Friday, October 11, 2019

The SWU Podcast LIVE | 11/10/19

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On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by friend of the show Chris "Starrapter" Abbot to break down the news from New York Comic Con and recap Triple Force Friday.  But first, they examine the recent rant that Star Wars Rebels actor Freddie Prinze Jr went on regarding balance of the Force and the current state of Star Wars fandom.  Then, the guys compare Triple Force Friday experiences, which run the full spectrum of good and bad, and reveal what they bought.  Then Dominic and Starrapter recap the news from NYCC, including all the publishing reveals, the new toys from Hasbro, and Vader Immortal.  They also review Secrets of the Empire.  Plus, ideas for the next Force Friday, and when will the next The Rise Of Skywalker trailer hit?  All this and much more!
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Thursday, October 10, 2019

The IPC Podcast LIVE #257 | Our Top Five Star Wars Vehicles

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On this episode Jake and Ben present another rousing "Top Five" episode, this time discussing their Top Five Star Wars Vehicles! They read off a plethora of lists submitted by loyal listeners, and later they reveal their own lists. The guys also discuss what exactly is a vehicle, and answer the age old question; Is it "AT-AT" or "A-TEE A-TEE"? They also take time to show some love to some less appreciated vehicles and share some fascinating trivia. You don't want to miss this one!

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Freddie Prinze Jr. Talks 'Star Wars' Fans, The Force In Epic Rant

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By: Dominic Jones

We're used to hearing Freddie Prinze Jr as the voice of Kanan Jarrus, the jaded Jedi Master on Star Wars Rebels, so hearing him talk about the Force and balance of the Force is always a treat.  The actor made an appearance on The Friendship Pod, where he went on an incredible (and profane) rant about Star Wars.  Among the topics addressed are balance of the Force, Darth Maul, and Star Wars fans complaining about the new movies. Check out the three minute video below,
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Video Review: 'Secrets Of The Empire'

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By: Dominic Jones

This past weekend, while in New York for Comic Con, my friends Chris "Starrapter" Abbot, Teddy, and I went over to the Oculus near the World Trader Center to try out the Star Wars: Secrets Of The Empire virtual reality (VR) experience.  The experience was a was a collaboration between the ILMxLAB and The VOID, and can be played at The VOID locations across North America (full list here).  In the experience, you are a Rebel soldier on a secret mission to the planet Mustafar between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Rumor: 'The Rise Of Skywalker' Trailer Coming October 21st

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By: Dominic Jones

Our next look at the final installment in the Skywalker may be just under two weeks away.  A new report from the Black Series Rebels YouTube series claims that the theatrical trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise Of Skywalker will debut on Monday October 21st.  Many have followed this up with speculation that the trailer will debut during Monday Night Football, which airs on ESPN (which is also owned by Disney).  There has been no official confirmation as of yet from Lucasfilm, Disney, or ESPN.
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Preview of Marvel's 'Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Allegiance #2'

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm has released a preview of the next issue of the Marvel comics series Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Allegiance #2 (the first issue was released today).  The series is set between the events of The Last Jedi and The Rise Of Skywalker, and tells the story of General Leia going to Mon Cala to recruit some old allies to their cause.  Among those potential recruits is the son of the late Admiral Ackbar.  Joining Leia on this mission are Chewbacca, Rey, and Rose Tico.  You can see part of the preview below,
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'Star Wars Resistance: A Quick Salvage Run' Preview Clip

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm has released a new preview clip from this Sunday's new episode of the animated series Star Wars Resistance, "A Quick Salvage Run". The clip features a conversation between Tam Ryvora and Jace Rucklin about the fact that Tam still has not turned in her old comlink, which still has Kaz's message from last week saved on it, to their commanders.  Rucklin is once again voiced by Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood.  You can check out the clip below,
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Monday, October 7, 2019

The Kazuda Kast | "Into The Unknown"

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Star Wars Resistance is back, and so is The Kazuda Kast!  Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by SWU senior British correspondent Ciaran Duggan to break down the season two premiere, "Into The Unknown".  They discuss how Kaz is dealing with the repercussions of his actions last season and Tam's decision to join the first order.  They also delve into what's going on with Tam and her introduction to life in the First Order. Plus, political slogans in Star Wars, the Doza family's increased role, and many, many Game of Thrones references.  All this and much more!
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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Hasbro Reveals New Black Series and Vintage Collection Figures At NYCC

