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   Saturday, October 3, 2015
NYCC 2015: Topps Exclusives Revealed
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Oct 2015 18:29

Check out the exclusives coming next week to NYCC 2015. Be sure to swing by and visit Topps at booth 2266.


Topps will be offering 7 oversized card sets in the vintage 1977 look and feel. Each set contains 10 cards featuring one faction from the Star Wars saga. Each set will retail for $20 (tax included) and will be sold exclusively at New York Comic Con. We are doing a pretty limited print run of just 250 per set. Come find us at Booth 2266!

The 7 faction sets are:

  • The Rebel Alliance
  • The Galactic Empire
  • The Jedi Council
  • Sith & Separatists
  • The Resistance
  • The First Order
  • Rebels

Topps will be revealing additional images all week on Facebook – and on twitter @DarthVonOhlen so be sure to follow along.

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ANA Joins Star Wars Hype To Raise Profile In U.S
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Oct 2015 17:17

We all fly the flag for Star Wars but there can be few cooler ways than flying than this.

Japan’s largest airline is enlisting the help of the Star Wars film franchise to promote itself in the United States, one of its most heavily served markets.
All Nippon Airways Co., the flagship of ANA Holdings Inc., is introducing three Boeing planes — the 787, 777 and 767 — with Star Wars liveries in the coming weeks to help hype the December release of “The Force Awakens,” the latest installment in the space fantasy saga.
Two of the Star Wars planes will be used frequently on ANA’s trans-Pacific flights, according to Hideki Kunugi, the New York-based ANA senior vice president and general manager for the Americas.
“ANA’s name recognition has been gradually rising but here in the United States, we are not so well recognized as an airline,” he said in a recent interview.
Kunugi said Star Wars has broad appeal across generations because of its history, which spans nearly 40 years. It “inspires whether one is old or young or man or woman,” he said.
“We are hoping a tie-up with Star Wars will play a major role in letting people in North America know about us,” he said.

Source Japan Times
Simon Kinberg Discusses Star Wars Rebels Season Two
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Oct 2015 16:35

Over at the Nerdist Amy Ratcliffe talks with Simon Kinberg and discusses both season two of Star Wars Rebels and the potential of Rebels characters turning up in the live action Star Wars Stories movies.

N: You’re in a unique position. Everyone works with Story Group, but you’re actually working on the films as well. Can you talk about the potential of Rebels characters appearing in Rogue One since they take place in the same time period?

SK: There’s certainly potential for it. And as a fan of everything that Lucasfilm’s doing, it’d be fun to see different characters pop up across different stories. But the thing we’re really focused on is just making sure there is real continuity, that it is a unified universe from a story perspective, where anything that happens in Rebels is canon, in the same way as the original movies or prequels, the Clone Wars, and the movies going forward. There’s just a lot of care that’s taken to make sure that whatever happens in whatever different story right now is acknowledged, and that it actually feels like a coherent world or galaxy.
The idea of characters actually popping up or transferring from animation to live-action and live-action to animation, we’re obviously open to because we have a lot of characters from the original movie and actually prequels who pop up in Rebels as substantial characters. That was true in the first season and will continue to be true in the second season, I’d say. Our second season is more Clone Wars, but there are lots of characters from the original movies too, like Vader, who will be a big part of the show now. So we’ve talked about it, and the Lucasfilm folks are–I’ve never seen anything like it, where they’re so good at telling story over not just different media, but completely different worlds. It’s not just TV and animation and live-action and features, but it’s theme park attractions and comic books and novels and games and merchandise. All of it is incredibly well unified and planned. I’m not a part of all of that. I’m a part of some of it, and it’s neat to watch them work.

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Jurassic World 2 Will Chart The Next Step In The Evolution Of Dinosaurs
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Oct 2015 16:21

It's 2015's biggest grossing film (well, it is at the moment) with $1,662,943,751 in the bank and the sequel is already being plotted out. Here are some thoughts on the possible direction of this Industrial Light and Magic, Skywalker Sound-laden monster fest.

