Friday, February 22, 2019

The SWU Podcast LIVE | 22/02/19

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On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris get nostalgic about all things Star Wars including the conclusion of the sequel trilogy and, yes, Maul packaging.  They discuss the news that Episode IX has wrapped filming and share their thoughts on the picture JJ Abrams shared on social media.  Then they look over the reveals from New York Toy Fair, including the exciting return of The Phantom Menace packaging for Hasbro's Celebration exclusive.  Plus, The Mandalorian wraps, every Star Wars character that's rumored to be getting a live actions series, and some potential spoilers for Episode IX.  All this and much more!
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

New 'Battlefront II' Anakin Skywalker Teaser Released

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By: Dominic Jones

In advance of the addition of Anakin Skywalker to Star Wars Battlefromt II on February 27th, EA and Lucasfilm have released a new 15 second teaser video.  In it we see Anakin facing off with Count Dooku (who was also recently added to the game) on Geonosis.  The cinematic trailer doesn't feature gameplay footage, though we do get a good look at the Anakin character model.  In addition, the trailer features new dialogue from Corey Burton (The Clone Wars) as Dooku.  Check it out below,
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Alan Horn Talks About Visiting The Set Of 'Episode IX', His Thoughts On 'Solo', And More

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By: Dominic Jones

Alan Horn, the chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about a wide-range of topics relating to Disney studios and their current and upcoming films.  Naturally, Star Wars was a big part of this.  In the interview, Horn spoke about the current state of Star Wars including, his visit to the set of Episode IX, his thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story, and how The Mandalorian came to be.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

'The Phantom Menace' 20th Anniversary Panel, And More Guests Announced For Celebration Chicago

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By: Dominic Jones

We're now less than fifty days away from Star Wars Celebration Chicago, Lucasfilm's official fan convention, taking place April 11th-15th at McCormmick Place.  And as we get closer, the organizers of the event are revealing more and more about what we can expect to see that weekend.  Today, it was announced that a 20th anniversary of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace panel will be held on Monday.  In addition, eight more celebrity guests were announced.
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"Star Wars Resistance: The Disappeared" 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, "The Disappeared". The clip features a conversation between Kaz, Tam, Torra, Aunt Z and some stormtroopers.  In the clip, it is revealed that ace pilot and star racer Hype Fazon (voiced by Scrubs star Donald Faison) has gone missing, however the stormtroopers reveal that he got permission to leave the platform that morning.  That answer seems to satisfy Tam, however Torra remain suspicious. Check out the clip below,
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ILMxLAB Releases 'Project Porg' For Magic Leap One

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By: Dominic Jones

ILMxLAB, the division of Industrial Light and Magic that focuses on virtual and augmented reality projects, has released it's latest Star Wars experience. The new experience, titled Project Porg is available on the Magic Leap One mixed reality glasses, and allows fans to experience what it would be like to have a Porg, the adorable (and delicious) bird-like creatures that we met on Ahch-To in The Last Jedi, as a pet.  Fans will be able to train their Porg, and witness it growing and evolving over time.
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French Fencing Federation Officially Recognizes Lightsaber Dueling As A Competitive Sport

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By: Dominic Jones

Being a literal Jedi may still technically be impossible, but France may have found the next best thing.  The French Fencing Federation made headlines this week by announcing that it was officially recognizing "Lightsaber Dueling" as a competitive sport. The Federation has begun sanctioning Lightsaber Dueling events where, instead of traditional fencing swords, competitors use LED-lit blades.  Naturally, the audience in filled with fans in costume as their favourite Star Wars characters.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Vote In The Hasbro Fan Poll To Pick The Next 6" Action Figure From 'The Empire Strikes Back'

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By: Dominic Jones

To celebrate next year being the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Hasbro is asking Star Wars fans which character from that film they would like to see made into a 6" action figure.  The Star Wars Underworld, along with many of our fansite colleagues, has been invited by Hasbro to help pick the character.  This means SWU readers have the opportunity to let us know what characters you would like to see made to celebrate the anniversary and we will send the top ten choices onto Hasbro.  Then, on Monday, Hasbro will then hold a poll on Hasbro Pulse of the most popular votes from the all the different fansite polls.
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Rumor: Lots Of Character Focused Series Being Considered For Disney+

