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   Thursday, November 26, 2015
Star Wars Action News Ep 463: 2015 Holiday Gift & Black Friday Sale Guide
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 23:57

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

May the Force be with your wallet! Happy Thanksgiving to all the Star Wars Action News community! While your uncle gets drunk and your sister yells about football we give you our 11th annual Holiday Gift Guide. What do you get for the Star Wars collector who has everything? Or what should those in your life buy for you? Marjorie and Arnie, along with guest host Andrew, have dozens of gift ideas here in this show. From stocking stuffers to action figures to life sized statues, the whole range is in this guide! Plus the Black Friday sales are about to start. As early as 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning stores are starting their deep discounts for the holiday season. Are there any Star Wars sales worth braving the crowds? Listen to find out!

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George Lucas Asked Ron Howard To Direct The Phantom Menace
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 23:42

Ron Howard directing the first of the prequels back at the end of the last century? Sounds unlikely, but it could have happened.

Howard revealed to host Josh Horowitz that George Lucas, with whom he worked on American Graffiti and Willow, asked him to direct Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

“He did, he did,” Howard said in response to whether Lucas approached him about the film. “He didn’t necessarily want to direct them, and he told me that he had talked to [Robert] Zemeckis, he talked to me, he talked to Steven Spielberg. I was the third one he spoke to. They had all said the same thing, ‘George, you should just do it!’”

“Nobody wanted to follow that act, I don’t think, at that point. That was an honor, but it would’ve been just too daunting.”

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Jedi News Comic Review: Darth Vader #13
Reported by MaxN (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 23:31
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It is a period of unrest in the galaxy. The Sith Lord Darth Vader has learned that it was Luke Skywalker who was responsible for blowing up the Death Star. Through the underworld sources of his secret ally, Dr. Aphra, Vader has received word of Luke's location - the former Jedi temple on the planet Vrogas Vas.

However, it appears that the planet is also home to a rebel base. After taking out two full squadrons of X-wings on his own, Vader finds himself facing one last rebel pilot - his son. Luke, unaware that Vader is his father, crashes his X-wing into Vader's TIE-fighter, leaving them both alive but stranded amongst the ruins.

The rebels, seeing this as their only chance to take down Darth Vader once and for all, have him surrounded...

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Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams Vol. 23
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 19:27

It's time to join Jimmy Mac and David Collins for the latest Star Wars Oxygen.

THE FORCE AWAKENS in three weeks and with the film premiere so close, we are finally getting little tastes of the soundtrack in TV spots and a clip from the American Music Awards. We analyze what little tantalizing tidbits that are out there so far. Speaking of the AMA's, this year's show featured a tribute to John Williams himself by Harrison Ford and the a cappella group Pentonix. We review this suprising and unique performance. And we continue our focus on the music of REVENGE OF THE SITH, including some great music used for General Grevious, the droid army, and the battle of Kashyyyk. This Thanksgiving, join RFR as we give thanks for John Williams and his brilliant musical contributions to the STAR WARS saga.

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Official Site: Fully Operational Fandom: Being Grateful For Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 19:14

Today is a day for being thankful, for any number fo things and while we might not celebrate that day here in the UK, it's never a bad moment to take stock and count your blessings. Amy ratcliffe asked me and a number of my fellow bloggers over at what we were thankful for.

Gratitude. It’s an important word, but a word most of us don’t consider often enough. We can all use an occasional reminder to give thanks, and in the United States, we have Thanksgiving. And when it comes to Star Wars, there are so many new stories on the horizon that fans have a lot to be grateful for. I talked to my fellow contributors from around the world (well, the United States and Europe) about what they’re thankful for in regards to Star Wars.

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Star Wars Posters by Ty Mattson
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 18:58

Check out this cool set of Lucasfilm licenced posters by artist Ty Mattson, perfect for getting you even more in the mood for The Force Awakens by reminding you just how awesome the existing films are.

Award-winning graphic designer and Star Wars fan, Ty Mattson has created a series of 9 Star Wars inspired art prints. The poster series is officially licensed by Lucasfilm and celebrates the original Star Wars trilogy. The poster series combines Ty’s inspiration of mid-century modern design with his lifelong passion for the Star Wars franchise. The posters are screen printed on 100lb French Paper and are available in two sizes: individual 18”x24” prints which are signed and numbered by the artist, and in sets of smaller 8”x10” prints.
They are available exclusively at

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Uniqulo Launch New Star Wars Line
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 18:53

Pix via Rutvig Vaid more info on their new range

Posted by Jedi News on Wednesday, 25 November 2015

There can never be such a thing as 'too many Star Wars t-shirts' and that's proven by this cool new range by Uniqlo, launched earlier this week.

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Feel The Force Days Hits Plymouth December 2015
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 18:41

That awakening has made its way down to the south coast as Feel The Force Day lands in Plymouth with fun for all the family this December.

With the Exciting Build up to the new Star Wars "The Force Awakes" Film coming this December and Plymouth City Markets Star Wars themed Christmas we are delighted to announce a Feel the Force Day Plymouth Christmas Special to be held at Plymouth City Market on the 5th, the 12th and the 19th of December.
Not Only will we Have Star Wars Costumers Available for Photos within a Purpose built Endor setting but we are honoured that we will be joined by a number of Original Cast Members from the films who will be selling Autographs and available for Photos.
Dates to keep in your Diaries are:

  • Saturday December 5th with Trevor Butterfield
  • Saturday December 12th with Marolyn Turk, Chris Bunn, Laurie Goode and Alan Flyng
  • Saturday December 19th with Michael Henbury.

We will also be Collecting on behalf of the First Sensory Legion to help support Feel the Force Day Plymouth 2016.

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Odeon Star Wars Combo and Kids Mix!
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 17:00

Odeon cinema's have revealed their Star Wars themed Combo and Kid's Mix.  Priced at £12.95 it comes with a special The Force Awakens tin and cup or topper in the kids mix.

Take Star Wars home with our Star Wars Combo and Kids Mix!

Don't leave Star Wars in the cinema! With our Special Edition Star Wars Combo when you buy a large drink and large popcorn you'll get a collectors Star Wars Cup and Tin to take home with you.

