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   29 July 2015
Character Name For Miltos Yerolemou In The Force Awakens Revealed
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 29 Jul 2015 13:26

After the initial report of his casting in Episode VII was posted back in September, we now get more evidence that Miltos Yerolemou will be involved in The Force Awakens via the tweet embeded below from the BBC's Lizo Mzimba that also reveals the name of the character (at least in a general capacity) Yerolemou will be portraying.

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   28 July 2015
Bob Iger On The Force Awakens: "I’ve Seen The Film."
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jul 2015 23:10

So, Bob Iger has seen The Force Awakens...

With Marvel firing on all cylinders, Disney is also about to reboot the "Star Wars" franchise—with "The Force Awakens," set for release in December. It's the first of three films being produced since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4 billion.
"I've seen the film without most of its special effects and without most of its music," Iger said. "I can't wait for the world to see it."
"We're making standalone films which we've announced, two," he said—referring to a project exploring the backstory of a young Han Solo and "Star Wars: Rogue One" involving a heist surrounding Death Star plans.
The six previously released "Star Wars" films have grossed more than $4.4 billion at the worldwide box office since 1977.

Source CNBC (via Making Star Wars)
Star Wars Action News Episode 455: Star Wars at Cons From San Diego to London
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jul 2015 23:00

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

Now ready to PARTY at Wizard World! The 2015 San Diego Comic-Con is gone, but not forgotten. In addition to the exclusive First Order Stormtrooper selling out faster than you can say "Blast it!", the images of giant TIE Fighters, working R2-D2 robots, and McQuarrie art based statues still dance in our heads. Last week you had a floor tour of the major booths at the con. Now join Marjorie and Arnie this week as they recap San Diego Comic-Con, including the companies with the best showings and the coolest items coming soon. They are also joined by resident Hot Toys expert Andrew to discuss that TIE Fighter and that even bigger Millennium Falcon, and Berent recounts his experience getting into the Star Wars panel at Hall H! Also on this week's show, Steve "The Gingerprince" reports in from a convention on the other side of the pond: London Film and Comic Con. He recounts his celebrity meetings and rare purchases at the con. All this and Brock's review of Dark Disciple in this week's new Star Wars Action News!

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Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 39: Empty Pegs
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jul 2015 21:34

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

In this episode, we talk about all the empty pegs in the Star Wars aisle and what’s going to be filling them soon, chat a bit of casting for Rogue One and for Episode VIII, and we join the Trade Federation Podcast to talk Star Wars Card Trader.

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Best Buy Mentions The Force Awakens Merchandise On Their Website
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jul 2015 21:28

It appears that fans will have another retail store to hit up on "Force Friday" as Best Buy has the following notification currently posted on the Star Wars section of their website:

Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens Merchandise Coming Soon

Check back often to find collectible items to add to your Star Wars collection.

It's not known if they will be carrying items exclusive to their store or if they will just be another location where you can find common Episode VII products found across other retail stores as well.

In any event, be sure to stop into your local Best Buy and check out what they have to offer on September 4.

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Official Site: The Rebel Legion: All Heroes Are Welcome
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jul 2015 20:13

Donna Keeley takes us inside the Rebel Legion as it hits its 15th year over at StarWars.com and tells us why it's tough to be a Rebel.

I have to admit, it’s hard to be the Good Guys of the Star Wars galaxy.
People flock to stormtroopers and Darth Vader. Merchandise seems to mostly feature villains. Being stubborn, I always look for items with the Rebel symbol or an X-wing, or anything with a good guy on it. Most of the time I’m disappointed. Yes, I know not ALL the merchandise is dark side centric and there is plenty of Rebel merchandise, but take a walk down the aisles of the local Target, WalMart, or a toy shop, and I bet the “bad guy” merchandise outnumbers the “good guy” merchandise 3 to 1. We can’t even get a good guy on an Easter Basket.

