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   24 January 2015
Latest Toy Palace Newsletter - Week 3, 2015
Reported by James on 24 Jan 2015 22:31

Here's the latest update from Site Sponsor Toy Palace...

Our first newsletter of the year! We have worked very hard the last couple of weeks to get our new Toy Palace smartphone app out. It can be downloaded in German language for Android or Apple by simply searching for "Toy Palace" in your favourite App Store (Windows Phone App coming soon). Give us some feedback if you like it.

If you want to see the latest in-stock products just click HERE! The latest pre-order products can be found HERE!

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Mark Guest Leaves Blocks Magazine
Reported by James on 24 Jan 2015 21:55
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Some sad news about the editor and co-founder of Blocks Magazine, Mark Guest, that features lots of LEGO Star Wars content and is a must read for any LEGO fan.  Here's today's Press Release (read on for full details) and we wish Mark the very best of luck in his future endeavours.

It has been announced today that Blocks co-founder and Editor Mark Guest is to leave Blocks. Issue 5, (which comes out in February) will be the last issue with Mark at the helm.

Mark has been instrumental in creating Blocks form the start and it was his own obsession with LEGO that drove the one off project to become a monthly publication. It is fair to say the product has been well received amongst the LEGO fan community and has progressively strengthened under his leadership.

Back in June 2014, Mark first revealed Blocks to the world as a one-off WH Smith exclusive Bookazine. This was a small insight of what was to come and in the following months a team of experts and respected contributors assembled adding a great impetus that allowed the vision to grow into something the community had longed for.

Mark today commented on this shocking news, saying: ‘It is with great sadness that I am departing from what was my baby, but unfortunately sometimes circumstance dictates a difficult decision must be made.'

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Unbelievable Sand Sculpture Of Star Wars Rebels Crew
Reported by Justin on 24 Jan 2015 18:10

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Debbie Reynolds Confirms Once Again That Billie Lourd Is In The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 24 Jan 2015 17:50

While this isn't the first time we've heard about this, Debbie Reynolds, mother to Carrie Fisher and grandmother to Billie Lourd, has stated yet again via an interview posted on The Hollywood Reporter that Lourd will in fact be appearing in The Force Awakens in an unspecified role.

How did you feel about your daughter following you into the business? And now returning to the Star Wars franchise?

George Lucas is a great producer, and I'm very grateful to him for giving my daughter an opportunity to play a great part. My first [big] role was Singin' in the Rain, and my daughter's first [big] role was Star Wars. I had one bun for a hairdo, and Carrie had two buns! She just finished the new Star Wars — and my granddaughter, Billie Lourd, is playing a role in it, too! It's very exciting to see my granddaughter jumping into the fray also.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Tosche Station Radio #102: Where’s Hera?
Reported by Mark on 24 Jan 2015 10:33

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

On this episode of Tosche Station Radio, Amy Ratcliffe and Bria join the hosts to answer a question that’s been bugging us all lately: Where’s Hera?

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

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

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Star Wars Bookworms #36: A Shattered Legacy
Reported by Mark on 24 Jan 2015 08:05

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

In this episode of Star Wars Bookworms we talk mostly comics and answer some listener emails. Bria from Tosche Station joins us and brings some impressive comic book knowledge to the discussion. She’s really cool.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter Facebook

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Jeffrey Brown's Darth Vader And Friends
Reported by Matt on 24 Jan 2015 04:42

Previews have this listed as arriving on 29th April, the next entry in Jeffrey Brown's delightful foray into the Star Wars galaxy.

In this funny and sweet new book in the bestselling Darth Vader series, Eisner Award-winning author Jeffrey Brown offers an intimate look at the friendships between best pals in the Star Wars universe, from Darth Vader and the Emperor to Leia and her Ewok pals, Han and Chewie, C-3PO and R2-D2, the bounty hunters, and other favorite characters. Jealousy, birthday parties, lightsaber battles, sharing, intergalactic rebellion, and more all come into play as Brown's charming illustrations and humor irresistibly combine the adventures of our friends in a galaxy far, far away with everyday events closer to home.

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Get Your Geek On: January 22nd 2015
Reported by Mark on 24 Jan 2015 02:25

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.

Thoughts about doing this? I was going to say that all three of us were interested and ask for a more specific time frame for when this would happen and firgure the rest out from there. Sound good? Variants, variants, EVERYWHERE! We're talking about Marvel variants including how fast these are selling. We're going to hit up the latest news about George Lucas including the possibility of moving his famed museum out of Chicago and his upcoming movie "Strange Magic". We'll also find out what the fuss about "Idiot's Array" is all about before delving into finding out why the "light side" is the stronger side. Stay Geeky!

Contact Information: iTunes | Mixlr | Facebook

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Official Site: Social Scanner - January 23, 2015
Reported by Justin on 24 Jan 2015 01:20

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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RUMOR: A Star Wars Spinoff Film To Feature Two Main Characters?
Reported by Justin on 24 Jan 2015 01:03

Ever since the announcement came down that Disney would be releasing standalone films in addition to the Sequel Trilogy, signs/whispers pointed to Yoda, Boba Fett, and Han Solo as being the featured characters in those planned films.

Now a rumor comes our way via Latino Review that two of those characters may in fact be sharing a single film together.