And for the kids?
The Kids Mix popcorn, drink and snack comes with a Special Edition Star Wars cup and topper that they'll love!

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On The Shelves UK: Sainsbury Exclusive Empire Cover
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 16:56

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The Force Among Us Force Friday Sale
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 16:48

Cris Macht's The Force Among Us is having a holiday sale from now through Cyber Monday.  Shirts are 50-60% off whilst his wonderful documentaries The Force Within Us and The Force Among Us are only $5.

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Star Wars Panel 1977
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 16:43

A mere 21 days out from The Force Awakens, perhaps it is an opertune moment to look back at the release of Star Wars in 1977.

The Star Wars Panel at the Science Fiction, Horror, & Fantasy Con in April of 1977 took place six weeks before the film came out.  The panel included Mark Hamill, John Dykstra, Charles Lippincott among others.

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Sky Movies Star Wars Promo
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 15:32

A galaxy far, far away returns to Sky Movies this Christmas as a dedicated channel, Sky Movies Star Wars, brings the epic space saga to life once more.

Find the latest movie news, exclusive videos, reviews, features and daily recommendations from Sky Movies below...

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New Major The Force Awakens TV Spot - We will face them. December 18, 2015.
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 14:13

A new major TV spot has been revealed by the official Star Wars Facebook page for the American Thanksgiving holiday, check it out below.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens "All the Way" TV Spot (Official)

We will face them. December 18, 2015.

Posted by Star Wars on Thursday, 26 November 2015

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Forthcoming Star Wars Topps Card Trader Releases
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 14:00
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Topps have prepared a whole gamut of new cards for Star Wars Card Trader, starting today and working over the Thanksgiving Weekend and beyond.

Check after the break for all the details, there's some great cards coming to the app.

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Star Wars: Battlefront With the Toddyhancer Mod Looks EXACTLY Like the Films
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 13:36

Gizmodo UK have coverage of a Battlefront mod from amateur coder Martin Bergman which takes the already impressive game and makes it movie realistic.

Star Wars: Battlefront, available on PC, Xbox One and PS4, is already a beautiful game, capturing George Lucas's sci-fi universe with great accuracy. But the Toddyhancer mod, currently in development by amateur coder Martin Bergman is just something else. Take a look at these screenshots of the game when running the PC mod:
Take the link to read the full mod report and see the mod in action.

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Empire Magazine Reveal Two New Planet Names
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 13:16

Empire Magazine have officially revealed the names of two previously rumoured Episode VII planets, read on to find out what they are.

Have you felt it? That’ll be the new issue of Empire hitting newsstands right now, with the kind of resounding thud that comes with a stunning 3D cover and a realm of incredible Star Wars coverage. Buried deep within it are a few revelations that the eagle-eyed will pick up on immediately. An exclusive Lucasfilm star map reveals the name and location of three new planets in the Star Wars universe.

Joining Tatooine, Endor, Naboo and the already-revealed desert planet of Jakku are Takodana, D'Qar and Hosnian Prime. Little is known of these mysterious orbs. Takodana will, if LEGO’s tie-in kits are to be believed, be the site of a major battle in the movie, while rumours have D’Qar as a resistance base. Hosnian Prime? Well, that’s a mystery to all.

Also out there, lurking in the galaxy’s darker recesses, is the Starkiller Base, home of the First Order. The map pinpoints its origin point in the Unknown Regions. Expect it to move somewhere more happening.
For those of you following rumours, Hosian Prime was previously rumoured to be the home world of the Republic, whilst D'Qar was rumoured to be the base of the Resistance.

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Official Site: 15 More Star Wars Quotes To Use In Everyday Life
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 10:45

Star Wars has many uses in everyday life. The satisfying feeling after letting loose a wookiee roar. The exhilaration of dropping a gear and overtaking someone hogging the middle lane or the handy catalogue of imminently quotable lines that the saga has given us over the years. Amy Ratcliffe brings us 15 more decent ones over at

Is there such a thing as too much Star Wars? We don’t think so. For some of us — and probably for most of you reading this – the saga is part of daily life and even daily conversations. We’ve already listed some Star Wars quotes suitable for use in everyday situations, but the universe is vast and there are so many more to choose from. Here are 15 more quotes you can apply in this galaxy

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Star Wars Limited Editon Loot Crate - Order Monday
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 10:24

Loot Crate, the company behind the Loot Crate and Level Up monthly subscription services for geeks, gamers and pop culture lovers, is making its Star Wars Limited Edition crate available for purchase online on Monday, November 30th - it's their biggest crate EVER!

Here's all the details: -

  • Goes on sale this upcoming Cyber Monday, 11/30 for $100 (including S & H)
  • Will include 9 stellar Star Wars collectibles, 5 of which are exclusively manufactured for Loot Crate
  • Big enough to almost fit Yoda? and the biggest Loot Crate ever shipped out, the crate dimensions are 22? x 14? x 5?
  • Collectively the items inside the crate would be valued at over $150+ total
  • 20 randomly-selected Star Wars fans will receive a Funko Hikari C-3PO variant figure (valued at $80)
  • Warning: Limited Edition crates sell out very quickly (sometimes in hours)

Happy hunting!

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Amazon's Biggest Ever Black Friday Deals Ends Tomorrow
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 10:17

This is a quick reminder to let you know that Amazon's Biggest Ever Black Friday Deals Week ends tomorrow. Don't miss out as this is a great opportunity to grab a bargain, and help Jedi News in the process!

Happy Thanksgiving America!
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 05:01

The Jedi News team would like to wish our American family, friends, and readers a peaceful, happy and restful Thanksgiving! May your day be filled with good food and great company.

To everybody else... Happy Thursday!

Rebels Recon #2.09: Inside "Stealth Strike"
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 03:02

In this installment of Rebels Recon, takes a deep dive in the Star Wars Rebels episode “Stealth Strike,” with creator interviews and more.

In “Stealth Strike,” Kanan and Rex are forced to work together. “I think they become a little bit more appreciative of their individual strengths,” the Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo says. Executive producer Dave Filoni adds that Kanan finally lets go of his anger at Rex, realizing he’s a good person.

