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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.

   Saturday, October 10, 2015
Official Site: A Day in the Life of Sphero’s BB-8
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 19:30

Acclaimed photographer, Arielle Nadel, has gone on an a photographed adventure with her Sphero BB-8 for the Official Star Wars Site.

Featuring some funny, stunning, and adorable photos of BB-8 in various surroundings it is worthwhile checking out.

NYCC: Artist Alley
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 19:15

Artist Alley is always a highlight of any con, and New York is no exception.  Check out some of the amazing art on display.

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NYCC Show Floor: Funko
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 19:06

Funko always have great ideas for product, and they did not let us down at NYCC with some great show exclusives.  Check out the gallery below:

Funko at nycc 2015

Posted by Jedi News on Saturday, 10 October 2015

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NYCC Show Floor: Super 7
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 18:59

Super 7 had a range of art and t-shirts on dislay at NYCC.  Check out our gallery below:

Super 7 at nycc 2015

Posted by Jedi News on Saturday, 10 October 2015

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Brews and Blasters #40: Like Doc Brown Ripping Up Marty’s Letter
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 18:27

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

John from Super Awesome Geek Show joins Joe to announce SDCC Exclusive First Order Stormtrooper contest winner!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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NYCC: Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing Presents: Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens Panel
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 18:25

The NYCC 2015 Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing Panel has just ended and the following announcments were made:

A new e-book short by Delilah S. Dawson called The Perfect Weapon.  It will star The Force Awakens character, Bazine. Coming in November.  Bazine is rumoured to be the character in black sitting on the arm of the obese alien central in the above photo.

On top of his official movie novelisation, Alan Dean Foster has also written a short story about an alien from The Force Awakens, and it will be included in Titan's Star Wars Insider #162.

Landry Walker, an aclaimed comic book writer, and co-creator of the cartoon Scary Larry will be writing a series of novelltes collected in the book, Star Wars Tales From A Galaxy Far, Far, Away.

The novelltes are:
  • High Noon On Jakku - a classic Western

  • Face Of Evil,

  • Crimson Corsair - featuring the crimson red alien from the above Vanity Fair photo.

  • Lost Treasure Of Count Dooku.


Claudia Gray announced New Republic: Bloodline, a novel from Del Rey that will be set six years before The Force Awakens and released on 29th March 2016.


Book two of Chuck Wendig's Aftermath Trilogy will be released on 31st May 2016.  No release date announce as yet for Empire's End.

Thanks to Eddie at and Florian at Jedi Bibliothek for assisting in this article.

Open Bionics and Lucasfilms' ILMxLAB Team Up To Change Kids Lifes
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 18:00

Disney through its Techstars' Disney Accelerator programme, and working with Lucasfilm's ILMxLAB have teamed up with prostheic specialist Open Bionics to make this potentially life changing bionic limbs for kids.

A prosthetic hand is about more than just improving the wearer’s physical capabilities. It’s also about improving their self-confidence. So Open Bionics, makers of low-cost but highly capable prosthetic robotic hands, have teamed up with Disney to realize some very cool designs.

Kids can be bullied for something as innocuous as wearing the wrong shirt; imagine what life is like for a child missing a limb. So not only has Open Bionics designed what it’s claiming is the world’s smallest bionic hand, the company has also joined forces with Disney to create three versions featuring designs and glowing LED features inspired by Iron Man, Frozen, and Star Wars.

The Walt Disney Company is generously donating the time of its creative teams and providing royalty free licenses for this project.

Source Open Bionics (Via Gizmodo)
Daniel Erickson Working on Chapter 2 for Star Wars: Uprising
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 17:34

The former Bioware lead writer of Star Wars The Old Republic, Daniel Erickson, is now Director of Star Wars: Uprising, and recently tweeted that he is heavily into development on chapter two of the The Force Awakens connected mobile platformer.
This news was first reported by Star Wars The Old Republic Strategies where you can find out a little more about Mr Erickson.

Source Star Wars Strategies
Campbell's Soup Heartwarming Advert For Special Edition Star Wars Soups
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 16:58

Real life couple, actors Larry Sullivan and David Monahan, appear alongside their son Cooper in this heartwarming advert for Campbell's special edition Star Wars soups. 