Take the source link below for the details and be prepared to include as much salt as needed.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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   23 January 2015
T-Shirts: Rebellion
Reported by Matt on 23 Jan 2015 23:50

Available on 29th April in a range of sizes, another cool Star Wars t-shirt to get you through the long summer wait for The Force Awakens.

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Coffee With Kenobi Show #30: Vintage Kenner Star Wars Collectibles
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 22:22

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

In today’s show, Mark Bellomo, author of The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures, 1977-1985 joins us to talk about our topic for Show # 30, vintage Kenner Star Wars action figures. We also are joined by Lillian Skye of the Star Wars Underworld, as she talks about some exciting analysis she discovered in her classroom. We will also discuss 3D versions of the Prequels and other Celebration news, Disneyland discounts, new Star Wars headphones, and much more. We also have the next offering of “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio” featuring Rob Wainfur.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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More Dynamic Forces Star Wars Variants Coming In April
Reported by Matt on 23 Jan 2015 22:09

Dynamic Force bring another batch of variants, covering Star wars #1, Darth Vader #1 and Princess Leia, arriving in April.

Check out the details, prices and artists above.

Where the Party Started: Detention Block 2551 Patches
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 21:40

It's time to patch in the founder of the 501st, Albin Johnson as we get news of some new patches.

Detention Block 2551, the original birthplace of the Legion. Now commemorated in designs by Dave Liew and available for order. Two designs, because folks demanded it! We are running a very limited quantity of both designs:

  • Hex-shaped “unit” patch with the interrogation droid
  • Boots-Up Trooper original with no caption

Next month we will offer Boots-Up Trooper with one of the more popular captions, again in a very limited run.Collect 'em all but hurry we won't make many of each.
Just $7 apiece free shipping to anywhere. Paypal to trooper.tk210@gmail.com and indicate which you want and how many (DB2551 Droid ; DB2551 Boots Up Plain) Order as many as you like, when we’re out we’re out.
3.5” fully embroidered and set to ship mid- to late-February. Be looking for the next version in a month, and get it quick ‘cause we’re not doing many of these in favor of offering more variety.
For information on Detention Block 2551 and what this all means to the 501st, just browse by my website: http://www.albinjohnson.com/501stLegion/stuff/_page-stuff-501st-current.html
Now get back to your post
- AL (TK210)

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Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 Tops 300k Preorders, New Covers Revealed
Reported by Matt on 23 Jan 2015 21:30

We've just enjoyed the blockbuster return of Star Wars to Marvel and already we're looking ahead to the next release, Darth Vader, which is already hitting the stratosphere with 300,000 pre-orders.

Marvel Comics has confirmed exclusively with ComicBook.com that Darth Vader #1 has received over 300k pre-orders, making it another strong start from Marvel’s recently launched Star Wars comic book line.
Darth Vader #1 is written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Salvador Larroca, and is the first issue of Darth Vader’s first ever ongoing comic book solo series. Taking place after the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the series will tell Vader’s story following the Battle of Yavin.
Marvel has also provided ComicBook.com with an exclusive first look a several variant covers for the issue, including several retailer exclusives.

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Marvel Offers Star Wars #1 3rd Printing
Reported by Matt on 23 Jan 2015 21:15

No surprise but the 2nd print has sold out and earlier this afternoon retailers were offered a third printing of the biggest comic of the year. Selling well over a million copies at wholesale. There's no art yet, but this will likely be another recolour of the regular cover.

If you want a copy of this cover ask your local comic store asap.

From Marvel Comics. The greatest space adventure of all time returns to Marvel! Luke Skywalker and the ragtag band of rebels fighting against the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet-the destruction of the massive battle station known as the Death Star. But the Empire's not toppled yet! Join Luke along with Princess Leia, smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca, droids C-3PO and R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they strike out for freedom against the evil forces of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor. Written by Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thor: God of Thunder) and with art by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers), this is the Star Wars saga as only Marvel Comics could make it! Rated T. Scheduled to ship 02/25/15.

RebelForce Radio: January 23, 2015
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 21:00

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

Star Wars headlines this week: Billy Dee returns as Lando in Star Wars Rebels. RFR gets some ink in a national newsstand publication. And, George Lucas makes controversial comments about how his contributions to The Force Awakens have been scrapped. Plus, Star Wars meets Pawn Stars, Listener Mail, and more sequel casting rumors

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: Yavin 4 Rebels: Guardians of the Hidden Fortress
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 20:45

Check out the latest article by Tim Veekhoven, packed with amazing detail as always over at StarWars.com.

After abandoning their base on Dantooine, the Rebel Alliance established a new HQ in the ruins of the eerie Massassi Temples on Yavin 4. The Great Temple housed several levels of Alliance activity, including a hangar for the starfighters and a majestic audience chamber. After finally procuring the Death Star plans from Princess Leia Organa, General Dodonna spearheaded a search for a tactical weakness in the battle station’s construction. When the Death Star approached Yavin 4, a valiant attack with little chance of victory was launched. However, a new hope was given to the galaxy when Luke Skywalker destroyed the Death Star against all odds. Let’s meet the brave Rebels who were stationed at Base One during the Battle of Yavin!