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Official Site: How To Become A Master Of The Holotables In Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 00:39

Cole Horton has game, as shown by his latest article over at where he explains his involvement in the mobile game.

When I’m not writing Star Wars books or blogs right here on, I am lucky enough to work alongside the development team at Capital Games on the brand new mobile game, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. My job includes playing games, knowing a lot about Star Wars, and talking to players about the games they love. While working on Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes over the past six months, I’ve been learning strategies from the team and skilled gamers from around the world. These are some hints and tips that I’ve discovered that will make you an expert at the game in no time!

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Jedi News Book Review: Heir To The Jedi (UK Paperback Release)
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 26 Nov 2015 00:00
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Luke Skywalker’s game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he’s a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there’s no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot—and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there’s no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

A brilliant alien cryptographer renowned for her ability to breach even the most advanced communications systems is being detained by Imperial agents determined to exploit her exceptional talents for the Empire’s purposes. But the prospective spy’s sympathies lie with the Rebels, and she’s willing to join their effort in exchange for being reunited with her family. It’s an opportunity to gain a critical edge against the Empire that’s too precious to pass up. It’s also a job that demands the element of surprise. So Luke and the ever- resourceful droid R2-D2 swap their trusty X-wing fighter for a sleek space yacht piloted by brash recruit Nakari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul, who’s got a score of her own to settle with the Empire.

Challenged by ruthless Imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit. If ever he needed the wisdom of Obi-Wan Kenobi to shepherd him through danger, it’s now. But Luke will have to rely on himself, his friends, and his own burgeoning relationship with the Force to survive.

Today (November 26th) sees the UK release of paperback version of Kevin Hearne’s debut Star Wars prose, Heir to the Jedi, delving readers into the mind of Luke Skywalker almost immediately following his destruction of the Death Star at Yavin.

When I say into the mind of Luke Skywalker, that is literally where Hearne takes us as Heir to the Jedi is written in the first person, and everything is played out from Luke’s point of view. Taking the narrative into the first person eschews the typical perspective told in Star Wars novels, and not since Michael Stackpole’s Corran Horn centric ‘I, Jedi’ have we been taken on this narrative style.

Beware, mild spoilers ahead.

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   Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Official Site: 1976 Star Wars Memo: "The Public Will Be Electrified."
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 21:30

Pete Vilmur takes a look at a fascinating memo that is a key part of the early history of Star Wars over at

As US fans ease into the Thanksgiving holiday this weekend and the world braces for next month’s release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we wanted to share a recently discovered document written exactly 39 years ago today by 20th Century Fox VP of Domestic Distribution, Peter S. Myers.

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Secrets Of BB-8 Video From Entertainment Weekly
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 21:16

BB-8 seems to hold the same place in our hearts as a new baby.

You’re enchanted by him, you love him … even though you don’t know much about him.

In this first of four videos detailing the behind-the-scenes work that went into Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I walk you through the process of BB-8’s birth and explain both his role – and his roll.

Details on how he was devised come to EW via Neal Scanlan, head of The Force Awakens creature shop, and you’ll learn a lot about the droid here. But some elements of BB-8 remain a mystery even to those who built him. Watch above.

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Star Wars Tonight #7: Star Wars Does Not Require Beat-boxing – With Steve Glosson
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 17:24

It's time to join your host Riley Blanton over at Star Wars Tonight.

Riley and Steve Talk about the over-saturation of Star Wars marketing on this, the 7th episode of Star Wars Tonight!

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RADIO 1138 Episode 34: MCM Expo, UK Garrison, Rebel Legion UK, Darth Elvis
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 17:00

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

There are just three weeks to go until The Force Awakens arrives in this galaxy and we're preparing to land with our penultimate episode of 2015. We travel to Birmingham for MCM Expo and chat with Mark Mulcaster of the Rebel Legion UK and Ginny Tait and Gary Hailes of the UK Garrison. Team Jedi News congregate to discuss the show and more, we rock out with Darth Elvis and the premier of their new track Sithmas on Hoth and get the Insider track on issue 161 and the 2016 Special Edition with Jonathan Wilkins. All squeezed into 95 action packed minutes here on RADIO 1138

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Disney Infinity 3.0 The Force Awakens Play Set Official Trailer
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 16:12

Join us for the next chapter of the Star Wars saga in Disney Infinity 3.0. In the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Play Set, players will travel to a galaxy far, far away alongside new heroes and old friends in search for a much-needed ally. Playable characters include Finn, a soldier on a path to adventure and danger, and Rey, a true survivor who is resourceful and capable. Both will join Poe Dameron, the trusted pilot of the Resistance who uses his expert flying skills to travel the galaxy, and Kylo Ren, an enforcer for the First Order who terrorizes the galaxy with devious acts.

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Omaze Video: J.J. Abrams & The Force Awakens Cast Unite For Charity
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 15:36


All supporting Omaze fundraising campaign offering everyone the chance to meet the cast and attend the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Visit for a chance to win

J.J. Abrams has a special video message for you: for only $10, Star Wars fans have the chance of attending the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This is the fourth campaign that J.J. has done in partnership with Omaze, and this time the proceeds are benefiting 15 different charities chosen by the cast and filmmakers.

“With the film premiere just weeks away,” says Abrams in the brand new video (link below), “I just want to take a minute to thank you, the Star Wars community, for supporting the mission of Star Wars: Force for Change.” There will be two lucky campaign winners who get to bring three friends each to either LA or London premiere to walk the red carpet, meet the cast and attend the after party.


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Review: Star Wars Battlefront (PS4)
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 13:43
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I played the original Star Wars Battlefront games to death on the PS2 – they were the most played games on that console in my house, and split-screen gaming was an absolute joy. The kinetic energy of the gameplay and the atmospheric sights, sounds and music only added to the experience. Skip forward a couple of console generations and the increased power, visuals and scope of new systems are now being tested by one of the most anticipated games across every major platform.

Tonight was my first taste. I’ve only got a few hours on the game, and I’ve only done some of the many options the game offers, so what this is, is a first impressions review.