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Experience The Force With Amscan’s Star Wars Balloon Range
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jul 2015 19:49

This is how you become a part of pop culture - turn into a balloon. Check out the new range of Star Wars balloons via Amscan over at ToyWorld Mag.

Amscan has increased its offering of Star Wars foil balloons with six new additions to the collection; in collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm.
StormTrooper-wordpressThe new range features classic characters that have featured in the previous films including a Storm Trooper AirWalker measuring 177cm high, Chewbacca SuperShape, R2D2 multi balloon, plus multidimensional Orbz, Cubez and Diamondz options. The balloons are in stock and available now to retailers within the UK.
The new designs complement the existing range that includes a combination of classic Star Wars characters and designs relating to the CG animated series; Star Wars Rebels.

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Hot Toys Princess Leia A New Hope Sixth Scale Figure Pre-Order
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jul 2015 18:21

Sideshow has updated their website to include a pre-order link for the Hot Toys Princess Leia A New Hope Sixth Scale Figure. The figure carries a $204.99 price tag and is expected to begin shipping during the November 2015 - January 2016 time frame.

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Farthest From 8: This Sunday, 2nd August 2015
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jul 2015 18:19

Farthest From 8 is this coming Sunday and I'll be there covering the event for Jedi News and RADIO 1138.

And remember, both Shane Turgeon AND Mattias Rendahl will be signing copies of their books, Shame with The Force In The Flesh Volume 2 and Mattias with A New Proof.

Book your tickets and see you there!

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This Weeks New Comics...
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jul 2015 18:04

New comics out tomorrow #StarWars 7 and variants #marvel @marvel @starwars

A photo posted by JediNews.co.uk (@jedinewsuk) on

...are all one comic, Issue 7 of Star Wars, focusing on the legendary Obi-Wan 'Ben' Kenobi. Hits shelves tomorrow in a variety of variant covers.

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Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 88
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jul 2015 17:42

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

The gang discusses: The business! Minor Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One report! Star Wars Hasbro figures coming for Force Friday! D23 news! Action figure pricing! LEGO listings for Force Friday! Star Wars: Episode VIII and rumors of Del Toro being considered for a main role! Skellig Michael is back? Gaming! Battlefront and Uprising! Marvel’s Star Wars Kanan #4! Non-spoiler Pod People! SPOILER SECTION! Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilers about the final act of the film! Spoiler Pod People!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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UPDATED: REMINDER: Hasbro SDCC 2015 Exclusives Go On Sale On HasbroToyShop Today
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Jul 2015 13:23

Just an important reminder that Hasbro will be putting their SDCC 2015 exclusives for sale up on HasbroToyShop.com sometime today. So make sure you keep refreshing the source link below for your chance to purchase one of the 6-inch First Order Stormtroopers from The Force Awakens.

Good luck everyone!

UPDATE: The 6-inch First Order Stormtrooper sold out in under 10 minutes.

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   27 July 2015
Official Site: Collectibles From The Outer Rim: The Spirit Of Obi-Wan!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jul 2015 23:13

Matt Dracula returns to his Collectibles From The Outer Rim series and looks at 1997's spirit of Obi-Wan mail away figure at StarWars.com.

1997 was one of the best years to be a Star Wars fan. With the Special Edition trilogy hitting theaters and the prequels still on the horizon, there was just so much to do — and to look forward to!
And then, of course, was that deal with the potato chips…

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Jurassic World Continues To Roar
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jul 2015 22:48

Not only has Jurassic World forged ahead of The Avengers at the worldwide box office, over the weekend it also taken that coveted spot away from it in North America.

With a worldwide haul of $1,541,783,950, the film is fast approaching the billion dollar mark in international receipts with $917,700,000 in the bank. At home, the film has now taken a $624,083,950 bite out of the years box office, making it a record smashing year for Universal.

