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   Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Rebel Force Radio: October 13, 2015: SMG, Fett, Prowse, NYCC, Topps And More
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 14 Oct 2015 01:18

Join Jimmy and Jason Live from Cleveland as we count down the weeks til THE FORCE AWAKENS; Sarah Michelle Gellar in REBELS; Boba Fett Casting Rumors; David Prowse Documentary; News from NYCC; STAR WARS EPISODE VIII and Benecio del Toro; TOPPS Star Wars Trading Cards; Trivia Contest and more.

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   Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Ahmed Best In McDonald's Advert
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 23:52

Thanks to our Jedi News buddy Craig Garner for spotting this and sending the image in. The one and only Ahmed Best in a new McDonald's ad.

Didn't know if any of you knew that Ahmed Best was starring in a McDonalds breakfast commercial? Caught it last night during the NFL game. Just thought I'd send a heads up just in case. Thanks!

Star Wars Influences #14: Part 2
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 23:30

We are proud to present the second part of this month's Star Wars Influences with new visual enhancement! Paul Bateman provides a follow-up to Sheldon Norton's RFR report on "21-87" and it's impact on a young George Lucas. The spotlight then shines on Original Trilogy concept artist and all-around utility player extraordinaire Joe Johnston. Paul give us the lowdown on Joe's career, artwork, technique, and inspirations. Listen to the show or follow along with our visual accompaniment on your mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer. And be sure to listen to Part One if you haven't already to get the full Influences experience!

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Coffee With Kenobi: Star Wars Quiz – Guess The Personality
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 23:05

It's time to join Rob Wainfur over at Coffee With Kenobi for their latest quiz.

Can you guess who's speaking before the timer countdowns? Ten celebrities from the Star Wars universe. Good luck, post your score in the comments. Please don't post the answers.

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Official Site: Target Partners with Star Wars: Force for Change to Empower Kids
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 23:00

The simply amazing Force For Change initiative continues to raise monies, and change lifes, now Lucasfilm has partnered with Target to recruit schools to the UNICEF Kid Power program.

Next year, Target will join Disney and Star Wars: Force for Change to recruit more schools for the UNICEF Kid Power program. Schools will receive Kid Power bands for their students, classroom tablets for syncing and tracking progress, and standards-based curriculum and content on malnutrition and global citizenship for keeping kids inspired and engaged.

The program promotes activity through fun competition. Kids wear a child-friendly fitness band that they can use with the free Kid Power companion app. They go on missions through the app, learn about new cultures, and earn points for completing activities and challenges. These points unlock therapeutic food packets that UNICEF delivers to severely malnourished children around the world. The goal of the program is too save lives abroad while encouraging kids in the US to become more active.

Target will also be the exclusive retailer of the UNICEF Kid Power Band.

The one-size-fits-all Kid Power Band retails for $39.99 and comes in four colors: blue, orange, and two special Star Wars: Force for Change editions in black and white. The bands go on sale at beginning Nov. 29, just in time for the holidays, and are available now for pre-order. They’ll also be available in select Target stores beginning in 2016.

These continued life changing initiatives that Disney and Lucafilm support make you proud to be a Star Wars fan.

Star Wars: Force for Change - Kid Power!
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 22:54
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Great news as Force For Change and UNICEF team up with Target to help change kids lives.

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Star Wars Limited Edition Pens From CROSS
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 22:45

CROSS are releasing some beautiful and limited edition Star Wars pens and journals, promising to put the 'force of fine writing, creativity and storytelling directly into the hands of Star Wars fans of all ages.'

The series features the likes of C-3PO, Darth Vader, and Stormtroopers.

The Star Wars limited edition collection from the Townsend line is limited to 1977 units per character and features character details etched into the finish, enhancing authenticity (RRP, £295 - £375).

The Click Star Wars Gel Ink Pen Collection is the ideal pen for your everyday writing needs too (RRP £30).

To complement the pens, the Star Wars journal collection from the Jot Zone collection completes the line-up (RRP, £30).

"This limited series of writing instruments and accessories reflects the CROSS values unmistakably shared by the creators of this iconic saga, which include the continued pursuit of greatness and the timeless value of thoughtful inspiration and innovation," said Magnus Jonsson, Global CMO, A.T. CROSS.