Empire Details Their Special The Force Awakens Issue
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 13:30

"This will be a day long remembered". Tomorrow Empire's special The Force Awakens issue (you gotta love all those gorgeous covers) will be arriving on newsstands for fans to gobble up. What can readers look forward to in this must-have issue? Check out a glimpse of the included content below.

The wait is over. Empire’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens edition lands on newsstands this week with galactic exclusives aplenty. Everyone from John Boyega and Daisy Ridley to Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford share their thoughts on J.J. Abrams’ colossally-anticipated sci-fi within its pages. There’s maps to the stars (look out for an entire cartographical representation of Episodes IV-VI), lightsaber galleries, a toy-collector’s compendium of Hasbro’s Star Wars figures down the years and the recollections of Star Wars fanatic and now franchise cast member Simon Pegg, among many, many other gems.

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Comics With Kenobi Issue #11
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 13:21

It's time to join your hosts Matt and Jeff over at Comics With Kenobi.

Vader is down, but actually Darth Vader is really up. So far up that all the hype surrounding the six-issue crossover IS worth it! He's also amazingly lethal and so precise that it's scary. Sidious plus Dooku plus Darth Maul plus Kylo Ren scary. But that's just one part of this issue of Comics With Kenobi as hosts Jeff McGee and Matt Moore examine how Caleb Dume reacts to becoming a padawan in the pages of Kanan #8 and agreeing that the Han Solo's wife storyline, while intriguing, was a bit of a letdown and, frankly, took far too long to wrap up. Still, Star Wars 12 was dynamic, with Han Solo again taking up a lightsaber, along with Chewbacca and Leia, while readers are -- we think -- introduced to the 501st, aka Vader's Fist, in the new, established canon. Meanwhile, we continue to love on Chewbacca which, with #4, continues to its quick, breezy pace while showcasing not just the wookiee we love, but the pugnacious Zarro, too. Then we turn back to Vader Down, blasting through Darth Vader #13 which is a thrill ride because of its cinematic influences, superb story flow and character development. This is the podcast you're looking for!

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Hallmark BB-8, Kylo Ren, And Rey Itty Bitty Plush Stuffed Animals
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 12:45

Last night Hallmark sent out an email notification containing a product link to their new BB-8, Kylo Ren, and Rey additions in their line of plush Star Wars Itty Bitty Stuffed Animals. There are actually two variations of the Kylo Ren Itty Bitty available - a special edition with his red crossguard lightsaber as seen above, and one without.

Both of the Kylo Ren Itty Bittys and the Rey Itty Bitty are listed as being available this month. The BB-8 Itty Bitty is listed with an approximate ship date of February 16, 2016.

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Official Site: 5 Ways To Incorporate Star Wars Into Your Thanksgiving Gathering
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 12:26

Amy Ratcliffe takes a look at the ways in which our American friends can incorporate Star Wars into their Thanksgiving Celebrations over at

The world has Star Wars fever more than ever. It’s a way of life until Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres on December 18 and probably after then, too. Wanting to apply Star Wars to every event and occasion in your life right now is only natural. Yes, that includes Thanksgiving. Even though the galaxy far, far away doesn’t have the day of gratitude on their holiday calendar, you can still bring it into your gatherings. Here are five ideas on how to make your Thanksgiving a little galactic:

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#O2FanWars: Making A Stir
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 11:38

My latest O2 video lands as I use the Force to make the perfect cup of tea.

To grab the chance of winning this week’s galactic prize of a tour of Pinewood Studios you need to make a short video of you using the Force, post it on social media with the hashtag #O2FanWars and cross your fingers.

This week’s galactic prize is a money can’t buy tour of Pinewood Studios. With four nights in a top London hotel and a load of VIP Star Wars experiences thrown in. For the chance to win, you need to show us what you’d do if you had The Force. So what tricks have you got up your sleeve? Send us a video or photo of you using The Force on Twitter and Instagram by Thursday 26 November. Tag it with #O2FanWars.

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Full of Sith Episode CXLII: David W. Collins & Alexander Freed
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 04:34

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

We have a two part episode today! David W. Collins, voice over and video game talent and host of Star Wars Oxygen, joins Bryan and Mike for a discussion about the Battlefront series, Star Wars comics, and, of course, the music of Star Wars. Then, Bryan gets to interview Alexander Freed, the author of Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company, and they have a wide-ranging discussion about the book, the game, and Freed’s career in Star Wars games, including his long stint on The Old Republic.

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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: American Graffitti
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 00:51

Join Bryan Young as he takes a look at American Graffitti in his Cinema Behind Star Wars series over at

During the production of THX 1138, George Lucas’ friend and fellow filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola challenged the young director to write a script that would appeal to a wider audience than the sci-fi film. Lucas turned to the settings of his youth in Modesto, California, cruising the streets and meeting girls. Set in 1962 over the course of one last night among friends in a sleepy California town, American Graffiti eventually became a sleeper hit that earned its budget back almost fifty times over at the box office in its initial release.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Heading for Massive $170 Million-Plus Opening
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 00:27

Variety is reporting that early tracking suggests that the opening 'domestic' (US) opening weekend for The Force Awakens will hit $170 million with rival executives suggesting it will break the $200 million barrier.
Even if an opening weekend record remains elusive, “The Force Awakens” should have no trouble doubling the current high-water mark for a December opening held by 2012’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” at $84.6 million — giving it roughly $170 million. That would be the fifth-largest opening weekend in history, but $40 million behind “Jurassic World” for the best opening of all time at $208.8 million.

At this point, fan interest appears to be high enough that many in the industry would be shocked if “The Force Awakens” fails to join “Jurassic World” and 2012’s “The Avengers,” which brought in $207.4 million, as the only titles to open above $200 million. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” opened in May with $191.3 million and 2013’s “Iron Man 3” launched with $174.1 million.

It’s certainly shaping up to be what is referred to by movie studios as a “four quadrant” hit — meaning a picture that appeals to all demographic groups. Tracking suggests that interest in the film is nearly evenly split between men and women. It also appears to be a popular choice with both adults and children.
For Variety's full analysis take the link.

