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PINNED: Jedi News LIVE From New York Comic Con
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Oct 2015 21:00

Jedi News are poised and primed to bring you all the latest New York Comic Con images and news straight from the convention floor.  James, Mark and Matt will be bringing you the new LIVE as it happens.

Follow us on our Jedi News on Instagram page, the Jedi News Facebook page and on Twitter @JediNewsLIVE for the latest news, which will start right here on this very page.

   Friday, October 9, 2015
Star Wars Composer John Williams To Receive Rare Film Honour
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 13:30

The BBC is reporting that aclaimed Star Wars composer John Williams is to receive the American Film Institute's (AFI) Lifetime achievement award. 

This will make the first time in some 44 years that the award has been received by a composer.

"John Williams has written the soundtrack to our lives," said Howard Stringer, chairman of the AFI board of trustees.

Five-time Oscar winner Williams, whose soundtracks include Star Wars, Jaws and ET, will receive the award at a ceremony on 9 June, 2016.

"Note by note, through chord and chorus, his genius for marrying music with movies has elevated the art form to symphonic levels and inspired generations of audiences to be enriched by the magic of the movies," said Stringer, in a statement.

"AFI is proud to present him with its 44th Life Achievement Award." The institute has typically honoured high-profile actors and directors with the award. Previous recipients include Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep - and last year's honouree, Steve Martin. The inaugural award was given to John Ford in

1973. According to AFI: "The recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time."

Williams, 83, has composed music for more than 150 movies and 200 television shows over seven decades. He won Oscars for his scores to Jaws, Star Wars, ET and Schindler's List.

His fifth Academy Award was gained for the adaptation and original song score to 1971's Fiddler On The Roof.  With 49 citations, he holds the record for the most Oscar nominations of any living person. Williams is expected to reunite with Steven Spielberg - with whom he has had a 40-year working relationship - for the director's adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG. He has also composed the music for the forthcoming Star Wars sequel, The Force Awakens.

Congratulations to Mr Williams from everyone at Jedi News!
Source BBC News
May the IRREGULAR CHOICE be with you this Winter
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 13:18

Here is the next teaser, after R2-D2, which comes with this accompanying text...

"Patience you must have young Padawan" It's not long now ...

Limited edition Irregular Choice | Star Wars? coming soon.

Click on the image for a closer look!

Source Irregular Choice
NYCC Show Floor: Beast Kingdom / Egg Attack
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 13:00

Beast Kingdom / Egg Attack took their new range of Star Wars products to NYCC where they took the floor by storm with an imaginative aesthetic design.

Source Jedi News Facebook
NYCC Show Floor: Sideshow
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 12:30

You can always rely on Sideshow to deliver a great display and selection of upcoming Star Wars products.  New York Comic Con was no different with a beautiful selection available to view.

Source Jedi News Facebook
Star Wars Report #187: Stop Being Mean To Daisy Ridley
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 12:14

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

Amy Ratcliffe, Jimmy Mac, Chris Cape, and the latest Star Wars NEWS, all on this week’s episode of The Star Wars Report!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
NYCC Show Floor: WeLoveFine
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 11:30

The innovative apparel vendor, WeLoveFine had a small selection of interesting and innovating Star Wars merchandise of their stand - amongst a host of other licenses properties.

Take a look at their offerings in the below gallery:

Source Jedi News Facebook
NYCC Day One: The Hasbro Presentation
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 10:45

Day one of New York Comic Con kicked off with the Hasbro, Star Wars presentation and what a start.  With some beautiful upcoming figures previewed.  Check out our gallery of over 100 images below:

Hasbro Star Wars presentation NYCC 2015

Posted by Jedi News on Thursday, 8 October 2015

Source Jedi News Facebook
NYCC Show Floor: Penguin Random House
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 10:07

The Penguin Random House stand was full of released, and upcoming Star Wars novels for all ages. 

With a host of signings planned, and two new books to be revealed on Saturday at the Disney Publishing Panel - Penguin Random House has a full schedule of Star Wars planned for NYCC. 

Check out the images of their stand in the gallery below:

Penguin / random house publishing NYCC 2015

Posted by Jedi News on Thursday, 8 October 2015

Source Jedi News Facebook
   Thursday, October 8, 2015
Official Star Wars App Arrives In International Stores
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 21:54

The Official Star Wars App has arrived in the Apple iOS App Store and Google's Android Marketplace in various nations around the planet we call Earth - including the UK!

The App which initially controversially launched solely in the U.S. has now made it to a number of international countries.  There is not a definitive list of wave two countries, but if you take the links below you should find out whether it is available in your country.