Jurassic World 2 (don't worry, that's just the working title) is happening. No-one was particularly surprised by that fact though given the ridiculously successful opening it experienced, grossing over $524 million the first weekend alone.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return to star as dino-rangler Owen Grady and stereotypical female boss cut-out Claire Dearing respectively. Colin Trevorrow (who co-wrote and directed Jurassic World) will write the sequel script alongside Derek Connolly, who also co-wrote for the first World outing.
Steven Spielberg will be back as Executive Producer but though Trevorrow is back to write the script he won't be directing, preferring to hand the helm over to someone new. There's been no confirmation on who this will be yet, but we do know that the release date has been set for June 22nd 2018. A while to go then. We don't know all that much about it yet but Trevorrow has already heavily teased the central concept, namely...
Man & Dinosaur, Living Together?!

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Brews and Blasters #39: The First Marker
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Oct 2015 16:07

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

Chris is back and the boys are ripping it up on this episode! No spoilers here-just have fun!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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   Friday, October 2, 2015
Stoke Con Trent #3: Sunday 4th October 2015
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Oct 2015 22:31

It runs from 10am to 4pm, tickets are still available at £12.00 for adults, £8.00 for concessions and £6.00 for kids and £7.00 for an after party ticket and it brings with it a host of Star Wars guests as well as cosplay, autograph and photo opportunities and much more.

  • Rusty Goffe
  • Brian Muir
  • Dave Prowse
  • Laurie Goode
  • Alan Harris

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Harrison Ford Feted By BAFTA LA
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Oct 2015 20:34

A long-overdue and well-earned honour is about to be bestowed upon Harrison Ford as he will receive the BAFTA achievement laurel.

BAFTA Los Angeles will bestow its achievement laurel on Harrison Ford at the Oct. 30 Britannia Awards, which are moving to cabler Pop this year after previously airing on BBC America.
Ford will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment at the ceremony to be held at the Beverly Hilton.
“It is impossible to imagine the past 40 years of Hollywood history without Harrison Ford, and his performances are as iconic as the films themselves,” BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Kieran Breen said in a statement.
The ceremony, hosted by actor-comedian Jack Whitehall, will air Nov. 6 on Pop. The Britannia Awards had aired on BBC America in recent years but were carried by TV Guide Network, the predecessor of Pop, in 2010 and 2011.
The Britannia Awards help kick off awards season for BAFTA. The org’s film awards are set for Feb. 14 in London and will continue to air on BBC America.

Source Variety (via Glen Ewing)
Coffee With Kenobi: Melinda’s Brew: The ABCs of Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Oct 2015 20:17

It's time to join Melinda Wolf over at Coffee With Kenobi as she brings us her latest blog looking once again at the ABC's of Star Wars.

Call me silly [you wouldn’t be alone in doing so ?? ], but I’ve always been … entranced … by Alfred Hitchcock’s decision to make a cameo appearance in his films. They always are unobtrusive roles — an every-day man riding the bus [that’s “Hitch” sitting next to Cary Grant on the bus in “To Catch A Thief”], a customer leaving a pet shop [in “The Birds”], a passenger lugging a double bass trying to board the train [in “Strangers On A Train”]. In some instances, the director had to be rather creative to “appear” in one of his films. In “Lifeboat”, Hitchcock’s image appears in a newspaper ad one of the survivors is reading. It is just as much fun to locate his recognizable visage in the crowd as it is to watch one of his masterful cinematic efforts. Imagine my glee when I recognized [or thought I did at my first viewing of “Revenge of the Sith”] a certain director standing off to the side in the opera house. Blue-skinned and clad in his finery fit for the occasion, subsequent viewings of ROTS proved that my eyes did not deceive me. That is George Lucas in the background as Anakin races up the stairs to meet with Chancellor Palpatine. How fitting that he, George Lucas, finally appeared in a “Star Wars” film. After all, many a crew member and even Lucas’ children stepped into one role or another to help bring the Saga to life. Even acclaimed artist Ralph McQuarrie stepped in front of the camera [TESB]. ROTS was to be George Lucas’ final foray into the life of the Skywalkers. If he was going to make a cameo, ROTS would have to be the movie in which he did so. I, for one, was pleased as punch to see George Lucas — disguised even as he was — show up in one of his Star Wars films. I hope you join me in that sentiment. :-)

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Reunion (Expressionist Star Wars)
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Oct 2015 18:59

Samuel Slater got in touch to let us know about this new fan film, giving us another dip into the Star Wars galaxy.