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UNIQLO Launch Star Wars T-Shirts, Hoodies, & Accessories From Only £12.90
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 00:19

UNIQLO today launched their Star Wars Collection, an incredible range of t-shirts, hoodies, and accessories for men, woman and children.

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first film in the newest trilogy of Star Wars, the most epic series in the history of the entertainment industry, we delve into a gripping story of brand-new loves and battles set about 30 years after Return of the Jedi. One fateful encounter changes the life of our lonely heroine Rey, who lives on a desert planet, forever. Not only do we meet favourite characters from the old series but new ones including the pivotal droid BB-8 and Finn, a fugitive Storm Trooper.

UNIQLO is proud to bring you the world of Star Wars as a new legend in its unforgettable history is born.

Take the jump to check out the full range.

The Force Awakens Given A PG-13 Rating
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 00:09

According to the website, The Force Awakens has officially been given a PG-13 rating. This marks the second time that a theatrical Star Wars film has been assigned a PG-13 rating, joining 2005's Revenge of the Sith.

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   Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Smuggler's Bounty Unboxing
Reported by ChrisD (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 23:38

Just received the first Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty box. Once you open the box, there's a cardboard fold tray that houses a First Order patch and a Kylo Ren pin.

Upon lifting the tray, there's a Star Wars Force Awakens First Order Trooper t-shirt and a Force Awakens lanyard. Beneath those were two Funko figures, here the Captain Phasma (Chrome) and Tie Fighter Pilot ones.

The box came in relatively good condition, as did the products inside (though the Funko figure boxes were a bit smooshed).

Not sure what I'll ever do with the lanyard, but as long as the t-shirt doesn't shrink after the first washing, I'm pretty pleased with the launch box of this new series, the only Star Wars exclusive monthly nerd box on the market.

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This Amazon Executive Has One of the World’s Most Insane Star Wars Collections
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 23:19

You know him as one of the world's foremost Star Wars collectors while others know him as an Amazon executive. Here at Jedi News we know him as a friend and Recode take a look at his amazing collection.

Gus Lopez was stressed. It was late October, and Lopez, a 17-year veteran of Amazon, was overseeing the launch of the company’s new restaurant-delivery service in Portland, marking the first time it would expand outside of the company’s hometown of Seattle.
“I was doing press interviews and doing all the readiness to launch that evening,” Lopez told Re/code last week. “But that’s when the tickets were going on sale; I’m focused on this launch, but I definitely have to get the tickets.”
“The tickets,” you might guess by the headline of this article, were for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the seventh installment in the blockbuster sci-fi series that has captivated millions of fans since the 1977 premiere. And they weren’t just any tickets — they were for a marathon showing of all seven movies at Seattle’s Cinerama theater on Dec. 17, the day before the public premiere.
Lopez’s friend ended up procuring eight passes for the all-day extravaganza for him and friends. Disaster averted.

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Never Do That Again - Droid Tales Preview
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 23:11

In this LEGO Star Wars Droid Tales preview, General Grievous closes in on R2-D2, custodian of stolen battle plans. The plucky astromech decides to take matters into his own hands, however…
LEGO Star Wars Droid Tales comes to DVD on March 1!

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Empire The Force Awakens R2-D2 And C-3PO Subscriber Cover
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 23:07

Empire has revealed yet a 3rd different cover update for their special The Force Awakens issue hitting November 26. You've already seen the 6 collectible character covers and the ultra-limited cover that includes a Hasbro Kylo Ren figure available exclusively in the UK. Now check out Empire's R2-D2 and C-3PO cover that is exclusive to subscribers only.

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Roland Tamayo – Collection of Curiosities Art Show: This Is No Star Destroyer
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 21:53

There's nothing cheesy about this artwork. Check out the artwork of Roland Tamayo - it's guaranteed to make your stomach rumble.

Roland Tamayo is an American artist, who used to work in the video game industry as a concept artist (he worked on Ratchett & Clank and Resistance) He focuses on his freelance work, his commissions and his gallery projects such as the Collection of Curiosities art show at the Flower Pepper gallery in Pasadena, CA, along with artist Alex Louisa. A great collection of pieces inspired by the famous Star Wars Star Destroyer! This is what Roland was saying about this project. "These pieces are a collection of treats enjoyed by my sons, along with nostalgic treats from my childhood, connected by a mutual love and enjoyment of Star Wars."

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Tosche Station Radio Of Dice And Droids #0: Roll For Introductions
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 21:04

Welcome to Of Dice and Droids, the Star Wars tabletop RPG podcast at Tosche Station. Join players Nanci, Brian, Sho, Jay, Rocky, Saf and Game Master Tom for an adventure-filled trip into the Galaxy Far, Far Away. Brought to you by Majestic Giraffe Productions.

This is a special introductory Episode Zero where we’ll introduce ourselves and our characters, provide an overview on tabletop gaming, the mechanics used by the Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG games, answer some reader questions, and provide the first glimpse at the campaign. Come back January 8th as we kick off the campaign!

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 +

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Make Your Life More Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 20:46

Ida Egerton dropped us a line to point us in the direction of this infographic which gives advice to those who wish to get more Star Wars in their lives.

For many 2015 has been one long wait until the premier of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Now that moment is almost upon us and it’s time that we stepped up and decided: how much Star Wars could we fit in our lives? Luckily for us, the world is full of star wars merchandise, from Boba Fett watches to C3P0 tape dispensers, and it’s now possible to improve almost every aspect of your live by making it more Star Wars.

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Use The Force With Waze - Community-based Traffic & Navigation App
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 20:43
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Navigating an asteroid field, or your way home, will never be the same again thanks to Waze. Running through to the end of the year, Waze have teamed up with Lucasfilm and Disney to bring the voice of C-3PO to the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and petrol/gas money on their daily commute, or finding your way to the local cinema to watch The Force Awakens.

That's not all though...