Available this Autumn.

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Express and Star: Star Wars Force Is Strong With Burntwood Based Jedi Website
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 22:21

I was thrilled to be featured in today's Express and Star where writer Paul Naylor takes a close look at my journey so far and our work here on Jedi News.

As millions around the world eagerly await the December release of a seventh episode, The Force Awakens, there is a hunger for information – from major announcements down to the tiniest of titbits.
Naturally, these days the first port of call for such juicy details is the internet, and one Burntwood man is recognised as a leading purveyor of all things in the news from that fabulous galaxy far, far away.
Mark Newbold, 44, is co-owner and content manager for one of the world’s most dependable and popular Star Wars fan sites –
Having successfully run his own website, Mark and Londoner James Burns joined forces – no pun intended – just over five years ago to develop what has become Europe’s number one Star Wars website.
Jedi News covers all the latest developments from Disney Lucasfilm. Mark’s knowledge of the franchise is respected by the fans and media alike, with numerous appearances on TV.
He is indeed the go-to expert on all things Star Wars and has just filmed a documentary for Channel 5, to be screened later this year.

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Darth Vader Reprints: Covers Arrive
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 22:10

Vader has been a huge success and me and Mark talk to author Kieron Gillen about the comic in the next episode of RADIO 1138. Here is a gallery of the reprints for issues 1 through 6 of the title.

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See the Vanity Fair Star Wars Portrait That Reveals Two Brand-New Characters
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 22:00

Vanity Fair are recapping their May exclusive The Force Awakens photoshoot by Annie Leibovitz.

As we now know it features two characters, Bazine and "The Red Corsair," who will feature in e-books released in the Journey To The Force Awakens in late Novemeber and early December.

Take the link to recall that historic photoshoot, and also check out our NYCC Publishing Panel recap for all the book news from the con.
Source Vanity Fair
Star Wars Rebels: A Tense Meeting
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 21:59

In this clip from Star Wars Rebels Season Two, Ezra introduces himself and the rest of his compatriots to the clones, who identify themselves as Captain Rex and Commanders Gregor and Wolffe. The meeting becomes much friendlier when Ezra reveals they were sent by Ahsoka Tano.

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On The Shelves UK: Cheesestrings In ASDA
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 21:53

They are full of calcium, good for your bones, and covered in Star Wars - what's not to love!   They come in 4 and 8 packs with free Topps trading cards.

Found at Asda Swindon link centre: Star Wars Cheesestrings!!!!

Many thanks to Ian Havenhand for the report.

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Under the Radar: The Mike Edmonds Story - Teaser Trailer
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 21:48

We first reported on this wonderful project at the start of the month, and now it has a teaser trailer.

Under The Radar: The Mike Edmonds Story is close to completion but it needs a helping hand to get across the finishing line. Visit Indiegogo to see how you can contribute to this great project

Since his first movie role in Ken Loach’s Black Jack (1979), Mike Edmonds has stolen scenes in some of the most iconic movies ever made - from Time Bandits (as the none-too bright, Og) to Return of the Jedi (as Ewok-shaman, Logray), along with countless others, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Legend, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Dark Crystal and The Empire Strikes Back.

Born with achondroplasia (or dwarfism), Mike discovered his acting talent in his thirties and went on to forge an exhilarating career - one that has seen him trade lines with Olivier, tour with the Royal Shakespeare Company and entertain millions of kids as diminutive badass Little Ron in the much-loved BBC series Maid Marian and her Merry Men. He’s also responsible for operating that most expressive of all cinematic appendages: Jabba the Hutt’s tail.

In this frank, funny and fascinating documentary, Mike talks about his Essex childhood, his early breaks in film and the many high points he’s enjoyed, whilst providing his own unique perspective on the actor’s craft. Colleagues past and present line up to reminisce and give their views on what makes Mike such a brilliant collaborator - including Terry Gilliam, Jeremy 'Boba Fett' Bulloch, theatre producer, Paul Elliott, and BBC director, David Bell.

Help us finish this must-watch profile of a great British actor.