No wonder the studio announced Jurassic World 2/Jurassic Park 5 for June 22nd 2018. No doubt about it, with Fast 7, Age of Ultron and Jurassic World all in the all time top 6 grossing films The Force Awakens has a lot to live up to.

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New Star Wars Fan Documentary - My Saga
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jul 2015 22:30

You absolutely need to click here and visit My Saga and their beautiful website. Not only is it one of the most pleasing on the eye sites I've seen in a long while, it's packed with amazing interviews with such luminaries as Steve Sansweet, Perry King, and Steve Gawley. The film itself also features Vanessa Marshall, James Arnold Taylor and Bonnie Piesse.

The team at Haywire Films and Jack/el Productions wish to thank you for your support of the My Saga Documentary by sharing the first trailer to our film earlier this year. We have hit close to an amazing 11,000 views on Youtube in only 2 months!
Today we are wishing to share with you multiple announcements and are hoping that you may once again share with your followers on Jedi News.
Firstly we wish to share with you the theatrical posters for the film which were designed by Rod O'Neill of Haywire Films.
Which leads me to the second announcement which is the opening of the My Saga Online store via the website www.mysaga.com.au
As you are aware we are working closely in conjunction with the Starlight Children's Foundation here in Australia and profits made from the sale of the items (the posters above are available along with some other great My Saga merchandise) in store are donated directly to Starlight.
Plus we have some exclusive clips from the film on the website of Steve Sansweet (Rancho Obi-Wan), Steve Gawley (ILM Model Maker) and Perry King (Star Wars Radio Dramas)

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Full of Sith Episode CXXV: Huttslayer
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jul 2015 21:56

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

The full crew, Mike, Bryan, Bobby, and Amy, is back to discuss all the latest happenings in Star Wars. They discuss the 1/6th scale Millennium Falcon, Huttslayer Leia, Ahmed Best’s Jar Jar Binks interview, and box office expectations for The Force Awakens.

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

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Battlefront Poster Revealed
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jul 2015 21:43

Excited much? I'm not a gamer (to me, gaming consoles are like gym memberships. I've had many but rarely use them) but this has me genuinely eager to play.

There's a new poster for the awesome looking BATTLEFRONT game making the rounds.
The title releases for PS4, XBO, and PC on November 17 - although folks participating in the recently revealed EA Access subscription service will be able to play a bit earlier (the service is currently available only on XBOX ONE).

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Marvel's Star Wars To Sell More than 200,000 Copies in Collected Edition
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jul 2015 20:52




Comicbook.com have conducted an interesting chat with David Gabriel, SVP Print, Sales and Marketing at Marvel who has revealed to them that:

Sales of the first TPB of the Star Wars ongoing series is expected to have a print run of 200k to 250k, almost five times the normal print run of a TPB for Marvel.

Over 5 million units have been sold covering all of the Star Wars range, reprints, and variants.

For the full report and chat head over to ComicBook.com

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Fan Creates Stormtrooper Costume From Domino's Pizza Boxes
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jul 2015 16:09

Over the years we've seen Star Wars fans put unique, shall we say, "artistic spins" on iconic characters located throughout the saga, with the stark white Stormtrooper armor probably ranking atop the list as the character that has received the most customizing.

But we've never seen one like this before...

LOS ANGELES, July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Domino's, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, is excited to gain a piece of fan art by local artist Philip Figueroa. Inspired by a classic movie series, Figueroa created a stormtrooper costume out of Domino's pizza boxes for a recycled objects fashion show. Domino's saw the costume on social media and quickly jumped at the opportunity to have it displayed at its World Resource Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"When I saw the artwork on Instagram, I knew we had to have it," said Amanda Platt, Domino's spokesperson. "It's not everyday you see our brand combined with one of Hollywood's most iconic series. We're very excited to display this expression of Domino's fandom at our headquarters."

Figueroa makes art in many disciplines, including aerosol paint, graphite, acrylic, digital and tattoo.