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Star Wars Battlefront: Is THIS How Heroes Work?!
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 20:30

News comes in via SWTOR Strategies regarding the fortthcoming Star Wars Battlefront.

Star Wars: Battlefront is yet to receive its official release date for Xbox One, PC and PS4. DICE and EA are busy at work at creating the game that so many fans of the series have been waiting for. There have been a great deal of shifts in the video game industry as of late concerning FPSs, but will Star Wars Battlefront 3 be following Titanfall for its heroes?
Modern shooters have changed a great deal, though in many ways they’re just catching up on Halo’s transformations years before them. But that’s for another day. Star Wars: Battlefront is to be DICE’s biggest FPS of next year, so are they going to give us more of what we’ve seen with Battlefield or are we getting some new changes?

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Join The Rebellion At Club Penguin
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 20:19

Our friends at Disney have dropped us this fantastic Club Penguin news. Check it out.

Club Penguin, the #1 virtual world for kids on web and mobile, has been taken over by the evil Empire, and it is up to penguin citizens to join the growing rebellion and strike back against the Imperial forces.
For a limited time starting Thursday 22nd January, Club Penguin will be transformed into Lothal, home planet of the hit Star Wars RebelsTM TV show, and players are challenged to prove their skills in a variety of special Star Wars Rebels quests to save the Island. As they fight the evil Empire, members will be able to dress up in new Star WarsTM-themed outfits like Agent Kallus, Vizago, R2-D2 helmets for puffles and many more.
Throughout the event, players will be tasked with missions from Ezra Bridger, Zeb Orrelios, Hera Syndulla, and Kanan Jarrus of the Ghost crew and earn special Star Wars Rebels-themed items along the way.
Members can use their virtual coins to buy Star Wars-themed outfits from the Penguin Style catalog, shop for galactic furniture and igloos and earn special Star Wars Rebels costumes for their efforts. Members will also be able to earn different LightsabersTM with unique moves that they can use in epic duels. Once proving their rebellious skills to the Ghost crew by completing special tasks, players must ultimately take on the nefarious Inquisitor.
Players can join the rebellion from 22nd January to 4th February on ClubPenguin.com and in the Club Penguin app on iOS and Android devices.
Catch Star Wars Rebels on Thursdays and Fridays at 8am or on Saturdays and Sundays at 9am and 3pm on Disney XD.

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Star Wars Jogcast: X-wing Rogue Squadron Legends Review
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 19:44

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

"Hi all this is Alan R. Ryan, resident Jogcaster, and tonight we are going to be talking about X-Wing Rogue Squadron series of novels, and the one that started it all. Written by the always entertaining Michael Stackpole I am a huge fan of his work and the characters he created in this series so sit back and relax as we kick back with this week’s Legends Review minicast."

Contact Information: Website

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Official Site: 6 Things You Don't Know About Star Wars #1
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 19:39

Dan Brooks takes a deeper look into the smash hit Star Wars #1, with half a dozen fun facts over at StarWars.com.

Marvel’s Star Wars #1 arrived last week, officially ushering in a new age of Star Wars comics. Set right after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the issue features Han and Leia at their flirting-meets-bickering and Imperial-blasting best, Chewbacca as a sniper (!), and a thrilling cliffhanger ending. In short, it’s Star Wars to the core, it feels like a fresh start, and it’s fantastic.
In celebration of Star Wars #1’s release, StarWars.com spoke with the landmark comic’s creators, writer Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday, for some Bothan-spy-worthy behind-the-scenes secrets.

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Fat Moebius Man Concepts
Reported by Justin on 23 Jan 2015 19:33

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: Fat Moebius Man

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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The Making Of Strange Magic Featurette
Reported by Justin on 23 Jan 2015 19:18

Lucasfilm has notified us via an email press release about the new Strange Magic video embedded below featuring the film's creator George Lucas and some of the cast members.

And in case you missed it earlier, be sure to check out our previous story about Lucas and Stange Magic's composer Marius de Vries commenting on what went into selecting the musical score of the film.

 

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Oscar Isaac: It Was "Wild" Working On The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 23 Jan 2015 15:02

It's a slow time for official The Force Awakens news, so why not share some more comments made by the cast members? Oscar Isaac offered up the following quote when asked to describe what it was like working on the set of Episode VII.

Oscar has been lucky enough to land a part in the upcoming Star Wars movie, Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Written and helmed by J. J. Abrams the actor can't believe his luck at joining the franchise.

"It was wild. It was definitely nothing I could have ever anticipated. It's pretty cool to be able to add to that continuing story and to be a part of the incredible Star Wars culture," he smiled.

We're sure it was one hell of a wild time.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 35
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 13:41
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at a bounty hunters vengeance, gonk, a Jedi relative, her royal highness, Amidala's cycloptic guard, droid factories, THE classic Imperial weapon and the Admirals star cruiser. On my mark...PUNCH IT!

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Stunning Star Wars Models Crafted From Paper
Reported by Justin on 23 Jan 2015 13:29

Wow. Just wow. Feast your eyes on this assortment of Star Wars models that were created using nothing but paper.

That's right - PAPER.