Apple iOS App Store

Google Android Marketplace

The app has the following defined features:
  • Get instant notifications on big announcements, including trailer releases and movie news

  • Theme your app with Light Side, Dark Side, or Droid interfaces, each containing different designs, sounds, and animations

  • Unlock 3D characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens using a special Augmented Reality camera feature

  • Take and share a Star Wars “selfie” with our selfie feature developed by Disney Research. Choose from various iconic costumes and settings, including Jedi, Princess Leia (with hair buns), Han Solo’s carbon freeze, and more

  • Get Star Wars-themed weather and five-day forecasts, featuring original art and parallax effects of in-universe planets and locales

  • Wield a lightsaber and hone your skills against a training remote, as seen in Star Wars: A New Hope

  • Share animated GIFs with your friends and family of memorable scenes and characters from the Star Wars movies and TV shows, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars Rebels

  • Send fun Emojis featuring characters from all Star Wars films and animated series, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars Rebels

  • Discover behind-the-scenes fun facts with This Day In Star Wars History

  • Play classic sound clips and sound effects from your favorite Star Wars characters, creatures, weapons, vehicles, and scenes

  • Get quick updates with a snapshot news ticker

  • Count down to major releases like Star Wars: The Force Awakens with an always-running timer

  • Sign up for Star Wars ID and join the growing Star Wars fan community; choose an avatar, create your own handle, and build a connected profile

  • Read official Star Wars news and blogs from, as well as app-exclusive content, including the latest on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, creator interviews, and more

  • Follow official Star Wars social channels via aggregated, customizable feeds from Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, Google+, and Twitter

  • Watch official Star Wars videos, including movie trailers, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more

  • Discover the latest Star Wars digital apps, products and experiences from one central hub

The Force Awakens To Premiere In LA On 14th December
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 19:02

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the world premiere of The Force Awakens will be in Los Angeles on December 14th.

This is the premiere you are looking for. Disney and Lucasfilm will unveil Star Wars: The Force Awakens at a massive world premiere in Los Angeles on Dec. 14, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

From there, the highly-anticipated reboot will jump into lightspeed and head for a premiere in London, followed by other events around the world.

The Los Angeles premiere is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in recent Hollywood history, with executives, agents and journalists jockeying for a coveted invite. In addition, Disney is attempting to keep the film's secrets under wraps, so there will be minimal screenings for press and cast and crew in advance of the premiere. While members of the cast of the J.J. Abrams-helmed film have appeared at Comic-Con and Star Wars Celebration over the past year, the world premiere also is likely to be the first time that most or all of the cast will be seen together.
Conjecture would make the London premiere on the 15th with France getting a full cinema release on 16th, and the UK on the 17th.

Source The Hollywood Reporter
Star Wars Rebels Season Two NYCC Trailer Revealed
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 18:52

Revealed today at New York Comic Con was the new Star Wars Rebels trailer for season two, which launches in the US on the 14th October 2015.  Enjoy...

Source Official Star Wars Facebook
Official Site: Announcing the Star Wars Rebels Season Two Fan Art Contest Winners!
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 18:00

We have seen some amazing fan art celebrating Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels, and now have announced the winners of their fan art competition.

Won by Michael Pasquale from Queens, NY with a simply stunning portrait of Ahsoka complete with the ominous shadow of Vader looming over her.

Congrats to Michael, and all the participants.

Star Wars celebrated the Bake Off final by making a Death Star cake – and blowing it up!!!
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 17:00

There is nothing more quintessentially British than the BBC's 'Great British Bake Off' which came to an exciting conclusion last night.  (Congrats Nadiya!)

To celebrate, the Star Wars UK Facebook page got in on the fun and made a Death Star cake.... naturally it ended with explosive results!

Lets just hope that Mary Berry doesn't think it had a 'soggy bottom!'

Death Star cake explosion

So, we baked a Death Star cake. And then blew it up #GBBO #GBBOFinal

Posted by Star Wars on Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Source Star Wars UK Facebook
Official Site: Studying Skywalkers: Talking with William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Author Ian Doescher
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 15:00 has added an exclusive column that "investigates the characters, themes, and lessons of Star Wars from an educational, literary perspective."

"Do. Or do not." "To be, or not to be." checks in with the author who mashed up the worlds of Shakespeare and Lucas.  Studying Skywalkers is an exclusive column that.  In this installment, looks at Ian Doescher’s book tour for Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge.

Take the jump to check out this fascinating column.

HP Awakens a New Force in the Galaxy with Star Wars Special Edition Notebook
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 14:04
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HP has today unveiled its Star Wars Special Edition notebook, promising to "deliver an incredible experience for fans around the world in anticipation of the release of Star Wars: “The Force Awakens.”

PC users will be able to unleash their Dark Side with power and performance in an impressive Galactic Empire inspired PC with access to rare Star Wars content only from HP. 

This incredible design flows from the hardware right through to the software with every inch of the device and pixel on the screen thought about carefully to provide the user with the ultimate Star Wars PC experience.

This amazing PC is available in the UK at the price point of £549, and $699.99 in the US, from this October.