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Pinterest: 8 Lines That Would Have Ended Star Wars Real Fast
Reported by PaulS (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 21:45

Here's how you change the course of history, with a few well-placed word changes. want to keep Luke on the farm? Interested in seeing a different planet to Dantooine destroyed? Check out this gallery on Pinterest and see history change right before your eyes.

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Official Site: 5 Teases for Star Wars Rebels Season Two from New York Comic Con
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 21:41

Amy Ratcliffe was there ( I know, I saw here very briefly as she was scooting about the floor!) and she brings some info on season two of Star Wars Rebels to

It’s almost time for the return of Star Wars Rebels. The series will come back for its second season on Wednesday, October 14, and will reintroduce a few familiar faces: Rex, Gregor, and Wolffe. Yes, the clones are back in the picture! But how much will they be around in the episodes ahead? And what about Ahsoka Tano and the new Inquisitors? Sarah Michelle Gellar (the Seventh Sister), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), and Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger) were joined by Dave Filoni at New York Comic Con to discuss the upcoming season. They didn’t go into spoilers (that wouldn’t be any fun), but they did offer some teases about what’s ahead. Here are five things we learned:

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Star Wars Rebels Season Two: UK Air Date Confirmed
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 21:35

It's over to our buddy Kamino_ghost for some very welcome news regarding Star Wars Rebels here in the UK.

Hi Mark, I hope your having a good time in New York! Just thought I'd drop you a line and let everyone know that Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels will Premiere on Saturday 17th October at 9.00am on Disney XDUK... Be sure to tune in everyone! Cheers, Kamino_Ghost

Kathleen Kennedy Talks About How Woman Are Developing The Future of Star Wars
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 21:27

Speaking at Tuesday's (13 October) Fortune Most Powerful Woman Summit, Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy, talked passionatly about how woman are shaping the future of Star Wars and Lucasfilm.

Sixty percent of her executive are females, whilst seventy five percent of the Lucasfilm Story Group are woman.

Kennedy also spoke about the potential of a woman directing a Star Wars movie, declaring that it will happen one day without a doubt.  Making it clear it will not be a "token job to lookout and find a woman" to direct Star Wars, that she will select "someone setup for success."

The main problem facing Kennedy is the lack of woman approaching her declaring a passion to direct a Star Wars movie, and Kennedy not wanting to have to talk someone into the job.

There will be undoubtably be plenty of female directors influenced by and passionate about Star Wars hearing this, so you just got an open invite to get your CVs in. 

It's 2015 and time to change cinematic preconceptions and prejudices and Lucasfilm appear to be leading the way.

Source Fortune
Jedi News Interview: Jason Fry, 2nd Interview
Reported by MaxN (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 21:16
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JEDI NEWS: Welcome to Jedi News. First of all, how does it feel to be author of the first real book series in new canon?

JASON FRY: Awesome! Servants of the Empire was a great opportunity that I hugely enjoyed. Now that it's done I find myself missing Zare and Merei.

The WolfPack Podcast #159: NYCC 2015 Recap
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 21:02

It's time to join the gang over at the Wolfpack podcast for the latest episode.

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Corey, Steve, Marco, Jayson, and Curto are joined by Chris of The Collectors Hutt to discuss NYCC 2015, Rebels S2 Trailer, and more!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Radio Free Tatooine Presents: SHADOW QUARRY Part 1
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 20:57

It’s time to join Radio Free Tatooine for Star Wars: Shadow Quarry – Episode 1.

The long-anticipated debut of Radio Free Tatooine's new audio drama featuring the voice talents of the RFT crew as well as Catrina Dennis, Mike Pilot, Teresa Delgado, Joe Lutovsky and more! Join Winston, Sina, Furik, and 4M-Y as they plot to steal the Empire's fanciest new ship, the Twilight Lynx! The Imperials of their homeworld of Harbolla aren't going to take this lying down, and the captain of the Lynx Maltair Sollick must take matters into his own hands to preserve the honor of the Empire!

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Jedi News Comic Review: Darth Vader #10
Reported by MaxN (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 20:38
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Book II, Part IV


It is a period of insurgency. After the destruction of the Death Star by a Force-strong rebel pilot, the Sith Lord DARTH VADER has taken it upon himself to discover the pilot's true identity under the Empire's ever-watchful eye.