The team that put that together (Apsis Motion Pictures) just released another video that I think yourself and your readers will enjoy. It's called "Reunion" and it has been described by some as a live action duel that's like watching the Star Wars graphic novels come to life.

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Skinit: Star Wars Themed Cases and Skins
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Oct 2015 17:56

We all love having different ways to show our love of the GFFA. For some it's tattoos, for others it's t-shirts and for many it's via their mobile phone cases.

If that's what floats your boat check out Skinit for a great selection of Star Wars related phone cases and skins.

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Immersive 3D Artwork Transports Commuters Into Star Wars Death Star Trench Run
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Oct 2015 17:18

Disney Infinity 3.0 is here and with it comes the Rise Against the Empire play set, which arrived today. Check out this video showing an immersive trench run set to hype the playsets release.


Immersive 3D artwork depicts the classic scene from the original STAR WARS(tm) film trilogy and new Disney Infinity 3.0 Video Game
15 metre long artwork created in London to mark the UK launch of the Rise Against the Empire Play Set on 2nd October

London, 2 October 2015 - London commuters today were unexpectedly immersed in an epic piece of 3D artwork underneath Southwark Bridge, to mark the launch of the new Rise Against the Empire Play Set for Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits.
The artwork, created by world-renowned artists 3D Joe and Max, is a re-creation of the iconic Death Star trench run from Star Wars: A New Hope, and is featured in the Rise Against the Empire Play Set out Friday 2nd October, which features iconic moments from the original Star Wars trilogy.
Located a few minutes' walk from London Bridge Station and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on Bankside, the artwork stretches 15 metres along the walkway underneath Southwark Bridge, complete with sounds effects of ships, laser fire and droids. The artwork will be available for fans to experience until 8pm Friday 2nd October.

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Under The Radar: The Mike Edmonds Story
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Oct 2015 17:17

Team Jedi News are getting behind this project and you should too. Under The Radar: The Mike Edmonds Story is close to completion but it needs a helping hand to get across the finishing line. Visit Indiegogo to see how you can contribute to this great project.

Since his first movie role in Ken Loach’s Black Jack (1979), Mike Edmonds has stolen scenes in some of the most iconic movies ever made - from Time Bandits (as the none-too bright, Og) to Return of the Jedi (as Ewok-shaman, Logray), along with countless others, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Legend, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Dark Crystal and The Empire Strikes Back.
Born with achondroplasia (or dwarfism), Mike discovered his acting talent in his thirties and went on to forge an exhilarating career - one that has seen him trade lines with Olivier, tour with the Royal Shakespeare Company and entertain millions of kids as diminutive badass Little Ron in the much-loved BBC series Maid Marian and her Merry Men. He’s also responsible for operating that most expressive of all cinematic appendages: Jabba the Hutt’s tail.
In this frank, funny and fascinating documentary, Mike talks about his Essex childhood, his early breaks in film and the many high points he’s enjoyed, whilst providing his own unique perspective on the actor’s craft. Colleagues past and present line up to reminisce and give their views on what makes Mike such a brilliant collaborator - including Terry Gilliam, Jeremy 'Boba Fett' Bulloch, theatre producer, Paul Elliott, and BBC director, David Bell.
Help us finish this must-watch profile of a great British actor.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Reveals Her Mysterious New Star Wars Rebels Role
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Oct 2015 16:52

So now we know, Sarah Michelle Gellar (or SMG to us old-school Buffy fans ) is playing an Inquisitor known as the Seventh Sister. Going head to head with her real-life husband Kanan, played by Freddie Prinze Jr, she's set to cause all kind of problems for our Star Wars Rebels heroes.

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I Capture Stormtroopers On Their Days Off
Reported by ChrisD (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Oct 2015 16:41

Even Stormtroopers need time away from the battlefield and Jorge Perez is the man tasked with capturing them on their quieter (though no less eventful) days.