Source HP
RUMOUR: No Disney Logo Before The Force Awakens, Only The Lucasfilms FanFare?
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 13:00

Star Wars Junk is reporting that Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that NO Disney Logo will be displayed before The Force Awakens.

Disney's CEO Bob Iger spoke over Skype tonight with over 500 college students.

Little was said about the upcoming Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, but he did share that the Disney Logo (fanfare) will not appear before the movie.

He added that only the Lucasfilms logo (fanfare) will be before the start of the movie.

When it asked why this was? Iger say it was for the fans.

Source Star Wars Junk
Kotobukiya at NYCC 2015
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 12:30

Kotobukiya are presenting all their new and upcoming product ranges at NYCC 2015.  Check out our image gallery for what they have in store for us...

New and upcoming product from koto

Posted by Jedi News on Thursday, 8 October 2015

Keep following all our live coverage from the event on Facebook and Twitter @jedinewsLIVE.

Source Jedi News Facebook
Hallmark at NYCC 2015
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 12:15

Hallmark are showcasing their new and upcoming products at NYCC.  Check out the image gallery for what is coming up...

New and upcoming product from hallmark at nycc

Posted by Jedi News on Thursday, 8 October 2015

Keep following all our live coverage from the event on Facebook and Twitter @jedinewsLIVE.

Source Jedi News Facebook
M&Ms at NYCC 2015
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 11:59

M&M's have a stack of Classic Trilogy merchandise both brand new and upcoming product on display at NYCC.  Check out our image gallery of what is coming up...

M&M classic trilogy merch New and upcoming product at nycc

Posted by Jedi News on Thursday, 8 October 2015

Keep following all our live coverage from the event on Facebook and Twitter @jedinewsLIVE.

Source Jedi News Facebook
J.J. Abrams: “Any Act of Creation is a Leap of Faith”
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 11:47

J.J. Abrams appeared, Wednesday, at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit where he chatted about his creative process, virtual reality and Harrison Ford giving him sleepless night.

The truth is for me it gets harder every time in a way I don’t understand,” Star Wars director J.J. Abrams said Wednesday at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit about his creative process. “Even just writing I find that every time I work on something I’m perplexed.”

Those aren’t the words you would expect from the creative force behind some of the biggest film and television stories of the past twenty years, but Abrams calls his own process “miraculous.” The pressure to create was especially high for Abrams when approaching Star Wars: The Force Awakens because, as Abrams is always the first to point out, he’s picking up George Lucas’s mantle as a fan of the decades-old space opera. “Star Wars meant so much to me,” Abrams said about his initial instinct to turn down the opportunity to be drafted by Lucasfilm. “I thought I’d rather just go to the cinema and see the movie.” And the director says the pressure continues to ramp up the closer he gets to opening day. “Now that we’re into October,” he said, “it’s getting real. It’s nerve-wracking, the notion of it. But whenever I get freaked out, I just look at the work everyone has done.”

Take the link for the full article.

Source Vanity Fair
Official Site: The Force Flows at New York Comic Con 2015!
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 11:00 brings us the full calendar of Star Wars events at New York Comic Con below.  Keep it here on Jedi News for full coverage of all these events.

Thursday, October 8

Hasbro Star Wars, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.; Room 1A24

Join members of the Hasbro team as they discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line that hit shelves on Force Friday! Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest action-figure offerings with a look at new products coming later this year.

Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Panel, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Empire Stage 1-E

With new episodes of the exciting second season of Star Wars Rebels debuting on Disney XD this fall, fans will get an exclusive sneak peek of what’s to come in a panel featuring special guests and a discussion of the new storylines and characters being introduced. Now considered a very real threat to the Empire, the Ghost crew has caught the attention of Darth Vader himself, who will stop at nothing to hunt them down. Undeterred, the rebels will seek out old friends and add powerful allies to their cause, forming the beginnings of a more formidable alliance against the Empire. Find out what’s coming in the highly-anticipated second season of Star Wars Rebels and be sure to return to the Empire Stage at 5:30 p.m. for a sneak preview of two new episodes from the series!

Star Wars Fan Meet-up, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Room 1E03

Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Sneak Preview, 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.; Empire Stage 1-E

Fans are invited to a sneak-preview screening of two new episodes from the highly anticipated second season of Star Wars Rebels, which will feature the series debut of Captain Rex, Captain Gregor, and Commander Wolffe — three clones from the previous Star Wars animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. They join another fan favorite from the show, Ahsoka Tano, who made her Star Wars Rebels debut in the final episode of Season One. Fans of both series won’t want to miss this incredible preview of what’s to come in the all-new episodes from the second season of Star Wars Rebels!

Friday, October 9

Star Wars: A Galaxy of Fandom, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Room 1A24

The new era of Star Wars is here! Join special guests from the worlds of games, books, comics, and entertainment as they share memories of seeing Star Wars for the first time and discuss how the sprawling space epic shaped their lives and more. Geek out over your favorite parts of that galaxy far, far away with superfans from Wookieepedia and get hyped for The Force Awakens and other exciting new chapters in the Star Wars saga!