The actors may well be known to you.  Larry appeared in CSI and US day time soap opera Days of Our Lives while David was most recently in Bones.

Source YouTube (Campbell's Soup)
The Fascinating Stories Of The X-Wing Extras Who Were Never Stars, But Were In Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 13:20

Elstree 1976 takes a look at some of the stars of the original Star Wars and Rich Trenholm takes a look at it over at CNet.

How many actors can say they've got their own action figures?" For the bit-part players, extras and walk-on actors who arrived at North London's Elstree studios in the hot summer of 1976 to film an unheralded sci-fi movie, they never knew they would end up immortalised in plastic and still talking about it 40 years later.
"Elstree 1976", which has its premiere in London today, is a new crowdfunded documentary that explores the fascinating and poignant journeys of the anonymous aliens and ex-X-Wing pilots who were never quite stars -- but were in "Star Wars." We saw the film and caught up with director Jon Spira to talk about his love for crowdfunding, the dark side of conventions

Source CNet
Warwick Davis: Locked Up Caravan Stolen
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 12:51

Warwick Davis had his locked up touring caravan stolen on Thursday from near his home near Peterborough. If anyone sees it or has any information, please contact your local police or let us know.

And Warwick, for what it's worth, there's always a Caravan of the Force here for you.

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Tosche Station Radio #130: Trailer Time with Anthony Breznican
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 12:12

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

We ditch the usual format today for a grab-bag Star Wars discussion with Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican (who you may remember from such awesome things as moderating the big Force Awakens panel at Celebration this year). Sit back and enjoy!

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

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

Source Tosche Station Radio
   Friday, October 9, 2015
Cantina Cast Episode 99: The Force Awakens PG or PG-13?
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 19:41

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

We're one away from 100. In this episode The Rebels Inquisitors (The Fifth Brother & Seventh Sister), Kathleen Kennedy comments on the saga films being about the Skywalkers family line, our Prequels Strikes Back interviews, The Mon Mothma blunder recap, Mike picks another potential controversial character to be on Rebels, The Force Awakens Pg or PG-13? Cantina Patrons (Listener feedback, guest appearance by Emperor Grasso), Aftermath Interlude: Hyperspace Aftermath: Epilogue, Star Wars burn out

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Cantina Cast
NYCC Show Floor: Stylin's BB-8 Pin
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 17:15

Stylin released a NYCC Exclusive BB-8 Pin at the show, and it went down a storm with the crowds.  The ever popular droid from The Force Awakens will be on a lot ot lapels by Sunday!

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Scottish Airport Using Star Wars-style £8,000 'lightsaber' To Scare Off Birds!
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 17:05

Star Wars
is everywhere!  Today the Daily Mail confirms that once again with a report on a Scottish Airport using a Star Wars inspired device to scare off birds!

To combat the threat of bird strikes causing damage and delays to aircraft one UK airport is using Star Wars as inspiration.  Dundee Airport in Scotland is using a space-age 'lightsaber' to scare off the feathered animals.

The £8,000 hand-held gadget emits a bright green light that has a range of over a mile. Airport operator HIAL is opting for the Aerolaser rather than noisier systems of scaring away birds, which can be a hazard for pilots.

Andrew Lindsay, fire manager at Dundee Airport, said: 'Lasers have been found to be a very effective way of dispersing birds as they see the beam as a perceived threat and will fly away from it in the opposite direction.'
Source Daily Mail
NYCC Show Floor: Disney Publishing
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 17:00

When it comes to Star Wars tales, Disney Publishing has a bigger and bigger role.  Emphasised by their impressive quality and range of books on offer at Force Friday.  They were back on the show floor at NYCC this year, and promise more reveals at their panel on Saturday.

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Tosche Station Radio #129: Trope City
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 16:39

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

This week on Tosche Station Radio, we're joined by Saf to break down the middle grade and young adult novels in the Journey to The Force Awakens!