Using the expertise of archaeologist and droid expert DOCTOR APHRA and a carefully selected crew of bounty hunters, Vader looted a stash of credits from an Imperial cruiser under the guise of an accident. However, Vader's new adjunct Inspector Thanoth knows that all is not what it seems and plans to investigate the situation further.

Meanwhile Aphra, along with droids BT-1 and 000, are off to continue Vader's mission: chasing information on the rebel pilot....

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Star Wars BB-8 Carved Pumpkin
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 20:33

We can't get enough of BB-8, and now you can make him part of your Halloween celebrations.

MagneticAttitude has posted on imgur of this amazing BB-8 jack-o'-lantern they have made.  Just amazing!

Take the link for more photos and gifs of the little droid at his haunting best!.

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Star Wars Influences #14: Part 1
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 20:28

Welcome to the first episode of Star Wars Influences featuring visual enhancement. Use your mobile device, laptop or desktop to see what we are talking about. Star Wars artist Paul Bateman is back to give us a review of the new THE FORCE AWAKENS action figures; Fan love for BB-8; A close look at some ROGUE ONE helmets leaked by actor Donnie Yen and more. This is part one of a two-parter.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: The Bridge on the River Kwai
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 20:26

Brian Young of looks at the connection between David Lean's The Bridge on the River Kwai and Star Wars. 

It goes far beyond the obvious Alec Guinness link, head over to the official site to read a thrilling blog on how two epic cinematic masterpieces collide in the most unusual ways.

These Japanese Star Wars: The Force Awakens Sand Sculptures Have To Be Seen To Be Believed
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 20:18

54-year-old sculpter Katsuhiko Chaen, has built with 160 tonnes of sand these incredible R2-D2, C-3PO and BB-8 designs.

Check out more photos over on DigitalSpy

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UPDATED: NYCC: Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing Presents: Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens Panel
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 09:30

UPDATED: The following article has been updated with official confirmed information from

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 the character in black sitting on the arm of the obese alien central in the above photo from Vanity Fair.  Released on 24th November for £1.56.

On top of his official movie novelisation, Alan Dean Foster has also written a short story about an alien, Grumgarr, 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 novellas collected in the book, Star Wars Tales From A Galaxy Far, Far, Away: Aliens

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

  • Face Of Evil,

  • Crimson Corsair and The Lost Treasure Of Count Dooku - featuring the crimson red alien from the above Vanity Fair photo.

  • All Creatures Great and Small

  • Two additional novellas, not yet announced.
The first four novellas will be released on 1st December as e-books, before being collected with the two as yet unannounced novellas in paperback in April 2016.  The stories will feature art by ILM artist Tyler Scarlett.


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, although it was stated it would be in 2017.

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

Did Clark Gregg Just Tease That Elizabeth Henstridge Is In Star Wars?
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 09:00

During a Nerdist panel at New York Comic Con, Clark Gregg spoke about Elizabeth Henstridge's character in Agents of Shield being missing at the start of the season.  He went on to hint that she was "in a galaxy far, far, away..."

Is this Clark Gregg having fun with an audiance he clearly was enjoying being in front of, or is there more to this throw away comment?

Check out the panel for yourself, and draw your own conclusion...

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Season Pass For Star Wars Battlefront Now Available For Pre-Order
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 08:40

EA have released details, and are now accepting pre-orders for a season pass for Star Wars Battlefront.

Expand your galaxy with the Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Season Pass.

Get 4 upcoming expansion packs filled with new content,

two-week early access to each expansion and an exclusive “Shoot First” emote.

Take the link to pre-order (Prices start at £39.99) and for more details for your platform of choice.

Source EA
New Royal Mail Stamp Set Available
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 13 Oct 2015 08:04

Westminster Collection are offering a limited edition set of Royal Mail Star Wars First Class Stamps

To mark the forthcoming film, Royal Mail has issued a BRAND NEW miniature sheet featuring 6 new Star Wars First Class Stamps.