Star Wars Collectibles Update with Lucasfilm’s Anita Castellar, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Room 1A21

Join a surprise panelist as we make an exciting announcement for the future of Star Wars collectibles. Moderating will be Anita Castellar, a self-professed Star Wars fangirl who manages licensing for hardlines categories at Lucasfilm such as toys, collectibles, consumer electronics, automotives, and more.

The Cute Side of the Force: Drawing Star Wars Creatures with Lauren Perry, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Family HQ – 1C01

Travel to a galaxy far, far away with pop art painter Lauren Perry (My Little Pony, Topps Star Wars Trading Cards) as she teaches kids how to draw the creatures and critters of the Star Wars universe at their cuddliest! From Wampas to Wookiees and everything in between, take your first step into a cuter world!

Learn to Sketch like Sabine from Star Wars Rebels, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.; Family HQ – 1C01

Learn to sketch like Sabine from Star Wars Rebels with the illustrator from the “Sabine: My Rebel Sketchbook” by Annie Stoll. You’ll learn how to gesture-draw and sketch some of your favorite characters from Star Wars. Get ready to unleash your imagination and defeat the Empire with art! All ages and skill levels welcome.

Saturday, October 10

Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing Presents: Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.; Room 1A21

While Star Wars fans eagerly await the new movie The Force Awakens, there’s a new crop of titles coming out from Disney-Lucasfilm Press this fall that will take readers on a Journey to The Force Awakens — with intriguing narratives and variant perspectives of the events taking place in that remote galaxy. Now NYCC attendees can hear from the authors penning these titles and learn what’s new to come in the Star Wars universe.

Sunday, October 11

Lucasfilm Presents: Star Wars: A Galactic Reader’s Theatre, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Room 1A21

Join a select group of authors as they give NYCC attendees a special “reader’s theatre” of stories from the Star Wars saga. Nothing too dark, daring, or dangerous is off limits and NYCC Attendees will be thrilled to experience these narratives in an all-new theatrical way.

RUMOUR: Star Wars: Episode VIII Casts Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 11:00

Collider is exclusvily reporting that Gugu Mbatha-Raw has been cast in Rian Johnson's Star Wars Episode VIII.

Tonight, we can exclusively report that Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights) is joining the cast. While negotiations can always break down and nothing is official until Disney announces it, we feel confident in our reporting.

We don’t have any details on her role, which isn’t surprising (come to think of it, we’re a couple months away from The Force Awakens and we still don’t really have any details on those new characters either). Will she be a total newcomer into the universe? Is she related to any of the characters we’ll meet prior to Episode VIII? Is she playing a human or an alien?
Take the jump to read all the details...

Source Collider
T'was The Night Before Party - Hasbro NYCC '15 (Videos)
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 10:00

As well as photgraphing the Hasbro 'T'was The Night Before Party' event, Team Jedi News have been taking videos of all the amazing product on display.

Be sure to also check out the Jedi News Facebook account for all the videos from the event, like this one:

A few of the new #hasbro products full gallery on facebook #starwars #nycc #newyorkcomicon #teamjedinews #theforceawakens @newyorkcomicon #hasbroparty #theblackseries
Posted by Jedi News on Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Source Jedi News Facebook
T'was The Night Before Party - Hasbro NYCC '15 (130+ Photos Gallery)
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 08:27

Last night Team Jedi News attended the Hasbro "T'was The Night Before NYCC Party" and here is the Star Wars filled gallery of over 130 photos of all that they saw.  Enjoy!

Twas the night before party hasbro nycc 15

Posted by Jedi News on Wednesday, 7 October 2015

For even more NYCC Star Wars coverage, check out the Jedi News Facebook Page, and on twitter follow the action live @jedinewsLIVE

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New York Comic Con Is A Go - Team Jedi News Has It Covered For You
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 02:00

Team Jedi News are on the ground in New York, press passes in hand, and taking in all the Star Wars sights and sounds.  Be sure to follow us on twitter @jedinewsLIVE for our continual live coverage, as well as right here on the site, Facebook and Instagram.

Source Jedi News Instagram
On The Shelves NYCC: Hot Wheel's Echo Base Battle Set
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Oct 2015 00:07

Matt and Mark from Team Jedi News are touring New York as they count down the hours to New York Comic Con.  Of course any tour of New York requires some necessary Star Wars tou spotting.  Today they found a Hot Wheel's Echo Base battle set at K-Mart.

Source Jedi News Instagram
   Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The Bearded Trio Book Review: Star Wars FAQ
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 22:55

Via our great pals over at the ever-awesome The Bearded Trio here's Lisa Dullard's review of Star Wars FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Trilogy That Changed the Movies by Mark Clark.