I’m Jorge Pérez Higuera a visual artist based on Guadalajara, Spain. I began this project in 2012 as my final year project for Photography at University but, to be honest, I no longer remember how I came up with the initial idea.
I chose Stormtroopers for several reasons. First of all, they have the capacity to be liked by several generations because the films were made in the late 70`s, late 90`s and now they are coming back. Moreover, the stormtroopers have become a pop icon that we are all familiar with and that is why I think we can identify ourselves with them. Lastly, I like stormtroopers because we don’t know their gender, so is the spectators`imagination in order to know if they are males or females. The hardest part in this project is the preparation of each set-up. This means a lot of hours photo shooting and more hours in photoshop.

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Rebel Force Radio: October 2, 2015: Chicago Tribune, Seasons Of The Force, Rose, Boyega, Ridley
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Oct 2015 16:07

A Chicago Tribune feature on RFR and original generation STAR WARS fans in middle-age hit the stands this week; Disney releases new info about “Season of the Force” and we continue to question the future of “Star Wars Weekends”; Tim Rose returns to play Admiral Ackbar in THE FORCE AWAKENS; The Clones return in STAR WARS REBELS season 2; Catching up with John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and plenty of “Outrageous Unthinkable Stories”. All this plus a toilet paper roll dispenser that sounds like Chewbacca.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: Flip Through The Vintage Return of the Jedi Poster Magazine
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Oct 2015 12:50

Hop on over to and zoom back over three decades to my look at issue one of the classic Return of the Jedi poster magazine.

Much like the recent excitement surrounding Force Friday and the slow reveal of teasers and images from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Return of the Jedi had a similarly cautious rollout despite being a decade away from the instant gratifications of the Internet. Fans relied almost exclusively on the rumors found at the conventions or in the entertainment sections of newspapers, so it was a welcome relief when the first of four Return of the Jedi poster magazines hit the shelves, shedding light onto the mega production for fans that didn’t subscribe to the official magazine, Bantha Tracks.

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Star Wars Reads Day Goes Global October 10th
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Oct 2015 08:17
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Celebrate the Force of reading around the world on Star Wars Reads Day on October 10th, 2015. Read more, you must! Fans, authors, and publishers will join forces at thousands of Star Wars events worldwide

Disney Publishing Worldwide and Lucasfilm Ltd. announced that the fourth annual Star Wars Reads Day on October 10, 2015 will celebrate reading with events across the globe. The force of reading will be strong at thousands of regional and international storytelling events featuring a host of exciting literary programming for Star Wars fans of all ages as they gear up for the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

Participants in this year’s events include top publishers around the world, including Disney, Marvel, DK Books, Scholastic, Abrams, Chronicle Books, Del Rey, Quirk Books, Workman, Egmont, Studio Fun, Phoenix International Publishing, and many more. The robust line-up of events will feature Star Wars-themed games and activities, various author-related signings, meet-and-greets, panels, and readings at bookstores, libraries and other venues across the country in an effort to promote literacy and unite fans of the iconic franchise.

Since the inaugural Star Wars Reads Day in 2012, there have been more than 2,500 events encouraging fans to read the films’ timeless stories, but for the first time, this year’s festivities will also feature titles from the recently released Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens initiative, which includes more than 20 print and digital books and comics for readers of all ages.

“We are thrilled to be working so closely with Lucasfilm and our publishing partners in planning this year’s Star Wars Reads Day” said Jeanne Mosure, senior vice president and group publisher, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “The growth of this initiative globally is a true testament to the force of the Star Wars franchise and the importance of reading.”

This year, thousands of events will take place in cities around the world on October 10, 2015, read on for all the details.

Source Official Site
   Thursday, October 1, 2015
On The Shelves UK: Asda
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Oct 2015 22:21

Wave Two of Hasbro's 3 3/4 inch line begin to arrive in the UK, as seen here in Asda via our eye on the shelves Richard Mitchell.

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Go Behind The Scenes On The Star Wars Stamp Collection
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Oct 2015 20:13

They arrive on 20th October and they look glorious. watch artist Malcolm Tween as he discusses illustrating the stamps which look set to kick up a collecting storm and grace envelopes all across the UK and beyond.

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Did Kathleen Kennedy Just Confirm A Key Piece Of Information Regarding The Force Awakens?
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Oct 2015 20:00
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Not the first place you'd imagine such a key piece of information to land, but in the latest issue of the Costco Connection Kathleen Kennedy appears to confirm a key piece of information regarding The Force Awakens.