The level of craftsmanship and expertise required to design something of the quality of these builds is nearly immeasurable. Exceptional work to say the very least.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Dave Filoni, Henry Gilroy, & Kilian Plunkett Talk TCW And Rebels Part 2
Reported by Justin on 23 Jan 2015 12:31

As promised, Making Star Wars brings us Part 2 of their exclusive video of Dave Filoni, Henry Gilroy, and Kilian Plunkett discussing The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels at Comics FTW as part of the Marvel Star Wars #1 launch party.

Be sure to check out Jason's first video if you didn't catch it already.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Early Castle Concepts
Reported by Justin on 23 Jan 2015 12:25

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: The Earliest Castle

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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Brews and Blasters #6: Caravan of Courage Commentary
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 08:10

It's time to join the gang over at Brews and Blasters.

We did it! The first in The Ewok Adventures commentary series is now live! We had a TON of fun on this one, so pop in the movie, turn on the podcast, and have a good time! Please subscribe, rate, and review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars And The Power Of Costume Exhibition Grand Opening
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 05:00

30th January at the EMP Museum brings a phalanx of Star Wars guests to celebrate the opening of Star Wars And The Power Of Costume exhibition.

Anthony Daniels is joined by Billy Dee Williams, Brandon Alinger and Agie Gueraard Rogers at the event between 7pm and 1am.

With thanks to Marcus Dohring for the info.

Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: Idiots Array
Reported by Mark on 23 Jan 2015 00:31

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac for Rebels: Declassified.

Billy Dee Williams returns as Lando Calrissian in the latest episode of Star Wars Rebels “Idiot’s Array”. What did we think of Billy Dee’s debut in Rebels? Did he bring more character or caricature to his performance? Does the depiction of early Lando jibe with what we know about the character in The Empire Strikes Back? We talk about it all on this episode with our special guests – Official Star Wars artist Randy Martinez and co-author of the upcoming Ultimate Star Wars, Fangirls Going Rogue‘s Tricia Barr.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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   22 January 2015
RADIO 1138: Episode 24
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 23:50

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

The news and announcements just keep on coming and RADIO 1138 is all over it. This episode we discuss the UK Toy Fair, chat Fact Files and Millennium Falcon with Iain Lowson, conclude our chat with Anthony Daniels and weave our way through issue 155 of the Star Wars Insider with Jonathan Wilkins...and all with a nasty dose of the Blue Shadow Virus. Catch it here on the 24th episode of RADIO 1138.

Contact Information: info@radio1138.co.uk | iTunes | RSS Feed | RFR Landing Page | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Official Site: Critical Opinion: Revenge of the Sith Original Reviews
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 22:46

My latest entry arrives over at StarWars.com as I take a look at the critical opinion a decade ago to the arrival of Revenge of the Sith.

Check your calendars. Yes, it’s 2015 and that means the arrival of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the continuation of Season One of Star Wars Rebels and a glut of other new and exciting Star Wars ventures. But it’s also a big anniversary year. Not only is it 35 years since the arrival of The Empire Strikes Back but this year also marks the 10th anniversary of Revenge of the Sith, the episode which — until the announcement of a sequel trilogy in late October 2012 — marked the final chapter in the six film Star Wars cycle.

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Padmé Didn’t Die of a Broken Heart
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 21:50

My pal Joseph Tavano has written a very thought-provoking piece, postulating the thought that Padmé didn't simply die of a broken heart but that other forces (pun intended) were at play.

I find it odd that one of the most pivotal and mysterious moments in the Star Wars saga is discussed infrequently, and when it is the case is closed. Some time between 2005 and now the greater part of people who’ve watched this movie have all come to the same conclusion, and all that is debated is if they like this course of events or not.
Of course, I’m talking about the end of Revenge of the Sith, one of my all-time favorite films. I haven’t been counting, but I’ve seen this movie 500 times, and I’m still finding new things to consider. The final hour of this movie is densely packed with information, but it doesn’t hold your hand. Where a lesser film would have wrapped thing up with an expositive voiceover, Revenge of the Sith demands that the viewer watches how things unfold, and then asks the viewer to put the pieces together themselves. Unfortunately, not everyone has put them together the proper way, and that leads to a lot of differing conclusions regarding the anticlimax of the movie.
I’m talking about Padmé’s death, the cause of which has been said by many to be “a broken heart.”
Yuck. Nope.
I’m here to tell you that this theory does not hold up, and I’m going to show you why. Listen to my case, consider the evidence, re-watch the movie, and rethink the flawed broken heart theory.

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What Are The Chances Comic-Con Leaves San Diego?
Reported by Justin on 22 Jan 2015 20:52

Slashfilm provides readers with a look at the possibility of Comic-Con leaving the city of San Diego in the near future for other hotbed tourist destinations located across California such as Anaheim or Los Angeles.

Check out the intro below and then take the source link for the full read.

Comic-Con and San Diego go hand-in-hand, and have ever since Comic-Con was founded in San Diego in 1970. But Comic-Con has expanded much faster than San Diego has. As anyone who’s waited overnight for a Hall H spot or spent 10 minutes trying to cross Harbor Drive can attest, it feels at times like Comic-Con has outgrown San Diego altogether.

Now, with the current deal between Comic-Con International and the city of San Diego set to expire in 2016, the event is fielding proposals from other cities. Could Comic Con leave San Diego for Los Angeles or Anaheim?