If you are any sort of Star Wars fan, Star Wars FAQ was written for you. Long-time fans (such as myself) will appreciate the history, trivia, and anecdotes presented — regardless if they feel familiar or not — and the newer generation of fans will find a treasure trove of all things related to that galaxy far, far away.
After an introduction explaining the purpose and design behind the book, Star Wars FAQ offers a brief history of Hollywood and how Star Wars forever changed the landscape. It then movies into a biography of George Lucas and moves through highlights of his early film work. It is interesting to see how everything led up to Lucas creating Star Wars. His influences — from the movies he watched to the books he read — are essential. There is an entire chapter devoted to expounding upon those influences and the role they played in developing the fantastic world we hold dear.

For the full review click here.

Source The Bearded Trio
Collecting Star Wars, with Dave "Admiral Ackbar" Shorter, from Roll Out Roll Call 2015
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 22:39

Friend of the site, Dave Tree, hosts a regular con Roll Out Roll Call - the UK's premier Transformers, GI Joe, and Action Force convention.

At this year's Roll Out Roll Call, Dave Shorter delivered an epic Star Wars panel, which is a must watch!

The best panel at "not" Auto Assembly.

Posted by Nick Calloway on Saturday, 3 October 2015

Source Roll Out Roll Call Facebook Page
Koei Tecmo Express Interest in Making Star Wars Warriors Game
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 21:00

Koei Tecmo, the company behind the iconic Dynasty Warriors series of games have expressed a speculative interest in developing a Star Wars game.
They have already tackled franchise games with Gundam, Legend of Zelda, and Dragon Quest and could Star Wars be a game further down the line...

It would need the agreement fo EA, but:
In a recent interview with Dengeki PlayStation magazine, Koei Tecmo producer Hisashi Koinuma shared that if he could make any new Warriors/Musou series, it would be for the sci-fi cultural phenomenon, Star Wars. In addition, he stated that an Atelier Musou could be made if the fans are loud enough with their demands.
Maybe, just maybe...

Source Twinfinite
Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 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:

Source 501st (via Roqoo Depot)
Official Site: The History Of Star Wars Micro Machines Part 2
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 18:23

Over at Tim Veekhoven brings us the second party of his mini history lesson on the awesome and popular Micro Machines line.

The figure packs of Star Wars Micro Machines played an important part in the line. Although the playsets contained several figures, the amount wasn’t enough to fully populate all sets or even create your own micro armies. The figure packs were a simple and brilliant solution that solved that issue. Galoob released 15 figure packs, each containing nine small figures. Most of the packs contained four differently sculpted figures of which three were packed twice and one was packed three times, making a total of nine. All the packs were offered on blister cards, but several designs have been used throughout the years of production. The original four sets were decorated with art of the different figures, but a more generic package would be provided for the other sets. The last sets appeared on an orange card with a stormtrooper photo. The back of the cards showed the other available figure packs.

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What Will Be The Biggest Selling Toys This Christmas?
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 18:00

Smyths Marketing director, Dryden Geary, has shared his thoughts about what the hottest toys in store this year will be with Toy World:

His 2015 top toys list, contains two Star Wars product lines, and is as follows:
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Interactive Figures
  • RC Mario Kart 7
  • Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10
  • Our Generation Hair Play Doll
  • Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck Playset
  • Little Live Pets Cleverkeet
  • Paw Patrol Paw Patroller
  • VTech Toot Toot Friends Busy Sounds Discovery House
  • Pie Face
  • Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon
  • Ski Scooter Z7
  • Disney Frozen 12 inch Bike
  • FurReal Friends Starlily My Magical Unicorn
  • Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance and Move BeatBo
  • Toys-to-life

Source Toy World
Live Tonight From The Hasbro PR Press Event - Send Us Your Questions...
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 17:05

Team Jedi News will be LIVE from the Hasbro PR Press Event tonight at NYCC.  Follow us live on twitter @jedinewsLIVE, to find out all the breaking news.

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3Doodler and BB-8, 9 and 10
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 17:01

Lewis Durkin over at Dynamo PR dropped us a line to bring us some info and a video about 3Doodler, the worlds first 3D printing pen and how they are using it to have fun with BB-8.

I saw you guys had covered the BB-8 robot toy so thought I'd get in touch with some awesome add ons the guys over at 3Doodler have been working on!
3Doodler is the world's first 3D printing pen which enables you to make endless creations of anything you like. At the moment the guys have been having a lot of fun with Star Wars.
They've been making interchangeable Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, R2D2 and Princess Leia heads for the BB-8 so you can cause havoc with with your newly formed Star Wars hybrid! In the video attached below you can see the BB-8 with Darth and Luke heads bulldozing through 3Doodled Stormtroopers.
They guys have also made pirate BB-8s just because it's funny.