In the interests of not spoiling elements of the film for those wisely wishing to remain spoiler free, please check it out after the break.

Source Costco Connection (via Geeks Speak)
Official Site: Line Webtoon's Digital Star Wars Comic Arrives
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Oct 2015 19:41

In an era of both looking forward to the future with the sequel trilogy and looking back to the original trilogy with a fresh eye, here is yet another retelling via Line Webtoon's Digital's webseries, arriving every Thursday and Sunday and detailed over at

Luke Skywalker’s point of view. Beautiful art. Digital. You’ve never experienced the original Star Wars trilogy quite like this.
LINE Webtoon’s popular digital Star Wars comic series — debuting today in the US for the first time — retells the stories of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi in all-new way. Created by gifted writer/artist Hong Jacg, the story is told from the perspective of a young Luke Skywalker as he grows up on Tatooine, with detailed, full-color art that recreates scenes in a vibrant style. Beginning today, fans can read Star Wars every Thursday and Sunday for free at or by downloading the official LINE Webtoon app through the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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RADIO 1138 Episode 32: Spina, Muren, Wilkins And More
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Oct 2015 15:00

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

We're going in, we're going in at full throttle and RADIO 1138 wants you along for the ride. We have a fascinating conversation with creature maker Tom Spina, talk visual effects with the legendary Dennis Muren and walk through issue 160 of the Star Wars Insider with editor Jonathan Wilkins. Throw in a TV documentary crew, Force Friday discussions, preparation for Rancho Obi-Wan's Galaween AND New York Comic Con plus the latest news and you have the secret recipe for episode 32 of RADIO 1138.

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

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Oct 2015 12:00
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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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Chuck Wendig Talks Aftermath On TF.N Boards
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Oct 2015 11:32

Author Chuck Wendig talks Star Wars: Aftermath over at the TF.N boards, discussing elements of the book as well as hints towards the next chapters of the trilogy.

I wonder if you personally view Mon Mothma as making an objective mistake here. A lot of people are assuming this decision leads directly to the state of the galaxy in The Force Awakens, while others see it as a positive sign of why the NR is better than the Empire (and, for that matter, the Legends NR). Do you see it as a "yay, democracy!" moment, or an "oh no" moment?

Chuck - Well, this will sound strange, but as a writer, it’s not really my place to judge the characters. I don’t punish or maintain sympathy. I just try to have empathy. And this is where Mon Mothma’s character goes. As noted earlier, it is a very significant move if she attempts it. With moves like that, it is inevitable that they are both YAY DEMOCRACY and OH NO at the same time. Democracy, as we have learned from our own experiences, is messy – it has a lot of moving parts in the U.S., and you can only imagine how many more moving parts it will have once it spans an entire galaxy.

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The Wampa's Lair #148: Attack of the Clones Commentary
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Oct 2015 11:30

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

Karl and Jason continue their Journey to the Force Awakens with their audio commentary series in the Machete Order with Episode II: Attack of the Clones!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Marvel To Publish Star Wars Movie Sampler Prior To The Force Awakens
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Oct 2015 11:04

Marvel bring us a Movie Sampler ahead of the release of The Force Awakens, more content to whet your appetite for the forthcoming treat.

Marvel Comics are issuing a Star Wars Movie Sampler for 9th December, featuring previews of their Star Wars comic book titles, . ahead of the release of The Force Awakens.
Retailers will get free bundles but will be able to pay to order more.
It’s been noted that the Star Wars line is making almost 10% of marketshare in the comic book direct market with a handful of titles.