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By: Dominic Jones

Over the long weekend, a deluge of rumors about in live action Star Wars series are in development for Disney+, the upcoming streaming service that will also be the home of The Mandalorian, the Cassian Andor prequel, and The Clone Wars season seven.  We Got This Covered got things started by reporting on four shows that they heard were in early development stages.  The shows would be based on Lando Calrissian, Qi'Ra, Finn, and Poe Dameron.  Not too long after, HN Entertainment added that shows were also being developed for Leia Organa, Captain Phasma, Rose Tico, Darth Bane, and the Knights of Ren.
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Monday, February 18, 2019

The Kazuda Kast | "The Core Problem"

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On this episode, Dominic is joined by Din from the band F-105 to discuss the Star Wars Resistance episode "The Core Problem".  They share their thoughts on Resistance catching up to The Force Awakens and speculate about what comes next for our heroes.  They also discuss how the series handles Poe Dameron and the set-up for Starkiller Base.  Plus, the design of the First Order, the droid swap, and the action sequences in the gravity well.  All this and much!
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Sunday, February 17, 2019

The IPC Podcast LIVE #225 | The Lego Movie

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On this AWESOME episode Zac and Ben have a chat about The Lego Movie! They dive into the surprising hit from 2014, its best(and worst) jokes, its endearing characters, and its emotional core. They break down their favorite aspects of the Lego universe and answer the question; is a double-decker couch actually a good idea? Furthermore, the guys discuss some of the latest and greatest news, including the end of production for Star Wars: Episode IX and The Mandalorian, plus they break down the trailer for Frozen 2, the highly controversial teaser for Aladdin, and an upcoming Star Trek animated series. Plus, listen for a live commentary of an intriguing and emotional Avengers: Infinity War music video.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Hasbro Unveils New Retro 'Star Wars' Line, Black Series Celebration Exclusive, and More

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By: Dominic Jones
 
It's that time of the year again, New York Toy Fair, where collectors all around the world get their first glimpse at some of the upcoming merchandise.  Toy manufacturer Hasbro was on hand, and they revealed several new Star Wars products.  The big announcement out of Toy Fair was the Retro Kenner 3.75" line of figures, where Hasbro will be releasing figures that based on the original Star Wars figures that were first released back in 1977.  In addition, they revealed their Star Wars Celebration exclusive black series figures, new playsets from The Vintage Collection, and a new 8" Hyperreal Darth Vader.
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Lego 'Star Wars' Reveals Out Of Toy Fair

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New York Toy Fair is taking place this weekend, and several Star Wars licensees have debuted several new products we can expect to see on shelves in the coming months. Lego always has a major presence at the event, and this year was no exception. This year they revealed the packaging for their upcoming 20th anniversary collection, a couple of Star Wars Resistance sets, as well as a few other surprises.  You can see some of the reveals below,
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Production On Season One Of 'The Mandalorian' Is Complete

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By: Dominic Jones

It's been a milestone week for two Star Wars productions. First, we learned that principle photography on Star Wars Episode IX had been completed.  Shortly thereafter, we also learned that production on The Mandalorian, the first live action Star Wars series coming to Disney+ later this year, had also wrapped.  Unlike Episode IX, there was no big announcement post from executive producer Jon Favreau or any of the official Star Wars social accounts.  Fortunately, several other members of the crew took to social media to share the news.
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Friday, February 15, 2019

'Star Wars Episode IX' Has Wrapped Filming

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By: Dominic Jones

Filming on the final installment of the sequel trilogy, and the Skywalker saga in general, has finished principle photography.  After six and a half months of shooting, director JJ Abrams took to Twitter to celebrate the completion of filming by sharing a picture of the film's stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac all together on set (which appears to be from the location filming that took place in Jordan earlier this year).
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