Source YouTube
Collect All 5 Coffee-Mate® Limited Edition Star Wars Bottles
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 16:17

Coffee-mate are sponsoring the Coffee-mate Star Wars Media Lounge, where visitors to NYCC 2015 can enjoy one of 10,000 cups of joe handed out during the event and even see huge versions of the bottles on the convention floor.

Coffee-mate® limited edition Star Wars bottles are available in French Vanilla R2-D2, Hazelnut C-3PO, Italian Sweet Crème Boba Fett or 2 new flavors Spiced Latte Chewbacca and Espresso Chocolate Darth Vader. Pour some epic into your day!

Source YouTube
Star Wars Story Hand-Stitched Onto A 30ft Bayeux-Style Tapestry
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 16:00

The Daily Mail has a stunning story and imagery of a remarkable project, now up sale, from a Star Wars fan, Aled Lewis.  Aled has spent the last six months pain stakingly designing and making a taperstry by hand telling the Star Wars story.  The Mail explains:

Star Wars obsessives have forever insisted George Lucas' franchise is an art of the highest order.

And if you didn't agree, this superfan may be about to change your mind.

In a pain-staking effort spanning months, designer and illustrator Aled Lewis has translated the entire story into a hand-stitched 30ft tapestry akin to the Bayeux.

Take the jump to see the full story, and more images from this amazing project.

Source Daily Mail
100 Days of Star Wars Update
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 15:45

It's over to Sean McMillan of Radio Free Tatooine for the latest on 100 Days of Star Wars.

Originally started by Mos Eisley Underground, we here at Radio Free Tatooine have taken on the responsibility of 100 Days of Star Wars for days 26-50. We have posted the list of the next 25 topics for the challenge on our site and will continue to bring you all our daily YouTube videos and thoughtful (occasionally) commentary.Huge thanks to Mos Eisley Underground for letting us run with their ball.

Source Radio Free Tatooine
Star Wars Action News Ep 459: 50 Shades of White
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 15:11

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

It's been one month since Force Friday but the onslaught of new Star Wars products has not let up. From tie in items like vitamins to cereal to toothpaste to Pop Chips, Star Wars is on everything. And of course that means lots of new toys too! On this episode of Star Wars Action News Arnie and Marjorie are joined by Andrew to look at some of the new Star Wars items in a head to head match. First we put two BB-8s to the test -- Hasbro's Target Exclusive Remote Control BB-8 versus Sphero's App Controlled BB-8. One is bigger, one is more expensive, but should you buy one, both, or neither? Then we look at Disney's new Elite line of 6.5-inch Die Cast action figures. They're $5 more than Hasbro's Black Series 6-inch, but every bit as in demand, selling out nationwide. On this show we put Disney's Elite First Order Stormtrooper to the test against Hasbro's Black Series counterpart. Plus Brock joins us for a review of the novel Aftermath, we look at Hot Toys' new Star Wars releases, and more on this episode of Star Wars Action News!

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Komatu: Two Very Impressive Hours With The Star Wars Battlefront Beta
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 15:00

Patricia Hernandez from Komatu has spent time with the Star Wars Battlefront Beta and has shared her thoughts...

I’m not praising the visuals here simply because they’re pretty. What strikes me about them is how well they capture that worn, threadbare quality that many of the objects in the movies have as well. Your blaster isn’t a fancy gun. It looks plausible, real. Futuristic, yet old somehow. This, in combination with DICE’s stellar audio design, make Battlefront feel like it’s transporting you right into the world of Star Wars. Fans will appreciate this attention to detail outright. I on the other hand have no real nostalgia for Star Wars, but the games do such a good job of building this world, that I still feel completely seduced by it. It’s one thing to look at Tatooine. It’s another to walk through it and feel the rock crumble underneath your boot. I feel a sense of wonder playing Battlefront...when I’m not trying to shoot other people in the face, that is.
Take the jump to read her full report and feelings on this years most anticiapted game.

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On The Shelves UK: Latest Marvel Star Wars Comics
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 13:53

Hitting comic book stores around the world are the latest Star Wars comics, pick your up today...

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Hot Wheel's TIE Fighter Blast-Out Battle Set At K-Mart
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 13:35

New @hotwheelsofficial #starwars #theforceawakens #hotwheels #hotwheelsstarwars #kmart

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New Star Wars Hotwheels TIE fighter blast out battle playset spotted in K-Mart's Penn Street Station branch here in NYC.

Make sure you follow #TeamJediNews on our Jedi News Facebook page, on Twitter @JediNewsUK and on our Jedi News on Instagram page for the latest live updates this week at NYCC 2015 and beyond.

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Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 49
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 13:30

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

After months of preparation and production, Star Wars Shadow Quarry has finally arrived! Join Sean and John as we discuss Sarah Michelle Geller’s new role, the going rate for a gold bikini, Rey Skywalker, and our awesome new audio drama!