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Latest Dennis The Menace and Gnasher Epic Magazine Features Star Wars Rebels
Reported by Matt on 22 Jan 2015 20:44

It's a good time to be a kid comic collectors as the latest Dennis The Menace and Gnasher Epic Magazine gives ius a hefty dose of Star Wars Rebels, inviting you to join the Rebellion.

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Brickset: London Toy Fair Report
Reported by Matt on 22 Jan 2015 19:31

Our friends over at Brickset bring us their review of the recent London Toy Fair, focusing of course on the many and various LEGO releases planned for 2015.

Following on from Huw's assessment of the unlicensed themes I will be taking a look at the licensed sets that were on display this year at the London Toy Fair. Overall I am a little disappointed to be honest, although there are some outstanding sets and minifigures to make up for others that are lacking.
I noted down prices and the minifigures included in most sets as well as some features that stood out to me of the models themselves. If I don't say much about a particular set, that is probably because I wasn't very keen on it so didn't take much time to pore over the details!
Please note that all prices are provisional and subject to change prior to release.

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Official Site: Star Wars Planets We'd Like To Visit
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 18:22

Amy Ratcliffe takes us on a tour of the Star Wars galaxy over at StarWars.com.

Luke Skywalker would have you believe Tatooine is the farthest planet from the bright center of the universe, but the Star Wars galaxy is a packed place. Plenty of teenagers on other planets probably say the same thing. There are several Outer Rim locales tarnished with an unappealing sheen, Core planets filled with luxuries and promise, and everything in between. A handful of locations are featured as Star Tours attraction destinations at Disney parks, and though the virtual experience is better than nothing, we’re itching to get our feet on the ground in the galaxy far, far away and explore. These planets are at the top of our list:

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 63: Star Wars Half Marathon RECAP
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 18:10

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

Star Wars + Disney + Running = the incredible Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland! Richard and I had an amazing time, and on this episode we’ll give you our personal experiences, we’ll hear from some runners just after we finished the Half Marathon, including Linda Hansen-Raj from FANgirlBlog and Dave Parfitt of AdventuresByDaddy.com. Read his Race Recap here. Then we go behind-the-scenes with Shannon Abeyta, runDisney event manager at Disneyland. Just what does it take to put on such a huge event!?
Star Wars Celebration is right around the corner! In our segment “Skywalking To Celebration” we talk with our podcast composer, Rob Dehlinger, to see what he is doing to get ready for the big event.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Trailer Done In Avengers: Age Of Ultron Style
Reported by Justin on 22 Jan 2015 17:54

The above trailer from YouTube user The Unusual Suspect takes the score from the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailers and edits together footage from the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy to craft a new, totally epic trailer. Even the way the footage is edited together is reminiscent of the ‘Age of Ultron’ trailers, with pulsating fade-outs to punctuate the transitions between scenes.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Latest Toxic Mag Features Star Wars
Reported by Matt on 22 Jan 2015 17:41

The latest Toxic Mag is on the shelves, bringing all the usual goodies as they do every issue but this month they manage to pack in some cool Star Wars treats.

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Strange Magic: Interview With George Lucas
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 17:30
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Our friends at Feats Press Agency reached out to us with this fascinating interview they conducted with George Lucas, talking about the release tomorrow in North America of Strange Magic (out here in the UK 11th February).

Q: Why did you turn down directing Star Wars to do what has been described as a passion project?

GL: “I had two daughters and Star Wars was a movie for 12-year-old boys so I thought I’d make a movie for 12-year-old girls. The 12-year-old boy one worked for everyone from eight months to 88 years. Boys, girls, dogs, whatever... it really worked. So I thought maybe I could do one like this but make it more female-centric. It’s a story that will hopefully work for everyone but I just wanted to have fun. I was directing Star Wars while I was doing these. I’d go out and shoot, and put this on the shelf for a while. I had a little group of guys and girls working on this thing.”

Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 62
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 17:11

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

In this episode of MakingStarWars.net's "Now, This Is Podcasting!" Johna, Jason, and Randy discuss: Tatooine and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the description of the toy packaging for Star Wars: The Force Awakens products, Force Awakens ads in Tokyo, Amybeth Hargreaves possibly playing a woman Stormtrooper, Lucas' intention to finish The Force Awakens before selling Lucasfilm, Mark Hamill on the secrecy revolving around Star Wars: Episode VII, Simon Kinberg replacing Gary Whitta on first Star Wars stand-alone spin-off, Marvel's Star Wars #1 impressions, the first look at Kanan as a Padawan from a new Marvel comic, Star Wars Rebels episode titles for 3 future episodes, and Dave Filoni, Henry Gilroy, and Killian Plunkett at FTW Comics! And we share our opinion about the latest Pod People question: Are Mandalorians in the sequel trilogy?

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On The Shelves UK: Tesco
Reported by Matt on 22 Jan 2015 16:55

Great prices for these fairly new Star Wars mugs, down to a bargain price of just £1.25.

So, for a swig of the dark side get one of these before they're all gone.