  • LET C-3PO GUIDE YOUR DRIVE - Fluent in "over six million forms of communication," C-3PO guides you on the fastest route as he searches for his buddies R2-D2 & BB-8.
  • FIND ROAD GOODIES ON THE WAZE MAP - Find stormtroopers, TIE fighters, and lightsabers on the Waze map. Keep a lookout for rare R2-D2 and BB-8 goodies to score extra points!
  • DON'T HAVE WAZE? Get Waze now - Android and iOS.

If you've not tried Waze you really should, its used daily by some of the Jedi News team on their commutes and they wouldn't be without it, take the link below to download for Android and iOS now. Read on for download guides for Android and iOS.

Also, thanks to our friends at Waze we'll have some Fandango movie vouchers to give away to our North American readers soon!

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Build-A-Bear Star Wars: The Force Awakens Bears!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 20:36

Build-A-Bear expands its range as more characters from The Force Awakens arrive.

Hi Mark, just wanted to let everyone know that Bo-Bear-Fett is no longer the coolest or loneliest bear in the Galaxy - He's now joined by some Star Wars: The Force Awakens Pals. All animals, costumes and accessories sold separately and while supplies last. There is a U.K version of this Ad running on Disney XD - the difference being the English voiceover and the BB-8 scene is missing.

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REMINDER: Toys'R'Us Medal Competition - Ends at Midnight Tonight!
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 20:02

We've teamed up with our friends at Toys'R'Us UK to giveaway 5 complete sets of the 4 medals from Epic Battles - Hoth, Endor, Tatooine and Yavin. These medals are available exclusively at Toys'R'Us around the world, and you can claim your free medal in the UK by following the instructions here and taking part.

To win, send an e-mail to, answer the question below, and put 'MEDALS COMPETITION' in the header...

What is the name of the planet that depicts an Ewok in the above medals?

  • 1: Hoth
  • 2: Endor
  • 3: Yavin

There will be five winners chosen at random, each will win a complete set of four medals.

Rules: -

  • Lucasfilm Ltd and/or Disney are not sponsors of this contest.
  • Competition ends at midnight on Tuesday 24th November 2015. Winners will be notified by Friday 27th November 2015.
  • Competition is not open to Lucasfilm employees or any of its affiliates.
  • Winner agrees to publicity at Jedi News.
  • Only 1 entry per household.
  • No cash alternative.
  • The judge's decision is final.
  • This competition is open to UK residents only.
  • Jedi News accepts no liabilities for loss.
Kylo Ren's Lightsaber In Star Wars: The Force Awakens Isn't What You Think It Is
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 19:22

It's already an iconic Star Wars weapon and here Tech Times takes a look at Kylo Ren's crossguard lightsaber.

Since Star Wars fans first saw Kylo Ren's lightsaber ignite in the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens, the new crossguard design of the blade has been at the center of more than a little controversy.
Fans debated among themselves whether the design was practical, what its real-world inspirations were and even made videos of how one might fight with such a weapon. Many assumed the blade was inspired by medieval claymores, which featured crossguard hilts to protect the user's hands.
Turns out that might not exactly be the case. As revealed at a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens exhibit at Disneyland in California (via, the two mini-lightsabers seen on the hilt of Kylo Ren's lightsabers don't appear to be a crossguard at all. Instead, the two openings on either side of the hilt are, apparently, exhaust ports for the weapon.

Source Tech Times
Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 56: Everplaid
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 18:52

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

The Force Awakens is complete! As we coast through the home stretch toward Dec 18th, the trailer count reaches 9, the AMAs give us an actual scene, and George Lucas tells us he’s sick of getting ripped on. Plus, Google and Verizon have some potentially awesome plans for December!

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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IDW The Empire Strikes Back Mini Comics Coming 2016
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 18:39

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Hot on the heels of IDW's Star Wars mini comic series, Previews brings news of the sequel, The Empire Strikes Back collectors pack which lands in 2016.

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Empire Exclusive Image Of Poe Dameron In The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 18:39

Next up from Empire is an exclusive image of Resistance X-wing pilot Poe Dameron (played by Oscar Isaac) from The Force Awakens.

Well, I wouldn't exactly call this particular image "exclusive".

If the image above stirs up your memory banks from an earlier time, that's because we've already seen this image of Poe being hastily escorted by a First Order Stormtrooper down a corridor in the SDCC Hall H BTS panel video (Poe can be seen in the video at around the 54 second mark).

Source Empire
Star Wars Rebels: Declassified "Blood Sisters"
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 17:25

Join Jimmy Mac and Jason Swank as they present Star Wars Rebels Declassified.

We get another look into Sabine's mysterious past with the arrival of a new bounty hunter in "Blood Sisters". Joining Jason & Jimmy to discuss this season two episode of STAR WARS REBELS is artist/entrepreneur Kevin Liell (Norse Legion). Listen in to see if what we thought of this episode, our speculations on what happened in Sabine's past, and how this will effect the character moving forward. Plus, Liell tells us all about his experience meeting J.J. Abrams at the Art Awakens art show in Hollywood.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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On The Shelves UK: Latest Marvel Star Wars Comics
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 17:04

Hitting all good comic shops tomorrow is this amazing line up of Star Wars comics from Marvel, and in the UK for the first time Titan's Jedi Master Magazine.

A photo posted by (@jedinewsuk) on

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Yoda and Boba Fett Mini Wall Lights From 3D Light FX
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 17:01

3D Light FX are now shipping in the UK their Boba Fett and Yoda mini wall lights.

A photo posted by (@jedinewsuk) on

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Empire Limited Edition The Force Awakens Cover With Kylo Ren Figure
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 16:55

In addition to their 6 collectible covers that will be available for their upcoming The Force Awakens issue arriving November 26, Empire has revealed that a limited edition special issue featuring a Hasbro Kylo Ren action figure will be released as well!

The Force is strong with Empire this week. You'll have seen our six world exclusive Star Wars: The Force Awakens covers by now and all six 3D covers – Rey and BB-8, Finn, Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron, Captain Phasma and Han Solo and Chewbacca – go on sale November 26.

But if that wasn't enough, there is also an extremely Limited Edition special issue, for dedicated Star Wars fans only. Partnering up with Hasbro, we've included an official action figure of Kylo Ren with certain Force Awakens issues. Only 4,500 copies of this special issue will be printed, making it an instant collector's item.