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Infographic: The Top 10 Coolest Beasts of Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 13:05

There are some very cool creatures in the Star Wars galaxy and while no one wants to get eaten alive by anything I think most of us would rather be gobbled up by a rancor than nibbled to death by an okapi.

Here's an infographic detailing just a few of the coolest beats in the Star Wars galaxy.

Infographic: The Top 10 Coolest Beasts of Star Wars Fantastic beasts and terrifying monsters have always been a part of the Star Wars universe often as another hurdle in our heroes’ journey. Whether on an asteroid or on a snowy planet, the heroes always end up facing some kind of creature while on an adventure. With plenty of creatures featured in Star Wars, you can probably make a whole website dedicated for this topic. Instead, we have compiled the top 10 coolest beasts of the Star Wars galaxy. (And when we say cool, we mean extremely dangerous and awesomely terrifying.)

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SLCC 2015: Clone Wars & Rebels: How Animation Changed Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 12:49

Jawa James Floyd takes us back to Salt Lake Comic Con and a talk on how Star Wars was altered by the introduction of animation (and I'm assuming they aren't referring to The Holiday Special, Ewoks or Droids).

With LFL Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo, voice actor Dee Bradley Baker, and artist Scott Harben. Moderated by Bryan Young.

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Official Site: Parallel Journeys: Why The Star Wars Films Are More Connected Than You Think
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 12:39

Mike Klimo takes us into his ring theory once again over at as he discusses the cyclical elements of the saga.

For Star Wars fans watching The Phantom Menace for the first time back in 1999, one thing was immediately clear: there were a lot of similarities to A New Hope. In fact, some critics called out what they saw as a simple rehash of the original storyline. And on the surface, the criticism certainly appears justified. After all, both films center around a young boy on the desert planet of Tatooine who leaves home to embark on an epic journey involving a beautiful, royal young woman in distress and a Jedi Knight who becomes his mentor.
A closer look, however, reveals something far more complex and interesting.

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Will 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Snag A PG Rating?
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 11:42

Forbes has an interesting piece on the MPAA rating for The Force Awakens, and whether it will 'snag' a PG-13 rating, and the effect that may have.

Will Star Wars: The Force Awakens do what is expected of it and get a PG-13 for something like “ intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout?” Or will it stay within the bounds of (most of) its prior installments and go out with a PG rating? A year ago, I would have told you that the chances of the film forsaking the PG-13 were pretty slim. But that’s before we had an October with four live-action PG movies. We’ll see to what extent the PG ratings help or Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk, Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc.’s Pan, Sony kid-friendly horror romp Goosebumps, and Universal/Comcast Corp.’s Jem and the Holograms by month’s end. Having now seen three out of four of those films (and I’ll assume Jem and the Holograms won’t push any boundaries with its “thematic material including reckless behavior, brief suggestive content and some language”), it’s nice to see that, if only by circumstance, the live action PG is alive and well.

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Rian Johnson Tweets Image Of Episode VIII Script
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Oct 2015 09:52

Some things just don't need words, yet fill you with excitement... Source Rian Johnson (Twitter)
   Tuesday, October 6, 2015
“How I Would Have Written The Force Awakens Author Panel” from Dragon Con 2015 Coverage
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Oct 2015 19:00

Our friends over at Star Wars Report have a fantastic report up on the “How I Would Have Written The Force Awakens Author Panel” from Dragon Con 2015.

It's a fascinating insight into how Timothy Zahn, Michael Stackpole, Rebecca Moesta, and Kevin J. Anderson would have written The Force Awakens.

Take the jump and check it out.

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Hasbro Give A Sneak Peek Of Black Series Titanium Helmets
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Oct 2015 17:00

Our friends over at have alerted us to this sneak peak reveal from the Hasbro Pulse.  Take the jump to check the images out.

The Hasbro Pulse is proud to bring you your very first look at something new for 2016! Introducing STAR WARS: The Black Series Titanium Series Helmets. Collect the most iconic character helmets from the classic STAR WARS films as well as from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Helmets include KYLO REN, POE DAMERON, CAPTAIN PHASMA, and FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPER. Each pack includes two highly detailed mini-helmets along with two display stands. Each pack sold separately.

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Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Oct 2015 15:00 has revealed the cover for the Darth Vader #15 which will be the final part of the upcomig Vader Down crossover event.

In “Vader Down,” Marvel’s upcoming crossover event, the Dark Lord that everyone fears is in a shocking situation — stranded and facing defeat. With the Rebel army closing in on his position, Vader finds himself in a similar predicament faced by Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back. But while Luke relied on his friends to come to his aid, Vader’s only chance of survival is to do things the Sith way. He’s on his own, he’s cornered, and he’s desperate.

That makes the chances bleak…for the Rebels.

Check out the cover to Darth Vader #15 — the grand finale of “Vader Down” — below. Illustrated by Salvador Larroca, it features Vader in the presence of some unfavorable company.