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

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

Source Tosche Station Radio
Official Site: Stand By, Ion Control: Finding An Actual Hoth Rebel Vest
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 16:30

Gus Lopez takes Star Tours to the icy wastes of Hoth in search of an original Rebel vest over at

Many Star Wars collectors shy away from original movie props and costumes since they’re hard to find, difficult to authenticate, and can sometimes be very expensive. But there are also some common misconceptions about costume and prop-collecting. You might be surprised to learn that prop collectors frequently spend about the same annually as collectors in other categories. However, instead of buying a lot of items every week, the typical Star Wars prop collector makes one or two big purchases a year. It’s also common for collectors to raise funds by selling one great piece to finance another. Trades occur often, and costume and prop collectors frequently help each other out in their search for a particular item.

Source Official Site
NYCC Show Floor: Stylin
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 16:00

Stylin brought a whole range of pins, belts, wallets, keychains, dog collars and jewellary to NYCC all with Star Wars motifs.  Including a show exclusive BB-8 pin that was hotly sought after.

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Introducing The BB-8 Builders Club
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 14:25
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The BB-8 Builders Club has arrived and brings with it all the know-how and information you could need to construct your very own rolling astromech.

Source BB-8 Builders Club
Official Site: 5 Things You Might Not Know About The Millennium Falcon
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 14:22

Amy ratcliffe takes us on a tour of the galaxy's fastest hunk of junk over at

Han Solo’s ship is one of the most recognizable in the Star Wars universe. Known as the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, a bucket of bolts, and the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, the Millennium Falcon has a reputation. Han and Chewbacca have made many “special modifications” to the Corellian YT-1300 light freighter over the years to maximize its speed and agility. The ship has pulled Han, Chewie, and their friends out of scrapes on multiple occasions and played a role in destroying both Death Stars.
You’ve probably heard some behind-the-scenes facts about the Millennium Falcon — like how the final design was inspired by a partially eaten hamburger — but here are five things you might not know about the starship.

Source Official Site
Beastie Droids by Dead Greedy
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 14:15

Pop Artist Dead Greedy has made available his latest Star Wars themed art project available for purchase on eBay.

 "The Beastie Droids are an android chip hop/scrap band from Raxus Prime. For the majority of its career, the group consisted of Mike3 (vocals, drums), M.C.8 (vocals, bass) and Ad-Bot(vocals, guitar). Originally formed as a four-piece Hardware Junk band, The Young Androids, a long time a go in a galaxy far far away... These are hand cast and hand painted.
Star Wars and Beastie Boys... the links just won't stop!

Official Site: Iconic Costumes and Artifacts from the Star Wars Universe Visit New York
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 14:09 has announced that a tour in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will see iconic costumes from Star Wars go on display for almost a year at Discovery Times Square, New York.

"Iconic costumes and artifacts from the Star Wars universe will be presented in the Smithsonian traveling exhibition, Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen, Star Wars and the Power of Costume, from November 14, 2015, through September 5, 2016, at Discovery Times Square." 

“Craftsmanship and artistry in costume design are valued creative components in the Star Wars saga,” said George Lucas. “The detailed precision of a design can be as bold a measure of storytelling as words on a page, leading to truths at the core of a character, situation or shared history. From initial concept drawings to complex physical constructions, the costumes featured in this exhibition serve to further define crucial aspects of worlds created to move, educate and entertain us — to inspire the imagination.”

Featured costumes include:
  • Select costumes and BB-8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Jedi Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, and Yoda
  • Intimidating suit and complex breathing apparatus of Darth Vader
  • Military-influenced uniforms of the Imperial stormtrooper, Senate guard, and TIE fighter pilot
  • Yak hair and mohair costume of the towering Wookiee Chewbacca and Han Solo
  • Intergalactic outfits of Senators Bail Organa, Mon Mothma, and Mas Amedda
  • Fierce armor of mercenary bounty hunters Jango Fett, Boba Fett, and Zam Wesell
  • Elaborately detailed gowns of Queen Amidala, Queen Jamillia, and their handmaidens
Ticket prices start at $20.00.

NYCC Show Floor: Tamashii Nations
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Oct 2015 14:00

One of the biggest fan favourite reveals at NYCC so far has come from Tamashii Nations with their unique classic Japanese warrior style Darth Vader, Imperial Guard and Stormtrooper.  Just wow!

Source Jedi News Facebook
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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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...

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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:

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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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.

Source Kotaku
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 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!

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

Source Radio Free Tatooine
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.

Source Official Site
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.

Source Forbes
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)
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