The Limited Edition issue will be priced at £11.99, available only in the UK at branches of Sainsbury's.

And as nice cherry on top, our good friends over at Yakface have sourced out a high resolution image of the cover.

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New The Force Awakens Holiday Items From Kurt Adler Coming In 2016
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 16:20

I forgot to post this after I received their reply via Twitter, and for that I apologize. If you are a collector (such as myself) of the awesome Kurt Adler line of Star Wars holiday items and are wondering why you haven't seen any products at retail yet that focus on new characters from The Force Awakens, you're gonna have to wait one more year for them to arrive.

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Life-Size Lighted TIE Fighter Holiday Display
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 13:02

Forget those crappy inflatable holiday "decorations" that you see scattered across just about everyone's front lawn these days. THIS is how you stand out from the cookie-cutter crowd when celebrating the holiday season.

How insanely cool would it be if the person who built this lighted TIE Fighter was next door neighbors with this family?

Big thanks to Jedi News reader Shawn L. for sending over the link, and kudos to the creator of this fantastic TIE.

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Star Wars Rebels "An Unlikely Duo" Preview Clip For "Stealth Strike" Episode
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 12:38

In this preview of the Star Wars Rebels episode “Stealth Strike,” Rex and Kanan go undercover as stormtroopers for an important mission. They might make a good team…if they don’t kill each other first.

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Empire Reveals 6 Covers For Special The Force Awakens Issue
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 12:24

Empire has revealed 6 different covers featuring striking character designs that will be available for fans to collect for their special The Force Awakens issue that will be arriving on November 26. Captain Phasma's cover is pictured above, so take the source link to check out the other 5 cover designs!

This will be a day long remembered. Today, Empire reveals our six Star Wars: The Force Awakens covers of such lethal cunning, even we can hardly contain our own nerdy excitement.

Luminous beings are these covers, too: as fantastic as these look here, they’re even better in the flesh, making use of dazzling lenticular 3D technology.

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JJ Abrams Has Fun With The Action Movie FX App
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 10:00

JJ Abrams has been having some fun with the Action Movie FX App.

The app from Bad Robot recently released a Star Wars update for its critically-acclaimed iPhone Action Movie FX app, bringing movie-quality visual and sound effects to augmented reality.

With effects and sounds created by Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, the quality levels are phenomenal.

And of course its all for a good cause, with Bad Robot collaborating with Star Wars: Force for Change to donate 100% of sales to the US Fund for UNICEF to support UNICEF Kid Power.

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Japan Adds A Star Wars Train To It's Two Star Wars Planes!!!
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 09:48

Clearly Japan knows how to travel in style.  They already have two Star Wars planes, and have now added a The Force Awakens themed train!

The train service from Nankai Rapi:t is now in service between Kansai International Airport and Osaka City’s Namba Station.

All aboad!

Source Kotaku
Jimmy Kimmel Live - Star Wars: The Force Awakens Special
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 09:41

StarWarsFans has posted the full Jimmy Kimmel Live Special to DailyMotion so that fans outside of the US can view it.  Check it out below:
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Back to the Future And Star Wars Meet In The Greatest Doctor Who Easter Egg Of All Time
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 18:05

Travelling through time is a handy option and this weeks episode Face The Raven brought the two most famous time travellers together in a very GFFA manner.

If you were watching VERY closely – like one eagle-eyed fan – you might have spotted some funny writing on the wall in Diagon Alley the secret Street.
This is Doctor Who, though, so OF COURSE that's not just any old writing. It's Aurebesh, a dialect from the Star Wars universe.
The word Delorean.
Minds blown.

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Empire Has An Exclusive Image Of Captain Phasma From The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 17:52

Empire provides us today with an exclusive image of the First Order's Captain Phasma with blaster rifle at the ready played by actress Gwendoline Christie. Click the image above for a larger view, and while Empire's article doesn't reveal any details on Phasma, it does go on to say the following:

We don’t know where Phasma sits on the evil scale between Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux and Andy Serkis’ Supreme Leader Snoke or how much screen time she will have, but in terms of scoring cool points, Phasma is head and shiny shoulders above the competition.

For more Episode VII news from Empire that was posted last week in advance of the release of their special The Force Awakens issue coming November 26, point your browser here.

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The Force Awakens Jimmy Kimmel Special Tonight
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 17:49

Well, if you didn't think there was Star Wars everywhere then you will now. Join many of the principal cast of The Force Awakens on tonights Jimmy Kimmel Live.

MONDAY NIGHT Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Star Wars Special with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and The Force Awakens Director J.J. Abrams!

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Mark Hamill Bringing The Beard Back For Episode VIII
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 17:46

We don't know what he will be up to in Episode VIII. Hell, we don't even know his official status in The Force Awakens with less than a month to go. But what we DO know, at least from Mark Hamill's tweet below, is that Luke will be donning a beard once again as cameras begin to roll for Episode VIII.

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The Force Awakens In Movie Magic Magazine
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 17:24

Movie Magic magazine arrives, bringing us a glimpse inside The Force Awakens.

Executive Editor Ed Gross (yes, the Ed Gross!) dropped us a line to tell us about the magazine.

The new issue of Movie Magic magazine features about 50 pages worth of Star Wars coverage. Articles include a roundtable discussion of the new film, Who's Who in The Force Awakens, a profile of JJ Abrams, a 10-page feature on Force Friday, a tribute to George Lucas, an interview with Andy Serkis, a Star Wars fan art gallery, a piece on "Star Wars Land", behind the scenes interviews on Star Wars Rebels and a look at the cast of Rogue One.
Movie Magic is available at bookstores, supermarkets and Wal-Mart.

Idiots Array Episode 13: Star Wars Caves and Connections
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 17:16

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

Alan, Mark, and Ryder are at it again. This time they start the show out with a little Force Awakens talk and Maz Kanata. Then they delve deep into caves in Star Wars and connect them with themes and other literature pieces and philosophy.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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1977: When Star Wars Hit The UK – In Pictures
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 17:03

It might have been a bit drab, a bit grey (although the previous summer was anything but drab and grey) but no matter the colour, Star Wars was always going to brighten it up.