Benicio Del Toro Wants A Pink Lightsaber in Star Wars: Episode 8!
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Oct 2015 12:03

Digital Spy sat down with Benicio Del Toro during his press junket for Sicario, naturally the conversation turned to Star Wars Episode Eight.

When presented with the oppertunity to pick a lightsaber colour by the interviewer, Del Toro had this to say:

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   Monday, October 5, 2015
Sarlacc Pit Episode 90: Biggest Events In Star Wars History
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Oct 2015 17:06

It's time to join hosts Matt "The Krankster" Krienke and Chris "HothIceplanet" Smith for the latest episode of The Sarlacc Pit.

Join Matt and Chris and we are back for another great episode of the Sarlacc Pit podcast. Episode 90 we welcome back Dan Curto from the Wolfpack Podcast. This episode we talk Force Friday dry up, Force Awakens books, Season of the Force and more. Plus join us for our main topic “Biggest Events in Star Wars History”. So grab your vintage record albums and listen in on another great episode of the Sarlacc Pit.

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Star Wars Art: Ralph Mcquarrie: Available For Pre-Order
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Oct 2015 15:43

Amazon are showing a new trio of books in a beautiful slipcase focusing on the inspirational artwork of Ralph McQuarrie that arrives 6th September 2016.

Available right now for pre-order via Amazon Prime for £86.07 as opposed to the RRP of £164.78.

Hardcover: 768 pages
Publisher: Harry N Abrams (6 Sept. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1419717936
ISBN-13: 978-1419717932

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Be A Part Of The Star Wars You'll Never See Audio Fan Fiction Parody!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Oct 2015 15:27

From the one and only Brutal One, Joe Mignano. He's casting far and wide and YOU could be a part of it. Read on.

Be a part of "The Star Wars You'll Never See - The Disruptive Adventures Of Slan Drolo-THE Rebel Scum."

HoloNet Audio Dramas is announcing a rather fun and ambitious audio project written by my friend John Damocles Smith in Australia! Think of a campy Star Wars parody / comedy, with a Benny Hill and Austin Powers type of setting. This is going to be a really groovy kind of audio play, and It'll take at least a couple of months to complete; hopefully before The Force Awakens is released.
I'm looking for voice actors and actresses, and folks with good recording gear to fill the following roles (unpaid, but you can use this to add to your resume). Please PM me if you are interested. Fellow Star Wars podcasters are encouraged to participate! The need is immediate!

Cast of Rebel Characters:-

  • Rebel Scum (Captain Slan Drolo.)
  • Local leader The Colonel. (Female 35+ because she has a daughter approaching 18.)
  • Rebel Sergeant.
  • Veteran Rebel Soldier. (Male about 45.)
  • Female Imperial Officer.

Also, if you want to be in this but don't have good recording gear, and you live in the Orange County area of southern California, I can come to you! I want to have this done by the first week of December, so jump aboard the trippy transport while you still can! I've already selected some of the background music for this, which includes "Girl From Ipanema," "Young Love (Theme from "A Summer Place")," "Soul Bossa Nova," "Sabre Dance," and more! If you have voice acting or podcasting experience, contact me asap – I'll send you the script, and you can record your lines right away (as soon as you are able), on your own equipment. The script is only ten pages long, so this isn't a huge production, but still destined to be epic. I mean, far out. Contact me on Facebook, or via the "Contact Us" tab at Let's have some campy Star Wars fun! -- The Brutal One.

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Princess Leia Bikini Sells For $96,000
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Oct 2015 15:25

Bikini anyone? Here's an itsybitsyteenyweeny beige and gold metal bikini, a snip at £63,220.

The "slave Leia" bikini worn by actress Carrie Fisher in Return of the Jedi has been sold for $96,000 (£63,220).
Bidding for the costume opened at $80,000 at the online auction, run by US firm Profiles In History.
As well as the bikini, the unnamed winner received a collar, several chain links, and a letter of authenticity from Star Wars designer Richard Miller.
Fisher disliked the outfit, calling it "what supermodels will eventually wear in the seventh ring of hell."

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Star Wars Ep I Luke Light and Dark
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Oct 2015 14:56

Star Wars Ep I Luke Light and Dark from The Magnificent Itch on Vimeo.

It's brief but very stylish and impressive. Watch Luke Light and Dark and then get involved to vote for who you'd like to see immortalised in animation the next time.

Everyone loves Star Wars, right? Here's the first Episode in a series of Star Wars themed shorts. We've just about finished Ep II! It'll be released soon, but you get to vote which character we animate next... Follow us for updates on Twitter Facebbok: or Instagram

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Cloud City Casino #17: Making Connexions at Topps!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Oct 2015 14:22

Come on in and take a seat in the V.I.P. Lounge at Cloud City Casino.

This week Michael and Bruce are joined by Mark Von Ohlen @darthvonohlen Brand Manager of Star Wars and Dr. Who at Topps trading cards to discuss some of the new and exciting products!

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