Expanded Fandomverse Episode 23 - Mr. Black and Team Negative 1
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 16:28

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

"After interviewing Harmy and Adwan, Jason was contacted by the mysterious Mr. Black from the secret group Team Negative 1. These guys have hunted down and obtained their own 35mm theatrical prints of the Star Wars films for use in the fan film and film restoration community. We discuss the preservation of the original films and their latest release The Empire Strikes Back - Renegade Grindhouse. Dan and Jason go on a couple of Star Wars rants, Jason tries to giveaway more toys, and we hint at future guests. Plus, one of the oddest Etsy items of the week! "

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Jedi News Review: Star Wars Rebels: Idiots Array
Reported by Teresa and Aaron on 22 Jan 2015 16:00
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Dave Filoni and his team hit us hard with the start to this back half of Season 1 for Star Wars Rebels. The first episode was filled with temptations to the dark side and overcoming fears, while this second episode was full of swagger, feels and a little Chopper pizazz.

Star Wars Rebels Propels Disney XD Canada To Record Growth
Reported by Justin on 22 Jan 2015 15:57

Looks like Lucasfilm's hit animated TV series Star Wars Rebels has had a major impact on increasing the number of viewers tuning into the Disney XD network in Canada. 

DHX Media Ltd. ("DHX" or the "Company") (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, announces that its digital specialty network, Disney XD Canada, continues to be the country's leading digital channel. The network is reporting its best fall on record since its launch in June 2011.

The record-breaking performance of Disney XD Canada during Fall 2014 can be largely attributed to the network's new top-rated series, Star Wars Rebels, which was the highest ranking animated program across all kids digital channels for the fall. In addition, on October 26, the new Star Wars Rebels episode brought in Disney XD Canada's highest recorded fall audience since launch with 274,500 viewers (2+).

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SWFUK Episode 9 : Guardians of the Plastic Galaxy
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 15:49

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

IT'S 2015 and the crew from The SWFUK podcast return with their longest episode to date. On this month's show we hear from Plastic Galaxy director Brian Stillman as he sits in with Stuart and Grant for this months feature interview. Grant concludes his latest two part oddball section as we hear the final part of his interview with Retroblastings Michael and Melinda. As well as these cracking interviews we have all the regular sections. Ben looks at the latest acquisitions thread off the forum, Richard looks at a post that was put up on RS which sent shockwaves throughout the forums and facebook groups. Pete brings his Market section including a look at the recent Vectis auction and a Return of the Jedi climbing frame. We also hear from friends of the podcast, Jez Allinson and Chris Mann, who we chatted to at the Farthest From event back in December. So put your feet up and kick back for the current epic podcast from the boys from StarWarsForum.co.uk

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The Future of Disneyland Paris
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 15:37

As reported on Micechat and brought to our attention by our pal Graham Hughes, i seems there are some very interesting and potentially thrilling times ahead for the future of Star Wars at Disneyland Paris

There is more about DLP Discoveryland as the news was confirmed to ED92 by insider sources: Star Tours will close at the end of the 2015 Christmas season to reopen a year later in January 2016 with some exciting changes. Logically, to support the release of Star Wars Episode 7, all versions of Star Tours 3D in all parks should welcome new “destinations” and characters from the new trilogy. We can therefore expect to have this “2.5? version of Star Tours when the attraction reopens.
Otherwise, but to be taken with a pinch of salt, the project is supposed to have a total budget around 150 million Euros. Which seems a lot indeed, especially considering that Tokyo Disneyland spent “only” 50 million euros for its Star Tours 2 upgrade. So, if this €150M budget for the DLP attraction is right, it’s a surprise as it is more or less a budget equivalent to what they’ve spent for the Ratatouille ride.
Therefore, if the budget is correct, we could logically expect that some additional Star Wars related land enhancements will also be involved. Likely, at least Star Traders and Captain EO will close for additional transformations. In this case, the project could include not only the 3D version of Star Tours, but the first phase of a Star Wars Land. that would make DLP the first Disney theme park to open a Star Wars Land – even if it’s a small one in this first phase – and that would be more than enough to revive the interest of European guests for Disneyland Paris.
I remind you that in one of their previous updates, ED92 had spoken about a Star Wars characters Meet & Greet to be installed inside Star Traders as well as the creation of a new huge Star Wars store instead of Captain EO. But again, the €150M budget seems a bit high for these 3 projects only… Is The Pizza Planet living its last hours to be replaced by a new Star Wars culinary experience? We’ll see…
An improved version of “Jedi Academy” at Vidéopolis will arrive in summer 2015. This will provide DLP guests their “dose” of Star Wars during the long Star Tours closure. It is increasingly likely that the Force will be at the heart of Disneyland Paris’ 25th Anniversary…

Source Micechat (via Graham Hughes)
Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Gone With The Wind
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 15:28

Bryan Young continues his look at The Cinema Behind Star Wars over at StarWars.com with a closer look at the legendary Gone With The Wind.

1939 is considered by many to be one of the best years in film that Hollywood has ever had, and so after Gunga Din, we go back there to see the influence the Best Picture winner that year had on Star Wars. At first blush, it might not seem like Gone With the Wind has much to do with Star Wars.
I mean, Star Wars, tells the story of two generations of Skywalkers and their struggles through a Civil War across the galaxy, and Gone With the Wind is about the O’Haras and their struggles through the Civil War of the United States.
Okay, maybe they’re a little more alike than we’d have guessed. For those who don’t know, Gone With the Wind is the story of a young girl named Scarlet O’Hara, played by Vivien Leigh. She’s a perfect southern belle in the waning days of the South, but the Civil War breaks out and she’s forced to do a lot of things to survive. The film is equal parts comedy, romance, action, and a document of a time on that is now only “a dream remembered, a civilization gone with the wind.”