Now you can be one of just 4,995 people who can own the new stamps presented on a special Limited Edition Collector Card. What's more, the stamps themselves have been officially postmarked by Royal Mail on their first day of issue - 20th October 2015.

Priced at £17.50 for the set, take the link to find out more.

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   Monday, October 12, 2015
NYCC Show Floor: Mighty Wallet
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 12 Oct 2015 13:00

Vendor, Mighty Wallet had on their NYCC floor store a full range of USA standard size wallets ready to stash your greenbacks!  Check out our gallery of photos from their store:

Mighty wallet company NYCC 2015. USA standard size wallets ready to stash your greenbacks

Posted by Jedi News on Sunday, 11 October 2015

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Sky Secure Rights To Air The Force Awakens
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 12 Oct 2015 11:33

Sky TV in the UK and Ireland have secured first air rights to new Disney movie properties, and specifically The Force Awakens.

We can expect this to be first available on Sky Box Office, followed by Sky Movies, and On Demand. 

With Sky also having the rights to Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars The Clone Wars and the original six movies, I would expect them to also have a dedicated Sky Movies Star Wars Channel as they have in the past to highlight this release.

The Force Awakens will come to Sky TV nine months after cinema release.
The deal will also see Star Wars Rebels and other Disney properties remain part of Sky On Demand, and Disney XD remain remain on the Sky platform.

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How To Build Your Own Lego Tauntaun!
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 12 Oct 2015 11:22

Gimme Lego have published a guide on how to build your own Han riding a Tauntaun.  The set is very rare, so this allows readers a chance to build their own version.  It's a great build, take the link to check it out.

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R2-KT Puzzle Patch: Week 4
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 12 Oct 2015 11:00

It's time to hear from R2-KT's man-servant Al with news of the fourth part of a very special puzzle patch. Over to the big guy.

Greetings Programs, R2-KT just turned TEN! To celebrate we present the R2-KT Puzzle Patch Series: Our Favorite Droids, with a new patch coming out each Monday over the next eight weeks. The patches all fit together to make a cool design by Juan Jose Matamoros. Gorgeous artwork - frame it or show it off on a jacket, instant magic. Fully embroidered, measuring 6 3/4" x 9" when assembled.
* Release Dates: Each patch is available for ordering on its release date (Monday) starting this coming Monday (9/21) with patch #1. Only a limited supply will be made of each, so order the new patch as soon as you can when they come out on Mondays!
* KT Mailing List members (that's you!) can order early each Friday before a release date! That's today! So you get the first crack at patch #1 (attached)! Feel free to order right now and beat the crowd. That's your reward for putting up with our emails :)
* To Order: Each patch is just $4 plus $1 shipping for one or more patches. Paypal to and indicate which patch you are ordering in the transaction notes.
* R2-KT Subscribers can pre-order the Complete Set! And the 8 patches only take up 5 slots from your 10-patch Subscription. Nice! Complete Sets ship end of October (we have to order each patch individually so it takes time, but you are guaranteed a full set even if individual patches sell out)
* Mailing List: tell folks they can email us at to get added to our mailing list, which means they can order each patch 3 days early! We blast out the reveal to our mailing list members on Fridays. * Subscribers: fans can sign up to be a R2-KT Subscriber to pre-order the full set - they can learn more here:
* Photoshop Contest: fans can email us at with their idea of a wacky adventure R2-KT has been on and they are entered to win one or all of the puzzle patches when we have them all done! Here are some examples people have sent in already: anniv/puzzle-patch/photoshop-contest/.

We hope you enjoy this 8-week party celebrating R2-KT's 10th year. Thanks to everyone for their continued support of R2-KT and her mission of hope!

AL (R2-KT's man-servant)

P.S. All proceeds from the sales of the patches go straight to Make-A-Wish! If you aren't a Subscriber, then click on the link to learn how to get in on the deals they're enjoying: r2ktstuff-subscriber.html
P.P.S. Want to be eligible to win one or all of the Puzzle Patches? Email with a Photoshopped image of R2-KT on a wacky adventure and be entered into our Puzzle Patch freebie contest! Let's see what weird stuff KT gets up to! (keep it clean, please)

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   Sunday, October 11, 2015
Star Wars Battlefront: RIP Luke Skywalker
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 11 Oct 2015 20:00

We are all having the fun of trying out Star Wars Battlefront this weekend as we experience the open Beta.

