping the Unicef, Make-A-Wish, and Give Kids the World Village charities. Rock on and stay safe - Happy Halloween!

    Marvel Star Wars #1 Variants
    Reported by Matt on 27 Oct 2014 18:22
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    STAR WARS #1

    Jason Aaron (W), John Cassaday (A/C), J. Scott Campbell (VC), John Cassaday (VC), Bob McLeod (VC), Joe Quesada (VC), Alex Ross (VC), Sara Pichelli (VC), Skottie Young (VC), John Tyler Christopher (VC).

    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.

    48 pages, $4.99.

    That's the official listing but we can reveal a list of even more variant covers to collect on the monumental Star Wars 1 from Marvel. Will you collect them all?

    So, January's Marvel Variants for Star Wars #1 include:

    Check them out after the break.

    Heir to the Jedi and Lords of the Sith Pushed Back
    Reported by Mark on 27 Oct 2014 17:15

     

    A bit of housekeeping information from the gang at Del Rey.

    Just a heads up everyone; the publishing dates for our next two STAR WARS novels have moved a few weeks due to scheduling decisions.

    • STAR WARS: HEIR TO THE JEDI by Kevin Hearne – will now publish 3/3/2015
    • STAR WARS: LORDS OF THE SITH by Paul S. Kemp – will now publish 4/28/2015

    Source Star Wars Books
    Star Wars: The Old Republic: What The Game Could Have Been
    Reported by Mark on 27 Oct 2014 17:06

    There are always things that get left out in any design project, be it novel, comic, film or computer game, and as you can see here Star Wars The Old Republic is no exception.

    Youtube user Kid Lee has posted an extremely interesting video about how much the game has changed since the original SWToR beta. He provides video and screenshots to demonstrate the features that never made it into the game. While one can only speculate why these elements never made it to the game, it’s certainly interesting to see what got left out.

    Source SWTOR Strategies (via sQren)
    RUMOR: Episode VII E-wing & C-wing; Han Solo; Speeder & Hero Codename; More Cyborg; Rebel Ships
    Reported by Justin on 27 Oct 2014 10:34

    Making Star Wars has updated their website to include the Episode VII rumor(s) provided via the titled link(s) below.

    Concepts: E-wing And C-wing

    Concepts: Han Solo

    Concepts: Speeder And Hero Codename Details

    Concepts: Another Look At A Cyborg's Haunting Embrace

    Sketches: Rebel Ships

    As is the case with all Episode VII rumors posted out there on the interwebs, take the supplied link(s) at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

    Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

    The Comlink: Ep. 103 - Special Guests Matt Lanter & Steve Sansweet
    Reported by James on 27 Oct 2014 07:35

    The latest news from the week of October 24th, plus Matt Lanter visits the studio to chat with David and Steve Sansweet gives takes us to Rancho Obi-Wan. The Comlink is your weekly show for Star Wars entertainment!

    Source Shotglass Digital
       26 October 2014
    Episode VII Trailer Music to be Recorded Nov. 15?
    Reported by James on 26 Oct 2014 18:16

    This from the John Williams Fan Network, obviously take this all with a pinch off salt until confirmed by Bad Robot, Disney, Luasfilm or John Williams himself.

    Following the rumor that the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII will include original music written by John Williams, one of our sources claims that the Maestro will indeed record the new music next month in Los Angeles:

    A reliable source just said JW received a trailer from JJ Abrams on Monday, Oct 20.  JW has already written new Star Wars music to accompany this trailer.  This new trailer music will feature new music and will be recorded on November 15 in LA with full orchestra.  Still determining if the score will be recorded in London due to advanced age of composer/conductor.  14 hour flight to LA not too kind on 82 year old.  This is all a secret and this message will be deleted shortly.

    Will we be getting a trailer so soon?  Time will tell...

    Source John Williams Fan Network
    Bombad Radio Episode Episode 173: The Sound of Star Wars with David Collins
    Reported by Mark on 26 Oct 2014 03:16

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

    This week we begin exploring the sound of the Star Wars Universe. Our guest is former LucasArts sound designer and supervisor who is currently with Sony, David W. Collins returning to the show for the second time. In his free time David Collins also hosts the new show on the SmodCast Network "The Comlink" as well as 'Star Wars Oxygen' with Jimmy Mac on Rebel Force Radio.

    Source Bombad Radio
       25 October 2014
    Ewan McGregor has some unkind words for Star Wars 'fans'
    Reported by Matt on 25 Oct 2014 23:35

    Set aside the hugely misleading headline and you find an article showing the disdain that Ewan McGregor has for autograph scalpers, who he refers to as "parasitical lowlifes."

    To paraphrase a great Moff, 'Charming, to the last.

    In an interview with Details, McGregor opened up about his limited interaction with Star Wars fans. The actor claims, in fact, that he doesn’t have any experience with actual fans of the franchise, having never been to “one of those conventions.” Instead, McGregor said he only met “the f—ers” who were not real fans. These “fans” were more interested in selling his signature online than actually interacting with him or engaging with the film.

    “They’re not fans—they’re parasitical lowlifes and f—ing wankers,” McGregor told Details.

    Source Entertainment Weekly
    ForceCast #326: Team Palpatine
    Reported by Mark on 25 Oct 2014 23:22

    t's time to join your hosts Eric, Erik and Justin for the ForceCast.

    As principal photography on Episode VII winds down, the youngest Star Wars fan to star in the original films comes back again, the set gets a visit from the Boy Who Lived, and a cast member who wasn't even announced has completed her role. Plus, Eric talks about the progression of technology in Star Wars with Christian Blauvelt, and Disney releases a trailer for the Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion "Special Edition" on ABC. Strap in and make the jump to hyperspace with The ForceCast!

    Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

    Source Forcecast
    Official Site: Star Wars In The UK: Star Wars Monthly Issues 159 - 165
    Reported by Mark on 25 Oct 2014 23:07

    My latest article lands over at StarWars.com as I take a look at a key part of Star Wars comics history.

    Being a Star Wars fan growing up in the UK during the ’80s was a unique experience. Sure, like our fellow fans across the globe we had the films, the action figures, the books, and the food promotions, but we also had access to a number of things that fans around the world didn’t. We got the chance to watch Admiral Ozzel wear a wonky wig on BBC kids show Grange Hill. We saw Gold 2 play a role in popular early evening soap Crossroads. We even saw Darth Vader showing kids how to cross the road safely dressed in tight green spandex. But the one thing that really set us apart from our American cousins were Marvel’s Star Wars UK titles.

    Source Official Site
    Digital Spy - What Are The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Ever Made?
    Reported by James on 25 Oct 2014 20:06

    Here in the UK the folks at Digital Spy are looking for your vote to decide the greatest sci-fi movie of all time, read on and vote by taking the link below (The Empire Strikes Back is currently in the lead)...

    What are the greatest sci-fi movies ever made? That's the question we asked two weeks ago through the site and social media, and after wading through your many responses we've compiled a list of the landmark genre movies that you admire the most.

    Now the task is simple - vote for the one movie below you think trumps all others and next month we'll reveal the winner ahead of the release of Christopher Nolan's latest sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar.

    Is Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey science fiction's greatest moment on the big screen? What about the Ridley Scott-directed double of Alien and Blade Runner?

    Source Digital Spy
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