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Bombad Radio Episode 183: Star Wars and Science Fiction Author Walter Jon Williams
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 15:19

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

Episode 183 we discuss (Jason and Jeremiah) about the 5 books, if we could choose five to keep as canon, that we would pick as canon from here on out. Then we dive into an interview with Destiny's Way author Walter Jon Williams. In the interview we discuss his inspirations and starting in historical fiction, how he transitioned to science fiction and many other genres and of course the writing, philosophy, and even deleted parts of his New Jedi Order Novel, Destiny's Way.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens: Rumour Alert: X-Wing drawings fool fans
Reported by Ryan on 22 Jan 2015 15:11

Over at my other site Total Geeks I took a look at the furore surrounding the recently discovered X-wing images that were doing the rounds, apparently being from The Force Awakens.

Star Wars artist Robert Bailey has found that his awesome X-Wing drawings were confused for official concept art. After three rather cool drawings appeared on Robert Bailey’s Facebook page, the internet ran wild with speculation. After all, he’s an officially licensed ‘Star Wars’ artist and has created a number of concept art pieces for other productions. But is this the first official ‘Star Wars VII’ concept art? Actually, no…
Appearing on the ‘Star Wars’ fan site Star Wars Underworld, these rather awesome artworks were assumed to be connected to the upcoming ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.
“Unlike most of the concept art we’ve seen leak over the past few years, these pieces come from an official source,” they said. “Robert Bailey, who was originally an aviation artist until being discovered by George Lucas, is now an officially licensed artist for Star Wars, Disney and Marvel.”

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TAKARA TOMY new bottle cap collection
Reported by Matt on 22 Jan 2015 15:05

Takara Tomy are releasing their new bottlecap collection to the Japanese market, as shown here on Toy People.

And thanks to the magic of Google translate, here's some information.

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So, anyone out there fancy being our Japanese language translator?

Source Toy People
RUMOR: Kate Mara Being Considered For Female Lead In First Star Wars Spinoff Film
Reported by Justin on 22 Jan 2015 13:23

Cinema Blend brings our attention to this tweet sent by Variety's Justin Kroll (cool name by the way) that adds Kate Mara to the previous list of female actresses rumored to be in contention for a leading role in the first planned Star Wars standalone film.

When you consider the fact that Rooney Mara and her sister Kate Mara are only two years apart in age, it makes a lot of sense that they would be considered for the same roles. This surely doesn't help in any kind of sibling rivalry sense, and one can imagine the competition growing more intense in direct correlation with the size of the project or part they are pursuing. That in mind, the two Mara siblings might soon get ready to go to war, as apparently both of them are going out for the female lead in Gareth Edward's upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie.

This interesting tidbit comes directly from Variety reporter Justin Kroll, who dropped the scoop about Kate Mara potentially being up for a role in the new Star Wars movie on his personal Twitter account.

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Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 34
Reported by Mark on 22 Jan 2015 12:42
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at a tragic destruction, a recording droid, the fearsome Count, senate protectors, a Naboo captain, a festival, clone weapons and a ten mile long ship. Let's dump our garbage and just float away...

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   21 January 2015
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Pin Trading Program Hoth Pin Set News
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 21:32

Due to overwhelming demand from Star Wars Celebration ticket-holders, we will produce a second, very limited run of the Hoth Pin & T-Shirt 2-Pack. These sets will be made available for sale beginning on Wednesday, January 21. Act now! This batch is expected to sell out quickly. Also, please note that all orders placed prior to January 21st will ship before the end of February, as originally announced. Orders placed on or after January 21st will ship later, likely before the end of March.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Discounts And Deals
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 21:04

The official Celebration Anaheim 2015 website has been updated today to contain a new Event listing titled Discounts and Deals, which will include some special offers available exclusively to Celebration admission badge holders.

Be sure to visit the supplied link each & every day to see which new discounts have been added!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Tattoo Pavilion
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 20:55

At the Star Wars Tattoo pavilion at Celebration Anaheim, some of the best tattoo artists in the world will perform their craft live at the show, all weekend long. Sign up in advance for an appointment with the artists, or stop by the pavilion to book your time for the ultimate Star Wars souvenir! Whether you already have a Star Wars tattoo, or get a new one at the show, you can sign up for the Star Wars Celebration Tattoo Competition, scheduled for Sunday April 19.