When the first Star Wars film opened at the tail end of 1977, British cinemagoers were transported from their drab surroundings to a galaxy far, far away (although they had to queue for a bit first)

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Toys R Us Ditches Gender Categories
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 16:37

Toys 'R' Us have updated their website to reflect a policy they introduced some time ago instore, to remove all gender categorisation of toys.

Shoppers will no longer have to browse and filter catergories for boys or girls to find the toy their child desires.

The campaign group Let Toys Be Toys praised Toys 'R' Us for their actions:
“We want to say a big thank you to Toys R Us UK for bringing in the changes it has so far. This shows a real effort being made to be more inclusive to all children, and the results will no doubt make a lot of children and parents happy this Christmas.”

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Google Announces #ChooseYourSide Promotion For The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 15:51

For more detailed information on this exciting announcement, check out the article posted over on

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Kylo Ren HP Star Wars Special Edition Notebook Display Sign
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 14:07

While out on a toy run over the weekend, I came across this awesome Kylo Ren themed display from HP promoting their new Star Wars Special Edition notebook. The display was at one of my local Walmart stores and was almost completely covered up by the four HP notebooks that were situated on the shelf in front on it. The top of Ren's black hood caught my eye as I was walking by and drove me to take a closer look.

Roundup Of Empire The Force Awakens Articles
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 13:22

Empire's special The Force Awakens issue will be arriving on newsstands this week on November 26. Last week, they gave us a series of brief preview articles from that issue to help whet our collective appetites. If you happened to miss out on catching any of them throughout the week, we've assembled them below for your viewing pleasure.

First Look At Constable Zuvio

Andy Serkis Discusses Snoke

John Boyega And His Lightsaber

Kylo Ren Image & Comments From Adam Driver

Mark Hamill Interview

And for even more Episode VII content to help pass the time till December 18, be sure to check out our roundup of Entertainment Weekly articles that took the interwebs by storm a few weeks ago.

First Scene From The Force Awakens Airs During AMAs
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 10:19

The Force Awakens has revealed its first scene with a fifteen second clip airing during the American Music Awards.

Also on hand at the AMAs was Harrison Ford to introduce a very special tribute to John Williams Star Wars score.

Coverage of Star Wars at the AMAs was first reported by MakingStarWars with the videos coming from CBR Trailers and DangDogBlog on Youtube

The Force Awakens Continues To Invade TV Screens With TV Spots 8 and 9 !!!
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 10:12

The plethora of The Force Awakens TV Spots continue on TV screens around the world with the eight and nineth sports airing in the last 24 hours.  Watch them both below.

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The Force Awakens 7th TV Spot Airs In US
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 10:08

A seventh The Force Awakens TV Spot aired in the US over the weekend, this time featuring the iconic Nien Numb.

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UK Garrison Troop At MCM Expo
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 10:04

Sunday Uk garrison troop at mcm expo uk.

Posted by Jedi News on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This weeks episode of RADIO 1138 comes to you from yesterdays MCM Expo in Birmingham, and to whet your taste buds for that here's the UK Garrison and the Rebel Legion trooping at the event.

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Official Site: Fundraising For The Force: Rancho Obi-Wan Galaween 2015
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 07:31

Join James Burns as he reports on Ranch Obi-Wan's 4th annual gala, the Galaween over at

Rancho Obi-Wan’s annual fundraiser — Galaween — took place on Saturday, October 24. Galaween celebrated the ties between Star Wars and Halloween with special guests, games, live and silent auctions, food, and drinks. The annual Rancho Obi-Wan gala raised funds for the ongoing costs of maintaining the museum and enables Steve, the museum’s curator Anne Neumann, and the Rancho Obi-Wan board to continue their mission of inspiring others through the power of the Force.

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The Force Awakens Auditions On SNL
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 06:01

If only...or should that be what if?...either way, here's how the galaxy could have looked had Saturday Night Live had anything to do with it, featuring the two busiest people currently on the planet, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.

J.J. Abrams shares The Force Awakens screen tests for Daisy Ridley and Sofia Vergara (Cecily Strong), John Boyega, Emma Stone, David Beckham (Taran Killam), Jon Hamm and more.

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Official Site: Star Wars Ice Patterns Come To Belgium
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 03:24

Put on your warmest gloves and join Tim Veekhoven as he takes us to Liege in Belgium for the Star Wars Ice Sculpture Festival.

The heroes and villains of the Star Wars saga have been known to visit ice or snow planets, such as Hoth, Ilum, Carlac, or the Starkiller Base. Now, you’re able to make your own Star Wars journey in chilly conditions in Belgium (Liège) with the Star Wars Ice Sculpture Festival. TeeKay-421, the Belgian Star Wars fanclub, decided to pay a visit to the festival on its opening day.

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Star Wars Report #196: George Lucas is Done
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 02:32

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

Riley, and Mark are joined once again by Teresa Delgado to talk Season of the Force, and what’s new at Disneyland, Lucas is done with Star Wars? How he likens it to an ex girlfriend, as well as many other things on this week’s episode of The Star Wars Report!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Fox News Bashes Star Wars: The Force Awakens Again
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 01:55

It's good to see Fox aren't bitter about losing Star Wars then. jake Vyper (what an awesome name that is) takes them to task and points out a number of glaring errors.

Remember when Fox News responded to the hype of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and bashed it? Well, they did it again.
"I never had any interest in watching space nerds poke each other with their little space nerd sticks", National review reporter Katherine Timpf said when asked what she thought about the news of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer bringing fans to tears. "All I said was I wasn't familiar with Star Wars because I was busy liking cool things and being attractive,"
The next ignorant reporter said that this movie is George Lucas trying to "cleanse his palette after the last bad trilogy." He's wrong on a couple of things: First of all, George Lucas has nothing to do with this film; and he stands by the prequel trilogy as films he both enjoyed making and still enjoys watching. Another commentator called it "Lucasfilms" - There's no S on the company name, ignoramus.

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