"I'm still in awe and thankful that my artwork will be on display at Domino's world headquarters," said Figueroa. "I'm glad I was able to use these two major franchises to bring awareness to the recycling cause."

Domino's World Resource Center is home to more than 600 Domino's team members and welcomes approximately 6,400 visitors annually.

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Celebration Europe 2016: 3-Day Adult Tickets Sold Out
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jul 2015 14:46

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UPDATED: REPORT: Jonathan Aris Joins Rogue One Cast
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jul 2015 12:53

UPDATE: The listing for Rogue One has has been removed since the initial time of this posting.

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Via the tweet embedded below from our friend Lizo Mzimba, we have learned that British actor Jonathan Aris reportedly will be joining Felicity Jones as part of the cast of the first Anthology film Star Wars: Rogue One which is being helmed by Gareth Edwards.

Rogue One is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 16, 2016.

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More Rumored The Force Awakens Toys Revealed Ahead Of "Force Friday"
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jul 2015 11:31

Earlier they told you about a 6-inch figure from The Black Series that could be arriving as a Toys "R" Us exclusive. Now our good buddies at Jedi Temple Archives have assembled a list containing details and pricing information on additional The Force Awakens products that will be hitting retail shelves as part of "Force Friday" on September 4.

They caution that this list is just rumor material at this point, so we'll have to wait till September 4 to see how many items from their supplied list turn out to be true.

Source JTA
IndyCast Episode 215
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 Jul 2015 11:13

Join Ed Dolista and his crew for the latest adventure-filled episode of The IndyCast - your go-to source for Indiana Jones news from all four corners of the globe!

In this bite-sized edition of the IndyCast, rumours surface of an Indy teaser before The Force Awakens, we check out a unique Indy fan-film, Official IndyCast correspondent Mitch Hallock returns to talk Short Round, Double T’s is back with another Grail Chronicles review and we have more of your great emails!

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   26 July 2015
Toys R Us to Get Exclusive 6" Black Series Figure For Force Friday?
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Jul 2015 23:40




Our friends over at Jedi Temple Archives have heard a rumour, which they say to take with a grain of salt, about an exclusive 6" Black Series Figure for Force Friday. Take the link to see what may be coming...


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Fantasy Flight Games: From Tatooine
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Jul 2015 19:12

Fantasy Flight Games bring us Chain of Command, the latest addition to the Rogue Squadron cycle of Star Wars: The Card Game.

From the website:

“Luke’s just not a farmer, Owen. He has too much of his father in him.”
–Beru Lars, Star Wars: A New Hope

Pilots possess the raw skill and talent needed to pilot starships through the heat of interstellar combat, but without tacticians and commanders to coordinate the battle, the pilots’ heroism accomplishes nothing. Deliver your orders to your fleets with the Chain of Command Force Pack, now available for Star Wars™: The Card Game at your local retailer and online through our webstore!
Like other Force Packs in the Rogue Squadron cycle, Chain of Command offers ten new objective sets (two copies each of five distinct sets) that focus on bringing the pilots and starships of Star Wars into the spotlight. The new pilot mechanic allows you to pair skilled pilots with cutting-edge ships, and two new fate cards ratchet up the tension in every edge battle. In Chain of Command, you’ll find iconic characters entering the game for the first time, including Grand Admiral Thrawn and Owen Lars. This Force Pack also offers several objective sets that can support either traditional gameplay or the two-versus-two variant. However you engage in battle, Chain of Command puts you in the admiral’s chair.

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Coffee With Kenobi: Jedi Parenting – Raising Mindful Padawans and Younglings
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Jul 2015 18:23

Mediocre Jedi brings us his insight into Jedi parenting skills over at Coffee With Kenobi.