Body art enthusiasts and Star Wars fans will find the long-anticipated sequel to The Force in The Flesh book by Shane Turgeon in the Celebration Tattoo Pavilion, as well as limited-edition Star Wars Ink Fusion tattoo t-shirts. There will be free giveaway items every day of the show, as well as surprise special guests.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Nerd Nite Speed Dating
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 20:50

The smart-yet-fun folks of Nerd Nite are bringing Speed Dating back to Star Wars Celebration! Register online for one of our special Celebration sessions of 20 three-minute dates. You’ll no longer have to look for love in a galaxy far far away. Choose from one of five hetero speed dating sessions or one for LGBT. If the Rebels can blow up the Death Star in eleven minutes, let’s see if you can make a love connection in only three.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Rare Navajo Screening Of Episode IV
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 20:45

Star Wars: A New Hope was the first mainstream movie to be dubbed into the Navajo language, and fans at Celebration can see a behind-the-scenes documentary on how that came to be, created especially for the event.

Following the never-before-seen documentary footage, and a Q&A session with key players from the Navajo Nation and the film industry, Star Wars: A New Hope will be screened in the Navajo dub – a treat for Star Wars movie fans, and fans of languages, and of course for anyone who speaks Navajo!

Presenting the documentary and available to answer questions before the screening will be Manuelito Wheeler, Shana Priesz, and Michael Kohn.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 21 Jan 2015 20:00
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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:

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CURE Childhood Cancer Fundraising Event
Reported by Team Jedi News on 21 Jan 2015 19:11

The Geek Out Loud podcasting network otherwise known as the GOLiverse is teaming up with CURE to fight childhood cancer this Saturday January 24th, 2015.

CURE Childhood Cancer is an organization that has been around since 1975. They are dedicated to curing Childhood Cancer in our lifetime. All the funds they generate go to research specifically targeted at the cancers that effect children. They also lend support to the families and the patients affected by these illnesses.

We here at the GOLiverse are proud to partner with them to raise money for a cause we believe in.

Here is how you can help on Saturday January 24th, 2015 while enjoying some of your favorite Geeky programming.

The podcasting fundraising marathon will begin at 10am eastern time. Join podcasting legend Steve Glosson and his amazing team of co-hosts, Kristin from Jersey, Teresa Delgado and Dave Jones as they Geek Out for Curing Cancer.

Some of the shows you can catch will be:

  • Geek Out Loud
  • The Big Honkin’ Show
  • Mark Out Loud
  • Disney Vault Talk
  • Rock Out Loud

The shows will roll all day and into the evening. You will be able to catch them all live on mixlr.com/goliverse

During the marathon you will be able to donate to CURE via this website www.geekoutonline.com/cure

We hope to see you in our live chat and enjoying the programming. We also hope you will donate to such a great cause and join the GOLiverse in helping to CURE Childhood Cancer.

For more information about CURE you can visit them at http://www.curechildhoodcancer.org/

George Lucas And Composer Marius de Vries On The Music Of Strange Magic
Reported by Justin on 21 Jan 2015 18:48
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Lucasfilm has sent out the following email press release pertaining to the approach creator George Lucas and music producer Marius de Vries had in selecting the musical score for their upcoming animated film Strange Magic.

Check it out beneath the break!

Strange Magic arrives in theaters this Friday January 23. Official Site: runDisney Star Wars : The (Trench) Run...With Photos
Reported by Mark on 21 Jan 2015 18:47

Cole Horton brings us his latest look back at last weekends runDisney event over at StarWars.com.

The inaugural runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend is complete and thousands of runners from around the world have crossed the finish line in three amazing races through the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. After all of my own training, it was finally time to put my running skills to the test. But for all my preparation, I never expected what happened to me on the course this weekend.
When I started this fitness journey a month and a half ago, I hadn’t run in years. I was out of shape, uninspired, and unfocused. Star Wars was the only thing in this galaxy that could interest me in running, but I was still uncertain how I would fare. When I took up the challenge of running the 5k and 10k races, I was simply hoping to finish, not looking to be competitive. But I underestimated just how motivating a runDisney event could be.

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Marvel's Star Wars Comics For April 2015
Reported by Dan on 21 Jan 2015 17:50
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Marvel has sent out solicitations for their April 2015 titles, including 4 Star Wars comics and a trade paperback!

Brian Blessed collapses on stage - but returns to finish show
Reported by Matt on 21 Jan 2015 16:42

Once again proving that you can't keep a good man down - especially Brian Blessed - the Boss Nass actor suffered a scare on Monday night, but didn't let the incident stop him from carrying on with the show.

Actor Brian Blessed has collapsed on stage with an apparent heart problem while playing King Lear - but later returned to finish the performance. The 78-year-old had just started the play at Holy Trinity Church in Guildford, on Monday, when he fainted and fell off a raised platform.
Walking back on stage after 20 minutes and a cup of sweet tea, Blessed said: "I feel such an idiot and am not in the habit of doing this, but I have a little fibrillation." Daily Mail theatre critic Quentin Letts was at the performance, and said "There was no stopping him. 'Let's keep going!' I heard him whisper as he made his first exit after the resumed start."
Guildford Shakespeare Company director Caroline Devlin said "We are not entirely sure why he became so dizzy but he is a 20 year old in a 78 year old's body. There was no stopping him."
The actor returned to the stage without problem for Tuesday night's performance, and will appear for the rest of the show's sold-out run.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take the source link below for the full read.

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

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

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

Contact Information: iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is this the first official product from The Force Awakens?

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As reported on The Street:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view Half Moon Bay gallery click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And what did "The Maker" think of it?

“Yeah, it was intriguing.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Information: Website

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Bleeding Cool
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