One user has seen his gaming expereince go viral as our hero Luke Skywalker is crushed by an AT-AT, even drawing the attention of Mark Hamill himself!

Check it out:

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CBR Interview Charles Soule On The New Obi-Wan & Anakin Mini-Series
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 11 Oct 2015 18:00

A new five issue mini-series was revealed at NYCC by Marvel, an Obi-Wan & Anakin prequel era comic by Charles Soule.

CBR had the oppertunity to sit down with Soule to discuss the series:

I've always loved Obi-Wan Kenobi. He's one of my all-time favorite characters in the entire "Star Wars" Saga. And Anakin too -- you take a step back, and look at this person's life -- so much potential for good, twisted into something monstrous by someone who understands that Anakin's yearning for rightness and order can be his greatest weakness. That's one hell of a story, and there are still many unexplored corners -- we haven't seen the whole tale, not by a long shot.

I'm also a huge fan of the Jedi Order, and we only really see it at its height in the Prequels -- if you really want to split hairs, it's only in "The Phantom Menace" that we see what the Jedi are capable of when they aren't being directly undermined by the subtle, malign influence of the Sith.

You look at Obi-Wan, a skilled, dedicated man who made a promise to his own dying master to train this incredibly powerful child -- I don't think he really understood what he was taking on at that point. I just think the whole master/student dynamic is fascinating, and we haven't really seen it that much. By the time "Attack of the Clones" hits, Anakin is pretty much trained up.

So I'm giving you a long answer to a short question, but the primary reason is that I thought I had a story to tell about characters I find fascinating, in a world I love to play in -- and hey, it's more "Star Wars." Twist my arm.

For more from a fantastic interview, head over to

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Strictly Come Dancing Does The Movies - Star Wars Style
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 11 Oct 2015 16:00

Every week my darling Clare forces me to watch Strictly Come Dancing on the BBC, with the pain of it only subdued by the lovely Ola Jordan.

However, this week during "movie week," Star Wars made an appearance...

It's a 10 from me...

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Star Wars Behind-The-Scenes Film "Elstree 1976" Has World Premiere
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 11 Oct 2015 14:21

The crowdfunded film telling the story behind the scenes of the making of Star Wars has held it's world premiere at the British Film Institute London Film Festival.

John Spira's Kickstarter funded project features Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader, and Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett amongst others.

He said: "We've worked on it for three years so it felt incredible to finally show people what we were doing."

The Picturehouse Central screening in Piccadilly was attended by 400 people.

The film was completed just over a week before the event.

Spira, who also directed Oxfordshire music documentary Anyone Can Play Guitar, called the premiere "amazing".

He added: "It was really good to show it to an audience who were really receptive.

"It went down really well. What surprised me was the moment in the film I thought was the saddest got huge laughs… I'm utterly confused about that… I think it might be a nervous laughter possibly."

Elstree 1976 is released in Australia in only two weeks with it's UK and US distribution information to be announced soon.

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   Saturday, October 10, 2015
US Today Interview New Obi-Wan & Anakin Comic Author Charles Soule
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 23:00

US Today have an exclusive interview with author of the new Marvel Comics limited series Obi-Wan & Anakin.  The five issue series begins in January.

“I want people to set their preconceived notions about what an Obi-Wan and Anakin story is aside,” Soule says. “We’ve seen a lot of them but this is something that's going to feel and look different.”

“What you have is a person who goes from being a boy to being a young man in between those two films, which is really significant,” says Soule.

The miniseries is set three years into Anakin’s training under Obi-Wan — something he promised the dying Qui-Gon he would do — at a peacetime period where the Jedi are at the height of their power and many feel Anakin is destined to do an enormous amount of good for the universe.

Soule feels the way he writes Anakin and Obi-Wan is going to look different than how they were on the Clone Wars cartoon series or in the prequel adventures. He gave Checchetto a direction to have influences including Lone Wolf and Cub and Akira Kurosawa movies such as Seven Samurai.