I want to start by saying that I have just one child – a rambunctious three-year-old boy – and have not spent much time around other young children, especially in a caregiver role. I recognize that my experience is undoubtedly far different from many other parents. With that in mind, I am merely relating my own thoughts and certainly do not intend this to be any sort of recommendation of what other parents should or should not do with their own children.
The vast majority of Jedi did not have children (Ki-Adi Mundi being a notable exception), and of course Force-sensitive children were taken from their birth parents at a very young age. This particular aspect of the Jedi experience is clearly not a rule that society should follow. It does not mean, though, that we cannot borrow many of the other mindsets or techniques from the Jedi to raise mindful kids.

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Just In Case You Missed It
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Jul 2015 13:25

How awesome is this, a deviantART piece by Umbridge1986 showing a very Tatooine-inspired Disney castle and logo.

Just imagine if this popped up at the start of your next Star Wars movie.

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Cardiff Tattoo Convention: Shane Turgeon Launches Force In The Flesh Volume 2
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Jul 2015 13:09

If you're not only a fan of tattoo art but amazing Star Wars art in general, you need to order this book. Shane launched it yesterday at Cardiff Tattoo Convention and remember, he's appearing at Farthest From 8 next Sunday in Fordingbridge, where he'll be selling and signing copies of the book.

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Elite: Dangerous Ain't Like Dustin' Crops, Boy!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Jul 2015 12:47

Check out this fantastic article by Rob Wainfur, looking back three decades to the early 80's and the space trading game Elite, a game adopted by many a Star Wars fan.

Way back in 1984, like many Star Wars fans I was craving more from that galaxy far, far away. Return Of The Jedi was a year old and little did I know this was the beginning of the dark ages in regards to Star Wars. I was never one for the expanded universe, instead getting my Star Wars fix from my Kenner figures. I would make up my own Star Wars story usually consisting of the Empire attempting to take control of a broken down Millennium Falcon situated in the middle of my bedroom. The Emperor would unleash his latest super weapon, Big Trak. This would be my Star Wars fix and had been for a number of years.
In 1984 I had my first computer, a Sinclair Spectrum 48K complete with those unique rubber keys. A whole universe of untapped gaming was in front of me and one game in particular literally had a universe to play in, Elite.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Unsung Heroes
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Jul 2015 12:29

Fantasy Flight Games continue to preview their latest wave of Ally Packs for Star Wars: Imperial Assault with R2-D2 and C-3PO.

From the website:

“I am C-3PO, human-cyborg relations. And this is my counterpart, R2-D2.”
–C-3PO, Star Wars: A New Hope

The Star Wars saga involves countless characters in minor and major roles that come and go throughout the story. But two characters have followed the story from the beginning of the Skywalker family. These two characters are the Droids, C-3PO and R2-D2. From humble beginnings, they became members of the Rebel Alliance and took part in some of the most important events of the Galactic Civil War. Now, you can bring these iconic Droids to your games of Imperial Assault with the R2-D2 and C-3PO Ally Pack.
Like other Ally Packs, the R2-D2 and C-3PO Ally Pack offers far more than two sculpted plastic figures to replace the tokens included in the Twin Shadows expansion. Here, you’ll find the Deployment cards to play R2-D2 and C-3PO in your campaigns and skirmishes, as well as a new campaign side mission and two new skirmish missions that share the same map. What’s more, you also receive five new Command cards to maximize your Droids’ potential in any skirmish game!

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Expanded Fandomverse Episode 033, with Don Sucher from Sucher & Sons Star Wars Shop
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Jul 2015 12:19

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

Of all the guests we've had on the show, I don't think we've talked with anyone who loves what they are doing, quite as much our guest this week. And that's saying quite a lot! - This week we chat with Don Sucher, proprietor of Sucher & Sons Star Wars Shop in Aberdeen, Washington, USA. Don's store is all Star Wars, all the time! Also this week, we conduct our first "man on the street" interviews, we continue our latest giveaway by using the hashtag #Fandomverse, and we begin our campaign to have The Expanded Fandomverse entered into the incomparable Wookieepedia! Enjoy!

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

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