Source Jedi Bibliothek (via Bleeding Cool)
   Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Brews and Blasters #38: B-List Bounty Hunters
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Sep 2015 23:56

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

RetroZap writer Dennis Keithly joins Joe this week to talk about everything from Star Wars comics, to the new 360-degree video, to Greedo’s true intentions.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: Force Throwback: The First Modern Star Wars Action Figures
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Sep 2015 23:27

Join Tim Veekhoven as he investigates the first of the modern (albeit it 20 years old now) range of Star Wars action figures over at

Twenty years ago, Kenner (purchased by Hasbro in 1991) released their first “modern” Star Wars action figures. After providing a sneak peek in 1994 with the diecast Star Wars Action Masters, Kenner declined to re-release some of their vintage figures after some heavy consideration. However, they did release a “Toys R Us” exclusive Classic Edition pack in 1995 which included Luke, Han, Darth Vader, and Chewbacca.
“The biggest discussions we had was about the importance of balancing the needs of collectors with those of kids,” explained Tim Hall, team leader of Kenner’s Star Wars design in 1995. He also mentioned “the heroism and excitement that kids want in toys today.” This would translate itself into figures with beefed-up torsos and biceps.

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Brick Fanatics: Return of the Jedi… On ice!
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Sep 2015 23:14

Take the Emperors Throne Room and an ice skating, mix the two together and what do you have? No, not the missing rink but Return of the Jedi… On ice!.

It seems like ages ago that the LEGO Community Engagement Team sent out a load of Winter Skating Scene sets to the registered Lego User Groups with a simple challenge: show us what you can do. As Brick Fanatics is part of the ambassador network, we’re on the list so we got some too.
The rest (pretty much) of the UK LUGs held a big ‘alternate’ building competition so I wanted to do something different. My first idea had been more photography based, using the sets to build a larger version of the base model into which I would place and artistically photograph different figures. Imagine a ‘Rebels’ and ‘Empire’ team playing hockey; that kind of thing. I’ll be honest though, I didn’t rate it much as ideas go… I like minifigure photography but it’s photography, not MOCing and I wanted to MOC.
It was while I was building the Final Duel set (which I’ll be reviewing in due course) that I started to think: what about blending the winter skating scene with another setup? The Emperor’s throne room seemed like a good fit as both sets shared some black and trans-blue elements that would tie in the colour schemes.

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Idiot’s Array Episode 9: Smuggler's Run & Coffee with Kenobi
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Sep 2015 22:53

It's time to join Ryder Waldron, Alan Zaugg and Mark Sutter for Idiots Array.

Coffee with Kenobi hosts Dan Z. and Cory Clubb join the show. The new novel Smugglers Run is the main topic of discussion. Chewbacca’s depth as a character, a debate over whether the Millennium Falcon is a character or not, Mark compares the Falcon to a cat, Han’s arc through this book and the original trilogy.

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Coffee With Kenobi: Star Wars Is For Everyone
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Sep 2015 22:38

Join Sandra Choute over at Coffee With Kenobi as she explains why Star Wars is for everyone.

The excitement that surrounds the upcoming films was not there when the prequels were released. Although I had my siblings and friends who loved the saga as much as I did, one of the things that I struggled with as a fan, was the lack of representation of people who looked like me in the fandom. As a Black woman, I felt alone at times as a member of the fan community. I can remember mentally preparing myself to handle being the only person of color in the room during events and at times, while waiting in line to watch the films. There were days when I felt that fans were either oblivious or chose not to acknowledge the lack of diversity around them as it relates to Star Wars. I have always believed and expressed that choosing to ignore an issue does not make it go away. There is a disconnect within the Star Wars community. I felt it, so it became easier to keep to myself then to feel shunned by others in the fandom.

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Star Wars Report #186: Middle Aged Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Sep 2015 22:10

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

Vader to return? Star Wars Fans have hit Middle Age! Star Wars Land details? As well as why it’s OK to want more Legends tales, all on this week’s episode of The Star Wars Report!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Chewbacca Lives!
Reported by ChrisD (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Sep 2015 21:48

Proving once and for all that Chewbacca is Han Solo's number two. Yes, the wookiee roars.

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Business Insider AU Mistakes Oscar Isaac And Poe Dameron For Pip Andersen
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Sep 2015 21:41

Awww, bless...Business Insider mistake one of The Force Awakens's 'big three' - Poe Dameron, played by Oscar Isaac - with stunt guy Pip Andersen.

Our best guess is that he’s the character being played by Pip Andersen, who we haven’t heard anything about yet.
Looks pretty spot on, for a sticker anyway.
In May, Andersen was seen sporting a longer hairstyle in a video interview.