“Ultimately that’s kind of like what Jedi were: warrior monks wandering the galaxy doing awesome things,” Soule says. The series is “getting back to the heart of what I think Jedi can be, when they’re not weighed down by war and the Sith attacking them.”
To read the full interview take the link below.

Source US Today
NYCC Show Floor: Comic Images
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 22:30

Comic Images had a huge display of their Star Wars plushes at NYCC, including some coming out for X-mas.  Check out the images in the below gallery:

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NYCC Show Floor: Air Hogs
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 22:00

Air Hogs have a host of innovative new product coming out in support of The Force Awakens, and much of it was display of the NYCC show floor.

Airhogs at nycc 2015

Posted by Jedi News on Saturday, 10 October 2015

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NYCC Show Floor: Bandai Namco
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 21:30

Bandai Namco had their immersive game, Star Wars Battlepod setup on the show floor for us all to try out.  We reviewed that earlier this year with our good friend Dave Tree of

Check out the show photos, and video review below.

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Rumour: Fantastic Four Actor Was In Line For Trank's Fett Movie?
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 21:15

Cinema Blend have something of a suspicious rumour (they admit that themselves) surrounding the plans that were in place for Trank's alleged Boba Fett spin-off film.  But we will leave it here for your own judgement...

Here we go. On the latest episode of Meet the Movie Press podcast, Jeff Sneider of The Wrap said that Michael B. Jordan, who played Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four, could possibly play the fan favorite Boba Fett. Again, we can’t stress enough that this is a RUMOR and should be treated as such. And besides, just because the studio is interested in someone for a part, doesn’t mean it will happen. Still, it’s an interesting proposition.

This obviously brings up a number of things. Should this happen, there will likely be a similar backlash as all of the people who were upset that there is a black stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That’s unfortunately going to happen, but an actual legitimate question is that Boba Fett is the clone of Jango Fett, played by Temura Morrison, who is of Maori, Scottish, and Irish decent, and when we saw him as a kid in the prequels, he looked nothing like Jordan. If he’s all of a sudden a young African American man, that could be very strange and jarring indeed.
One thing is for sure, Michael B. Jordan is an incredibly talented actor, and to see him in a Star Wars film would make me very happy.
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NYCC Show Floor: Coffee Mate
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 21:00

Sometimes you need that little something to keep the enery levels going at a con, and so having a Star Wars themed Coffee Mate selection in the press office went down very well with Team Jedi News.

Fueling your NYCC coverage

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NYCC Show Floor: Rubies Masquerade
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 20:45

Rubie's always give us an eclectic range of merchandise, and NYCC delievered on that front.  With a number of new ranges, including The Force Awakens product on display.

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NYCC Show Floor: Hallmark
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 20:30

Hallmark always amaze with a diverse range of products, with unique styles.  Their NYCC was as good as we expected.

New and upcoming product from hallmark at nycc

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Marvel Announce Their First Prequel Era Comic "Obi-Wan and Anakin"
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 20:19

Marvel via ComicBookResources have announced the return of Charles Soule and Marco Checchetto to the Star Wars universe in January with Marvel's first Star Wars comic set in the prequel era.

The new five issue series will be announced officially on Saturday afternoon at the Marvel "Cup O' Joe" panel at New York Comic Con.

Here is the synopsis of the first issue.

"Before their military heroism in the Clone Wars, before their tragic battle on Mustafar, and many decades before their final confrontation on the Death Star... they were Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan learner, Anakin Skywalker.

It's been a few years since Obi-Wan pledged to train the young "chosen one," but even as they have grown closer through training, it has been a difficult road. Now, called to a remote planet for assistance, Master and Padawan may be pushed to the breaking point.

Writer Charles Soule (Lando, She-Hulk, Daredevil) and artist Marco Checchetto (Star Wars: Shattered Empire, Avengers World, Punisher) bring us a tale of the Jedi at the height of their power..."

CBR will also have an exclusive interview with Charles Soule tomorrow.

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NYCC Show Floor: EFX
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Oct 2015 19:45

EFX had an amazing range of Star Wars product on display at the NYCC show floor.  Check out the gallery of all that we saw.

EFX at nycc 2015

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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

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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