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By: Dominic Jones

With Triple Force Friday having come and gone, Hasbro representatives took the stage this afternoon at New York Comic Con to give a fans a peak at what's coming up next for the toy maker.  Several reveals were made at the panel, with the focus being on the 3.75" scale Vintage Collection and 6" Black Series.  All figures revealed will be available later this year, and will be available for pre-order from the various retailers on Monday.
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The IPC Podcast LIVE #256 | Stranger Things 3

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At long last, Zac, Ben and Jake get together to discuss Stranger Things 3, the most recent season of the ever popular Netflix franchise! The trio take ample time to break down these new episodes, discussing their favorite characters, moments, and shocking reveals. They mourn the loss of several beloved characters and debate about whether or not one of them might still be alive. They also speculate about what the future holds for Stranger Things and how the characters will move on from the climactic events of the current season. Plus, should they just nuke Hawkins? The guys answer that question and others. Furthermore, they break down some of the biggest news as of late, including Spider-Man's return to the MCU, a new writer & director for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, and Kevin Feige's foray into a Galaxy far, far away. You can listen for all that and much more!

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Recap Of The 'Journey To The Rise Of Skywalker' Publishing Panel At #NYCC

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By: Benjamin Hart

New York Comic Con is happening right now in the Big Apple and moments ago another fantastic Star Wars panel just concluded. The Journey To The Rise Of Skywalker publishing panel explored all of the Star Wars literature that's being released in the lead up to Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker's theatrical debut on December 20th.
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Friday, October 4, 2019

'Thrawn: The Ascendancy Trilogy', 'Star Wars #1', And More New Books And Comics Revealed At NYCC

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By: Dominic Jones

The future of Star Wars publishing was on full display this afternoon at New York Comic Con, as nine Star Wars authors took the stage to look back on their already published books and to preview what was coming next.  The panel was moderated by Lucasfilm publishing's Michael Siglain, who closed out the hour long session with a series of rapid fire announcements of new books and comics that would be coming out in the next year.  Here's what was announced,
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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 4/10/19

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On this special episode Ben is joined by longtime friend and IPC co-host Jake Damon on the eve of Triple Force Friday! Later they're joined remotely by Dominic and Chris to share their Force Friday experiences thus far. Dominic joins in from Time Square in New York to not only discuss Force Friday but also what's been happening at New York Comic Con. Plus, he breaks down the feeling of literally stepping into Star Wars in the Secrets Of The Empire VR experience. Later, Chris drops in to share what Force Friday happenings he's seen at Disneyland in California. Furthermore, Jake and Ben discuss some of the latest and greatest Star Wars news, including a new creative team for the Kenobi series, new photos from The Rise Of Skywalker and The Mandalorian, and some Star Wars Resistance clips. Plus, Babu Frik, Star Wars Happy Meal toys, car horns, and so much more!

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

NYCC 2019: 'Vader Immortal' Panel Recap

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By: Dominic Jones

New York Comic Con kicked off today in the big apple, and ILMxLAB helped get things going with a panel previewing Episodes 2 & 3 or Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series.  The panel was moderated by Indie Wire's Christian Blauvelt, and featured Vader Immortal director Ben Snow and Lucasfilm Story Group member Matt Martin.  Over the course of the hour long discussion, Snow and Martin gave fans an overview of what Vader Immortal is all about, the challenges faced when creating immersive virtual reality (VR) experiences, and teased what's to come in the third and final chapter.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Chris Terrio Discusses The Questions That Fuel 'The Rise Of Skywalker'

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By: Benjamin Hart

In the lead up to their huge issue on Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, Empire Magazine has been dishing out some fascinating new details about the upcoming film. The issue is expected to feature interviews with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, director & writer J.J. Abrams, and co-writer Chris Terrio. Terrio specifically is someone who has largely stayed out of the spotlight thus far, but now has began speaking out about the film and his part in crafting the story.
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