Source Business Insider (via Club Jade)
Official Site: 5 Cool Practical Effects In Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Sep 2015 21:31

Join Amy Ratcliffe at as she looks at 5 cool non-digital practical effects in the Star Wars series.

Advances in technology mean digital effects can transform the landscape and scope of a film more than ever before, and those effects are constantly influencing the way films are made. Digital effects can sometimes accomplish what practical effects cannot, and they can enhance them, too. But before digital effects reached a certain level of sophistication, practical effects ruled the day. They’re still extensively used in the film industry — often in concert with CGI — and likely won’t ever disappear, and the Star Wars saga helped take practical effects to new heights. These are some of the many cool practical effects used in the Star Wars films:

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Cantina Cast Episode 98: Mon Mothma Makes A Blunder
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Sep 2015 21:28

It's time to join Mike and Joao for The Cantina Cast.

Two episodes away from 100. In this Episode tickets for The Force Awakens going on sale October 19? When will we see a trailer? Anthony Daniels talks again, Battlefront Beta October 8th, A Galaxy of Star Wars: Force Awakens books coming December 18th, Hayden Christensen episode VIII rumors, Cantina Patrons (Listener feedback), Aftermath interludes, Naalol and Taris.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Hasbro European Exclusives
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Sep 2015 21:19

All of these are coming to Europe. Only one we currently know retailer for is the 6" jakku Poe and riot trooper at...

Posted by Jedi News on Wednesday, 30 September 2015

All incoming and on collectors shortlists, these Hasbro exclusives are landing at a variety of European retailers.

As soon as we know the specifics we'll let you know.

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George Lucas: Still Worth A Few Dataries
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Sep 2015 21:10

He might have departed from a galaxy far, far away but he left it with as much money as the bank of Aargau. George Lucas is currently worth $5 billion dollars, but to paraphrase Princess Leia he's worth more to us than money.

George Lucas birthed one of Hollywood's biggest franchises: 'Star Wars.' He is also a Modesto boy who made good. Lucas' parents ran a stationary store in the small dusty town 300 miles north of Los Angeles. Lucas attended junior college in Modesto before moving over to USC where his filmmaking skills caught Hollywood's eye and landed him a plum position as a production assistant on Francis Ford Coppola's 'Finian's Rainbow.' He worked his way up and founded Lucasfilm, his production company, in 1971. Lucas built his fortune thanks to a knack for securing toy rights to movies and an eye for vertical integration: when Lucas needed special effects for 'Star Wars,' he started his own special effects company Industrial Light & Magic in 1975. Lucas sold LucasFilm to Disney in 2012 for some $4 billion, essentially retiring from filmmaking. His latest post-film endeavor is the Museum of Narrative Art, which is slated to open in Chicago in 2018. The museum will feature pieces from Lucas' private collection including several Maxfield Parish paintings and old Mad Magazine covers. Lucas is also acting as a consultant on the forthcoming 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.' A committed philanthropist, Lucas signed the Giving Pledge in 2010; his charitable family foundation is already endowed with other $1 billion.

Source Forbes
Official Star Wars Bluetooth Wireless Speakers Launch On Kickstarter
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Sep 2015 13:00
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Check out these stunning new speakers, coming via Kickstarter available as C-3PO and Stormtrooper. It boasts a full 2:1 system audio with two tweeters behind the eye and a powerful bottom-facing subwoofer, you can Sync the speakers to your phone with Bluetooth or NFC, it has hands free answering, so you can talk to the character when taking a call. When paired, each speaker emits an iconic phrase "I do believe they think I'm some sort of god" and "Move Along". They are both mains and rechargeable, and totally portable at 28 cm tall. And the speakers are available from £99.00 ($149 approx.)

Check out the full details after the break.

Source Kickstarter
Royal Selangor: Official Launch Thursday, October 1st, 261 King's Road
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Sep 2015 08:30


Royal Selangor are a new licencee, bringing a level of quality in pewter that will amaze all-comers. Their official launch takes place tomorrow at their flagship store at 261 King's Road, Chelsea and if you are a Star Wars fan you are invited to attend and celebrate the occasion.

Stay tuned as we will be following all future Royal Selangor releases. The quality speaks for itself.


Source Royal Selangor
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